Museum Director Eamonn McEneaney honoured by Norway

Director of Waterford Treasures Museums appointed Officer of The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for his impressive work in raising awareness of the Viking history in Waterford.

Today, Friday 15th November at a special reception held in the Medieval Museum, The Viking Triangle, Waterford, museum director Mr Eamonn McEneaney, was appointed Officer (Knight First Grade) of The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by Her Excellency Else Berit Eikeland, Ambassador of Norway to Ireland, on behalf of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway. The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit is conferred on foreign and Norwegian nationals as a reward for outstanding service in the interest of Norway.

The Mayor of Waterford City and County, Councillor John Pratt formally welcomed Her Excellency to Waterford before the proceedings began.

Mr. McEneaney receives this honour for his impressive work in raising awareness of the Viking history in Waterford, and his importance in strengthening the connections between Norway and Ireland.

Ambassador of Norway Else Berit Eikeland said; “I am honoured to present Eamonn McEneaney the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit on behalf of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway. Eamonn McEneaney has done so much to raise awareness of the extent of the Viking and Norse connection and influence in early Medieval Ireland.”

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Minister Ring announces roll-out of “My Open Library” service to 17 further branches


22 libraries to receive Magic Tables which benefit people with dementia, autism and learning difficulties

Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today (Thursday 14th November) announced funding of almost €1.5 million to support the continued roll-out of the “My Open Library service” to 17 further library branches around the country.

The “My Open Library” service allows access to public libraries on a self-service basis from 8am to 10pm, 365 days a year. The Department funding will be matched by local authorities to the value of c.€0.5 million, giving a total investment of almost €2 million.

Waterford Libraries will expand their My Open Library services to Lismore Library in the New Year following the announcement by Minister Michael Ring of funding amounting to  €119,932 destined for a new Open Library in Lismore, This funding will also provide two “Magic Tables” in the Dungarvan and Lismore branches.  These interactive tables are proving very popular with the public and are particularly helpful for both younger and older people with dementia, autism and learning difficulties

The public libraries strategy Our Public Libraries 2022 – Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities aims to introduce the My Open Library service to 100 library branches by 2022. The service is currently available in 15 public libraries with a further three due to open before the end of 2019.

The service offers extended opening hours to library members of 8am–10pm, 365 days per year.

Automated access to the branch for library members during unstaffed hours (via membership card and pin code) forms an important part of this service.  Provision of self-service activities include, but not limited to:

  • issue and return of books and other library stock
  • internet access on PCs
  • use of wi-fi
  • printing and photocopying
  • study/reading spaces
  • meeting facilities

The service is available to library members aged 16 years and over (under 18 years with parental consent).   Announcing the funding the Minister said:

“The My Open Library service has been an amazing success. It is an exciting development and is transforming our libraries. I am delighted to provide this funding which will see a further 17 branches enabled to provide the service.

“The My Open Library service extends the availability of library services to customers at times that suit them best, providing greater flexibility and convenience through increased opening hours in addition to the invaluable staffed hours.

“It has facilitated increased access for students to study from early in the morning to late at night; families with working parents; commuters; people up-skilling; and community groups to use the meeting room facilities”

Minister Ring continued:

“Included in this funding package is funding for innovative technology including 22 ‘Magic Tables’ which have been piloted across the country over the last year and have been a great success. These tables are being used by carers and people with dementia, autism and learning difficulties and I have seen first-hand the joy they bring to people using them.

“My Open Library is one of a number of initiatives I have introduced to increase usage of our libraries which are a fantastic and free community resource. I have also abolished library fines in an effort to remove any barriers to people using the library service.”

The popularity of the My Open Library service is evident from statistics for the recent August Bank Holiday weekend when more than 1,334 people visited the 15 My Open Library branches. Deansgrange Library alone had 175 visits over the three days. These branches would traditionally have been closed for the bank holiday weekend i.e. Saturday to Monday inclusive.

Minister Ring thanked the library staff in the existing My Open Library branches, saying:

“The My Open Library service that is being provided would not have been such a success without the cooperation and commitment of the staff in these libraries. The staff as well as the users, are to be complimented for its success. I would encourage more local authorities to endorse and become involved in this initiative, to the benefit of their customers and the communities they serve.”

