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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New website for Ireland South East

More than sunshine on offer for business and professionals in Ireland South East

A new website, www.irelandsoutheast.com, has been launched for investors and professionals to learn more about the South East region as a place to live, work and invest. The site offers practical information and case studies of successful businesses and professionals in the region such as Innovate, Eirgen Pharma, Cartoon Saloon and Alltech.

The website takes an innovative, story based approach in showing the benefits of the region through the people and businesses who are finding success here.

Seamus Kilgannon, founder of Schivo and owner of the WorkLAB office space in Waterford stated “Ireland South East is the sixth fastest growing region in the EU and the most affordable city region in Ireland. Globally renowned brands based here are offering really exciting and challenging careers, and all of this takes places in a beautifully scenic region with great communities. People can be employed by global companies and be cycling a Greenway ten minutes after they finish work.”

Alan Quirke, Director of the Ireland South East Development Office which created the website explains, “I think there is strong familiarity about the South East as an affordable and great place to live. What is less well known are the opportunities and benefits for businesses and professionals in a region with almost 600,000 people and where the key urban centres are all within close proximity of each other.”

“For businesses, we are one of the fastest growing regions in Europe, we are Ireland’s best value region and we also have a broad pool of talent. Equally importantly, we have a unique collaborative culture and we can make it easy for investors to start, grow and scale here. When you look deeper and hear of some of the dynamic stories, you get to see how Ireland South East offers such a great mosaic of global success stories, community and lifestyle that you can’t access as easily anywhere else.”

The new website is accompanied by an fast-paced video filmed around the South East in summer 2019 which serves as a whistle-stop tour of everything good the region has to offer, all accompanied by a high octane soundtrack from South East-based artist Rarely Seen Above Ground (RSAG).

The Ireland South East Development Office is a regional collaboration initiative of the five local authorities of the South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford) and is the first office of its kind in Ireland.

Full details can be found at www.irelandsoutheast.com

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Agenda for Statutory Budget Meeting 2020

Agenda for Statutory Budget Meeting of Waterford City and County Council, will be held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford on Friday, 29th  November, 2019 at 4.00 p.m. to consider the Budget for the local financial year ending on 31st December, 2020.

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Reminder: Waterford Dog Shelter – Restricted Opening Hours


Friday, 22nd to Tuesday, 26th November, 2019

Please note that Waterford City and County Council Dog Pound, Bilberry, Waterford will operate restricted opening hours between Friday, 22nd and Tuesday, 26th November, 2019, inclusive.

For enquiries and access to the Pound please telephone 0761 10 20 20 or e-mail contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

Waterford City and County Council regrets any inconvenience caused.

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CCMA meeting discusses Climate Action

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD attended a CCMA meeting today, chaired by Waterford Chief Executive, Michael Walsh where they discussed climate action, and the leading role local authorities can take in taking action and influencing change in their communities.

L-R Paddy Mahon, Longford Chief Executive; Michael Walsh, Waterford Chief Executive; Minister Richard Bruton, TD; Paul Dunne, LGMA Chief Executive; and, Ciaran Hayes, Sligo Chief Executive.

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