WIT Christmas Concert


WIT Christmas Concert


The Department of Creative and Performing Arts BA (Honours) Music will celebrate its annual Christmas concert on Thursday, 1 December in the College Street Chapel at 7 pm.


The WIT Christmas concert is a free event, open to the public that offers a mix of non-Christmassy music as well as a few Christmas tunes.


People of Waterford are invited to come along and listen to a night of music and song from the most promising musicians in the region. Donations will be taken in aid of Focus Ireland.


Students in WIT’s music school and undergraduate students on the music degree will showcase their talent, performing a wide-ranging programme from Mozart to a choral arrangement of Metallica. There will be performances from the WIT orchestra and ensembles, including traditional, guitar, jazz and the chamber choir.


WIT Orchestra

The WIT orchestra comprises over forty musicians including undergraduates from the BA (Hons) Music and students of the WIT Music School, under the directorship of Stephen Mackey.


They will perform Beethoven Symphony no. 6., Mendelssohn Violin Concerto ( andante ) with soloist Eimear Heeney, and some Stephen Sondheim with soloist Tadgh Brennan.


WIT Chamber Choir

The orchestra together with WIT Chamber Choir, directed by Bridget Knowles, and accompanied by Dr. Marian Ingoldsby will perform Mozart ‘Laudate Dominum’ and the choir will perform arrangements of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and Pentatonix ‘White Winter Hymnal.’ 


WIT traditional ensemble

The WIT traditional ensemble directed by uileann piper Dr Jimmy O’Brien Moran will play the tunes of old Irish collections along with their own take on standard traditional repertoire. The ensemble performs a selection from lively jigs and reels to the beautiful slow airs of old Irish tradition featuring banjo, flutes, mandolin, piano and uilleann pipes.


WIT guitar ensemble

The WIT guitar ensemble led by Irish guitar virtuoso Michael O’Toole is an exciting and alternative approach to instrumental music. Performing their take on contemporary music, their eclectic repertoire creates a unique soundscape that is an unmissable experience for all music lovers. 


WIT jazz ensemble

The WIT jazz ensemble plays a collection of jazz compositions from a variety of styles including swing, bebop, latin and modern. It is led by accomplished composer Philip Collins who has brought his own style and influence to this ensemble through his arrangement of standards from the repertoire.


Hot Club de WIT

Hot Club de WIT is a vibrant new group led by guitarist Dylan Bible combining acoustic guitars, violin, clarinet, double bass, electric bass and vocals to create an infectious classic Hot Club vibe. Their up-tempo and dynamic sound is based on various musical styles encapsulated by the “gypsy-sound”, inspired by Django Reinhardt’s “Jazz Manouche” style with a modern twist. 

Waterford’s Viking Triangle wins the UK & Ireland “Great Place” Award




The Viking Triangle in Waterford has been named as the “Great Place” in Ireland and the UK at a prestigious awards event in London.


The award is one of five given out annually by The Academy of Urbanism to recognise the best, most enduring or most improved cities, towns, neighbourhoods, streets and places. Voted on by Academicians, who include leading architects, planners and developers, each award looks at a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.


The Viking Triangle beat off competition from the Greenwich Market in London and the Leicester Market in Northern Ireland to win the award.


The judges noted that the Viking Triangle is more than a traditional physical regeneration initiative. “Supported by a strong historical narrative and harnessing the best of their assets, their strategy has been simple yet effective. Public funding has served as a catalyst and with local buy-in this has led to an improved perception of the area. In turn this has enhanced the quality of life and competitiveness of local business which is leading to private sector investment” said Nick Childs, lead assessor.


The Viking Triangle wasn’t the only Irish winner – Clonakilty won The Great Town Award.

Seagull Bakery is proof of local business success


Seagull Bakery


Sarah Richards always had a creative streak. After graduating from the Crawford College of Art and Design, the young art student funded her fledgling painting projects through baking.


This newly discovered passion heralded a change in career for Sarah and she trained as a chef at Ballymaloe Cookery School. It was under the tutelage of the Allens that she discovered her love of bread making.


Fast forward ten years and three children later, Sarah recently opened The Seagull Bakery, a small artisan sourdough bakery in Tramore, Co. Waterford.


