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SLí Big Swap event
SLí Big Swap event

Do you have under loved Christmas presents? Or something that’s not your style but somebody else would love? Bring it to SLí’s Big Swap! Waterford SLí, Ardkeen Library and Waterford Council’s Environment Department are delighted to host this wonderful swap event on Saturday 24th in Ardkeen Library 2-4pm.

The details: Bring up to 5 items (in good nick) and swap them for vouchers. On Saturday swap your vouchers for whatever items you like. You can drop your items from Monday 19th February to Ardkeen library. Come and take even of you can’t bring. All for free? What could be better?Toys, Books, Gift Sets, Games, Candles, Instruments, Sport Equipment – The List Goes On!Free event, all welcome!

Reminder: Sustainable Eating Talk with dietician Aoife McDonald

Join registered Dietitian, Aoife McDonald where she will share her knowledge on how to incorporate sustainable, nutritious eating into your life on tomorrow, Thursday 16th November at 7pm in Carrickphierish Library.

This presentation is free but places are limited. Click here to reserve a place.

The following topics will be covered in this free presentation:

  • What is sustainable eating and why is it important
  • Building balanced & nutritious meals
  • How food production impacts the environment
  • The benefits of sustainable eating
  • Practical tips on how to eat more sustainably
  • Reducing food waste
  • Tips on how we can be more sustainable at Christmas
  • Q & A

This presentation is part of the Waterford Healthy Ireland at your Library initiative. For more information, please go to our website, here.

Aoife McDonald is a CORU Registered Consultant Dietitian from The Digestive Health Clinic.

For more information, please phone 051 849696 or email library@waterfordcouncil.ie

Europe Direct Soapbox Competition 2023

Public speaking Competition – :  “There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter” – Barack Obama.

In today’s turbulent times, it is more important than ever to build a better future by voting in the EU Parliament Elections

Have your say at this year’s Europe Direct Soapbox competition and be in with a chance to win a  Samsung Tablet, sponsored by the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

The Waterford and South Eastern heat of this national competition takes place on Wednesday 22 November at 10am in The Large Room, City Hall in Waterford City.

Entry is open to all and contestants can compete in one of two categories: 16 and under; or 17 and over.  Each contestant has three minutes to present their arguments, convince the judges and persuade the audience. The winners in each category will receive a Samsung Tablet and go on to the National final in Dublin on Monday 27th November in the Royal College of Physicians (provisional date).

More information and application forms are available from Central Library on 051 849975 or email boshea@waterfordcouncil.ie or richardpower@waterfordcouncil.ie  You can also download these forms at Europe Direct – Waterford City & County Library Service (waterfordlibraries.ie)

The term soapbox originates in the use of an empty crate as a platform by speakers to give speeches, often impromptu, to passers-by from around the turn of the last century. The most famous location for soapbox oratory is Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London, which has been a setting for public speaking since the 1870s.

Regional prizes and the overall prizes of €1,000 are sponsored by the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

Completed entries must be returned by 4.30pm on Monday 20 November to: boshea@waterfordcouncil.ie and richardpower@waterfordcouncil.ie or by post to Europe Direct Information Centre, Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford City, X91 V045.

The Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre, based at Central Library, Lady Lane is a service which helps the public find answers to questions about the European Union. It offers information on all sorts of subjects related to the EU including your rights and opportunities as an EU citizen. It can provide direct responses to general inquiries and, if you have more detailed questions, signpost you to the best sources of information and advice at EU, national, regional and local levels.

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For more information contact Breda O’Shea or any staff member at Waterford Europe Direct Centre.

boshea@waterfordcouncil.ie and richardpower@waterfordcouncil.ie

Local artist to hold first solo exhibition in Central Library

 

 

Almost 40 years after he first discovered his talent for painting, local artist Don Walker will hold his first solo exhibition in Waterford Central Library next month.

Born in Waterford in 1940, Don, at the age of 15 joined Waterford Crystal as an apprentice glass cutter and graduated to Work Study Officer within the organisation.

