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ISO energy management award first for Waterford Institute of Technology

 

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Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is the first institute of technology in Ireland to be certified to the international best practice energy management system I.S EN ISO 50001:2011, an international standard which relates to energy management systems.

 

Speaking at a formal handover of ISO 50001 certification to WIT, Estates Manager at WIT Elaine Greenan said: “Significant energy savings can be achieved through increased energy monitoring and this certification demonstrates our efforts to ensure best practice energy management systems are in place and continue to be managed efficiently.”

 

She said that the certification demonstrates the efforts staff and students have gone to help manage energy consumption.

 

“This achievement follows on from our involvement in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Public Sector Support programme. Valuable support was provided to the Institute through key interaction with the SEAI for which we are very grateful.”

 

WIT Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Finance Elaine Sheridan said: “As part of our environmental strategy, WIT has proactively engaged in reducing its energy consumption, adopting a structured and strategic approach to energy management and ensuring that the Institute operates in a responsible, sustainable and energy-efficient manner. The achievement of the ISO 50001:2011 certification would not have been possible without the commitment and drive of the WIT Energy Advisory Group (WEAG), a multi-disciplinary team of WIT staff and students, chaired by Tom O’Brien (lecturer, Department of Built Environment) with implementation of the strategy led by Elaine Greenan, Estates Manager and her team.”

 

Majella Kelleher, Head of Energy Demand Management, SEAI said: “Waterford Institute of Technology’s ISO50001 certification is a fantastic achievement and really highlights them as leaders within the higher education sector. They are an excellent example to others of what can be achieved through a dedicated and structured approach to energy management.”

 
Waterford Greenway opens from Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan

 

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The Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan section of the Waterford Greenway will open for use to the public from Friday, 23rd September.

 

The 23 kilometre section of the dedicated walking and cycling path is the first phase of the multi-million euro project to be opened for use. The full 46km Waterford Greenway route – stretching from Waterford City to Dungarvan – will be launched in its entirety in Spring 2017, to coincide with the tourism season.

 

The first section of the project runs from the village of Kilmacthomas along the disused railway corridor to the town of Dungarvan. There are several access points along the route, with car parking facilities at Kilmacthomas (Workhouse and Mill), McGrath’s Cross, Shanacool, Scartore and Dungarvan.

 

Speaking on the section opening, Director of Services at Waterford City & County Council, Lar Power said: “We are delighted that the Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan section of the Greenway is now open to the public for use. The route is safe and fully accessible for everyone, including cyclists, walkers, families with children, and both young and old. The Greenway is a terrific facility, not just for the people of Waterford, but for the whole country and for international visitors. ”

 

Greenway users are urged to follow the recommended ‘code of respect’, by keeping to their left, passing others on the right and to bring all litter home with them. Cyclists are asked to ring their bells and cycle at a safe speed. Dogs should be kept on a short lead, and dog owners are asked to clean up after their pets. Motorised vehicles and horses are not permitted on the Waterford Greenway.

 

The Waterford Greenway is being developed by Waterford City & 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.

 

Maps of the Waterford Greenway will be made available from the Tourist Information Offices in Waterford City and Dungarvan, the Lismore Heritage Centre, the Bishop’s Palace, Medieval Museum, and in hotels and other accommodation providers across the city and county.

 

From Friday, 23rd September, a map of the Waterford Greenway can be downloaded from www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com. Further information will also be available from the website, on Facebook @WaterfordGreenway and on Twitter at @WaterfordGrnWay.

 
15th annual Imagine Arts Festival Programme announced in Waterford

 

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A colourful international programme of events featuring theatre, dance, music, visual art, discussion and debate, alongside a strong focus on home produced work will be announced for the 15th annual Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford City today, Wednesday, September 14th at Waterford’s City Hall.

 

Artists and companies from the U.S.A. and the UK, join forces with artists from all across Ireland and Waterford to create what promises to be an unforgettable series of the unexpected.

 

According to the Festival Director, Ollie Breslin, the programme for this year’s Imagine festival is ‘action packed’. “The streets, stages and some unexpected venues in Waterford will be transformed this October by a creative collision of the Arts. The 2016 programme is our biggest to date and represents another move forward for Imagine and the arts scene in Waterford, which is abuzz with talent and new energy. We are delighted to welcome so many internationally renowned acts and to unveil a number of premieres and one off events curated especially for this festival.” 

 

Journalist and author Manchán Magan officially launches the 2016 programme, speaking of the festival programme Manchán says, “The Imagine 2016 line-up is an exploration and celebration of the ethics and soul of Ireland’s more inclusive, compassionate and outward looking society, with performances from renowned alternative rock, new folk and political rap artists. There are talks with (and about,) inspiring world travellers, visionary designers and pioneers of social history, as well as a hoedown between Ring Gaeltacht musicians and their Waterford city rivals.

