Join us for a lunchtime poetry reading for International Women’s Day

The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council in association with the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore is pleased to present a free online lunchtime Poetry reading tomorrow, Monday 8th March at 1pm to celebrate International Woman’s Day.

Bring your lunch and a cuppa and join us. Bígí Linn.

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2x Tidy Towns webinars : United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Waterford City and County Council is hosting two additional FREE Tidy Towns related webinars in 2021. Top tips in how to succeed in the competition will be on offer for community groups, organisations, and individuals who register.

The aim is to support groups with their ongoing work in their Tidy Towns groups along with advice for their application for the 2021 national competition.

The next two webinars will focus on sustainability category and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (new to the competition this year) and also on writing the application itself. Due to Covid restrictions this year judges will not be able to visit your town/village and so your judging will be based solely on your application form. This means that it is more important than ever to showcase all of your work to the judges via your application form. Hear advice about how to gain marks for your work through your application form alone.

Sustainability – Doing More with Less

7pm on Monday 22nd March

Register for this event: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/sustainability-doing-more-with-less-tickets-143106093177

TidyTowns Adjudicator Debbie Nesbitt

Writing the Application

7pm, Tuesday 13th April

Register for this event:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/143281024401

TidyTowns Adjudicator Fiona MacGowan

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Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge Goes Green

Waterford City and County Council are pleased to announce that as part of St Patrick’s Day 2021 the Thomas Francis Meagher Bypass Bridge will go green.

In association with Kilkenny County Council, with the cooperation and of Celtic Roads Group, Transport Infrastructure for Ireland and Southlink, supported by Fáilte Ireland and produced by Everyevent and Production Services Ireland Ltd; the greening of this signature piece of modern infrastructure will take place from the 13th to the 21st March to mark our national public holiday.

Although public health guidelines are still in place and must be adhered to we are proud to offer a unique spectacle that will demonstrate our community resilience and unwavering pride at a time when both have been tested to the limit. Images and footage will be captured and made available to those beyond the 5km radius specified in current level 5 restrictions.

Pedestrian access to the bridge is restricted and security will be in place, pedestrians are advised that the spectacle will be visible from distance and from multiple viewing points while taking an evening stroll on a number of routes including the Waterford Greenway. Congregations are not permitted at this time and spectators are advised to view in passing only or by car where occupants remain within their vehicle.

  • Please remember to abide by national Covid-19 health guidelines at all times.
  • Please remember to be safe and be seen on the road at night.
  • Pedestrian access to the Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge and N25 is not permitted.

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Waterford Libraries and WIT School of Humanities launch bite-sized lunchtime presentations

Waterford Libraries and the English and Theatre Studies Team at the School of Humanities, WIT have joined forces to create an engaging series of bite-sized lunchtime presentations. These are on a host of topics from books, transcription of letters to breathing exercises – all are free and open to everyone. The series of four presentations will take place on Thursdays from 11 March – 1 April at 1:15pm to 1:45pm.

Lecturers Dr Kate McCarthy, Dr Christa de Brún, Dr Jenny O’Connor and Dr Úna Kealy will speak for 15 minutes and then engage with the online audience for a further 15 minutes as Q&A or interactive workshop.  Kate McCarthy will begin with an interactive workshop to connect the mind and body through breath at a time when our encounters with the world are increasingly experienced through a screen. This will be followed by an exploration of Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart and the Irish Psyche by Christa de Brún who will explore the intensity of small-town divides, and the weight of the recession on family life, nationalism, emigration, postcolonialism and Catholicism and all the aspects of Irish culture that shape Irish identity. Jenny O’Connor will look at Han Kang’s The Vegetarian and it central theme of desire and Úna Kealy will finish the series with a presentation on transcribing letters from the 1930s using documents exchanged between Teresa Deevy to her friend and fellow playwright Jim Cheasty followed by a short workshop where participants will do some transcribing of their own.

The four events are free of charge but booking is essential. You can book on the Waterford Library Eventbrite page or through www.waterfordlibraries.ie

This series is part of the Irish Government’s Keep Well campaign which is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own wellbeing by adding a range of initiatives to support individual and community creativity in the arts, crafting, culture and heritage. “The aim of the series is to create mini opportunities to think, talk and interact with some of the texts and topics that English and Theatre Studies students within the BA Arts programme in WIT consider” says Dr Kealy. “It is always important to make connections and share knowledge and WIT is delighted to partner with Waterford Libraries and the Keep Well campaign”.