In 1975, he enrolled in art classes in the then Waterford Technical Institute (now WCFE) on Parnell Street and it was there that his love of and flair for painting with oil was realised.  That year he sold his first landscape painting and it featured at the Municipal Gallery Exhibition.  Having sold over 80 oil paintings to collectors in Waterford and the Southeast, Don will undertake his first solo exhibition on September 4th.

The exhibition will feature a selection of local scenes that are sure to invoke a real sense of connection and familiarity.  Many of Don’s paintings feature local landmarks, such as Geoff’s, Meagher’s Quay, John Robert’s Square, hotels, hostelries, and popular local meeting points.

Cllr. Joe Kelly was delighted to assist his long-time friend with putting together the exhibition.  “Don has a wonderful talent, and he so accurately captures the everyday of Waterford.  Whether it’s popping into Penneys for a few bits or enjoying a large bottle in Walsh’s on George’s Street, these are the places that all of us in Waterford know and love.

“I’m delighted that the public will have the opportunity to view Don’s work and I’d like to thank the staff of Waterford Libraries for facilitating and supporting this event.”

Members of the public are invited to come along to the opening of Don’s exhibition at Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane on Monday, September 4th at 4pm. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will run from September 4th to September 16th.

Reminder: Prestigious Writers to Speak at Waterford Libraries

 

It’s going to be an exciting autumn at the Waterford Libraries as five highly esteemed writers, Megan Nolan, Kevin Barry, Claire Keegan, Russ Parsons and Ethel Crowley, joining Senior Executive Librarian Mary Conway to discuss their work and writing lives at Waterford County Libraries between August and November 2023. All events are free, but bookings must be made by calling the library directly.

Megan Nolan, Irish journalist and author from County Waterford, debut novel Acts of Desperation, was long-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Betty Trask Award for debut novels. Meghan will be speaking on 17 August at 7:00PM at the Carrickphierish Library about her work and latest novel Ordinary Human Failings. Free of charge but booking required. Call at 051 849696.

Irish writer Claire Keegan is best known for her short stories which have been published in “The New Yorker”, “Best American Short Stories”, “Granta”, and “The Paris Review” and have been translated into 30 languages. “Antarctica” won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. “Walk the Blue Fields” won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the best collection of stories published in the British Isles. “Foster” won the Davy Byrnes Award, one of the richest literary prizes in the world, and was last year chosen by The Times as one of the top 50 works of fiction to be published in the 21st century.

The award-winning film The Quiet Girl (An Cailín Ciúin) is based on the same story. Keegan’s novel, Small Things Like These, was shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize, and has been adapted for an upcoming film starring Cillian Murphy and Emily Watson. Claire will be speaking on 28 September 7:00PM, Dungarvan Library and discuss her work and latest short story So Late in the Day. Free of charge but booking required. Call at 058 21141.

Kevin Barry is the author of three collections of short stories and three novels. His debut novel City of Bohan was the winner of the 2013 International Dublin Literary Award. Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize and was one of seven books by Irish authors nominated for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary fiction prize. His 2019 novel Night Boat to Tangier was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Kevin will be speaking on 14 September 7:00PM at Tramore Library. Free of charge but booking required. Call at 051 849594.

Waterford resident and The Irish Times food columnist Russ Parsons served as the food editor and columnist of the Los Angeles Times for more than 25 years. Among other honors, in 2008 Parsons was inducted into the James Beard Foundation‘s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage, the hall of fame of American cooking. His first book, How to Read A French Fry was a finalist for two Julia Child cookbook awards. How to Pick a Peach, published in 2007, was named one of the best 100 books of the year by both Publisher’s Weekly and Amazon. Russ will be speaking on 12 October, 7:00PM at Ardkeen Library. Free of charge but booking required. Call at 051 849755.

