Iyer set to inspire at Waterford Harvest Festival


G Iyer

From Coimbatore to Cork, Gautham Iyer has nurtured a food philosophy that is from the heart…pure, simple and according to Ayurvedic principles, which derives from the Sanskrit of knowledge of life.


The award winning chef-proprietor of Iyer’s Restaurant in Cork will bring his Brahmin culinary philosophy to Waterford’s La Boheme Restaurant on Sunday, September 11th as part of the Waterford Harvest Festival menu.


Iyer’s Pop up restaurant will feature a five course meal, using local and foraged ingredients to create authentic Indian dishes with a twist. 


The collaboration between Cork’s and Waterford’s finest restaurants came about from a tweet, according to Christine Theze, proprietor of La Boheme Restaurant. 


“Having been introduced to Iyer’s restaurant by my daughter when she was studying in UCC, I became a big fan of Gautham and his food and started following him on social media. The edginess and yet, utter simplicity, of what he does is hugely appealing to me.”


“We messaged each other and last year Eamon Barret and I visited his restaurant.  He is an utterly compelling man, at one with nature and with himself. His food, Southern Indian vegetarian cooking is outstanding and nothing like we had experienced in the South East.  So we thought, why not bring Iyer’s to Waterford for the Harvest Festival.”


Whilst many of Iyer’s ingredients are imported directly from India, he is an advocate of using fresh local produce and many of his ingredients are sourced or foraged locally, including wildbilberry, forest mushrooms and seasonal vegetables.


Waterford Harvest Festival Director, Tommie Ryan is delighted that restaurants now form an integral part of the Festival.


“We saw the success of last year’s EAT Waterford collaboration between restaurateurs and we’re delighted that they are back again in 2016.  Iyer’s pop-up restaurant at La Boheme brings an exciting new dimension to the festival.  The co-operation between two hugely successful, yet diverse restaurants shows that the main aim of restaurants is to bring the best dining experiences to customers.”


Diners to Iyer’s Pop up at La Boheme can expect to enjoy an array of delightfully subtle Indian dishes, both classics and original creations.


Iyer’s Pop up at La Boheme Restaurant takes place on Sunday, September, 11th at 1pm.  Tickets for this five course tasting menu can be purchased in advance from La Boheme restaurant on 051-875645 and cost €39.50 per person.  Places are limited to fifty.


The 8th Waterford Harvest Festival takes place from Friday, September 9th to Sunday, September 11th and promises an exciting, eclectic three - day food and fun filled festival with over 100 events, of which 80 of those are free for all the family to enjoy.


The programme is devised by event management company, EveryEvent, which has worked on a host of festivals including Waterford Spraoi, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Winterval and numerous country-wide St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.


To find out more the Waterford Harvest Festival full programme of events is available on Be sure to keep up to date on all things Harvest Fest by checking it out on Facebook and Twitter #Harvestfest16

150 places available for jobseekers at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) this September


Jobseekers at WIT


Springboard+ 2016 is the latest offering of free part-time and full-time higher education places to provide reskilling and upskilling opportunities for up to 5,825 jobseekers.


WIT has announced 150 places as part of the initiative. Springboard+ encompasses both courses for jobseekers, the ones which are open to jobseekers or people in work and the ones which are aimed at people who are employed.


Springboard courses on offer are: E-Marketing and Promotion, Global Financial Information Systems, Innovative Technology Engineering, Business Systems Analysis, and Information Systems Processes.


As part of the ICTSkills courses Business Systems Analysis is available part-time over two years, starting in September, while the intensive 18-month Computer Science programme starts in January.


Springboard is designed to encourage a response by educational institutions to meet the emerging skill needs of enterprise.


Springboard co-ordinator at WIT, Ken McCarthy said: “I'm a Springboard graduate myself and I'm very well aware of the opportunities it's opened up for our graduates. A huge percentage of our Springboard graduates get jobs. This makes it a very rewarding initiative for all at WIT who work on Springboard and it is the reason that Springboard has been funded by the government year after year.”


There are 180 courses, both full- and part-time, in 36 educational institutions across all of the regions.


