Change of hours of operation for Loading Bays

From Monday 3rd of December there will be a change to some of the loading bays around the city centre.

  • The loading bay in High Street (at back of Dunnes) will revert back to an all-day loading bay, and the hours of operation will be Monday – Thursday and Saturday 08.30 – 18.30 Friday 08.30 – 21.30
  • The loading bay on the Quay (in front of The Granville Hotel and Shaws ) will be an all-day loading bay, and the hours of operation will be Monday – Saturday 08.30 – 18.30
  • The loading bay in Gladstone Street will be a loading bay for commercial vehicles only between 07.00 – 11.00, and after that from 11.00 – 18.30 this area will become a 15 minute (only) set down area.
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Waterford City and Tramore selected as ‘Think Before You Flush’ communities

Clean Coasts and Irish Water select Waterford City and Tramore as ‘Think Before You Flush’ communities as Irish Water reveals 4,600 sewer blockages across the country this year

October 18th, 2018 – Waterford City and Tramore have been chosen along with 13 other cities and towns as a Think Before You Flush Community. Clean Coasts together with Irish Water are launching the third year of the Think Before You Flush campaign as the utility reveals that there has been an estimated 4,600 sewer blockages this year due to inappropriate items being flushed down toilets.

When the 3 Ps (pee, poo and paper) are flushed down the toilet they travel along the sewer network to wastewater treatment plants. However, every day people flush thousands of items such as wet wipes, cotton bud sticks, nappies and cotton wool pads down the toilet instead of putting them in a bin. Flushing these items can have a negative impact on internal plumbing in homes and businesses, the wastewater network and our marine environment.

Think Before You Flush Communities
Waterford City and Tramore have been selected to become Think Before You Flush Communities. Clean Coasts together with Irish Water will be delivering educational workshops in schools, promoting the campaign at festivals and community events and working with businesses to help raise awareness and provide advice.

The 13 other Think Before You Flush Communities are; Blackrock, Co. Louth, Navan, Co. Meath, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Cork City, Dunmanway, Co. Cork, Bantry, Co. Cork, Dublin City, Galway city, Ahascraugh, Co. Galway, Srandhill, Co. Sligo, Bellmullet, Co. Mayo, and Bundoran, Co. Donegal.

Speaking about the campaign, Niall O’Riordan, Irish Water said, “Irish Water is delighted to partner with Clean Coasts on this important educational campaign. We estimate that there have been over 4,600 sewer blockages this year already nationwide. Illegal disposal of material down the sewers is also a major concern for us. For example in Waterford City and Tramore there are a number of large sewage pumping stations. It is noticeable that there has been an increase in the number of pump failures and sewer blockages in both Waterford City and Tramore. On investigation, it was found there was a large volume of non-biodegradable material being flushed into the public sewers, for example wet wipes, baby wipes, sanitary products, etc.

When blockages happen, the contents of our sewer network can end up in rivers and on beaches. This causes pollution that kills fish and other wildlife. Within the pumping stations the wipes and sanitary products causes motors to burn out, leading to costly repairs.”

He added: “through education and awareness we can change people’s flushing behaviour so that together we can protect the environment and our wastewater infrastructure. It is very important that we do not flush baby wipes, wet wipes and sanitary products down our toilets.”

Speaking about the campaign; Sinead Mc Coy, Clean Coasts Manager added, “Sewage related litter is one of the categories of waste we find on our beaches. However its presence is preventable through some simple measures. Through this campaign we are working with Irish Water to change the nation’s flushing behaviour which will make a difference to our coastal environment.”

