Thursday, 24th August 2017
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Bunmahon Flower Show

The 10th Annual Flower Show will take place in the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon on 29th & 30th July 2017. Entries in the following categories are welcome: Decorative Floral Arrangements; Cut Flowers; Home Produce; Arts and Crafts; Children's Categories. For enquiries contact: Breda on (087) 2392625, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or The Geopark office on (051) 292828, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are pleased to announce that Léine medieval crafters will be at the Flower Show demonstrating some medieval skills. Léine have showcased at the National Heritage Park in Wexford and at Dublinia in Dublin.

Proceeds from the Flower Show will be used by the Geopark in its on-going work. The Copper Coast Geopark is a community based registered charity.

Minister Halligan announces Scoil Lorcáin extension

Funding to construct an additional three classrooms and two resource rooms at Scoil Lorcáin has been announced by Waterford Minister of State John Halligan T.D.

The extension project, Minister Halligan said, will have a significant impact on pupil teacher ratios at the school:

“Scoil Lorcáin was designated as a DEIS Band 1 school earlier this year under the new DEIS Plan, resulting in it being sanctioned three additional mainstream teaching posts from September 2017.

“While this was great news for the school and would make a huge difference in reducing the pupil teacher ratio, the school had one problem: there was simply nowhere to accommodate these additional teachers.

“The Board of Management submitted an application for funding to extend the school by three classrooms and two resource rooms and I have since been working closely with school management to deliver this badly-needed extension.

“I am delighted to be able to confirm that this project has now been sanctioned by the Department of Education and the school is optimistic that the new classrooms will be in operation by September 2018.

“Once complete, this additional accommodation will have a hugely positive impact for teachers and pupils at Scoil Lorcáin and will complement the major extension and refurbishment project which took place at the school ten years ago.”

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Sunday 27th August 3 pm at Dungarvan WW1 Memorial Wall

A wreath laying ceremony will be held on Sunday 27th August 2017 at the Dungarvan WW1 Memorial Wall, beside Johns Castle, Dungarvan. This ceremony is being organized by the Waterford Branch of The Royal British Legion, to remember the 1200 men and women from Waterford City and County who fell in the Great War.

Everyone is welcome to attend, Relatives of those named on the wall are invited to lay a wreath in their memory.

Fairbrook House Charity Day for Irish Guide Dogs

Saturday 29th of July Fairbrook House Gardens in cooperation with the local Waterford and Clonmel branch for Irish Guide dogs is hosting an open day.

A great opportunity to visit this unique garden idyll with its atmosphere of mystery and wonder, laid out between ruins of the former Fairbrook mill in Kilmeaden. Sit down with a cup of tea and coffee on lovely terraces.

Unfortunately the gardens are not accessible for wheelchairs, buggies and walking frames. No dogs except guide dogs.

GARDENS OPEN from: 2 pm - 5 pm.

€5,- admission, € 10,- for family. Children under 12 free. All proceeds are going to Irish Guide Dogs.

Directions: coming from Waterford take in Carrick roundabout in Kilmeaden, take turn to Cork, N25. First turn to the right.

Coming from Dungarvan on the N25, after several bends in the road near Kilmeaden take turn to left.(yellow sign).

Philosophy and Film

Next week's film: Into the Wild will show at 7:30 p.m., Monday 31st July, at Waterford Cheshire, John's Hill

In its interrogation of the concept of personal autonomy Into the Wild charts a young man's quest for freedom in a world where passive conformity seems to be a socio-cultural duty. Rejecting the bourgeois values of his parents, Christopher McCandless embarks upon a journey that is less a geographical odyssey than it is a process of self-discovery. Following the screening of this film, we will consider how Into the Wild can be related to the writings of figures such as Rousseau, Thoreau, and Tolstoy.

No prior knowledge of philosophy is required. For further information, please visit our Facebook page (Philosophia Waterford) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ferrybank Library events

DOGS TRUST WORKSHOP: Come meet Heather & Ted the dog and learn all about caring for your pet. Or are you just considering getting a dog? Find out all from the experts. Open to all ages – dog owners and potential dog owners alike. Come along to our FREE talk on Wednesday 2nd August at 2.30pm.

Holiday time: Heading on hols? Check out our new selection of guide books. Borrow an ebook through http://www.kilkennylibrary.ie Or pick up a quick read for those long airport waits. Staying at home? Catch up on this year's bestsellers that you didn't get round to all year.

MASTERCLASS ‘Telling it With Confidence'

Waterford based, Radio Presenter, Motivational Speaker and Founder of New Insights For Change Bernadette Phillips, is organising a Personal Development MASTERCLASS ‘Telling it With Confidence' in the Tower Hotel on Saturday 29th July 11am to 3.30pm.

According to Ms. Phillips, “This MASTERCLASS will provide Key Insights into unlocking Self Confidence and Unique Potential.

It will explore the amazing benefits of using a Mindful Practice to enhance everyday living and the power of Creative Writing to express Unique Ideas and Story Telling. There is a hands on approach in this Masterclass, said Ms Phillips, as participants learn and demonstrate Presentation Skills to Voice Creatively their Thoughts and Ideas”.

“Having Self Confidence is the difference between feeling unstoppable or feeling afraid to do new things, take new adventures and trusting ourselves” Ms Phillips Continued. “The more self -confidence we have, the more likely it is we will use our unique skills and connect to our unique potential in life and business, as Self Confidence is the firm foundation upon which we can build our lives. “Overall said Ms Phillips, this Masterclass will provide key insights, and explore key positive and holistic benefits of taking a confident, creative and conscious approach to all areas of life”.

The cost of this Masterclass is €85 (main course lunch included). ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL at http://www.newinsightsforchange.com/events/

For further information and booking please contact; Bernadette Phillips Tel: 087-2756282

Cllr Mulligan asks “What state is that stock in?” in relation to Council housing

At the most recent Plenary Council Meeting, Thursday 13th July, Councillor Eddie Mulligan complimented the fact that 80 private rental dwelling units had been inspected at the end of June 2017. Cllr Mulligan noted that, in the Metropolitan area alone, there are in fact over circa 3,500 Council housing stock units. The ongoing high number of requests for maintenance raises the question, “What state is that stock in?” According to Cllr Mulligan, “Up to the end of June there were 700 requests for maintenance on houses, with 522 completed and 174 pending.”

At the Council meeting, he queried if there is any ongoing inspection for the Council's own properties, to ascertain the current standard of each housing unit, verses the potential market value? He stated that such inspections should verify the maintained standard of each house, including the gardens and their current status. Most importantly in the light of recent incidents in the UK, the presence of safety alarms, condition of both doors and windows and the necessary routine maintenance of safety fittings that might be needed.

“There is a requirement on the Council to ensure that our rented stock is maintained to the same levels and standards, that we are demanding of private landlords!” stated Cllr Mulligan.

Mr Ivan Grimes, Director of Services, Housing, Community & Emergency Service, in his reply to Cllr Mulligan's questions, stated that, “Such inspections are not taking place but there is an intention to set up an inspection system that would or could be carried out during requested maintenance repairs for efficiency.”

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