Customer Services counters in Waterford City and Dungarvan reopen to public from 9.30am Tuesday, August 3rd 2021

Waterford City and County Council wishes to advise that the Customer Services Departments (including Motor Tax) at Bailey’s New Street in Waterford City and the Civic Offices in Dungarvan will be open to the public from 9.30am Tuesday, August 3rd 2021.

In the interests of public health, arrangements have been put in place to ensure that current public health guidelines on social distancing are maintained.

Members of the public will still be able to avail of the range of online services available on the Council’s website, including payment of housing rent and loans, fire charges, traffic fines, commercial rates, Choice Based Letting, etc.

Motor Tax services are also available online at www.motortax.ie

Your PIN for this service is the last 6 digits on the top right corner of your Vehicle Registration Cert (logbook).

The Council switchboard can be contacted on 0761 10 2020 or via email at contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

 

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IBAL Marine 2021 – Co Waterford Survey sites

A nationwide survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) that took place during June and July judged Tramore beach to be Clean to European Norms and Dungarvan harbour to be moderately littered. While 40% of 32 coastal areas surveyed were deemed ‘Clean to European norms’, there was a rise in areas branded ‘littered’.  “The story is a positive one in that we’ve seen a welcome rise in the number of clean beaches and harbours compared to our study of 2 years ago,” comments Conor Horgan of IBAL. “This is especially encouraging given the number of people who are staycationing and availing of our coastal amenities this year.”

“As well as local authorities, credit is due to the growing number of Clean Coasts volunteer groups, now 1,500-strong, who work so hard to keep our beaches free of litter. Their efforts are clearly bearing fruit,” adds Mr Horgan.  “The most common forms of litter found by the assessors were cigarette butts, sweet wrappers, disposable masks and plastic bottles, with coffee cups also featuring strongly. Alcohol cans were found in almost half of all sites.  “The majority of these litter item are plastics, whose impact on the marine environment is a recognised source of global concern. Cigarette butts, for example, may appear harmless, but they are in effect a single-use plastic which poses a real danger to our sea life.” Research shows a single butt can contaminate up to 200 litres of water.”

For information, below are the comments for IBAL Marine survey 2021 for Tramore beach and Dungarvan harbour.

IBAL coastal survey 2021 – An Taisce summary comments

Tramore Overview

Clean to European Norms

Tramore: It was striking how incredibly clean the beach area and immediate hinterland of Tramore Strand were, with the beach particularly pristine.  Regular bins were supplemented by additional ones for the summer season and litter awareness / dog fouling notices were in excellent condition and fresh in appearance.  As well as recycling options, there was a novel feature for the collection of plastic bottles for recycling.  Despite plenty of activity, there was a virtual absence of litter in the area surveyed.  It is clear that great care is taken to not only keep the area clean and clear, but also an inviting and pleasant environment.

Dungarvan Overview

Moderately littered

Dungarvan: The overall impression at Dungarvan harbour and immediate hinterland was of a moderately littered site with no large accumulations. There were some notable items within the water area  e.g. traffic cones and alcohol related litter e.g. beer bottles and pint glasses.  The problem with glass bottles and glass is that they can break and become a health hazard, as did happen at this site.  Cigarette butts were also present around seating areas.  The recent installation of solar powered bins with cigarette butt disposal facility is a welcome addition to the area.  Walton Park was very freshly presented with attractive planning, good overall maintenance and minimal litter.  The litter awareness notices were in good order.  

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Suir Active Retirement Group “Taste of Friendship” cook book, launched by the Mayor of Waterford

A love of cooking leads to a Taste of Friendship 

Suir Active Retirement Group has provided a recreational outlet to Waterford’s retired population for over a decade.  It was during 2020 that the resilience of the group was tested as lockdown after lockdown put paid to any social activities.

However, undaunted by the challenges it faced, the group came up with an unique approach to keep its members active, engaged and create ever-lasting memories of true friendship.

‘A Taste of Friendship’, a book of recipes by the members was ‘developed for friends by friends in lockdown’ and features recipes submitted by its members, while one member submitted a poem and another painted the recipe book cover.

With funding provided by Waterford City and County Council, “A Taste of Friendship” was launched earlier this week by the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly.

