Saturday, 23rd June 2018
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WLR launches new business show ‘The Hot Desk’

Waterford’s most listened to radio station, WLR is launching a new weekly business show on Wednesday evenings to be at the forefront of covering the changing fortunes of the city and county. ‘The Hot Desk’, presented by Julie Smyth, will document all that’s hot and happening in Waterford business from the smallest sole trader to the largest multinational. The show will keep the listener up to date with the latest developments in personal finance and consumer issues and provide a forum to analyse and reflect on Waterford’s renaissance.

Waterford native Julie is a former BBC news producer and reporter, who is recently returned to the Déise. A former student of St Angela’s in the city, Julie has a Masters in Communications from Dublin City University, and spent 15 years with the BBC in Belfast as a producer and in the Dublin Bureau as a reporter. Julie says her interest in business and the economy stems from covering the financial crisis from 2008 onwards: "I started in the BBC’s Dublin office one week before the first emergency budget of 2008, and covered the implosion of the economy, the human cost and the political fallout for five years before leaving, like so many others, for Chicago. "When it was time to return to Ireland in 2015, I wanted to come home to Waterford and can honestly say it has been one of the best decisions I ever made.

"This is such an exciting time, there is a tangible optimism in the air and I can’t wait to bear witness to how our future is fashioned over the next few years, and report on some positive business news for a change!" Anyone interested in what’s happening in the business world in Waterford won’t want to miss 'The Hot Desk' on Wednesdays at 6.15pm, just after the six o’clock news.

Waterford Youth Arts is getting ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Viking way, with their entry into this years Waterford Parade.

With two floats and one boat WYA will bring the Vikings to Waterford as well as many deities and spirits in their midst. This year’s entry is lining up to be the best one yet.

But without the time and effort WYA’s young members, workers and volunteers have put into the costumes, construction of the floats and all the behind the scenes work. This wouldn’t have been possible. This year WYA are partnering with the Brothers of Charity Services in Waterford and so together with the WYA volunteers they will be the adults helping with the event.

Also WYA has received quite a few donations of costumes, and set materials from both Waterford SPRAOI and FADO.

The theme for Waterford's parade is The Vikings and at WYA they have spent a bit of time looking at Norse Mythology and they have incorporated some aspects of what they have learned into the entry this year. So be prepared for strange goings on and hopefully you won't end up getting kidnapped and taken to colder climes as slaves?


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