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Tramore Public Realm Architects shortlisted for National Architectural Award

Tramore Public Realm

Waterford based dhbArchitects have once again been shortlisted in a national competition for their town centre project in Tramore. The competition is ‘Building and Architect of the Year’, with the winner announced at an awards ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on April 12th.

Máire Henry, Director of dhbArchitects, said, “I see this as a joint award for ourselves, our extended design team, our client Waterford City and County Council, our contractor, and the very supportive Tramore Town Centre Management group. We all worked together to deliver a much-needed public outdoor space in the old centre of Tramore town.”

Following investment of €5.1m from the Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF), Waterford City and County Council, and Uisce Éireann, the project has transformed the heart of Tramore Town into a vibrant, connected outdoor pedestrianised space, where people can once again stroll, meet, sit, converse and connect, overlooking Tramore Bay.

The design places a strong emphasis on pedestrians over cars, resulting in increased walking among both locals and visitors. This has led to numerous positive outcomes, includ­ing improved physical health, a cleaner environment and a more robust local economy.

The addition of custom Irish limestone seating acts as an outdoor amphitheatre, attracting children who engage with the space while their parents queue and chat at the popular bakery and coffee shops that now line the area.

The seating also provides a resting spot for those who may find the steep topography challenging. Furthermore, this space serves as a pop-up performance area, hosting local parades and festi­vals.

Morris Conway, Acting Senior Architect with Waterford City and County Council said, “This project has created a vibrant town centre, with its bright and open reclaimed pedestrian area. The stepped seating and cascading paving are as practical as they are eye-catching, creating an impressive focal point, attracting visitors and increasing dwell time of those who visit the area.”

The Tramore Public Realm project was awarded a Commendation at the annual Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) awards in 2023.

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Public Consultation – Tramore Ring Road Pedestrian & Cycle Improvements

Waterford City & County Council proposes to undertake the construction of a 3km long pedestrian and cycle improvement scheme along the R675 Tramore Ring Road between Riverstown Roundabout and Newtown Roundabout, Tramore.

The proposed works include:

  • Construction of a dedicated two-way cycle track separated from vehicle traffic by a raised kerb or grass verge.
  • Junction tightening measures along the route.
  • Upgrade of 5no roundabouts to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Construction of 3 No. signal-controlled pedestrian crossing points as indicated on the drawings.
  • Improving connections to existing footpaths and estates at various locations as indicated on the drawings.

The objective of the scheme is to prioritise pedestrian and cycle movements over vehicles and to provide a safer and more attractive connection between the three primary schools, the secondary school, sports ground, and the numerous housing estates along the scheme extents.

The drawings together with the information leaflet are available for inspection on Waterford City and County Council’s consultation portal at consult.waterfordcouncil.ie and is also on display in our Customer Services Departments in Bailey’s New Street in the City and Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan from Tuesday 3rd October 2023 to Tuesday 31st October 2023.

The Council will consider any submissions or observations made in writing regarding the proposal.

Submissions should be made on the Council’s Consultation portal or by writing to James Cummins, Staff Officer, Active Travel Team, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford or by email to jcummins@waterfordcouncil.ie to be received by Tuesday 31st October 2023.

Please note that comments, including names of those making comments, submitted to the Council regarding this process will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented at a meeting of the elected members. Accordingly, they may also appear in the public domain.

Beach Wheelchair Booking system opened by Waterford Sports Partnership

Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) is pleased to announce an online booking system for Tramore’s Beach Wheelchair is now live.

The beach wheelchair is free to use and is available seven days a week.

Introducing the initiative, Pauline Casey, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with WSP was delighted with the response to the introduction of the beach wheelchair.  “We have had a fantastic response to the introduction of the beach wheelchair at Tramore.  Users of the beach wheelchair have let us know that its addition has made all the difference to how they can access Tramore’s Blue Flag beach.

“Now the addition of an online booking system will make it easier and more accessible for those with mobility issues to book in advance.

“We have a beautiful beach and prom area, but it’s not always been accessible to everyone. The beach wheelchair gives users and their families and friends the opportunity to enjoy Tramore beach together.”

Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan, Chair of the Waterford branch of Irish Water Safety also welcomed the online booking system.  “The beach wheelchair has been a great success since we introduced it in 2021, however its availability was never a certainty.  Now users will be able to visit the booking portal and book a specific time that suits them.

