Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use.  To help with this process, Waterford City and County Council is asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.

Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season.  These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:

  • How your swimming area has been used up to now;
  • How many people use the site;
  • What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is;
  • Any safety issues.

If you wish to propose your favourite beach/river etc as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site please do so online via

Closing date for submissions to Waterford City and County Council is 17th July 2019. 


Note to editors: Local authorities are required under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No 79 of 2008) to identify bathing waters on an annual basis. The Directive requires that water quality at all designated bathing waters meets stringent microbiological standards in order to protect the health of people who choose to bathe there.


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Drivers urged to give cyclists the space to ride safe during National Bike Week

National Bike Week runs from Saturday 22 June to Sunday 30 June

Thursday 20 June 2019 – Mr. Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Road Safety Authority (RSA), An Garda Síochána and, the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, today called on drivers to slow down and keep a safe distance when overtaking cyclists on both urban and rural roads. Not only during the upcoming National Bike Week which runs from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 June, but every day of the year. Cyclists are also being reminded to follow the rules of the road.

All road users need to be aware there will be an increase in the number of cyclists on the road over this period, with drivers in particular being asked to treat them with respect and to share the road safely.

The organisations have three important pieces of advice for drivers:

  1. Give cyclists the space to ride safe when overtaking them. (1 metre in speed zones up to 50 km/h and 1.5 metres in zones over 50km/h). Cyclists can be thrown off course by sudden gusts of wind or when having to avoid uneven road surfaces.
  2. Check mirrors regularly. Remember a cyclist could be in your blind spot, look carefully before making your manoeuvre or getting out of a parked vehicle.
  3. If you or passengers are getting out of the vehicle make sure you check for passing cyclists before opening the door.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross TD said: “National Bike Week is a great way to get out and about and I would encourage everyone to use the road safely, look out for each other and enjoy the various activities taking place all around the country. Cycling is a popular means of transport in Ireland. Safe overtaking by motorists will protect cyclists and ensure that our roads are shared safely by all and reduce the number of cycling deaths on our roads. We all have a responsibility, whether as motorists, cyclists, or pedestrians to share the road in a safe and responsible manner.”

Ms Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, RSA said: “The RSA would like to remind motorists to give cyclists the space to ride safe – not only during National Bike Week, but every day of the year.

Cyclists are among our most vulnerable road-users yet many drivers do not demonstrate enough caution and awareness when sharing the road with cyclists. Drivers should allow at least one metre overtaking distance when passing cyclists in speed zones up to 50 km/h and at least 1.5 metres when passing at speeds above 50 km/h. You should allow extra space when overtaking a cyclist and always anticipate a cyclist having to make a sudden move to avoid a pothole or obstruction.”

Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Roads Policing Bureau, said: “Drivers need to follow all the rules of the road and have a duty of care to cyclists, especially when overtaking, to give them a safe passing distance of at least 1 metre. Cyclists equally need to follow all the rules of the road, especially when it comes to traffic lights, footpaths and one way streets. Cycling should be a fun and safe pastime but cyclists need to make sure their bikes are roadworthy and in good working order to include brakes, tyres, chain, and have lights and reflectors. Our strong advice is to always wear reflective clothing and a helmet when cycling. An Garda Síochána encourages everyone taking part in National Bike Week to act responsibly on our roads.”

Mr. Colm Ryder, Chairperson of, the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, said: “National Bike Week is a great celebration of all the positive things about cycling. There will be hundreds of events taking place around the country and I would encourage people to find out about local events near them at We are asking drivers to support that mood of celebration, by being more aware of cyclists and pedestrians using our roads, by obeying speed limits, by driving slowly and by providing adequate space when passing. Drivers in Dublin are likely to see even greater numbers of cyclists around the City Centre during Bike Week this year as it coincides with the arrival of over 1,000 cyclist delegates for the world’s largest cycling related conference at the national Conference Centre (CCD).’’

National Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that is great about bikes and cycling held over a week in June of each year with bike themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland. For more details on National Bike Week and to find an event near you visit

The RSA and Cycling Ireland have launched an adult cycle training programme as part of Bike Week.  The aim of this programme is to provide an excellent standard of cycle safety and skills training so that participants develop the competence and confidence to cycle safely on the road network. Through the training we are promoting the understanding that the road is a shared space and that we must adapt our behaviour in recognition of other users. The programme is currently being delivered to participants in the South Dublin region and is available nationwide. The RSA will also have an information stand at the Velo-city Dublin 2019  global cycling conference which takes place during Bike Week.


