Ballyvoyle Tunnel on Waterford Greenway is temporarily closed

The full extent of Ballyvoyle Tunnel on Waterford Greenway has been closed this morning due to emergency maintenance works.

Fencing and signage is now in place to this effect. It will be closed until further notice in order to allow crews in there to assess damage that has been caused and look at works required.

We will keep you updated in the coming days with regard to the closure or otherwise.

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Temporary Closure of City Archives

The Archives in Dungarvan will be closed on Friday 15th December but will be open on Friday 22nd 1-4. The Archive will be closed from 22nd December until Friday 5th January.

The City Archives in High Street, Waterford is be closed due to essential maintenance works from Tuesday 24th October until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Please contact the Archivist at archivist@waterfordcouncil.ie or 0761102144 with any queries.

Beidh an Chartlann i nDún Garbhán dúnta ar an Aoine 15 Mí na Nollag ach beidh an Chartlann ar oscailt ar an Aoine 22 Mí na Nollag óna 1-4 i.n.  Beidh an Cartlann dúnta go dtí Dé hAoine 5 Mí an Eanair. Tá Cartlann na Cathrach ar An tSráid Ard i bPort Láirge dúnta ón Máirt 24 Deireadh Fómhair go dtí go bhfógrófar a mhalairt, de bharr obair riachtanach atá le déanamh. Gabh mo leithscéal as aon mhíchaoithiúlacht. Má tá aon cheisteanna, déan teagmháil leis an gCartlannaí ar archivist@waterfordcouncil.ie nó 0761102144.

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Good news for Built heritage in Waterford

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced 2 funding schemes for Protected Structures – the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2018 (BHIS) and the Structures at Risk Fund (SRF) 2018.

The BHIS scheme seeks to leverage private capital for investment in small-scale, labour-intensive projects and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of Protected Structures and in certain cases, the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACA).  Waterford has been allocated €104,000. Funding awards made under the scheme will be between €2,500 and €15,000, with applicants matching in full the grants being awarded.

Qualifying works include appropriate repair and conservation of historic structures, which are sympathetic to the character and special interest of the structure, and are of a standard that matches the historical detailing, materials and techniques.  Works that improve the energy efficiency may also be funded.   These works will contribute to the regeneration and vitality of the city’s and county’s built heritage and act as a stimulus for job creation.

The Structures at Risk Fund is only for structures that are in immediate danger of significant deterioration.  The Department will consider 4 applications per local authority. A fifth application may be made relating to an Irish Historic House in private ownership.  The minimum funding available under the SRF will be €15,000 up to a maximum grant of €30,000.

These schemes will be administered by Waterford City and County Council. Details and application forms for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme   and Structures at Risk Fund  are now available on www.waterfordcouncil.ie 

Completed application forms and photos of the structures must be submitted by email to rryall@waterfordcouncil.ie by 5 pm on 17th of January 2018. The Department will formally approve projects for funding by the 2nd of March 2018. Successful applicants must have the works completed by 28th of September 2018.

For further information or if you have any queries in relation to the scheme please contact: Rosemary Ryall, Executive Conservation Officer, Waterford City and County Council e-mail:  rryall@waterfordcouncil.ie

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We’re supporting the “Red To Work” Day in aid of Saint Vincent de Paul

This year’s Red To Work as part of the WLR Christmas Appeal in aid of the St Vincent de Paul in Waterford takes place on Friday, December 15th and staff members from Waterford City & County Council will be taking part.

Pictured below are some of our staff, with WLRfm representatives and the Mayor of Waterford City & County, Councillor Pat Nugent.

So remember, next Friday the 15th of December, wear red to work, and text APPEAL to 50300 to donate €4 to this worthy cause.  Use the hashtag #BeALittleStar in your posts too !

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Portlaw features as 2017 IPB Pride of Place Winners Announced

Portlaw takes runners up spot in category three, Population Category 1000 – 2000

Co-operation Ireland/Irish Public Bodies Pride of Place Awards Ceremony 2017
Representatives from Portlaw, Co. Waterford, receive their award. Included are Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland; Tom Dowling, Chairperson, Pride of Place, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and ; Michael Garvey, CEO IPB Insurance.
Photo Lorcan Doherty

The winners of the IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland were announced last night at a gala awards ceremony in Letterkenny. The awards acknowledge the achievements and the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.

The Portlaw Task Force, Co Waterford took the runner up award in Category three, which is for villages with a population of between 1000 and 2000 people.

