Temporary Road Closures for Séan Kelly Tour of Waterford

Temporary Road Closures for Séan Kelly Tour of Waterford.  This event takes place tomorrow 19th and Sunday 20th of August 2017.

The closing date for registration has been extended till 12 noon today, Friday 18th August.

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“Transforming Waterford” – an integrated transport proposal for Waterford

A Unique Opportunity for Waterford

Illustration of Potential Scale of Proposed North Quays Development

Illustration of Potential Scale of Proposed North Quays Development

Waterford City has been constrained in its growth by an absence of key infrastructure, particularly in respect of its river crossings and City Centre access. As a consequence its development has been compromised, leading to a less sustainable City Centre that is not delivering on its economic potential.

The City is, however, transforming from a historical manufacturing and port city to one where advanced manufacturing and knowledge based industries can marry with a significantly enhanced service sector, particularly in tourism and retail, to deliver an urban centre that can be a real driver for regional development and a centre of consequence in the National picture.

There is now a unique opportunity for City transformation on foot of the delivery of the City By-pass, the designation of the North Quays as a Strategic Development Zone and urban regeneration completed or underway. A finite public investment of €61.5 million in tandem with redevelopment of the North Quays will unlock Waterford’s potential and will deliver

  • A redevelopment of the North Quays, the iconic Ard Rí and Michael Street sites
  • A unique pedestrian friendly City Centre
  • A City with the only truly integrated transport hub
  • A dedicated walking and cycling route traversing through the whole City

The immediate benefit will see 1,000 construction jobs and 2,300 permanent jobs in retail, tourism and knowledge based enterprise but this will pale in comparison to the future potential delivery by way of

  • the opening up of development in the Northside and
  • the rebranding of the City through the elimination of the blight of dereliction on one whole face of the City Centre.

These combined developments will be a catalyst for the transformation of Waterford and
will see the delivery of the largest single regeneration project in this country, representing
a combined investment of €562 Million.  Public sector investment of €61.5 Million spread over three years is not small, even in National terms, but the yield is significant. The Economic Appraisal prepared by Indecon, and appended to the full document, outlines the positive rate of return, based primarily on immediate economic yields from the redeveloped the North Quays, Michael Street and Ard Rí sites where there are developer commitments in place. The benefit to cost ratio in present day terms relative to a do
nothing scenario is determined as delivering a cost/benefit ratio of 2.1.

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Waterford Harvest Festival set to cook up a storm!

02/08/17. FREE TO USE IMAGE. Waterford Harvest Festival. Pictured are Chef Keith Boyle with Kate Lemon and Harry Earl. A perennial favourite on the culinary calendar, Waterford Harvest Festival, returns to the city from September 8th to September 10th.
Now in its ninth year, Waterford Harvest Festival will focus the spotlight not only on the region’s great food producers, but also on the region’s great chefs and restaurateurs. Visit http://www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie. Picture: Patrick Browne

02/08/17. FREE TO USE IMAGE. Waterford Harvest Festival. Pictured are Mark Bergin; Coffee House Lane, Keith Boyle; Bay Tree Bistro, and Marek Koziol, Knockmealdown Honey with kids Caoimhe De Laire Staines (beekeeper), Kate Lemon (chef), Harry Earl (butcher) and Caoimhe De Laire Staines (beekeeper) and Louis O’ Neill (beekeeper). A perennial favourite on the culinary calendar, Waterford Harvest Festival, returns to the city from September 8th to September 10th.
Now in its ninth year, Waterford Harvest Festival will focus the spotlight not only on the region’s great food producers, but also on the region’s great chefs and restaurateurs. Visit http://www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie. Picture: Patrick Browne

A perennial favourite on the culinary calendar, Waterford Harvest Festival, will fill the streets with inviting sights, sounds and aromas as one of Ireland’s leading food festivals returns from September 8th to September 10th.

Now in its ninth year, Waterford Harvest Festival will focus the spotlight not only on the region’s great food producers, but also on the region’s great chefs and restaurateurs.

