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Australian ambassador visits ArcLabs

 

Australian Ambassador Dawn Meats Waterford Chamber May 2017

 

The Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Richard Andrews and Australia's Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Mr David Watson, visited WIT’s Research and Innovation Centre ArcLabs last week as part of a trade mission to explore business opportunities and areas for collaboration between Australia and Ireland, particularly in the areas of financial services and agriculture-technology.

 

Speaking during his visit, Mr Andrews said that he was delighted to make his first visit to Waterford as Australia's Ambassador to Ireland. “This visit is part of the Embassy's mission to keep Australian businesses informed about opportunities in Ireland, including right here in Waterford."

 

During the tour of ArcLabs, the Australian delegation met with Mr Ben Cronin, Founder and CEO of Kyckr Ireland which has offices in Sydney Australia as well as Waterford and Dublin. Kyckr Ireland is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyckr Australia, which listed on the Sydney Stock Exchange in September 2016.

 

According to Mr Cronin, “One of the most important decisions for Kyckr was locating in ArcLabs in Waterford. The company is fundamentally a technology business so being located here has allowed us to grow the team with the best tech experience and to leverage existing knowledge and experiences from within ArcLabs. Support from Enterprise Ireland and the ArcLabs team have been instrumental to the Kyckr story”.

 

Kyckr provide award winning, commercially proven products for the authentication of businesses globally. The company has developed API’s and cloud based decision engines for Best in Class KYC due diligence and customer on-boarding. Kyckr’s products offer a significant competitive edge to customers with automated data cleansing, remediation and on-going monitoring that dramatically improve customer on-boarding timelines. The Kyckr registry network is now the largest authoritative company search network available online, uniquely connecting to over 150 business registries worldwide which are all accessible via the Kyckr API or web portal. The company has successfully built a solid customer base with a number of the top global banks using the service as their primary data source for corporate KYC checking for AML compliance. Kyckr has a number of bank customers in the AsiaPac region, including Australia. Kyckr see enormous potential for growth in the region.

 

Ciaran Cullen, Innovation Centre Manager at ArcLabs spoke glowing of Kyckr, saying, “ArcLabs has had a great relationship with Kyckr and its founders from its inception and through all the company’s iterations.  Kyckr’s international experience and success has been an example of what can be achieved from a base in the South East of Ireland to other new start-ups.  They have utilised knowledge within WIT and generously shared their knowledge by mentoring and sharing their experience with other start-ups that have come through the ArcLabs process.  It's great to see their relationships in Australia grow as their global expansion continues.”

 

ArcLabs Research and Innovation Centre is the location for 32 companies in Waterford and Kilkenny and was established ten years ago to enable an entrepreneurial environment among researchers, entrepreneurs and academics in order to develop WIT spin out companies and augment spin in companies. It arranges and hosts the Arc Academy and New Frontiers programmes and has relationships with investment vehicles through Acceleration programmes.

 

During their time in Waterford, the Ambassador and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner met with key personnel at Dawn Meats; Kyckr, TSSG, ArcLabs and Waterford Institute of Technology.

 
WIT to play part in developing leadership capacity in Irish Primary and Post Primary Schools

 

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The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD recently officially launched a Post Graduate Qualification in School Leadership, aimed at those aspiring to senior leadership positions in schools. The establishment of this programme forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Education (2016-2019) and it aims to develop leadership capacity in Irish Primary and Post Primary Schools.

 

Developed in partnership with NUIG, UCD and WIT and jointly awarded by NUIG, UCD and UL, this programme is funded by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) through the Centre for School Leadership (CSL). The programme will be a part-time (18 months) blended learning professional diploma, delivered locally in six regional locations throughout the country (UL, NUIG, UCD, WIT, CIT and St. Angela’s Sligo). The programme is administered by the School of Education and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) at UL, where it was launched.

 

"We are delighted to partner with UL, UCD and NUIG on this important national initiative. It further contributes to our work in the field of continued professional development for teachers and our existing portfolio of programmes for educators. WIT will be one of six regional centres where the programme will be delivered and the programme will start in September 2017. For further details and to apply for the programme, go to www.ul.ie/cpe/pdsl," said Dr Helen Murphy, Head of Department of Education, WIT.

