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RSA & IFA Urge Farmers and Motorists to Share the Road Safely

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) are appealing to motorists to take extra care as the number of tractors, trailers and other farm machinery using the roads increases during the summer season.

The RSA and the IFA are this week running a radio and social media campaign aimed at raising awareness of the increased numbers of farm machinery on the roads.

Both organisations want farming contractors and other drivers to be mindful of other road users and to always be on the lookout for vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

Drivers of agricultural vehicles are also being reminded that they are subject to all road traffic legislation. They are required to carry the appropriate licence and farm vehicles are required to be taxed, insured and must be roadworthy, including fully operational lights front and rear.

Sam Waide, Chief Executive, RSA said: ‘’This is a very busy time of year for farmers. The number of tractors and trailers out using the roads will increase dramatically. I am asking drivers and motorcyclists to be on the lookout for tractors, trailers and other farm machinery on the road, turning into and out of fields.’’

IFA President Francie Gorman said: “This initiative with the Road Safety Authority is part of Farm Safety Week, which is aimed at highlighting the risks associated with farming activity and reminding all road users of the dangers at this time of year.

Heavier volumes of farm machinery on the roads during the harvest means a greater awareness is needed from all drivers. We would appeal to motorists to be patient and not to overtake slow-moving machinery when it isn’t safe to do so. For those driving tractors, they should identify somewhere they can safely pull in and allow traffic to pass. With co-operation on all sides, we can keep our roads safe for everybody.”

Drivers of agricultural vehicles are reminded:

  • To wash down wheels regularly to avoid carrying mud and stones onto the public road.
  • To be particularly careful when transporting material such as silage, slurry, sand and gravel so that it does not spill on the road and pose a road safety risk.
  • Not to overload trailers so as to cause them to be unstable on the road.
  • To look out for low bridges, overhanging trees, overhead cables and uneven road surfaces which could cause the load to shift and possibly overturn.
  • The driving mirror must provide an adequate view of the road to the rear and all agricultural vehicles must have proper working brakes on both tractor and trailer units. They also must be fitted with lights, reflectors and indicators.
  • That large farming vehicles should consider using an escort vehicle to warn other road users.
  • To ensure that tractors are driven at an appropriate speed for the road conditions.

Farmers are also being reminded of the following safety tips:

  • Plan and prepare for all work with machinery. Always allow adequate time for the job.
  • Always practice the SAFE STOP procedure. Reverse-park safely, handbrake on, controls in neutral, lower all attachments, engine off and remove keys!
  • Carry out regular checks and maintenance of all farm vehicles, particularly brakes.
  • Never remove or modify guards in order to save time.
  • Only use machines if you know how to use them safely and have received suitable training.
  • Always drive at a safe speed and know your limits.
  • Make sure that plough lamps/work lights are never used when travelling on public roads. Amber flashing lights give adequate notice of slower vehicles to other road users.

Have Your Say: Draft Bridge Bye-Laws 2024

Waterford City & County Council is seeking public input on the Draft Bridge Bye-Laws 2024, which regulate vessel passage through the River Suir, specifically at the Edmund Ignatius Rice Bridge and the Sustainable Transport Bridge.

Key Details:

  • Inspection Period: 23rd July to 20th August 2024
  • Locations: Council’s website and Customer Services Departments in Dungarvan and Bailey’s New Street, Waterford
  • Submission Deadline: 4:00 pm on 3rd September 2024

How to Submit an opinion:

  • Online: Consultation Portal
  • By Post: Aideen Jacob, Roads Department, Waterford City & County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford

Woman pays the consequences of illegal dumping

A woman was recently fined €150 by Waterford City and County Council for the illegal disposal of waste.

Following a dumping incident on the outskirts of Waterford City, evidence was recovered which identified the owner of the waste being a resident in the city.  This woman said she had paid a man who advertised on social media to take away her waste, saying “I paid a guy off Facebook, I didn’t think he’d just dump it.”

