Waterford Institute of Technology and Keltech Shortlisted for Knowledge Transfer Ireland 2017 Impact Awards


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Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Waterford company Keltech have been shortlisted in the Consultancy Impact category for the prestigious Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards 2017. The annual KTI Impact Awards showcases and celebrates successes in knowledge transfer carried out in Irish publicly funded research performing organisations (RPO) in the previous year.


The Consultancy Impact award recognises and pays tribute to a researcher/research group in providing expert consultancy advice and support to a business or public sector organisation that will have resulted in a demonstrable economic and/or public benefit.  The award celebrates both the company success and the RPO, including the support provided by the Technology Transfer Office (TTO).


The Waterford Institute of Technology shortlisted application for this Award is Dr. Patrick Lynch, Centre Director of RIKON. An international-leading centre of excellence in the study of Service Innovation and Business Process Excellence, RIKON has been a success story in working with companies to help them create new business or re-imagine how they do business better.


The consultancy project between RIKON and Keltech involved the development of an innovative blue-ocean strategic vision that moved the company from a metal fabrication sub-contractor to a metal contract manufacturing outsourcing partner. This represented a huge business transformation for Keltech. Founded in 1989 by the current manging director Ray Breen, Keltech began as a humble mechanical workshop with a supporting team of mechanical fitters working off-site servicing local companies. It has now evolved into a metal contract manufacturing outsourcing partner, employing 130 people, located in a modern automated 90,000 sq. ft. facility, and whose clients are Original Equipment Manufacturers across Europe (e.g. Yanmar, Toyota Denso, Liebherr) who outsource their sub-assembly manufacturing processes to Keltech for integration into their main production line.


Commenting on the nomination, Dr. Lynch stated that “to be shortlisted for this prestigious award is a great recognition from Knowledge Transfer Ireland as to the calibre and impact of the consultancy delivered and to the very technically challenging problem of creating and deploying a blue ocean strategy in a real-time commercial environment”.


Critical to the implementation and success of this project was the strong commitment of the Keltech management board and in particular the General Manager, Declan Walsh, who was the internal project champion, “at the heart of this success story is a truly collaborative and integrated relationship between Keltech and RIKON where we have empowered our employees to have the belief in themselves to take ownership of the transformation to ensure a culture of continuous improvement and change management was embedded in Keltech.


According to Dr. James O’Sullivan, Technology Transfer Manager, WIT -“RIKON have got under the hood of the Keltech business model which has allowed significant savings for the company in addition to the realisation of new business opportunities.  Service model innovation is complex and the TTO has remained a silent partner in the background ensuring all of the contracting and IP is professionally and efficiently managed.”


The KTI Impact Awards will take place on Thursday, 30th March 2017 in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. 


President Higgins to attend a performance of 'Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye'


KCurrams JIHKY 2017 promo shot 031Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to announce that President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins will attend Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye by Jim Nolan when it is performed at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire on Thursday 30th March. The national tour of this Garter Lane production is going to nine venues including Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny, Glor Theatre, Ennis, Town Hall Theatre, Galway, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Port Laoise and the Everyman Theatre, Cork with funding from the Arts Council and Waterford City & County Council and sponsorship from Blackwater Distillery.


Jim Nolan, playwright and director of the production said "I'm honoured that the President of Ireland will attend this performance, as are the cast of Michael Hayes, Garrett Keogh, Ema Lemon, Ciaran McMahon and Deirdre Monaghan and the crew. At the heart of the play is an exploration of the extent to which Irish society has measured up to the ideals expressed in the 1916 Proclamation. This exploration is one I am hopeful will resonate with President Higgins, whose tenure has been has been distinguished by a continued championing of our most marginalised citizens."


Caroline Senior, artistic director of Garter Lane Arts Centre said "Garter Lane Arts Centre has a long association with the work of Jim Nolan, with many of the world premières of his work having taken place in our theatre. With the support of the Arts Council and Waterford City & County Council, we are delighted to have the chance to tour this wonderful production which we first produced in 2016 nationwide to eight venues, and we are delighted that President and Mrs Higgins will be joining us in the Pavilion Theatre."


Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye continues its nationwide tour with performances in Lime Tree Theatre Limerick on Wednesday 29th March, Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on Saturday 1st April, Dunamaise Arts Centre on Tues 4th April and The Everyman Cork from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th April. Further details from


Free Smovey event


Smovey free event


Do you want to become a smovey COACH?


We are looking for physiotherapists, physical & holistic therapists,  gym and yoga  instructors to join our team all across Ireland and the UK.    


Smovey is an Austrian exercise and physiotherapists’ tool that creates a vibration through movement, increasing circulation throughout the body and relieving pain. It’s a tool that is very easy to use and used both in rehabilitation and exercise classes and we are looking for smovey coaches to work as part of Smovey Health team.  We have Austrian trainers coming to Waterford on 21st and 22nd April to certify smovey coaches and once you’re trained, we have a wide selection of options to choose from.  We are looking to set up smovey classes throughout Ireland & UK and also to work in conjunction with organisations like Parkinson’s Ireland, MS Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association as well as presenting our “wellness in the workplace program” to our corporate clients.


If you are able to commit 10 hours or more a week to introducing and demonstrating smovey to our clients, come along to Waterford Chamber of Commerce Tuesday 4th April from 1pm to 1.45pm for open meeting.  This meeting will give detailed information on the product, training and the compensation plan.


Please see for further information on smovey and coach training. This information session is free but MUST be registered for.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information or to register  for information session. Light lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Music Network presents celebrated French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand and acclaimed recitalist Pascal Amoyel


Amoyel Bertrand

Music Network presents celebrated French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand and acclaimed recitalist Pascal Amoyel (France) at Georgian Large Room, City Hall, Thursday 30th March


A gleaming performance of Debussy’s Cello Sonata from Bertrand and pianist Pascal Amoyel” – The Guardian


Together they make eloquent magic” – San Francisco Chronicle  


Drink in the honeyed tones of French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand performing with long-term collaborator and acclaimed recitalist Pascal Amoyel on piano at the Georgian Large Room, City Hall, Waterford on Thursday 30th March at 7.30pm as part of a Music Network tour. These two artists make a terrific duo, bringing real passion to everything they play. For this concert they will perform a programme of Romantic music by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Brahms and music by Irish composer Kevin Volans. More details at


The duo have performed together for many years, garnering widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike and in particular for the “wonderful singing quality” of their playing – the nuanced phrasing of Amoyel the perfect foil for the glowing tones and textures of Bertrand’s cello. Unmissable!


More details at


Thursday 30th March


City Hall (Georgian Large Room), Waterford


7:30 p.m., Tel. €15 / €5 (students) at the door only


Promoted by Waterford Music 


Business of the Week - Matrix Recruitment Group


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Matrix Recruitment Group is a leading national recruitment company.


Established in 1998, Matrix Recruitment Group are 100% Irish-owned and have over 100 years combined recruitment experience. With five offices nationwide – Dublin, Waterford, Carlow, Athlone and Galway – they specialise in the permanent, contract and temporary recruitment of a number of job categories including;


 • Accountancy


 • Financial Services


 • Engineering


 • Manufacturing


 • Quality & Laboratory


 • Supply Chain


 • Human Resources


 • Office Support & IT


 • Sales & Marketing


Matrix Recruitment Group pride themselves on 'specialising in you'​, getting to know everyone they work with. Their recruiters develop relationships with talented candidates, have deep networks and great skills in the craft of recruitment.


Their mission is to place the best candidate in the job that completely fulfils the expectations of both candidate and client alike.  Their proven success at matching candidates with clients comes from their consultant’s hands-on industry experience, in-depth market knowledge, specialisation and complete commitment to caring for their clients and candidates.


