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Waterford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Winners 2023

Following the success of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the three-day festival, Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary presented prizes to the Parade category winners in the Garden Room of Waterford’s Medieval Museum.

Commenting on the parade, the Mayor commended the groups for making a fantastic effort with their entries, “I was so very impressed with the range of diversity and the variety of groups taking part. We had sports groups, theatre, music and arts groups and a wide range of new community groups from countries all over the world.

He also thanked the community and voluntary sectors saying, “The community and voluntary sectors play a vital role in service provision to many people in Ireland today. These groups and organisations support the young and the old, the weak and the vulnerable, the marginalised and the disadvantaged and provide invaluable training to our youngsters as they endeavour to fulfil their potential in their various pursuits.”

Waterford City and County Council Festival co-ordinator Johnny Codd thanked all the participants for making the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade one of the most successful to date.  “With over 80 groups and almost 2,000 participants in the parade, it was a fantastic spectacle.  The Quays and the Mall were filled with music, colour and fun and the energy of all the groups was infectious.

“Despite the rain on the morning, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the participants or the onlookers along the parade route and already we are looking forward to seeing what 2024 holds for St. Patrick’s Day in Waterford.”

The overall winner of the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade was The Southland Sirens Roller Derby, with their Copper Coast entry.

Two Community Awards were presented to Waterford Credit Union, who worked with the City of Waterford Brass, and to The Waterford Filipino-Irish Community.  Waterford Youth Arts won best conceived float and special commendations went to the Waterford Athletic Club, the Waterford Marine Search and Rescue and St Joseph’s AFC.

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Photos by Noel Browne

1. The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. John O’Leary is pictured presenting the Waterford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Overall Entry Award winners, Southland Sirens Roller Derby with their certificate, included were Lou O’Neill, Jim Morrissey, Sheena Mullally, Kathleen Shanahan, Sam Marchant and Deirdre Taylor.

2. The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. John O’Leary is pictured presenting the Waterford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Community Award winners, City of Waterford Brass/ Waterford Credit Union with their certificate, included John, Adam and Daniel Mernin and Julie Quinlan from City of Waterford Brass and Brian Fanning and Sheila Comerford from Waterford Credit Union.

3. The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. John O’Leary is pictured presenting the Waterford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Community Award winners, Waterford Filipino Irish Community with their certificate, included were Tomas Alicay, Gigi Figuracion, Sarah Malone, Gelly Meredith, Velle Ursa and Ophelia Sedicol.

4.  The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. John O’Leary is pictured presenting the Waterford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Theatre Award to Waterford Youth Arts.

5.  The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. John O’Leary is pictured presenting the Waterford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Special Commendation Award to Trevor Walsh, Waterford Athletic Club.

6. The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. John O’Leary is pictured presenting the Waterford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Special Commendation Award to Waterford Marine Search & Rescue, included were Declan Barry, Lydia Grant, Craig Smith, Mark Condron, Deedo Dunphy and Graham Seery.

7. The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. John O’Leary is pictured presenting the Waterford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Special Commendation Award to St. Joseph’s AFC, included were Billy, Harry and Ava Flynn, Terry Walsh and Ian Galgey.

US Ambassador calls on City Hall

Ambassador Claire Cronin, the United States Ambassador to Ireland, visited City Hall this morning where she met with Mayor John O’Leary and Chief Executive Michael Walsh.

This was Ambassador Cronin’s first visit to Waterford since she became appointed as Ambassador on January 19th of this year, having been nominated by President Biden in 2021.

 

Museum Benefactors recognised at Civic Reception

Just over a year since it opened its doors, Ireland’s first horological museum has enjoyed a remarkably busy year, with visitors travelling from all over Ireland, Europe and the US.  Visitors have flocked to the Museum of Time at Greyfriars to see over 600 pieces that showcase the history of time.  The museum is in fact the most popular of all the five Waterford Treasures museums.

The creation of the museum is due to the foresight and generosity of its benefactors, namely David Boles, Colman Curran and Elizabeth Clooney, who were honoured with a Civic Reception at City Hall, hosted by the Mayor of Waterford City and County.

David Boles has donated many significant pieces to the museum, including the oldest Irish watch, bracket clock and a grandfather clock, dating to the 1680s.  He also donated the famous William Clement clock dating to 1663, the very first in the world to have an anchor escapement mechanism that made clocks more accurate and was subsequently copied by all clockmakers.

Colman Curran and his wife Elizabeth Clooney, who first mooted the idea of a museum of time back in 2015, donated their significant collection of museum quality Irish grandfather clocks, bracket clocks and watches.

Mayor of Waterford City and Council, Cllr. Joe Kelly welcomed the creators of the National Museum of Time to the civic reception.  “I am absolutely delighted to be joined by Elizabeth, Colman and David in order to recognise their extraordinarily generous contributions to Waterford and indeed the Irish nation, by founding the Irish Museum of Time.”

“Colman and his wife Elizabeth spent over thirty years collecting museum quality Irish timepieces.  The collections they donated give a revealing insight into the technical, scientific, social and political landscape of Ireland from the late 17th century through to the end of the 19th century.”

“David Boles collected clocks all his life. His donation of some of the oldest clocks in the world has been game-changing as it has given Waterford Treasures Museums not only some of the world’s finest pieces, but has also given the curators valuable insight into how watch makers and craftsmen created time pieces of accuracy and remarkable beauty.”

“The desire of David, Colman and Elizabeth to share their collections with the public has indeed been transformative for tourism in Waterford, borne out by the very recent article on the museum in the New York Times.”

Director of Waterford Treasures, Eamonn McEneaney added, “Working with David, Colman and Elizabeth has been one of the highlights of my career.  The creators of this museum came to us with openhanded generosity. There were no egos involved, their sole aim was to create a museum that featured the very best of Irish timepiece making.”

