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Reminder : Two Rice Bridge lifts today

There will be two bridge lifts at Rice Bridge today, Tuesday 4th October 2022 – at 12 noon and 2pm.

All pumped up for People’s Park new adult fitness park!

A new adult fitness park has recently been installed in Waterford’s People’s Park to encourage people to get out and get active.

With ten new pieces of exercise equipment including a sit-up press, decline bench, pull up station and shoulder press, the equipment is durable and robust enough to withstand the elements.  The exercise equipment allows for a wide range of body weight exercises to be completed across all muscle groups and the set-up of the equipment enables users to experience an outdoor exercise circuit according to ability.

Waterford City and County Council, with support from Waterford Sports Partnership’s Active Cities Waterford project, replaced the old equipment that had been in situ for over 10 years.  Commenting on the new gym equipment, Metro Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. Jason Murphy said that the new addition to the People’s Park is guaranteed to be very popular.

“The gym equipment is of the highest standard and offers a full gym experience, for free and outdoors.  It’s a wonderful addition to the Park, which I’m sure will attract those who are new to exercising in outdoor locations and expand the benefits associated with regular exercise to a greater number of people.”

“Safety has also been taken into consideration, as the bark mulch base is not only more environmentally friendly, with minimal impact on the natural environment, it also doubles as a fall-resistant material.”

Sean Gormley, Executive Engineer, Waterford City and County Council, added that the adult fitness area is an investment not just in the area, but in people’s health.  “The cost of the gym equipment and installation was €46,272, and while it is a long-term investment in key infrastructure, it is also an investment in providing a safe and accessible place to promote health and well-being in Waterford.”

Waterford Sports Partnership was delighted to contribute to the costs of the outdoor gym under the Active Cities Waterford project, which is a Dormant Accounts funded project via Sport Ireland.

Elaine Mullan, Active Cities Officer with Waterford Sports Partnership, said “Having a quality outdoor gym such as this, available free to the public, is an example of how we want to make it easier for people in Waterford to be more active.  Exercising in the outdoors brings with it added benefits and we look forward to seeing this new equipment used by young and old.”

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Join WLRfm & Waterford Libraries to celebrate the Vitamin Sea Festival

To celebrate the Vitamin Sea Festival, WLRfm and Waterford Libraries are teaming up for an outside broadcast on Main Street, Tramore on Saturday 17th September 1pm-4pm.

  • Join us for fun on the street with a craft table, competitions and spot prizes.
  • Ask a Librarian for recommended reads or check out our e-Services.
  • Kitty Caboodle is doing story time at the Coastguard Cultural Centre at 11.30am.

The Vitamin Sea Festival takes place on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2022.http://waterfordlibraries.ie/category/vitamin-sea-festival

Jukebox of Poetry installed in Waterford’s Cultural Quarter

Poetry as Commemoration, the latest art instalment in Waterford, is situated in Hanover Street in the centre of Waterford’s Cultural Quarter. Produced by the “Poetry as Commemoration” project in partnership with Waterford Council, members of the public can ‘turn the handle’ and enjoy a poem on demand from the unique programme.

The Poetry Jukebox places poetry in public spaces with recordings of 20 poems relating to the complex history of Ireland during the War of Independence and Civil War available to hear at the press of a button. The first selection of poems include works by well-known poets including Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, John Hewitt, and W.B. Yeats, as well as lesser-known writers such as D.L. Kelleher, Alice Milligan and Agnes Kerr.

Speaking on the project, Waterford City & County Council’s Arts officer, Conor Nolan said:

“Poetry and popular ballads have long been vessels for the commemoration of historic events and heroic individuals. The regular rhythms and recitative qualities meant that the jukebox was suited to commemorating historical figures, bringing memories and poetry directly to the public.”

The project, which includes an island-wide series of writing workshops, invites communities to turn to poetry as a way of understanding the challenges of the past and the possibilities of the future. As noted in on the project’s literature, this is especially relevant in the final years of the Decade of the Centenaries 2012-2023 marking one hundred years since the Irish War of Independence and Civil War.

