Event Licence Application: EL 18-03 – “All Together Now”

An application has been received by Waterford City and Council from POD Festivals Ltd. for a licence to hold an outdoor musical event in accordance with Part XVI of the Planning and Development Act 2000.

The event will comprise live music and performances and is to be held at Curraghmore House, Portlaw, Co. Waterford from 3rd to 5th August 2018.

A copy of the application is shown below and the application may also be inspected in the Planning Offices, Menapia Building, The Mall during normal office hours.

Written submissions can be made in writing to Waterford City and County Council Planning Offices, Menapia Building, the Mall, Waterford no later than 4pm on 9th of March 2018.

Written submissions can be made in writing to Waterford City and County Council Planning Offices, Menapia Building, the Mall, Waterford no later than 4pm on 9th of March 2018.

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Waterford in 1918 – A Centenary Commemoration

As part of an  ongoing programme for the Decade of Commemorations,  Waterford City and County Council are  hosting a  number of events to mark the centenary of   1918 and historic events that took place in Waterford.

1918 was a highly significant year in Waterford that saw the death of John Redmond (March 6th), a By-election that arose following his death (March 22nd) with continuing Redmondite support through the election of his son Captain William Redmond and a General Election in December 1918, the first general election to be held after the  Representation of the People Act (February 6th ) which tripled the electorate and allowed women over 30 to vote for the first time in a general election.

In the general election Waterford was unique in that it was one of the few counties that returned a member of the Irish Parliamentary Party in the City with the re-election of Captain William Redmond while in the County the election was won in a landslide for Sinn Féin candidate Cathal Brugha. In essence, Waterford represented a microcosm of Ireland at that time in history in terms of the huge reduction but not complete expiration of support for the Irish Parliamentary Party and Home Rule and the huge rise in support for Sinn Féin and a new approach to gaining Irish independence.

To honour and remember John Redmond on the 100th anniversary of his death  Waterford City and County Council will host the following  events in the Large Room of City Hall.

  • 9th March  at 6pm 2018           Launch of  a new book  by Dr. Pat McCarthy, The Redmonds and Waterford – A Political  Dynasty 1891-1952
  • 10th March 9am-5pm  2018     Conference  The Redmondite Tradition in Waterford.

Speakers include Professor Roy Foster, Dr. Pat McCarthy, Dr.  Eugene Broderick, Dermot Meleady,  Emmet O’Connor, Claire McGing and former Taoiseach, John Bruton. The conference is free to attend  but pre-booking is required. To book  a place at the  conference please register on  www.eventbrite.ie – The  Redmondite Tradition in Waterford or  by e-mail to  archivist@waterfordcouncil.ie or telephone 0761 10 2144.  Find more  information on commemorations for the Decade of Centenaries in Waterford at  http://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/culture-heritage/commemorations.htm

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Waterford North Quays SDZ Planning Scheme 2018 published

The North Quays of Waterford have been acknowledged as a key strategic site for economic and social development at National level. The National Spatial Strategy 2002 (NSS) describes the development of the North Quays as an “opportunity for consolidating Waterford City around the River Suir”.

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 169 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, (as amended) Article 179 of the Planning and Development (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Regulations 2004 (as amended) and Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC that Waterford City and County Council, at its meeting on the 8th February 2018, having complied with the provisions of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) decided by resolution to make the Waterford North Quays Planning Scheme.

A copy of the Planning Scheme together with accompanying Environmental Report and Natural Impact Report are available for inspection during normal office hours at the following locations:

  • Waterford City & County Council, Planning Department, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford City.
  • Waterford City & County Council, Planning Department, Civic Offices, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford


Any person or body who made submissions or observations in relation to the Draft Planning Scheme, may appeal the decision of the planning authority to An Bord Pleanala within 4 weeks from the date of the planning authority’s decision (i.e. 4 weeks from the 8th of February 2018).

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Valentine’s Arches competition on Waterford Greenway

Who will you share a stroll, cycle, scoot or skate on the Greenway this Valentine’s ?

To enter our competition, grab a photo or a selfie at one of our Valentine’s Arches, share it on social media using #LoveWaterfordGreenway and TAG us to enter 

The Granville Hotel in Waterford City & 360 Cookhouse in Dungarvan have both kindly sponsored dinner for two so we will have two lucky winners to announce on Monday 19th Feb.

Competition open from 10th – 18th Feb, winners announced Mon 19th Feb 2018.

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Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant 2018

Waterford City & Council invites submissions from community groups, youth groups, schools or other community development organisations based in County Waterford, who are interested in receiving funding for public education and awareness initiatives regarding litter or graffiti.

Is your group planning a project to raise litter awareness in County Waterford? Or maybe you are planning an anti-graffiti awareness initiative? If so, you may be eligible for a grant towards the cost of the project.

Paper copies should returned to the Environment Section, Waterford City & County Council, The Mall, Waterford, for consideration by the closing date, 14th March 2018.