For more information about ‘Think Before You Flush’ please visit www.thinkbeforyouflush.org

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For media queries

Irish Water please contact press@water.ie 0871458896

Clean Coasts please contact 01 4002200

There are a number of educational animations relating to the Think Before You Flush campaign available on the Clean Coasts Youtube channel

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Murder, mystery, storytelling and film in Dungarvan, November 16th & 17th

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Local historian and author, John Young, pictured at Dungarvan Castle ahead of the free, bi-lingual Murder Mystery weekend planned for Dungarvan, Co Waterford, on November 16 and 17. He leads a free, guided walking tour of the town, visiting sites of murders, hangings and other violent occurrences in the history of the town. All events are free, are organised by the Irish Office at Waterford City and County Council as part of the ongoing Bliain na Gaeilge and Creative Ireland celebrations.
Photo;Mary Browne

The wrongful conviction and subsequent hanging of innocent men for murder in the 1880s and the mystery disappearance of a local postman on Christmas Day almost one hundred years ago are among the many real life tragedies which will be under the spotlight at the, bi-lingual Murder Mystery weekend planned for Dungarvan, Co Waterford, on November 16 and 17.

Locals and visitors with an interest in history, the law, language, tall tales, mystery and mayhem, will be enthralled throughout the two-day, free programme of Irish language and bi-lingual events. It’s all organised by the Irish Office at Waterford City and County Council as part of the ongoing Bliain na Gaeilge and Creative Ireland celebrations.

There will be  free children’s storytelling and mask-making, big screen drama, walks, talks, storytelling, singing and more, Irish Officer, Máire Seó Breathnach, revealed. And you don’t have to be a native or a fluent Irish speaker to join in. Many of the big screen events will be subtitled and several events will be conducted in both Irish and English, she explained.

“It’s the first time we’ve staged a Murder Mysteries weekend and we feel that it’s an appropriate time of the year to hold such an event. We have gone all out to provide something for everyone – be they Irish speakers, those with little or no Irish, someone interested in history, folklore, music and song, locals or visitors. There is a wide range of events and activities to suit different age groups and interests.

“Dungarvan, like many places, has its tragedies and its unsolved mysteries and crimes. Murder is a recurring  theme in storytelling, in folklore and unfortunately, in real life. These mysteries and murders have fascinated people down through the generations.

“Our opening night events on Friday 16th November will look at a particularly fascinating aspect of justice when it comes to murder, probing how the truth was lost in translation in the Maam Trasna Murder Trial in the 1880s, as native Irish speakers from Connemara stood trial in an English-speaking court through a language they neither understood nor spoke. We will discuss if the same could apply today to non-English speaking immigrants who find themselves in Irish courts in today’s justice system.

We are delighted to have former governor of Mountjoy, John Lonergan, and Law and Irish lecturer at UCC, Dr Seán Ó Conaill, speaking on this topic at Dungarvan Courthouse. This opening event will also include a performance of a short excerpt from the Maum Trasna Murder Trial by local actors from Aisteoirí an tSean Phobail and Lismore. This will be followed by the screening of the film ‘Murdair Mhám Trasna’ in the SGC Cinema. Seán Ó Cuirreáin, author of a book on the wrongful conviction and subsequent hanging of the Maum Trasna men, on which the film is based, will discuss the case following the film.“There’s also a light and a fun side to the weekend with our bilingual children’s events – storytelling in Dungarvan  Library and an art and craft workshop in the Old Market House Arts Centre.We’re hoping that as many people as possible will join in for what is shaping up to be a great Bliain na Gaeilge celebration.”

The second day’s events include a free, children’s storytelling session in the library with storyteller Máirín Mhic Lochlainn. It is primarily aimed at 8 to 10 year-olds and no pre-booking is necessary. Local historian, John Young, will give a free, guided walking tour of the town on Saturday at noon, visiting sites of murders, hangings and other violent occurrences in the history of the town.

A children’s art workshop follows that afternoon at 2pm in the Old Market House Arts Centre. Participants will work with a local artist and make their very own Dia de los Meurtos masks. All materials will be provided free of charge to the participants.

Saturday afternoon’s free programme continues with the screening of a subtitled documentary, ‘The Missing Postman’ in the SGC Cinema, followed by a talk with Fachtna Ó Drisceoil, author of a book on the mystery disappearance of a local postman in Stradbally, who disappeared on Christmas Day in the 1920s, never to be seen again.

The weekend festivities will close on a high note with an informal storytelling and sing-along session on the general theme of Murder in the Irish Ballad Tradition! Among those who will take part are sean-nós singer, Ciarán Ó Gealbháin, local historians Síle and Seán Ó Murchú and many, many more.