Luke Currall, Visual Arts Co-Ordinator with Waterford City & County Council, commented on the make up of the project, saying:

“Poetry invites reflection on the murkier ‘contours and colours’ of experience and can transport readers or listeners to a different time and place through rhythms, images, and sound. Bringing together this material, Poetry as Commemoration seeks to deepen the collective understanding of this challenging period in Irish History.”

The project is a two-year all-island project led by the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Library and is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 programme.

A further curation will be recorded for Spring 2023 containing 10 new poems by commissioned poets, as well as 10 historical poems. Project partners include Quotidian – Word on the Street, Poetry Ireland and Arts Council Northern Ireland.

See https://www.poetryascommemoration.ie/ for further details.

Join WLRfm & Waterford Libraries to celebrate the Vitamin Sea Festival

To celebrate the Vitamin Sea Festival, WLRfm and Waterford Libraries are teaming up for an outside broadcast on Main Street, Tramore on Saturday 17th September 1pm-4pm.

  • Join us for fun on the street with a craft table, competitions and spot prizes.
  • Ask a Librarian for recommended reads or check out our e-Services.
  • Kitty Caboodle is doing story time at the Coastguard Cultural Centre at 11.30am.

The Vitamin Sea Festival takes place on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2022.http://waterfordlibraries.ie/category/vitamin-sea-festival

Waterford householders urged to avail of free eWaste recycling event

Waterford householders are being urged to bring their electrical and electronic waste to a free collection day to help the county meet recycling targets which have increased since the first lockdown in 2020.  The event, hosted by WEEE Ireland with support from Waterford City and County Council, takes place on Saturday September 17th from 10am to 4pm at the Tesco Car Park, Tramore.

All household items with a plug or a battery will be accepted free of charge, including old washing machines, TVs, toasters and kettles, electronic tools and toys, cables, IT equipment, mobile phones, remote controls, and even watches.

“In Waterford, and across Ireland, we are buying more electrical goods than ever – with the annual tonnage on the market rising from 15kg a head in 2016 to 22kg a head last year,” said WEEE Ireland CEO Leo Donovan.

“Shopping stats during the pandemic showed a surge in spend on new electrical devices like mobile phones, computers, small kitchen appliances and white goods. With old items still lying around many households we want to offer the opportunity to recycle these for free.  People in Waterford have contributed greatly to e-waste recycling every year, and we want to encourage that trend.”

A surge in lockdown spring cleaning saw 1145 tonnes of electrical waste collected in Waterford by the country’s largest recycling scheme in 2021, despite Covid-19 and travel restrictions still in place for much of the year.

9.86kg of e-waste was recycled per person in Waterford last year – falling short of the 2020 collection rate of 10.45kg and the national average of 10.86kg per person.  However, the county’s e-waste target for 2022 has increased to 13kg per person, to reflect yearly increases in electrical goods consumption, accelerated by Covid-19.

“82% of all material that we collect is recovered for use again in manufacturing through both indigenous operators and specialist processors in Europe,” said Mr. Donovan.

“Most end-of-life products contain metals and minerals in higher concentrations than primary resources. These stocks of resources are the urban mines of the future, so our recycling efforts can have a significant impact on the environment.”

In 2021, the equivalent of 231,179 tonnes of CO2 emissions were avoided by recycling e-waste through the WEEE Ireland Scheme as opposed to landfilling. That is the equivalent of the annual carbon consumption of 4,624 hectares of trees.

WEEE Ireland accounts for over two thirds of all national waste electrical and electronics collection activity on behalf of 1,296 producer members.

These free events are proudly supported by Waterford City and County Council.

Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer, Waterford City and County Council added, “Recycling e-Waste is incredibly beneficial for both the environment and the economy. Together, we are diverting waste from landfill, recovering raw materials for reuse and ensuring hazardous materials are safely and responsibly disposed of.

“We look forward to working with WEEE Ireland and Waterford householders to hopefully recycle a record-breaking amount of electronic waste in 2022.”