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Contact: Daniel Rowan
Special Adviser to Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development
087 6177320

The Department of Rural and Community Development Press Office
076-1006843 / 087-1734633
Press.office@drcd.gov.ie

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Green Schools and Irish Water launch seventh year of partnership

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Ballaghkeene national school, Co.Wexford.
4th class Front from left; James Waters, Ann Cussen and Lee Dowling. Back; Cathy Baxter, green schools and Richard O’hEadhra Irish Water. Photo; Mary Browne

10 Waterford schools participating in water theme

Thursday, November 14 2019 – An Taisce’s Green-Schools programme has teamed up with Irish Water for a seventh year to support schools working to gain a Green Flag under the water theme.  The water theme aims to increase awareness of water conservation among primary and secondary school students. In Waterford 10 schools across the county are currently working on the water theme.

This academic year just over 97,000 students and 8,000 teachers around the country will undertake the Green-Schools water theme in their school. As part of Irish Water’s sponsorship of the water theme schools will be invited to attend water workshops, take part in the annual poster competition, apply to be Water Ambassadors and, following their application for the Green Flag, all schools are in with a chance to be named Ireland’s Water School of the Year 2020.

Ambassadors and artists

This year will see the return of the Green-Schools Irish Water Poster Competition and the Ambassador Programme for secondary school students. The poster competition will focus on this year’s UN World Water Day theme and asks students to create posters focused on water and our changing climate. Secondary school students will also be able to enter a group video, a new element to this year’s competition.

This year’s Ambassador Programme for secondary schools has seen high levels of applicants as secondary school students become more focused on climate action and helping their environment. Training days for successful applicants began in early November and focus on equipping students with as much water-based knowledge as possible alongside communication skills training and a visit to a water treatment plant.

Water Workshops for primary and secondary schools in 22 locations around Ireland have also started for this academic year. These workshops focus on peer to peer learning and the invited students leave with action plans and resources to assist them in undertaking the water theme in their school.

Cathy Baxter is the Green-Schools Manager: “We are delighted to be celebrating the seventh year of our partnership with Irish Water. The support we’ve received has allowed us to create and develop resources, events and ongoing initiatives to assist schools as best we can with their work on our water theme. The fruits of this can be seen in schools like our award winning schools each year, who have achieved incredibly low water use and a strong school-wide culture of water conservation.”

Commenting on the partnership, Richard O hEadhra, Irish Water added: “Irish Water is delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Green-Schools programme and particularly the water themed flag.

“Irish Water is delighted to be working with young people in schools throughout Ireland through the Green-Schools programme to encourage new and innovative ideas about water use and water conservation. Through this education, awareness and action based programme we can improve and secure this precious resource that is vital to the environmental, social and economic life of this country for future generations. Let’s continue the conversation about conservation.”

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For queries contact Ciara Norton, cnorton@eeu.antaisce.org, 087-0679947 or press@water.ie

Please view our Green-Schools sponsorship launch video at https://youtu.be/DhpHw1O4SIc

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“Towers and Tales” Schools Programme shortlisted for 2019 Excellence in Local Government awards

The Waterford Libraries’ “Towers and Tales” Schools Programme has been shortlisted for the 2019 Excellence in Local Government awards.

The Chamber’s Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards is an annual celebration recognising commitment, hard work, dedication and excellence within the local authority sector.

Towers & Tales logoWaterford Libraries: Towers and Tales Story Festival Schools Programme has been shortlisted in the Best Library Category at the 2019 awards. This category showcases innovative projects and highlights best practice, skill, enthusiasm, social inclusion and community engagement in the library services.

Waterford City & County Council Library Service has been a partner and supporter of the Towers and Tales Story Festival since its inception in 2015.  Lismore Castle is the spectacular setting for the annual festival which celebrates children’s books, illustration and storytelling in all its forms.

An abundance of high-profile authors and tailored events throughout the day ensures enchanting experiences for young and old alike.  These author events have been shown to have a profound and lasting impact, not only on reading skills but also inspiring creativity and connecting children to the wonder of books. However, many children cannot attend the festival for various reasons and most primary schools do not have resources to hold these events themselves.

Sarah McIntyre illustrates during the festivalThe Towers & Tales School’s Programme was therefore devised to bring these experiences to a wide range of children and offer all schools the opportunity to get involved.  Through the programme, Waterford Libraries bring Towers and Tales authors to schools, libraries and various venues across the county. This enables multiple classes from many different schools to experience unforgettable and transformational experiences with literature, art & creativity.

This year, 43 Waterford schools attended programme events involving over 1700 children. With the festival going from strength to strength, the development of this programme will continue to expand involving larger numbers of school children and fostering creative spirit.