Cllr. Kelly said “This is a wonderful and heartfelt initiative that got all of the active retired group involved.  From a worrying and challenging time came a testament to friendship and camaraderie as the groups’ members shared recipes, stories and experiences of their lockdown.  What’s particularly special about this publication is that the recipes were handed down from previous generations and can be handed down to generations to come.”

Joan Mullally, Chairperson of the Suir Active Retirement Group said that the book was a result of its members spending extra time in the kitchen during lockdown.  “Like so many active retirement groups we were forced into our kitchens, baking became the hobby we returned to.  I put out a call for recipes, with a few to pass them onto one another, as we all had to go back to basics cooking, especially those of us living alone.  I received so many favourite generational recipes, the committee decided to publish a ‘Book of Friendship’ recipes that we cooked during the pandemic.”

‘A Taste of Friendship’ is available to purchase for €5 from the groups’ members and all proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards ensuring the continuation of provision of social and recreational services to Waterford’s retired population.

Copies of the cookery book are on sale for €5 from Joan 087-1366778.

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Poetry Ireland announces Dungarvan, Co Waterford, as one of 20 ‘Poetry Towns’ across Ireland

Pictured at the launch of Poetry Town, a new all-island poetry initiative from Poetry Ireland, is Aidan Byrne (10). Poetry Town will see more than a hundred free, poetry-related activities take place in 20 towns across the island of Ireland between 10th and 18th September 2021. To find out more, visit poetrytown.ie. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan.

New all-island ‘Poetry Town’ initiative will see free activities in 20 towns

Poetry Ireland has today (29.07.21) announced details of Poetry Town, a new initiative, which will see more than a hundred free poetry-related activities take place in 20 towns across the island of Ireland between 10th and 18th September 2021. Dungarvan in Co Waterford will be among the Poetry Towns, with activities for the town being organised by Poetry Ireland in partnership with Waterford City and County Council’s Arts Office.

As part of the initiative, Poetry Ireland, together with its local authority partners, will appoint a Poet Laureate for each participating town. The chosen Poet Laureates, who will either be from the respective local area or have strong connections with it, will be commissioned to write a poem honouring their Poetry Town and its people. The Poet Laureates for each town will be announced next month.

Each poem will be revealed and presented to the people of the participating towns at a series of flagship online events, one of which will be hosted in each town, which will feature contributions from local poets,artists and musicians.

There will also be a wide variety of additional activities in the Poetry Towns. These will include a series of poetry events involving local poets; poetry workshops; public poetry displays, including ‘Poetry Underfoot’; and a range of physical activities called ‘Poems that Move You’, which will vary from town to town. Local businesses, including cafés and chemists, will also be participating in the activities to celebrate their towns by distributing ‘pocket poems’ to customers. The full programme for each town will be made available on the Poetry Town website during the last week of August.

Poetry Town activities will take place in the following 20 towns:

· Adare, Co Limerick;

· Athenry, Co Galway;

· Bailieborough, Co Cavan;

· Ballycastle, Co Antrim;

· Bandon, Co Cork;

· Belmullet, Co Mayo;

· Bray, Co Wicklow;

· Carrick-on-Shannon, CoLeitrim;

· Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary;

· Cootehill, Co Cavan;

· Dublin 1, Co Dublin;

· Dungarvan, Co Waterford;

· Dunshaughlin, Co Meath;

· Ennistymon, Co Clare;

· Listowel, Co Kerry;

· Mountmellick, Co Laois;

· Naas, Co Kildare;

· Strokestown, Co Roscommon;

· Tullamore, Co Offaly;

· Wexford Town, Co Wexford.

Commenting, Director of Poetry Ireland, Niamh O’Donnell said: “The idea behind Poetry Town is to celebrate the many vibrant towns and communities across the island of Ireland, through poetry, collaboration and communal experiences.

“Over the past 18 months, many of us have become more aware of what’s around us – from local parks or nature walks, to landmarks and monuments, to the stories held within the collective memory of our communities. There is poetry waiting to be uncovered in our surroundings and our everyday lives.

“Poetry is indispensable in Ireland, and we are incredible fortunate to have so many talented poets across the island. We hope Poetry Town will play a significant role in helping to ensure Ireland’s diverse and talented voices are heard and seen. We will give voice and visibility to well-known visionary poets and – importantly – to new powerful voices, broadening and diversifying the understanding of what a Poet Laureate looks like.

