Dawn Meats Carroll’s Cross becomes First Food Manufacturer to achieve “Business Working Responsibly” Mark


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Dawn Meats has become the first Irish food manufacturing company to achieve the coveted Business Working Responsibly Mark at its Carroll’s Cross site in Waterford. A significant milestone on our journey to becoming Europe’s most sustainable meat company, Dawn Meats last night joined a group of only 25 companies in Ireland to have attained this standard.


The Mark represents a challenging standard and is modelled on internationally recognized ISO 26000. A comprehensive review of the business from corporate responsibility governance, to workplace, marketplace, environment and community practices took place at audit stage, which was completed over two days in May.


Dawn Meats has been widely recognized for its achievements in environmental sustainability and the Mark is further validation of this work and the work undertaken in broader areas of sustainability. 


Dawn Meats CEO Niall Browne commented: “We have set ourselves the goal of becoming Europe’s most sustainable meat company and the endorsement by BITC, with the achievement of the Business Working Responsibly Mark at Carroll’s Cross is further evidence of our progress.  Over the last two years we have updated our sustainability strategy, published our first CSR report and broadened our engagement with stakeholders. As a business we are committed to continuous improvement and are excited by what is achievable over the coming years.”


Head of CSR David O’Flynn added: “Being awarded the Mark is tremendous recognition of the commitment shown by Dawn Meats to responsible business practices. Over the last 18 months the team has worked with BITC’s Mark framework to develop a formalised and documented approach to responsibility and sustainability. Dawn Meats knows that being responsible and sustainable works in harmony and synergy with business growth and it is this knowledge that ensures our continuation on this path.”

'The Faerie Thorn' at the Theatre Royal


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Theatre Royal Waterford, Thursday 25thMay


Adapted by Zoë Seaton & Shelley Atkinson

Directed by Zoë Seaton

Music by Garth MacConaghie


A bewitching set of faerie tales for adults. Intriguing, intelligent and highly readable.’ - Sue Leonard, Irish Examiner


Based on the book ‘The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories’ by Jane Talbot, The Faerie Thorn will recreate Talbot’s dark, imaginative and bewitching tales, propelling the audience into a world of devilish debts, trysts and trades, broken bargains and unjust trials; of magic, quick-wittedness, hoodwinking and revenge.


The stories inhabit an incredibly vivid and dangerous world controlled by a complex fairy mafia including factions like the memory takers, the time keepers, the bad talkers and trolls, which humans tackle at their peril.


Over the past thirty years, Big Telly have carved a reputation as bold, risk-taking theatre makers, and The Faerie Thorn production will be a vibrant, contemporary, physical theatre, incorporating masks, movement and illusion.The Faerie Thornwill be witty, dark and wickedly comedic dealing with inexorable human tensions in a way that is shocking and yet terrifyingly familiar.


Time: 8pm

Price: €18/€16 conc


Tickets available from Box Office T: 051 874402 or

Cook and Win €1,000



Would you like to win €1,000? That is the first prize for the All Ireland ‘Home Cook Champion 2017’. The final of which will be held at the Iverk Show, Piltown on Saturday the 26th August for the first time.


However to get to the final you must qualify and here is your chance. A qualifying round will be held on Saturday the 27th May in the Club House hotel in Kilkenny at 2pm. The qualifier is open to everyone.


The aim of the competition is ‘creativity with Irish ingredients’. With a prize fund of €2,300 it is run in association with the Irish Countrywoman’s Association (ICA).


The ingredients to be used will be revealed to the competitors 10 days before each regional final. Competitors may not use any other ingredients but need not use all that are listed. Ingredients will be supplied for the final. Competitors must supply their own equipment.


The final will be run alongside a cooking demonstration by TV3 and RTE chef Adrian Martin – Chef Adrian. The cooking demonstrations and live cooking competition will take place in the Glanbia sponsored artisan food village.


There will be five other regional finals before the Grand Final at Iverk. The qualifiers are Ballymoney Show in Co Antrim, Clonakilty in Cork, Bannow and Rathangan in Wexford, Corrandulla in Galway and Oldcastle in County Meath.


Full details and entry forms can be obtained from Kilkenny ICA president or secretary on 051 648279 / 087 9518384. The competition is sponsored by FloGas, the ICA and NordMende.

Calling all Waterford community groups for 2017 KBC Bank Ireland’s Bright Ideas


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  • Life-saving Waterford Marine Search and Rescue crowned KBC’s Brightest Idea 2016
  • 3 other Waterford projects received funding – details below


12th May 2017 - KBC Bank Ireland today announced that as part of KBC Bright Ideas it has doubled its support fund to €200,000 and launched a new scheme for Ireland’s leading social innovators and entrepreneurs.


KBC’s Business Bright Ideas will assist for-profit organisations in the business of having a positive impact on a city or community by addressing a particular social need.


