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Vendor Applications Now Open for Waterford Harvest Festival 2024

Attention all vendors!

The Waterford Harvest Festival is now accepting applications for the 2024 event.

waterford harvest festival

Set to take place from September 6th to 8th, this festival is a prime opportunity for showcasing your fresh produce, artisanal goods, and culinary creations. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this exciting celebration of local food and crafts.

To apply, visit the Waterford Harvest Festival Vendor Application Form today.

Secure your spot and join us for a fantastic event!

Sean McKeown appointed as Chief Executive of Waterford City & County Council

Seán McKeown, Chief ExecutiveOn Monday July 1st, the elected members of Waterford City and County Council ratified the appointment of Sean McKeown as Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council.

McKeown was appointed following a recruitment process conducted by the Public Appointments Service and will assume the role on August 21st, which was previously held by Michael Walsh.

Originally hailing from Armagh, McKeown has a distinguished career in local government having served most recently as Director of Planning, Economic and Environmental Services at Kilkenny County Council.  Prior to that, he was Interim Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council for just over 15 months, following the retirement of Colette Byrne.  He has also served as Director of the South East Action Plan for Jobs and Head of Enterprise and Economic Development with Kilkenny County Council.

Speaking of the appointment McKeown said, “I am honoured and privileged to be confirmed as Chief Executive by the Elected Members of Waterford City and County Council.  I am looking forward to working with them and the staff across the various teams in the Council’s service areas to make Waterford the best place in Ireland to live, work and invest in.”

McKeown also paid tribute to Interim Chief Executive, Ivan Grimes and his predecessor, Michael Walsh for “the significant contribution made to Waterford.”

In May of this year, Walsh retired as Chief Executive, having been appointed Chief Executive of the newly amalgamated Waterford City and County Council in 2014, to oversee the merger of the former city and county councils as part of local government reform.

Key projects, under his stewardship include securing almost €200m investment in the North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ), leading Waterford City and County Council in delivering on all housing tenures and leading in the tackling of vacancy and dereliction, the regeneration of rural towns and villages under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF), the establishment of the Waterford Greenway, consolidation of Waterford’s rich history and heritage, and playing an integral role in the establishment of the South East Technological University.

McKeown added, “Waterford is on an upward trajectory with a strong pipeline of ambitious projects and plans in place, and I am excited to be at the heart of delivering them.  I am committed to developing close working relationships and collaborating with the local community, academic stakeholders and business groups, along with the Council’s staff to ensure Waterford continues along this trajectory.”

Key projects that McKeown is looking forward to driving include the delivery of Waterford as Ireland’s first carbon neutral city, copper-fastening Waterford and the South East region’s economic resilience, development of tourism, the continuation of Waterford’s leading track record in tackling vacancy and dereliction, and furthering investment in Waterford’s physical and digital infrastructure.


Vendor Applications Now Open for Waterford Harvest Festival 2024

Attention all vendors!

The Waterford Harvest Festival is now accepting applications for the 2024 event.

waterford harvest festival

Set to take place from September 6th to 8th, this festival is a prime opportunity for showcasing your fresh produce, artisanal goods, and culinary creations. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this exciting celebration of local food and crafts.

To apply, visit the Waterford Harvest Festival Vendor Application Form today.

Secure your spot and join us for a fantastic event!

Growing Microgreens at Home

Join us for an engaging workshop where you’ll learn the basics of growing these ‘fast-food greens’ – microgreens in your own home, perfect for a sunny windowsill or any well-lit spot in any size home. No garden needed!

Growing Microgreens workshop

This workshop will focus on getting you started on growing microgreens – young, edible plants known for their intense flavours and high nutritional value. They’re great as garnishes, in salads, or for adding flavour to various dishes.

You will learn:

  • The fundamentals of microgreens.
  • How to plant seeds, manage blackout periods and in-light periods.
  • Practical tips for maintaining healthy growth, detecting and avoiding common issues.
  • Harvesting and storing your microgreens.

