Don’t walk home alone

Rapid Cabs


Waterford City’s Rapid Cabs has teamed up with W.I.T. Students’ Union to ensure its students ‘Get Home Safe’.


Rapid Cabs and the W.I.T. Students’ Union have one message for students this year and that is Don’t walk home alone.


The scenario is not uncommon.  You’re a student of W.I.T. and out for the evening. You’ve run out of money, lost your wallet or purse and it’s time to go home. However, now you can get a taxi with Rapid Cabs rather than walking home on your own. Just leave your WITCard with them and pay your fare when you collect it the next day.


Michelle Byrne, WITSU President heartily endorses this new initiative, "The Students' Union is delighted to be able to work with Rapid Cabs on this scheme. Student safety is vitally important to us. We encourage students not to walk home alone from nights out. This partnership will ensure students get home safely even if they have run out of money on the night."


“Waterford City does not differ from any large urban environment, it is no safer or more dangerous that any third level City, but people need to plan their night out, and that includes getting home”.


Rapid Cabs CEO Eric O’Brien, explains the importance of this message to students, “In our industry we see it all. Being safe when out at night comes down to making smart decisions. That is why messages like this are so important. It seems obvious not to walk home alone but when you are out and have no money, you do not think you have a choice. Now you do.”


The ‘Safe Home Scheme’ is now in place and will be promoted through-out the Institute campus and on local radio.


All Rapid Cabs drivers are fully Garda vetted, insured and licensed. Open and accessible 24 hours a day 365 days a year, Rapid Cabs has a computerised booking dispatch system from its local taxi call centre and has installed in-car computers in all of its taxis to ensure as such efficiency as possible.


Its new App is available for free on Apple and Android.

Apron On, Bake Off!


Mill EdieAs part of the Waterford Harvest Festival, from September 9th to 11th, The Little Mill Company wants you to “Ready, Steady, Bake” as the search is on for Ireland’s next Best Baker!


Simply bake the ultimate wholemeal cake, using any ingredients of your choosing, add a pinch of imagination and a sprinkling of creativity and bring your bake along to the Theatre Royal on Saturday, September 10th between 12pm and 3pm, when the ultimate Wholemeal Bake will be decided.


The only stipulation of the competition is that Little Mill wholemeal flour is used in the recipe.  It’s readily available from SuperValu stores throughout Munster.


Prizes for the best three bakes are luxury hampers from the Irish Food Co-op, with a range of goodies from The Little Mill, Mileeven Foods, Tastefully Yours, O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon, Carrigbyrne Farmhouse Cheese, Killowen Yogurt, Knockanore Cheese plus other baking goodies.


According to Kathy Purcell of the Little Mill Company, baking competitions are a wonderful incentive to get children interested in good food and the process behind making tasty bakes.


“One of the most rewarding aspects of what we do is seeing children from an early age learn about good food and get involved in baking, either with their families or at school. If parents encourage their children to bake from an early age, the chances are that those good practices will stand to them for life.”


“The same principle can apply to adults too.  It’s never too late to learn how to bake.  Popular TV programmes such as the Great British and Irish Bake Offs are encouraging people to get into the kitchen, mix up a dough and not be afraid to tackle a loaf or a sponge.”


The Little Mill Company is run by father and son milling team, Bill and Rob Mosse and is now in its seventh generation.  Using traditional milling methods, the family has produced some of the best traditionally stoneground wholemeals and baking blends for hundreds of years.


The Little Mill Company’s range of traditionally stoneground wholemeals is made using methods that go back generations, with nothing added and nothing taken away, only the wholegrain goodness.


The Little Mill Baking Competition is just one of the many free, fun, family events taking place during the Waterford Harvest Festival from September 9th to 11th.


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


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 Harvest celebrates health and well-being with new Fit Food event.


Mark Rowe

If you’ve ever considered the joy of juicing, the significance of seaweed, the clout of Kangoo, the value of going vegan or the usefulness of yoga, the Harvest Fit Food and Wellness Area is something you are not going to want to miss.


This event takes place as part of the Waterford Harvest Festival which runs from September 9th to 11th and is supported by Glanbia and Waterford Chamber Skillnet.


The Harvest Fit Food and Wellness Area at the Millennium Plaza is an area dedicated to health, well-being and mindfulness and will feature a host of demonstrations and workshops that focus on ways to live better, healthier and longer.


The new event came about through a collaboration between sports nutritionists, bakers, medical experts and growers and will take place on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th from 12pm to 5pm.