Ethel Crowley, PhD and an Irish sociologist, is the author of Land Matters: Power Struggles in Rural Ireland, Daring to Dream and Your Place or Mine? Community and Belonging in 21st Century Ireland, as well as other journal articles, book chapters and newspaper articles. Over the years, she has combined university lecturing and academic writing with travels in Latin America, the Middle East and India. She is currently working on a book on Spain. Edith will be speaking about her friendship with Dervla Murphy and her forthcoming book Life At Full Tilt: The Selected Writings of Dervla Murphy on 28 November, 3:00PM at Lismore Library. Free of charge but booking required. Call at 051 849755.

Prestigious Writers to Speak at Waterford Libraries

 

It’s going to be an exciting autumn at the Waterford Libraries as five highly esteemed writers, Megan Nolan, Kevin Barry, Claire Keegan, Russ Parsons and Ethel Crowley, joining Senior Executive Librarian Mary Conway to discuss their work and writing lives at Waterford County Libraries between August and November 2023. All events are free, but bookings must be made by calling the library directly.

Megan Nolan, Irish journalist and author from County Waterford, debut novel Acts of Desperation, was long-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Betty Trask Award for debut novels. Meghan will be speaking on 17 August at 7:00PM at the Carrickphierish Library about her work and latest novel Ordinary Human Failings. Free of charge but booking required. Call at 051 849696.

Irish writer Claire Keegan is best known for her short stories which have been published in “The New Yorker”, “Best American Short Stories”, “Granta”, and “The Paris Review” and have been translated into 30 languages. “Antarctica” won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. “Walk the Blue Fields” won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the best collection of stories published in the British Isles. “Foster” won the Davy Byrnes Award, one of the richest literary prizes in the world, and was last year chosen by The Times as one of the top 50 works of fiction to be published in the 21st century.

The award-winning film The Quiet Girl (An Cailín Ciúin) is based on the same story. Keegan’s novel, Small Things Like These, was shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize, and has been adapted for an upcoming film starring Cillian Murphy and Emily Watson. Claire will be speaking on 28 September 7:00PM, Dungarvan Library and discuss her work and latest short story So Late in the Day. Free of charge but booking required. Call at 058 21141.

Kevin Barry is the author of three collections of short stories and three novels. His debut novel City of Bohan was the winner of the 2013 International Dublin Literary Award. Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize and was one of seven books by Irish authors nominated for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary fiction prize. His 2019 novel Night Boat to Tangier was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Kevin will be speaking on 14 September 7:00PM at Tramore Library. Free of charge but booking required. Call at 051 849594.

Waterford resident and The Irish Times food columnist Russ Parsons served as the food editor and columnist of the Los Angeles Times for more than 25 years. Among other honors, in 2008 Parsons was inducted into the James Beard Foundation‘s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage, the hall of fame of American cooking. His first book, How to Read A French Fry was a finalist for two Julia Child cookbook awards. How to Pick a Peach, published in 2007, was named one of the best 100 books of the year by both Publisher’s Weekly and Amazon. Russ will be speaking on 12 October, 7:00PM at Ardkeen Library. Free of charge but booking required. Call at 051 849755.

Ethel Crowley, PhD and an Irish sociologist, is the author of Land Matters: Power Struggles in Rural Ireland, Daring to Dream and Your Place or Mine? Community and Belonging in 21st Century Ireland, as well as other journal articles, book chapters and newspaper articles. Over the years, she has combined university lecturing and academic writing with travels in Latin America, the Middle East and India. She is currently working on a book on Spain. Edith will be speaking about her friendship with Dervla Murphy and her forthcoming book Life At Full Tilt: The Selected Writings of Dervla Murphy on 28 November, 3:00PM at Lismore Library. Free of charge but booking required. Call at 051 849755.

Reminder : Bealtine Festival Flagship Choir

Another first for Waterford Libraries, as Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Choir has been chosen as the Bealtaine Flagship Choir for a packed programme of Dawn / Dusk Chorus events in 2023.

Established in 1995, Bealtaine is one of Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. Bealtaine takes place each May for the entire month.  The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, and heralded the start of summer.

The Festival brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life for all older people.

