Lismore & Dungarvan host free Open Air Recitals for BVOF

Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival joyfully engages audiences through a creative and imaginative programme of opera and classical music in the beautiful Blackwater Valley. They showcase emerging Irish talent alongside established international artists and deliver memorable and inspirational experiences that enrich the cultural life of the region.

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival are delighted to return with a series of free open air, lunchtime recitals after the success of the performances at last year’s festival. To celebrate our 2022 festival, we will be hosting surprise guest line-ups of our favourite artists, and extending the recitals into Lismore, Dungarvan, Youghal, and Fermoy – for the very first time.The BVOF open air lunchtime recitals are the perfect opportunity to enjoy some highlights of classical and operatic repertoire in a less formal way. We present these performances as an opportunity to enjoy a flavour of the festival with some beautiful music, atoutdoor settings around the Blackwater Valley.

  • Wednesday 1 June, 1.00pm – Millennium Park, Lismore
  • Friday 3 June, 12.00pm – Walton Park, Dungarvan

Tickets are free of charge but booking is required. Please visit https://blackwatervalleyoperafestival.com/recital-performances/ or contact the box office on to book your tickets on +353 (0)87 407 9250

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Boil Water Notice remains in place on Ballymacarbry Public Water Supply

Boil Water Notice remains in place over the weekend for those supplied by the Ballymacarbry Public Water Supply

Utility working to lift BWN as soon as possible

Friday, 27 May 2022 – Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council issued a Boil Water Notice on Friday, May 13 to protect the health of approximately 671 consumers supplied by the Ballymacarbry Public Water Supply scheme.

This Boil Water Notice remains in place over the weekend and will be reviewed next week with works and testing ongoing. The utility is working towards lifting the Boil Water Notice as soon as possible with testing and works ongoing.

Ballymacabry has experienced water shortages over previous summers, and in an effort to supplement the supply a new trail well was drilled. The works on site resulted in increased turbidity in the supply and experts are currently working to bring in the new supply and reduce the increased levels in turbidity.

This Boil Water Notice applies to all consumers supplied by the Ballymacarbry Public Water Supply including the following areas: Ballymacarbry, Castlereagh, Knockalisheen, Nire and Fourmilewater. Customers can also check if they are impacted by this Boil Water Notice by visiting www.water.ie/help/water-quality/ and entering their property’s Eircode in the search bar.

Irish Water’s primary focus is and always will be the protection of public health. Drinking water experts from Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council are working to implement solutions to lift the notice as quickly and as safely as possible in consultation with the HSE. In the meantime, all customers on this supply are advised to boil and cool their water before use until further notice.

Irish Water’s Ronan Walsh acknowledged the impact of this notice on the community and regrets the inconvenience to impacted customers, adding: “Public health is Irish Water’s number one priority, and we are working closely with Waterford City and County Council to restore drinking water quality for all impacted customers in Ballymacarbry and to lift the Boil Water Notice as quickly as it is safe to do so, and in consultation with the HSE. We regret the impact that this Boil Water Notice will have on the local community and would like to assure them that we are prioritising works to restore a safe water supply with a view of lifting the notice as soon as it is safe to do so.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice and are reminded that the water is safe to consume once boiled and cooled. In line with HSE advice on hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

Water must be boiled for:

•    Drinking;

•    Drinks made with water;

•    Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating;

•    Brushing of teeth;

•    Making of ice – discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.

What actions should be taken:

•    Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads);

•    Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling;

•    Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink;

•    Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water;

•    Prepare infant feeds with water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been re-boiled several times. If bottled water is used for the preparation of infant feeds it should be boiled once and cooled. If you are using bottled water for preparing baby food, be aware that some natural mineral water may have high sodium content. The legal limit for sodium in drinking water is 200mg per litre. Check the label on the bottled water to make sure the sodium or `Na’ is not greater than 200mg per litre. If it is, then it is advisable to use a different type of bottled water. If no other water is available, then use this water for as short a time as possible. It is important to keep babies hydrated.

Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

Updates are available on our Water Supply Updates section on water.ie, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1800 278 278.

ENDS

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Public Consultation : Proposed Walking Trail at Cappoquin, Co. Waterford

Notice is hereby given that Waterford City & County Council proposes to seek approval of An Bord Pleanála for a proposed walking trail at Cappoquin and Kilbree East, Co. Waterford, comprising