“We are excited to invite individuals, families and communities to join their Poetry Towns, or the Poetry Towns in their vicinity, in a vibrant celebration of the pride in their locality, the value and importance of our heritage, and the strength and diversity in our towns and rural areas.”

Poetry Town is an initiative of Poetry Ireland in partnership with Local Authority Arts Offices. It is made possible with funding from the Arts Council of Ireland’s Open Call funding, and is also supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

For further information, visit the Poetry Town website: poetrytown.ie

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Be Alert to Water Safety

As Sport Ireland and key stakeholders have come together to encourage everyone to be alert to water safety this summer, Waterford City and County Council is actively supporting the message to keep  safe in and near water.

Over the last few months there have been many successful campaigns and initiatives in regards to educating the public on water safety. While all stakeholders of this campaign have particular responsibilities and objectives, the overriding priority is the safety of all participants in outdoor physical activities. By pooling resources and collaborating on this campaign, the hope is to spread the message on water safety, and encourage people to be safe on the water and save lives.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly said, “We can’t emphasise enough the need for vigilance in and around water.  Unfortunately, throughout the years Waterford hasn’t escaped the suffering and distress caused by drowning, however our aim, in association with Sport Ireland and key stakeholders is to prevent such tragic incidents happening in the future.”

“Our coastal areas are patrolled by skilled lifeguards who have made countless rescues in the last few months.  While it’s only natural that families would wish to escape to the seaside, after the uncertainty of the last year, we can’t stress enough the need to be vigilant, be aware and never take the power of nature for granted.”

We are privileged to live on an island with an abundance of water to enjoy and we are spoilt with the choice of activities or enjoyment that people of all ages and abilities can derive from the water. The outdoors has acted as an escape for many during the last year and there has been a significant increase in the number of people taking to the water and enjoying water based activities.

It is however critical that everyone respects the dangers that exist around water and that that people know how to be safe around, on and in the water.

Everyone is encouraged to familiarise themselves with and follow these key water safety messages:

  1. Check weather, water conditions and tides before going on or in the water
  2. Let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be back
  3. Do not go alone, even if whoever you bring doesn’t get on or in the water
  4. Have a method of calling for help. In emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard
  5. Use an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid if you are doing activities on the water
  6. Ensure you are visible in the water and do not go in or on the water during reduced light
  7. Do not use inflatable toys in open water

It is important that parents and guardians educate children on these key water safety messages and that people are aware of the many hazards of swimming in undesignated areas.

If you see somebody in trouble on the water or along the coast dial 112/999 or use VHF Ch 16 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Follow the links below to find out more about education and water safety advice for specific water based activities or learn about general water safety education from the key stakeholders.

This Statement is endorsed by:

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For Further Information:

David Gash, Communications Manager, Sport Ireland
087-2277643
dgash@sportireland.ie

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Dungarvan goes all out!

Dungarvan is embracing its rich heritage, natural beauty and extensive food offering to become one of the country’s leading staycation destinations.

Following investment from Waterford City and County Council, Fáilte Ireland and local businesses, Dungarvan is enjoying a bumper year of domestic tourists as we are encouraged to enjoy an ‘outdoor’ summer.

Working in collaboration with local businesses and residents, the combined efforts of WCCC’s economic development, planning, roads and presentation teams have provided locals and tourists with an extensive, quality outdoor dining experience.  With almost 1,000 outdoor dining seats available, covered by parasols and protected by planters and screens, visitors have been able to enjoy the culinary delights from the towns many fine restaurants, cafes and pubs, in all weathers.

The planters have been designed and manufactured by a Dungarvan-based Engineering firm and are a bespoke concept developed by the Waterford Council’s Presentation Team. The colour and vibrancy added by the tasteful planting and outdoor seating in Grattan Square, Davitt’s Quay and the Dungarvan Castle Green is bringing a renewed sense of adventure to Dungarvan for the summer season.     

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly said that the addition of the outdoor dining space is a valuable addition to the town.  “The development of inviting and attractive spaces where people can dine comfortably outdoors is creating a renewed sense of energy and a boost to local businesses.  Not only do locals and visitors have a wide choice of high calibre dining experiences throughout the town, they can enjoy good food and company in a stunning, safe and relaxing public realm.”

Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services with Waterford City and County Council and Dungarvan Town Manager said, “As part of Waterford Council’s continued support to local cafés, restaurants and other food outlets, the planters, parasols and screens which are installed across the town centre and its environs, bring a vibrant energy to the public realms and also open up the space and options for people to enjoy an outdoor dining experience.”

“These areas are providing additional space in order for the businesses to achieve compliance with social distancing requirements and will provide a further attraction to tourists who choose Waterford as their holiday destination. By sharing a common vision, this collaborative project really has given the town a fantastic boost of energy, vibrancy and confidence. ”

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Reimagined Waterford Harvest Festival 2021 launches

IRELAND’S NO.1 FOODIE DESTINATION SHOWCASES WATERFORD’S FOOD & DRINK CHAMPIONS IN A WEEKLONG CITYWIDE CELEBRATION AT THIS YEAR’S WATERFORD HARVEST FESTIVAL

Monday September 6th to Sunday September 12th 2021 across Waterford City

  • See the programme of events at www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie
  • More Harvest menus, events and experiences to be announced over the coming 6 weeks
  • Free and Ticketed Events

Join the conversation and share your Waterford Harvest Festival experiences with #waterfordharvest

Facebook @waterfordharvest /  Instagram & Twitter @harvest_fest

One of Ireland’s leading food festivals, Waterford Harvest Festival returns this September for its 12th year with a newly reimagined weeklong citywide celebration of all things dine and wine from Monday September 6th to Sunday September 12th 2021. Brought to you by Waterford City and County Council, expect 7 days of bespoke menus, dining-out experiences, seasonal dishes, local producer collaborations and so many more culinary delights – all celebrating the food and beverage champions from Waterford city and the sunny South East.

Commenting on this year’s re-imagined Waterford Harvest Festival, The Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly says “As one of Ireland’s leading food festivals, Waterford Harvest Festival celebrates its 12th year this September with this year’s annual event showcasing and supporting Waterford’s rich and diverse food culture and heritage, restaurants and eateries, and regional and seasonal producers. Waterford Harvest Festival 2021 will also mark the re-emergence of the City’s vibrant hospitality sector and our overall aim is to encourage more people than ever to support local and buy, eat, promote and enjoy Waterford’s food and drink industry.”

Speaking with great excitement of this September’s citywide programme, Festival Co-Director Shell Holden commented “This year’s Waterford Harvest Festival, an annual culinary celebration, will plate up dishes and treats to suit every palate. Waterford Harvest Festival puts a spotlight on Waterford’s delicious dining scene and homegrown eateries, from bespoke menus to local producer collaborations and foodcations in Ireland’s oldest city. Gourmands can look forward to discovering Ireland’s No.1 foodie destination’s culinary hidden-gems, delicious dining heroes, world class local producers and vibrant citywide food and beverage hotspots.”

“Waterford’s food and drink landscape is alive with long-established producers, young emerging talent,and passionate and creative businesses. These talented people are at the heart of why Waterford’s reputation as a foodie destination remains unmatched nationally. Waterford Harvest Festival 2021 will shine a spotlight on the county’s amazing makers, creators, growers, harvesters, producers and restaurateurs, and encourage locals and domestic tourists to support and experience Waterford’s amazing culinary scene.”

Waterford city will be transformed into a food-lover’s paradise with restaurants and eateries, bars and bistros, producers and pubs, hotels and hostelries all showcasing and celebrating their passion for bringing the best food and drink to more people and plates than ever before!  Everett’s, Waterford’s much-celebrated restaurant set in the remains of a historic 15th century house and intimate wine vault in the Viking Triangle, will host an afternoon to showcase the finest local produce and wonderful producers from across the region. Everett’s Appreciation of Harvest: A Meal to Celebrate is a three course celebration meal showcasing the very best from our rich lands and beautiful seas, with specially selected wines and champagne, thoughtfully paired with each dish. This is a guaranteed lunch to remember! Diners will enjoy a delicious five course tasting menu celebrating wonderful Waterford produce, including vegetables from Ballybeg Greens and Annestown, at the multi-award winning restaurant Momo and their From The Garden Harvest event. Join foodie chats with Bernadette Kervick from Ballybeg Gardens as she shares tips about growing the perfect vegetable garden and how to grow organically. 