From home-bakes in the kitchen to a busy town-centre bakery that produces hundreds of sourdough loaves, pastries and buns daily, Sarah’s journey in entrepreneurship was bolstered by assistance and advice from Waterford Local Enterprise Office.


“When I started baking, I had no idea where the business was going, I didn’t have a business plan or any long-term forecasts or projections, I just loved baking sourdough bread.”


“Baking at home and selling loaves at local farmer’s markets and festivals was the starting point. However, as demand for our sourdough grew, not just in Waterford but throughout the region, I realised we had a choice to make. Do we keep going as we are or do we commit to expanding, taking on new staff and investing in a new premises?”


“I met with Waterford LEO and the advice, assistance and support I received was invaluable. It took the fear and uncertainty out of expansion. While initially I felt a little out of my comfort zone, it gave me the confidence I needed to drive the business and take it to the next level.”


With the opening of the Seagull Bakery in September, Sarah now employs three bakers in the quaint artisan bakery which supplies to customers, restaurants, cafes, artisan shops and farmers’ markets.


Mr. Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at Waterford Local Enterprise Office said “Sarah is the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit in Waterford. She had reached a stage with the business where the easiest and safest option would have been to keep going as is. However, like many a great entrepreneur she was passionate about her product and wasn’t afraid to fail, so she just went for it.”


“I have always said Waterford entrepreneurs, in particular those in the food industry, are almost zealous about providing the highest calibre of product. Sarah had the baking expertise and skills to create a wonderful product, and with some funding, mentoring and support from Waterford LEO, she was able to turn her passion into a successful enterprise.”


Since LEO Waterford opened its doors in Waterford and Dungarvan in 2014, almost 1,000entrepreneurs have availed of the myriad of support services on offer from LEO Waterford helping them take their businesses to the next level.


As part of a network of 31 LEO’s across the country, Waterford LEO works with people thinking of starting or growing a business by giving them access to the full range of State supports from different Government bodies, such as Waterford City and County Council, Enterprise Ireland, Department of Social Protection, the Credit Review Office and training bodies.


If you are thinking of expanding your business, call Local Enterprise Office Waterford on 0761 102905 or call into the offices at 35 The Mall, Waterford or The Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.


A list of LEO support services is also available on

Launch of Christmas Shopping in Waterford


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Waterford City is the place to be on Friday, 18th November when the City’s stores celebrate the launch of Christmas Shopping in Waterford!


All your favourite stores in Waterford City have come together to create a fun evening of festive entertainment with giveaways, prizes and goody bags from Penneys, Strand Travel, Shaws Department Store, Fitzgerald Menswear, Mulligans Pharmacy, The Book Centre, Tommy Hilfiger, City Square, George's Court Shopping Centre and many more.


Beat 102-103 will be live on Barronstrand Street from 4pm sponsored by George's Court Shopping Centre and City Square Shopping Centre will have WLRFM live from 3pm awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus to his grotto.


Over €5,000 worth of vouchers and prizes will be given away from the City’s most popular stores with 100 Goodie Bags, each including a Happy Meal from McDonalds and a pearl necklace from Carraig Donn to be given away throughout the afternoon.


There will be a Snow Skiing Selfie Station for the first time in Ireland, face painting, balloon making and lots of in-store discounts and promotions throughout the city.


With Festive Decorations, Christmas lights, Music and Late Night Shopping there’s sure to be lots of fun so don’t miss this great event as Christmas Shopping is launched in Waterford City.


Visit for further details.

Public Meeting organised by South East Advocacy Group




The campaign for hospital services by South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) will be ramped up despite a decision by Minister for Health, Simon Harris to postpone a visit to University Hospital Waterford (UHW). Medical professionals at the Hospital believe a date will be confirmed for early December 2016.


The Group (SEPAG) is holding an open public meeting at 7.30pm next Monday 7th November 2016 at The Granville Hotel, Waterford to which members of the public are invited to attend.


The meeting is being held to discuss the ongoing battle which has ensued to have the long-awaited, and much anticipated, 24/7 cardiac care services and the second cath lab implemented at UHW without any further delay.


