Get on your bike for Bike Week- September 12th to September 18th

Celebrating the benefits of cycling, Bike Week kicks off on Sunday, September 12th with a full week of cycling events taking place throughout Waterford city and county.

From city cycles and lunchtime leisure cycles to turbo cycle training workshops and online bike maintenance workshops, Bike Week has something for all ages and all abilities.

Launched in 2009, National Bike Week has helped raise the profile of cycling as a healthy and fun mode of transport, and it’s also great for the community and the planet. Waterford City and County Council, in association with Waterford Sports Partnership, has compiled a wide range of cycling activities.

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If you think you’ve got 30km in the tank, the Passage East 30k spin takes place on September 12th.  This free event includes a 30K cycle from Waterford City to Arthurstown in Co. Wexford, taking in the Passage East Car Ferry, with light lunch provided. All participants must have their own bikes and helmets and be over 16 years of age.

The Dawn Cycle on September 18th is the perfect cycle event for the early bird.  Meet at the House of Waterford Crystal on the Mall at 6 am for an early morning cycle to Tramore, just in time to watch the sun rise.  Or you can enjoy a leisurely lunchtime pedal from Dungarvan to Clonea on the Greenway on September 15th.

Teenagers from 13 to 17 years of age can take in Waterford with a city cycle on September 15th.  This free guided 10K spin around the city provides free with free bike hire.  While in Dungarvan, the teen spin takes place on September 16th at 5 pm.

Waterford Walls Cycle Tour is a guided tour of the magnificent Waterford Walls Street Art Murals where you can find out about the stories behind the murals on September 18th.

All events are free but booking is advised to avoid disappointment.  To find out more about events taking place throughout Bike Week in Waterford or to register for an event visit Waterford Sports Partnership landing page or www.bikeweek.ie

Download the full programme for Bike Week 2021 here

 

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Decade of Centenaries programme at Garter Lane. Waterford, Workers, and the Struggle for Independence

As part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme, Waterford Council of Trade Unions will host an event, beginning on 10 September 2021, in the Garter Lane Centre, which will explore topics related to Waterford, Workers, and the Struggle for Independence.

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The opening presentation, at 8 pm on Friday 10 September, will be given by Therese Moriarty, on Women Workers in the Revolutionary Period.  Therese is a published author who has written extensively on Irish Women in the labour and trade union movement.  She is a lecturer and official of the Irish Labour History Society.

On Saturday 11 September at 11.30 am, local historian, Pat McCarthy, author of the 2015 book ‘ The Irish Revolution 1912 – 1923 ‘ Waterford, will speak on the Waterford labour and trade union movement during the War of Independence.

The afternoon presentation at 2 pm will be given by Dr Kieran Allen of UCD, a published author on the period and the labour movement, who will discuss Workers Struggles in the local area, and in the context of the national situation at the time.

Each of the talks will be followed by a short question and answer session, and there will be a Plenary session at 3.15 pm on Saturday, with all three speakers on stage, and contributions from the floor on the issues raised by the presentations.

Admission is free, but numbers will be limited, to comply with social distancing protocols.  Booking will be through the Garter Lane website, and a nominal booking fee may be charged.

Book here

 

 

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Waterford Council to Light Up for World Suicide Prevention Day

Waterford City and County Council, in support of Cycle Against Suicide, will light up on World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place on September 10th.

On average one person dies by suicide each day in Ireland.  Cycle Against Suicide, an organisation dedicated to raising public awareness around suicide and lessening the toll suicide places on families and communities, is calling on people and organisations to come together for the Lighting of Lights.

At 8pm, Friday, September 10th Waterford’s City Hall, The Theatre Royal and 35, The Mall will be illuminated in orange, to show support for those in the community who have been impacted by suicide or are struggling with mental health difficulties.

Caroline Lafferty, CEO, Cycle Against Suicide said, “Every suicide destroys families and communities.  September 10th is traditionally marked as a day to honour those who have lost their lives to suicide.”