Event Description:

The Bealtaine Choir will also perform a Dusk Chorus in the sensory garden of Carrickphierish Library. The garden opened in September 2022 and is an accessible space that is sensory rich, welcoming and engaging for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy with their families and friends. Thursday 25th May 6pm

All are welcome to join in these free events. Livestream also available on the Bealtaine Facebook page.  In partnership with Sing Ireland and Waterford City And County Council.

The event link is here:

Sunshine welcomes Bealtaine Dawn Chorus

Waterford Libraries annual Bealtaine programme got off to a great start in glorious sunshine at the Dawn Chorus event this morning in the beautiful surrounds of Dunmore East Library at Fisherman’s Hall…an uplifting setting for an uplifting event!

In another first for Waterford Libraries, Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Choir was chosen as the Bealtaine Flagship Choir for a packed programme of Dawn / Dusk Chorus events. The Dawn Chorus is a nationwide Choral event in which older people come together with a choir in their locality to welcome the day and the season.

The event was officially launched by Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary.  The mayor was joined by over 100 people who gathered in the early morning sunshine for a melodic choral performance by the Library Bealtaine Choir led by Anne Woodworth.

Andrew Doherty of Tides and Tales performed his magic mix of nostalgia, history, and fantastical tales through spoken word. The event was followed by refreshments and a great opportunity to chat with friends, old and new.

The Bealtaine Choir will perform a dusk chorus in the sensory garden of Carrickphiersh Library. The garden opened in September 2022 and is an accessible space that is sensory rich, welcoming, and engaging for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy with their families and friends.

This will take place on Thursday 25th May at 6pm and all are welcome. If you can’t make it in person, the event will be livestreamed on the Bealtaine Facebook page.

The Bealtaine Festival is a partnership with Age and Opportunity, Sing Ireland and Waterford City and County Council.

For more details about Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Programme visit www.waterfordlibraries.ie or email jloughran@waterfordcouncil.ie

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Images attached: DGM Photographic

Eurodesk & Europe Direct Waterford announce nationwide photo competition to mark ‘Europe Day’ 2023

Young people in Waterford are invited to celebrate 50 years of EU membership in Ireland with photographs capturing the theme of ‘Peace and Unity’

Léargas, a not-for-profit organisation managing international and national exchange programmes across Ireland and Europe, is calling on young people aged 13 to 30 across Ireland to celebrate Europe Day this year by submitting photos capturing the theme of ‘Peace and Unity’ to a Photography Competition coordinated by Eurodesk.

Europe Day, which takes place each year on 9 May marks the anniversary of the historic ‘Schuman declaration’, the proposal considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union. Ireland joined the EU in 1973.

Amy Doherty, Eurodesk Waterford and Sinead O’Higgins, Europe Direct Waterford launched the Photo competition last Tuesday on Europe Day in the Europe Direct Waterford Centre which is in Central Library in Waterford City. Central Library is also hosting the EU at 50 Exhibition Into Europe which is a Royal Irish Academy exhibition commissioned by EU50, Department of Foreign Affairs. It consists of 12 thematic panels which focus on various aspects of Ireland’s relationship with the European Union. The panels are available in both English and Irish. The exhibition will run until the end of May.

Eurodesk, which is administrated by Léargas in Ireland, is a free information service that operates in 36 European countries. Eurodesk Waterford provides information on EU-funded programmes and opportunities for young people to work, study, volunteer and travel in Europe and support young people to access such opportunities and is based in the Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service in Manor Street, Waterford.

Europe Direct Waterford Europe is part of a community of 424 Europe Direct centres around Europe. Their purpose is to reinforce the important connection between the EU institutions and citizens, providing timely and factual information on European matter and events while coordinating with other EU networks in the region to ensure easier local access to information for citizens, organisations and businesses. Europe Direct Waterford is run from Central Library in Waterford City.

Léargas, Eurodesk and Europe Direct Waterford are inviting young people living locally aged 13-30 years old to take a picture using their own camera or phone camera responding to the theme of ‘Peace and Unity’ and what that means to them in Ireland and Europe in 2023. The competition opened as part of Europe Day on May 9th, and photographs will be accepted via email submission until midnight on the 28th of May 2023. Up for grabs is €500 worth of photography equipment within each age category.