Speaking ahead of the public meeting Yvonne Cooney of SEPAG commented ‘Our campaign for adequate services for the South East region will continue until this issue is addressed. Speaking to people in the region, I feel their disappointment and anger but also their determination to continue fighting for the South East. Lives are at risk as people are being forced to travel to Cork which simply cannot be reached within the vital 90 minute time limit.”


Yvonne went on to say “We have been contacted by support groups in key areas of the region and believe that we can now accelerate our campaign to another level involving concerned and like-minded community activists. I ask the public to join us at our public meeting and then at our protest to highlight the importance of this issue.”


The Group is inviting all councillors, TDs and Ministers from Waterford, Kilkenny, Wexford, Tipperary and Carlow to the public meeting to hear from the people and the consultants from UHW who can offer an indepth explanation as to why this serious matter is being thrown around like a political football by their respective political parties while the lives of 500,000 people are being put at risk every single day of the week.


The group's intention is to once again organise a protest march on Saturday 12th November beginning at 2pm from Ballybricken and they would urge everyone in the South East region to come out on the day and show your absolute disgust at how this Government are treating the people of the region. SEPAG wants to send a very clear message to Minister Harris that they are not going to lie down and accept the flawed findings of the Herity Report and they have once again urged him to review his position on the matter and rely instead on the findings of the Higgins Report.


The Group is demanding that the Minister take whatever action is necessary to implement the 24/7 cardiac care, restore UHW's Category 4 status and reinstate all the services that have been lost in the intervening four years.

13th-21st November is Science Week in the South East


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Over 2,000 places were booked out in an hour for primary school events at the Robert Boyle Science Festival, which is part of Science Week.


Throughout the South-East, Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s science outreach centre, will be running events showcasing the wonders of science with interactive shows and lectures, making sure there is something for everyone. While schools’ events are booked out there are public lectures free to attend.


The Robert Boyle Science Festival is part of National Science Week (co-ordinated by Science Foundation Ireland) and will take place from 13th-21st November. The festival brings top scientists and science presenters from the south east together with international scientists and presenters, with a variety of shows, presentations and lectures on important scientific issues. There are fun shows for children and families, and lectures on more serious science issue affecting all of us for the general public.


The week kicks off with a Family Science Day in Lismore Heritage Centre on Sunday November 13th. This offers people of all ages an opportunity to get hands with real science experiments - from experiments exploring the world of chemistry with colour tests, reactive volcanoes and more to shows exploring the rich science heritage of Lismore- birthplace of famous Irish scientist Robert Boyle. There will also be very special performances of the world-famous Supercool Show, presented by The London Science Museum and The Science of Bubble presentation by Milo Ramellini from the Maths Museum of Catalonia.


Science Week is for everyone and so the organisers are pleased to announce a variety of evening events for members of the general public. Science is a powerful tool in the fight against crime and on Monday November 14th, Dr Sheila Willis, Director of General of Forensic Science Ireland will give a public lecture at 7pm in Waterford Institute of Technology on “Sherlock Holmes to CSI - The changing role of science in Crime”. During the tenure of Sheila Willis, Forensic Science Ireland has expanded significantly, become accredited to ISO17025 , been nominated to host the National DNA database and received a number of awards including the Taoiseach’s award in 2012. The Government has accepted the need to invest in the laboratory and a much needed new facility will commence in 2017.


Science is for everyone and on Wednesday November 16th at 7pm the London Science Museum will present their ever popular Bubble show for families.


On Thursday evening at 6.30 pm Prof John L Barbur from the University of London will discuss new studies on how vision is effected by AMD and diabetes. This lecture will take place in the Nursing Building at WIT.


Throughout the week there will be a variety of shows taking place across the region with events in New Ross, Clonmel, Dungarvan, Lismore and Waterford city.


All events during Science Week are FREE, but should be booked through Eleanor Reade, School of Science WIT- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 051 302037. This festival follows closely on the heels of Maths Week Ireland which over 250,000 students and members of the public participated in and was coordinated nationally by Calmast, the award winning centre at WIT. Science Week is nationally coordinated and supported by Science Foundation Ireland. 

Statement from WIT on findings of Financial Review of the Institutes of Technology report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA)


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.

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