“I’d encourage any person with a disability or infirmity who up to now hasn’t been able to experience the best of Tramore beach to visit the site and register.  Nobody should be excluded from enjoying all that our coastline has to offer.

“I’d also like to thank the Local Authority and the local businesses for their continued support in bringing this great facility to Tramore, in particular T-Bay Surf Club and Molly’s Café.”

The beach wheelchair is for use within the designated Lifeguard Area on Tramore Beach. between 10am and 5pm and is free of charge.

To book visit https://www.waterfordsportspartnership.ie/beach-wheelchair/ or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

Housing Minister announces 277 social and affordable homes in Waterford

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD was in Waterford today (Friday, June 16th) to announce 277 social and affordable homes at six sites across the city and county.

First port of call was An Garrán in Tramore, where along with Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary, the Minister turned the sod on a new Waterford City and County Council development of 50 A-rated residential units, comprising 6 one-bed, 28 two-bed, 11 three-bed and 5 disabled access two-bed units.

The Minister then visited and met with residents of Slí na Coille, Clúid Housing’s newest social housing development.  The scheme is a mix of houses, apartments and duplexes and provides secure, high-quality homes for 27 families. The residents came from Waterford City and County Council’s housing list and began moving into their new homes in August of 2022.

Mayor O’ Leary said, “It’s heart-warming to visit Slí na Coille.  Having met with the residents there is an evident overarching theme and that is community, the sense of which is palpable.  What started out as bricks and mortar have very quickly been transformed into homes, places of security and belonging for the residents.

“I’d like to commend the dedication of Clúid Housing in bringing this latest scheme to fruition, which brings the number of homes in Waterford owned or manged by them to 231.”

In the city, Minister O’Brien visited Summerfields and met with developers Whitebox Developments.  The development consists of 92 units and form part of Waterford City and County Councils’ Affordable Purchase Scheme, along with the development at Deerpark, which comprises 25 affordable homes. Under the Local Authority Affordable Purchase Scheme, homes are available at a reduced price for first-time buyers whose mortgage and deposit do not cover the price of the home.

At St. Joseph’s the Minister cut the ribbon on an age-friendly housing development on the landmark site of Manor Hill.  The former convent has been transformed into 71 dwellings, with 50 units located within the main building and 21 located in the various out-building clusters on the site, while the former chapel on the site has been repurposed as a community space for multiple uses by tenants.

Over €4.2 million was approved through the Repair and Lease Scheme, funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.  The funding was provided under Housing for All – A New Housing Plan for Ireland.  The Repair and Lease Scheme has been pioneered in Waterford and is a significant driver in providing high quality affordable housing solutions and at the same time has significantly addressed and delivered the return to use of vacant buildings in Waterford.

Minister O’Brien said, “Waterford City and County Council is leading the way in delivering new social and affordable homes, and in particular in tackling vacancy which to be frank is a scourge in many villages, towns, and cities across the country. I can only commend them on what has been a fantastic day, visiting numerous housing developments which are either underway or have just been completed.

“I want to particularly mention the St. Joseph’s development. I visited St. Joseph’s back in March 2022 when works were underway and I am blown away by what I saw today. The progressive nature of this Local Authority has helped to bring that project to fruition and I congratulate everyone involved in it. Housing for All will see us deliver more projects like these, and at scale too,” he concluded.

At St. Joseph’s Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD also launched Waterford’s Age Friendly Strategy 2023-2028, saying, “I am delighted to be launching the second ever Waterford Age Friendly Strategy 2023-2028, as we cut the ribbon on an age-friendly housing development on this landmark site. This pioneering development for Waterford, one which I hope to see replicated around the country, sees a former convent and chapel transformed into 71 dwellings and multi-use community space for tenants.

“As Minister for Older People, I look forward to further development of Waterford as a leading age friendly county in the coming years.”

The final visit to Waterford’s housing developments was to Ostmen Place, where the Minster was joined by Waterford Metropolitan Mayor, Cllr. Jason Murphy.  Ostmen Place is a new social housing development consisting of 14 new social housing units in Ballytruckle, providing a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units.

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Free to use images: Noel Browne

3/ 5/6 / 7 – Senator John Cummins, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr John O’Leary, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD and Marc Ó Cathasaigh TD

8 – At the launch of Waterford’s Age Friendly Strategy were Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr John O’Leary, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD, Waterford City and County Council Chief Executive, Michael Walsh, and members of Waterford’s Older Peoples Council and Waterford City and County Council Community staff.