  • A steel platform structure to link Avonmore Bridge with the existing Cappoquin Rowing Club access ramp
  • Refurbishment of the existing Cappoquin Rowing Club access ramp with anti-slip surfacing and new balustrades
  • A new, asphalt surfaced trail route through the grounds of Cappoquin Rowing Club
  • New steps and pathway from Cappoquin Rowing Club to the N72
  • A new pedestrian and vehicular access between Port na h’Abhann and Cappoquin Rowing Club
  • Steps, stone gabions and landscaping between the proposed vehicular access to Cappoquin Rowing Club and the river
  • A paved walking route along the quay wall to the rear of properties on Port na h’Abhann, including new restraint along the river
  • New public realm spaces and a refurbished slipway at Cappoquin Boat Club
  • A woodland embankment trail on the eastern approach to the Old Red Railway Bridge, together with landscaping of the embankment and timber post and wire fence
  • Refurbishment of the masonry and steel sections of the Old Red Railway Bridge to form a new walking route, including asphalt surfacing on the masonry section of the bridge, decking to support composite surfacing on the steel section, balustrades, and planted areas
  • Surface treatment of the existing steel on the Old Red Railway Bridge, including grit blasting and surface coating
  • A new steel access ramp to provide multi-user access to the western landing of the Old Red Railway Bridge, including balustrades
  • Refurbishment of the existing footpath along Tourin Road using asphalt and granite kerbing
  • Refurbishment of the existing footpath along Avonmore bridge using natural stone paving together with a new drainage channel
  • Public lighting along the entire trail route

The following Protected Structures are considered to be materially affected by the proposed development:

RPS Number NIAH Reg Number Townland Location/Name Structure/Use
50 22810097 Cappoquin Avonmore Bridge Vehicular bridge
519 22810114 Kilbree East Cappoquin Railway Viaduct Disused railway bridge

An Architectural Heritage Impact Assessment Report has been prepared in respect of the effect of the proposed development on these structures. An Appropriate Assessment Screening Report and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) has been prepared as part of the application for approval in respect of the proposed scheme.

An Bord Pleanála may give approval to the application for development with or without conditions or may refuse the application for development.

A copy of the Plans and Particulars for the development, the Natura Impact Statement, and the Appropriate Assessment Screening Report will be available for inspection at the following locations during working hours from Friday 27th May 2022 to Friday 8th July 2022 inclusive:

  • The offices of Waterford City & County Council:
    • Customer Care Office, Bailey’s New Street, Waterford, X91 XH42. Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4pm (open through lunch).
    • Customer Care Office, Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. X35 Y326. Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4pm (open through lunch).
    • Available for inspection below.
  • The Offices of An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, between the hours of 9.15am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The Natura Impact Statement and the Appropriate Assessment Screening Report may be inspected free of charge or purchased on payment of a specified fee (which shall not exceed the reasonable cost of making such copy).
Submissions or observations may be made in writing only to An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 D01V902 during the above-mentioned period relating to:

  • The impact of the proposed development, if carried out, for proper planning and sustainable development in the area or areas concerned.
  • The likely effects of the proposed development on the environment, and
  • The likely significant effects of the proposed development on a European site.

Submissions or observations must be received by An Bord Pleanála not later than 5.30 pm on Friday 8th July 2022.

A person may question the validity of a decision by An Bord Pleanála by way of an application for judicial review, under Order 84 of the rules of the Superior Courts (S.I. No.15 of 1986) in accordance with Section 50 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).

Practical information in respect of the judicial review process can be accessed on the Board’s website: www.pleanala.ie or on the Citizens Information Service website: www.citizensinformation.ie

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Reminder: Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2022

Deadline: 22nd June 2022 at 12 noon

Since 1998 the Arts Office of Waterford City & County Council has been running this national annual Creative Writing Award to celebrate the rich literary life of the late Molly Keane.  Molly lived in Ardmore, Co. Waterford until she died in 1996.

She started writing at a young age to ‘supplement her dress allowance’. Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell. She married into the Keane family of West Waterford but sadly her husband died at the age of 36. Molly ceased writing until 1981 when ‘Good Behaviour’ was published under her real name.  It became a publishing sensation and was well received as a masterpiece of black comedy for which she was short-listed for the prestigious Booker Prize in 1981.

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council by kind permission of the Keane family is now inviting entries for a previously unpublished short story for this years’ award.

The closing date for receipt of entries is Wednesday 22nd June 2022 at 12 noon. There is a cash prize of €250 plus a course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore to the value of €250 for the winner and there is no entry fee. Full guidelines and the online submission details are now live on the Waterford Submit platform see: https://submit.link/TR

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Reminder: Have your say on new National Cycle Network for Ireland

Today May 4th, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has launched a public consultation for the proposed new National Cycle Network. Anyone interested is invited to view the proposals at https://ncn.consultation.ai/  and feedback through this link before June 7th.

  • TII would like to hear peoples’ views on an ambitious proposed 3,500km National Cycle Network for Ireland
  • this core cycle network will roll out in the coming years and connect key destinations across the country with safe and attractive routes, including more than 200 villages, towns and cities
  • the network will make it easier and safer for more people to cycle for commuting, leisure and tourism, reducing reliance on the car

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) today launched plans for an ambitious National Cycle Network (NCN), a planned core cycle network of 3,500km that will criss-cross the country, connecting more than 200 villages, towns and cities. The network will include cycling links to transport hubs, education centres, employment centres, leisure and tourist destinations, and support “last mile” bicycle deliveries.

