Pop up “walk-in/no appointment necessary” COVID-19 test centre in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

As an additional facility, the HSE will be operating a free “Pop up, walk-in/no appointment necessary” COVID-19 test centre on the grounds of Dungarvan Community Hospital, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of June.

The pop up test centre will operate on the grounds of Dungarvan Community Hospital from 11am to 7pm on all three days and caters to all ages (under 16s accompanied).

The HSE is concerned at an increase in cases of COVID-19 recorded in Co. Waterford over the last week and is encouraging people in communities throughout West Waterford to avail of this temporary facility in Dungarvan. People can avail of testing if they have concerns about Covid19, whether or not they have symptoms at the moment.

The HSE reminds everyone at this time of “the basics” in protecting one’s self and others from the spread of COVID-19. In particular, if you have symptoms, even if they are mild, do not attend work or social gatherings and get tested for Covid19 – see https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/preventing-the-spread/

Tá an HSE ag lonnú ionad tástála sealadach do COVID-19 ar an láthair ag Ospidéal Pobail Dhún Garbháin, Co. Phort Láirge ar Déardaoin 24ú, Aoine 25ú agus Sathairn 26ú lá Meitheamh. Ní gá aon choinne a dhéanamh ach teacht ar an lá agus tá an seirbhís saor in aisce.

Beidh an t-ionad ag Ospidéal Pobail Dhún Garbháin oscailte ó 11rn go 7in ar an trí lá úd. Gheobhaidh gach aois-ghrúpa freastail (ach caithfear cuideachta ‘bheith leo iad siúd fé 16).

Is ábhar imní don HSE an t-árdú tagtha ar chásanna COVID-19 i gCo. Phort Láirge le seachtain agus táthar ag moladh dóibh siúd i bpobail in iarthar Phort Láirge úsáid a bhaint as an áis sealadach seo.

Meabhraíonn an HSE do gach duine ag an uair seo áird a thabhairt ar na gníomhachta bunúsacha maidir le bac a chur ar leathnú COVID-19 – féach https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/preventing-the-spread/

The HSE’s COVID-19 Testing Centre located in Kilcohan, Waterford continues to operate as normal and can also be attended on a walk in, no appointment necessary basis.


NOTE:·       You can get a test if you have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 9 months – only get another test if you have symptoms of COVID-19

·       Do not bring a child to a walk-in centre if they are a close contact in a school setting. The contact tracing team will arrange the test and will contact you with the details.

·       You need to bring photo ID and provide a mobile phone number.

For further information, see also https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/testing/covid-19-walk-in-test-centres.html

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Freedom of Waterford (Honoris Causa) conferred on Henry de Bromhead

Freedom of Waterford (Honoris Causa) conferred on Henry de Bromhead

Issued: 16th June 2021

Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr. Damien Geoghegan today conferred the Freedom of Waterford on Waterford’s eminently successful racehorse trainer, Henry de Bromhead.

In a ceremony held at Tramore racecourse, the Butlerstown based sportsman joined the likes of Waterford sporting heroes John Treacy and Séan Kelly in having his name added to the Freemen’s Charter Roll, first established at the turn of the 18th century.

Speaking at the well-attended ceremony, Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr. Damien Geoghegan said:

“It was a great honour for me during my time as Mayor to put forward a proposal to confer this honour on Henry de Bromhead.  Like everyone interested in the sport of horse racing, I watched in admiration last Spring as Henry’s horses enjoyed unprecedented success at both Cheltenham and Aintree, establishing his stable as one of the best in Britain and Ireland.

Henry is such a humble man and a total professional in what he does … he works incredibly hard behind the scenes and is a credit to his industry and to Waterford.  I had no hesitation in putting forward this proposal, for what is a most fitting and truly deserved honour.”

Tramore Councillor Lola O’Sullivan, who formally proposed the honour referred to Henry de Bromhead’s commitment to his sport and his perseverance in his chosen field.

“Despite the unusual and sometimes terrible last 18 months or so, Henry and his team have scaled new heights and set new standards within the sport of national hunt racing.  His achievements place him now at the very pinnacle of a highly competitive sport and he and his team are folks we should be very proud of.”

