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Waterford City and County Council encourages public to enjoy bonfire-free Halloween

With Halloween approaching Waterford City and County Council is appealing to the public to be aware of the hazards of bonfires and is also urging businesses not to supply any waste material to persons who do not hold a valid waste collection permit.

Chief Fire Office, Niall Curtin issued a warning regarding the dangers of bonfires.  “Last year, brigades from Waterford Fire Service attended 46 bonfires and other outdoor fires on Halloween night and the two weeks leading up to it.  Bonfires are dangerous, potentially leading to burns, inhalation of toxic fumes and injury from exploding cylinders and canisters. They cause significant damage to property and public amenity space.

Unfortunately, on occasion we have been faced with anti-social behaviour at these fires that has hindered fire personnel doing their jobs in a safe manner. I would urge businesses and the public to do their utmost to ensure they do not facilitate such fires. Please report the building of bonfires or storage of bonfire material to Waterford City and County Council.”

The burning of waste in bonfires, and particularly the burning of highly combustible materials may lead to serious injuries or fatalities.  Raymond Moloney, Environment Department has requested that businesses or members of the public do not supply waste material to anyone who does not hold a valid waste collection permit.

“The uncontrolled burning of waste, particularly in bonfires, is illegal and releases toxic pollutants into the air, which are known to be damaging to our health and environment.  The use of accelerants on bonfires can pose a significant safety risk and threat to the public.  We would urge the public to report materials being hoarded such as pallets, tyres, combustible waste or old furniture, by getting in touch with the Council’s Waste Enforcement Section.”

In an effort to encourage bonfire-free Halloween events, Waterford City and County Council’s Estates Management Department is working with residents’ associations throughout the city and county to create alternative, fun and safe Halloween celebrations for children and families.

Eamonn O’ Leary, Estate Management Team said, “We are engaging with local estates to highlight alternate Halloween activities for younger kids and will be running a painting competition as well as a spooky Halloween crossword competition in association with the Garda Schools Programme.

We’re encouraging parents and guardians to ensure that if children are wearing dark Halloween costumes, they carry a torch or use reflective aids or hi-vis clothing so they will be seen by motorists and cyclists. Our Estate management team is also reminding parents to be aware of elderly residents within our Estates and remind younger people to be aware of the vulnerability to noise.  Pets can become stressed by loud noises caused by bangers and bonfires so make sure your furry friend is kept indoors in a safe and in a secure place, and above all enjoy the tricks and treats safely.”

Members of public are also advised not to buy, use or supply fireworks. Illegal fireworks may be manufactured without safety standards and can cause serious damage to users, particularly children. Parents should monitor their children and ensure they do not play with fireworks. Throughout the country, every year children end up tragically injured and often scarred for life, after using illegal fireworks.

To report the storage and collection of materials for bonfires call Waterford City and County Council on 0761 102020.  Report fireworks to the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

UPDATE: Boil Water Notice issued for Lismore Deerpark Public Water Supply with immediate effect to protect the health of customers

UPDATE Friday 24 September, 2021: The Boil Water Notice, imposed on Friday 17 September for the Lismore Deerpark Water Supply remains in place, with testing and remedial works ongoing. Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council, in consultation with the HSE anticipate the Boil Water Notice will be lifted next week. Speaking about the Boil Water Notice, Regional Operations Lead, Ronan Walsh said;

“We are hopeful that we will be in a position to lift the Boil Water Notice within a fortnight, depending on satisfactory results and remedial works being completed. Public health is our number one priority and once we are alerted to potential health risks, we act as quickly as we can, alerting the HSE in relation to these risks. Conversely, once we are satisfied all necessary works and measures are put in place, and following consultation with the HSE again, we will lift a notice, but not until it is safe to do so.”

Irish Water continues to work currently with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

Water must be boiled for:


Drinks made with water;

Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating;

Brushing of teeth;

Making of ice – discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.

What actions should be taken:

Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads);

Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling;

Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink;

Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water;

Prepare infant feeds with water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been re-boiled several times. If bottled water is used for the preparation of infant feeds it should be boiled once and cooled. If you are using bottled water for preparing baby food, be aware that some natural mineral water may have high sodium content. The legal limit for sodium in drinking water is 200mg per litre. Check the label on the bottled water to make sure the sodium or `Na’ is not greater than 200mg per litre. If it is, then it is advisable to use a different type of bottled water. If no other water is available, then use this water for as short a time as possible. It is important to keep babies hydrated.

Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

Friday, 17th Sept

Following consultation with the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council are issuing a Boil Water Notice with immediate effect to protect the health of consumers supplied by the Lismore Deerpark Public Water Supply.

The Boil Water Notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at the treatment plant, and the notice affects all of the 1,671 people supplied by the Lismore Deerpark Public Water Supply area.

Affected areas


Experts from Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council are working to assess the situation currently, investigating the issues at the treatment plant with a view to implementing solutions to lift the notice as quickly and as safely as possible. In the meantime, all customers on this supply are advised to boil their water before use until further notice.

Speaking about the Boil Water Notice, Irish Water Drinking Water Compliance Specialist, Pat Duggan said;

“Public health is our main priority, and after consulting with the HSE, a Boil Water Notice has been put in place on the Lismore Deerpark supply. We are working closely with our partners in Waterford City and County Council to address the issues and hope to lift the notice as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Vulnerable customers will be contacted and customers who have any other concerns can contact our customer care team on 1800 278 278. Updates will be available on our Water Supply Updates section on, on Twitter @IWCare. Further information in relation to the boil water notice is available from

Irish Water continues to work currently with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

Minister Humphreys launches Department of Justice Fireworks Awareness Raising Campaign for 2021

  • “Fireworks are illegal and dangerous – members of the public are encouraged not to buy, sell or use them”
  • Serious penalties can be imposed for the misuse of illegal fireworks – Fines of up to €10,000 or 5 years imprisonment, or both, can apply
  • Minister emphasised that fireworks cause significant distress to a wide section of our communities
  • PIC: Maxwells Dublin

Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys TD, today launched the Department of Justice Fireworks Awareness Raising Campaign for 2021 in collaboration with the ISPCA, Dublin Fire Brigade and An Garda Síochána at the Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre.

This year’s annual campaign emphasises that fireworks are illegal because they are dangerous and urges people not to buy them, sell them or use them.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Humphreys highlighted the serious dangers associated with fireworks and the significant penalties that people can face for selling or using illegal fireworks. Penalties imposed can be as high as €10,000 and/or up to 5 years in prison, if convicted.

Minister Humphreys also noted the significant distress that fireworks can cause for people in our communities, particularly the elderly or those with sensory issues. They can also cause great harm and stress to family pets, and that is why this year’s campaign is being launched in collaboration with the ISPCA, Dublin Fire Brigade, and An Garda Síochána. Targeted messaging will feature on local radio stations in Dublin and across the country, as well as across social media, YouTube and Spotify, from Monday 27 September, until early November.

Speaking at the launch this afternoon, the Minister reminded anyone tempted to use fireworks this Halloween to consider the consequences of their actions on the wider community.

“Fireworks are not fun for everyone.

“This year we are asking people to stop and consider the significant distress that fireworks cause to the most vulnerable in our communities, to our pets and to other animals and livestock.

“Our grandparents, elderly friends and those with sensory issues have faced a particularly difficult time over the last 18 months; fireworks going off in proximity to their homes causes unnecessary additional distress.

“We are asking everyone to consider those who are indirectly impacted by their actions this Halloween period”.

ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling also spoke about how Halloween can be a frightening and dangerous time for animals due to the use of illegal fireworks. They cause significant distress for pets, other animals and livestock given their heightened senses of hearing and smell.

“We would ask those considering acquiring or using illegal fireworks to think about the impact it has on others – on the elderly and infirm, on our emergency services, and on our pets. And to ask themselves, is it really worth it?”

Chief Fire Officer in Dublin City Council, Dennis Keeley, spoke about the dangers of using fireworks, the injuries that fireworks can cause to people and fire fighters and urged everyone to think before they act and what the unintended consequences of their actions might be.

“Dublin Fire Brigade is delighted to support of the launch of Department of Justice Fireworks Awareness campaign and to highlight the dangers of using fireworks to everybody, we have seen first-hand the catastrophic consequences and long lasting devastation fireworks can have on people, I would strongly advise people not to use them for their own safety and the safety of the community.”

Representing An Garda Síochána at the event, Inspector Aonghus Hussey of the Garda National Community Engagement Bureau spoke about the challenges An Garda Síochána face at this time of year and the approaches and initiatives taken in keeping our communities safe.-

“’Operation Tombola’ will be in operation country wide leading up to and during Halloween. “Operation Tombola” is designed to prevent and detect the sale, supply and possession of fireworks and address anti-social behavior in our communities. Our key message is “Let’s all work together to have a safe and fun Halloween”.

