Dungarvan celebrates with first ever PRIDE Festival

On Saturday, June 18th, Dungarvan’s first ever PRIDE Festival will take place in Walton Park, Dungarvan.

A celebration of LGBTQ+ people and culture, the event boasts a fun and exciting programme filled with music, food, family fun, magic and drag!

Emilene Stafford, one of the committee’s co-chairs, is looking forward to Dungarvan’s inaugural PRIDE Festival.  “While the day is about celebrating LGBTQ+ people, it is a day to be enjoyed and celebrated by everyone.  We would encourage young and old, gay and straight to come along and help us make this PRIDE festival one of the biggest and brightest in the country.”

“The programme has something for everyone.  Along with the great music and entertainment, there will be a real festival vibe to the day as people can picnic in the park and soak up the electric atmosphere.”

Commencing at 4pm, the line-up includes an opening ceremony by Lady Fi Fi Fondu, a dance performance by the Kirby School of Performing Arts, circus mayhem from the Wobbly Circus, the ultimate lip sync battle,  music by Avi and the Dream Girls Drag Show to round off the entertainment.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly said, “Waterford City and County Council is proud to support the inaugural PRIDE festival in Dungarvan. The day is not just about music, magic and colour, it is also about celebrating diversity, and promoting inclusion and belonging in our communities.”

“The town itself will also be adorned with colour as rainbow banners and bunting will be displayed throughout the town centre for the month of June. I’m delighted to see so many local businesses and individuals supporting the festival and pulling out all the stops to help make PRIDE Dungarvan the first of many.”

To find out more about Dungarvan’s first ever PRIDE Festival on Saturday June 18th follow Dungarvan Pride on Facebook and Instagram.



Getting ready to celebrate Dungarvan’s first ever PRIDE Festival are Kerrie Bedell, proprietor of Ballot Flowers and John Gomes-Rea Dungarvan Pride Committee member.

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Three Active Travel Schemes launched in Dungarvan

Waterford City & County Council proposes to undertake the construction works and  crossing / footpath improvements at the Dungarvan locations mentioned below.

The drawings of these schemes are available for inspection above and are also on display in our Customer Services Departments in Bailey’s New Street in the City and Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan from Tuesday 10th May 2022 to Wednesday 08th June, 2022.

The Council will consider any submissions or observations made in writing regarding the proposal. Submissions should be lodged with Ian Ludlow, Staff Officer, Active Travel Team, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford or
by email to iludlow@waterfordcouncil.ie to be received by Monday 20th June 2022.

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Lunchtime City Cycle for Bike Week 2022

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The Crème de la Crème of the Watch World head for Waterford’s International Festival of Time

The crème de la crème of international watchmakers have set their travel plans for Waterford for the inaugural ‘Waterford International Festival of Time’ this May 20th to 22nd.

16 of the world’s most famous horologists have now been confirmed for the festival weekend. They will be showcasing their masterpieces of time, design and engineering at the Waterford Treasures Museums in the City.

Commenting on the upcoming festival Curator of the Irish Museum of Time and Director of Waterford Treasures Eamonn McEneaney said:

It’s very exciting to be welcoming a vast array of world-renowned clock and watchmakers to Waterford – home to the Irish Museum of Time.  These are the most respected Masters in the world of contemporary independent watch and clock making and many of these watchmakers have three and five years and longer waiting lists for appointments and others have their future lifetime books of work filled with orders so this is an incredibly unique opportunity to enjoy meeting them, observe their masterpieces and chat with them about their work and process.”

Reading like a “Who’s Who” of contemporary watch and clock making, festivalgoers will have the opportunity to view, for the very first time in Ireland, masterpieces, which have defined the careers of these celebrated, award-winning and even Guinness World Record holding creators. The visiting watchmakers include three Irish makers brothers John and Stephen McGonigle and also Bryan Leech. Vianney Halter of France, Andreas Strehler, Marc Jenni and Thomas Prescher of Switzerland; Sebastian Naeschke of Germany, Patrik Sjögren of Sweden, Philippe Narbel of Switzerland, Christian Lass of Denmark, Bastien Vuillomenet of Switzerland, Rune Bakkendorff of Denmark, Giles Ellis from the UK and Paul Gerber of Switzerland.

Plus Bernhard Lederer who is one of the original members of the elite and most respected watchmaking bodies, the invitation-only AHCI (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants), or Academy of Independent Watchmakers.