 

The course will provide a blended learning experience for the participants as they engage with modules. Modules will be offered in a variety of delivery modes including on-line, distance learning and face-to-face modalities.

 

The Programme will address the four areas of leadership capacity in the new Quality Framework for Leadership and Management published by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills in 2016:

 

  • Leading Teaching and Learning
  • Managing the Organisation
  • Leading School Development
  • Developing Leadership Capacity

 

Other significant aspects of the Programme include work placement in a school other than the participant’s own and in a context outside that of education, engagement in reflective practice, in collaborative action research and opportunities to work in professional learning communities. Participants will also take a module on mentoring and coaching as leadership tools in Irish education. There will be specific provision for teachers in Irish-medium schools in NUI Galway.

 

The course will be open to approximately 200 participants annually. “I am delighted to announce our new postgraduate qualification in school leadership and our new coaching service,” said Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton.

 

“The quality of the learning environment is critical to how children develop their competences. With changing technology and changing expectations, school leaders are required to operate in a much more complex environment,” he continued.

 

“Success in education is built on the quality of leadership, the ingenuity in teaching, the support in the community for learning. We are lucky in Ireland to have such a dedicated and committed teaching profession, with school leaders of the highest calibre,” Minister Bruton added.

 

The course will be open to approximately 240 participants annually. The online application system for the first intake is open until 24 May, 2017.

 
24 Marathons in 24 Days – We need your help to raise €100,000

 

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This June, Shane Finn will set out to run 24 marathons in 24 days. His aim? To raise €100,000 for people in Ireland who live with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus.

 

Following on from ’12 Marathons, 12 Days’, when Shane raised €36,000 for SBHI in 2014, the unstoppable Kerry man is now back with double the distance – a total of 628.8 miles – to conquer!

 

How you can help 24 Marathons 24 Days:

 

• Volunteer to help us collect in towns along the 24 marathon routes

 

• Volunteer to organise an event in your town to bring people out onto the streets to see Shane off at the start, cheer Shane along the way, or to celebrate with him at the finish line

 

• ‘What’s your 24? – Choose to do 24 of ANYTHING, e.g. 24 miles in your tractor, shear 24 sheep in 24 minutes, fast for 24 hours etc. and get sponsored to help reach the €100,000 target

 

• Help us find a fuel partner – covering huge distances will cost a lot in fuel

 

Supporters can also get involved in the following ways:

 

• Simply log onto www.24marathons24days.ie to donate to this epic challenge

 

• Be a member of ‘Team 24’ – Sign up to take part in a race that puts you to the test and be mentored by Shane who will get you ‘race ready’.

 

• Explore your contacts and recommend corporate sponsors to support the initiative.

 

• Tell everyone you know about Shane’s epic challenge to run 24 Marathons in 24 Days to raise €100,000 for everyone in Ireland who liveswith Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus and encourage them to give their support.

 

If you can help in any way and want to get involved in 24 Marathons 24 Days, please contact:

 

Aideen Sutton, SBHI Communications Officer on: 087 601 8429 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

To donate or keep informed on progress with the 24 Marathons 24 Days challenge, log onto www.24marathons24days.ie

 

 
‘Get The Girls Out’ commences self breast check awareness message

 

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Over 200 ladies joined one of Ireland’s top bloggers along with eight models all of whom have had their lives impacted by breast cancer for a #GetTheGirlsOut Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show at Faithlegg House Hotel in Waterford on Sunday, May 14th. The event is part of a campaign to increase the awareness of the huge importance of self breast checks amongst women in Ireland.

 

Top fashion blogger Lisa McGowan took to the stage along with MC Teresanne O’Reilly. The models included Lizzy Lacey, Alice Phelan, Gillian Jacob, Ruth Harris, Jean Rowe, Tara Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jen Hartery and Maria Irish; a group of incredible and brave women some of who are still undergoing treatment for breast cancer. They showcased styles from Redlane, Tommy Hilfiger, Orchid, Muse and Janelle along with the launch of a new fashion collection BÉBHÍNN from Waterford designer Beibhinn McGrath.