Niall Kane, Senior Executive Engineer, with the Environment Section of Waterford City and County Council said,

“Cases like this one, highlight the importance of only using permitted waste collectors.  People seeking to have waste removed should always check to make sure they have a waste collection permit.  This can be checked by visiting the National Waste Collection Permit office or by asking to see a copy of their permit.”

“People are responsible for their waste until it is accepted at a permitted facility and giving your waste to an inappropriate person can result, on summary prosecution, to a fine of up €5,000.”

Information about valid waste collection permit holders can be found at National Waste Collection Permit Office – Search Permits (


Public Notice: Playground Repairs

Brown Brothers Ltd, on behalf of Waterford City & County Council, will be completing repairs and replacements in Comeragh area Playgrounds over the next three weeks. The schedule is as follows:

  • Bunmahon: This week
  • Portlaw: Starting July 18th
  • Portlaw and Kilmacthomas : From tomorrow until Monday July 22nd
  • Modeligo: End of this week

Minor repairs will also occur in Stradbally and Rathgormack. Playgrounds will remain open where possible, but temporary closures of a day or two may be necessary.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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.

‘Not Stopping Now’ webinars

'Not Stopping Now'

The Climate Ambassador Programme, in collaboration with The Heritage Council and The Biodiversity Officer Network, is excited to bring you a new series of webinars designed to help you reconnect with nature. ‘Not Stopping Now’ will feature four engaging webinars, each focusing on a different aspect of our amazing biodiversity.

1.       July 24th: Pollinators with the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Register here.

2.       August 21st: Bats with Bat Conservation Ireland. Register here.

3.       September 18th: Birds with bird specialists. Register here.

4.       October 16th: Dark Skies with Dark Sky Ireland. Register here.

The lunchtime webinar series, 1-2 p.m sessions will showcase nature’s incredible ability to adapt, highlight innovative conservation efforts, and explore how we can all play a part in supporting these initiatives. Don’t miss out — reserve your spot below and be part of the journey towards a more resilient and vibrant natural world!

See you there,
The Climate Ambassador and Biodiversity Officer Networks

Works commence on new Tramore Skate Park

New Skate Park on the Prom in Tramore

Works will commence on the new Skate Park on the Prom in Tramore from Monday, July 22nd and will be completed within eight weeks.

The new skate park will consist of ramps, bowls and street plaza features that will make for a thrilling skateboarding experience for boarders of all abilities.

With some minor traffic disruptions expected along the Prom, Waterford City and County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Road Alert // Roadworks R669 Mellary Road Cappoquin

Roadworks R669 Melleray Road Cappoquin – Road Resurfacing Works will take place on Friday 19th July, Stop/Go with convoy will be in place for Duration of Works.

Road Alert // Roadworks R668 Vee Road

Roadworks R668 Lismore to Vee Road – Road will be closed Friday 19th July for Road Resurfacing works. Diversions will be in place. 

Public Notice: Playground Repairs

Brown Brothers Ltd, on behalf of Waterford City & County Council, will be completing repairs and replacements in Comeragh area Playgrounds over the next three weeks. The schedule is as follows:

  • Bunmahon: This week
  • Portlaw: Starting tomorrow, July 18th
  • Portlaw and Kilmacthomas : From Monday July 22nd
  • Modeligo: End of next week

Minor repairs will also occur in Stradbally and Rathgormack. Playgrounds will remain open where possible, but temporary closures of a day or two may be necessary.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Survey: Accessibility at Water Sports Facilities and Mountain Biking Trailhead Centres

Fáilte Ireland is committed to ensuring their tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people, regardless of age, size, ability, or disability. They are funding the development of public facilities at 19 coastal and inland waterside locations, as well as at five mountain biking centres, with the aim of supporting and encouraging participation in water sports and mountain biking. A key priority of these projects is to ensure these facilities are following best practice in Universal Design with the aim of creating fully accessible and inclusive visitor experiences.

O’Herlihy Access Consultancy (OHAC) have been engaged to facilitate a consultation process to understand the experiences, challenges, and needs of people with disabilities and older people. As part of this consultation, OHAC will be conducting a national survey in addition to the facilitation of online and in person consultation sessions.

Survey Links

The survey deadline is the 31st of July 2024 12 Midnight GMT.

