Keep Well Campaign - LOCAL RESOURCES

Local authorities in your county offer lots of Local Resources and are promoting a range of services, initiatives and activities to enable you to stay connected, stay fit and active and look after your mental health and well-being.


You Have the Words – A Poetry Workshop with writer and poet Joanne McCarthy

Poetry Day Waterford, supported by Waterford City and County Arts Office, invites you to join this workshop that will explore using the language of our everyday in poetry.
“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way”  - Seamus Heaney.

The workshop will look at contemporary poets and their use of language. Time will be allocated for writing and for creating new work. Poets will be invited to share their writing during the workshop and via email afterwards if they would like feedback on their work.
This two hour workshop will be delivered over Zoom on Thursday 29th April at 11:00 AM.
We are offering FREE places to people based within Waterford City and County Council’s administrative area. As places are limited, your expression of interest will form the basis for selection. No correspondence will be entered into regarding decisions.
Expressions of interest must be submitted to poetrydaywat@gmail.com on or before Monday 19th April 2021 at noon.
Joanne McCarthy writes in Irish and English and her work has been published widely. She is most recently published and anthologised in Hold Open the Door, The Ireland Chair of Poetry Anthology, Comhar, The Stinging Fly, The Honest Ulsterman, Splonk, The Stony Thursday Book and Bangor Literary Journal. Her video poems have been screened at Modwords Summer Festival. She is co-editor of the literary journal The Waxed Lemon.


Digitising our Local Heritage: Europeana in focus

Tuesday 20 April 10am – 11am

Europe Direct Waterford and Waterford Libraries in partnership with Waterford Archives, the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) and Europeana are delighted to organise a free webinar Digitising our Local Heritage: Europeana in focus on Tuesday 20 April from 10am – 11am.

Europeana works with thousands of European archives, libraries and museums to share cultural heritage for enjoyment, education and research.

The Europeana website gives access to millions of books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help researchers find what they are looking for with many features such as online exhibitions, galleries and blogs to inform and inspire anyone with an interest in history and cultural heritage.

Join our expert panel and find out more about Europeana and how to use it. Learn how Europeana strives to empower the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation and how you or your organisation can get involved.

Expert Panel:

Adrian Murphy, Collection Engagement, Europeana Collections Manager Europeana Foundation
Killian Downing, Europeana Members Council Member, Archivist Dublin City University
Dr. Kathryn Cassidy, technical team at the Digital Repository of Ireland
Joanne Rothwell, Waterford City and County Archivist (Chair)

This webinar open to the general public, teachers, educators, librarians, archivists, local authorities, cultural and heritage organisations.

Book your free place at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/digitising-our-local-heritage-europeana-in-focus-tickets-148761763439

Our event will be followed by networking session for museums and archives and other repository holders in the county and region. Email sohiggins@waterfordcouncil.ie for information on how to join this 30 minute networking session directly after the work shop at 11:05am.

Europe Direct Waterford which is run from Central Library in Waterford City and is one of a network of local contact points that serve as a direct link between citizens and the EU Institutions. Europe Direct Waterford aims to show people and organisations how the EU is relevant in their lives, offer information and to facilitate connections.

Europeana is an initiative of the European Union, financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility and European Union Member States.


Start something new this spring with the GIY

#GrowitForward campaign!

Ever thought of growing your own vegetables at home but never tried before? No matter how little room you have and even if you have never planted anything before in your life, the Grow it Forward campaign has been made for you!

Waterford Libraries  are very happy to be distributing FREE GROWING KITS in partnership with GIY and Libraries Ireland

Inside the kit is a selection of seeds, labels, and a growing guide. If you have never tried growing vegetables before – this is the moment.

As well as the kits, there are loads of resources available from the library and the GIY team, and we would love it if you would spread the word and the goodness to others too by sharing seedlings to friends.

Contact us on Tramorelibrary@Waterfordcouncil.ie or call us on 0761 102594 to reserve a pack - first come, first served!