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Media contact: Neans McSweeney, McSweeney Media (086) 2620 355 or neans@mcsweeneymedia.ie

Festival contact; Máire Seó Breathnach (0761) 102 884 or (087) 743 4123

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Scéalta Dúnmharaithe, Rúndiamhra, Seanachas & Scannáin

Scéalta Dúnmharaithe, Rúndiamhra, Seanachas & Scannáin
i nDún Garbhán ar an 16 & 17 Samhain

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Local historian and author, John Young, pictured at Dungarvan Castle ahead of the free, bi-lingual Murder Mystery weekend planned for Dungarvan, Co Waterford, on November 16 and 17. He leads a free, guided walking tour of the town, visiting sites of murders, hangings and other violent occurrences in the history of the town. All events are free, are organised by the Irish Office at Waterford City and County Council as part of the ongoing Bliain na Gaeilge and Creative Ireland celebrations.
Photo;Mary Browne

Beidh ciontú éagórach fir neamhchiontacha, a crochadh dá bharr sna 1880daí, maraon leis an scéal a bhain le fear a’ phoist a d’imigh ó radharc go mistéireach Lá Nollag beagnach céad bhliain ó shoin i measc na dtragóidí ón bhfíorshaol a bheidh á chíoradh le linn Deireadh Seachtaine Dúrúin Dúnmharaithe a bheidh ar siúl i nDún Garbhán, Co Phort Láirge ar an 16 agus 17 Samhain seo.

Ócáid í seo a bheidh mar dhíol spéise dóibh siúd a bhfuil suim acu sa stair, sa dlí, sa teanga, sa scéalaíocht agus i mistéirí, le dhá lá d’imeachtaí Gaeilge agus dátheangacha saor in aisce don bpobal. Tá sé á n-eagrú ag Oifig na Gaeilge de chuid Chomhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge mar chuid de chlár imeachtaí Bhliain na Gaeilge agus Éire Ildánach de chuid na Comhairle.

Beidh scéalaíocht agus dearadh aghaidh fidil saor in aisce do pháistí, drámaíocht ar an scáileán mór, siúlóidí, cainteanna, scéalaíocht, amhránaíocht agus go leor, leor eile ar siúl, arsa Oifigeach Gaeilge na  Comhairle agus eagraí na féile, Máire Seó Breathnach.

“Seo an chéad uair dúinn a leithéad de dheireadh seachtaine a eagrú agus is dóigh linn gur am tráthúil den mbliain í. Tá súil againn go mbeidh rud éigint ann do gach duine idir chainteoirí líofa agus daoine ar bheagán Gaeilge, de bharr go mbeidh furmhór na n-imeachtaí dátheangach agus fo-theidil leis na scannáin a bheidh á dtaispeáint. Chomh maith leis sin, tá rudaí difriúla á n-eagrú againn d’aois-ghrúpaí éagsúla, idir scéalaíocht, amhránaíocht, cainteanna agus ealaín.

“Ar nós ana-chuid áiteanna eile, tharla roinnt tragóidí agus coireanna i nDún Garbhán nár réitíodh fós. Tá an dúnmharú mar théama i ngo leor den mbéaloideas, sa scéalaíocht agus, faraoir sa ghnáth-shaol féin. Síos tríd na glúnta, tá sé léirithe go bhfuil an-suim ag daoine i místéirí agus sa dúnmharú.

Ócáid don Oscailt Oifigiúil
“Beidh ceist an-spéisiúil maidir leis an gcóras dlí á cíoradh againn ag an oscailt oifigiúil ar an Aoine, 16 Samhain, agus sinn ag féachaint ar chonas mar a pléadh le cúrsaí teanga i gCás Cúirte Mhám Trasna sna 1880daí. Bhí cainteoirí dúchais Gaeilge as Conamara os comhair na cúirte, a reachtáileadh i mBéarla, teanga ná raibh aon tuiscint acu air. Féachaimid ar an tionchar a bhí aige sin ar thoradh na trialach agus an bhfuil a leithéad fós ag tarlú aon uair a mbíonn imircigh ó thíortha eile nach bhfuil an Béarla ar a dtoil acu os comhair na cúirte sa chóras dlí in Éirinn sa lá atá inniu ann.