  1. Sod turning at An Garrán
  2. Ribbon cutting at Slí na Coille.

Tramore Public Realm shortlisted for Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Award

Tramore’s Public Realm has been shortlisted for Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Award.  The public realm works were designed by renowned Waterford-based firm dhb Architects in collaboration with Waterford City and County Council.

The awards are one of the longest running architectural awards in Ireland and promote and highlight the quality of work by RIAI members in Ireland and internationally.

Tramore’s town centre has been transformed into a vibrant and connected hub, following investment of approximately €5m from the Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF), Waterford City and County Council, and Uisce Éireann.

Máire Henry of dhb Architects was delighted that the project was shortlisted.  “The premise of this project was to make Tramore Town Centre an energetic and welcoming place for those who live, work and visit the area.

“By linking retail and residential hubs with Tramore’s Blue Flag Beach, there is now a cohesiveness to Tramore that didn’t exist before.  The project has created a new vibrant pedestrian area and a real focal point for Tramore town centre.”

Morris Conway, Senior Architect with Waterford City and County Council added, “Tramore is a stunning seaside town that has long held a special place in the hearts of those who live there and those who visit year in, year out.

“The public realm works have created a recognisable town centre, with its bright and open reclaimed pedestrian area, supporting a new cohort of small artisan businesses in the area, while the stepped seating and cascading paving are as practical as they are eye-catching.”

This year’s RIAI Awards received a record number of 187 entries, with 53 projects shortlisted.  As in previous years, the shortlist of projects forms the basis for the RIAI Public Choice Award, from which the public selects their favourite project of the year by voting online.

To see the shortlisted projects and to cast your vote visit https://www.riai.ie/public-choice-award-poll

The winner of the RIAI Public Choice Award will be announced on June 22nd.

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Ten flags flown at Waterford’s Blue and Green Coast beaches

Waterford’s coastline was recently recognised by An Taisce as three beaches were awarded the prestigious Blue Flag and seven the Green Coast Award Flags.

The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised awards for beaches. The programme promotes environmental education, sustainable development of tourism, environmental management systems and ensure safety and access for beach users.

According to Katia Hunter, Executive Scientist with Waterford City and County Council, the awarding of the Blue and Green Coast Flags is a great endorsement of Waterford’s coastline.

“The beaches that received the Blue Flag in 2023 are Ardmore, Clonea and Tramore beaches.  All of these beaches not only returned excellent bathing water results, but a series of stringent environmental and safety-related criteria were also met.

“The Green Coast flags were awarded to Annestown, Ballyquin, Curragh, Goat Island Beach, Guillamene Cove, Newtown Cove and Kilfarrassey, as they all demonstrated excellent water quality, and were appropriately maintained and managed to ensure the protection of the natural environment.”

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’ Leary commended not only the Local Authority’s Environment Department, but also the work of voluntary groups that dedicate themselves to ensuring an unspoilt environment for all to enjoy.

“The work of volunteers from groups such as Clean Coasts, Tidy Towns, and ecological groups, have made huge inroads in assisting in the maintenance and management of our coastline and its amenities.

“These volunteers are passionate about preserving our natural environment, whether it’s through litter picking, wildlife conservation management or developing educational programmes.  By enhancing our natural amenities, they are heightening the enjoyment we can all derive from our beaches and coastline.”

Blue Flag began in Ireland in 1988 with 19 beaches and 2 marinas being awarded. Since then, the Blue Flag programme has grown from strength to strength with 84 beaches and 10 marinas being awarded in 2023.

Each year Blue Flag is awarded to over 4,500 beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators in 49 countries globally. Beaches are awarded for the bathing season (June 1st to September 15th in Ireland) and marinas are awarded for up to 12 months, depending on their period of operation. The awarded sites for Ireland are announced at the end of May each year.

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Images – free to use:

Tramore 1: Martin Kerins, Katia Hunter and Ella Ryan of Waterford City and County Council with Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary

Tramore 2: Members of Clean Coasts (Tramore Tidy Towns and T-Bay Surf Club) with Waterford City and County Council staff and Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. John O’Leary.

Tramore 3:Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary and Katia Hunter, Executive Scientist, Waterford City and County Council

Clonea 2: Ms Hayes 3rd and 4th class from Garranbane National School, Elaine Doyle Clean Coasts Development Officer, Clare Morrissey, Mary Power and Yvonne Whelan Dungarvan Bay Open Water Swimmers, with Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary.