Take-Home Goodies: Participants will receive basic equipment to take home, including microgreen seeds, trays and growing mediums to kick-start their own growing adventure.

Online Support: The workshop session will also be supported with an online zoom drop-in clinic in the weeks following the workshop, allowing for troubleshooting and the sharing of experiences with fellow workshop attendees.

Share Your Progress: We’d love to hear about your journey, so we’ll also reach out to gather your feedback and see how you’re doing.

Facilitator: Aileen Drohan, Walton Institute (SETU)

Max no. of Participants: 15 (age 18+)

Workshop date: Friday 26th July 10.30am-12.30pm

Venue:  Research Room, Central Library

Registration: Book your place by calling Central Library on 051 849975.

WAM Leader Awards 2024

On Tuesday last, 25th June, 2024, at the WAM Leader Awards at the House of Lords, Bank of Ireland, Dublin, Waterford City & County Council was presented with a WAM Leader Award for 2024 for Promoting the Employment of Graduates with Disabilities.

AHEAD works with and for disabled people to shape inclusive and empowering environments in tertiary education and employment.  Waterford City & County Council have successfully partnered with AHEAD and recruited WAM Graduates over the last three years.

Left to right;  Caroline McGrotty, AHEAD, Sinead McCann, H.R., Monaghan County Council, Jane Brophy, LGMA, Suzanne Gough, H.R., Waterford City & County Council, Deirdre Moore, AHEAD, Philip Carroll, WAM Project Officer, AHEAD.

Mayor of Waterford opens Book of Condolence following tragic accident

book of condolence

Waterford City & County Council’s Mayor, Cllr. Jason Murphy (FF), has expressed deep sorrow to the families and friends of Gilbert Collins and Avu Idris, who lost their lives in a tragic accident earlier this week.

He has opened a Book of Condolence for the Waterford community to express their sympathies and support to the grieving families.

Mayor Murphy said, “Our hearts go out to the families and friends affected by this devastating loss. We can only imagine what both families are going through – for two young boys to die at such a young age.”

Members of the public may sign the Book of Condolence at City Hall, The Mall, and the Civic Offices, Dungarvan, 9.30am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, Monday to Friday, or sign the online book at this link.

Cllr. Joe Kelly elected Metropolitan Mayor of Waterford

Cllr Joe Kelly elected Metropolitan Mayor of Waterford

At the AGM of the Metropolitan District of Waterford held in City Hall on Monday 24th June, independent Councillor, Joe Kelly, was elected as Metropolitan Mayor for a one-year term.

Cllr. Kelly was proposed by Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan of Fine Gael, and seconded by Cllr. Blaise Hannigan.  Cllr. Kelly’s appointment comes after he had previously served as plenary Mayor of Waterford City & County from 2021-2022, as well as Metropolitan Mayor in 2018.   Also nominated for the position were Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald of Sinn Féin and Cllr. David Daniels, Independent.

Cllr. Frank Quinlan of Fine Gael was elected as deputy Mayor, having been nominated by Cllr. Eamon Quinlan of Fianna Fáil.

Speaking after his appointment, a delighted Cllr. Kelly said:

“I am deeply honoured to be elected as the Metropolitan Mayor of Waterford for a second time. This city & county holds a special place in my heart, and I am committed to representing it with dignity and pride. The importance of the democracy in which we live, and work cannot be undervalued.  It gives all the Councillors here present our mandate to work for those that elected us.

Cllr. Kelly, beginning his fourth term as an elected representative, thanked his family and especially his wife Frances, as well as paid tribute to those Councillors who were not returned in the recent election.  In what was a first Metropolitan AGM without his presence, Cllr. Kelly paid tribute to the late Davy Daniels, a long serving member of the Council who passed away since the last meeting.

The Metropolitan Council is the constituent part of the overall Waterford City & County Council, which represents the Waterford City, Tramore, Passage East and Dunmore East areas and their hinterlands.  There are 18 elected representatives for this district, which is made up of three local government electoral areas, each with 6 Councillors – Tramore & Waterford City West, Waterford City East and Waterford City South.


