Building Creative Communities Workshops

The Waterford Culture Team is currently rolling out its “Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 -2022” as part of the national Creative Ireland programme.  As part of this process and as a core pillar of the Creative Ireland programme Waterford is working to enable creativity in every community.

To commence this process they have developed a Cultural Communities Toolkit. This Toolkit is intended to help individuals and communities alike to understand what is available to them should they wish to create new cultural or creative programmes or activities in their local area.  This workshop is the first stage in building cultural communities across the county.

Who should attend?
Individuals or groups interested in developing their local culture, those building new cultural or creative programmes (e.g. drama groups, walking trail etc) Tidy Towns representatives, artists, creatives and venue managers etc.

What will I get from attending?
The workshop will provide an overview of the Cultural Communities Toolkit, allowing participants to get a better understanding of how culture can build sustainable communities, providing tips for developing successful cultural programmes which relate to specific communities and for developing successful marketing and awareness building for local events and programmes and understanding where funding can be sourced both locally and nationally to support your ideas. At the end of the workshop you will have a clearer understanding of how best to work together to enhance creativity and culture in your local area.

Date, Times

  • Monday 22nd October: LISMORE HERITAGE CENTRE, 2:30pm
  • Tuesday 23rd October: DUNGARVAN ARTS CENTRE, 10am
  • Tuesday 23rd October: ARDMORE HALL, 2:30pm
  • Monday 5th November: CARBALLY COMMUNITY CENTRE, 10am
  • Monday 5th November: TRAMORE COASTGUARD CENTRE, 2:30pm
  • Tuesday 6th November: KILMACTHOMAS RAINBOW HALL, 10am
  • Tuesday 6th November: ST. PATRICK’S GATEWAY CENTRE, Waterford City, 2:30pm

For more information contact: or phone 0761 10 2715



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IBAL Litter survey results released for Waterford

The most recent survey of litter levels in Ireland by Irish Business Against Litter has resulted in Waterford City Centre and Ballybeg both improving their rankings.

Waterford City Centre is deemed to be ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ in 10th place and Ballybeg improved its ranking to 21st out of 40 towns and cities, retaining it ‘Clean to European Norms’ status.

While Ireland’s towns and city centres are clean, disadvantaged areas of our cities are suffering increasing levels of litter. This is the finding of the latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).

Fermoy in Cork was the cleanest of the 40 towns and cities surveyed, but pockets of Galway, Dublin and Cork city were more heavily littered than in previous surveys. IBAL sees more mixed housing as the long-term solution to our urban litter problem.

An Taisce assessed litter levels over the summer months on behalf of IBAL. 77% of towns and cities were found to be clean. None was deemed a litter blackspot, but five were ‘littered’ or ‘seriously littered’ and scored worse than last year.

“We have seen a worsening of litter levels in economically disadvantaged areas, which dominate the lower placings of our rankings,” says Conor Horgan of IBAL. “What is often lacking in these areas is a sense of ‘pride in place’, which in turn reflects an absence of real community. In the frenzy to address our housing shortage, we must be mindful of the need to build communities along with houses. Mixed housing is the long-term solution to our urban litter problem.”

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Mayor launches waste prevention initiative at Council Meeting

On Thursday 11th October, Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. Declan Doocey launched an initiative that sees Waterford City and County Council move away from the use of plastic bottles at all Council meetings.

Councillors and Council staff have instead switched to reusable environmentally friendly jugs and glasses at these meetings. The announcement comes during National Reuse Month, which encourages the reuse of everyday items for as long and as often as possible. It also asks us to consider alternative options to buying new items that we may only use once, which opens up the possibility of borrowing, re-purposing or purchasing good quality reused goods.

Launching the initiative at Civic Offices in Dungarvan,  Mayor Doocey said “I welcome this initiative for Council meetings in both Waterford and Dungarvan. We are very aware that reducing dependency on disposable items such as plastic bottles is vital for our environment and would encourage other organisations and businesses across Waterford City and County to carry out similar projects to reduce their use of single use plastics. Preventing waste is a key part of managing waste in our environment and we are happy to play our part in this.”

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Road Safety Alert: Orange Weather Warning Issued for Storm Callum

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Thursday night and Friday morning as Met Éireann has issued an orange weather warning for strong winds for Ireland as Storm Callum approaches.

Strong winds associated with Storm Callum, coinciding with high spring tides will affect Ireland. The counties that will be most affected are Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Cork, Waterford, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday and could reach speeds of between 110 and 130km/h at coasts. A Status Yellow warning has also been issued for the rest of the country.

