Giant open air Spraoi artwork planned for Waterford later this summer

Following a national competition Spraoi and Waterford City and County Council have successfully attracted €59,022 of In The Open – Faoin Spéir funding to Waterford from The Arts Council.

The funding will be utilised to create a large scale temporary artwork and sculpture installation over Michael Street and the Apple Market in Waterford City. Both Garter Lane Arts Centre and WLR FM are creative partners on the project.

Spraoi and contributing artists will use a pallet of fabrics, visual art, music and spoken-word elements. Garter Lane is curating two accompaning soundtracks each themed for day and evening listening. They will be broadcast on WLR FM and will also be available on mobile phones via a QR Code so people can listen as they stroll through the area.

The artwork will offer pedestrians visual, musical and spoken-word experiences. It aims to start conversations about re-invigorating traditional and modern public realm spaces while enhancing audiences’ daily experiences of Waterford.

In The Open – Faoin Spéir is a Arts Council initiative that encourages a curated programme of multi-disciplinary, inclusive arts activity in public or open spaces in towns and communities around Ireland. Arts organisations and local authorities nationally competed for the funding.

“It’s fantastic to be working with both the Arts and Waterford Councils plus our friends and colleagues at Garter Lane and WLR to enable this opportunity for ten freelance Waterford artists, visual and musical, to imagine and make an artwork that enhances our city and even inspires conversations about its future look,” said Spraoi Artistic Director Mike Leahy.

Director of Services for Culture at Waterford City and County Kieran Kehoe added:”Waterford Council sees huge potential in working with artists to improve and reimagine Waterford towns, villages and city. This is a community-centred approach to re-building our places, our morale and our offering for a post COVID-19 world. We co-fund many such integrated initiatives in various sectors.”

Visual artists have already begun design work at Spraoi Studios and Garter Lane has commenced creation of accompanying soundtracks with musicians and a writer.

The installation is expected to be in-situ throughout August and September.

Giant open air Spraoi artwork planned for Waterford later this summer

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Draft Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022-2028

Waterford City and County Council has published a Draft Development Plan which sets out a framework or blue print for the proper planning and sustainable development for the whole of Waterford for the City and County for the six year period from 2022 to 2028. The Draft Plan has been prepared having regard to the ambitious population and employment targets set out in the National Planning Framework (NPF), the Southern Region Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) and Government Policy and sets out a clear pathway for Waterford to achieve these targets.

The Draft Plan places a strong emphasis on implementation and delivery through Active Land Management processes, placing a particular focus on housing delivery, and in this regard aims to provide certainty to Government, State Agencies, key stakeholders and the communities of County Waterford as to the optimum manner in which the Project Ireland 2040 targets will be achieved. The Draft Plan acknowledges the need to be flexible and adaptive in order to respond to and shape changing circumstances.

The Draft Plan consists of 4 Volumes as follows;

  • Volume One: Main Policy Section.
  • Volume Two: Development Management Standards.
  • Volume Three: Appendices (Inc. Environmental Reports (SEA/AA/HNDA/SFRA).
  • Volume Four: Book of Maps.

It is intended that the new Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022 – 2028 will be the first consolidated and unitary development plan for the entire functional area of Waterford City and County Council, following the merger of Waterford City Council and Waterford County Council on the 1st June 2014 (Local Government Reform Act 2014).

When finally adopted in August 2022, this plan will replace the current Waterford County Development Plan 2011-2017, Waterford City Development Plan 2013-2019, Dungarvan Town Council Development Plan 2012-2018, and three Local Area Plans for Tramore, Lismore and Portlaw.

The Draft Plan, as well as the associated environmental reports, can be viewed online at:

In addition, copies of the plan are available to view at the Council’s Customer Care Desks in Waterford City and Dungarvan and in branch libraries throughout the county.

Submissions and observations on the Draft Plan are invited up until 5:00pm on Monday 30th August 2021 from individuals and groups interested in the future development of the City and County. Such submissions can be made online via the council’s dedicated public consultation portal ( or in writing, marked “Draft City and County Development Plan” and addressed to the Planning Department, Waterford City and County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford City.