 

An early morning Hootenanny on Waterford’s quays will explore the city’s maritime labour and social history, while Waterford’s principal industrial school and Magdalene laundry will be potently commemorated by the Waterford Memories Project through performance, talks and first-person accounts.

 

The Imagine 2016 line-up is like a roll-call of the best of what Ireland is becoming – a socially inclusive, outward-looking society, keen to learn about local heritage and nature, to widen our horizons towards an international future and to let our hair down and party from time to time.”

 

Amongst the highlights of the 2016 festival programme is the world premiere of a new opera, ‘The Green One’ by composer Eric Sweeney and poet Mark Roper, the final farewell gig of the acclaimed U.S. band Richmond Fontaine, a 1916 Gala Trad Music Concert and the unveiling of a new visual art exhibition curated by Artist Colin Martin.

 

A key element to the Imagine Arts Festival is its partnering with the John Dwyer Trad weekend, a strong traditional music and dance programme is on offer throughout the weekend with Seamus Begley and friends set to take to the stage and also a moving tribute to 1916 created by Waterford Trad musicians, poets and singers called ‘Where East meets West’ and this Gala concert takes place in the Large Room.

 

Literary highlights include a ‘Rap and Rhyme Workshop’ lead by London based spoken word artist Potent Whisper, an interview and reading with award wining author Mia Gallagher, poetry with Vincent Woods and withWaterford’s Raymond Chandler connections; the festival will host the ‘Chandler Chat’ a discussion on the influence of Raymond Chandler on crime writing with authors Alan Glynn and Declan Hughes.

 

A wonderful Visual Art Trail featuring a number of surprise exhibitions and pop up visual art trail elements will feature in pedestrian areas across the City, these will be created by the South East Makers Association and ‘The Imagination Collectors’ willensure thereareimaginative landscapes sprouting up across the City with all of the installations being made from recycled and reused materials it is their ambition to encourage green thinking and to look beyond the original use of an object. A new ‘visual’ art element for the festival includes a series of guided walking tours amongst ‘Nature, History and the Arts’ and will happen each day of the festival and at Greyfriars Gallery on October 20th a new exhibition will open featuring the works of Artists Colin Martin, Martin Gale, Mick O’Dea and Eithne Jordan and has been curated by Colin Martin RHA.

 

For young festival visitors a full programme curated to entertain young minds has been created; enchanting tales and stories will be to the fore at the ‘Horribly Historical Trails’ a guided walking tour, which will explore Waterford’s ghastly history. Mask making, Origami making and puppetry are all on offer and the ‘Flights of Imagination’ event is sure to be a high flyer, this ‘Fly A Kite’ spectacular is a free event at WIT’s Carriganore campus.

 

A host of Theatre productions will be on offer including ‘From Eden’ by Stephen Jones winner of the Stewart Parker Trust / BBC NI Radio Drama Award,, ‘Curse’ by Ger Bourke starring Joe Meagher and ‘Boundary’ a new project commissioned by Imagine Arts Festival.

 

A plethora of music gigs will be on offer through the festival with highlights including performances from ‘Malojian’ fresh from their summer performing at Glastonbury, Irish artists Little Green Cars, BBC Folks Awards duo ‘Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker’ and the festival will play host to the final farewell gig of the internationally renowned band ‘Richmond Fontaine.’

 

The annual 'Booze, Blaas n’Banter’ event celebrating the City’s Quayside and maritime heritage will also offer lots of interesting chats and craic with speakers including RTE’ s Marcus Connaughton, and even local historian David Toms flying in especially from Norway for his presentation and many more.

 

Join in the fun this October in Waterford from the 20th to 30th – see Imagineartsfestival.com

 

Imagine Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies the Waterford City and County Council, The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland and would like to thank all the local businesses that get behind the festival and help to make it happen.

 

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Third annual Jazz Festival for Waterford announced

 

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Renowned Irish jazz musician Ronan Guilfoyle headlines this year's festival with a tribute to Jack Bruce

 

The streets of Waterford City will be alive to the sounds of Jazz this September 29th to October 2nd as details of the third annual Waterford Jazz Weekender have been announced by organisers.

 

The festival will host an eclectic mixture of jazz combos: Swing, Bebop, New Orleans, Jazz-Funk, Modern, Gypsy Jazz, Big Band, and a generous helping of The Blues at a variety of over 12 gigs throughout the weekend.