Dr. Mark Rowe, G.P., motivational speaker and wellbeing expert welcomed the dedicated health and well-being area to this year’s festival.


“There is so much emphasis these days being put on calories, when actually the focus should be on good nutrition. What we put in our bodies has a huge effect on our health. Our society has succumbed to fast fixes as we become increasingly time poor and as a result our bodies are not getting the good food we need to live better.”


“Excess sugars, processed and nutritionally bereft foods directly impact our mood and energy levels, so the benefits of good, clean wholesome food and regular exercise can never by overestimated.”


Dr. Rowe added, “The Harvest Fit Food and Wellness area will give visitors the opportunity to meet with health and nutrition experts and get advice on a vast array of subjects such as “clean” cooking and how to be leaders in our own well-being.”


Also featured will be a sports nutrition talk and the community garden competition, where three Waterford community groups have designed and planted their own micro garden.  Ballybeg Greens will give a demonstration on how to grow your own and there is full line up of talk shops covering everything from Kangoo jumping, living from the sea, baking “good” bread, raw food, healing herbs, Zumba, drumming meditation and fermentation.


Tommie Ryan, Festival Director said the Harvest Fit Food Area will be a great addition to the festival. “Over the last few years, Irish society has become more attuned to the benefits of eating well to live better.”


“There is an appetite for information on good nutrition and healthy living, so the Waterford Harvest Festival is the perfect platform for people, and families in particular, to get to know more about good nutrition, healthy lifestyle and living better. This area features all things good for the mind, body and soul”.


“It also ties in particularly well with the theme of the festival, which is all about celebrating our great food producers, growers, suppliers and artisans. The products they provide can form the basis of us getting a little closer to eating as well as we possibly can.”


The Harvest Fit Food and Wellness Area is just one of almost 80 free events taking place throughout the three-day Harvest Festival from September 9th to 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

EAT Waterford at Harvest Festival 2016


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A fusion of taste offered by eight Waterford restaurants


Following on from the success of last year’s debut at Waterford Harvest Festival, the EAT Waterford Taste Experience is back for 2016.


As part of the three day, jam packed food festival (September 9th to 11th), the EAT Waterford Taste experience, a collaboration between eight local restaurants, will create a five course taste extravaganza, served in one of Waterford’s finest cultural hubs, Greyfriars Church, in the Viking Triangle.


The restaurants behind the initiative, Bellissimo, Momo, The Olive Tree, Sabai, The Bistro at the Tower Hotel, Loko, Zak’s at Athenauem House Hotel and l’Atmosphere, are ardent supporters of local produce and will create the dishes using fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.


Stan Leslie, Proprietor of Loko is looking forward to the event. “We had a fantastic experience last year. All our sittings were sold out and I think the public really enjoyed the different elements brought to the courses by the different chefs. Despite each chef having a unique style and personality, the overall result was that it gelled well and, most importantly, presented a very vibrant food scene in our great City.”


“This year, we have added some new restaurants to the mix and we’re excited about the new dynamic. Waterford has a broad range of award winning restaurants, all punching above their weight. By coming together for this taste experience, not only can we showcase the breadth of great produce on our doorstep, but also the talent, commitment and enthusiasm that thrives in restaurants and their kitchens throughout the city.”


The EAT Waterford Taste Experience takes place at 8pm on Friday, September 9th and Saturday 10th and at 2pm on Sunday, September 11th.


Catherine Heffernan of Sabai is also happy to be involved in the Eat Waterford showcase event. “This year we have also added a casual lunch to the schedule. The Flavour Experience will be served on Saturday, September 10th at 2pm. This lunch will give diners the opportunity to enjoy even more food styles that our diverse local food scene has to offer whilst soaking up the atmosphere of the festival.”


“Added to the mix is the fantastic setting of Greyfriars Church. It’s bright, spacious, atmospheric and brimming with charm and we really do believe that it is going to bring an extra dimension to the whole dining experience.”


Tickets for both EAT Waterford events, the five course taste experience and the Flavour Experience (casual lunch) are €39 and €19 respectively and are available from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 051 874402 or online at


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 for all the family to enjoy.


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

Teresa Heffernan Mulcahy Fundraiser


Teresa Heffernan Mulcahy Fundraiser


As you might be aware my sister Teresa suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and unfortunately in recent years her health has deteriorated to a great extent. She requires full-time oxygen to breath and is in need of a lung transplant.


With a young family, ongoing trips to St. Vincents Hospital in Dublin and husband John needing to be her full time carer, the finanical burden is steep and constant.