To inform this process, and to give the public an opportunity to engage directly with the planning authority, it is proposed to hold a series of focused online evening consultations at 7:00pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 20th July Strategic Vision, Population, Housing, Employment and Education
  • Wednesday 21st July Environment, Heritage, Conservation, Tourism and Amenity
  • Thursday 22nd July Transportation, Climate Change, Infrastructure and Regeneration
  • Tuesday 27th July Local Placemaking – Waterford Metropolitan Area
  • Wednesday 28th July Local Placemaking – Comeragh Municipal District
  • Thursday 29th July Local Placemaking – Dungarvan/Lismore Municipal District

Links to these online events will be posted on the council’s dedicated public consultation portal (

The Mayor of Waterford of Waterford, Cllr. Joe Kelly welcomed publication of the Draft Plan stating:

“The Draft Plan has been prepared following an intensive series of meetings and engegements between the Elected Members of Council and the Executive, in addition to a public consultation process seeking views on strategic matters at the Pre-Draft stage. This publication is an opportunity for individuals and groups across the City and County to consider the contents of the Draft Plan and I would strongly encourage people to get involved and have their say in the future development of Waterford.”

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The 11th July 1921 is the day that the truce was called at noon on the War of Independence and negotiations began to bring an end to the war. To mark the end of this chapter in the Decade of Centenaries and the start of the next, Waterford Commemorations Committee have compiled and made available an online Story Map to tell the story and map the events of the War of Independence in Waterford City and County. Explore the map and find out more about the events of the War of Independence in Waterford from the link available on the Council website

Miss English’s Pub, 1921
Image copryight to and courtesy of Waterford County Museum

The StoryMap aims to map the events, political, personal and military of the War of Independence and provide the story of these events. There are maps showing the attacks on the Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks; the ambushes and raids made by the I.R.A. Brigades and actions of the West Waterford Flying Column. In addition, the Story Map provides the story behind these and other events, such as, the British Army raids on the Corporation and Council offices; British Army reprisals on the towns of Dungarvan and Lismore and the tragic deaths of civilians

A particular tragedy in Waterford was that the truce came too late to save the lives of those who died due to a trap mine at Kilgobnet on 8th July 1921. those who died were:

Thomas Dahill, a 27 year old road worker from Kilnafrehan West

James Dunford, a 19 year old farmer’s son from Knockaunagloon

William Dunford, a 29 year old labourer from Kilnafrehan

Richard Lynch, a 29 year old from Inchindrisla

John (Seán) Quinn, a 19 year old farm labourer from Ballymacmague South and I.R.A. Volunteer

Thomas Burke, 32 years old from Inchindrisla, a farmer’s son

This is just one of the events of the War of Independence documented on the Waterford War of Independence Story Map.

The information for these maps and the accompanying text was researched by Niall Murray for the Waterford Commemorations Committee, input by Joanne Rothwell, Waterford City and County Archivist and edited by Cian Flaherty. Waterford County Museum kindly provided many of the images used to illustrate the text and maps and many of the more recent images were provided by the Heritage Officer, Bernadette Guest. This project was supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media, Decade of Centenaries 1913-1923 Programme.

Michael Farrell, Chair of the Waterford Commemorations Committee says on making the map available to the public “The Committee is committed to document and sharing the history of the Decade of Centenaries with the people of Waterford and in collaborating with individuals and groups to ensure that this history will be recorded and available for future generations. We would also like to call on the public for their help in providing images (recent or older) of the Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks. If you have any images or information that you would like to contribute to facilitate the updating of this map please contact the Archivist at

The map is not intended to be a static record – new research continues to open up new evidence for events and hopefullly, with the public’s help, new images can be located to add to the map.