Waterford City & County Council elects new Mayor at Annual General Meeting

Cllr Jason Murphy is elected Mayor of WaterfordThe newly elected Waterford City & County Council held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, 21st June, at City Hall, Waterford marking the beginning of a five-year term for the new membership, following the Local Elections of June 7th.

The AGM saw the election of Cllr. Jason Murphy of Fianna Fáil as the new Mayor of Waterford City & County, alongside the appointment of a new Deputy Mayor, Councillor Adam Wyse of the same party.

Cllr. Murphy was proposed by Cllr. Wyse and seconded by Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan (FG), and his appointment comes after previously having served as Mayor for the Metropolitan District of Waterford City.

The AGM was attended by all 32 Council members, the Council executive, Matt Shanahan TD, several former Oireachtas members, clergy mambers including Bishop Cullinane, and several former mayors. The Council Chamber’s public gallery was full to capacity with family members and well-wishers of those elected.

During the meeting, the newly elected Mayor thanked all present for the honour and expressed his gratitude towards voters at the recent local elections.  He also thanked his family for their support, as well as the outgoing mayor Cllr. Joe Conway, promising to work diligently to represent Waterford and address the concerns of all constituents.

He said, “I am honoured to take on the role of Mayor of this great City & County. I am committed to continuing the work of my predecessors and representing all the people of Waterford from Tallow in the west to Dunmore in the East.”

Cllrs. Murphy, Wyse and each political grouping added their sentiments and best wishes to those of the outgoing Mayor, Cllr. Joe Conway.  In his outgoing address, Cllr. Conway bid a warm welcome to the newly elected Councillors present (7), noting that the Council now had a broad range of experience on which to draw, with 2 former Councillors regaining their seats, as well as some first-time public representatives. “We are grateful to have such high-calibre members joining the Council,” he said.

Speaking briefly on his election to the office of Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Adam Wyse said “It is a privilege to be elected as Deputy Mayor and I look forward to working alongside Cllr. Murphy to address the needs of our constituents and make a positive impact on our city and county.”

This year’s AGM was particularly noteworthy as it followed the recent local elections, which resulted in the addition of seven new councillors to the Council.  At the same time, five sitting Councillors lost their seats, and two sitting Councillors did not stand for re-election, whereas two former Councillors regained their seats.

The term of the Mayoralty in Waterford lasts for one year.


Photo: Cllr. Jason Murphy, pictured with family members, on his election to the position of Plenary Mayor of Waterford.

For further information, please contact: Waterford City & County Council’s Communications team on

Waterford PPN Celebrates a Decade Long Service to Communities

PPN logoWaterford Public Participation Network is the designated networking and representational body of community groups, organisation & clubs etc. in Waterford City & County.

This year sees PPNs nationally reach ten years in existence and this week we at Waterford PPN honour the decade long service we have provided to communities across Waterford.

Muriel Tobin, Waterford PPN Coordinator, expressed gratitude.

“I am very fortunate to have been with Waterford PPN since its inception and witnessed our community’s remarkable growth, resilience and cohesion in some challenging times. Our partnerships with Waterford City & County Council, Elected Reps, PPN Reps and collaborators has strengthened over the past decade making Waterford a great place to live, work and visit. A heartfelt thanks to our members, passed & present Secretariat members, representatives & staff, Waterford City & County Council and the DRCD for a decade of support”.

With us representing and supporting the voice of over 700 member groups, this at the very least represents 5,000 people engaged in community activity within the Waterford PPN family in our County.

Economically, volunteers contribute greatly to the fabric of Irish society and, at a low valuation of €15 per hour, we can estimate a conservative contribution of these Waterford volunteers among PPN members at €3.9 million per year, if they only volunteer 1 hour per week each, and most do more than this.