Clonea 4; Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary, Katia Hunter and Claire Morrissey

About An Taisce:

An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland, operates the programme in Ireland on behalf of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE).

The Blue Flag programme is funded in Ireland by the Department of the Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Recruitment : Retained Firefighters (Portlaw, Dunmore East & Tramore)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the following position from which any future vacancies will be filled:

RETAINED (PART-TIME) FIREFIGHTER

for the following locations:

  • Portlaw
  • Dunmore East
  • Tramore

REMUNERATION:   Annual Retained Allowance

  • 0-2 years service €8,696
  • 2-5 years service €9,664
  • 5-10 years service €10,834
  • 10 + €11,907

Additional payment for attendance at Fires and Drills and Clothing Allowance.

  • Persons must reside and, if employed, work within 3 kms distance or 5 mins travelling of the Fire Station which will allow him/her to respond within the turnout time as set by the Chief Fire Officer.
  • Persons must hold a full unendorsed Class B driving licence or a provisional Class B driving licence.
  • Persons must be able to provide proof of release from workplace to respond to fire calls if necessary.
  • Applicants must be over 18 and under 55 years old.
  • Candidates may be shortlisted on the information provided on the application form.

** APPLY ONLINE HERE **

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00 pm on Thursday, 23rd February 2023.

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Earcaíocht : Comhraiceoirí Dóiteáin ar áirithíocht

  • STÁISIÚN DÓITEÁIN PHORTLÁCH
  • STÁISIÚN DÓITEÁIN TRA MÓR
  • STÁISIÚN DÓITEÁIN DHÚN MÓR THOIR

Liúntas Coinnithe Bliantúil

  • 0-2 bhliain seirbhíse €8,696
  • 2-5 blianta seirbhíse €9,664
  • 5-10 blianta seirbhíse €10,834
  • 10 + €11,907

Íocaíocht bhreise as freastal ar Thinte agus Druileanna agus Liúntas Éadaí.

  • Ní mór do dhaoine cónaí agus, má tá siad fostaithe, oibriú laistigh de 3 km nó 5 nóiméad ag taisteal ón Stáisiún Dóiteáin a ligfidh dó / di freagairt laistigh den am tionóil arna shocrú ag an bPríomhoifigeach Dóiteáin.
  • Ní mór do dhaoine ceadúnas iomlán tiomána Aicme B neamhcheadaithe nó ceadúnas tiomána sealadach Aicme B a bheith acu.
  • Ní mór do dhaoine a bheith in ann cruthúnas scaoileadh ón ionad oibre a sholáthar chun freagra a thabhairt ar ghlaonna dóiteáin más gá.
  • Ní mór d’iarratasóirí a bheith os cionn 18 agus faoi 55 bliain d’aois.
  • Féadfar iarrthóirí a chur ar ghearrliosta ar an eolas a chuirtear ar fáil ar an bhfoirm iarratais.

Cuirfear iarratais ar fáil ar líne ag www.waterfordcouncil.ie áit ar féidir tuilleadh sonraí faoin ról a fháil freisin.

Is é an dáta deiridh chun iarratais a fháil ná 4.00 pm Déardaoin, 23 Feabhra 2023.

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Recruitment : Retained Firefighters (Portlaw, Dunmore East & Tramore)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the following position from which any future vacancies will be filled:

RETAINED (PART-TIME) FIREFIGHTER

for the following locations:

  • Portlaw
  • Dunmore East
  • Tramore

REMUNERATION:   Annual Retained Allowance

  • 0-2 years service €8,696
  • 2-5 years service €9,664
  • 5-10 years service €10,834
  • 10 + €11,907

Additional payment for attendance at Fires and Drills and Clothing Allowance.

  • Persons must reside and, if employed, work within 3 kms distance or 5 mins travelling of the Fire Station which will allow him/her to respond within the turnout time as set by the Chief Fire Officer.
  • Persons must hold a full unendorsed Class B driving licence or a provisional Class B driving licence.
  • Persons must be able to provide proof of release from workplace to respond to fire calls if necessary.
  • Applicants must be over 18 and under 55 years old.
  • Candidates may be shortlisted on the information provided on the application form.

** APPLY ONLINE HERE **

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00 pm on Thursday, 23rd February 2023.