You can find the link to the Story Map along with details of the programme of projects for 2021 online on the website or

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Ar an meánlae are an 11 Iúil 1921 fógraíodh sos cogaidh i gCogadh na Saoirse agus cuireadh tús le comhráití chun deireadh a chur leis an gcogadh. Chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar dheireadh an tréimhse seo agus tús an chéad tréimhse eile i nDeich mBliana na gCuimhneachán, tá Coiste Cuimhneacháin Phort Láirge tar éis Léarscáil Scéalaíochta ar líne a chur le chéile agus a fhoilsiú. Léirítear scéal agus ionaid imeachtaí Chogadh na Saoirse i gCathair agus i gContae Phort Láirge ar an léarscáil seo. Féach thart ar an léarscáil agus fáil amach mar gheall ar imeachtaí Chogadh na Saoirse i bPort Láirge ón nasc ar shuíomh idirlíon na Comhairle

Miss English’s Pub, 1921
Image copryight to and courtesy of Waterford County Museum

Tá sé mar aidhm ag an Léarscáil Scéalaíochta na himeachtaí polaitiúla agus míleata de chuid Chogadh na Saoirse a mhapáil agus scéalta na n-imeachtaí seo a chur ar fáil. Tá léarscáileanna a thaispeánann na hionsaithe a dheineadh ar Bheairicí Chonstáblacht Ríoga na hÉireann; na luíocháin agus na ruathair a dhein Briogáidí Óglaigh na hÉireann agus gníomhaíochtaí Cholún Reatha Iarthar Phort Láirge. Chomh maith leis sin, tugann an Léarscáil Scéalaíochta an scéal taobh thiar des ha himeachtaí seo agus cinn eile ar nós, ionsaithe Arm na Breataine ar oifigí an Bhardais agus na Chomhairle; bearta díoltas Arm na Breataine ar bhailte Dhún Garbhán agus an Leasa Mhóir, maraon le básanna tragóideacha shibialtaigh.

Go tragóideach, tháinig an sos cogaidh ró-dhéanach dóibh siúd a bhfuair bás de bharr mianach talún i gCill Ghobnait i bPort Láirge ar an 8 Iúil 1921. Seo a leanas na daoine a bhfuair bás:

Thomas Dahill, oibrí bóthair 27 mbliana d’aois ó Chill na bhFraochán Thiar

James Dunford, mac feirmeora 19 mbliana d’aois ó Chnocán na nGlún

William Dunford, saothraí 29 mbliana d’aois ó Chill na bhFraochán

Richard Lynch, 29 mbliana d’aois ó Inse an Drisligh

Seán Quinn, oibrí feirme 19 mbliana d’aois ó Bhaile Mhic Mhág Theas agus Óglach le hÓglach na hÉireann

Thomas Burke, Inse an Drisligh, 32 bhilian d’aois, mac feirmeora

Níl anseo ach cheann amháin d’imeachtaí Chogadh na Saoirse a bhfuil cuntas air i Léarscáil Scéalaíochta Chogadh na Saoirse Phort Láirge.

B’é Niall Murray a dhein an taighde ar an eolas agus téacs do na léarscáileanna seo ar son Choiste Cuimhneacháin Phort Láirge, le hionchur ó Joanne Rothwell, Cartlannaí Chathair agus Chontae Phort Láirge agus eagarthóireacht le Cian Flaherty. Chuir Músaem Chontae Phort Láirge go leor des na híomhánna a úsáideadh mar mhaisiúchán don téacs agus léarscáileanna ar fáil agus ba í Bernadette Guest, Oifigeach Oidhreachta a chur go leor des na híomhánna úrnua ar fáil. Fuair an tionscadal seo tacaíocht ón Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán, Clár Deich mBliana na gCuimhneachán 1913-1923.