There is also a risk of coastal flooding in affected counties. Drivers are advised to never attempt to drive through flooded roads and to heed any warnings or detours the Local Authority or Gardai may have in place.

The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

The RSA has the following advice for road users:

  • Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds
  • Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists;

  • Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

For advice on using the road in severe weather, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

See video created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion with advice for driving in strong winds here.  Please also see suite of videos focusing on driving in severe weather here.

For more weather updates, visit Met Eireann’s website:


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Temporary Closure of Archives – October

The Archives will be closed on Tuesday 9th October in the City and on Friday 12th October in Dungarvan. Please contact the Archivist at or 0761102144 with any queries.

Beidh an Chartlann i dúnta ar an Máirt 9 Mí Deireadh Fómhar agus ar an Aoine 12 Mí Deireadh Fómhar i nDún Garbhán.  Gabh mo leithscéal as aon mhíchaoithiúlacht. Má tá aon cheisteanna, déan teagmháil leis an gCartlannaí ar nó 0761102144.

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Waterford receives €756,000 funding in 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme funding

Cllr. Declan Doocey, Mayor of Waterford welcomes the announcement by Minister Ring of the allocation of funding under Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2018

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, today (5th October 2018) announced that 224 rural towns and villages across the country are set to benefit from over €21 million in funding under the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Waterford has benefitted in 9 rural towns and villages and has been awarded in excess €750,000.

The 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which was launched in April this year, focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development. Funding awarded to individual towns and villages this year generally ranges from €20,000 to €100,000, with 30 projects receiving between €100,000 and €200,000 for more ambitious proposals.

Examples of Waterford projects being supported in today’s announcement are:

  • €100,000 for the upgrade of the Pilgrim Path Walk at Ardmore.
  • €64,000 for the erection of interactive and interpretive signage in An Rinn.
  • €100,000 for the restoration of the Station House and Signal Box and associated Public Realm works at Kilmacthomas.
  • €96,000 to create a Cycle/walk link from Waterford Greenway to Kilmeaden village
  • €80,000 awarded to the Waterford Estuary project to upgrade and extend the Cliff Walk.

Welcoming the funding Councillor Declan Doocey, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford said: “This is really positive news for nine of our towns and villages all across Waterford and the allocation of this funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an important part of the Government’s work to rejuvenate rural Ireland and is having a significant impact on towns and villages across the country”

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development. Details of the successful projects under the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme will be published on the website of the Department of Rural and Community Development,, following notification to the Local Authorities.


Note to editors:

The Town and Village Renewal scheme is an initiative under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising our Rural Potential, and is part of a suite of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland. It is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and is administered by the Local Authorities.

Under the 2018 scheme, up to 80% of the total cost for each approved project will be provided by the Department, with the remaining 20% being provided either through community contribution and/or the Local Authority.

A wide variety of projects have been approved under the 2018 scheme.  These projects have been identified by local community groups and businesses, in conjunction with their Local Authorities.  Projects approved range from employment initiatives to tourism amenities, and other measures aimed to help make small towns and villages more attractive and more sustainable places in which to live and work.

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme was launched in the second half of 2016 with a budget of €10 million.  A total of 170 projects were approved under the scheme in 2016.  A further 281 projects were approved for a total of €21.6 million under the 2017 scheme. Today’s announcement brings the number of projects approved under the scheme since 2016 to more than 670.

See recipients of funding under 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme at the below link:

Town or Village Brief Synopsis of Project Funding Approved
An Rinn Erection of interactive and interpretive signage €64,000
Ardmore Upgrade pilgrim path walk €100,000
Copper Coast Area Signage and information signs for Copper Coast Trail €64,000
Kill Village enhancement €80,000
Kilmacthomas Restoration of station house and signal box, public realm works €100,000
Kilmeaden Cycle/walk link from Waterford Greenway to Kilmeaden village €96,000
Lismore Repair and upgrade two woodland walks €92,000
Mahon Bridge Expand existing trail walk €80,000
Waterford Estuary Upgrade and extension of cliff walk €80,000


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“Plastic Oceans” – Environmental track released by Riptide Movement

October 2018 is “Reuse Month”.  National Reuse Month aims to inspire you and provide you with the skills and tools to reuse more At Home, At Work, and At Play.

The Riptide Movement recently worked with Clean Coasts Ireland and released a single entitled ‘Plastic Oceans’. The track aims to spread the serious environmental message that our beaches, coastlines, rivers, cities and towns need to be kept litter and plastic free if society is to help prevent our oceans from becoming more polluted.

Check out what they had to say about plastics in our oceans.

You can make a difference to the amount of plastic in our oceans by reusing items instead of throwing away plastic items after just one use.

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