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Heritage week Photo Competition – Take a picture of Waterford’s Medieval Walls & Towers

This coming week is Heritage Week and we’re having a photo competition !

Over the past few years Waterford City  & County Council have been working on our Medieval City Walls and Towers.

Last year, during the Public Consultation for Waterford’s Medieval Walls Interpretation Plan, people came back with their impressions and ideas for the walls.

This year we are working on a Medieval Walls and Towers Trail and also illuminating some of the walls.  For Heritage Week, we would like you to take some photos.
This competition is open to professional and amateur photographers.  You are welcome to submit up to a maximum of 5 photos and they can be of the Walls, Towers, features or activities along them, or even selfies. Photographers can submit existing or new photographs to this competition.

There are 2 categories:

  1. Students under 18
  2. Adults

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The closing date is 26th of August and the winning photos will be posted on our social media. Any queries to rryall@waterfordcouncil.ie

Ukrainian kids star in children’s football tournament

10 серпня у Дубліні відбулася безпрецедентна подія: перший турнір з дитячого футболу  між командами українських переселенців.  Український дитячий ФК «Дунгарван-Україна», заснований молодим тренером з Києва Дмитром Косіним, зустрівся у дружньому поєдинку зі столичними командами ФК «Динамо-Дублін» під керівництвом тренера Володимира Khrystych.

Дангарван представляли три команди з українських хлопчиків та дівчаток. Вік найменшої учасниці – 5 рочків, найстаршого – 15. І всіх їх поєднує непереможне захоплення футболом.

Загалом у змаганнях взяло участь понад 80 дітей. Це видатна подія не лише для Ірландії, але й для Європи. Юні українці-дунгарванці  показали себе досить пристойно. За результатами турніру маленькі футболісти привезли до Дунгарвану пам’ятні медалі та 4 кубки, які відтепер будуть експонуватися  у Дунгарванському центрі українських переселенців.

Але для організаторів заходу головною нагородою стали щасливі дитячі усмішки – адже завдяки змаганням діти отримали безцінну нагоду поспілкуватися з однолітками, які говорять однією з ними мовою, проявити себе та хоч трохи відволіктися від жахливих подій на батьківщині.

Сподіваємося, що це – лише початок, і юні українці й надалі множитимуть футбольну славу Дунгарвану.

On August 10th, an unprecedented event took place in Dublin: the first children’s football tournament between teams of Ukrainian immigrants. Ukrainian children’s FC “Dungarvan-Ukraine”, founded by a young coach from Kyiv, Dmytro Kosin, played a friendly match with FC “Dynamo-Dublin” under the leadership of coach Volodymyr Khrystych.

Dungarvan was represented by three teams of Ukrainian boys and girls. The youngest participant was a 5 year old girl and the oldest a boy of 15, all of them united by an invincible passion for football.

In total, more than 80 children took part in the competition. This is an outstanding event not only for Ireland but also for Europe. Young Ukrainians from Dungarvan gave a good account of themselves, bringing back to Dungarvan commemorative medals and 4 cups, which are now exhibited in the Dungarvan Rest Centre for Ukrainian refugees.

For the organizers of the event, the main reward was the happy children’s smiles. Thanks to the competition, the children got a priceless opportunity to communicate with their peers, to show their ability and to get away from the terrible events in their homeland for a while.

We hope that this is only the beginning, and the young Ukrainians will continue to increase the football glory of Dungarvan.

Gum Litter Taskforce Campaign Launch in Dungarvan

Last week, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. John O’Leary officially launched the Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign in Dungarvan, alongside members of Dungarvan Tidy Towns.

The Gum Litter Taskforce is an environmental initiative that was set up to develop and implement an awareness campaign to reduce gum litter in the most sustainable way.  Since 2007, Ireland has achieved a 70% reduction in chewing gum litter.  The study from the Gum Litter Taskforce, also shows that gum litter now accounts for only 8% of all litter compared with 2007, when the campaign was first launched. The 2019 campaign maintained an all-time high of 93% of people stating that they regard chewing gum as litter, up from 74% when the campaign first began 14 years ago, pointing to the attitudinal impact which the campaign has had.

