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




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 .




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 (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 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

Waterford Rotary Club Lunch Sponsored Cycle


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Waterford Rotary Club are running their ninth sponsored cycle on Sunday 21st May at Mc Donald’s on the Cork Road. Starting at 11.00 am the cycle travels out to Tramore and back.


The Charity Cycle, now in its ninth year, is an opportunity for anyone who cycles and believes in helping a good cause. Regular participants are those who know a family who have stayed in the Ronald McDonald House or have stayed in the house themselves and wish to give something back.


Waterford Rotary appeals to cyclists of all ages to join. No pre-registration is required, just get the bike out or borrow one, and join in for about two hours on May 21th, all are welcome. To top it all, WLR fm will be broadcasting live from McDonalds on the Cork road and Ronald Mc Donald will join the fun on the day. All cyclists will be treated to a free Burger after the cycle plus lots of other treats on the day.


Ronald McDonald House


The Ronald McDonald House, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children who are hospitalised or undergoing extended treatment at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. Families will be able to stay for the duration of their child’s stay in hospital. The Ronald McDonald House provides a supportive environment for these families.


The first Irish Ronald McDonald House was a 15,000 square feet stand alone building in the grounds of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. The House can accommodate up to 16 families in en-suite family bedrooms with communal kitchens, dining areas and living areas. It also has a toddlers’ room and full laundry facilities.


Since opening in November 2004 the House has been “home” to over 1000 families from all over Ireland. Some have stayed for just a few nights, while others stay for 7 or 8 months! The beauty of the house is that each room accommodates 4 so grannies, granddads, brothers and sisters can all help in the child’s recovery.


The annual running costs are in excess of €300,000. We are very dependent on the continuing support of all to cover the ongoing costs of running the House.


Sponsorship cards are available from Mc Donald’s City Centre or Cork Road, Lily O'Brien’s and Nolke Opticians, or one can donate directly for this good cause by logging on, go to “Sponsor a Friend” and search for Rotary Waterford.

'You Should Really See A Doctor' - Waterford





On 3rd & 4th May, 200 secondary school students from ten local schools will take part in the Sanofi & Junior Achievement Ireland STEM Zoo.


This event is aimed at students in 5th year who have a specific interest in studying a course in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) in Waterford Institute of Technology with the possibility of pursuing a career in the future with Sanofi. Business volunteers from Sanofi will introduce the students to jobs in STEM in Sanofi by ‘telling their own story’ through their own career bios and then working with them on four activity based workshops in these disciplines.


This will be followed by information from WIT staff from the STEM areas on the suggested courses/projects to consider when applying for a 3rd level qualification. This is a unique career planning opportunity for these students.


Further details on this event can be obtained from Denise Power, Area Manager, Junior Achievement Ireland, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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