Councillor John O’Leary, who seconded the Freedom proposal, joined the sentiments of all present, touching on the magnificent feat of sportsmanship seen recently when de Bromhead’s horses won all 4 major national hunt races in the one season.

“Within four unprecedented days last Spring, your stable pulled off a magnificent feat in winning Cheltenham’s Holy Trinity of races with Honeysuckle in the Champion hurdle, Put the Kettle On in a dramatic Champion Chase and Minella Indo completing the set the Gold Cup.

Three weeks, this time in the Aintree Grand National, you again trained the winner, where the ground-breaking jockey, Rachael Blackmore became the first female past the post in that race.”

Thanking the Mayor and those in attendance for the honour, in an interview with Kieran O’Connor, Henry de Bromhead touched on his unprecedented season

“It’s a great honour which I accept on behalf of not just myself and my family, but on my whole team here in Waterford.   Thank you everyone for the goodwill and support you have shown us this year.  I’m happy that we’re here in Tramore too, with my family connections with the racecourse going ack to my Grandfather’s time.  This year has been a terrific experience.”


Photographs of the event from Noel Browne will be syndicated, through Waterford City & County Council.


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Waterford Dog Shelter – Restricted Opening Hours

Waterford Dog Shelter – Restricted Opening Hours

  • THURSDAY 17th June 2021 TO FRIDAY 18th June 2021 – Restricted opening hours will apply
  • SATURDAY 19th June 2021 CLOSED

For enquiries and access to the Pound please, telephone 0761 10 20 20 or e-mail contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

MONDAY 21st June onwards – Usual opening hours apply

  • Monday to Friday 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
  • Saturday 11am to 1pm
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Restricted Opening Hours – Waterford Dog Shelter

Please note that #Waterford Council Dog Shelter, Bilberry will operate restricted opening hours on Wednesday, 16th June, 2021.

For enquiries and access to the Pound please telephone 0761 10 20 20 or e-mail contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

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Facebook friend request from “Waterford Council”


We are hearing several reports of “friend requests” from a profile purporting to be Waterford Council. Please note these are fraudulent and should not be accepted.

A business ‘page’ cannot send friend requests to an individual’s ‘profile’.  Someone else is after your info !

Please report incidents such as this to Facebook and to ourselves.

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Local Property Tax adjustment factor

The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor.

The members of Waterford City and County Council meet each year to consider this matter. They may set a local adjustment factor within the range of +/- 15% of the basic rate, or may decide not to adjust the basic rate, on an annual basis.

Waterford City and County Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of varying the basic rate of the Local Property Tax on businesses, individuals and on local authority services.

To make your submission you can write to: Local Property Tax Consultation, Finance Section, Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, Waterford. OR Alternatively submissions can be made by email to LPT@waterfordcouncil.ie or by online submission at: http://bit.ly/LPTAdjustment-2021

All submissions must be received by 30th June 2021. There is no prescribed format for a submission.

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Waterford City & County Council and Minister Humphreys launch Broadband Connection Points (BCPs)

Our Rural Future: Waterford City & County Council and Minister Humphreys launch Broadband Connection Points (BCP’s)

  • Knockanore Community Centre
  • Ballysaggart Community Centre
  • Modeligo Community Hall
  • Mount Melleray Community Hall

Waterford City & County Council, and Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD today launched the county’s Broadband Connection Points (BCPs).

The rollout of the BCPs are a key part of the Connected Communities Initiative, which is led by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications in partnership with National Broadband Ireland and Vodafone.

‘Connected Communities’ delivers high-speed internet access at publicly accessible sites for remote work, study, community/digital skills training, filing of forms and applications and a host of other digitally enabled services and amenities.

The initiative provides communities with connectivity (amber area of the National Broadband Plan), in advance of homes and businesses receiving future-proofed fibre broadband directly to their door.

The rollout of 300 BCPs nationwide is a key part of Our Rural Future, the Government’s five year strategy for rural Ireland.

Today, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys formally announced the four BCPs for Waterford.

Minister Humphreys said:

“I am delighted to officially launch the Waterford BCP network today.