The latest results of the National Litter Pollution Monitoring report showed the percentage of gum as a proportion of litter at 9.4%, down from 10.6% the previous year (2019). More than three in five (63%) people agree that the campaign is at least fairly likely to stop them dropping gum, the highest level seen in the current campaign.  48% of respondents claimed that they stopped dropping gum because they saw the Bin-It campaign, up from 41% in 2019 and 60% of people said the campaign has made them want to change the way they dispose of their gum.

Of the launch Mayor O’Leary said, “I am delighted to be attending the launch of the Gum Litter Taskforce campaign.  The success of the Gum Litter Taskforce’s campaign to date is a testament of what can be achieved when local authorities and the community work together. We look forward to working alongside the Gum Litter Taskforce to ensure that our beautiful Déise remains Ireland’s Cleanest City”.  Waterford was judged by IBAL to be Ireland’s Cleanest City in 2020 and 2021, with Dungarvan and other towns receiving awards in the 2021 Tidy Towns Special Awards.

Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer, Waterford City and Council spoke about the importance of community with a campaign such as this. “Incorrect disposal of gum not only destroys the physical appearance of our beautiful city and towns, but as it can only be removed by using special equipment, the removal can also damage our footpaths.  The littering of gum is also extremely harmful to wildlife as are the chemicals which may need to be used to remove discarded gum.  Through continuing to engage with people and educating them on the harm of gum litter, we can work to make gum litter on the streets of Ireland a problem of the past”.

As part of the Gum Litter Taskforce the ‘Bin It!’ education programme will travel across the country and deliver 60 performances a year to primary schools nationwide, with the ambition to visit 180 schools by 2025.

The ‘Bin It!’ school roadshow encourages students to responsibly dispose of litter, and particularly gum litter, through actor-led workshops.  The latest cycle of the campaign will see the programme shift its focus from secondary school students to students in fifth and sixth class, and a return to in-person workshops, and kicks off in September.

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Heritage week Photo Competition – Take a picture of Waterford’s Medieval Walls & Towers

This coming week is Heritage Week and we’re having a photo competition !

Over the past few years Waterford City  & County Council have been working on our Medieval City Walls and Towers.

Last year, during the Public Consultation for Waterford’s Medieval Walls Interpretation Plan, people came back with their impressions and ideas for the walls.

This year we are working on a Medieval Walls and Towers Trail and also illuminating some of the walls.  For Heritage Week, we would like you to take some photos.
This competition is open to professional and amateur photographers.  You are welcome to submit up to a maximum of 5 photos and they can be of the Walls, Towers, features or activities along them, or even selfies. Photographers can submit existing or new photographs to this competition.

There are 2 categories:

  1. Students under 18
  2. Adults

** ENTER HERE **

The closing date is 26th of August and the winning photos will be posted on our social media. Any queries to rryall@waterfordcouncil.ie

Summer in the City and Music Generation Waterford present Draíocht Phort Láirge

Cathedral Square is set to host the highlight event of Summer in the City for 2022 on Sunday next, August 14th, when over 70 young musicians from Music Generation Waterford’s specially-formed fusion orchestra will perform for the first time ‘Draíocht Phort Láirge’ – a collection of newly composed music by Nóra Byrne Kavanagh, reflecting the beauty and topography of the Waterford region.

With traditional Irish music setting the main pace of the collection, the undertones of brass, wind, classical guitars, wind, brass, electric, acoustic, bass guitars and percussion will bring a unique eclectic sound, drawing on the talents of young musicians form across Waterford.

Music Development Officer Shauna McCullough said, “We are incredibly excited to be part of Summer in the City once again and share this new music with the people of Waterford. Sunday will be the culmination of months of creative and hard work by everyone involved and we hope the people of Waterford will come out to enjoy the day in Cathedral Square and see the orchestra perform on the big event stage!”