Watch chefs of Waterford’s iconic landmark The Reg shucking oysters and then tickle your tastebuds with these delectable delights and a smooth glass of Guinness at Guinness & Oysters at the Viking Longboat at The Reg. The Old Couch Café – a Waterford city gem at the heart of Waterford’s Cultural Quarter  – will be serving up a three curated course lunch menu that spotlights Waterford’s diverse, talented and passionate food producers – all wrapped up in European influence. The Stable Yard Food Hall, the artisan food hall at the epicentre of Waterford city, will feature Harvest specials and surprises across Carters Chocolate café, The Ice Cream Place,The Italian Bakery & Pizza Kitchen and No.9 Barronstrand St. restaurant and Mediterranean Deli! Eat, drink and be merry with Grady’s Yard X The Phat Cow harvest collaboration; Overlooking the water on John’s Bridge, nearby the city’s energetic Apple Market hotspot, chomp into the best artisan burgers and cool down with a refreshing YellowBelly beer from one of Ireland’s leading breweries. 

Calling all street food fans, craft-beer connoisseurs and whiskey worshipers, you will not want to miss out on the Phoenix Yard Feast in association with Tully’s and Tom Mahers. Street food goes restaurant style for this unique food and drink event set in the vibrant surrounds of O’Connell Street. Tuck into a smorgasbord of savoury and sweet tastes and treats from all five mouthwatering food traders while enjoying amazing ales, bubbling beers and a wide selection of spirits – all while kicking back to tunes for the perfect Sunday experience! 

Join us in supporting Waterford’s local food and drink landscape, recognising the makers, creators and producers, and celebrating the creativity, passion and determination of this industry. Walsh’s Bakehouse, home of the treasured Waterford Blaa, celebrate their 100th year this year and will tickle taste buds with a 1 day live outdoor mini-‘feastival’ A Century in the Baking – Celebrating 100 years baking in Waterford. Join Ireland’s most famous Bread-Bros in Blaa HQ and tuck into oven-fresh floury-rolly goodness while kicking back to some music! Sink your teeth into the best BBQ bites, explore the ‘local legends’ food market, quench your thirst with a cold one and whet your appetite with foodie demos and talks. This is a bread event like no other, roll on down and don’t miss out! 

Join Viking Irish Drinks for their Vikings & Angels collaboration with The Fat Angel Wine Bar and enjoy an evening of foodie and cider pairings and games galore. Dress like an Angel or a Viking and you might win a prize! The award-winning Blackwater Distillery collaborates with a selection of Waterford’s most loved museums, bars and restaurants during this September’s Harvest week. Savour an 8 course Waterford Food Tasting Menu inside the atmospheric 13th century Choristers’ Crypt with drinks reception, brought to you by Bishops Palace Cafe & Blackwater Distillery in conjunction with the Waterford Museum of Treasures. Also, enjoy an evening of Prohibition-themed cocktails and entertainment in a Jazzy speakeasy with in-house mixologists and award-winning guest mixologist – John Coleman at Prohibition Cocktails @ Shush with Blackwater Distillery.

Launching this September as part of Harvest Festival, A Slice of Culture is Waterford’s brand new intercultural festival which will transform Wyse Park and The Rogue Gallery & Studios into a Hungarian cultural celebration of art, dance, song, stories and aromas. A Slice of Culture is presented by The Rogue Gallery & Studios and Waterford Hungarian Cultural Organisation, and this year’s event will center stage some of Hungary’s most famous traditions and dishes.

Make a holiday out of your culinary adventures with a Foodcation in Waterford city – a much-needed staycation with an emphasis on how to eat like a local and with locals! Waterford offers a plethora of accommodation options for families, friends and couples ranging from family-run hotels to home-from-home B&Bs and guesthouses, all of which can be found at VisitWaterford.comOverlooking the stunning River Suir,one of Ireland’s three sister rivers, the Darrer family of Dooley’s Hotel have been welcoming guests for three generations. With over 70 years of exceptional service, this popular hotel at the heart of Waterford city will showcase bespoke Harvest menus every day across the full festival run, running from breakfast through to lunch and dinner. Treacys Hotel Waterford, Spa and Leisure Centre offers visitors a fantastic location to explore the city across the festival week and is offering a 3 night B&B Harvest staycation special with the Treacy Triple Treat from only €198 (two pax sharing). Take your staycation to the next level in Ireland’s oldest city and indulge in a foodcation feasting on the very best Déise dishes, blaas and beers.

Keep your eye on www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie as more Harvest events, menus and experiences are announced over the coming 6 weeks.