Commenting on the excellent work of An Garda Síochána, Minister Humphreys welcomed the early commencement of Operation Tombola, saying,

“Operation Tombola began in August of this year in the Dublin Metropolitan Region in response to concerns about unlicensed fireworks and their early use in the run up to Halloween.

“An Garda Síochána continues to implement high visibility policing plans to address issues related to public disorder and anti-social behavior. There is particular focus on overt and targeted policing of public places at times when public order incidents and anti-social behaviour typically increase, such as at Halloween.

An Garda Síochána will also be deploying the Divisional Public Order Units on Halloween Night to ensure the safety of communities across the country .”

In addition, the Minister emphasised that while Halloween can be a really enjoyable time for children, teenagers and their families, we all must work together to ensure that everyone in our communities feels safe and unharmed during this exciting time of the year.

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 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

Waterford City Centre area available AEDS Map

Waterford City and County Council has developed an interactive map for you to be able to search the closest AED (automated external defibrillator) from your location.


In the event of an emergency, always contact 999 first.

Download the list of AEDS available in Waterford City here


Note: the information is correct as of August 2021.

Waterford City and County Council is looking to extend the map to Tramore and Dungarvan, so if you know of any available AEDS in those areas, please let us know by writing an email to:



Horse Road Safety Appeal is launched: Survey reveals 4 in 5 horse riders experience issues on Irish roads

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), Horse Sport Ireland (HSI), Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and An Garda Síochána have come together to launch a road safety appeal calling on horse-riders and other road users to share the roads safely. The appeal comes as a recent survey of over 1,700 horse riders, reveals that four in five (85%) horse riders experienced an incident when on the road with their horse, with 12% of those incidents resulting in injury to either the horse or rider.


The Irish Horse Representative organisations, together with the RSA and An Garda Síochána are appealing to drivers to slow down and pass wide when they encounter horse riders and their horses on the road.

The new survey reveals that cars and jeeps have been involved in the highest percentage of reported incidents with horses on the roads while cyclists, vans, lorries and agricultural machinery account for an equal share of the remaining incidents. The findings have led RSA, HSI, HRI and An Garda Siochana to call on all road users to familiarise themselves with existing guidelines around best practice when they encounter horses on the road.

Mr Joe Reynolds, Acting Chief Executive of Horse Sport Ireland said: “The findings of this survey are quite striking, it’s troubling to think that 85% of those polled reported being involved in some form of road safety issue while riding their horse on Irish roads. We are pleased to be working with the RSA to raise awareness of this and improve conditions for our members and all road-users. By following a few simple steps, you can keep yourself, your car, the horse, the rider and all the other people around you safe.”

Mr Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland said: “We have a proud tradition in Ireland of excellence in equestrian sport at national and international level. As a result, thousands of people across Ireland ride horses. All road users have a duty of care to share the road in a safe and socially responsible way and we hope our members will take the time to familiarise themselves with best practice guidelines.”

Advising road users, Regina Staunton, Senior Road Safety Promotion Officer, RSA said: “Motorists should be alert and reduce their speed when travelling in areas where horse riding is popular or when near riding schools. If you do encounter horses, please don’t use your horn, air brakes or lights in a way that might startle or blind a horse. This could cause the rider to lose control of the animal and lead to a serious incident, instead you should reduce your speed and pass wide. Similarly, cyclists should approach cautiously, ensuring that the horse rider can see or hear you approaching. Horse riders should make sure that drivers can see you at all times regardless of weather conditions by ensuring you wear proper protective gear, high-visibility clothing and put high-visibility equipment on your horse.”

Chief Superintendent Michael Hennebry, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, An Garda Síochána said: “If you meet a horse and rider on the road, you should follow a few simple steps to keep yourself, the rider and horse safe: reduce your speed and be patient, be prepared to stop and let them pass, keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the horse and obey any signals the horse rider provides. When overtaking a horse and rider, do not drive too close behind the horse and ensure to leave at least a car’s width between your vehicle and the horse when passing. When you have passed the horse drive away slowly.”

The RSA guidelines for ‘Horse Road Safety on Public Roads’ are available here.