Commenting, Eurodesk Waterford Youth Worker Amy Doherty said: “We have a strong partnership with Europe Direct Waterford and Waterford Libraries and we are looking forward to displaying the winning entries and holding the prizegiving in the Library. We are committed to developing our European opportunities for Young people in Waterford and WSTCYS recently obtained the Quality label through Erasmus+ which allows us to help young people Volunteer through fully funded projects with European Solidarity Corps. This year is the European Year of Skills and the skills obtained through volunteering in another country are immeasurable and increase the resilience and skillset of anyone that takes part”.

Léargas is committed to developing strong and lasting connections with our European neighbours through our programmes and exchange opportunities from sport to youth work, promoting personal and professional development through building confidence and better understanding of European cultures.

Announcing the photo competition, Eurodesk Ireland Co-ordinator, Malgorzata Fiedot-Davies said:

“Eurodesk Ireland is a hub for promoting the many opportunities for our young people in Europe. Peace and Unity in Europe remains, at its heart, about mutual understanding, respect for diversity and openness to other cultures. We are so excited to see what peace and unity for young people across Ireland in 2023 means as part of this photo competition, how that challenges them, interests them and sparks their creative minds.”

Sinead O’Higgins, Manager of Europe Direct Waterford said: “We are delighted to continue our work with Eurodesk Waterford, together we organised an excellent conference for over 300 young people last December to mark the European Year of Youth. We have exciting plans for later this year and hope that the young people of Waterford will visit the EU at 50 exhibition and perhaps be inspired for their photo entry”.

You can find out more and download an entry form at: https://wstcys.ie/eurodesk-photo-competition-for-youth-ages-13-30

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Reminder : Bealtine Festival Flagship Choir

Another first for Waterford Libraries, as Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Choir has been chosen as the Bealtaine Flagship Choir for a packed programme of Dawn / Dusk Chorus events in 2023.

Established in 1995, Bealtaine is one of Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. Bealtaine takes place each May for the entire month.  The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, and heralded the start of summer.

The Festival brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life for all older people.

Event Description:

The Dawn Chorus is a nationwide choral event in which older people come together with a choir in their locality and sing at dawn to welcome the day and the season. The Bealtaine Flagship Choir for 2023 is Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Choir led by Anne Woodworth, who will sing in the beautiful surrounds of the Dunmore East Library at Fisherman’s hall (overlooking the harbour). Sunday 7th May 8am

The Bealtaine Choir will also perform a Dusk Chorus in the sensory garden of Carrickphierish Library. The garden opened in September 2022 and is an accessible space that is sensory rich, welcoming and engaging for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy with their families and friends. Thursday 25th May 6pm

All are welcome to join in these free events. Livestream also available on the Bealtaine Facebook page.  In partnership with Sing Ireland and Waterford City And County Council.

The event links are here:

Bealtine Festival Flagship Choir

Another first for Waterford Libraries, as Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Choir has been chosen as the Bealtaine Flagship Choir for a packed programme of Dawn / Dusk Chorus events in 2023.

Established in 1995, Bealtaine is one of Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. Bealtaine takes place each May for the entire month.  The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, and heralded the start of summer.

The Festival brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life for all older people.

Event Description:

The Dawn Chorus is a nationwide choral event in which older people come together with a choir in their locality and sing at dawn to welcome the day and the season. The Bealtaine Flagship Choir for 2023 is Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Choir led by Anne Woodworth, who will sing in the beautiful surrounds of the Dunmore East Library at Fisherman’s hall (overlooking the harbour). Sunday 7th May 8am

The Bealtaine Choir will also perform a Dusk Chorus in the sensory garden of Carrickphierish Library. The garden opened in September 2022 and is an accessible space that is sensory rich, welcoming and engaging for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy with their families and friends. Thursday 25th May 6pm

All are welcome to join in these free events. Livestream also available on the Bealtaine Facebook page.  In partnership with Sing Ireland and Waterford City And County Council.

