Waterford Poetry Prize 2018 – now open for submissions

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to
announce details of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2018. The
Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Waterford Writers Weekend,
26th to 28th October 2018 during the Imagine Arts Festival in
Waterford city.

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry
Prize 2018.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing
course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2019. 2nd
prize €300. 3rd prize €200. The closing date for receipt of entries
is 4pm on Friday 10th August 2018.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded below and www.waterfordarts.com or by contacting the Arts Office on 058/41416.

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Winner of Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2018 announced

Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the national Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2018 is Anne O’Leary from Glanmire, Co. Cork with a story titled ‘Fortune’.

Anne has previously won the From the Well Short Story Competition 2017 and was runner-up in the UCC/Carried In Waves Short Story Competition 2015.

She was shortlisted for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award 2016 and highly commended in 2017. She was long listed for the Irish Novel Fair 2016 and RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2015. Her work has been published in The Nottingham Review, Halo Literary Journal, Spontaneity, The Incubator and The Sunday People newspaper. Last year, she was awarded a mentorship bursary by the Munster Literature Centre to work on a novel project with 2017 Frank O’Connor Fellow, Marie-Helene Bertino.

‘Fortune’ is the twenty first winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award run by Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and by kind permission of the Keane family. Anne read her winning story at a presentation ceremony during the IMMRAMA Festival, Lismore (16/6/2018) and was presented with prize money of €500 and a commemorative certificate.

Margaret Organ, Arts Officer thanked all the entrants and the judges for their efforts. She made particular reference to judges Mona and Des Manahan who retired this year from the panel after sterling years of work.

The results of bursary support for Waterford writers to attend a three-day writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore were also announced as being awarded to Fergus Hogan, Waterford City, Siobhán Twomey, Lismore, Sandra Clarke, Dungarvan and Paul Edmondson/Waterford city.

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Erie Playhouse Theatre group present “The Glorious Ones”

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Traveller Pride Event 2018

Waterford Traveller Community Development Project & St. Saviour’s Primary School, Ballybeg are holding “Waterford Traveller Pride Day” in St. Saviour’s School Ballybeg, Tuesday 19th June 2018, 1.30 – 2.30pm, All Are Welcome

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Minister Ring launches “Our Public Libraries 2022– Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities” Strategy

Govt’s ambitious five year Library Strategy will abolish fines and extend “My Open Library” initiative – Minister Ring

Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, today (Thursday 14th June), officially launched the ambitious new five year strategy for Public Libraries in the Lexicon Library, Dún Laoghaire.

Our Public Libraries 2022– Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities is a progressive strategy which aims to improve access, use and visibility of the library as a community hub, and develop the library as a focal point for community and cultural development.

Minister Ring highlighted the vision for the Strategy, which was guided by the public consultation process, as one “of public libraries as attractive and welcoming spaces where all members of the community can access knowledge, ideas and information, and where people can reflect, connect and learn”.

Minister Ring continued: “The overall aim is to increase active library membership from 16% of the population to 30% by end-2022.  It will focus on removing barriers to access by eliminating fines and other charges, and challenging the belief that the library is only for certain sectors of society.

The Strategy will enhance digital and technology capacity across the library service. “In terms of technology, we aim to develop digital learning centres in all suitable libraries and extend the My Open Library Service to up to 100 libraries by 2023; positioning the public library as an invaluable community resource.” Minister Ring said.

Acknowledging the valued role of the librarian in delivering the broad range of services now available, the Minister said “Library staff have been leaders in driving change in our public libraries. I commend your commitment, passion and enthusiasm.”

The five year strategy is a joint initiative of the Department of Rural and Community Development, the County and City Management Association (CCMA) and the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA).

Tom Enright, Chief Executive of Wexford County Council added “As Chair of the Library Development Committee, which has responsibility for overseeing the implementation of this strategy, I look forward to working in partnership  with all local authorities, the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Local Government Management Agency and all stakeholders in its delivery. Over the next five years, I am confident that the measures undertaken with the implementation of the Strategy will deliver an enhanced library service, more integrated, more visible and more accessible in the local community.”

Libraries will work with local partners to reach out to those communities that may not consider the library a place for them and increase communities’ awareness and use of services available.

The strategy is available on the Department’s website www.drcd.gov.ie and is reproduced below.

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Dog Pound – Restricted Opening Hours

Please note the following restricted opening hours for the period June 9th to 16th.

  • Saturday June 9th, 2018:        Closed
  • Restricted opening hours will apply from Monday 11th to Friday 15th, June.

For enquiries and access to the pound during this period please telephone 0761 102020 or email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

  • Saturday June 16th, 2018:        Closed

The usual opening hours will operate from June 18th onwards:

  • Monday to Friday:   11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
  • Saturday:                   11am to 1pm


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Draft Control of Horses Bye-Laws 2018

Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council proposes to make Control of Horses Bye-Laws in accordance with sections 13, 39, 40, 46 and 47 of the Control of Horses Act, 1996 (No. 37 of 1996) for the purpose of regulating the control of horses within the administrative area of the city and county of Waterford.

Copies of the Draft Bye-Laws are available to view here and are also available for inspection, free of charge, at the Waterford City and County Council Offices, in Baileys New Street, Waterford and in the Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. A copy of the Draft Bye-Laws will be given to any person applying for same at these offices.

The Draft Bye-Laws will be on public display during office hours (9.30am to 4.00pm) for the period from Thursday 7st June, 2018 until Tuesday 10th July, 2018 both dates inclusive (excluding Bank & Public Holidays).

Waterford City & County Council will consider any submissions in relation to the draft which are submitted to Waterford City & County Council in writing before 4pm on Wednesday 18th July, 2018. Submissions should be addressed to Mr. L O’Brien, Administrative Officer, Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford or by email to lobrien@waterfordcouncil.ie

Mr. F. Galvin,

Director of Services,

Roads, Water & Environment,

Waterford City & County Council

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