For background, last year, the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan requested TII to lead the development of a new NCN for Ireland. Since Autumn 2021, TII has worked with a range of partners, including the Department of Transport, to develop a draft NCN for public consultation. It is anticipated that the final plan, which will take into account public feedback and ideas, will go for Ministerial approval in Quarter 3 this year, in line with the Climate Action Plan. Thereafter, the NCN will move quickly into the implementation phase.

The NCN map incorporates many existing and planned Greenways as well as a range of proposed new cycle routes, as part of its proposed national cycle corridors. The NCN will also complement and integrate local cycling development projects and Greenways. It will enable people to easily cycle to the centre of villages, towns and cities, being developed by the Active Travel programme as overseen by the National Transport Authority (NTA). It is envisaged the most of the NCN will be delivered by local authorities over the coming years.

The public consultation on the new NCN is open from Wednesday 4 May to Tuesday 7 June 2022. The NCN map, background information, as well as details on how to have your say, can be found online at: ncn.consultation.ai.

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Deise Delight at 2021 Pride of Place awards

Waterford had a strong showing at the 2021 IPB Cooperation Ireland Pride of Place awards, which recently took place in Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Having been postponed last year due to Covid-19, there was strong Waterford representation at the awards in the Kingdom earlier this month, with three Waterford entries in various categories; the Gracedieu Combined Residents Association, The Deise Women’s Shed, and Rathgormack North Waterford Community Development.

Pride of Place is an all-island competition that recognises improvements made by local communities to create civic pride in their area.  The competition focus is about people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their area.

The Deise Women’s Shed were runners-up in the Community Wellbeing Initiative Category, having secured a permanent site for the new Women’s Shed in Dungarvan, for providing a great resource for women in the locality and providing a sense of belonging to its members.

In the Cities Section – Urban Neighbourhoods with population of over 3000, The Gracedieu Combined Residents Association was announced as the overall winner.  The judges were particularly impressed by a very strong voice of advocacy and a spirit of inclusivity in the Gracedieu Combined Residents Association.

The area of Gracedieu/Carrickphierish is a continually developing area of the North West suburbs of Waterford City.  Local residents’ concerns that new housing estates and suburbs often develop ahead of community needs and identity prompted the establishment of the Gracedieu Combined Residents Council.

The group consists of representatives from many of the housing estates in the suburb and this structure enables all estates to have an effective strong voice in advocating for the community needs.

The focal community point is the new library and community rooms, which are used for meetings and community events such as the Get to Know Your Neighbour Festival, with the sports hall facilitating The Come and Try sports and Zumba dancing sessions.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the group continued working on plans to develop a local community market and allotments, with plans well advanced for the establishment of a new juvenile GAA and soccer club.  The group also engaged with Waterford City and County Council’s Keep Well Campaign and with the Community Garda.

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Active Travel Scheme – Footpath Construction – Bayview to Youghal Road, Dungarvan

Waterford City & County Council in partnership with the NTA is currently delivering an Active Travel programme across the county. The programme’s goal is to promote walking and cycling and to develop the infrastructure to allow people change from a reliance on their cars for local journeys and to walking and cycling as a sustainable form of transport.

As part of this programme the development of local pedestrian routes is vital, and we have sought to identify and sought submissions from the public on potential routes that we can develop to help this change happen.

One such route that we now have funding to develop to a high quality is the existing link between Bayview and the Youghal Rd in Dungarvan.

The proposal involves the construction of a new 2.5m footpath with new planting and low-level lighting between Bayview and Youghal Rd. The aim is to improve the existing link and offer a more attractive route for active travel use in the area. We have attached further details of the scheme.

Projects like this aim to improve existing links, and develop new paths between communities, local services, and amenities.

The active travel programme is managed by your local authority and funded by the National Transport Authority and is part of the national transport strategy to reduce our country’s transport associated carbon emissions; in that since these connectivity schemes represent one element of the local face of climate action in your area. They represent a small part of many changes we need to make to the way we travel.

We are aiming to carry out the proposed works this summer and we would like to hear your opinion on this scheme and any other ideas you might have for similar projects in your area and beyond.

Submissions or comments should be submitted before 10th June 2022.

You can contact the team directly by email to ActiveTravel@waterfordcouncil.ie

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Waterford/Kilkenny partnership wins ArtLinks Collaboration Award 2022

The Artlinks partnership of local authorities Arts Offices in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s ArtLinks Collaboration Award are County Waterford based artist Sarah Lincoln and the Kilkenny based writer Willie-Joe Meally.

Visual artist Sarah Lincoln and writer Willie-Joe Meally look forward to collaborating in the creation of a moving-image work based around a flooded mine outside Castlecomer in Co. Kilkenny. Tracing the surface route of these flooded mining tunnels they will use words and imagery to reflect upon how the stories and practices associated with the mine still ripple out with meaning today.

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 professional and emerging artists living in the south east region through 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.

Artlinks is a partnership initiative of local authorities Arts Offices in County Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford with the Arts Council of Ireland for supports to artists living in the south east region.

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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