During the ceremony 49 awards were announced in the main competition, the cities competition and special awards, ranging from groups supporting small rural communities to those involved in large inner city housing estates. Donegal County Council hosted the evening and celebrated Irish musicians Donal Lunney and Paddy Glackin entertained the audience before the winners were announced. RTE presenter Aengus MacGrianna was MC for the ceremony, which was attended by over 800 people.

Sponsored by IPB, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 15 years ago through a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development. It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.

The winners were presented with their awards by Minister Joe McHugh TD, Government Chief Whip & Minister of State for Gaeilge, An Ghaeltacht and the Islands, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle,  Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland,  Michael McGreal, Vice Chair IPB Insurance and Tom Dowling, Chairperson, Pride of Place Committee.

Tom Dowling, Chairperson of IPB Pride of Place Competition said

“This unique competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities, young, old, rich or poor and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong”. He added that he was delighted that this year’s gala ceremony was held in Donegal.

Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland said

“The Pride of Place Awards ceremony is an ideal opportunity for organisations to come together and learn from each other. This will be important as we prepare for the inevitable changes Brexit will bring to the island of Ireland. This evening, we have witnessed some of the finest examples of people working together to create a positive future and we all must continue to build on this so Irish society as a whole can benefit. I congratulate everyone who was nominated but I extend special congratulations to those groups who were triumphant this evening”.

Michael Garvey, Chief Executive Officer of title sponsor IPB Insurance, reaffirmed his company’s support for the competition, he said

“The IPB Pride of Place awards is an ideal platform to recognise the positive social impacts being made in communities across the island of Ireland. I would like to take this opportunity to commend all the communities involved for their spirit of collaboration and camaraderie in making it to the finals. It is also important to recognise the role of local authorities across the island of Ireland who work closely with their communities to support inspiring voluntary initiatives. These awards serve as one of the important ways that we can recognise those involved in working to make a difference in society”.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle said “I am delighted that Donegal has been chosen to host of this prestigious awards ceremony and that we welcomed over 800 people to celebrate and recognise the wonderful contribution that community groups make to life in their own local areas all across the island of Ireland.  This has been a great opportunity to showcase what Donegal has to offer and I hope all our visitors have had a wonderful experience and that they bring home with them fond memories of their trip to Donegal”.

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Co. Waterford Winner of the “Irish Poem of the Year”

Co. Waterford Winner of the “Irish Poem of the Year” in The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.

Dungarvan’s Clodagh Beresford Dunne has won the Irish Poem of the Year for her work “Seven Sugar Cubes” which appeared in the The Irish Times last April.

Clodagh has been the recipient of a number of literature awards and bursaries from  Waterford City and County Council  Arts Office and ArtLinks. The Arts Office would like to thank everyone who responded to their call to vote for Clodagh’s poem.  Comhghairdeas Clodagh, a worthy winner.

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Irish Water Phishing Email Statement

Irish Water is aware that some customers have received emails purporting to be from Irish Water with the subject line ‘Your Irish Water Account – Action required’.

Irish Water will never ask customers to update personal banking information in this way and customers should always delete emails requesting this information. Irish Water is advising anyone who receives these emails to delete them immediately. Do not reply or click on the link provided. Do not provide personal or financial details.

Irish Water has asked domestic customers who have moved property to contact us by phone on 1850 448 448 to update their details. Changes to customers’ personal details can only be updated by phone.

Irish Water has investigated this email and has requested that this fraudulent site be shut down. Irish Water is aware that during the refund process in particular attempts may be made to deceive customers with phishing emails. We have put additional resources in place in attempt to mitigate against these phishing campaigns.

If you suspect that you’ve responded to a phishing email with personal information from this or any email, take the following steps to minimise any potential damage:

  • Change the information you’ve revealed e.g. Change any passwords or PINs on the account or service that you think might have been compromised
  • Contact your bank or the service provider directly
  • Routinely review your bank and credit card statements for unexplained charges or enquiries that you didn’t initiate
  • Contact the authorities. The Garda Bureau of Fraud investigation is Ireland’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

Irish Water wishes to reassure customers that there has been no breach of Irish Water security systems. Customer details on Irish Water’s database are secure and have not been compromised.

There is more advice on how to identify phishing emails and what to do next on Irish Water’s website https://www.water.ie/support/fraudulent-email-advice/

ENDS

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