South East Science Festival 2021

 South East Science Week is almost upon us!

The annual celebration of Science takes place from 7 – 14 November and shines a spotlight on the importance of Science in our lives. The theme for Science Week 2021 is Creating Our Future.

For  Science Week, Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s  STEM Engagement Centre with Waterford and South Tipperary Library Service, have just announced a programme of events for the South East Science Festival.  The festival is part of national science week, coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland. This programme is set to give the public inspiration by providing an opportunity to explore how science is important in everything we do and how science can contribute to a better future. We are delighted to be working with partners Waterford ETB, Birchwood House, Brothers of Charity, Respond Housing, Oceanview House, Meals on Wheels, Coppercoast Geo Park, Waterford City and County Council, Waterford City and County Library Service, Waterford Childcare committee and local industry. Due to ongoing will Covid restrictions, this year’s festival will mostly be online.  Details and booking can be found at www.calmast.ie

Schools have always played an important part in Science Week and this year is no different. There are a multitude of stimulating events including the ultimate LEGO building workshops for selected community groups with Bricks 4 Kidz; Cas KramerHuman Variation – Genes, DNA and DNA fingerprinting, an interactive exploration of DNA; South African Global Teacher award winner and two times Tedx speaker Steve Sherman will deliver workshops for pre-schoolers; Talks from Chief Mathematical Entertainer at Bubbly Maths Caroline Ainslie; Science and Libraries with Executive Librarian, Tracy McEneaney; The Science of Extreme Sport delivered by Bruce Wardropfrom the Department of Sport & Exercise Science, WIT.

Specially developed science kits are being provided for a range of school, and community groups.

As Waterford IT and IT Carlow, are merging to form a Technological University of the Southeast including a careers event for secondary schools pupils featuring scientists from industry in the Waterford, South Tipperary and Carlow areas.

In addition to the programme of events for primary and secondary schools, we have a raft of events lined up for adults including The Science of Gin from Blackwater Distillery; Beer sommelier Judith Boyle and independent drinks consultant Susan Boyle will deliver The Bitter Truth on why some people crave these bitter drinks yet others are repulsed; an Agri Debate on the subject of ‘There is no viable future for farming in Ireland; A talk with coastal erosion expert Dr Keiran Craven from the department of The Environment, Climate and Communications in the Copper Coast Geo Park and The Science of Happiness with Waterford GP  Dr Mark Rowe who will emphasise the importance of self-care to enable us to learn from adversity and overcome burnout.

A highlight of the week will be our Science Family Fun Day which takes place on Sunday7 November with events such, Zoom Zoo, Family Scavenger Hunt and Super Science with Mark Langtry (RTE).

On behalf of the festival, Nollaig Healy said “Science is all around us, it impacts on everything we do and how we work and live – it really is fascinating. Science Week allows us the opportunity to examine areas of science that we don’t normally stop and think about. It takes science out of the classroom and lets us explore and interrogate how we can shape our future. ”

Details of the festival and booking can be found at: www.calmast.ie

For Science Week 2021, Science Foundation Ireland are encouraging people to engage with the “Creating our Future” national conversation on research in Ireland and have their say in what are the most important aspects of their lives they would like science and research to improve.

The Creating our Future campaign is an initiative of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and is taking place across 2021. If you would like to get involved with Science Week and #CreatingOurFuture in some way – submit questions through the #CreatingOurFuture platform, in the conversation on social media. The public can submit ideas and questions that could be addressed through the online platform – www.creatingourfuture.ie.

Science Week 2021 will be taking place all across Ireland from the 7th – 14th November with events for all ages. Visit wwww.calmast.ie for more information. Supported by Science Foundation Ireland, Waterford CountyCouncil, the festival brings World-renowned scientists and science presenters to the South East.

 

 

For more information, please contact Nollaig Healy, Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology

Nollaig.healy@wit.ie or by phone 086 0558081

 

 

 

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Severe Weather Warning for Rain for Waterford from Met Éireann

Severe Weather Warning for Rain for Waterford from Met Eireann
Following significant accumulations of rainfall, there will be additional accumulations this morning, with flooding in places.
Event: Rain
Severity: Orange
Valid from: Thu. 28/10 7AM – 12 noon

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Wicked Woods by Spraoi CANCELLED tonight (Oct27) due to yellow weather warning

Regrettably, due to a status yellow weather warning, tonight’s (Oct. 27) performance of Wicked Woods by Spraoi at WIT Arena is postponed. Wind conditions make the site unsafe for audiences cast and crew. Ticket holders may use their tickets to attend that same time-slot performance on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Alternatively, full refunds will be made on request.