They are highly experienced and fully established within the recruitment market place, taking the time to get to know everyone they work with in order to build long-lasting, meaningful relationships. For more information contact the Waterford office on 051 353825 or see


Hartley People – Recruitment Open Days April & May 2017


Open Days


Are you looking to make the next move in your career but not sure where to start? Hartley People, the Waterford’s leading talent acquisition firm, will host a series of Open Days from the 13th of April in their Waterford Office - 29 Manor Street from 12.00-7.00pm.


Take the opportunity to meet their experienced Talent Specialists and check out all open positions and upcoming roles - no appointment necessary!


Week 1 : Thursday 13th April – Quality

Week 2: Thursday 20th April – Human Resources

Week 3: Thursday 27th April – Engineering

Week 4: Thursday 4th May – Accounting

Week 5: Thursday 11th May – Production / Supply Chain


We look forward to meeting you!


Faithlegg House Hotel appoints Ronan Douglas as Business Development Manager




Ronan Douglas has been appointed Business Development Manager of Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort in County Waterford.


A Waterford native, Ronan graduated from the Waterford Institute of Technology with a degree in Business and Legal Studies. Since then he has held positions throughout the corporate and not for profit sectors, bringing with him a wealth of experience for his new role.


Ronan is delighted to join the team at Faithlegg House Hotel at an exciting time which will see him supporting and leading the overall development of the resort. FBD Property and Leisure have invested strongly in the market and Faithlegg House Hotel has experienced significant growth year on year. The resort has recently completed a refurbishment of 28 classic rooms, the Boardroom and Adelaide Blake Suites and plan to start work on their Master Suites in the coming months.


Ronan is proud to have recently contributed to the development and establishment of GIY’s National Food Education Centre in Waterford, GROW HQ and also has devoted his time to working with the educational charity Junior Achievement, which creates a culture of enterprise within classrooms across Ireland helping young people realise their potential.


Ronan lives in Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny with his wife Julieann and their two children, Cian and Saoirse. In his spare time, he is a dedicated Waterford F.C., Waterford GAA, and Tottenham Hotspur supporter and firmly believes that 2017 is Waterford’s year for success!


Ronan is keen to continue to engage with the business community in Waterford and surrounding areas and is very much looking forward to extending a warm welcome to both new and returning business clients of Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort.


Celebrate Mother's Day - Your Portrait for just €29


Gerry O'Carroll is offering Waterford Chamber members a personalised portrait, unique to your family and celebrating your Mum on this Mother's Day.


  • Baby, Children or Family Portrait Experience Session (worth €195) for just €29.
  • Portrait Sessions will be scheduled (subject to Diary Availability) between March 21st and June 30th, 2017
  • You will receive a full session (worth €100) and a complimentary desk portrait worth €95.
  • You are of course welcome to offset the €95 towards one of our designer portraits if you wish.
  • We will be shown a complete range of portrait options and pricing at your portrait session


You can also buy the voucher ONLINE HERE as a download and print it yourself and is available until Sunday


Please note, as we are a fine art portrait studio and our desire is to have your portraiture beautifully displayed in your home, not left languishing in a drawer, we do not sell electronic images on CD or USB.



Free TSSG Open Innovation Day a must for Pharma, Medical and Manufacturing industry leaders





Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) hosts ‘Advancing your Business Technologies’ event in Wexford


COMPANIES or individuals across the south east who have a product or idea they want to advance or bring to market, are being offered an unique, free opportunity to meet with experts from the local research centre and partners, who have built up core, globally renowned expertise in Pharmacutical, Medical Devices and ICT in Advanced Manufacturing sectors.


Waterford Institute of Technology’s internationally-acclaimed and multi award-winning Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is bringing its brightest and best to meet with industry and individuals at the free ‘Advancing your business Technologies’ Open Innovation Day on Thursday, March 30, at the Clayton Whites Hotel, starting from 8am.


The event runs until just before noon and will be of critical interest to pharmaceutical, medical devices and manufacturing companies based in the south east region, as well as CEOs, COOs and decision makers within organisations. Those with an innovative idea or products they want to bring to market are also strongly urged to attend, to network with the TSSG’s staff and their partner organisations and see how they can work together to advance business technologies and benefit the south east regional economy.


Registration is free and now open on

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