In addition to the master craftsmen of the watchmaking world a very special event will be hosted at City Hall where author and former Curator of Timekeeping at the Royal Observatory Greenwich Mr David Rooney will take to the stage to discuss his work and his book, the acclaimed ‘About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks’.

The weekend promises a celebration of the centuries-old traditional crafts, skills and techniques, which continue to be perpetuated by the hands of watchmaking’s most prodigious talents. Set in the city’s historic Viking Triangle, the Irish Museum of Time is the newest addition to the Waterford Treasures experience, having opened in 2021.

Within the refurbished nineteenth-century gothic-style church, a meticulously curated collection of historically significant long case and table clocks and watches from Ireland and abroad are preserved in all of their majestic elegance, for generations to come.

Opening to the public on Friday, May 20th and running until Sunday, May 22nd, between 10:00 and 17:00 on each of the three days, the inaugural International Festival of Time in Waterford is a unique and very special event which captures the spirit of contemporary independent watch and clock making, and one which introduces this extraordinary world of high mechanical complications and uncompromising hand finishing to a steadily growing number of Irish watch enthusiasts and aficionados.

Admission to the Festival is included in a ‘Freedom of Waterford’ ticket to Waterford Treasures Museums that gives access to all Waterford Treasures museums and a walking tour. The Festival of Time Lecture by David Rooney will take place on Friday 20th May at 7.30 pm in the Large Room and is FREE but bookable at medievalreception@waterfordcouncil.ie

For further details on the inaugural festival see www.waterfordtreasures.com


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Road Closure arrangements : West Waterford Festival of Food 2022

Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council,  in exercise of its powers pursuant to Section 75 Roads Act 1993, propose to close the following Dungarvan roads to through traffic on Saturday 11th and Sunday, 12th June 2022 to facilitate the West Waterford Festival of Food:

Roads to be closed:
From 6am until 10pm Saturday 11th June the following Dungarvan roads shall close:
• L3139 – Davitt’s Quay (from it’s junction with Bridge Street to Harbour Street)
• L3136 – Carberry’s Lane
• L3137 – Galwey’s Lane
• L3169 – Thompson’s Lane

Parking on all the above mentioned streets shall be restricted from 6pm the night before.

No parking shall be allowed on Davitt’s Quay during the road closures. Access to the Garvey’s Supervalu Car Park on Davitt’s  Quay shall be maintained via entrance on Cross Bridge Street, with all vehicles exiting via Bridge Street.

Diversion Routes for Saturday, 11th June:

• All traffic from the L3122 “The Lookout Road” shall be diverted via L3131 Quay Street to L3128 Church Street and  onto L3126 Emmet Street.
• All traffic travelling from R911 – T.F. Meagher Street shall be diverted onto L3139 (North or South). There will be  no access to eastbound traffic to the Causeway for the duration of the event. Westbound traffic will be unaffected except for a 30 minute period during the RNLI “Duck Race” event when the road shall close.

From 6am until 10pm Sunday 12th June the following roads shall close:
• R911 – Grattan Square
• R911 – Saint Mary’s Street
• R911 – T.F. Meagher Street
• L3132 – Parnell Street
• R672 – O’Connell Street (from its junction with R911 and Western Terrace)
• L3135 – Crossbridge Street
• L3137 – Galwey’s Lane

Parking on all the above mentioned streets shall be restricted from 6pm the night before.

Diversion Routes for Sunday, 12th June:

• All vehicles travelling from R911 The Causeway shall be diverted onto L3139 (North or South).
• All vehicles travelling from R911 Saint Mary Street shall turn right onto R672 O’Connell Street.

Objections or submissions may be made in writing to the Director of Services, Roads, Water and Environment, Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford not later than 4pm on 25th May, 2022.

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Modeligo Community comes together in solidarity with Ukraine

Modeligo Community comes together in solidarity with Ukraine

The west Waterford community of Modeligo is preparing to welcome two Ukrainian families this month, as renovations on the area’s old parochial house near completion.  The works have been driven by the newly formed Modeligo Community Development group, which is busy preparing to meet the new families.

Pat Fitzgerald, chair of the group said, “Our group came together in response to the refugee crisis with a view to seeing what we could do here in Modeligo.  Five weeks later, thanks to the help of many people, we have a house ready to accommodate two families.”

Appeals were sent to the wider community on social media and via radio with the response from locals and tradespeople being “very positive” according to Kevin Hickey, project manager of the renovation.  Users of Facebook have also been able to keep up with progress on the project with one post thanking the long list of fantastic trades who came and supported the project.