All survey responses are anonymous, unless you choose to type in your contact details at the end of the survey.

“MUSCLES & MIND: IRISH ART OLYMPIANS” at the Waterford Gallery of Art

Masterpieces of Irish Olympic Art to be revealed in new landmark exhibition in Waterford

An exciting new exhibition is to due open in the Waterford Gallery of Art this summer featuring an incredible selection of artists that represented Ireland in the Olympic Games, and a select group of contemporary artists inspired by their story.

“MUSCLES & MIND: IRISH ART OLYMPIANS” (26th July 2024 – 26th November 2024) coincides with the official opening of the XXXIII Paris Olympic Games 2024, and will be launched by Olympic Silver Medal winner, John Treacy.

The revival of the modern Olympic Games in the late 1890’s by Baron Pierre De Coubertin embodied the ideal of a marriage between ‘Art and Sport, Muscles and Mind’.  With support from the Waterford Arts Office, Creative Ireland, and the Olympic Federation of Ireland, the exhibition features artists from the Waterford Art Collection, as well as some of Ireland’s most renowned artists, who competed for their country in the Olympics between 1924 and 1948.

Artists included are Jack B. Yeats, Letitia Hamilton, Seán Keating, Mainie Jellett, Fr. Jack P. Hanlon, Desmond Broe, Flora Vere O’Brien, Ina Boyle, Stella Steyn, Hilda Roberts, Sir John Lavery, Sir William Orpen and more.

One of the main focuses of the exhibition is to highlight how integral art was to the early Olympics and question what is means to compete and represent your nation as an artist. The gallery has made some exciting discoveries including Mainie Jellett’s ‘The Bathers/Baigneurs’ artwork that was painted in 1922 but only recently has been identified as featuring in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.

Also enigmatic, and somewhat eccentric artist, Flora Vere O’Brien was featured twice in the 1948 Olympics with a poem ‘A Song for the Road’ and a print, assumed lost, entitled ‘The Hurlers’. Through the family of O’Brien, the gallery has managed to locate one of the original editions of the print as well as the linocut the image was made from.

The granddaughter of artist Desmond Broe, Sonachú O’Callaghan-Broe, has located a treasure trove of his work including his 1948 London Olympic Medal, Competing Certificate, images of his sculpture submitted in the 1948 Olympics and ‘Race of the Gael’, which was his sculpture featured in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

The Gallery also has works on display by Sir John Lavery (who represented Ireland and then changed allegiance to Great Britain) and a sketch and letter by Sir William Orpen of a billiards match. Orpen, a self-declared sports enthusiast, represented Great Britain and served as a part of the organising committee and judge in 1924.

The Olympic Council of Ireland has very kindly given on loan to the gallery a section of the Olympic Cauldron from London 2012 Games as well as artwork by this years commissioned Irish Art Olympian, Shane O’Driscoll.

As part of the Creative Ireland funded ‘Muscles & Mind: Open-Call’, the gallery is also to present a group exhibition exploring themes of nationality, representation, and art as competition, by contemporary artists living and working in Ireland including Catherine Barron, James Horan, Ramon Kassam, Alison Lowry, Séamus O’Brien, Noel O’Donoghue, Laurence O’Toole, Csilla Toldy, Duc Van Pham, Síle Walsh and Lee Welch.

Lastly, the WGOA SETU Graduate Award Commission, will officially launch the newly commissioned portrait of Olympic silver medal winner John Treacy, by recent SETU Waterford Visual Arts Graduate, Sammy Kane.

This Exhibition is a ‘Must See’ and the Gallery would like to thank all those who have made it possible, through their hard work and dedication. This very special exhibition will no doubt be one to remember and one that will be part of the history of the Waterford Gallery of Art in years to come.


Image:  Artist Sammy Kane photographing Olympic Silver Medal winner, John Treacy in preparation for his portrait.

For further information:

Luke Currall, Visual Arts Co-Ordinator, Waterford City & County Council, Waterford Gallery of Art

31-32 O’Connell St, Waterford, X91 RR2R

Mobile: +353 (0)87 338 6880