Beidh áthas orainn fáilte a chur roimh iar-ghobharnóir Mhuinseo, John Lonergan agus An Dr. Seán Ó Conaill, léachtóir Dlí agus Gaeilge i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh, a labharfaidh ar an ábhar seo i dTeach na Cúirte, Dún Garbhán oíche Aoine. Beidh mír drámaíochta as cás cúirte Mhám Trasna á léiriú ag aisteoirí áitiúla ó  Aisteoirí an tSean Phobail agus ón Lios Mór chomh maith le linn na himeachta seo. Ina dhiaidh san, beidh seans ag daoine féachaint ar an scannán ‘Murdair Mhám Trasna’ i bPictiúrlann an SGC agus beidh an t-údar Seán Ó Cuirreáin, a scríobh an leabhar ‘Éagóir’, ar a bhfuil an scannán bunaithe, i mbun cainte agus díospóireachta leis an lucht féachana tar éis an scannáin.

Imeachtaí do Pháistí

“Beidh imeachtaí spraoiúla agus bríomhara againn do pháistí chomh maith, le scéalaíocht i Leabharlann Dhún Garbhán ar a 11 a chlog ar an Satharn, 17 Samhain le Máirín Mhic Lochlainn, dírithe ar pháistí idir ocht agus deich mbliain d’aois. Reachtáilfear ceardlann ealaíne do pháistí in Ionad Ealaíon Seanteach an Mhargaidh tráthnóna Dé Sathairn ar a dó a chlog, le dearadh aghaidh fidil. Tá súil againn go dtiocfaidh go leor daoine amach chun taitneamh a bhaint as na himeachtaí saor in aisce seo agus glacfar le páistí ar bhonn tús freastail ar an gceann is túisce.

Ar an SatharnTaispeánfar an clár faisnéise ‘The Missing Postman’ i bPictiúrlann an SGC tráthnóna Dé Sathairn, le caint le húdar leabhair ar an ábhar, Fachtna Ó Drisceoil. Insíonn an clár agus an leabhar scéal mar gheall ar fhear a’ phoist a d’imigh ó radharc go mistéireach Lá Nollag sna 1920daí sa tSráidbhaile i gContae Phort Láirge.

Cuirfear críoch le clár an deireadh seachtaine le seisiún neamhfhoirmeálta seanachais agus amhránaíochta ar théama an dúnmharuithe agus an bháis i dtraidisiún na mbailéad agus na n-amhrán. Beidh amhránaithe agus seanchaithe ar nós Ciarán Ó Gealbháin agus Síle agus Seán Ó Murchú ag glacadh páirte, chomh maith le go leor eile.

CRÍOCH

Teagmhálaí dos na meáin: Neans McSweeney, McSweeney Media (086) 2620 355 nó neans@mcsweeneymedia.ie

Teagmhálaí na Féile; Máire Seó Breathnach (0761) 102 884 nó (087) 743 4123

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Waterford shortlisted for Ireland’s Friendliest Place award

Waterford has been shortlisted for the Retail Excellence Ireland “Ireland’s Friendliest Place” award.

C.E. Michael Walsh expressed best wishes to all involved commenting “being shortlisted for Ireland’s Top 5 Friendliest place represents an achievement in itself as it recognises the standards of customer excellence. The winner of the award will be announced at the REI Awards this Sat 10th, November in Killarney.

This award marks the significant contribution being made by the Retail Industry and City and County Councils in driving standards and keeping our town centres vibrant. #ThisIsRetail

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West Waterford Energy Day

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Waterford in 1918 – The Contribution of Cathal Brugha

There will a conference on the Contribution of Cathal Brugha in Waterford during 1918 taking place on December 1st 2018,  in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan.

This is part of the ongoing programme of commemorations for the Decade of Centenaries supported by the Waterford Commemorations Committee.

Attendance is free of charge  and bookings can be made either through archivist@waterfordcouncil.ie or on eventbrite – https://bit.ly/2RCzsnO

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