Director of Waterford Harvest Festival, Tommie Ryan is excited about the programme expansion for 2017.  “Waterford and its surrounds have a diverse and vibrant food producer scene and amazing chefs who are all too happy to use this local produce.  For those who grow, harvest, cook and produce some of the country’s best food, the Waterford Harvest Festival is a wonderful platform to showcase their work to thousands of people over the three-day festival.”

“We’re looking forward to welcoming back these food heroes to the Festival, and are equally excited about the introduction of some new restaurant events.  We have secured some very talented chefs to create unforgettable dining experiences over the Harvest weekend.”

One of the city’s most exciting chefs, Keith Boyle of the Bay Tree Bistro will host the Festival’s closing event in collaboration with Billy Whitty of Aldridge Lodge, Paul Haynes of La Cote Seafood and Michelin star chef Ken Harker of the Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet. (This event is sold out).  La Boheme Restaurant, which last year introduced Gautham Iyer’s Brahmin culinary philosophy to Waterford, will host renowned Japanese chef Takashi Miyazaki, while The Olive Tree Restaurant will prepare an exciting communal dining experience.

The Granary Café set in the bustling centre of the city will serve up a sophisticated Afternoon Tea consisting of sumptuous sandwiches, tasty pastries and delectable desserts made from the freshest local produce.  Dooley’s Hotel will host the ever-popular Love Local Lunch, whilst Burzza, in its inimitable style, is preparing a pizza / burger and craft beer pairing weekend.

Ryan added that the festival formula is always a crowd-pleaser because it offers something for everyone.  “In essence, the festival celebrates the food champions from the city and its surrounding counties.  Our food community is dedicated, hard-working and passionate about good food.  The Waterford Harvest Festival gives the public the opportunity to sample the best produce, learn about the food journey and have lots of fun in the meantime.”

Whilst introducing new events to the festival programme this year, such as the Free Flahavan’s Fit Family Breakfast and GastroGays Walsh’s Bakehouse Brunch, many of the elements that were hugely popular in previous years will be retained; the Ballybricken Fair, Blaa eating competition, GIY Grow, Eat, Cook, Festival Markets, Farm to Fork, WIT Calmast science workshops, food and movie pairings, Gintastic lunches, the Sunset Seaweed Feasts, the Fit Food and Wellness Area, Metalman Rocks Craft Beerfest, and the Pip and Pear Pop Up Baby Restaurant and many more. There will also be chainsaw wood carving demonstrations and sheep shearing, along with a whole host of animals for the family to meet.

To find out more about the Waterford Harvest Festival from September 8th to September 10th visit www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie or keep up to date on all things Harvest Fest by checking out #WaterfordHarvest on Facebook and Twitter.

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Waterford Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards 2017

At an awards ceremony held at Crosshaven Yacht Club on May 22nd, County Waterford’s beaches were awarded with 4 Blue Flag awards and 7 Green Coast awards for 2017.

These awards are only made to bathing areas with excellent water quality and beach management.  Clonea Beach, Dunmore East Main Strand, Dunmore Councillor’s Strand and Tramore were confirmed Blue Flag status and Green Coast awards were achieved for beaches at Guillamene, Newtown Cove, Ballyquin, Curragh, Goat Island, Annestown and Kilfarassy.

Classifications were based on tests carried out on these beaches over the period 2012 – 2016, with a classification of ‘excellent’ being achieved.

Bonmahon and Ardmore are also designated bathing areas and are candidate Blue Flag Beaches with Bonmahon being classified as sufficient and Ardmore as change.  A new wastewater treatment system was commissioned for Ardmore Village in 2015 which should ensure excellent bathing water quality for the coming season and hopefully the Blue Flag will be awarded soon!

County Waterford is renowned for its 100 km long stunning coastline.  For those wishing to walk, jog, swim, explore rock-pools, surf, scuba dive, fish, kite surf, observe wildlife or just relax, there is a place for you!  As part of its efforts to enhance this natural tourism attraction and provide amenities to the public and ensure good water quality, Waterford City & County Council is committed to ongoing management and stringent monitoring of the 30 bathing water areas dotted along the coast.

The major bathing areas are tested at least every 2 weeks, the medium every 4 weeks and the small at least once during the season, which runs from June 1st to September 15th. These results will be published on the EPA and Council websites and local notice board adjacent to the beach.