Ag labhairt dó maidir leis an léarscáil a bheith ar fáil do phobal, deir Michael Farrell, Cathaoirleach Choiste Cuimhneacháin Phort Láirge go bhfuil an Coiste tiomanta taifead a dhéanamh ar stair Dheich mBliana na gCuimhneachán agus é a roinnt le muintir Phort Láirge. Tá an Coiste ag obair le daoine aonarcha agus le grúpaí chun a chinntiú go ndéanfar an stair so a thaifead agus a chur ar fáil do na glúnta atá le teacht. Is mian leis an gCoiste chomh maith iarraidh ar an bpobal cahbrú leo trí iomhánna (úrnua nó sean) de Bheairicí Chonstáblacht Ríoga na hÉireann a chur ar fáil dóibh. Má tá aon íomhánna nó eolas agatsa gur mhaith leat a chur ar fáil chun cabhrú leis an léarscáil a uasdátú, iarrtar ort teagmháil a dhéanamh leis an gCartlannaí ag

Níl sé i gceist gur taifead gan athrú a bheidh sa léarscáil seo – tagann fianaise nua chun cinn de réir mar a dhéantar a thuilleadh taighde agus le cabhair ón bpobal, is féidir íomhánna nua a chur leis an léarscáil i gcónaí.

Is féídir leat an nasc go dtí an Léarscáil Scéalaíochta, maraon le sonraí chlár na dtionscadal do 2021 a fháil ar líne a shuíomh idirlíon na Comhairle http://www.waterfordcouncil.ie

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Waterford Poetry Prize 2021

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2021. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The winners will be announced at a special online event at the Waterford Writers Weekend on Friday 22nd October 2021 during the Imagine Arts Festival.

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2021.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2022. Second prize is €300 plus a writing course in Ardmore and third prize is €200. The closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon on Wednesday 1st September 2021.

The Arts Office is pleased to have the writer and poet Colm Keegan as judge for the second year.

Online entries only will be accepted this year, with form and guidelines available at the Waterford Submit platform: or via the QR code below.

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Drama bursaries awarded by Waterford City & County Council

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce the recipients of bursary support to attend the Residential Summer School held by the Drama League of Ireland in the University of Limerick.

They are Emma Walsh, Brideview Drama, Tallow and Samantha Hayes of Curtain Call Productions, Dungarvan who will attend the DLI’s 55th Summer School from the 31st July to 7th August 2021.

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Waterford Dog Shelter – Restricted Opening Hours


Friday, 02/07/2021

Please note that Waterford City and County Council Dog Shelter, Bilberry, Waterford will operate restricted opening hours on Friday, 02/07/2021.

For enquiries and access to the Pound please telephone 0761 10 20 20 or e-mail

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Déise customers can quickly access real-time information about their water supply with new location feature on Irish Water website

Déise customers can quickly access real-time information about their water supply with new location feature on Irish Water website

Customers can now avail of quick access to relevant information on their water supply, based on where they live, thanks to the rollout of a newly designed Irish Water website. The changes will allow people around the country to immediately see what works and projects are ongoing in their locality by setting their location at

This is already proving helpful for customers experiencing issues such as water outages. A quick look at the Irish Water website immediately tells them what the issue is, the areas affected and when it will be rectified. With over 900,000 users on the site ever year, this revamp will ensure continues to provide an essential public service.

Designed to work on your mobile phone or any other device, the state-of-the-art website lets you set your location with updates and news relevant to your locality served upfront on the homepage. It also enables Irish Water to deliver important public health messages and reassurance to the public that we are working every day to provide a clean and safe supply of drinking water for our customers while returning wastewater safely to the environment.

Head of Customer Operations with Irish Water Yvonne Harris explains how this dynamic, new-look website will better serve customers: “We have upgraded our website so it is more user-friendly. We talked to our customers, we listened to their feedback and made changes to better improve the user experience for all.

“We are now keeping our customers informed, in real time, about any issues that may be impacting their water supply as well as updates on significant projects, leakage works and water quality.

“This new-look version of takes the effort out of the search for information by giving customers important, relevant, location-based information on the homepage. With one click to set your location or the option to choose a locality, visitors to the site can immediately view key information for their chosen geographical area.