PPNs were established under The Local Government Act 2014 and has grown from 11,962 groups to 19,950 in 2023, echoing our growth. This is a monumental representation of community activity in our state and has been led by PPNs in providing empowerment and voice at a local level, providing training, funding information and consultations to the community.

Waterford PPN have over 50 reps sitting on Waterford City & County Council committees and other non-LA Boards representing the community & voluntary voice of Waterford and the community has greatly benefited from the dedication of representatives over the past decade. If you are interested in representing your community on Waterford City & County Council boards/committees then check out the vacancies page on our website and our members newsletters.

Frank Nolan, Waterford PPN Secretariat Committee said,

“During my tenure as a member of the PPN Secretariat, it has been a pleasure serving Community Groups across Waterford. Over the past decade, I’ve seen the tremendous benefits. The PPN is a central community hub, supporting our diverse and vibrant county. Waterford City & County Council has been our main partner, and we look forward to continuing our excellent relationship to provide first-class voluntary service, support, information, and guidance”.

This year we are also celebrating another year of the Community & Voluntary Awards, the only platform in Waterford that recognises and celebrates the commitment and vibrancy of the community and voluntary sector and the value of the voluntary contribution made by community and voluntary groups and volunteers.

Sinéad BreathnachSEO, Community & Sports DepartmentWaterford City & County Council said,

Congratulations to Waterford PPN on a successful and effective 10-year tenure here in Waterford.  The PPN is the main link through which Waterford City & County Council connects with the community, voluntary, environmental, and social inclusion sectors and is a valued key stakeholder and partner in enabling communities to part-take in policy formation and overseeing various Council activities. We are very lucky to have such a great secretariat and administrative team working closely and positively with us over the past 10 years, and we look forward to continuing with this successful collaboration into the future.

Funding: Community groups/organisations/clubs etc MUST be registered with Waterford PPN to be considered for future local and most national grants, where you will get a unique PPN number that will be required as part of applications.  If you haven’t done so already, it is advised that you register as soon as possible. Register online at or contact Muriel Tobin or Alison De Paor at , 058 21198/058 21803

“The 10 Year Anniversary of the PPNs will be celebrated Nationally at this year’s National PPN Conference, which will be hosted by Limerick PPN, Limerick City and County Council and supported by the DRCD.

Looking forward, we encourage you and others to join us in continuing the journey to greater inclusion, empowerment, and representation of community interests.

“Together we are stronger”

Project Team Working on Delivering a New Greenway Between Dungarvan and Mallow, to Broaden the Study Area

Project team working on delivering a new greenway between Dungarvan and Mallow explores the potential for the Greenway to support sustainable travel.

Cork County Council and Waterford City & County Council in partnership with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, have today confirmed that an additional feasibility study will be undertaken on the Dungarvan to Mallow Greenway.

The option selection process is a critical decision-making point and before further advancing and closing out this process, the decision has been taken to re-assess the feasible options between Dungarvan and Mallow. The project team will use the summer months to take stock of the strategic plan for the project to ensure that it is in the best possible position to progress successfully through the future planning process and onwards to delivery.  The feasibility review will also ensure that the project remains consistent with updated national policies.

In addition to creating a tourism experience that supports the economic development of the region, this much anticipated green infrastructure has the potential to connect communities with key places of work, study and recreation. The use of historic infrastructure and existing built heritage to link people with their local population centres, sports pitches, and schools is an important objective of this green initiative.

Given the further development of national policy in relation to providing safe and segregated sustainable transport options, the project team will review the study area to ensure that the objectives of connecting local communities to key services and enabling a modal shift are fully utilised on the project.

Upon completion of the feasibility study, and subject to continued funding availability, it is anticipated that the scheme will progress to design and environmental evaluation, prior to seeking planning consent. This approach is consistent with new Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) guidelines and with their support, Cork County Council and Waterford City & County Council are committed to developing this critical green infrastructure.

We wish to thank the community stakeholders across County Waterford and County Cork who have taken time to engage with the Project Team. This local knowledge has been invaluable in informing the evolution of this greenway project. We appreciate the robustness of this engagement, and we will continue to work closely with the community as we widen out the study area to explore multiple options.

