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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Waterford GAA County Board strongly refutes comments made by former Minister Martin Cullen in an interview broadcast on WLRfm on Tuesday July 3rd.

Mr. Cullen claimed in the interview that he never met the Waterford County Board. However, the fact is that in January 2006 representatives of the Waterford County Board including the Chairman Pat Flynn met with Martin Cullen regarding the Board's application for Sports Capital Funding for Walsh Park.

Matching funding was also sought from the GAA centrally and the Munster Council and the Board never looked for or would expect 100% funding for a project as claimed by Martin Cullen.

At a meeting in June 2006 Martin Cullen informed the County Board Chairman that there were two major applications for Sports Capital Funding from Waterford in the Department and the Government would only fund one project namely WIT and not

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is to play a central role in the digital transformation of the agri-food sector in Europe.

EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan launched (subject to grant agreement) the first of nine regional clusters which will act as a one-stop-shop for two million farmers across the EU and the agri-food industry to access agri tech research and supports.

The €20m SmartAgriHubs project aims to build a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and Centres of Competence in all 28 European Member States co-ordinated through nine regional clusters. The SmartAgriHubs project is a new way for farmers, advisors and agtech SMES to engage with research centres and research-active higher education institutions. As part of the project 80 new solutions will be introduced into the market. €6m has been set aside for open calls during the

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

A new learning centre which provides education and training facilities for Bausch & Lomb's 1,300 employees in Waterford has been officially opened by Professor John Nolan of Waterford Institute of Technology. The centre was provided as part of a major extension to the facility which was last year.

Professor Nolan and his colleague, Dr Marina Green, are currently completing an exciting new study investigating possible links between nutrition, eye health and cognitive functions with 70 volunteers who are employees of Bausch & Lomb.

Declaring the centre officially open, Professor Nolan said the co-operation between WIT and Bausch & Lomb goes back many years:

"The collaboration has been mutually beneficial and it is my hope that it will deepen and grow as there is considerable potential to be explored," said Professor Nolan,

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

After five short years in business, Waterford based event management company EveryEvent have been nominated for not one, but two national Event Industry Awards! While you may not be familiar with the company, you have certainly experienced their work, if you've attended any large scale events in Waterford City or beyond over the past five years. EveryEvent have been the team behind the Waterford Harvest Festival for the past three years, as well as the Waterford City St. Patrick's Day Parade and have been the production company and light-show producers for the Winterval Festival for the past four years.

EveryEvent have worked all around Ireland for various clients including Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Sanofi, Waterford & Dungarvan Chambers of Commerce, The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, Beat, WlrFM, Dublin Pride, The

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Last week saw the Garda community engagement forum take place in the Ferrybank Parish Hall. The Chief Superintendent, Superintendent, detectives and local Gardai were all in attendance. Various local residents along with representatives of the Ferrybank Tidy Towns, Traders Association, Residents Association and local Councillors all attended and contributed.

Speaking after the event local Councillor Eamon Quinlan said "A strong contribution I wanted to make at the meeting was the level of vandalism caused by anti-social behaviour in the area. I know firsthand of families under constant intimidation along with local community facilities being constantly damaged. The silver bullet here for me was the increase in the Garda Station in Rockenham's resources to produce a 24 hour service. Such a presence in the heart of Ferrybank would increase response times, allow anonymous reporting to community based Gardai and negate several crimes

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Award winning chef Dermot Gannon is behind new cooking course, 'Modern Skills for Modern Chefs' at the School of Food (SOF), Kilkenny. SOF, in the heart of Thomastown offers Professional Chef Training, Community Food Training, Incubation Kitchen Facility, Community Garden where locals can volunteer Horticulture and Garden Training, and Lifestyle Classes. SOF first started in 2015 with a primary vison in the community, food and education of Kilkenny.

Industry experts Dermot Gannon, along with Janine Kennedy are course tutors for the new Introductory Commis Chef Programme entitled 'Modern Skills for Modern Chefs' this coming September at the School of Food.

This hands-on,11-week course will take place at the School of Food, Thomastown from Monday to Friday. Students will gain valuable industry experience through their selective work placement program, which will be ongoing throughout the course. This experience will include special dining events,

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Regarding the recent announcement by Minister of State John Halligan that Government has sanctioned the deployment of an interventional Modular Cath lab to University Hospital Waterford - this to counter the ever increasing delays to interventional cardiac access in the South East:

Health Equality for the South East (HEFSE) is very concerned with the detail given in Minister Halligan's statement appears to be premature, unknown at Senior Department and HSE Cabinet level and appears to have restrictions to delivery imposed not applicable to other cardiac service delivery sanctioned at other national PCI centres in past 18 months! At a public accounts committee last week post the announcement, questions raised by Deputy David Cullinane to both HSE and Dept of Health confirmed that: - Department of Health has not yet officially informed the HSE of a decision to instigate a modular lab

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

KBC Bank Ireland and WellFest today announced the WellFest Summer tour which will bring Ireland's largest health, fitness and wellness festival to towns and cities around the country.

Over the next two months, the WellFest Summer tour in association with KBC Bank Ireland will bring five exclusive pop up events around the country. The pop up events are completely free and will take place in Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway on the following dates:

  • July 21st — Kilkenny
  • July 28th — Waterford
  • August 11th — Cork
  • August 25th — Limerick
  • September 8th — Galway

On Saturday the 21st of July, the first event will take place in Kilkenny city. This will be a free wellness pop-up event designed to give people a real taste of what WellFest is all about and is sure to leave those attending feeling

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Urgent Appeal

The good folks at Birdwatch Ireland (our largest conservation NGO) have issued an urgent appeal stressing the importance of Keeping Dogs on Leads when visiting beaches this summer especially near colonies of nesting shorebirds particularly after an incident this week

The Little Tern chicks down at the Kilcoole have been developing very nicely during this glorious patch of weather we've been having. Some of these have reached fledging age and have taken to wandering around the beach. The wanderings of these larger chicks have taken them outside of the protection of the fenced-off area of the beach and into areas where they are vulnerable to attack by predators and dogs and being trampled by humans.

Despite the best efforts of the brilliant wardens (part of the annual protection scheme at Kilcoole) to shepherd these youngsters with a wanderlust back into the

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

A modular cardio-catheterisation laboratory which can provide both diagnostic and follow-up interventional cardiac procedures is to be provided at University Hospital Waterford, local Minister of State John Halligan TD has announced.

Minister Halligan said the modular lab, when operating alongside the existing cath lab, will significantly improve cardiac waiting lists in the south east and is a welcome step forward for regional cardiac care:

"I have been informed by Minister Harris that he agrees with the argument put forward by south east Oireachtas members

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