“Now, in light of Covid-19, the ‘Lighting of Lights’ takes on even greater significance because of the immense toll that the pandemic has taken on people’s physical health and emotional well-being.  I am delighted that Waterford City and County Council will light up in orange on this World Suicide Prevention Day and act as a beacon, shining bright in the midst of darkness, bringing hope in the midst of despair.”

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly said that the Lighting of Lights will hopefully impact on those who are suffering from mental health difficulties or contemplating suicide.

“Every life lost is someone’s child, partner, parent or friend and the feelings of loss, regret and guilt are profound in the wake of suicide. The last eighteen months have been phenomenally challenging, and while people may feel helpless, there is hope.  The more we stand together, the more we share our experiences and the more we reach out, the more we can change the course of another’s life for the better.”

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Free Workshop For Teachers About Fashion And The Environment

In Ireland, our addiction to new clothes is doing more harm than you may think. Half a tonne of clothing is dumped here every minute, producing over 12 tonnes of carbon emissions – the same as driving 65,000 kilometres in a car. (Source: Oxfam Ireland)

Help your class to take action on climate change, water pollution and overconsumption in this simple lesson. Begin a conversation about where their clothes were made and how long they will last.

Download the leaflet here

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This online workshop will help you to teach your class about this topic (register at https://fashionandtheenvironment.eventbrite.ie . The accompanying teaching pack contains a presentation and teaching handbook to educate pupils about the impacts of fast fashion on our environment (you can download this presentation and handbook from www.waterfordcouncil.ie).

The way we make, use and throw away our clothes is unsustainable. Textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined, consumes lake-sized volumes of fresh water and creates chemical and plastic pollution.

This teaching guide for secondary school teachers will help to both raise and discuss the issues surrounding fast fashion with pupils. The most sustainable garment is the one we already own. Repairing, re-wearing, reusing, and renting are preferable to recycling or discarding clothes.

You can also attend a free workshop on this topic at 7pm on Wednesday 13th October 2021; register now at https://fashionandtheenvironment.eventbrite.ie

 

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“Bag It, Bin It !” DOG FOULING CAMPAIGN

Waterford Council have been working with several community groups over the summer on the Bag it, Bin it campaign.

One of these groups was Tournore Court Residents Association, Dungarvan who borrowed the Bag it, Bin it stencil and sprayed the message on footpaths within their estate to remind dog walkers to pick up after their dog and bin it.

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Waterford Libraries host Healthy Ireland Video Series

As part of Healthy Ireland, a Government-led initiative to improve health and wellbeing, Waterford Libraries will host a Healthy Ireland at your Library Video series, placing a focus on prevention, individual awareness and keeping people healthy for longer.

Throughout September, Waterford Libraries will deliver a Healthy Ireland online programme with contributions from healthcare professionals.

Coping with Grief and Loss – September 4th at 11am

Clare McKenna will talk to Mr. Breffni McGuinness, National Bereavement Development Specialist (workplace & community), National Hospice Foundation on coping with grief and loss. This video will be available to view on Waterford City and County Libraries Facebook Page.

Advice for Parents/Guardians of Young Children and Adolescents – September 11th / September 18th at 11am

Clare McKenna will talk to Mr. Peadar Maxwell, Senior Psychologist, HSE on Advice for Parents / Guardians of young children. On Saturday, September 18th at 11am, Mr. Peader Maxwell will discuss advice for parents / guardians of adolescents. These videos will be available to view on Waterford City and County Libraries Facebook Page.

Emotional Eating – September 25th at 11am

Clare McKenna will talk to Dr. Mary Hynes, Senior Psychologist, HSE on Emotional Eating.  This video will be available to view on Waterford City and County Libraries Facebook Page.

For further information visit www.waterfordlibraries.ie

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About Healthy Ireland at Your Library
Public libraries are currently delivering the nationwide Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme that will establish libraries as a valuable source within the community for health information.

Funding granted by Healthy Ireland has enhanced health and wellbeing book collections, and provides for staff training and events.

The Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme will continue to build on this and contribute to improving the health, wellbeing, and overall quality of life of communities and individuals at all life stages.

