President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Prof Willie Donnelly has welcomed the findings of the Financial Review of the Institutes of Technology report. He states:
It is recognition of the lack of investment in the sector and what we at WIT have achieved under extreme conditions. This week more than 2,400 graduates were conferred across more than 100 academic programmes. On an annual basis we deliver education to more than 8,000 students across five campuses. This report highlights that access to additional funding is critical for institutes of technology.
Between 2008 and 2015, WIT experienced a 25% fall in its core budget as well as a major deficit in ongoing capital maintenance and renewal.
The South East is the only region without a university. Waterford Institute of Technology has filled that gap by developing the undergraduate, postgraduate and research capability expected of a university. However the institute does not receive the equivalent core funding for research or the same grant per postgraduate as the universities. Such activities are effectively subsidised by the institute in the interest of the economic development of the region.
While the unemployment rate in the South-East still lags behind the national average there are strong signs of growth in advanced manufacturing, biopharma and ICT. The main catalyst for this growth is the research and innovation capacity of the institute. It is essential that the institute is provided with capital investment in engineering and science buildings to sustain the project growth in the above industry sectors.
It is essential that this deficit is addressed and that funding is provided to support the delivery of a Technological University in the region between WIT and Carlow IT which is funded on the same scale as the established universities.
The special magic of Christmas in Ireland will come alive once more at the end of November at Waterford’s Winterval Festival with 30 different fun events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy at Ireland’s biggest, brightest and best Christmas event.
Now in its fifth year, Winterval begins on Friday, 25th November and will once more be the place magical memories are made as it builds on last year’s success when over 500,000 people from all over Ireland and beyond took part.
With a sparkling programme including a multitude of free events, this year Winterval will shine brighter than ever with fun for families, couples and groups of friends looking for the happiest of Christmas experiences.
Get your Winterval bearings in style with a horse drawn sleigh ride through the Mall, the Viking Triangle and John Robert’s Square or take the Winterval Express Train for a tour of all the festival’s attractions including the Carousel and the Giant Postbox - where those all-important letters to Santa can be dropped off. There is also Reginald’s Tower, the Christmas market and the spectacular Vintage Ferris Wheel.
Another stop on the Christmas adventure will have to be Winterval Illuminates in Cathedral Square. The now famous light show projects on to the Deanery Building and will see the Square burst into life and light and this year it promises to be better than ever thanks to a whole host of new features and 3D animation which will transform the area into a magical place of light and colour. The free show is definitely one of the not-to-be missed highlights of Winterval.
So too is the Winterval Christmas Market where visitors will be able to savour top class food as they explore and shop for unique and imaginative gifts for all their family and friends.
Ireland’s oldest city also plays host to Waterford on Ice, the National Reptile Zoo and twice daily screenings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Movies at The Reg, as well as enchanting Storytelling at Reginald’s Tower.
A Christmas festival would be nothing without the man himself and this is another area where Winterval comes up trumps. Santa’s Grotto at the Medieval Museum is a real treat for all the family with the awestruck amazement in every child’s eye a thing of pure magic. En route to see Santa Claus, families will be able to explore the Enchanted Gardens and the elves’ living quarters before visiting the Big Man for a chat, a gift and a photo that will live through the years.
The theme for this year’s free Toy Museum is Gaming through the ages. Visitors will get to see and play with some of the first video games ever invented to journey back to where it all started and to see up close how gaming has changed over the decades.
There’s so much to see and do for everyone at Winterval. Booking tickets in advance so weekends can be spent exploring this interactive medieval city as it celebrates this most wonderful time of the year is highly recommended.
The Winterval Festival takes place from 25th to 27th November, 2nd to 4th December, 8th – 11th December and 15th to 23rd December.
Keep in touch with Winterval and discover all the events and activities:
Winterval Digital Trail: http://www.winterval.ie/trail
An Age Friendly City and County is a place where all older people can have a say in how their area develops. An Age Friendly City and County aims to achieve the following:
- Good local transport that takes you where you want to go, when you want to go;
- Well lit public spaces, level footpaths, plenty of pedestrian crossing points, access to clean toilets and comfortable public seating in your town/village;
- Access to good quality healthcare either in your home or in the local health centre;
- Opportunities to socialise and stay in touch with friends, family and neighbours;
- Opportunities to stay working, set up a business, pursue further education or volunteer;
- A sense of feeling safe in your home and when out and about;
- Knowing what services are available and what social activities are held in your city and county.
What’s more, we believe that an age friendly City and County in Waterford will benefit everyone in the Community, not just the older people. Safe friendly communities with good facilities are good places for children, young people and families of all ages. Ireland’s national Ages Friendly City and Counties programme (www.agefriendlyireland.ie) is part of this worldwide initiative which aim to make sure that as we age, we all can have a real say in what happen in our own lives, what happens in the areas in which we live, enjoy good health, excellent services, live in a safe environment, and participate fully in everything that is going on in our Communities.