To be eligible for a place on a Springboard course a person must be unemployed, actively seeking employment, and be in receipt of one of the qualifying Department of Social Protection payments or be signing for credits or be previously self-employed.


This year at WIT, in addition to one year full-time ICT Conversion courses there will also be a pilot part-time, two year option available to eligible participants. This is due to the continuing demand for high quality ICT graduates. ICTSkills is open to both employed people and jobseekers. The two-year part-time ICTSkills option is confined to those who are not in receipt of social protection income. 


See the range of courses available at:


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As part of its ASK WIT initiative, WIT is running an online live Springboard Q&A between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on 24 August. The Springboard and Part-time open evening runs from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at WIT’s main campus on the Cork Road in Waterford.


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Solas Cancer Support Centre launches the 2016 South East “Run & Walk for Life”




On Thursday 28th July 2016, at the newly renamed Solas Cancer Support Centre, the annual “Run & Walk for Life” event was officially launched by Mayor Cllr Adam Wyse. The formal launch was part of the Centre’s Open Day, which gave members of the public, clients, friends and business partners the opportunity to view, first hand, the excellent facilities available throughout the Centre.


Mayor Cllr Adam Wyse thanked the Solas Cancer Support Centre for inviting him to speak at the Open Day and he acknowledged the extremely important work being carried out by the Centre. He also wished the 2016 South East “Run & Walk for Life” the very best of luck in achieving the 2,500 participation target set for this year’s event. Going on to point out that without the huge fundraising efforts by the people of Waterford and the South East it would be impossible for the Centre to open its doors. He finished by asking everyone to become involved with the 2016 fundraising efforts and he looked forward to seeing the Dungarvan service in due course.


The Open Day was an ideal opportunity to launch the following:


  • South East “Run & Walk for Life”, which will take place on Sunday 9th October. There will once again be the option of the 10-mile run or the 5-mile walk, with a combined finishing line in the People’s Park. The Park will once again host the “Fun for Life”. The 2016 event supporters are Beat (Media Partner) and Datapac (Event Partner), with additional support from Agora Publishing Services Ireland.
  • The opening of a West Waterford service based in Dungarvan. On Monday 5th September a new support service will open in Dungarvan (see attached supplementary information). This service will be based at The Alternative Health Clinic at 12 Main Street.
  • The 5th Anniversary of the opening of the Solas Cancer Support Centre in Waterford City. The Centre welcomed its first clients in 2011, having been originally founded in 1999. In these 5 year the Centre has supported circa 2,500 clients and families in this purpose built facility.
  • Launch of the new logo and name; “Solas Cancer Support Centre”


Chair of the Solas Cancer Support Centre, Brian Creedon commented, “I would once again like to acknowledge the generosity and continued hard work of the many thousands of fundraisers who annually contribute to the work of the Centre. Without your support we, quite simply, could not open our doors. The fundraising activities, over the last number of years, have meant that we have been able to expand our opening hours here in Waterford and give much needed additional cancer support services. In addition, we realised that our services should reach out to the West of the County and I am delighted that on Monday 5th September we will do just that and open a service in Dungarvan.


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This Dungarvan service will allow more people from the South East to access our support services and negate the need for people to travel from the west of the county to Waterford City. This is a significant expansion for us and we know that the Dungarvan Centre will be welcomed by everyone.”


Albert Burke, spoke movingly about his experience as a client of the Centre. He welcomed the expansion of services to Dungarvan and once again reinforced that without the many fundraising events the Solas Cancer Support Centre would not be the success story we read about today.


The 2016 South East “Run & Walk for Life” was launched by Michael Garland, “After last year’s amazing success story we are already looking forward to staging an incredible event on Sunday 9th October, when the streets and roads of Waterford City will once again be a sea of orange t-shirts. The “Run & Walk for Life” is one of the major fundraising events for Solas Cancer Support Centre and if we could see 2,500 people taking part then that would just be astonishing. The expansion of services is only possible with the generous support of the people across the South East and of course our event partners. Beat and Datapac have once again been very loyal and passionate in their continued support. We look forward to seeing new and returning faces on the streets of Waterford City on Sunday 9th October. Remember, there are no excuses as you can run 10-miles or walk 5-miles, there is a distance and pace for everyone!”


