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Waterford flying the Purple Flag in 2023

This week Waterford received the coveted Purple Flag accreditation, which represents the gold standard of the management of evening and night-time economies.

n recognition of Waterford’s commitment to creating a dynamic, secure, and vibrant evening and night-time economy, the Purple Flag accreditation process is similar to the Green Flag Award for parks and Blue Flag for beaches.

This prestigious award highlights Waterford’s blend of entertainment, dining, and culture, all the while ensuring the safety and well-being of residents, and visitors in the evening and night-time economy, between the hours of 5pm and 5am.

As part of the accreditation process a full assessment was held in Waterford on July 21st.

The judging panel was welcomed by Metropolitan Mayor, Cllr. Jody Power to the Vestibule in the Theatre Royal, which was followed by a walk about of the city to showcase the amenities and diverse offerings of Waterford.

The walkabout featured some of the city’s key cultural amenities including a tour of the Theatre Royal and the Irish Wake Museum.  The panel also visited key venues which exemplify supporting an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out, including Dooleys Hotel, Tullys, Momo, The Apple Market, The Woodman, Momo, Zanzibar and The Reg.

Jim ‘Flash’ Gordan, Proprietor of Revolution and Chair of the Purple Flag Committee said, “We are delighted that Waterford has, once again, received Purple Flag accreditation.

“In essence, it consolidates Waterford City’s vibrant, bustling and safe night-time offering.  It’s important for tourists and locals to not only have a great choice of pubs, restaurants, cultural amenities and social venues to experience, but also to feel safe in their surroundings.”

Julie Walsh, Purple Flag Administrator with Waterford City and County Council added, “The success of the evening and night-time economy is vital to Waterford’s economic success. This award recognises that Waterford has a strong and diverse offering, making it a popular city destination.

“The Purple Flag project brings local businesses and stakeholders together who work closely with the Local Authority and An Garda Síochána to promote Waterford.  I would like to extend our gratitude to them for their invaluable insight and assistance in the application and assessment process.”

Waterford’s submission also recognised the vital work of the Water Marine Search & Rescue, the strong and diverse partnership between local businesses and stakeholder groups, and the successful use of the distinctive quarters and the public realm.

There are one hundred Purple Flag destinations around the globe across the UK, Ireland, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia. This includes world renowned tourist destinations to small market towns.


  • Bishops Palace illuminated in purple
  • Julie Walsh, WCCC PF Administrator, ‘Hoot’, Purple Flag Assessors, Ian Lacey and Kevin O’Sullivan
  • John Grubb of Every Event discussing Waterford’s NTE and festival offering with Purple Flag assessors, and ‘Hoot’
  • Rosemary Ryan, Curator Manager (Acting) of Waterford Treasures discussing the museum offering with Purple Flag assessors
  • Michael Quinn Waterford City and County Council, Avril Bowe Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Waterford Metropolitan Mayor Cllr. Jody Power, Julie Walsh Waterford City and County Council , Jim ‘Flash’ Gordan Purple Flag Chair, Eddie Mulligan Waterford City and County Council.
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