“As part of the Connected Communities Initiative, this is an important step in having Waterford fully connected under the National Broadband Plan.

“The Government’s ambitious new plan for rural Ireland, Our Rural Future, places a huge emphasis on remote working and improving digital connectivity in our rural communities.

“The connectivity brought through the BCPs will be key to making these communities more attractive places to live, work and raise a family.

“As Minister, I am delighted to provide funding for a dedicated Broadband Officer in Waterford Local Authority. Not alone is my Department supporting the delivery of BCPs in terms of connections, we are also providing funding to support the fit out of these locations under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and we will continue to support Waterford with its plans for future development”.

Councillor Geoghegan Cathaoirleach of Waterford City & County Council stated:

“these facilities offer free WIFI outside in the car park and inside the community centre which is set up taking into account social distancing for citizens who need to complete tasks online, all free of charge”.

Councillor James Tobin Cathaoirleach of Dungarvan/Lismore District Council stated:

“Access to high-speed broadband connectivity has never been of greater importance and has become a vital utility, particularly in our rural communities. We are delighted to see Knockanore, Ballysaggart, Modeligo and Mount Mellary Community Centres open as Broadband connection points (community WIFI). The local community and surrounding communities can call to the community centre and access this high-speed broadband. This is a significant milestone for the area”.

Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services, Waterford City & County Council:

“welcomed the launch of the County’s BCP’s, highlighting the important roll BCPs can play in providing access to high-speed broadband during the Covid-19 crisis, enabling rural communities to stay connected and in touch”.

Jack Doyle, the Council’s Head of IS and Digital Officer stated:

“Waterford City & County Council are delighted that Waterford have 4 BCP’s connected at Knockanore Community Centre, I wish to thank the local community volunteers at the 4 Community Centre’s for their vital input and help in getting the sites up and running. I would like to invite all citizens to come and experience this community WI-FI.”

Peter Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer at National Broadband Ireland, commented:

“NBI is proud to be empowering the Broadband Connection Points programme by installing community facilities with essential access to free high-speed internet access. As our teams continue to make tremendous progress with our Fibre-to-the-Home rollout to bring high-speed broadband to every home, farm, business and school in the Intervention Area, Broadband Connection Points pave the way for the wider rollout of the National Broadband Plan.”

Anne O’Leary, CEO Vodafone Ireland said:

“Vodafone is proud to partner with Government on Connected Communities, providing best in class Wi-Fi to rural communities across Ireland. Today, we are delighted to see the launch of Waterford Connected Communities, bringing high-speed connectivity across the county. Technology and connectivity has afforded us a sense of normality in truly abnormal times and has supported the dramatic and necessary shift to online in terms of how we live, work and interact. These Connected Communities will help Waterford embrace this digital society by giving opportunities for remote work, study, community and digital skills training and a host of other digitally enabled services. As they evolve and grow, Connected Communities will provide an opportunity to transform the economic and social fabric of rural towns and communities by addressing the digital divide, improving lives, creating jobs and stimulating rural economic growth”.

The broadband officer also thanked the Dept of Rural and Community Development, Dept. of Environment, Climate and Communications, National Broadband Ireland, and Vodafone Ireland for their work to develop a network of BCPs in Co. Waterford under the connected communities initiative.


For further information on this initiative please contact broadbandofficer@waterfordcouncil.ie


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Tánaiste Opens Funding Scheme to Help Businesses with Fixed Costs

Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) open from today for applications from both SMEs & microenterprises

Thursday 10 June 2021 The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD today, opened the Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) for a second round of applications from both SMEs and microenterprises. Businesses that received the grant in the first round can receive a second grant provided they are still eligible.

From today SMEs and microenterprises can apply for a grant of €4,000 for those with turnover above €50,000 and €1,000 for microenterprises with a turnover of between €20,000 and €49,999, via a new streamlined application process through their Local Authority or Local Enterprise Office.

Following on from a recent Government decision, businesses operating from non-rateable premises, such as a home office or hot-desk are also eligible to apply.

The Tánaiste said:

“This Scheme will help small businesses not eligible for our other schemes with their fixed costs. Both SMEs and our microenterprises, those with fewer than 10 employees, can apply for a grant of €4,000 or €1,000 depending on the size of the business.