For further information please contact:

RSA Communications Department:  096-25008                                           087-2376130 or email

Garda Press Office:                           01 666 20 30

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Co. Waterford Artists supported with Residential Bursaries

The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the bursaries to attend The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, the artists’ workplace in County Monaghan during 2019.

The recipients who will spend a week at the artists workplace working on specific projects are:

  • Martina Collender, Kilmacthomas/Playwriting
  • Ciara Gormley, Modeligo/Visual Arts
  • Róisín Power-Hackett, Kill/Literature
  • Donna McNamara, An Rinn/Visual Arts
  • Mary Tritschler, Dunmore East/Visual Arts

Congratulations to all.

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“Superhumans”: theme for this year’s Robert Boyle Summer School

Superhuman: genetic modification, designer babies, bionics, prolonging life and accelerating evolution under the microscope at Robert Boyle Summer School June 20 to 23, Waterford and Lismore.

‘Superhuman’ is the theme for this year’s Robert Boyle Summer School which runs in Waterford city (Tower Hotel) and Lismore from June 20 to 23. It will demonstrate how Science and Technology is catching up with mythology and we are now poised to create Superhumans.

The gathering will consider the possibilities and perils of human modification and performance enhancement. Leading experts will also explore genetic modification, designer babies, bionics, prolonging life and implications for humanity.

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Mapping the War of Independence in Waterford

PoPicaPickardstown Memorial Event 1971

Attendees at memorial of the  Pickardstown Ambush, 1971.

Waterford City and County Council (WCCC) wishes to procure the services of an individual to research events of the War of Independence in Waterford City and County and collate this information for the purpose of creating an online interactive story map. This project is funded by Waterford City and County Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Tenderers should have previous experience of research and accessing archival sources. They should have excellent interpersonal skills and proven communication ability. A proven ability to work without day to day direction is required. An ability to write a user friendly report in plain English is required. A relevant qualification for this project will be an advantage in the following areas –Archives studies, history, heritage, communications, media, IT skills etc. War of Independence Waterford Tender

Please attach a current CV and a brief outline of your proposed approach to the project in no more than 500 words.

DEADLINE FOR RESPONSES: FRIDAY 5th JULY 2019 AT 4PM. All responses to be emailed to Bernadette Guest, Heritage Officer, or posted to Bernadette Guest, Heritage Officer, Waterford City and County Council, Menapia Waterford. Late submissions cannot be considered.

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Proposed Part 8 Mount Congreve Development

Waterford City & County Council is proposing development works which, when realised, will transform Mount Congreve House & Gardens into a world class visitor attraction.

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Waterford winner of national Creative Writing Award announced

Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the national Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2019 is Fiona Ennis from Butlerstown, Co. Waterford with a story titled ‘Debt’.

Fiona has a BA in English and Philosophy and an MA in English Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway. She also holds a PhD in Philosophy from University College Cork. She lectures in Literature and Philosophy in Waterford Institute of Technology.

Fiona comes from a literary background as her father is the noted poet John Ennis who has published over twenty collections of poems and has had his poetry represented in numerous journals and anthologies.

‘Debt’ is the twenty second winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award run by Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and by kind permission of the Keane family. Fiona read her winning story at a presentation ceremony during the IMMRAMA Festival, Lismore (15/6/2019) and was presented with prize money of €500.

Margaret Organ, Arts Officer thanked all the entrants and judges for their work. She said that it was encouraging to see entries from all the counties in Ireland and then to have a Waterford winner on this occasion was testament to the writing talent in this County.

She also announced that entries have now opened for the national Waterford Poetry Prize 2019, results of which will be announced at the Waterford Writers Weekend in October during the Imagine Festival. See this post and for entry details.

Recipient of bursaries to attend ‘Time to Write’ with writer Lani O’Hanlon at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in August were also awarded. Full bursaries went to Martine O’Donovan and Ciara O’Brien, Tramore and partial bursaries to Joanne McCarthy and Paul Casey/Waterford city.

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Waterford Age Friendly Programme brochure

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Waterford Poetry Prize 2019

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to that it is accepting entries for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2019. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Waterford Writers Weekend 25th to 27th October 2019 during the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford city.

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2019.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2019. 2nd prize €300.  3rd prize €200. The closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon on Monday 2nd September 2019.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded here (below) and on or by contacting the Arts Office on 058/41416.

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