For further information please contact:

Road Safety Authority Press Office, 096 25008


Cian Doherty / Claire Fox, Drury Communications, 087 772 6678 (CD) / 086 392 6584 (CF)


Garda Press Office Tel: 01 6662071


Horse Road Safety Survey 2021 contacts:

Siobhan English, International Equine Journalist, 086 222 3074

Anne O’Connor, Senior Ride and Road Safety Trainer & Examiner, 087 237 2295


Note to Editors:

Tips for motorists and riders when sharing the roads:

For riders:

  • Always make sure that drivers can see you at all times regardless of weather conditions.
  • Wear proper protective gear, high-visibility clothing and put high-visibility equipment on your horse and give clear hand signals.
  • Remain on the left-hand side of the road when both riding your horse and leading in hand. When leading your horse, position yourself between the horse being led and the traffic so that you have maximum control over the horse.
  • Give clear and accurate hand signals to let other road users know your intentions.
  • Remain alert, attentive, and observant. Remember the Life Saver Look at junctions – it could save your life.

For road users:

  • Be alert when approaching riding schools, racing yards or places where horses are likely to appear.
  • Take special care when overtaking horses or horse-drawn vehicles. This is particularly relevant at junctions where motorists are advised to keep a safe distance from horses and riders.
  • Pass by slowly, driving wide of the horse and ride, while obeying the rider’/s hand signals
  • Don’t use your air brakes, horn or lights in a way that might startle or blind a horse.
  • Cyclists should approach cautiously, ensuring that the horse rider can see or hear you approaching.

Summer Ready booklet launched

Today, Ministers Coveney, Humphries and Naughton launched the “Be Summer Ready” Leaflet and campaign at Government Buildings.

This booklet is part of the Government of Ireland initiative to provide information to the general public on issues which may affect them during the summer months in Ireland. The booklet compliments a long standing and very successful “Be Winter Ready” public information campaign.

During the summer months, Ireland’s waterways and beaches become very popular. More people visit the countryside, engage in outdoor pursuits, visit family farms or take holidays abroad. With these activities there are associated risks and this booklet provides information on these.

In addition, people die in Ireland in drowning accidents, farm accidents, on our roads or succumb to summer related illnesses. Wildfires are a more common occurrence in this period.

Information on being prepared and staying safe during these summer months, for the individual, family, home, farm, business and school, is contained in this booklet and in the links/web addresses and phone numbers contained herein. We advise people to familiarise themselves with the information in this booklet.

The booklet is published by the Office of Emergency Planning, on behalf of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning.

There is more information and useful links on their website,

Council Issues Road Safety Advice as Clocks go Forward this Weekend

Summer Time arrives as the clocks go forward an hour on Sunday, March 28 2021 at 1am.

So as the country prepares to “spring forward” – and with the Easter school holidays- March 29 to April 12 – road safety professionals in County Councils across the Country are reminding drivers to take extra care on the roads as children begin to play out in the evenings and more will be out walking and cycling.

“It’s that time of year when the county’s children traditionally start to come out of hibernation,” says Jemma Jacob road safety officer Waterford Council.

“They’ve spent the wet winter months cooped up indoors and even more so with Covid19 restrictions, with the arrival of the lighter evenings will be raring to be off and out, making the most of that extra daylight.

“With that in mind, all road users need to take extra care, not just on main roads but in built-up residential areas and anywhere where there might be an attraction for children, such as parks or green areas.”

Motorists are advised to:

  • Be aware of children using roads, both as cyclists and as pedestrians
  • Watch out for children attempting to cross between parked cars
  • Watch out for children playing around parks and open spaces and remember that they can become easily distracted

Parents are advised to:

  • Remind their child to give the road their full attention
  • Ensure they choose a safe place to play – not the road
  • Ensure their child is familiar with the route they will be taking and the safer crossing places available
  • Make sure they take off headphones and not use their mobile phones when crossing the road
  • Ensure they wear a cycle helmet and light/bright clothing when cycling.

Provision of Lifeguard services

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the recruitment of beach lifeguards was delayed this year. The beach lifeguard service will not be operational on Waterford’s Blue Flag beaches this June Bank Holiday weekend.

Swimmers should follow the advice of Water Safety Ireland and stay safe.

Weekend lifeguard cover will commence at the following locations on Saturday, 6th June, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   Ardmore, Clonea, Dunmore East and Tramore.

