Jukebox of Poetry installed in Waterford’s Cultural Quarter

Poetry as Commemoration, the latest art instalment in Waterford, is situated in Hanover Street in the centre of Waterford’s Cultural Quarter. Produced by the “Poetry as Commemoration” project in partnership with Waterford Council, members of the public can ‘turn the handle’ and enjoy a poem on demand from the unique programme.

The Poetry Jukebox places poetry in public spaces with recordings of 20 poems relating to the complex history of Ireland during the War of Independence and Civil War available to hear at the press of a button. The first selection of poems include works by well-known poets including Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, John Hewitt, and W.B. Yeats, as well as lesser-known writers such as D.L. Kelleher, Alice Milligan and Agnes Kerr.

Speaking on the project, Waterford City & County Council’s Arts officer, Conor Nolan said:

“Poetry and popular ballads have long been vessels for the commemoration of historic events and heroic individuals. The regular rhythms and recitative qualities meant that the jukebox was suited to commemorating historical figures, bringing memories and poetry directly to the public.”

The project, which includes an island-wide series of writing workshops, invites communities to turn to poetry as a way of understanding the challenges of the past and the possibilities of the future. As noted in on the project’s literature, this is especially relevant in the final years of the Decade of the Centenaries 2012-2023 marking one hundred years since the Irish War of Independence and Civil War.

Luke Currall, Visual Arts Co-Ordinator with Waterford City & County Council, commented on the make up of the project, saying:

“Poetry invites reflection on the murkier ‘contours and colours’ of experience and can transport readers or listeners to a different time and place through rhythms, images, and sound. Bringing together this material, Poetry as Commemoration seeks to deepen the collective understanding of this challenging period in Irish History.”

The project is a two-year all-island project led by the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Library and is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 programme.

A further curation will be recorded for Spring 2023 containing 10 new poems by commissioned poets, as well as 10 historical poems. Project partners include Quotidian – Word on the Street, Poetry Ireland and Arts Council Northern Ireland.

See https://www.poetryascommemoration.ie/ for further details.

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Help shape Waterford’s Age Friendly Strategy

Waterford City and County Council and Waterford Age Friendly Alliance are inviting the public to participate in a series of coffee morning workshops in the city and county, to help shape Waterford’s next Age Friendly Strategy.

Facilitated by Community Engagement Partners, the workshops will discuss topics such as community and health services, housing, active participation, transport, and isolation, with the view to developing a new strategy to ensure a better quality of life for older people.

Kevin Moynihan, Waterford City and County Council’s Community Department, is encouraging people to attend and participate in the free workshops. “Waterford’s next Age Friendly Strategy will be shaped by the people it affects. It is crucial that these opinions are heard in order to implement a strategy that delivers a better quality of life for older people in Waterford.”

“The format of the workshops is informal and guaranteed to be engaging. We’d love for the public will join us over a coffee for a discussion about ways to help us identify the principal actions that need be delivered by key public bodies and other agencies to enhance the quality of life for older people in Waterford City and County.”

The coffee mornings will be held at 11am September 20th in the Park Hotel Dungarvan, September 21st in The Tower Hotel Waterford and at Lismore Heritage Centre on September 30th, with the final coffee morning in O’Shea’s Hotel Tramore on October 5th.

Places are free and there will be people available to help with the discussion and identify some important areas to think about.

-ENDS

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Book of Condolence opens for the late Queen Elizabeth II

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’ Leary has opened a book of condolences for Queen Elizabeth II saying, “The Queen was Britain’s longest serving monarch, having reigned for seventy years with dignity, warmth, selflessness and assuredness. Her passing certainly marks the end of an era.”

The book of condolences is available at:

All messages of sympathy will be sent to His Majesty King Charles III and other members of the Royal family.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

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Launch of the 2022 IMAGINE Arts Festival

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Join WLRfm & Waterford Libraries to celebrate the Vitamin Sea Festival

To celebrate the Vitamin Sea Festival, WLRfm and Waterford Libraries are teaming up for an outside broadcast on Main Street, Tramore on Saturday 17th September 1pm-4pm.

  • Join us for fun on the street with a craft table, competitions and spot prizes.
  • Ask a Librarian for recommended reads or check out our e-Services.
  • Kitty Caboodle is doing story time at the Coastguard Cultural Centre at 11.30am.

The Vitamin Sea Festival takes place on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2022.http://waterfordlibraries.ie/category/vitamin-sea-festival

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Latest Bathing Water updates

For our latest bathing water quality results, please see https://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/water/bathing-water/bathing-water-quality.htm

Updates

  • A prohibition notice is in place at Tramore Pier following on from last year’s investigations.
  • Bonmahon has been reopened.
  • Boatstrand has a temporary bathing prohibition notice due to high enterococci as a result of the recent high rainfall. To be resampled on Wednesday.
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Reminder: 2023 Arts Practice Grants now open

Waterford City & County Council invites Artists and Arts Organisations to apply online for 2023 Arts Practice Grants. There is a total budget of €90,000 to cover all successful applicants.

This is a fully online system that has been streamlined into three categories:

· Professional/Amateur Organisations and individuals

· Rural Arts Networking

· Playwright & Producer / Screenwriter & Producer

There is a transparent detailed marking system which allows clients to understand how their application will be judged. This year the use of ‘Links’ will be the only way of uploading detail such as Photographs, Digital Media, Child Protection Statements, Accounts etc.

Some of the categories have specific funding attached to them e.g. Playwright & Producer/Screenwriter & Producer and/or the various Theatre performance grants. Others are based on a partnership approach. The maximum Grant this year will be for €7,500 but this is mainly for Professional Arts Organisations or Professional collaborations between stated professional artists and/or professional arts organisations.

Individuals applying for grants are required to be registered members of Artlinks. Registration is free of charge. Please contact artlinks.ie@gmail.com to request a registration form, note that registration requests received after 28th September may not be processed in time for the Arts Grants deadline.

The applications will be adjudicated by an Independent board.

The Arts Grants applications are online until Noon on October 3rd 2022. Decisions will be published in late December 2022 on the basis of being passed by Waterford City & County Council.

For more information and for the application process itself – go to waterfordarts.com

(ENDS)

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Published : Weekly Planning Lists for Waterford

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ALERT: Bathing Prohibition at Bonmahon

BATHING PROHIBITION

Due to high bacterial count bathing is prohibited at Bonmahon.   The likely cause of the high readings is the recent high rainfall.

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