Ivan Grimes, Waterford City and County Council’s Director of Services for Housing commented that “while the humanitarian crisis has proved a challenge, the local authority is now in a position to move some families out of our 4 rest centres, including the two families who will benefit from this excellent community initiative in Modeligo – two women and six children – who were previously accommodated here in Waterford city.”

On Friday last, 13th May, Olena A, Vera, and Olena S along with their children, paid a visit to the parochial house to view the community efforts, and the area, for themselves.  The three boys and a girl will start at the local national school, and two older girls will start secondary school at Blackwater Community School.  The children were welcomed with open arms by the teachers and pupils and are very much looking forward to starting their new journey.

Sinéad Breathnach of Waterford City and County Council’s Response Team added,  “The families are most grateful to the people of Waterford and Modeligo in particular, and are looking forward to their move to long term accommodation and integrating into the Modeligo community.”

A dedicated phone line and email address have been set up by the Council to receive pledges of accommodation for Ukrainian refugees at pledge@waterfordcouncil.ie or by calling 058 22059.

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Advanced Notice : Temporary Road Closure : Mayor’s Walk, Waterford

Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council, in exercise of its powers pursuant to Section 75 Roads Act 1993, will close the following public road to through traffic from 4th to 8th July, 2022 to facilitate New Connection for Irish Water.

Road to be closed:
• L1511 Mayors Walk, Waterford.

Diversion Route:
• Via Newgate Street and Manor Hill &
• Via Newport Terrace to Ballybricken Green

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Active Travel Scheme – Newtown, Tramore – Pedestrian & Cyclist Scheme

In accordance with Article 81 of Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended), notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council proposes to carry out the following development: Pedestrian and Cycle Active Travel scheme along the Newtown Hill and Newtown Glen in Tramore, Co. Waterford. Waterford City & County Council intend to carry out a pedestrian and cycle improvement scheme along the Newtown Hill and Newtown Glen in Tramore.

The scheme comprises of the narrowing of the existing carriageway and provision of new and upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities within the scheme extents. The implementation of this scheme will create a safer route and environment for all road users with a strong emphasis on non-motorized road users and encourage a modal shift from private car use to more sustainable and active travel options, as part of our actions to reduce transport related carbon emissions. The main elements of the proposed scheme are:

  • Reduction in carriageway width by the provision/improvement of footpaths and cycle lanes and shared surface to encourage reduction in speed and to reduce crossing distances at pedestrian crossings.
  • Provision of adequate width footpaths throughout the scheme.
  • Provision of an adequate cycle-pedestrian shared facility along L4054-0 Newtown road and L-8089-0 Newtown Woods road.

The works will include upgrade of existing footpaths, new footpath construction, new cycle lanes, public lighting, controlled pedestrian crossing points with raised table, build outs, new road markings, upgraded road signage, services diversions, new boundary treatments, accommodation works, and all ancillary works necessary for completion. In accordance with Section 250 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 as amended, the Council has carried out an appropriate assessment screening and has determined that an Appropriate Assessment is not required.

In accordance with Article 120 of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 as amended, the Council has carried out an EIA screening and has determined that an EIAR is not required. Any person may, within 4 weeks from the date of this notice, apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the proposed development would be likely to have significant effects on the environment. Plans and more detailed particulars of the proposed development will be available on our website for inspection during the period Tuesday 17th May, 2022 to Wednesday 15th June, 2022 and also in our Customer Services Departments in Bailey’s New Street in the City and Davitts Quay, Dungarvan.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the proposed development would be situated, may be made in writing, to Ian Ludlow, Staff Officer, Active Travel, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford or by emailing iludlow@waterfordcouncil.ie before 4p.m. on Tuesday 28th June, 2022. Submissions should be clearly marked with “Submission Part 8 Newtown Hill” in the subject line.

Please note that comments, including names of those making comments, submitted to the Council regarding this process will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented at a meeting of the elected members. Accordingly, they may also appear in the public domain.

Documents & Drawings

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Bike Week 2022

Bike week starts on Saturday 14th May for eight days of fun filled activities. WSP and WCCC with various partners have a number of free events across the whole county for every age and ability group.

The aim of bike week is to get out, get active and have fun ! Below is an overview of the FREE events on offer with registration links and brief description. If you’ve no bike, no problem as many events have the availability of bikes for you to use. Hopefully one of the events below is of interest to you or your family and friends.

Remember four wheels move the body but two wheels move the soul.

See Programme of Events here : https://waterfordcouncil.ie/media/community-sport/BIKE-WEEK-2022/Waterford%20Bike%20week%202022pdf.pdf

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