The event links are here:

Bealtine Festival Flagship Choir

Another first for Waterford Libraries, as Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Choir has been chosen as the Bealtaine Flagship Choir for a packed programme of Dawn / Dusk Chorus events in 2023.

Established in 1995, Bealtaine is one of Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. Bealtaine takes place each May for the entire month.  The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, and heralded the start of summer.

The Festival brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life for all older people.

Event Description:

The Dawn Chorus is a nationwide choral event in which older people come together with a choir in their locality and sing at dawn to welcome the day and the season. The Bealtaine Flagship Choir for 2023 is Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Choir led by Anne Woodworth, who will sing in the beautiful surrounds of the Dunmore East Library at Fisherman’s hall (overlooking the harbour). Sunday 7th May 8am

The Bealtaine Choir will also perform a Dusk Chorus in the sensory garden of Carrickphierish Library. The garden opened in September 2022 and is an accessible space that is sensory rich, welcoming and engaging for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy with their families and friends. Thursday 25th May 6pm

All are welcome to join in these free events. Livestream also available on the Bealtaine Facebook page.  In partnership with Sing Ireland and Waterford City And County Council.

The event links are here:

Waterford commits to new Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Strategy

161,161.00  to be allocated for core Creative Ireland initiatives in Waterford City and County in 2023

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media Catherine Martin TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning Kieran O’Donnell  TD announced the roll out of 31 new Local Authority Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Strategies (2023-2027) at an event in Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park on February 23rd 2023.

Included in the launch was a new vision for creative activity in Waterford that was devised in consultation with the people of the city and county and will be delivered by the Waterford Culture and Creativity team led by Katherine Collins, Waterford’s Creative Ireland Coordinator.

The Waterford County Culture and Creativity team also includes Michael Walsh – Chief Executive, Waterford City and County Council, Kieran Kehoe – Director of Service, Jane Cantwell – City and County Librarian, Emma Haran – Cruinniú na nÓg Coordinator, Rosemary Ryan – Keeper Waterford Treasures, Sinead O’Higgins – Executive Librarian,  Billy Duggan – Senior Executive Officer, Economic Department, Bernadette Guest – Heritage Officer, Joanne Rothwell – Archivist & Records Manager, Máire Seo Breathnach – Irish Officer/Oifigeach Gaeilge, Gráinne Kennedy, Climate Action Coordinator, Margaret Organ – Arts Officer, Bríd Kirby – Senior Enterprise Development Officer, Conor Nolan – Arts Officer, Rosemary Ryall – Architectural Conservation Officer, Jim Lenane – Assistant Irish Officer, Luke Currall – Visual Arts Coordinator and Ovidiu Matiut – Healthy Cities Coordinator.

Last year the Waterford City and County Culture and Creativity team reviewed the original strategies that were devised in 2017 and made changes that reflected the evolving priorities of the community.  The team incorporated contributions from community stakeholders that will encourage people to engage, participate and enable their creative potential.

The new Waterford City and County Culture and Creativity Strategy reflects the creative ambitions of the county that will be supported by the Creative Ireland Programme 2023-2027.  Emphasis will be placed on initiatives that strengthen the connection between people of Waterford and the place they call home; that support those working within creative sector of the county; enhance Waterford’s creative and cultural infrastructure; enable to public to engage with climate action and biodiversity and initiatives that support the health and wellbeing of people of Waterford.

Commenting on the work undertaken by the 31 local authority Culture and Creativity teams Minister Catherine Martin said, “Your teams are the key strength of the Creative Communities initiative and the engine that drives our collective efforts.  The agility of the local authority teams has facilitated a collaborative and flexible approach to reshaping how creativity and culture is valued within and across local authorities. Through the Creative Ireland Programme, my Department will continue to work with collaborators across Government to activate the power of creativity in every community.”

