Dunmore East Coastal Walk – Temporary Closure for upgrade works

Due to essential maintenance works, Dunmore East Coastal Walk will be closed to the public from Monday 9th to Friday 13th December 2019. Works involved include upgrade and improvement of the steps which access this walk from the Dunmore East side. It is hoped that these works will greatly enhance the visitor experience for all those walking this wonderful coastal trail. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this temporary closure.

If you are looking for ideas for other walks in Waterford please check out the following Visit Waterford link to some of our fantastic walking trails right around the county: https://visitwaterford.com/things-to-do/?category=trails

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Waterford AC Half Marathon – Road Closure Arrangements

Waterford AC Half Marathon – Road Closure Arrangements, Saturday December 7th 2019.

There will be significant traffic disruption on Saturday morning from 9am to 12pm, especially on the Cork Road. There will be STOP/GO at two locations on the Cork Road to allow runners to cross and also on the Ring Road near the Ballycashin Roundabout.

Traffic on the Ring Road will be restricted to single lane traffic between the Cork Road and the Kilbarry Road.

There will also be significant disruption around the WIT Arena which is the start and finish point for the race.

Road users will experience some delays at this time and if they can, they should avoid this area at this time.

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Reminder: Public Information Event – Tramore Town Centre Public Realm Works

Waterford City & County Council would like to invite all interested members of the public and business owners to attend a Public Information Event on the public realm works planned for Tramore town centre.

The event will take place on Thursday 5th December from 3pm to 5pm and will be held on the ground floor of Tramore Library.

Staff from Waterford Council’s Design Team, along with the contractor’s staff (Niall Barry & Co. Ltd) will be present to answer any queries on the day.

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2 Waterford entries feature at IPB Cooperation Ireland Pride of Place awards

At the IPB Cooperation Ireland Pride of Place awards that took please on Saturday November 30th at the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny, Waterford had two winners on the night.

Firstly, Alexander Street Residents Association won their category of Urban Neighbourhoods under 1000 people. The award was  hugely justified and represents acknowledgement of the years of hard work, commitment and dedication of a small group of people to make their community a better place to live. Working jointly with Waterford City & County Council, the residents have shown determination to improve the streetscape of where they live but also to assist older neighbours to access services, attend appointments and to enjoy the essentials of life.

Secondly, the Deise Day Centre in Dungarvan won their category, Age Friendly Initiative. The day centre do a huge amount of work in the Dungarvan areas and its environs whether it be the provision of a Meals on Wheels service, operation of the day centre itself which service thousands of meals per annum, provides music and activities, manages the care and Repair service for the area and a multitude of other activities for older people.

Congratulations to both the Alexander Street Residents Association and Deise Day Centre once again!

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Exhibition Invitation – Celebrating the history of Irish Local Government

All are invited by Cllr. John Pratt, Mayor of Waterford City & County, to the launch of the exhibition “Celebrating the history of Irish Local Government” on Monday, 9th December 2019 at 4.30pm, Civic Offices, Dungarvan, County Waterford.

We are grateful to the commissioning owner, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, for lending this exhibition for display.  Light refreshments will be served in the foyer of the Civic Offices.  Please confirm your attendance to the Archivist at archivist@waterfordcouncil.ie

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RSC Waterford one of 3 clubs shortlisted for 2019 SSE Airtricity League Pitch of the Year

Three clubs have had their pitches shortlisted for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League Pitch of the Year.

Drogheda United, Shamrock Rovers and Waterford FC have seen their respective pitches nominated, with the winner being announced later this month.

2019 SSE Airtricity League Pitch of the Year Shortlist

  • United Park – Drogheda United
  • Tallaght Stadium – Shamrock Rovers
  • RSC  – Waterford FC

FAI Pitch Consultant Richard Hayden (Hayden Turfcare) will visit each ground in the coming days before the overall winner is announced.

The FAI’s Head of Facility Development Walter Holleran said the shortlist shows the quality of pitches in the Premier and First Divisions over the 2019 season.

“I wish to congratulate all three venues and their staff for the work on preparing and maintaining their venues to a very good standard.

“The standard of pitches within the SSE Airtricity Leagues are constantly improving and the shortlisted group are very much to the top in terms of pitch quality.

“The FAI will continue to host the Natural Turf Maintenance training days to ensure all clubs have the latest educational and market knowledge to bring their respective pitches to the next level.”

The 2019 winners will take the crown from Longford Town, after the First Division club won the honour in 2018.

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Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) & Historic Structures Fund (HSF) grants 2020

Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2020 & Historic Structures Fund (HSF) grants for 2020 available

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced 2 funding schemes for Protected Structures – the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2020 and the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2020. Since 2016 Waterford has received over €900,000 in Department funding for its built heritage. This funding stream is designed to support owners and custodians caring for our built heritage and ensuring that it is protected into the future.

The primary focus of the Historic Structures Fund will be on conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the broader benefit of communities and the public. Funding for the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) is being made available as part of Project Ireland 2040. Total funding available nationally under the Historic Structures fund in 2020 will be €1,824,000.

Closing date for both applications is 5pm, 27th January 2020 and strictly no applications will be accepted after this date.

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Public Information Event – Tramore Town Centre Public Realm Works

Waterford City & County Council would like to invite all interested members of the public and business owners to attend a Public Information Event on the public realm works planned for Tramore town centre.

The event will take place on Thursday 5th December from 3pm to 7pm and will be held on the ground floor of Tramore Library.

Staff from Waterford Council’s Design Team, along with the contractor’s staff (Niall Barry & Co. Ltd) will be present to answer any queries on the day.

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Clodagh Beresford Dunne awarded The Clarissa Luard Poetry Award

The Arts Office , Waterford City & County Council extends congratulations to Dungarvan poet, Clodagh Beresford Dunne on being awarded the Clarissa Luard Award in London last evening.

The gala event saw Irish novelist Edna O’Brien being awarded a £40,000 lifetime achievement prize regarded as a precursor to the Nobel, for having “moved mountains both politically and lyrically through her writing” in a career spanning almost 60 years. Awarded every two years to a living writer for their entire body of work, the prize was founded by the late cultural philanthropist David Cohen in 1993, in the hopes of starting an equivalent of the Nobel prize for UK and Irish authors. Many recipients, including VS Naipaul, Doris Lessing and Harold Pinter, went on to become Nobel laureates.

Winners of the David Cohen prize are also tasked with bestowing the £10,000 Clarissa Luard award on an emerging writer. O’Brien selected Clodagh Beresford Dunne, an Irish poet from Dungarvan, County Waterford, who has yet to publish a collection. O’Brien said she became aware of Beresford Dunne’s poetry after seeing her read at a literary festival in Ireland. “I had many claims on who I would wish this prize to go to, including in Nigeria, so it was hard for me. But I decided to give it to a fellow Irish girl – well, she’s a girl and I am a woman – because I know how much she loves poetry and with four children and a husband, she wants more than anything to have a book of poetry published,” she said.

The Arts Office has been a long time supporter of Clodagh’s work and she has received the Waterford ArtLinks bursary to support her writing on a number of occasions. We wish her all the best for her future writing.

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