 

A combination of local Jazz talents will perform alongside nationally renowned musicians. Top acts such as Jazz legend Ronan Guilfoyle, The Paul Dunlea Group and Treble Clef plus many more join the 2016 line-up.

 

The festival of rhythm will offer a variety of vocal and music sessions along with film at outdoor street stages and pub venues in the Viking Triangle in Waterford City.

 

On Thursday evening, September 29th, getting things off to a swinging start will be a live Jazz and Vinyl Jazz launch gig with The Danny Pullman Quartet with DJ Jim the Enchanter at The Munster Bar.

 

On Friday, September 30th, at Noc NocRonan Guilfoyle leads a glittering line-up of musicians in celebrating the music of Jack Bruce, one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Sinatra-themed Treble Clef will entertain at The Munster Bar and young Kilkenny bandAmber and The Bear will take to the stage at Jordan’s along with The Midnight Blue Hour live on The Reg Terrace.

 

Ronan Guilfoyle will host a Jazz workshop on Saturday at Garter Lane Theatre,the founder, and head of the jazz department at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin; Ronan has become internationally renowned for the teaching of advanced rhythmic techniques for jazz improvisation.

 

On Saturday afternoon, Gallic gypsy jazz will be on offer at an outdoor café setting, in front of the beautiful French Church ruins in the City. At the Theatre Royal Café, exciting guitar duo Dylan Bible and Orm Kenny will perform and on Saturday night the Paul Dunlea Group will set the groove at The Munster Bar. A late night gig with Jane O’Brien Moran and her superlative set of vocal classics will be delivered at Katty Barrys.

 

Sunday afternoon visitors and locals can get into the swing of things on Bailey’s New Street at the French Church, with a Waterford Jazz Weekender Combo at 2pm. At 7.30pm at Garter lanethere will be a special screening of the cult jazz film 'Whiplash' and ensuring a closing highlight the Dixieland Express festival party will seeensembles from the Waterford show band era such as The Savoy Showband, Capri Trio, Brass and Co. and The Cowboys. Long- time jazz enthusiasts showcase their dedication to jazz at The Munster Bar at 9pm.

 

The Festival is the organised by jazz musician and music lecturer at WIT Phil Collins, commenting on the 2016 line-up Phil says “We are thrilled to announce the programme for the third annual Jazz Festival for Waterford it is the biggest programme to date with some really fantastic acts and gigs on board, we are looking forward to hosting Ronan GuilfoyleThis will be a must-see as Ronan brings with him, as always, a glittering line-up of musicians including saxophonist Michael Buckley, Joe O'Callaghan guitar, Izumi Kimura keys, Magot Daly vocals and Brendan Doherty on drums. Almost all of the events are free so we look forward to seeing the fans of jazz but hope to also see some new faces come along and enjoy what is set to be a brilliant weekend of music in Waterford.”

 

The weekender this year is in memory of the great Irish jazz guitarist - Louis Stewart who performed at the Waterford Jazz Weekender in 2015. Stewart played with the greatest names in jazz including George Shearing, Benny Goodman, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and many more.

 

For tickets and details on the Waterford Jazz Weekender see Facebook.com/WaterfordJazzWeekender

 
SOS brings Wellness Workshop to Waterford

 

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SOS in partnership withThe County of Waterford is hosting a Wellness Workshop on Wednesday the 5th of October in the Park Hotel Dungarvan. This is a full day workshop running from 9am – 4.30pm with lunch included.

 

The Wellness Workshop isa one day workshop that aims to help people understandand take responsibility for their own mental health. SOS is currently running a series of workshops throughout the country which are being offered free of charge to participants, thanks to our wonderful funders the National Office of Suicide Prevention, our Donors and our Fundraisers.

 

Our facilitators come from very diverse backgrounds including clinical psychology, motivational speakers, lived life experiences and trained therapists. They combine personal testimony with practical tools and tips that you can use in your everyday life to improve your own wellness.

 

Throughout the day the workshop will look at our thinking process, the wellness continuum, mindfulness, personality traits, and the wheel of life. This is all done in a very interactive non-intrusive and fun way. Areas covered on the day include relaxation and stress management, understanding the relationship between thoughts and emotions, developing a wellness toolkit and daily plan.

 

If you or anyone you know would like to attend please book your FREE place online at http://bit.ly/2alhkxA

 
Waterford Harvest Festival brings crowds of Happy Harvesters to the Deise

 

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The Waterford Harvest Festival brought the Viking Triangle, Ballybricken and the city centre to life in a blaze of food glory as thousands of visitors attended the three-day festival, which showcased the very best of Irish produce.