The 2019 awards will be held in Dublin on November 28th, and all at Waterford City & County Council wish the “Towers & Tales” entry the best of luck!

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Museum Director Eamonn McEneaney honoured by Norway

Director of Waterford Treasures Museums to be appointed Officer of The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for his impressive work in raising awareness of the Viking history in Waterford.

On Friday 15th November at a special reception to be held in the Medieval Museum, The Viking Triangle, Waterford, museum director Mr Eamonn McEneaney, will be appointed Officer (Knight First Grade) of The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by Her Excellency Else Berit Eikeland, Ambassador of Norway to Ireland, on behalf of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway.

The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit is conferred on foreign and Norwegian nationals as a reward for outstanding service in the interest of Norway.

Eamonn McEneaney receives this honour for his impressive work in raising awareness of the Viking history in Waterford, and his importance in strengthening the connections between Norway and Ireland.

Waterford, founded by Norse Vikings, is a city which remained strongly influenced by the Norse for hundreds of years thereafter.

Ambassador of Norway Else Berit Eikeland said; “I am honoured to present Eamonn McEneaney the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit on behalf of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway. Eamonn McEneaney has done so much to raise awareness of the extent of the Viking and Norse connection and influence in early Medieval Ireland.”

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HE Else Berit Eikeland
Ambassador of Norway to Ireland
The Royal Norwegian Embassy
Ferry House
48-53 Mount Street Lower
Dublin 2
D02 PT98

ebe@mfa.no

 

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World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims

World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims

Date: Sunday, 17th November 2019
Venue: Granville Hotel, Waterford
Time: 14:30pm

Admission is free. All are welcome.

Families are invited to bring a framed photography of their loved ones to the service.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Fiona by text or phone on: 087 6123969 or by email: fkavanagh@rsa.ie

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Mount Congreve successful in award of €3,726,000 RRDF funding

Mount Congreve successful in award of €3,726,000 RRDF funding

Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development today (Wednesday 6th November) announced funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund 2019.

Waterford City and County Council and Fáilte Ireland, as joint funding partners, were successful in the application for funding of €3,726,000 for the development of Mount Congreve house and gardens.

The funding of €3,726,000 will ensure Mount Congreve is a world class tourism destination with an enhanced visitor experience. The funding will allow for the redevelopment and restoration of the Mount Congreve Estate and will provide enhanced visitor amenities including repair of the historic greenhouse, improved access to grounds and pathways and provision of family friendly facilities.

The Mayor of the City and County of Waterford, Cllr. John Pratt said “This funding is particularly welcome and I am delighted to be in a position to develop Mount Congreve as a world class tourism destination for now and for future generations.”

The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, part of Project Ireland 2040, commits a fund of €1 billion which will provide for investment in towns and villages, enhancing sustainable social and economic development, and can demonstrate coordination and integration between the community and public sector.

Notes to Editor – Mount Congreve application detail

Ambition

To develop a tourism destination which attracts 150,000 visitors annually.

  • Enhance the visitor experience to these gardens and planted woodlands which are of international importance.
  • Invest in the under developed assets on the Estate to generate additional employment and revenue opportunities as well as increased visitor numbers.
  • Ensure the long-term viability of this enormously important visitor attraction.

Location

  • The Mount Congreve Estate is situated five miles west of Waterford City on the River Suir and is easily accessible from the N25.
  • The 46km Waterford Greenway passes along the boundary of the Mount Congreve Estate and there is visitor access.
  • The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway travels along the edge of the Mount Congreve Estate.

This project proposes the following:

  • Development of the farmyard to incorporate the following facilities: new café; offices and meeting facilities; craft yard; small playground and retail unit.
  • Enhancement of the grounds and existing paths to facilitate improved accessibility and increased visitor numbers, along with a woodland playground.
  • Repair of the existing historic greenhouse.
  • Provision of controlled access to wetland zone, a unique natural ‘garden’.
  • Provision of a waste water treatment facility for 150,000 visitors.
  • Provision of new car/coach park for up to 200 cars and 5 coaches.
  • Total Proposal Cost is €4,968,000.

Project Ireland 2040 – The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

Project Ireland 2040 is the Government’s overarching policy and planning framework for the social, economic and cultural development of Ireland. It includes a detailed capital investment plan for the next ten years, the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2027, and the National Planning Framework which outlines the broader policy principles and priorities in planning for future population and economic growth to 2040.

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