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Wednesday, 30th November 2016

Santa Claus arrives in style to officially open Winterval... with a little help from the Mayor and 20 grinches!

Over 120,000 people experienced the opening weekend of Winterval, Ireland’s biggest and best Christmas Festival. Now in its fifth year,

Winterval began last Friday, 25th November and is once more the place magical memories are made as it builds on last year’s success when over 500,000 people from all over Ireland and beyond took part.

Winterval exploded into action last Friday evening, when over 8,000 people lined the streets of Waterford to welcome Mayor Adam Wyse and Santa as they arrived in the city to turn on the Christmas lights and officially launch Winterval 2016.

Mayor Adam Wyse and Santa travelled down the new Waterford Greenway on Harley Davidsons, followed by

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Wednesday, 30th November 2016

Anne Doyle launches campaign highlighting loneliness and isolation among older people ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has launched their Christmas campaign highlighting the isolation and loneliness of older people around Christmastime. At the launch of the campaign Anne Doyle, one of Ireland's best loved broadcasters, urged members of the public to reach out to the older members of their community this Christmas and offer support to those who are living alone.

Anne Doyle commented at the launch, “I have been an admirer of the work of ALONE for many years and I am delighted to help them launch their Christmas campaign this year. Loneliness and isolation can be real problems for older people and it's important that we are all

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Wednesday, 30th November 2016

CREATIVE STITCHES is a unique fashion boutique located in Waterford city offering one-off bespoke and tailor-made pieces for all occasions.

The brainchild of Alena Adil Khan, Creative Stitches offers custom-made one off pieces as well as an alteration service for wedding and evening wear. A qualified dressmaker with an eye for detail and fashion, Alena worked in the clothing business in Slovakia before moving to Ireland, where she studied fashion design. She gained valuable experience working as a dressmaker for a well-known alterations store in Ireland before managing the Waterford branch for 3 years. During this time, she participated in a style and fashion workshop with Stylefish (a Dublin based fashion school for women offering personal styling classes), where she learned how to advise ladies on fashion according to their body shape. Having decided to pursue her dream of forging a

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Wednesday, 30th November 2016

Waterford Area Partnership, Waterford City LES, Department of Social Protection and Waterford Chamber Skillnets have come together to host an employer event on Wed 7th December in Parlour Vintage Tearooms on Georges Street in aid of the annual WLR FM Christmas Appeal for St Vincent de Paul. The ‘Coffee and Connect’ event is free to attend and runs from 10.00-12.00 offering an opportunity to local employers to find out about the incentives and resources available to them, while raising much needed funds for the Appeal.

An informal event designed to share information and answer questions, employers are encouraged to drop along any time on the morning to enjoy cream tea and talk to representatives from the organising agencies. “Employers are often so busy running their businesses that they don’t have time to investigate the incentives available to them,” says Gayle Barry

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Wednesday, 30th November 2016

An award-winning Waterford company that has brought the Apollo 11 moon landing to life, an emergency department experience and the soon to launch Titanic Virtual Reality experience recalls a very positive real life experience with Local Enterprise Office Waterford.

Immersive VR Education, based in the Waterford IDA Technology Park, provides an educational platform for students of all ages and abilities to learn through experience. Using virtual reality environments, students can be placed in any real world or virtual situation, giving them the opportunity to play an active role to improve their learning and engagement.

Sandra Whelan, Head of Operations at Immersive VR Education said “Waterford LEO was always going to be our first port of call once we had a very first draft business plan completed. I remember making the first

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

“The UK had Terry, Dublin has Joe and Waterford had Billy.” Michael Garland

Waterford local radio station WLR FM is very saddened to announce that Billy McCarthy has died after a short illness. Managing Director Des Whelan says “Billy was a much loved friend and colleague of all of us here at WLR FM.

“His untimely death is a huge loss not just to our listeners but to all of us who had the fortune to work with him for many years”.

Billy McCarthy first presented “The Good News Programme” on Saturday mornings on the then WLR pirate station from 1983 to 1988. On obtaining a licence, Billy took over Deise AM from 10am-midday in December 1989. Billy was also Programme Director of WLR from 1989 to 2014.

Since then, the programme has consistently been the

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

South Kilkenny Historical Society lecture

On Thursday, November 24th at Mullinavat Parish at 8pm the above lecture will take place and an exhibition, related to the topic, will be on display.

Ultan Cowley was born into a theatrical family in Ireland in 1946. His late father, John Cowley, was the star of the popular television series, 'The Riordans'. Ultan lived for many years in Britain. He first 'took the boat' at fifteen, to serve as a Boy Entrant in the RAF. As a mature student he attended Essex University to study comparative U.S. & European History and Literature, followed by a Master's in Strategic Studies at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Returning to Ireland in 1977 he lectured in Modern History at University College Cork & later in Adult Education in Cork & Wicklow. In 1994 Ultan wrote a history of

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, there’s a chill in the air, festive lights are twinkling everywhere and it’s almost time for the Waterford Homecrafts Christmas Craft Fair. The Garter Lane Arts Centre on O’Connell Street, Waterford, opens its doors to the

Waterford Homecrafts 33rd Christmas Craft Fair on Friday 25th November. Waterford’s longest running Christmas Craft Fair will run for 27 days during the premier Winterval Christmas Festival, up to the 23rd December closing only on Monday 28th November and 5th December.

The Waterford Homecrafts co-op has brought together over 40 local craftspeople to showcase some of the finest quality products currently available anywhere in Ireland. The Homecrafts members range from the hobby craft person lovingly creating at the kitchen table, to the full time craft person honing their

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

The Native Woodland Trust has a volunteer tree planting day planned for the Gracedieu Community Woodland on Saturday 26th November from 12 noon to 1.30pm.

The Native Woodland Trust is an environmental charity dedicated to the protection of Ireland’s rare native and ancient woodland. The Trust achieves this by setting up woodland reserves around the country, such as our Gracedieu Reserve. This reserves network allows the Trust to protect existing woodland as well as plant new native woodland for the future. Part of the work we do involves running educational and fun events for our members and the public to encourage more people to use their local woodlands.

Join us for our first planting day of the season and help us to create a native woodland. The trees planted here by volunteers over the last few years are doing great and we

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

The second winner of Bausch + Lomb Scholars Programme, which provides financial support and mentoring for the son or daughter of an employee who wishes to take up one of a range of courses in Waterford Institute of Technology, has been announced. Eimear Costello, daughter of Michelle and Joe Costello, who works in operations at Bausch + Lomb, Waterford, of Butlerstown, Waterford.

Eimear will receive a bursary while she completes a degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering at the Institute. She will also have an opportunity to gain work experience in the contact lens manufacturing plant during college breaks as part of a work placement scheme which will be relevant to the subjects she is studying at WIT. This will allow Eimear to access

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