As the project develops, project updates will be available at Mallow to Dungarvan Greenway – The Cork National Roads Office (NRO) ( and any future public consultations on the study area will be advertised in due course.

Final Results of Waterford Local Elections 2024

All 32 seats on Waterford City and County Council have now been filled.

Tramore / Waterford City West Electoral Area (6)


Lola O’Sullivan (FG)

Joe Kelly (Ind)

Joe Conway (Ind)

Blaise Hannigan (Ind)

Jim Griffin (SF)

Eamon Quinlan (FF)


Waterford City East Electoral Area (6)


Declan Barry (Ind)

David Daniels (Ind)

Pat Fitzgerald (SF)

Adam Wyse (FF)

Jim Darcy (FG)

Mary Roche (SD)


Waterford City South Local Electoral Area (6)


John Hearne (SF)

Donal Barry (Ind)

Jason Murphy (FF)

Seamus Ryan (Lab)

Frank Quinlan (FG)

Joeanne Bailey (SF)


Dungarvan Electoral Area (6)


Damien Geoghegan (FG)

Conor D McGuinness (SF)

Tom Cronin (FF)

Pat Nugent (FG)

Thomas Phelan (Lab)

Joe O’Riordan (Ind)


Portlaw / Kilmacthomas Electoral Area (5)


John O’Leary (FF)

Seanie Power (FG)

Liam Brazil (FG)

Declan Clune (Ind)

Catherine Burke (SF)


Lismore Electoral Area (3)


John Pratt (Lab)

Niamh O’ Donovan (FG)

Donnachadh Mulcahy (SF)


Waterford Elections Results – Elected Members (


Waterford Elections Hub real-time information

So far 8 seats have been filled in the Waterford Elections 2024.

With 24 seats remaining, get real time information as and when the seats in Waterford’s six LEAs are filled.

  • Lismore
  • Portlaw Kilmacthomas
  • Tramore – Waterford City West
  • Waterford City East
  • Waterford City South
  • Dungarvan

Count Three for Lismore and Waterford City East are underway, while Counts Two for all other LEAs are ongoing.


Latest Count Results of Waterford Local Elections 2024

Seats filled so farIn the early hours of Sunday 9th June, the results for the first counts of five Local Electoral Areas and the second count of the Lismore Electoral Area in the Waterford Local Elections 2024 were announced by Local Elections Returning Officer, Paul Johnston.

  • In the Lismore Electoral Area, no candidates reached the quota of 1,289 and the Returning Officer announced that Count Two would commence imminently.  The second count yielded no candidates being deemed elected.  Declan Doocey (FG) was excluded with 568 votes to be redistributed in Count Three beginning at 9am Sunday.
  • In the Portlaw-Kilmacthomas Electoral Area, sitting Councillors Liam Brazil (FG) and Seánie Power (FG) both exceeded the quota of 1,299 with 1,982 and 1,554 respectively and were both re-elected.  Count two will commence on Sunday morning.
  • In the Tramore – Waterford City West Electoral Area, 17 candidates are contesting the six seat ward and Lola O’Sullivan (FG) topped the poll with 1,313 votes.  Count two will commence at 9am on Sunday morning.
  • In Waterford City East ward, David Daniels (Ind) was successful with 1,331 on the first count along with Declan Barry (Ind) with 1,257.
  • In the Waterford City South LEA, fifteen candidates contested 6 seats with Donal Barry (Ind) topping the poll with 1,291 and deemed elected.
  • In the Dungarvan Local Electoral Area, 16 candidates are contesting 6 seats.  Elected on the first count, having exceeded the quota were sitting Councillors Damien Geoghegan (FG) with 1,584 votes and Conor D.McGuinness (SF) with 1,408.
  • Count Three for Lismore and Counts Two for all other LEAs resumed Sunday morning at 9am.

For up to date count results visit