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Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran announces transfer of Mount Congreve Estate

Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today announced that the State, through Waterford City and County Council, is to take over the future management and maintenance of the Mount Congreve Estate at Kilmeaden, County Waterford.

The Minister said, “Mount Congreve is internationally famous for its extensive gardens and collection of shrubs, trees and exotic plants.  It is widely recognised as being the home of one of “The great gardens of the World”.  I am delighted that the Estate will now transfer to the State, through Waterford City and County Council, and that it will be opened up as a public visitor attraction.  This development will have a clear positive benefit to the local community in the long term through the economic spin-off and opportunities from increased tourism revenues generally in the area.  I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Congreve-appointed trustees, Waterford City and County Council, The Office of the Attorney General, the Chief State Solicitors Office and the Commissioners of Public Works for bringing this transfer to a successful conclusion.

Mount Congreve House was built in about 1760 by the local architect John Roberts, who subsequently designed and built most of the 18th-century public buildings in Waterford, including both cathedrals.  His client was John Congreve of Waterford, whose father the first Ambrose Congreve had played a prominent role in the development of the City until his early death in 1741.  The Congreves were in constant residence and the estate passed in direct descent from father to son until the death of the late Mr. Ambrose Congreve in 2011.

The gardens at Mount Congreve consist of around seventy acres of intensively planted woodland garden and a four acre walled garden.  They garden collection includes  over three thousand different trees and shrubs, more than two thousand rhododendrons, six hundred camellias, three hundred acer cultivars, six hundred conifers, two hundred and fifty climbers, fifteen hundred herbaceous plants and indeed many other floras from every continent in the world.

Minister Moran went on to say, “Capital investment is needed to upgrade the visitor services at Mount Congreve in order to make it attractive to national and international visitors.  As part of the agreement today, I am also announcing that my Office will provide an annual grant of €250,000 to Waterford City and County Council for the next seven years.  This grant aid will be used to enhance the visitor services at the estate and will include the provision of car parking and welfare facilities for tourists as well as completing urgent health and safety works to the gardens themselves.


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Waterford Greenway scoops two awards in All Ireland Community and Council Tourism Awards

Waterford’s stunning Greenway has been crowned Ireland’s ‘Best Tourism Initiative’ in the LAMA (Local Authority Members Association) All-Ireland Community and Council Tourism Awards 2018 competition.

But, above and beyond that, it also won the overall best national award – the “Grand Prix Award for 2018” which is a one-off special commendation for outstanding excellence.

It’s a spectacular double coup as the 46km off-road cycling and walking trail edges towards its very 1st birthday celebrations on March 25th.

Paying tribute after the awards to the staff who built, maintain and promote the Greenway and the communities who have embraced it and made so many visitors feel welcome, Council CEO Michael Walsh said: “We strive for our county and our communities to be self-sufficient, to provide local employment, to enhance our local natural resources for the County’s economic, social and cultural benefit and also for the benefit of future generations. We’ve developed the Greenway and they have come – in their droves.”

Photographer – Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ie 087 230 9096
2018 All Ireland Community & Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA (Local Authority Members Association), Croke Park Stadium. February 2018
Pictured Team of Waterford Greenway, Waterford County Council, winner of Grand Prix Award and the ‘Best Tourism Initiative’ award, Cllr Pat Nugent of Waterford County Council with ,George Jones, Chairman of IPB Insurance and Mags Murray, Chairperson of LAMA Executive at the 2018 All Ireland Community & Council Awards presented, by IPB Insurance and LAMA (Local Authority Members Association) in Croke Park Stadium on Saturday 3rd February. The event, now in its 12th year, celebrates collaborations between councils and communities, bringing national recognition to local projects and initiatives.

“The Waterford Greenway has transformed this county. There is no doubt about that. The economic benefits are evident everywhere you go. Coffee shops, hotels and other accommodation providers, bars, shops, restaurants, bike hire companies and more all reporting a boom in trade.

“But the real winners are the people of Waterford who have been such great Greenway ambassadors as well as the families, the groups, the individuals who use our Greenway again and again and who are reaping the health and wellbeing benefits. That will be its true legacy, I believe.”

Figures released in early December show that since it opened in March 2017,  247,545 have enjoyed using the Waterford Greenway. Of these, 105,639 were on foot and 141,906 have cycled it. Well over 9 out of 10 (94%) of visitors to the Waterford Greenway  www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com rated it as either excellent or good.

The Waterford Greenway is Ireland’s longest greenway and the spectacular, 46km off-road cycling and walking trail stretches from the Viking City of Waterford to the picturesque coastal town of Dungarvan.

Visitors are invited to travel along Waterford  Greenway in Ireland’s Ancient East from the City along the River Suir, by Mount Congreve Gardens, through Kilmacthomas, across eleven bridges, over three impressive viaducts and through a 400m long tunnel; with wonderful views of the Comeragh Mountains, the Copper Coast and Dungarvan Bay.

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