Secondly, we wish to let you know that the following Public Consultation Sessions are taking place over the coming weeks where the key items discussed will form the actions within the Waterford Age Friendly Strategy. If you are interested in issues affecting older people please attend and/or, please forward this information to groups/individuals that you are aware of that may wish to have a significant input in this area:
- Monday November 7th – The Park Hotel Dungarvan from 12noon to 2.30pm
- Monday November 14th – The Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas from 12noon to 2.30pm
- Tuesday November 15th – The Tower Hotel, Waterford from 12noon to 2.30pm
Finally, it is intended to form an Older Persons Network in each Municipal District (Linkage Group) from which 7 representatives (2 each from Dungarvan-West Waterford and Comeragh and 3 from the Metro Area) will sit on the Waterford Age Friendly Alliance Group. Nomination/expression of interest forms will be circulated at the next PPN meetings along with additional information.
If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact:
Waterford Age Friendly Alliance Co-ordinator
Tel: 0761 102153
Waterford Lions Club in collaboration with the HSE Regional Suicide Resource Office, Samaritans (Waterford and South East), Beat 102/103, WLR FM and Healthy Waterford are hosting a positive mental health awareness event on Tuesday, 8th November at 7.30pm in the Crystal Leisure Centre on the Cork Road, Waterford.
This event promotes the HSE’s #littlethings campaign, a positive mental health campaign created by the HSE’s Mental Health and Communications Divisions and 32 partner organisations (including Suicide or Survive, the GAA, the FAI and ReachOut.com). The campaign focuses on sharing evidence-based, simple and powerful day-to-day steps developed by mental health experts – little things that we can all do to protect our own mental health, and support the people we care about. People are encouraged to eat and sleep well, take regular exercise, talk about their problems, drink less alcohol and stay in touch and spend time with others – all proven to improve mental health.
Our aim, across all communities in the City and County, is to build understanding of the key messages of the campaign:
- “It’s okay not to be okay”
- “There are #littlethings that you can do for yourself and for other people”
- “Help is at hand from Samaritans Freephone 116 123 or at www.yourmentalhealth.ie”
Teresanne O’Reilly from WLR FM and Dermot Keyes from the Munster Express will present an evening of guest speakers and a panel discussion, speakers include:
- John O’Shea, International Footballer
- Derek McGrath, Waterford Senior Hurling Manager
- Caroline McGuigan, CEO of Suicide or Survive
- Derek Chambers, ReachOut.com
- Alison Canavan, Irish Model
Admission is free and all are welcome, for further information contact Tracy on 087 9271041.
Well known premises at 29 Parnell St, Waterford which formerly operated as Bank of Ireland has been sold by joint agents Sherry FitzGerald John Rohan and Savills.
Selling agent John Rohan commented, "This property presented a superb option to a purchaser on numerous levels and offers quality modern accommodation in a fantastic location. The inclusion of numerous parking spaces was an added bonus. Given the positive turnaround in the commercial property market, it was no surprise we experienced such interest in this property and not just from the local market."
Strategically located on Parnell St adjacent the junction to Manor St and John St, the property accommodates approximately 500 sq m over two floors.
John Rohan concluded, "This sale is a good result for Waterford and provides a strong sign of confidence in the city."
Local business owners are welcoming the Waterford Greenway as a key contributor to future job creation and a boost for the tourism and hospitality sectors in the south-east.
Top television chef Paul Flynn, who owns the Tannery Restaurant in Dungarvan, joined Donal Jacob of Greenway Waterford Bike Hire in highlighting the potential of Waterford Greenway to become Ireland's premier dedicated walking and cycling destination once fully opened.
The 46km Waterford Greenway – stretching from Waterford City to Dungarvan – is expected to attract large numbers of domestic and international visitors annually once launched in its entirety in Spring 2017. The first phase of the multi-million euro development, a 23km section from Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan, is now open for use to the public.
Pledging his support for Waterford Greenway, Paul Flynn said: “Tourism is vital to the local economy. Waterford Greenway will place the Déise firmly on the tourist trail and bring significant benefits to the whole county. It will support existing businesses and encourage new employment opportunities as well.”
Mr Flynn, who is currently appearing on the RTÉ series Lords & Ladles, added: “I have been in business for 20 years in Dungarvan and I can already see the positive impact the Greenway has made in just months, particularly in the hospitality industry. It has been rejuvenating, and the enthusiasm for the development is overwhelming.”
Donal Jacob, who runs Greenway Waterford Bike Hire, stated: “The Greenway will make a big difference to businesses in Waterford. This Greenway is as good as any worldwide.” He added: “In the words of Kevin Costner from one of my favourite films, Fields of Dreams, ‘If you build it, they will come’."
The Waterford Greenway is being developed by Waterford City and County Council with the co-operation of local property owners, the support of communities along the route, and with supporting funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Speaking on the initiative, Director of Services at Waterford City & County Council, Lar Power said: “We know the value of a strong tourism sector to economic growth and job creation. The Waterford Greenway is a five star product that will have a positive impact on both existing businesses and innovative start-ups, and is an important part of the drive to continue to build and strengthen a strong economy in Waterford.”
Maps of the Waterford Greenway are now available from the Tourist Information Offices in Waterford City, Tramore and Dungarvan, the Lismore Heritage Centre, the Bishop’s Palace, Medieval Museum, and in hotels and other accommodation providers across the city and county. They can also be downloaded from www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com.
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