 

Whilst the opening afternoon (Friday) of the Waterford Harvest Festival was hampered by the inclement weather, by Day Two the sun was shining, and temperatures and festival spirits were high.

 

The streets surrounding the Viking Triangle, Ballybricken Green and the Millennium Plaza were awash with food producers, stallholders, demonstrations, growers, craftspeople, farm animals, talkshops, community gardens and giant inflatable dragons!

 

Whilst it is difficult to pinpoint one particular highlight of the festival, Festival Director, Tommie Ryan was delighted with the festival and the reaction to the events.

 

“It would be true to say Friday was disappointing as the rain showed no sign of abating, however, Saturday and Sunday were both fantastic festival days. The sun shone on the thousands of visitors who came along to enjoy the eclectic festival programme.”

 

“The Festival Market proved, as usual, a great draw, as people grazed their way through the Mall. The EnterpRISING Food Village and SuperValu Food Academy were very popular, with customers meeting the producers and getting an insight into their food journeys.”

 

“The events in Ballybricken were a big hit with families as Farm to Fork, Junior HQ and the Ballybricken Fair were not just entertaining, but informative, interactive and fun as well.”

 

“We had some great Waterford “firsts”, with the launch of the “Blaager” on Friday evening and the World Blaa Eating Championships. The restaurant events, such as the EAT Waterford Taste Experiences, Iyer’s Pop up at La Boheme, the Tapas River Cruise and Flahavan’s Harvest Brunch were sold-out and the reaction to the high calibre of Waterford’s restaurants’ creativity and imagination was amazing.”

 

“The evening events went down a treat, with the festival spirit lasting into the evening at the Viking Rocks Craft Beer Festival, Whiskey tasting demo at Revolution and Gin Tasting at Davy Macs. The Thin Gin Music stage on the Mall added a great carnival atmosphere to the festival throughout the weekend.”

 

Tommie added, “The Waterford Harvest Festival is a wonderful platform, keeping Waterford on the national food map. The dedication and commitment of the team can’t be stressed enough.  The Festival is a success simply because of the people behind it…the sponsors, the volunteers, local businesses, the event management and Waterford City and County Council.  Without these and, of course, the brilliant support of the general public, we wouldn’t have the festival that we now have and one that we can all be very proud of!”

 
WIT staff get behind 4th Light It Up Gold campaign

 

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The Childhood Cancer Foundation runs the Light It Up Gold Campaign for childhood cancer awareness every September. Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is holding a series of events to support this worthy campaign as well as increasing awareness of a great charity and a terrible disease.

 

The Childhood Cancer Foundation is a charity close to the hearts of WIT staff as unfortunately, three mothers working in WIT have had children diagnosed with cancer in recent years.

 

On 15 September a Public Lecture on Childhood malignancies in Ireland will take place in the Auditorium at WIT’s Main Campus at 1:15pm -2:15pm. The lecture will be given by Siobhan Broderick, Oncology & Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist,  Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.

 

It is open to the public and to the staff/students of WIT. Booking is not required. Overflow car parking is available at the nearby RSC.

 

Organiser Janet O’Neill explains “It’s open to everyone in the college and anyone who wants to learn about Childhood Cancer in Ireland. We will have a stand with the different foundations/charities that help kids with cancer in Ireland and their families, we will be selling Gold Pins (€2) and Light it up Gold Candles (€1) at the event. The event is free and we will have a bucket collection if people want to contribute they can. The money will go directly to The Childhood Cancer Foundation http://www.childhoodcancer.ie.”

 

This is followed by a Golden Moments Afternoon Tea at 3pm in the Tourism & Leisure building. Local oncology kids, their families and friends will attend the event.

 

Organiser Dr Siobhan Drohan explains: “We have food, sweets, tea, coffee, face painters, balloons, a video presentation of kids from St John’s Ward, it’s a picture presentation of their stories. Weather permitting, hopefully we will have a hot air balloon.”

 

As part of the international campaign originating in the USA, buildings across the world will light it up gold in September to shine a light on the bravery of children dealing with cancer. WIT is lighting two road frontage buildings in gold. Other highlights include: changing the WIT home page to gold, changing Moodle (Online Learning Environment) to gold, displaying childhood cancer information on AV devices around all campuses,

 

Separate to WIT’s events, on 23 September, the Light It Up Gold Walk, a candle-lit walk, sets out from the Bishop’s Palace. It goes from the back of the Bishop’s Palace down past the Credit Union onto the Mall, along the quay to the Clock Tower to John Robert’s Square then turning down at the library back to the Bishop’s Palace.

 
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