Since 2017 Creative Ireland has allocated over €1,117,751.13 for the implementation of Creative Ireland initiatives in Waterford City and County.  Highlights include:

Waterford Designers & Makers: The Waterford Designers & Makers Exhibition showcased the excellence of eighteen craft makers’ work designed and made in Waterford.https://thisiswaterford.ie/waterford-designers-and-makers-exhibition/

Diverse Creatives Waterford: Diverse Creatives is a showcase of arts celebrating the rich culture and experience of migrants who have made Ireland their home. https://thisiswaterford.ie/2022/04/03/future-collaborations-for-the-successful-diverse-creatives-project/  

Waterford Intergenerational Music Project: A very special Intergenerational music project with the Bealtaine Choir of older singers and pupils at Kilmacthomas National School, sharing identity, heritage, and culture.https://thisiswaterford.ie/2022/01/12/waterford-intergenerational-music-project/

Between 2017-22 Creative Ireland allocated €29.8 million to support thousands of local authority initiatives that have unlocked a national ecosystem of creativity. The 31 local authority Culture and Creative Strategies have been key to the successful delivery of creative opportunities directly into communities. This year Ministers Martin and O’Donnell announced funding of €6.1 million for the 2023 Creative Ireland Programme Creative Communities initiative.

Reiterating Minister Martin’s praise, Minister of State Kieran O’Donnell TD said, “I would like to sincerely thank all of the Culture and Creativity teams in our Local Authorities who have been working hard in recent months to drive the key ambitions in the Creative Ireland programme. Travelling around the country and to each of our Local Authorities I get to see the ambitious plans they have to promote creativity. The power of culture cannot be overestimated; arts and culture can open our minds, enliven our communities and enrich everyone’s lives,” he concluded.

For more information about Creative Ireland’s programme of Creative Communities initiatives please visit www.creativeireland.gov.ie

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Image: Katherine Collins, Waterford Creative Ireland Coordinator, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media Catherine Martin TD, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. John O’Leary, and Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning Kieran O’Donnell  TD at the launch of 31 new Local Authority Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Strategies ( 2023-2027) at an event at Farmleigh in Phoenix Park on February 23rd 2023.

For further information or comment please contact:

Katherine Collins
Waterford’s Creative Ireland Coordinator
Waterford City and County Council
kcollins@waterfordcouncil.ie
087 9268520

Libraries as Places of Sanctuary

Library Ireland Week takes place from Sunday, December 4th to Saturday, December 10th, 2022.  The theme of this year’s week is “Libraries as Places of Sanctuary”.

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The week, which is organised by the Library Association of Ireland, raises the profile of libraries and information service staff, and showcases their resources, facilities, events and services through dedicated programmes and events.

Throughout the week public libraries, special libraries, business libraries, health libraries, law libraries, academic libraries, prison libraries and government libraries all around Ireland will celebrate by showcasing their unique resources, running events and engaging in a nationwide social media campaign.

During Library Ireland Week, libraries across Ireland are invited to host an online event, social media campaign, activity or exhibition celebrating the theme ‘Libraries as Places of Sanctuary’.

President of the Library Association of Ireland Cathal McCauley says, “We see this as an opportunity to celebrate our libraries throughout Ireland and for library staff to hear from their communities about how their lives are impacted by libraries and the teams behind them particularly as we emerge from a period of unforeseen circumstance and challenge.”

Library Ireland Week is a celebration of libraries and the people who work in libraries throughout Ireland celebrating their dedication, commitment and influence on the individuals and communities they serve.  This year the theme focuses on how libraries in Ireland have the ability to provide democratic, open and welcoming places for all. They nurture their communities, foster learning and education, encourage creativity, promote our country’s heritage and provide places of refuge from a hectic world.

During the month of December, Waterford Libraries invite you to take some time out from the busy Winterval and Christmas activities to pause and relax at our library branches.  Pick up a newspaper, chill out with your family at one of our library storytimes or craft sessions, or browse our carefully chosen book displays of new books and cosy Christmas reads for all ages.

Events around the country are detailed via our Library Ireland Week website www.libraryirelandweek.ie.  Library Ireland Week is supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts. All details are available at http://libraryirelandweek.ie/get-involved/ or you can stay up to date with all that is happening in your local library on www.waterfordlibraries.ie