 

The event sold out in record time but the organising team and all of the models involved are appealing to women across the country to become more aware of the common symptoms of breast cancer, to know how to correctly check their breasts and to do so regularly. Breast Check Nurse Orla Quinn demonstrated correct breast check procedure at the event and a video of this demonstration can be found on the Facebook page GetTheGirlsOutCampaign.

 

According to the organisers the fashion and afternoon tea event sponsored by Tom Murphy Mercedes Benz is the first in what they intend to be an annual occasion. Organising team member Catherine Keighery from Redlane Boutique said, “Get The Girls Out was conceptualised as a result of many of us women being confronted with the harsh reality of our friends and family members being diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer with early diagnosis is a largely curable disease and nearly 2,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Ireland each year.  

 

"It is so important for us women to educate ourselves on correct breast check procedure and for us all to do those checks frequently. We hope that this event helps to spread that message far and wide. We would like to thank our fantastic event sponsor Tom Murphy Mercedes Benz along with the brilliant event supporters for coming on board with #GetTheGirlsOut.”

 

Event supporters include Redlane Boutique, Thin Gin, Mulligan’s Pharmacy, Mean Bean Coffee Company, Focus Visual Communication, Moe’s Cafe, Party World, Martha’s Bar, Colm Morrissey Hair Studio, Vicki Walshe of Natural Beauty, Ancuta Musina Make-Up Mulligan’s Pharmacy, Kustom Workwear, The Bay Spa Tramore, Loved Again Tramore, Faithlegg House Hotel, Flahavan’s Kilmacthomas, Every Event, Powerhouse PR, Harvey Travel Waterford & Kneisel Jewellers and Breast Check Nurse Orla Quinn.

 

All proceeds from the Get The Girls Out event will be donated to the Waterford Hospice Movement and The Solas Cancer Support Centre.

 
Waterford Festival of Architecture 2017

 

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The Waterford Festival of Architecture (WFA) is a non-profit festival which supports architects and works towards enhancing the understanding and appreciation of architecture among the wider community, including creative practitioners of other artistic disciplines.

 

It produces a high quality programme of events that maximises its unique status in Ireland as the only festival of architecture outside of the capital. With an exciting weekend long programme of events to engage local and regional public and specialist audiences, the festival promotes the importance of architecture as an artistic practice.

 

In 2017 our theme is “Between Spaces” and will celebrate the life of the city through the built environment and encourage the public to engage with the city and its catchment area on a more intimate level with the event’s tours and walks exploring different aspects of the theme in the city.

 

Through a family and schools programme, specialist lectures and talks, workshops and exhibitions, the Waterford Festival of Architecture continues to grow its profile and audiences by delivering a programme that aims to engage the public with the built environment. Awareness of architecture as an art form is central to the festival. Through these creative collaborations, the festival can demonstrate the necessity for and contributions of, architecture in our daily lives.

 

Programme for 2017:

Our very successful outreach programme, Architects in School, is currently being run in two city and county primary schools, and will culminate in an exhibition showcasing the children’s work, during the festival, this will be held in GOMA, for the duration of the festival. Contemporary and historic venues within Waterford City will be used actively during the festival to house exhibitions, workshops and artist/architects talks.

 

Walk and Talk tours of the city centre will discuss Waterford’s rich architectural heritage as well as exploring the newest additions to the city scape. There will be a tour given by the local architects behind the redevelopment scheme of the city, that will focus particularly on the recent public realm works at the Apple Market.

 
Port Láirge: People, Place, Identity

 

Comhdháil na nDéise has returned to Waterford Institute of Technology. The first Summer Session of the Comhdháil, under the title 'Port Láirge: People, Place, Identity' will take place on Thursday, 15th June.