The local community have been amazing with support and fundrasing activities. The latest of these is a Benefit Night in Dunphys Bar, Kill on Sat 27th August.


As part of this fundraisng drive I am hoping to use this GoFundMe page to appeal to anyone that knows Teresa but cannot be there on the night or maybe people who were not aware of her sitiuation and would now like help in some way.


I understand every person and families have difficulties of their own to deal with, but any contribution to the fund would be greatly appreciated. - Tony Heffernan


Donations can be made at

Opportunity to take part in TV Series "You Should Really See a Doctor"

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This summer Dr Pixie McKenna and Dr Phil Kieran are hosting free pop-up clinics at events around the country, offering on-the-spot consultations and health checks for their RTÉ One Television Series "You Should Really See a Doctor".


Once again Dr Pixie and Dr Phil are keen to examine the symptoms and ailments that are bothering the nation, the lumps, bumps, pains, aches, tingling and toilet troubles - whatever is irritating you or your family.


This year RTÉ will be bringing its Pop-Up Clinic to Waterford's Harvest Festival on Sunday, 11th September.


Applications are now being invited for participants. RTÉ are particularly interested in hearing in advance from people who have been avoiding the doctor, or who have researched their symptoms (or a family member's symptoms) online, but would like a real doctor's advice. 


Anyone wishing to apply, or to obtain further information, can contact 01 7088188 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rents up nationwide by 34% since 2011



The goal of the Daft report is to use this information to help all actors in the property market make informed decisions about buying and selling. In addition, because it is freely available, the Daft report can help inform the media, the general public and policymakers about the latest developments in the property market.


The figures in this latest rental report show an increase in the average rent nationwide of 9.3% in the year to March 2016.


There is nothing sustainable about inflation in rents of 10% - considering the rate of inflation in the wider economy is close to 0%. If this situation persisted into the future, the average household would have to devote an ever greater share of its income, just to pay its rent. The rule of thumb about a household’s accommodation costs is that their accommodation costs, in the form of rents or mortgage payments, should not be greater than roughly one third of the household’s disposable income.


However, if we look at the rental market, we can see a growing disconnect between household incomes and prevailing rents. The average rent for a three-bedroom house in Waterford, though, has increased from on average €619 in 2015 to on average €699 in early 2016.


We know that investors involved in renting out accommodation require a net yield, or annual financial return, of at least 5%. The maths of finance means that once we know this, we can scale up from the monthly rent to construction costs. A monthly rent of €1300 converts into upfront construction cost of €260,000. And this brings up a second and more worrying point about the supply of homes in Ireland.


Even if the developer required land for free, it is not possible to build either a two-bedroom apartment or a three bed semi-detached house in Ireland currently for €260,000. So even before Ireland’s dysfunctional land market has its impact on affordability – and therefore on the volume of new construction – there is a fundamental problem in construction costs in Ireland being too high relative to our own incomes.


It is widely acknowledged that housing is one of the most pressing issues facing the new government. However, housing policy currently is dispersed across a number of departments and government organisations, including the Property Services Regulatory Authority, the Central Bank, the Housing Agency, the Department of Social Protection, the Department of Finance, the Department of the Environment, and local authorities, as well as others.


Ronan Lyons, Economist at Trinity College Dublin and auditor of the 2016 Q1 report, would suggest this involves establishing in a transparent way the details of the costs involved in building a two-bedroom apartment, a three bedroom semi-detached home, and four bed bungalows. Comparisons should also be made to Ireland 10, 20 and 30 years ago, to see the impact on costs of changes in regulations and specifications.


By doing this, and by doing it in a transparent way that can be improved by industry experts or others if better evidence emerges, this will firstly create a consensus on what has been a contentious issue of the past two years, namely the level of construction costs. Perhaps more importantly, this will also identify the three, four or five policy measures that would have the greatest impact in bringing construction costs back in line with real incomes. Until this measure is taken, there will be no clarity in housing policy around supply and more importantly there will to be an increasing mismatch between the new demand for homes of all forms, including rental, and their supply.


Summary – Munster


  • Urban-rural gap in Munster rent inflation once again.
  • All three Munster cities saw double-digit increases in the year to March, with Cork rents now just 0.7% below their previous peak in 2007
  • While urban rents have risen up to 40% since their lowest point, increases in rural Munster remain far more modest, with rents up by 11.5% from their lowest point in Tipperary.
  • Fewer than 700 homes were available to rent in Munster on May 1st, the lowest figure since early 2006.
  • The monthly cost of renting a room in Munster rose strongly in the year to March, with double-digit gains in many urban segments.
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