You’ll find contact details on the Spraoi website

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ALERT: Road Closed due to Traffic Accident

The Dungarvan to Clonmel Road is currently closed due to a Road Traffic Accident.  Please avoid the route.

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Attention approved Housing applicants : Social Housing Assessment 2021

ATTENTION : APPROVED HOUSING APPLICANTS

Waterford City & County Council has recently undertaken a Social Housing Assessment. If you are an approved housing applicant whose file was not reviewed since 30th July 2020 and you are not on RAS, HAP or leasing scheme, you have until Friday 5th November 2021 to return the form received for the Social Housing Assessment 2021. Applicants may be removed from the housing list should they fail to return the form they received.

Please return the form and supporting documentation by post to the Housing Applications Office, Baileys New Street, Waterford or by email to ssha2021@waterfordcouncil.ie, instead of attending in person at the Customer Services Desk.

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Wicked Windows in Dungarvan for Halloween

Visit the ‘Wicked Windows’ at the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan for a festive and spooky experience compliments of the Dressing Dungarvan Initiative managed by the Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber in association with the Arts Service of Waterford City and County Council and supported by Waterford Council Festival funding.

From Friday 22 October all ages can enjoy comic witches, dancing skeletons and mummies appearing on to the windows of this historic building supported by spooky sounds. Starting at 4.30pm each day the dancing spooky Halloween characters will light up the building’s windows until 11.30pm nightly. However, you can come at any time of the day to view the Halloween themed ground floor window. The projection imagery has been created by Waterford visual artist John Loftus, known for Winterval lighting display. It will be lively and seasonal with appropriate spooky sounds. The entire scenes are installed by EveryEvent.

The Old Market House Arts Centre, Lower Main Street, is one of the most historic buildings in Dungarvan and a beautiful location for creativity and visual displays. The Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber is delighted to partner with the Old Market House Arts Centre on this piece of the Dressing Dungarvan Initiative. Earlier this year we saw the Giant Easter Egg on Grattan Square, for the entire summer there were giant ice creams doubling as tables outside Dungarvan Castle and a giant photo frame capturing Dungarvan quayside in the background, and so this is the next in the series of seasonally dressed spaces.

Leading the initiative is Jenny Beresford, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber CEO who said, “The Chamber believes that themed positive promotion is especially important to keep momentum energetic and positive. ‘Dressing Dungarvan’ places unique and creative features in the centre of town for everyone of all ages to interact with and enjoy.”

This is a sensory, creative, attractive and safe experience which will provide seasonal atmospheric cheer for many.”

The windows will be Wicked from Friday 22 October until Sunday 31st October aha ha ha ha

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Waterford City & County Council announces Partnership with Dungarvan – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán

Waterford City & County Council announces Partnership with Dungarvan College – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán With Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) – Schools’ Business Partnership Programme

Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce a new partnership with Dungarvan College – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán, facilitated by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), which was recently launched in Dungarvan.

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), through its Schools’ Business Partnership, partners schools with businesses and organisations and is aimed at informing and empowering second level students and introducing them to the world of work. Under this programme second level students from 2nd Year in Dungarvan College – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán will gain insights into the variety of work in Waterford City & County Council by hearing “a day in my working life” stories from a number of staff carrying out some of the many different roles in the Council. Through this engagement the students will see first-hand potential career paths that can be open to them through school completion.  Also as part of the programme, the students and their teachers will visit some of the sites and infrastructure managed by the Council so they will see as well as hear about some of the many projects and services delivered by Council staff.

Other sessions with the students will include a session dedicated to skills development which will be linked into Class Based Assessments (CBA) and a presentation on Health & Safety, which is relevant to all roles and careers, whatever the path chosen. In a wrap up session, the students who have been involved will do the talking and will tell the Council about what they have learned and in what way the programme has benefitted them.