 

The theme of the session will be  'Logainmneacha, names of places'. The official opening will be carried out by Éamon Ó Cuív TD. Everybody is welcome and admission is free. Register your place by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Programme

 

9:30-10:00 What is Identity? (Dr John O’Brien, WIT)

 

10:00-10:30 Éamon Ó Cuív TD

 

10:30 Sos/Break

 

11:00-12:10  Session 1: 

 

(a) A Journey through the Placenames of Waterford (Mr Joe Falvey)

 

(b) Waterford's ‘An Coiste Logainmneacha’ (Ms Máire Seó Breathnach, Waterford City and County Council)

 

12:10-13:20  Lón/Lunch

 

13:20-14:30  Session 2: 

 

(a) Maps, Placenames and Identity (Mr Richard Kirwan)

 

(b) Exotic Townland Names (Dr PJ O’Connor)

 

14:45-16:15  Session 3: 

 

(a) The Importance and Function of Irish Placenames (An Dr Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill)

 

(b) A Background and Context to www.logainm.ie (An Dr Brian Ó Raghallaigh, DCU)

 

16:15  Clabhsúr/ End

 
Bealtaine Living Earth Festival

 

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Waterford Greenway and Copper Coast Geopark among locations for 40 events which are bookable on www.livingearth.ie by schools and the general public as part of the Bealtaine Living Earth Festival May 20th-28th

 

Did you know that the south east has some of the finest natural heritage in Ireland? Did you also know that it has the finest biodiversity and natural heritage festival in Ireland? The 2017 Bealtaine Living Earth Festival will take place from 20-28 May in locations around the south east with lots of talks and guided walks to get you out and about exploring our wonderful biodiversity and natural heritage.

 

The festival, now in its 13th year is co-ordinated by Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s award winning science outreach centre in partnership with government and non-government organisations delivering a programme with over 40 free events for over 2,000 people. Events for schools take place during the day and events for the general public and families in the evenings and at the weekends. The Bealtaine Living Earth Festival is supported by Science Foundation Ireland and Waterford Council.

 

Bealtaine is the Irish word for the month of May and it comes from the ancient Celtic festival of Bealtaine when our ancient ancestors celebrated the revival of growth after the hardships of winter. The Bealtaine Living Earth Festival also celebrates the arrival of summer and reminds us of our dependency on our “Living Earth” something we are inclined to forget in the modern world.

 

“We are delighted to be working with over a dozen groups who will be coming together with Waterford Institute of Technology to offer their expertise and enthusiasm for over 40 free events," said Sheila Donegan, of Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology's Science Outreach Centre and Coordinator of the festival. "The festival is growing year on year and this year we are delighted to have such centres as Mount Congreve Estate and Currgahmore Estate and JFK Arboretum join us in celebrating the natural heritage of the South East. This year with the opening of the Greenway, we are delighted to be able to introduce our school students to it.”

 

On Monday 22nd May, Andrew Harrington of Waterford Institute of Technology will lead a mammal and bat walk through the grounds of Curraghmore Estate, Portlaw. Curraghmore Estate is the historic home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford. There are 2,500 acres of formal gardens woodlands and grazing fields, making this the largest private demesne in Ireland. During this walk, we hope to see otters, red squirrels, pine martens and bats – a great adventure for all the family.

 

Eric Dempsey, author and broadcaster will lead a dusk bird walk through Mount Congreve estate in Kilmeaden on Tuesday May 23rd. Eric will guide the walk through Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias and indeed many other floras from every continent in the world. 

 

Partner centres of the festival are diverse and include Lismore Heritage Centre, OPW, Native Woodland Trust, Oceanics in Tramore and many more.

 

There are a wide variety of events on offer from cookery demonstrations to art installations all with the theme of biodiversity. Author and seaweed expert Marie Power will provide tips and tricks for making delicious seaweed infused recipes during her sea-shore walk.

 

Each year Bealtaine ties in with an important International date. Monday  May 22nd will be International Day for Biological Diversity. The theme of this year’s Day is Sustainable Tourism.” Several events throughout the week will tie into this theme.

 

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival has had over 20,000 participants in its 12 year history. In 2016 over 2,000 participants took part in walks, workshops, citizen science initiatives and much more. All events are free, but if you would like to secure your place at any event, please check out the website www.livingearth.ie

 
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