“Now, instead of Donegal residents seeing news for Dublin, or Cork residents seeing information on outages in Offaly, they see local news, supply updates, and information on water quality and projects. And it’s one click to turn it off and return to a national view. In addition, a mobile-first design caters to the vast majority of visitors who use mobiles to access”

Yvonne continued: “From research and data analysis, Irish Water’s Communications and Customer teams have a better understanding of what our customers want. The previous site structure meant customers had to undertake separate journeys to check for an outage or find relevant information on water quality or local news stories, making it a laborious process. The team wanted to give our customers the option to get a full picture of what was happening in their locality, all in one place.”

Since its launch in 2013, has grown and evolved into a key communication channel for Irish Water. Today it is a nationally prominent large-scale, high-traffic, dynamic website visited by over 900,000 users annually. These visitors use the website to find information that is important to them across a wide range of topics.

Irish Water is committed to keeping customers informed across multiple platforms 24/7 and we encourage customers to engage with us through our website, Twitter channels @IWCare and @IrishWater, on Facebook and LinkedIn and through our customer care helpline which is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278.

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Waterford Joins International Celebrations for Canada Day

Waterford City is going red to celebrate Canada Day and its unique historical connection with Newfoundland.  Between 1790 and 1830, 35,000 Irish people entered the colony, with Waterford the primary port of embarkation. Three centuries of shared history with St. John’s means you can travel over 3,500km from Waterford, arrive in St. John’s and still hear familiar accents and colloquialisms from the locals there.

For Canada Day, on Thursday July 1sticonic landmarks and monuments across the island of Ireland are illuminating red in recognition of the shared history, heritage and cultural connections between Ireland and Canada. Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. Joe Kelly, said he was “thrilled to participate in this celebration with Canada and wish them all the very best on their National Holiday”.  When international travel re-opens Mayor Kelly said “we look forward to welcoming Canadian visitors back to Ireland and invite them to explore Waterford City and County and the strong connections between our two countries.

Waterford City was twinned with St John’s in Newfoundland in 2003 to recognize and celebrate the historical connections between the two cities. Mass emigration from the South East to Newfoundland from the mid-18th century onwards created strong historical links and many people in St. John’s will know their ancestors boarded ships to Canada on what is now called Canada St. or that their home was called St. John’s after St. John’s Parish in Waterford City. Couples from St. John’s in Newfoundland still return to St. John’s church in Waterford City to get married in the church their ancestors would have know.

Eamonn Murphy, Chair of Ireland Newfoundland Connections, was delighted to be celebrating Canada Day and also highlighted that ‘in Newfoundland the 1st July is also a day of remembrance for the hundreds of soldiers from the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who died on this day in 1916 in Beaumont-Hamel, at the Battle of the Somme, in France during the First World War. It was a very sad day for the nation of Newfoundland, and this Memorial Day was firmly marked in Newfoundlanders calendars before they joined Canada in 1949’.

Waterford is honoured to participate in Canada Day celebrations, in partnership with Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, to highlight our strong links with Canada and demonstrate a symbol of friendship between the island of Ireland and Canada

Canada Day Waterford 1 Photo Caption:

Photo by Colin Shanahan – DigiCol Photography (c) 2021 –

Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. Joe Kelly (left) and Eamonn Murphy, Chair of Ireland Newfoundland Connections (right) flying the Canadian flag outside St. John’s Church in Waterford City.

Canada Day Waterford 2 Photo Caption:

Photo by Colin Shanahan – DigiCol Photography (c) 2021 –

The Bishop’s Palace and Medieval Museum in the historic Waterford Viking Triangle of Waterford City illuminated in red for Canada Day.

Canada Day Waterford 3 Photo Caption:

Photo by Colin Shanahan – DigiCol Photography (c) 2021 –

Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. Joe Kelly (left) holding the Canadian flag and Eamonn Murphy, Chair of Ireland Newfoundland Connections (right) holding the Newfoundland flag outside St. John’s Church in Waterford City.

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