Speaking at the launch, Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services, Waterford City and County Council said that the Council is looking forward to partnering with BITCI and giving second level students an insight into the work of the Local Authority.  “For students in second level who are considering their further education or career paths, this programme will give them a better understanding and overview of the work of Councils.  There is a wide breath of disciplines and skillsets required in the many departments of the Council and by showcasing these, we believe that it will appeal to many students as a potential career.  Whether it’s environmental sustainability, community engagement, forward planning, economic development, infrastructural design, or ICT, the range of potential career paths available in the Local Authority is wide-ranging.”

Principal of Dungarvan College, Coláiste Dhún Garbhán, Danny Cunningham said, “We are delighted to be part of the the ‘Skills at Work Programme’ that will give the students an insight into the world of work and to help them to consider various career and study options upon completion of secondary school.”

Leonard Kelly extended his thanks of behalf of BITCI to Waterford City & County Council and Dungarvan College for their enthusiasm and engagement around this programme. He added, “In my role as regional coordinator For BITCI I’m looking forward to supporting the building of a strong and lasting partnership between Dungarvan College and Waterford City and County Council. What is about to begin, has the potential to be transformative in the lives of the young students involved”

Waterford City & County Council has previously worked on successful BITC partnerships with secondary schools in Waterford City as part of Transition Year Programmes.  Nationally BITC has developed hundreds of partnerships, involving over 40,000 students across Ireland. In its involvement in this programme, Waterford City & County Council joins a line-up of renown with companies including KPMG, Mazars, State Street, Irish Life, Davy, KBC all involved in school partnerships across the Country.

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Present at the launch were:

Back Row:-  Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services, Carmel Hourigan, SEO Human Resources and Karen Hallahan AO Human Resources from Waterford City & County Council along with teachers Helen Hogan and Rachel Ahern and Danny Cunningham, Principal of Dungarvan College – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán, Front Row – Second Year Students Dungarvan College – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán

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Tramore Railway Station windows update

Under the Historic Towns Initiative 2021, the  Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and the Heritage Council  awarded   Waterford City and County Council an allocation of €77,500 for conservation works at The Railway Station in Tramore.

As part of the works the historic sliding sash windows and frames have been removed and taken to  the workshop at National Joinery in Wexford. There the paint was stripped back and  repairs were carried out . With the stripping back some on the numerals used  when assembling the windows  such as” VIII”  was revealed. The  very fine joinery work is evident  such as the mortice and tenon joints , which is where 2 pieces of wood meet , mainly at right angles such simple and strong detailing has contributed to the longevity of the  original windows.

Where wood is damaged, it is removed and replaced (spliced) with a new piece of wood. Works such as these   ensure   the embodied energy retention  by reuse of our historic stock. At present the windows are being painted and glazed.

We will keep you updated with their progress and their journey back to Tramore !

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Ferrybank Neighbourhood Park officially opened

The Ferrybank Neighbourhood Park was the centre of attention this morning as the Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr. Fidelis Doherty, Elected Members of Kilkenny County Council, Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. Joe Kelly and Elected Members, invited guests and members of the local community gathered to mark the official opening of the new neighbourhood park by the Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council and Mayor of Waterford City and County Council.

The Park secured funding from Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) together with funding from Kilkenny County Council and Waterford City and County Council.  It includes a playground, a meeting point for teenagers, outdoor gym, kickabout area, walking track, tree planting, a wildflower meadow and a terraced seating area for informal gatherings and events.  Local residents were involved in the planning and design of the Park through a very successful public consultation process carried out by Kilkenny County Council.

Speaking at the event, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr. Fidelis Doherty explained that the benefits of the Park to the community are far reaching saying “This Neighbourhood Park is a welcoming addition to our Parks and Green spaces and will play a major role in improving the health and well-being of the people of Kilkenny and Waterford.  The new play area is also a fantastic addition for our children to explore and have fun. With South East Greenway cycling and walking route from Waterford to New Ross which passes close to the Park currently under construction, the future is certainly bright in terms of the availability of amenity facilities for both local residents and visitors to Ferrybank.”

The Park opened for use in October last year and is already much loved by local residents which is evident in the numbers using the facility.  With so many features and elements, the Park has something for everyone to enjoy.

Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. Joe Kelly, in addressing those at the event said:  “Waterford City and County Council are delighted and proud to be associated with this Project.  It is a wonderful addition to community life in the Ferrybank area.  It is great to see projects like this come to fruition and I know the Park will have a long-lasting and positive impact on the lives of local residents.”

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