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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Minister Heather Humphreys welcome 2017 employment and performance figures from Local Enterprise Offices. 2017 highlights from all 31 Local Enterprise Offices show that collectively - 7,135 new jobs (gross) and 3,760 jobs (net) created by LEO-backed client companies, with jobs growth across every county.

- 30,373 people participated in LEO business training programmes.

- 8,393 mentoring assignments were provided to small business owners to give guidance and advice around key business issues.

- 1,179 business projects received direct financial assistance from LEOs.

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Join Karla Kelly for this special Good Friday Workshop, to make space for you as you head into the long weekend.

Combining both Restorative Yoga & Meditation, the 2 1/2 hour session will incorporate a long guided meditation practice, followed by a full body restorative yoga class. The guided meditation will allow our mind to settle, and our awareness to be gradually and gently guided from the 'outer' world to our 'inner' world so that we are more available for ourselves and our bodies.

Restorative Yoga is very tranquil, using blankets, bolsters blocks and cushions to encourage your body to let go and relax deeply. As there is no muscular activity, the body is supported & held into position.

It helps soothe your nervous system, calm your mind, release body

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Waterford In addition, 973 people took part in 105 LEO-run training programmes last year and 230 entrepreneurs and business owners availed of mentoring support locally.

A further 31 business projects received direct financial assistance from LEO Waterford, such as business priming, micro exporters’ grants and expansion grants.

Nationally, the results from the Annual Employment Survey, compiled by Enterprise Ireland, show that there are now 37,485 people employed by 7,182 small businesses and start-ups that have received support from the Local Enterprise Offices.

The 31 LEOs nationwide, run in partnership by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities, provide a ‘first stop shop’ for the supports available to entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses.

Minister Humphreys said: "Local Enterprise Offices helped many thousands of people last year to start-up or grow their own businesses by delivering a suite of financial, training and information supports across every county

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

On Tuesday 20th March, members of Waterford Business Group and business owners, met with Waterford Garda. The annual meeting took place in Boxworks co-working space, in Patrick Street.

The meeting was attended by around 40 business owners, as well as Superintendent Chris Delaney, Sgt Brendan Roche, Sgt Finbar O’Sullivan and Peter Clifford, from Waterford City and County Garda Station, in Ballybricken.

The evening was hosted by WBG Chair Michael Garland. During his introduction Michael gave an overview of some of the tireless work carried out to date, by the voluntary members of the Business Group. In particular he focused on this year’s City in Bloom, the Retail Watch Scheme, City Safe, #AskForAngela, Purple Flag and the need for people and businesses to work together, for the betterment of Waterford.

The 2018 City in Bloom is expanding for the fourth year in a row.

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Who stole the Easter Bunny’s eggs? That’s the mystery your children will be solving at a three-day Easter creative writing camp being run by writer Derbhile Graham. The camp runs from 3-5 April at the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre in Waterford City.

The camp will last from 9.30am to 1pm each day and during the sessions, children will create wacky characters and create wonderful worlds. The camp will culminate in a storytelling session, where the children will write a story step by step, which they can share with their parents.

This writing camp is aimed at children aged eight to twelve and costs €60 per child, with concessions for two children or more. To book, contact Derbhile on 087 695 9799 or 051 386 250.

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Cllr Jason Murphy calls on UHW management to scrap cruel parking charges for cancer sufferers and their families Fianna Fáil city councillor Jason Murphy is calling on hospital management at UHW not to wait for the results of a national review into hospital parking charges but to show "compassion and leadership" by unilaterally abolishing what he described as a "cruel and insensitive" levy on cancer sufferers and their families at the Waterford hospital.

Cllr Murphy stated, "While I obviously welcome the long overdue announcement by Minster Harris of a review into exorbitant hospital parking charges I am now calling on management at UHW to show compassion and leadership by immediately scrapping parking charges for cancer sufferers and their families while they're receiving treatment at UHW".

Cllr Murphy who is also a member of the Regional Health Forum proposed a motion along with

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

It was a proud moment in Waterford’s esteemed history of glass manufacturing as, this year, the traditional bowl of shamrock presented to the US President on St. Patrick’s Day originated in the Crystal County.

Sean Egan of Sean Egan Art Glass had the distinction of designing and crafting the stunning piece, the Shamrock Bowl, which was presented to President Donald Trump by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD on Thursday, March 15th, ahead of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The practice of presenting a bowl of shamrock to the US president dates back to 1953 when President Eisenhower accepted the gift from Ambassador Hearne. The first Taoiseach to present shamrock rather than the Ambassador was John A. Costello in 1956. The next Taoiseach was Jack Lynch in 1971,

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

The first programme in the brand new GIY (Grow It Yourself) TV series ‘GROW COOK EAT’ presented by the founder of GIY Michael Kelly and the GIY Head of Community Development Karen O’Donohoe aired last week. This Wednesday evening, the second programme focuses on tomatoes including a visit to Grantstown Nurseries in Waterford.

During the programme which will air on RTE 1 on Wednesday, March 21st at 7.30pm, Michael Kelly heads to meet the team at the nurseries located in Ballygunner, who have been growing tomatoes for the last 40 years. Managing director of Grantstown Nurseries David Currid ensures that the Ballygunner nursery is at the forefront of tomato growing in Ireland. David inherited his passion for tomato growing from his father

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

February Lecture – The development of Dungarvan c. 1200 – 1900

The WAHS lecture season for 2017 and 2018 continues on Friday 23rd March with a lecture titled ‘The development of Dungarvan c. 1200 – 1900’ by the historical geographer Mr John Martin at 8:00 pm in the St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford.

The town of Dungarvan developed in the shelter of the 13th century King John’s Castle and over the following centuries grew to be a bustling port, market town and administrative centre. John Martin’s lecture will focus on the development of Dungarvan, the layout of its streets, buildings and open spaces, from its foundation by the Anglo-Normans to the end of the 19th century. The medieval street pattern is still visible, as are the ruins of the castle, Augustinian abbey and parish church. The town walls no longer survive above

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

South East Cardiac campaign groups are asking all clubs and groups walking in this year’s St Patricks Day parade to adopt a ‘Hand On Heart’ gesture while passing the reviewing stand - this to show support to the call for expanded cardiac services and 24/7 cardiac care for the South East.

Despite the announcement that a national review is needed to decide the case for any expansion of the South East cardiac service, Government has in the interim, given approval to enhanced facilities in Galway and the addition of another Catheterisation Laboratory at St. Vincents Hospital Dublin without any requirement of a national review. The approved extra lab at St. Vincents brings the Dublin Public Cath Lab total to 13 from 12, a patient ratio of 1 to

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