Following a judging process a top award of €50,000 will be granted to the winning applicant who can show how the funding will help have a positive impact on communities. A total of €100,000 will be shared among the top entrants.


Meanwhile KBC’s Bright Ideas community support initiative returns for a fourth year to support individuals and organisations which are transforming and improving the lives of others in their locality. KBC is calling on community groups across the country to apply for financial support for their dream projects from a second fund of €100,000.


Amber Young , Hub Manager KBC Waterford said KBC had doubled its funding and expanded its remit to support entrepreneurs and small businesses with a social conscience.


“Bright Ideas has been so successful over the last three years that over 100 charities and community groups have been able to improve their locality or help others from our fund. This year we wanted to expand the fund, and the type of people and groups who would benefit from it, so we’ve opened it up to entrepreneurs who have a business that will benefit people and society and have the ambition to grow it for the common good.


“Our team of Business Bright Ideas judges are particularly eager to hear from social enterprises, for- profit organisations that have the potential to positively impact a city or community by addressing a particular social or community need.


“With KBC committing to its long term future in Ireland, we are committed to supporting the micro-SME sector and the communities in which we work.”


Business Bright Ideas

Business Bright Ideas will be open to any for-profit business with an innovative idea which demonstrates that it can address a social need and facilitate change. Applicants must also be a viable business and provide supporting accounts to show it is up and running.


Eligible projects must be based in the Republic of Ireland and benefit people in the Republic of Ireland, by offering a solution to a community or social issue in Ireland. Ideas can be based on any theme such as the arts, elderly, sports, children and environment – but must be considered a social enterprise.


Projects that will not be accepted include research projects, party political projects, and those that do not benefit people or the environment.


Applications will be reviewed on a national basis and the judging panel will include KBC Director of Products Darragh Lennon.


Bright Ideas

The Bright Ideas initiative has awarded over a quarter of a million in funding provided to 120 community projects to date, with a record 400 entries in 2016.


This year the initiative will be promoted across seven different geographic regionsthat correspond with KBC’s hub network: Dublin City (Grand Canal, Baggot Street, College Green, Dundrum, Swords, Stillorgan), Cork (Lapp’s Quay, Wilton), Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny, Waterford and the wider Leinster area (Maynooth, Naas and Greystones).


Applications will be judged regionally and the top projects from the regions will be nominated for the national award, with the overall winner securing an additional €5,000 following a public vote.


A ‘Green’ category will also be held again this year to recognise the importance of environmentally friendly projects in communities nationwide. A dedicated prize of €2,500 will be given to the overall winner of this category, on top of their original prize.


Last year’s national winner, Waterford MarineSearch andRescueService, secured a total of €10,000 from KBC’s Bright Ideas in 2016. The charity was formed by brothers Declan and Darryl Barry in 2010 and since then has saved the lives of more than 100 people who have entered or tried to enter the River Suir with the intention of taking their own lives.


Darryl said the funding went towards the purchase of a new premises on the bank of the River Suir in Waterford city which the team will use to house life-saving equipment, training, and as a base for families and volunteers during search and rescue operations.


“We wouldn’t have been able to buy the building without the funding from KBC Bright Ideas. It has made a massive difference to us and to all the organisations down here who were awarded money. We would definitely recommend people to apply to the fund. The process was easy and any queries we had were answered by the staff in KBC’s Waterford Hub.”


Three other standout projects from Waterford were among a total of more than 50 projects from around the country selected by KBC Bank to receive funding in 2016;

  • Waterford Walls based in Waterford City received €2,250 to revitalise the city through vibrant and colourful street art in forgotten areas of Waterford. 
  • HomeFest, a youth arts festival by Central Arts in Central Hall, Parade Quay, Waterford was awarded €2,250 by Bright Ideas.
  • Ballybeg Greens in Ballybeg, Co. Waterford, received €2,250 Bright Ideas funding. The social enterprise was set up to support the environment and education in the community.


Applications for both Bright Ideas and Business Bright Ideas funding can be submitted through the bank’s easy to use online application portal at


Applications for 2017 open on 19th April 2017. The closing date for applications is 31st May 2017.

Pamela Phelan appointed KBC Waterford Personal Banking Associate


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Pamela Phelan was recently appointed KBC Waterford Personal Banking Associate.


KBC has committed its long term future to Ireland & it is growing its retail business in Ireland with market leading mortgage, personal loan & credit card rates.


Prior to her appointment Pamela has 14 years banking experience as a Mortgage Advisor, Business & Agri Advisor & Assistant Manager.


A Qualified Financial Advisor, Pamela also holds a degree in Marketing from WIT & a higher diploma in Marketing from NUI Galway.


Pamela can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 051 515980 & in person at KBC’s hub at 55 High Street with any banking queries.