WATERFORD CITY & COUNTY COUNCIL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

Earcaíocht : Comhraiceoirí Dóiteáin ar áirithíocht

  • STÁISIÚN DÓITEÁIN PHORTLÁCH
  • STÁISIÚN DÓITEÁIN TRA MÓR
  • STÁISIÚN DÓITEÁIN DHÚN MÓR THOIR

Liúntas Coinnithe Bliantúil

  • 0-2 bhliain seirbhíse €8,696
  • 2-5 blianta seirbhíse €9,664
  • 5-10 blianta seirbhíse €10,834
  • 10 + €11,907

Íocaíocht bhreise as freastal ar Thinte agus Druileanna agus Liúntas Éadaí.

  • Ní mór do dhaoine cónaí agus, má tá siad fostaithe, oibriú laistigh de 3 km nó 5 nóiméad ag taisteal ón Stáisiún Dóiteáin a ligfidh dó / di freagairt laistigh den am tionóil arna shocrú ag an bPríomhoifigeach Dóiteáin.
  • Ní mór do dhaoine ceadúnas iomlán tiomána Aicme B neamhcheadaithe nó ceadúnas tiomána sealadach Aicme B a bheith acu.
  • Ní mór do dhaoine a bheith in ann cruthúnas scaoileadh ón ionad oibre a sholáthar chun freagra a thabhairt ar ghlaonna dóiteáin más gá.
  • Ní mór d’iarratasóirí a bheith os cionn 18 agus faoi 55 bliain d’aois.
  • Féadfar iarrthóirí a chur ar ghearrliosta ar an eolas a chuirtear ar fáil ar an bhfoirm iarratais.

Cuirfear iarratais ar fáil ar líne ag www.waterfordcouncil.ie áit ar féidir tuilleadh sonraí faoin ról a fháil freisin.

Is é an dáta deiridh chun iarratais a fháil ná 4.00 pm Déardaoin, 23 Feabhra 2023.

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Call for Submissions: Tramore & Dungarvan/Ballinroad Local Area Plans (LAP)

Waterford City and County Council has published pre-draft ‘Issues Papers’ for the Dungarvan/Ballinroad Local Area Plan and the Tramore Local Area Plan.

The purpose of these LAPs is to set out an overarching strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore over the life of the LAPs to 2029.

The LAPs will incorporate a spatial framework for guiding the future development of transportation, regeneration, heritage, social and community infrastructure/ amenities and natural/ cultural assets in both Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore.

The LAPs will be based on and be fully consistent with the Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022 – 2028, and in particular the; The Core Strategy, Vision, Strategic Outcomes, Land Use Zoning Objectives, Housing Strategy and other strategies underpinning the Development Plan. In other words, the LAP will give a local focus to the strategies of the Development Plan.

The LAP process provides a fresh opportunity to take a ‘big picture’ approach to looking at the key issues affecting Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore and plot a development strategy for their future sustainable growth and regeneration. Therefore, local input is considered vital to the entire LAP process and the Planning Authority values what you have to say. It is intended that these Issues Papers will kick-start interest and debate which will provide helpful feedback, and result in stronger and more informed Local Area Plans.

The pre-draft issues papers for Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore can be viewed online at https://consult.waterfordcouncil.ie/en/browse

In addition, copies of the pre-draft issues papers are available to view at the following locations:

  • Customer Care Office, Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, X35 Y326
  • Customer Care Office, Bailey’s New Street, Waterford, X91 XH42
  • Dungarvan Library, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, X35 AV29
  • Tramore Library, Market Street, Tramore, X91 CY96

The LAPs are currently at the stage of pre-draft public consultation which will be followed by the preparation and publication of a draft LAPs.  If you are interested in the development of Dungarvan/Ballinroad and/or Tramore and wish to contribute to the shaping of their sustainable future, please make a submission.  Public consultation meetings will take place at the Civic Offices, Dungarvan on Wednesday, February 15th between 4pm and 7pm and at Tramore Library, Market Street, Tramore on Thursday, February 16th from 4pm to 7pm.  All are welcome to attend.

Submissions and observations on the pre-draft issues papers or any other key issues that you wish to have considered in the preparation of the new Draft Local Area Plans are invited up until Tuesday,7th March 2023.

Submissions can be made online via the Council’s dedicated public consultation portal (consult.waterfordcouncil.ie) or in writing, marked “Draft Dungarvan and Ballinroad Local Area Plan 2023-2029” or “Draft Tramore Local Area Plan 2023-2029” to the Planning Department, Waterford City and County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford City.