“What they have done is unique in Ireland – not only did they give their collections, but also their knowledge and the resources to refurbish the museum building and to conserve and display the objects magnificently. They also share their expertise very generously.  This level of philanthropy is reminiscent of Renaissance patronage.  Present and future generations owe them a debt of gratitude for their true patriotism. I would like also to recognise friends and stalwart supporters of the benefactors, people like Kevin Chellar from Dublin and Bertie McClure from Belfast who freely gave of their time and expertise to the project.”

The Irish Museum of Time is located on Greyfriars Street in the heart of Waterford’s Viking Triangle. The refurbished gothic-style church is a fitting home for what is beyond doubt the finest collection of Irish timepieces in the world.

To find out more visit www.waterfordtreasures.com

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Mayoral reception for World Shore Angling Irish Teams

The Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr John Hearne granted a Mayoral reception to the World Shore Irish Teams for the FIPS-M World Shore Angling Championships which took place in Wexford, Ireland in November 2016.

The Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr John Hearne granted a Mayoral reception to the World Shore Irish Teams for the FIPS- M World Shore Angling Championships which took place in Wexford, Ireland in November 2016. The Irish teams won double gold at the World Championships for both the men’s and the women’s competitions.

The Men’s Team Captain Martin Howlin attended and accepted a scroll on behalf of the Men’s team. The scroll was accepted on behalf of the Women’s team by competitor Jane Cantwell who is the Waterford City and County Librarian with Waterford City and County Council.

This was the first time that the World Shore Championships was held in Ireland since 1981 and both the organisers the FIPS-M (Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive – Mer) and the competitors were very impressed with the fishing, the organisation and Ireland. Many of the competitors were in the South East for up to two weeks, taking a week before the competitions to practice and spend a week fishing and staying in Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford.

Mayoral Reception for the crew of LE James Joyce

On Wednesday 22nd March 2017, the Mayor of Waterford City & County Cllr. Adam Wyse extended a Mayoral Reception to the Captain & Crew of the LE James Joyce, twinned with Waterford, for saving 2,594 lives in a humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean in 2016.

The reception coincided with the visit by the L.E. James Joyce to Waterford on March 21st – 23rd 2017.

Lieutenant Commander Manning gave a compelling account of the horrific stories of recovering 21 bodies during their humanitarian mission as well as the rewarding accounts of the 2,594 lives which they assisted in rescuing.

Mayor hosts Reception for the crew of Brian Ború and Sail Training Ireland

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Mayor of Waterford City and County Council hosts a Mayoral Reception for the crew of the Brian Ború and Sail Training Ireland.

Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. John Cummins, hosted a Mayoral Reception for the crew of the sailing ship Brian Ború, after its five day voyage with Sail Training Ireland and a group of 6 trainees in City Hall, Waterford on Friday 10th of June 2016.

Those attending the reception included Chairperson of Sail Training Ireland Seamus McLoughlin, The Captain of the Brian Ború Tony McLoughlin, crew members of the Brian Ború and the 6 trainees, Billy Duggan of Waterford City and County Council’s Economic Development Department and several Councillors.

The Brian Ború which has its homeport in Waterford at the City Marina provides a lower level stepping stone for young people with no experience to get a first taste of Sail Training. It is currently the only fully licensed wooden, traditionally rigged sail training vessel in the island of Ireland, quite a coup for Waterford.

On the 29th of May the Brian Ború set sail with 10 trainees (18 to 25 year olds) and finally led a fleet of Tall Ships into Dublin Port on Friday 3rd June to celebrate the commencement of a spectacular Riverfest 2016. The return voyage with another group of trainees (16 to 18 year olds) began with their embarkment on the Brian Ború in Dublin on the 5th June. While sailing South to Waterford they had a spectacular trip with warm welcomes in Arklow, Rosslare, Kilmore Quay, and Dunmore East. The young trainees have steadily increased in self confidence, social interaction, ability to take responsibility, and various maritime skills on a daily basis. The highlights included having the opportunity to heave- to off the Saltee Islands last Wednesday afternoon in glorious sunshine to swim, dive, row the ship’s boat and generally enjoy the wildlife and scenery including tracking a group of Risso dolphins and photographing puffins and guillemots.

Speaking at the reception Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John Cummins said ‘the beautiful Brian Ború Sailing Ship is such an addition to the Waterford Quays. I have sailed on the Brian Ború and the experience is something unique’

Waterford City and County Council along with Waterford Area Partnership and Waterford Port Authority are party to a bursary arrangement with the Brian Ború and Sail Training Ireland. Waterford City and County Council contributed €5000 to this bursary.

Sail Training Ireland is the National Sail Training Organisation and a Charity with youth development at its core. It creates Sail Training Voyages for Young People from all Backgrounds and Abilities.

Sail training requires participants to confront many demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and the acceptance of personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. For most who undertake sail training on Tall Ships it is a positive life-changing experience.

Waterford is looking forward to the visit next week of the Morgenster a 50m Tall Ship which will have trainees on board from the north and south of Ireland. The Morgenster will be berthed at the Port of Waterford pontoon on Waterford’s Quay and open for pre-booked tours from 11am-2.30pm on Saturday, June 18. A limited number of tour tickets will go on sale at a cost of just €10 for a group of four with all proceeds going to Waterford River Rescue. Tickets can be purchased through the Theatre Royal box office– call 051 874 402 or visit www.theatreroyal.ie.  Waterford was host to the International Tall Ships Race in 2005 and 2011.

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For more information contact:

Claire Hartley
Waterford City and County Council
chartley@waterfordcouncil.ie
0761 10 2549