Business of the Week: Athenaeum House Hotel


Athenaeum House Hotel Athene Suite


The Power family own and manage this delightful 4 star boutique hotel, and deliver an exceptional guest experience.


Set in six acres of Parkland over looking Waterford Harbour, Athenaeum can trace its roots back to 1810. Built by the White family who were one of the big Ship builders in Waterford. Their yard being located in what is now the Southern end of the North Wharf.


Rocklands House as it was known is a two storey over basement Georgian Style House with a wing building attached. This was obviously a very large Merchants house with big hall and reception rooms. They have managed to maintain a lot of the original plaster work, fireplaces and windows. It has a commanding position set upon a large outcrop over looking the Harbour and the River.


Athenaeum House Hotel continues that feeling of grace and splendor with the Restaurant and Patio overlooking the River Suir, offering views of the Quay side and River. Most of the twenty-nine bedrooms also face the River and each one is individually named after famous Inventors, Writers, Musicians and Artists, maintaining the sense of excellence and tradition.

Public Conference – Religion, Reform, Identity: Ireland and the Age of Reformations


This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation period. It is particularly interesting to look at this from an Irish perspective as religious division has played such a tragic part of our history. A panel of experts in the area will give 30 minute talks that should challenge received unquestioned certainties.


Saturday, May 20th, from 10pm to 6pm ( light lunch and refreshments included). A stellar panel of speakers has gathered to give a unique perspective on religion, reform and identity in Ireland.


This is a conference open to all, following on the hugely successful conference last year on 1916 with Ronan Fanning and Charles Townsend. All welcome.




Registration opens: 10.00

10:30 – 10.:45  Welcome

Dean Maria Jansson /  Dr Jeffrey Cox


Panel 1: 10:45 – 12:45 

Professor Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin, University College Dublin

Religious change in the “Celtic” world, 1530-1650

Dr Áine Hensey, Irish Association of  Professional Historians

Diverging paths: the parish clergy of Waterford and Lismore in the aftermath of the Reformation

Professor John McCafferty, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, University College Dublin

From Urbs Intacta to Caput Mundi: Luke Wadding of Waterford’s reformations

12:45 – 13:40  Lunch


Panel 2: 13:40 -15:10

Professor Marc Caball. University College Dublin

Print, religion, and culture in seventeenth-century Ireland: the case of William Bedell ( 1571-1642), bishop of Kilmore

Dr Ivar McGrath, University College Dublin

The Penal Laws: Origins, purpose, enforcement, and legacy

Tea / Coffee 15:10—15:40


Panel 3: 15:40—17:10

Professor Salvador Ryan, Pontifical University St. Patrick’s College Maynooth

Perceptions of Protestants and the construction of Irish Catholicism in the  post-Reformation period

Professor Alan Ford, University of Nottingham

From antichrist to ecumenism: Irish Protestant attitudes to Catholics, 1600-2000

Closing Remarks: 17:10—18:00


This conference is curated by Dr. Jeffrey Cox, University College Dublin and funded by The Priorities Fund of the Church of Ireland



Entrance fee may be paid  at Registration

(Light lunch included )




Concessions: Social Welfare / Student Card / Member of an Historical Society / Early Booking and Payment



Cheques/ drafts payable to:


Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford.

or by

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Trinity Parish

IBAN : IEWAC199100147859011


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Tel +353 51 858958

Certificate in Practical Ergonomics


LCE Cert In Ergonomics

Are you a NON ERGONOMIST who wants to gain an understanding of Workplace Ergonomics in relation to Health, Safety and Productivity in a workplace setting?


Dates: May 22nd—26th,  2017

Venue: LCE Training Academy Waterford

Cost: €1,695.00


This 5 day ergonomics training course starting May 22nd here in the LCE Training Academy  is specifically aimed at Ergonomics and Best Practice – Certificate in Practical Ergonomics. This is a unique course as it is the first of its kind in Ireland. It will give you the know-how and tools to be able to carry out basic ergonomic assessments – this will include:


  • Physical assessments to optimise operator productivity and comfort,


  • Assessments of the cognitive processes involved in human-system interaction and apply standard principles of design for information processing to reduce the potential for human error.


It is for professionals who need to develop their understanding of, and competence in, the practical application of ergonomics in the workplace, from risk assessment to accident investigation. It will cover the following topics:


  • Principle of Ergonomics                                   
  • Human Capabilities
  • Ergonomic Assessment
  • Cognitive Processes
  • Improvement Programmes
  • Workstation Analysis


Trainer: Ita Leyden BE, M.Sc., C.Eng., C.MIOSH Consultant Ergonomist and Forensic Engineer


Recognised as one of the foremost experts in the field,  Ita lectures in Ergonomics in UCD and is a regular speaker on the subject at conferences and seminars. For over 25 years, Ita has been providing ergonomic consultancy and practical solutions to clients in Ireland, Europe and the US.



Bookings and further info or call LCE 051 364344.



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