Anna Jordan, Festival Director added, “I am overwhelmed with how lucky we are to live in a county where we can casually pop an originally composed composition with an Orchestra of over 70 youths into Cathedral Square of a Sunday. Music Generation have been a dream team to Summer and the City recovery year and are an asset to Waterford. This is the highlight of this year’s festival.”

‘Draíocht Phort Láirge’ is a collection of 12 original compositions of music, composed by Nóra Byrne Kavanagh with harmonies, countermelodies and percussive elements created through a collaboration between Music Generation Waterford team of local musicians Nóra Byrne Kavanagh (Irish traditional music), Danny Pullman (wind & brass), Jennifer Hartery (classical guitar), Darragh O’Connor (acoustic and electric guitars), Jill Devlin (harps) and Chris O’Sullivan (percussion). The preparation of the orchestra was also supported by Music Generation Waterford team members Emily Cox (Irish traditional music), Edward O’Neill (bass guitars & brass) and Conor Clancy (guitars).

Summer in the City on Sunday August 14th will kick off at 12pm, transforming Cathedral square into a family friendly event with live music from young rock and pop bands, followed by the premiere of ‘Draíocht Phort Láirge’ when the 70 piece orchestra will take to the event stage for 2pm. Waterford sketchers will also be out and about along with child friendly activities available on the day supported by Active Cities Waterford.

This event is funded by Waterford City and County Council, Music Generation Waterford and Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media LLPPS.

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Waterford City & County Development Plan launched

The Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022-2028 was officially launched by the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary.

The plan, which was fully adopted by Elected Members of Waterford City and County Council last month, is a statutory planning document, covering the six-year period from 2022-2028 and guides the day-to-day operation of the Planning Authority and broader strategic investment decision making.

The City and County Development Plan is the principal planning strategy document for the area and gives spatial expression to the physical, economic, social and environmental needs of the community, in order to support and regulate new development, enhance valued assets and amenities and protect the environment.

The development plan is now at the heart of a plan-led system whereby public capital investment programmes and priorities are aligned to support the adopted development strategy. This principle has been established through Project Ireland 2040 comprising both the National Planning Framework (NPF) as the State’s national spatial development strategy and the National Development Plan (NDP) as the capital investment programme to support delivery at all levels of the planning hierarchy. By ensuring good policy alignment with EU, national and regional policy and the UN SDGs, the development plan can drive investment that is targeted towards identified priorities and leverage funding and partnership opportunities at a local level.

Initial results from Census 2022 demonstrate that Waterford City is on target for achieving an ambitious growth target of 85,000 as set out in the National Planning Framework, by 2040.  This new development plan supports the continued achievement of these targets.  In addition, the Development Plan also provides the basis on which Local Area Plans will be prepared for parts of Waterford City, Dungarvan, Tramore and other urban towns across the county over the lifetime of the plan.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary said the plan provides a clear roadmap to enable the city and county reach its full potential and deliver key objectives in economic development, housing, placemaking, climate action and transport.

“Waterford’s ambitions for the next six years are writ large in this development plan.  The public consultations yielded over 1,000 submissions. This is heartening and highlights how much the public is truly invested in Waterford’s vision for growth and improvement.”

“Waterford’s commitment to a proactive and dynamic approach towards sustainable social, environmental and economic development of the region is steadfast and this development plan lays the foundation for achieving these objectives.”

In addition to the development plan identifying the quantum of land required to facilitate the delivery of necessary housing targets, the plan also identifies regeneration sites to deliver regenerative, compact and sequential growth;  policy objectives to ensure competitive retail development, economic expansion through support for indigenous SMEs and FDI; the implementation of core strategies to ensure a low carbon future and a rural strategy to support rural communities in delivering transformative changes.

Following the adoption of the Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022-2028 by elected members of Waterford City and County Council, the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) commended the local authority on ‘a coherent and appropriate strategy for the delivery of key national planning objectives including the promotion of compact growth and town and village centre regeneration.’

The Development Plan and the complete suite of documents including all environmental reports and appendices is available for inspection at the following locations:

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