“We extended the eligibility recently to include those businesses that are operating from non-rateable premises such as a home office or hot-desk. Our aim throughout the pandemic, has been to include as many businesses as possible with all the Government funding schemes that are in place.

“Interested businesses can apply from today through their Local Enterprise Office (LEO) or Local Authority and I’d encourage them to do so. I know it’s a modest enough grant but it will make a big difference in helping with utility, IT, legal and accountancy bills and the other fixed costs incurred by a business.

“My message to those running businesses today is that the Government will continue to help you as you get back on your feet. Brighter days are ahead.”

The Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) is for businesses which are not eligible for CRSS or other sector specific grants, that are down 75% or more of turnover.

Those who applied under Phase 1 are still eligible to apply for a second payment of €4,000 or €1,000 if they continue to meet the criteria. Interested businesses should contact their Local Authority or LEO. Closing date for Phase 2 applications is the 21st of July.

Businesses in receipt of the Employment Wage Subsidy can apply for and receive this grant without it affecting their claim.  It is a grant, not a loan or tax credit and is not re-payable.

These schemes are in addition to the comprehensive package the Government has put in place to help businesses and workers during the pandemic, including the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS), the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS), low-cost loans, the deferral and warehousing of tax liabilities and the waiver of commercial rates.

The Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English T.D. said:

“With the economy now re-opening in clear phases, and the vaccine roll-out comprehensively underway, the SBASC is an important element of the Economic Recovery Plan which sets out our renewed package of assistance, investments and policies for a new stage of economic recovery, providing a clear pathway for the labour market and enterprise towards new opportunities.

“SBASC will support those small and micro businesses in Ireland who will play a pivotal role in maintaining jobs and creating new opportunities for employment right across the country.  I urge qualifying businesses to apply for this support to help them through the next few months as the economy emerges once again from the impact of the pandemic.”

Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy T.D. said:

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and their recovery will be central to our jobs-led recovery. As we gradually reopen society, the expansion and streamlining of SBASC for Q2 applications to assist both small and micro enterprises will help address some of their fixed costs as they get back to business. While modest, Government is committed to supporting their long-term viability, particularly as we move into the early stages of recovery.

Through the various policies, financial support schemes available and regulatory responses currently underway we hope to rebuild a better, more resilient economy. Engagement will continue to ensure we are responsive to the needs of business and I encourage small businesses to ensure they are aware of the supports available to them.”


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Artlinks Collaboration Award 2021 Bursary Announcement

The ArtLinks partners are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Artlinks Collaboration Award are Na Cailleacha, an exhibition collaboration between visual artists from the South East region including Gerda Teljeur and Maria Lavigne based in Wexford, and Helen Comerford and Catherine Marshal based in Kilkenny. This collaborative exhibition will tour to arts venues in the South East including Wexford Arts Centre and Garter Lane Arts Centre,Waterford in 2021 and 2022 .

Recognising the importance of supporting our artists, the local authority Arts Offices of Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford, through the Artlinks programme, have been supporting artists in all art forms living in the South East region in the form of annual bursaries and professional development initiatives. In 2020 we introduced the Artlinks Collaboration Award worth up to €10,000, the aim of which is to encourage more collaboration between artists across the Artlinks counties and support artists seeking to expand their practice and networks regionally.

Na Cailleacha (the Witches) is an artists’ collective composed of eight women ranging in age from 64 to 84 years, dedicated to exploring creativity and lobbying for the needs of ageing artists. As part of Na Cailleacha exhibition they are planning a series developmental workshops and exploratory discussions , with invited guests from disciplines and areas of work, to be hosted in partner venues as they tour the South East beginning with The Age of Reason/Unreason at the Wexford Arts Centre in 2021 and later at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford. These workshops and discussions will explore ageing, art practice, health, creativity as a source of energy, isolation reduction and feminism, from a variety of viewpoints and will take place across disciplines of film, performance, music and painting,

For all ArtLinks enquiries please contact artlinks.ie@gmail.com

Follow @Artlinks.ie on Facebook and Instagram for more information and updates.

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