Sponsorship cards are available from the Solas Cancer Support Centre, Williamstown, Waterford City, the Beat 102 103 studios , the Broadcast Centre, Ardkeen, Waterford City and all AIB branches in the South East. For further information on the event please call the Solas Cancer Support Centre on 051 304604 or visit the web site:


The Open Day was also celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Solas Cancer Support Centre opening its doors to welcome clients. In honour of this anniversary a special cake was cut by the team of Volunteers present on the day and shared with everyone who attended.


Present at the Open Day were members of the Oireachtas, Seanad, local Councillors, event partners, media partners, Waterford Council officials, business partners, clients, and colleagues.


Brian Creedon thanked all the Solas colleagues for their hard work in planning the Open Day, looked forward to the opening of the Dungarvan service on 5th September and seeing thousands of eager participants on the start line on Sunday 9th October.

Exciting new ingredients added to Waterford Harvest festival favourites


Harvest Festival Launch 1


Now in its eight year, Waterford Harvest Festival will make a colourful, tasty and aromatic return to the streets of Waterford from September 9th to September 11th.


Director of Waterford Harvest Festival, Tommie Ryan, says that Waterford Harvest Festival will bring together a fresh and eclectic mix of food producers, restaurateurs, historians, health experts, gardeners, food markets, cookery demonstrations, musical entertainment and family fun.


New to this year’s festival line-up includes the Harvest Fit Food and Wellness area, the Harvest Blaa Eating World Championships, Sunset Seaweed Foraging, Tapas River tours, Iyer’s Pop-up restaurant and the Flahavan’s Harvest brunch.


As a city and county that takes huge pride in its food producers, this year’s festival will also shine the spotlight on its “food heroes”, the people who grow, cultivate, harvest, produce, prepare, promote and serve some of the country’s best food.


Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, boasts 1100 years of food heritage and will pay homage to that proud tradition with festival markets, harvest kitchen, a health and wellness seminar and an opportunity to “Meet the Makers.”


Tommie added, “What we love about the Harvest Festival is that while the focus is on good food, equally important are the people behind it.  Waterford and the wider region have so many hard working, creative and gifted producers who share a passion for good food.  It’s a labour of love for them and you can almost taste the passion in the food they produce.”


“This year we have retained many of the events that were hugely popular in previous years such as the EAT Waterford Taste Experience, the Big Taste Tent, EnterpRISING Food Market, Harvest Kitchen, SuperValu Food Academy Village and Viking Rocks Craft Beer Festival.”


Ballybricken, affectionately known as the ‘top of the town’, was traditionally the hub of Waterford’s livestock and bacon curing industries. The area will enjoy a broader portfolio of events this year and be shrouded in the tantalising sights, smells and sounds of the Ballybricken Fair, Junior HQ and Farm to Fork.


The story of the Blaa goes back to the 1690’s, when the French Huguenots arrived in Ireland introducing white flour and their baking skills. Over 300 years later, it remains a firm staple, not just of the Waterford diet, but of thousands of Irish diaspora scattered throughout the world.  A proud Waterford foodstuff and a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) product, the blaa has inspired a new generation of bakers.


Sarah Richards of the Seagull Bakery, an artisan bakery which specialises in naturally fermented sourdough breads, will host The Good Bread demonstration on the Millennium Plaza, while Dermot Walsh of Walsh’s Bakehouse, a third generation baker, will oversee the Harvest Blaa Eating World Championships.


There are over 100 events taking place with 80 of those free for all the family to enjoy.


All roads lead to Waterford for the 8th Waterford Harvest Festival from Friday, September 9th to Sunday, September 11th. 


To find out more the Waterford Harvest Festival full programme of events is available on Be sure to keep up to date on all things Harvest Fest by checking it out on Facebook and Twitter #Harvestfest16

Waterford appointment to the board of Higher Education Authority


WIT Dr John WallMinister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. has announced Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT)’s Dr John Wall, dean of the School of Lifelong Learning and Education as one of the appointments to the board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA).