ENDS

Full Lecture Series

  • And…breathe: An interactive workshop to connect the mind and body through the breath. Facilitated by Dr Kate McCarthy, 11 March 1:15pm – 1:45pm
  • The Spinning Heart and the Irish Psyche.Facilitated by Dr Christa de Brún, 18 March 1:15pm – 1:45pm
  • Everything you always wanted to know about desire…in 15 minutes: Han Kang’s The Vegetarian. Facilitated by Dr Jenny O’Connor, 25 March 1:15pm – 1:45pm
  • Reading other people’s letters: A workshop in transcription, Facilitated by Dr Úna Kealy, 1 April 1:15pm – 1:45pm
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Let Dandelions Bee!

Let Dandelions Bee!

A campaign to let dandelions bloom for a short few weeks to help feed bees this Spring. They are our wild bees’ most favourite food. Help halt the bee decline by simply leaving dandelions to grow in your garden this March and April. The best way to help our bees this year is to do nothing! For more information, see www.letdandelionsbee.ie or https://pollinators.ie/resources

The competition is to take a photo of dandelions in bloom and send it to letdandelionsbee@gmail.com, like and share this post. Closing date: 5pm 30th April 2021. Prize: the winner can choose either a €100 Dungarvan Chamber gift voucher or €100 Waterford Chamber gift voucher.

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Join us for a lunchtime poetry reading for International Women’s Day

The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council in association with the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore is pleased to present a free online lunchtime Poetry reading on Monday 8th March at 1pm to celebrate International Woman’s Day.

Bring your lunch and a cuppa and join us. Bígí Linn.

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Applications are now invited for the 2021 Community Heritage Grant Scheme

The Community Heritage Grant Scheme is now OPEN for applications. The Scheme closing date is Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm.

The Heritage Council has allocated in the region of €1,000,000 to its Community Grant Scheme 2021.

The aim of this scheme is to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites; that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections, or objects (including buildings). The scheme also supports the purchase of essential equipment. This scheme is intended to enable communities and heritage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to continue their work in this area or to start new initiatives.

Project Timeframe

Projects that begin after the grant offer date in early May, and are completed by 8th October 2021 can be considered for funding under this scheme.

Who can apply?

• The scheme is open to:
• voluntary and community groups
• heritage-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
• not-for-profit heritage organisations
• Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) participants
• Adopt a Monument Programme participants

Applications from other organisations, private companies or individuals will not be considered.

How to apply

Submit your application via The Heritage Council’s Online Grants System by Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm. Applications or supporting documents cannot be submitted after this time

Full details on the website https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/funding/community-heritage-grant-scheme-2021

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Music Saturdays with Waterford Libraries and Music Generation Waterford

FREE 4-Week Course starting 6th March

Music Generation Waterford and Waterford Libraries (supported by the government’s Keep Well campaign) are running a series of free 4 week courses starting Saturday 6th of March at 11am. Suitable for children ages 1 – 12 years. Booking is essential and your child must be free to attend all four sessions (March 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th)

‘Music in Me’ Sing, Dance, Play & Be Free
Time: 11am – 11.30am , 4week course starts Saturday 6th March, 11am
Suitable for children ages 1 – 4 years.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/music-in-me-sing-dance-play-be-free-tickets-143641524667

‘Chaos & Calm’ Move your body & Calm your mind
Time: 11:30am – 12pm, 4week course starts Saturday 6th March, 11am
Suitable for children ages 5 – 7 years.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/chaos-calm-move-your-body-calm-your-mind-tickets-143642487547

‘Rhythm & Beats’ Samba ya Bamba to the Beat!
Time: 11:45am – 12:30pm, 4week course starts Saturday 6th March, 11:45am
Suitable for children ages 8 – 12 years.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/rhythm-beats-samba-ya-bamba-to-the-beat-tickets-143643033179

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Local Waste Prevention Grant 2021

Are you part of a group that wants to help to take steps on waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in your local area?

Waterford City and County 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 initiatives regarding waste prevention, reuse and repair.

The main focus for projects this year should be on food waste prevention, composting and projects to promote a circular economy e.g. reduce use of single use items (encourage use of reusable items). Applications for projects under these themes will be prioritised for funding. Closing date for completed applications is 5pm 25th March 2021.

The application form and Terms & Conditions for this grant are available below.

How to apply:

  • The application form for this grant is available from the http://bit.ly/WastePreventionGrant2021 or by phoning 0761 10 20 20.
  • Terms & Conditions
  • The grant application form should be completed and returned to the Environment Section for consideration by the closing date 25th March 2021.
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