First Time Parents Baby Group – Online

Are you a first time Mum or Dad in the new role of parenting your baby? Would you like some time out for you and your baby? Would you like to meet other parents and gain information/support from each other and organisations supporting children and families in you community?

If so, then come along to a FREE HEALTH & WELLBEING TASTER WORKSHOP for you and your baby (aged 1 year or under) on Wednesday 31st March from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM online via zoom.

Gymboree Waterford  will deliver a fun play workshop including songs, tactile awareness, sound play, tummy time activities & bonding with your baby. There will also be a chance to hear more about our online First Time Parents Health and Wellbeing Programme being organised by St. Brigid’s Family and Community Centre and Barnardos.

For more information and to book your place, please contact:

Mags in St. Brigid’s at 089 2027218 / email mags@stbrigidsfcc.ie or Carmel in Barnardos at 086 0600564 / email carmel.odonovan@barnardos.ie

(This workshop is also open to new Grandparents, Carers and Guardians caring for a baby).

Funded through Healthy Ireland, supported by Waterford libraries.


Dungarvan Camera Club - Window Exhibition in Dungarvan Library

16th -31st March 2021

The Dungarvan Camera Club are exhibiting their photography work in the windows of Dungarvan Library from 16 – 31 March 2021.

#KeepWell #SwitchingOffandBeingCreative #Waterford #HealthyWaterford

The club is a vital, energetic source from which the combined skills of many highly proficient photographers have emerged over the years due to the programmes of education included in club activities. Experienced members are more than happy to share their knowledge with novices and new members are always welcome.

There is a lively programme each month with slideshows, demonstrations and monthly competitions suited to all levels of photographic competence. For more information contact the secretary, Louise on 087-2641700 or email secretarydcc@gmail.com

The image in this poster was taken by Breda Hennessy Duggan – Photographer of the Year 2020 of Dungarvan Camera Club.


Spokes Poetry Open Mic

Spokes Poetry is a monthly open mic poetry night set up and run by writer and lecturer Colette Colfer and which used to be held during normal times at Phil Grimes Pub in Waterford City, supported by Waterford Council Arts Office.

The Spokes poets have not been able to meet for a long time now so Waterford Libraries have invited them to share their poetry every Thursday and Friday evening at 8pm online on https://www.facebook.com/WaterfordCouncilLibraries


We are offering a FREE Sustainable Gardening Course online to all Tidy Towns members and community groups in Waterford.  This course is run by Horticulturist Aoife Munn.  It is a 5-week course @10am on Fridays 19th March – 16th April. Topics covered include reducing your waste, growing your own vegetables, planting for pollinators, alternative to chemicals and much, much more.

To request a place please register your interest at the link below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/waterford-sustainable-gardening-course-registration-142912401841


Wellness on a Wednesday

Switch off and enjoy a poem with Anne from Waterford Libraries. This week's poem is “The Splendor Falls” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

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Waterford Inner City Parent and Toddler Group Online (via zoom)

Providing a relaxed and fun online environment for parents/grandparents/carers and children from birth up to four years old.
When: Tuesday Mornings    Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Come along and enjoy some fun/play workshops with your child as well as the opportunity to connect with other parents in the community and keep up to date with topics of interest.


Contact Mags on 089 2027218 or email mags@stbrigidsfcc.ie for more information or to register for the Zoom session on any given week (numbers are limited)


Glass Room Exhibition

How do we know if a picture or a tweet is genuine or truthful? And what can we do if we can’t be sure?

The Glass Room Misinformation Edition is an interactive exhibition in which you can explore how social media and the internet have changed the way we read information and react to it. Find out about the new types of influencers, the new and old tactics they use, and the role we as users and consumers play within that.

Created by Tactical Tech, an international NGO who work to investigate and mitigate the evolving impact of technology on society, this exhibition is designed to provoke, question and inspire. Check out the Glass Room Exhibition.



  • Waterford Sports Partnership
  • Waterford Libraries
  • Healthy Waterford