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Job Opening: Retained (Part Time) Firefighter Waterford City Fire Station

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the
following position:
RETAINED (PART-TIME) FIREFIGHTER WATERFORD CITY FIRE STATION

REMUNERATION:
Annual Retained Allowance
0-2 years service €8,194
2-5 years service €9,106
5-10 years service €10,210
10+ €11,221
Additional payment for attendance at Fires and Drills and Clothing Allowance.
• Persons must reside and, if employed, work within 3 km distance or 5 mins travelling of the Fire Station which will allow him/her to respond within the turnout time as set by the Chief Fire Officer.
• Persons must hold a full unendorsed Class B driving licence or a provisional Class B driving licence.
• Persons must be able to provide proof of release from the workplace to respond to fire calls if necessary.
• Applicants must be over 18 and under 55 years old.
• Candidates may be shortlisted on the information provided on the application form.

Application forms may be obtained on our website at www.waterfordcouncil.ie. Completed application forms must be emailed to recruitment@waterfordcouncil.ie clearly stating
the position applied for in the subject line. Hard Copies will not be accepted.

Please send your application from an email address that you will review regularly as communication during the assessment/ selection period will only be through that email address.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 4 pm on Friday 17th September 2021.

WATERFORD CITY AND COUNTY COUNCIL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

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Waterford Libraries host Healthy Ireland Video Series

As part of Healthy Ireland, a Government-led initiative to improve health and wellbeing, Waterford Libraries will host a Healthy Ireland at your Library Video series, placing a focus on prevention, individual awareness and keeping people healthy for longer.

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Throughout September, Waterford Libraries will deliver a Healthy Ireland online programme with contributions from healthcare professionals.

Coping with Grief and Loss – September 4th at 11 am

Clare McKenna will talk to Mr. Breffni McGuinness, National Bereavement Development Specialist (workplace & community), National Hospice Foundation on coping with grief and loss. This video will be available to view on Waterford City and County Libraries Facebook Page.

Advice for Parents/Guardians of Young Children and Adolescents – September 11th / September 18th at 11 am

Clare McKenna will talk to Mr. Peadar Maxwell, Senior Psychologist, HSE on Advice for Parents / Guardians of young children. On Saturday, September 18th at 11 am, Mr. Peader Maxwell will discuss advice for parents/guardians of adolescents. These videos will be available to view on Waterford City and County Libraries Facebook Page.

Emotional Eating – September 25th at 11 am

Clare McKenna will talk to Dr. Mary Hynes, Senior Psychologist, HSE on Emotional Eating.  This video will be available to view on Waterford City and County Libraries Facebook Page.

For further information visit www.waterfordlibraries.ie

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Poetry Town – Dungarvan

As part of POETRY TOWN – DUNGARVAN, the Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council is now inviting applications from adults who would like to attend  ‘A bud in the forest at midnight’  Poetry as Meditation with Lani O’ Hanlon.

There are two available online sessions via zoom on Tuesday 14th September at 7pm and on Wednesday 15th September at 11am. Each session will last for approximately one hour and are free of charge to selected applicants.

If you are interested in participating in this meditation based poetry session, please email your contact details (including your postal address ) to morgan@waterfordcouncil.ie on or before 12 noon on Monday 6th September 2021.

Please note that places are limited so do not apply unless you can fully commit to attending.

You can indicate if you have a preference for a particular session but we cannot guarantee which one you will be assigned if successful. You can only do one workshop not both (the content is the same in each).  Priority will be given to those resident within Waterford City & County Council’s administrative area. If the amount of applications for each session exceeds available places, then places will be assigned by making a draw of those who have submitted their contact details in advance of the deadline. Decisions will issue no later than 10/9/2021.

 

The Russian poet Osip Mendelston believed that poems came to him from sources beyond his own mind. When we read poetry that comes from that place we become alert, still and present. For this hour Lani will explore the landscape of the body, and the landscape around us in Co. Waterford through breath, sound and poetry. Bring a notebook, pen and an open mind.

 

 

 

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