A full lifeguard service will commence at all of these locations together with Bonmahon on Saturday, 27th June 2020 , 7 days per week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Water Safety Ireland: Know How To Stay Safe This Weekend

Warm weather increases drowning risks

As the risk of drowning increases around warm weather bank holiday weekends, Water Safety Ireland is appealing to the public to adhere to the following guidance during this phase of Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society.

1.    If you really must visit a waterway, only do so within your 5km limit. This may result in you visiting waterways that are unfamiliar to you, therefore encourage friends and family to stay away from edges.

2.    If you plan on swimming, the waterway within your 5km limit may not be life-guarded. Ensure that it is a designated bathing area that is known locally to be traditionally safe and that it has ring-buoys present. Practice social distancing when in, on or near the water.

3.    If you do have a Life-guarded waterway nearby, swim between the red and yellow flags so that you are within the Lifeguard’s patrol zone. A red flag means that a Lifeguard has decided that it is unsafe to swim. If there is no flag, it means that there is no lifeguard on duty.

4.    Lifeguards are operating on weekends in June and full time in July and August. There is a list of life-guarded waterways on but check with your local authority in case of changes to beach opening times.

5.    Warm air temperature does not mean that the water is warm. It is still too cold for extended swims and doing so places you at risk of hypothermia. Wear a wetsuit.

6.    Swim with a friend or with family, in case emergency services need to be called.

7.    Swim and Go – enjoy your swim but leave the area soon afterwards so that others may enjoy the water while complying with the need to social distance. If a beach is busy, wait until you can practise social distancing or take a walk or go to another safe beach nearby. Do not be tempted to swim in areas that you cannot confirm to be safe. There may be dangerous currents and hidden depths that may take you out of your comfort zone.

8.    Do not overestimate your ability or underestimate the risks. The same dangers that were present before Covid-19 are still present so please swim within your depth and stay within your depth.

9.    Supervise children closely.

10.  Always wear a lifejacket when on or near water and when angling from shore. Ensure that it is properly maintained and has a correctly fitted crotch strap.

11.  Those going afloat should carry a portable Marine VHF and/or a personal locator beacon and walkers should carry a mobile phone.

12.  In an emergency call 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Media Enquiries:
Water Safety Ireland, The Long Walk, Galway.
Roger Sweeney: WhatsApp: 087-678.9601;
Padraig Judge: WhatsApp: 087-459.0156.

Public Notice – Controlled burning of Agricultural Waste

Controlled burning of Agricultural Waste

Waterford City & County Council have been directed by the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management that in light of the on-going Covid-19 National Emergency controlled burning of agricultural land by the agricultural community is no longer permitted until further notice.

The public should note that all notices informing Waterford City & County Council of controlled burning will not be accepted for the duration of this emergency and that they should refrain from all forms of controlled burning at this time.

Controlled burning calls will not be accepted by the Fire Service or 999/112 for the duration of this emergency and all forms of controlled burning should not be carried out during this time.

It should also be noted by the public that if a 999/112 call is received relating to any controlled burning event on their property, then the Fire Brigade will be mobilised to attend and extinguish the fire. All the costs associated with the attendance of the Fire & Rescue Service will be invoiced to the property owner.

This measure has been deemed necessary when Fire & Rescue Services resources may be stretched due to Covid-19 crisis and, at a time when Waterford City & County Council are trying to maintain essential staffing levels.

Advice for dealing with Household Waste if you test positive

Please follow the guidelines on MyWaste Ireland for handling personal or household rubbish, including how to properly maintain your bins.

If you are tested COVID-19 postive, put all your personal rubbish (waste) such as gloves, masks, wipes, tissues etc. into a bin bag and tie when almost full. Place this bag into a second bag, and tie a knot. Store the bag somewhere safe for 3 days and then put the bag into your wheelie bin for collection.

Service Update: Food Markets & Casual Trading

Due to Covid-19, Waterford City & County Council have decided to suspend all Casual Trading within Waterford City & County until further notice.

This includes the Dungarvan (Grattan Square), Tramore (Priest’s Road) and Waterford City (John Roberts Square) markets.

Waterford City & County Council meetings cancelled

Following consultation with the Mayors and the Cathaoirligh , WCCC wish to advise that the Council Plenary meetings, All Municipal & Metropolitan District meetings and SPC meetings scheduled up to and including the 29th March 2020 are now cancelled.

Matters will be reviewed in the next couple of weeks to establish arrangements for meetings than can be consistent with the social distancing requirements outlined in HSE/Government advice.