The Council’s aim is to help all visitors to the beaches and coastal areas enjoy themselves safely amid the stunning natural beauty of the Waterford coastline.  Waterford City & County Council is also considering the development of coastal Blueways along the Waterford coast. Blueways are coastal routes, where water based activities such as snorkelling and kayaking can be enjoyed.

Members of the public and interest groups are encouraged to provide suggestions on beach and coastal management in the county. Anyone interested should send their suggestions by email to bathing@waterfordcouncil.ie

Further information on Waterford bathing waters can be found on the Council’s website www.waterfordcouncil.ie, on the EPA bathing water website http://splash.epa.ie and on local beach notice-boards.

Let’s get out there and enjoy our beautiful coast!

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Temporary Closure of Waterford Archives: 14th – 21st August

Waterford Archive will be closed from Monday 14th August until Monday 21st August.

The Archive will be open in High Street on Tuesday 22nd August 10-2. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Please contact the Archivist at archivist@waterfordcouncil.ie or 0761102144 with any queries.

Beidh Cartlann Phort Láirge dúnta ar an Luain, 14 Mí Lúnasa go dtí Dé Luain 21 Mí Lúnasa.

Beidh an Chartlann ar oscailt arís in an tSráid Ard ar an Máirt 22 Mí Lúnasa 10-2. Gabh mo leithscéal as aon mhíchaoithiúlacht. Má tá aon cheisteanna, déan teagmháil leis an gCartlannaí ar archivist@waterfordcouncil.ie nó 0761102144.

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Minister Murphy invites proposals for social housing accommodation for people with special housing needs

Mr. Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, has invited a further round of housing proposals from Approved Housing Bodies to provide independent living accommodation for people with special housing needs. Funding for this purpose is available under the Capital Assistance Scheme and there are already over 130 approved construction projects in the pipeline that are providing over 1,220 social homes for some of the most vulnerable in our society including the elderly, homeless and people with disabilities.

The completion of projects under the Capital Assistance Scheme is ramping up and has recently seen newly built housing provided by Cluid at Broome Lodge in Dublin 7, by Peter McVerry Trust at St. Agatha’s Court, Dublin 1, by Respond at Carrickmacross and by the Irish Wheelchair Association at Belmullet, Co Mayo.

“The invitation for new projects under the Capital Assistance Scheme, to add to what is already in the pipeline, will help to maximise the contribution that Approved Housing Bodies can make to meeting housing needs. We want a pipeline of delivery across all areas of social housing and, in relation to sheltered housing for the most vulnerable in our society, the Approved Housing Bodies have great capacity for delivering high quality supports”, said Minister Murphy.

Local Authorities will now issue a ‘Call for Proposals’ to invite further construction and acquisition proposals from Approved Housing Bodies to meet this important need. This new ‘Call for Proposals’ under the Capital Assistance Scheme is being made in the context of Rebuilding Ireland, the Government’s Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness. €66 million has been set aside to facilitate the delivery of accommodation this year under the Scheme – expenditure under the scheme in 2016 was €37 million.

The Minister said “The Capital Assistance Scheme projects that are now coming on stream illustrate the very high quality housing that is being provided. We want to add to the pipeline of projects already in place so that we have delivery assured for the next few years. Indeed, I am particularly keen the over 1,000 new sheltered homes already under preparation by Approved Housing Bodies get on site as soon as possible. The funding is in place and each of these projects when completed, will bring about life-changing benefits to the tenants who will live in them”.

The Minister strongly acknowledged the contribution to date of the Approved Housing Bodies in the provision and management of social housing; their role in this regard has been specifically recognised in Rebuilding Ireland.  Working with local authorities, their delivery role under the Capital Assistance Scheme meets an important range of Government priorities in the areas of housing and in improving the quality of life for a range of people with particular needs.

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Latest #ArtforBuoys piece revealed in Dungarvan

The latest painted buoy in Dungarvan is located between Duckspool and Barnawee.  The artwork is by Shona Shirley Macdonald http://shonashirleymacdonald.com


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