So book in, get your table and your tickets before they are all gone – grab your friends, bring your family – and come to Ireland’s No.1 Foodie Destination this September for Waterford Harvest Festival!

See the full programme of events at www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie

 

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Waterford Council’s membership of “Leave No Trace” campaign marked

Deputy Mayor of Waterford City & County Council Councillor Seánie Power joined Johnny Brunnock, Trails Officer and Ella Ryan, Environment Awareness Officer, Waterford City and County Council to mark Waterford City and County Council’s membership of Leave No Trace Ireland.

Waterford City & County Council is asking for the public’s help in ensuring the county’s beaches, parks and beauty spots are amongst the cleanest in Ireland this summer, as the local authority launches their membership of Leave No Trace.

Leave No Trace promotes responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. As more of us seek the beauty and pleasure of outdoor recreation this year, our combined effect on the environment increases. Litter, water pollution, disturbance of vegetation, wildlife, livestock, etc. are all markers of the need to protect our county’s nature.

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Directory of Services for Older People launched

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The Dr. Martin Day Centre, in Portlaw, was the setting on Wednesday last, July 21, for the launch of a Directory of Services for Older People in Waterford City and County.

The Directory, which is available in libraries across Waterford and through Citizens Information in Waterford City and Dungarvan was launched by Cllr. Joe Kelly, Mayor of Waterford City & County and Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler, T.D.

Providing information on many of the essential services available for older people in Waterford City and County, it includes contact telephone numbers for HSE and other public services, community and voluntary organisations, and some community based social groups for older people.

The launch of the Directory, in the presence of the Chief Executive of Waterford City & County Council and Chairman of Waterford Age Friendly Alliance, Michael Walsh; Cllr. Seamus Ryan, Mayor of the Metropolitan District; Cllr. John O’Leary, Cathaoirleach of the Comeragh District and Susan O’Connor, Chairperson of Waterford Older People’s Council Executive, completes one of the needs identified in the Waterford Age Friendly Alliance City & County Strategy 2017-2022.

Its compilation was facilitated by Waterford City and County Council, Waterford Libraries, Waterford Older People’s Council, Waterford Citizens Information, and a range of other Waterford Age Friendly stakeholders.

Mayor Kelly reinforced how the actions undertaken for people of a certain age or people with special or different needs were actions for everybody.

“When you empower people that most need it then everybody benefits from it. This is not about doing something for a particular sector or this category of people or that category of people. When we do it for any category of people we do it for all of us,” he said.

That, he added, was an important principal to keep at the centre of all the plans and ideas and developments undertaken now and for all the years into the future.

Continuing, the Mayor of the City & County said: “We can’t leave anyone behind. We have to have a policy of bringing everyone with us and nobody left behind. That is the critical message from me as Mayor of Waterford City and County. This has to be the message that goes out from all agencies, all services and from all people – we leave nobody behind.”

Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler commended the Waterford Age Friendly Alliance and its partners for their hard work in producing the Directory which she described as a valuable resource. She said “The Directory completed one of the objectives of Waterford’s Age Friendly Strategy which committed to maintaining an age friendly approach to policies, programmes and services to enable older people to live in security, good health and participate in society in a meaningful way.”

She added that every day as Minister the two words that stayed with her were voice and choice and it was so important that the older person was heard and that they had a choice.

Michael Walsh, Chief Executive of Waterford City & County Council said that in some respects Waterford was only at the start of its journey in terms of the Age Friendly Alliance but we were in a place now where more could be achieved and central to that was the Older People’s Council.

The Directory launched by the Mayor was a resource for everyone and he reinforced the message of designing for inclusion for all.

Waterford’s Age Friendly Strategy was launched in 2017 and is centred on delivering on strategic actions around Respect and Social Inclusion, Social Participation, Civic Participation and Employment, Home Environment, Health/Active Living, Transportation, Built and Natural Environment, safer Communities and Communication and Information.

The Age Friendly Cities & Counties Programme in Ireland supports the development of communities where people, as they age, can continue to enjoy a good quality of life, and continue to participate fully in their communities.

The model is based on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Age Friendly Cities Framework and Guidelines which were developed in recognition of the challenges and opportunities that societies will face as they respond to an unprecedented growth in the number of older people living in our communities.

For further information contact Marion O’Mara on 086 8143873

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