Lazygirl is a product and business created by Ardscoil Na Mara student, Caitlin Roche who last Tuesday won the Waterford Student Enterprise Award. It is a fake tan remover that works in just five minutes. It doesn’t exfoliate or damage the human skin as it is a cream and not a scrub.
The Waterford Student Enterprise Programme started in September with 1,000 students from 15 schools in Waterford City and County. They created their businesses, developed, branded, promoted and sold. But most importantly they learned what it felt like to run their own business.
Finally, 137 students represented 13 schools in Waterford county and competed in the Waterford Student Enterprise Final on Tuesday March 21st at the W.I.T. Arena in Carriganore. 43 businesses in total, shortlisted from a total of 350 who commenced the competition in September, presented their business plans and challenged for the top prize in the Waterford Student Enterprise Programme.
Caitlin’s business product, Lazygirl, will represent Waterford at the National Finals on May 3rd in Croke Park taking on 34 other businesses, the best of the rest of the country.
Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Waterford, the competition is the most successful programme of its kind in the country. 25,000 budding entrepreneurs from 380 secondary schools across the country have been running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Offices. Finalists from all over the country will set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews. The judging panels take numerous factors into account, such as business reporting, innovation, market research, risk management and finances.
Praising the teachers and local schools involved in the programme, Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office Waterford, said: “The Student Enterprise Programme encourages and enables students to take on the world of business and develop an entrepreneurial mind-set. By fostering an enterprising culture in the classroom, the Local Enterprise Offices are working with teachers and schools to help nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.”
The three main categories for the Student Enterprise Awards programme includes senior, intermediate and junior levels, which all comprise of first, second and third place winners, alongside awards for best innovation, display and social media.
Further information about May’s National Finals is available through www.studententerprise.ie, which also has free resources and video tutorials for students and teachers for the 2016/2017 programme. For more information, please contact your Local Enterprise Office at 35 the Mall in Waterford City or Civic Offices in Dungarvan. Alternatively, you can email
Waterford Institute of Technology will partner with WLRfm Waterford Viking Marathon again this year to sponsor the much sought after goody bag for the event which takes place on Saturday June 24th.
To celebrate the ongoing partnership, the Institute is offering lactate & VO2max performance profiles to one beginner, intermediate and advanced runner during their training for the Waterford Viking Marathon.
Performance physiologist Bruce Wardrop will be performing the tests. “Normally this work would be reserved for elite athletes and their coaches. However, we are thrilled to offer this test package to the three lucky prize winners.
“Each runner will attend the Human Performance Lab to be put through their paces, after which we will be able to provide detailed feedback on the type of training they should do during their preparation for the Waterford Viking Marathon. We will repeat the tests at the end of their race prep to see how much improvement they have made. Our expert staff in the Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Science have also put together a series of free training articles which should be of benefit to all runners. You can check them out at www.wit.ie/vikingmarathon.”
To be in with a chance to win this amazing prize, visit www.wit.ie/pro and answer two short questions before Friday, 31 March 2017.
WIT is fully supportive of this year’s event and many staff and students are training to take part in the Full, Half, Quarter and Relay marathon and sports staff are providing expert training advice and information for runners in the lead up to the event through the WIT website, the department’s blog and social media pages. To read some of our sports staff’s preparation advice or find out about upcoming events, visit www.wit.it/vikingmarathon.
For further information and route map on WVM 2016 see www.waterfordvikingmarathon.com.
Up to 10,000 people celebrated the official opening today, Saturday of the Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in Ireland. Events took place at three different locations in Waterford, and on the Greenway itself, to mark the launch of the €15 million project, which runs 46km from Waterford City to Dungarvan along the former Great Southern and Western Railway line.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the old Kilmacthomas Station House, the half way point on the trail, while family-friendly events took place at Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus, the Dungarvan Causeway and Kilmacthomas village.
Speaking at Kilmacthomas, Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Adam Wyse said: “The Greenway is a wonderful asset for the South East. The trail will be an invaluable tourism draw for the region, where visitors, either on foot or by bike, can take in spectacular views, from the Comeragh mountains to the Copper Coast.”
Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD added: “This world class amenity will provide a boost to the local economy, along with offering leisure, health, transportation and environmental benefits. A shining example for future projects of its kind across the country, the Waterford Greenway highlights Ireland’s focus on promoting sustainable tourism.”
The opening ceremony at Kilmacthomas saw a performance from a choir of over 60 primary school children, while the Naval Service Reserve also marked the occasion by setting off a series of parachute flares, visible from a distance of 10 miles.
Attendees included Fáilte Ireland's Head of Ireland's Ancient East, Jenny De Saulles and Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, Michael Starrett.
The major tourism initiative features in the Atlantic Coast Route of EuroVelo, a long-distance cycling network connecting Europe. It is also part of Fáilte Ireland’s Ancient East experience.
Further information is available at www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com.
National Workplace Wellbeing day is just around the corner and GIY wants to celebrate with you! We are offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to join us for a team building, plot to plate garden tour (on the house!) at our award winning, sustainably designed café and training centre in Ardkeen, GROW HQ. Absolutely FREE! Un-pea-leaf-able!
To win this fabulous experience for your team, all you need to do is, be available the morning of Friday the 31st of March AND send us your best growing or vegetable related pun.
Examples include: Just turnip and grow, un-pea-leaf-able opportunity, I’ve bean waiting for this all my life.
All entries to go through Brooke Murphy on
or by phone at 087 316 8916.
To recognise Waterford City and County Council’s involvement in the World Health Organization Healthy Cities Project over the past seven years, Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, T.D, visited Waterford to present a certificate of accreditation to the National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network to Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Adam Wyse and Michael Walsh, CEO, Waterford City and County Council.
With the significant development in 2013 of Healthy Ireland – the National Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing – the WHO Healthy Cities model has been identified as the way to develop key partnerships at the local level to implement Healthy Ireland. Healthy Ireland aims to shift the focus to prevention of diseases, seeks to reduce health inequalities, and emphasises the need to empower people and communities to better look after their own health and wellbeing.
Minister Corcoran Kennedy, T.D., congratulated Waterford City and County Council on having the vision to be involved in the WHO Healthy Cities for the past seven years and for making a commitment to work to become healthier places for all. Minister Corcoran Kennedy added that “as a former elected member of a Local Authority I know that Local Authorities are uniquely placed to bridge the gap between national policy and local implementation. I know the influence and reach that Local Authorities, in particular the recently formed Local Community Development Committees, have in every community and I see huge potential for them to contribute to building a healthier Ireland”.
Date: Tuesday, 28th March 2017
Where: The Park Hotel, Dungarvan
This ‘Get Greenway Ready!’ seminar is designed give you all the information you need about the new Waterford Greenway, including the future plans for promotion and tourism. Aimed at all existing businesses, potential businesses and community groups, the seminar will also explore how you can go about developing or expanding your business to take advantage of this fantastic new development.
The possibilities presented by the Greenway are endless – this event is an important opportunity to discuss how we as a county can secure the greatest impact for our region. This event will give you a chance to network, make contacts and find out more about the services and facilities already in place. A range of agencies and institutions will be on hand to outline what they can offer, from support and advice to funding and grants.
The Seminar will feature a number of short presentations:
- RIKON/WIT School of Business report on their detailed study of the Greenway
- Failte Ireland detail how the Greenway fits into the ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ concept
- Local Enterprise Office & Waterford Council highlight funding and opportunities
- Waterford Leader Partnership on local funding and projects
- Helen O'Mahony from O'Mahony’s Pub in Durrow and Helen Ridgard of Kilmacthomas Social Enterprise Group will speak on the early impact of the Greenway from a personal and community perspective
- Naoive Coggin of Browne’s Self Catering shares her experience of the value of community networking and referrals.
- Angelo Hurley, Lecturer in Tourism Management at WIT will deliver a presentation on the Greenway as an economic resource
This free event is a Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber Seminar for businesses organised in association with Waterford City & County Council & Waterford Local Enterprise Office.
Places will be limited so booking is essential - contact 058 45054 or email
to secure your place.