The appointments are for a period of five years.


Dr Wall, who grew up close to Carlow town, just over the border in Coolenaugh, Ballickmoyler, Co Laois is a son of the Rose and the late John Wall.


He lives in Tramore, Co Waterford with his wife Marie O'Dwyer, a lecturer in the School of Business at WIT. They have three children, Donal, Diarmuid and Síle Wall.


Dr Wall commented: “I am delighted to be a member of the board of the Higher Education Authority at a time when the Authority is presented with a significant opportunity and challenge to lead the development of a redefined landscape within higher education in Ireland.”


Making the announcement Minister Bruton said, “At the heart of what the Government is trying to achieve is to use our economic success to make life a little easier for people.  High quality education and training is key to this ambition.  I want to ensure that the higher education system equips people with the knowledge and skills necessary to live fulfilled and rewarding lives, and to meet the social and economic challenges facing Ireland.”


President of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly has welcomed the appointment. “I am delighted that John has been appointed to the HEA board. John has been at the forefront of the delivery of education and training programmes to industry and the public sector in the South-East. His PhD work pioneered the use of technology enhanced learning methodologies supporting a more flexible and personalized student experience. He will bring a fresh perspective to the HEA board for the benefit of higher education policy and development.”

Meeting regarding Local Property Tax ‘Adjustment Factor’


Local Property TaxThe Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor.


At the meeting set by Waterford City and County Council to consider this matter, the members may set a local adjustment factor within the range of +/- 15% of the basic rate, or, may decide not to adjust the basic rate.


Waterford City and County Council will meet in September 2016 to consider the setting of a local adjustment factor.


Waterford City and County Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of varying the basic rate of the Local Property Tax on businesses, individuals and on local authority services.


Submissions must be received by August 27th 2016 and be sent to:


Local Property Tax Consultation, Finance Section,
Waterford City and County Council,
City Hall, Waterford
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Lands End make popular return to Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival



Lands End, a group of young talented musicians, with origins in five countries return to the coastal village of Dunmore East, Co. Waterford for the 22nd International Bluegrass Festival, which takes place from August 25th to 28th.


The band, was formed in 2012 when its members met at the Sore Fingers bluegrass workshop in Oxfordshire and got together for a one-off show. However, the impact they made dictated that they couldn’t possibly stop there and have been gigging throughout Ireland, the UK and the US ever since.


Whilst their music is strongly embedded in the bluegrass tradition, each member brings a distinctive sound of their own to the musical arrangements of the band. Playing a mix of original material alongside Bluegrass standards and the odd hint of Celtic and Baltic tastes, Lands End proved hugely popular at the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival when they debuted in 2012.


Mick Daly, Festival organiser, is delighted to welcome the band back to the festival this year.  “Lands End made a great impression when the played the festival in 2012.  Their sound appeals to both young and old, they gel well on stage, have a great energy and presence and are hugely talented musicians in their own right.”


“Even though the members are relatively young, they are a real success story on the bluegrass landscape.  They got together for a one off gig four years ago but the reaction to their sound was so positive they stayed together and have grown in popularity with a string on concerts throughout the Ireland, the UK and Europe.”


Richie Foley of Lands End is looking forward to returning to Dunmore East later in the summer.  "Dunmore East is a fantastic weekend of bluegrass in Ireland.  People come just to hear good music. We've made some great friends there and really looking forward to being back in August."


Lands End will play a number of free gigs throughout Dunmore East on August 26th, 27th and 28th.  They will be in good company performing alongside acts such as Betse and Clarke, Cup O’Joe, The Mons Wheeler Band, Rackhouse Pilfer and many more which will play free gigs at the Strand Inn, The Three Sisters, The Spinnaker, Powers Bar and Azzurro.


Grammy nominees Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley will play two ticketed gigs at theMarquee at the Lighthouse Bistro, Dunmore East on August 27th and 28th. 


For more information about the 22nd Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival in Co. Waterford visit


Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for updates.


Tickets for Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley available on

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