Closing date for submissions: midnight on 7th March 2023. Please note that
late submissions will not be considered.

Recruitment : Retained Firefighters (Portlaw, Dunmore East & Tramore)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the following position from which any future vacancies will be filled:

RETAINED (PART-TIME) FIREFIGHTER

for the following locations:

  • Portlaw
  • Dunmore East
  • Tramore

REMUNERATION:   Annual Retained Allowance

  • 0-2 years service €8,696
  • 2-5 years service €9,664
  • 5-10 years service €10,834
  • 10 + €11,907

Additional payment for attendance at Fires and Drills and Clothing Allowance.

  • Persons must reside and, if employed, work within 3 kms distance or 5 mins travelling of the Fire Station which will allow him/her to respond within the turnout time as set by the Chief Fire Officer.
  • Persons must hold a full unendorsed Class B driving licence or a provisional Class B driving licence.
  • Persons must be able to provide proof of release from workplace to respond to fire calls if necessary.
  • Applicants must be over 18 and under 55 years old.
  • Candidates may be shortlisted on the information provided on the application form.

** APPLY ONLINE HERE **

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00 pm on Thursday, 23rd February 2023.

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Accessibilty Swings installed in Waterford parks

Waterford City and County Council recently completed the installation of three wheelchair accessible swings at the People’s Park in Waterford city, Walton Park in Dungarvan and the Inclusion Park in Tramore.

Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. John O’Leary welcomed the addition of the accessibility swings to the three sites. “These pieces of equipment are more than just swings, they are integral in promoting inclusivity, and providing children with disabilities or mobility issues equal access to playground facilities.”

“Judging by the smiles on the faces of the students and staff of St. John’s Special School, there’s no doubt that the accessibility swing in Walton Park is already a big hit with the children.”

The swings, which have a capacity for two wheelchairs and up to eight people are accessible 24/7, without key access or the need for a harness.  Located centrally in each park, the swings are part of the Council’s initiative to encourage inclusive play and social interaction.

Jennie Moore, Teacher at St. John’s Special School in Dungarvan added, “The accessibility swing is a fantastic addition to Walton Park. While there are so many great playground facilities in the locality, the addition of this newest piece of equipment is to be welcomed.

“Already our students are reaping the rewards of being able to play together and the fact that we can access the swing whenever we are in the park is a bonus. We are currently planning school trips with our students and the accessibility swings in the city and Tramore are certainly on our to-visit list!”

Sean Gormley, Executive Engineer with Waterford City and County Council explains the idea behind the swings. “Within the last few years, the Council has been committed to promoting inclusive social interaction.  These swings are designed with plenty of capacity, so not only can two wheelchair users use the swing at the same time, they can also do it with friends or family members for a much more interactive play experience.

“Playgrounds are the ideal place for fun and social interaction, and that choice should be available for all children to enjoy together.”

The overall cost of the three accessibility swings was €75,000 with Waterford City and County Council receiving funding from the Disability Participation and Awareness Fund 2021 administered by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Works were completed earlier this month by contractors Browne Brothers Site Services.

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Images:  David Clynch

30: Mayor of Waterford City & County Councillor John O’Leary pictured with Philip Daly and Ryan Hurley, both from Tallow at the new accessibility swing in Walton Park, Dungarvan

37: Pupils and staff from St John’s Special School, Dungarvan pictured at Walton Park, Dungarvan

39: Hazel Robinson from Kilsheelan pictured with Dylan O’Sullivan from Youghal at the accessibility swing in Walton Park

2396 / 3982: Pupils and staff from St. John’s Special School Dungarvan, along with the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr John O’Leary, Cllr Damien Geoghegan and Sean Gormley and Gabriel Foley, Waterford City and County Council, enjoying the accessibility swing at Walton Park

Tomorrow is World Wetlands Day !

World Wetlands Day takes place every year on February 2nd, marking the date of the Convention on Wetlands signed in Ramsar, Iran in 1971.

Waterford  has two Ramsar  sites- Tramore Back Strand  and Dungarvan Harbour which attract 1000s of wintering birdlife every year. Come along to the bird hide at Tramore Nature Park on Thursday February 2nd  at 10.30 a.m. where well known nature enthusiast Denis Cullen of the Irish Wildlife Trust will explain the value of the Back Strand for birds and the threats from climate change and invasive species.

Find out more on other WWD nationwide events on  https://irishwetlands.ie/events/