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CONTENTS Message from Gerald Hurley, Waterford Chamber


hat an honour it was to be asked to represent the Waterford business community during the Royal visit and it was my great pleasure to introduce HRH Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall to three Waterford companies, NearForm, Waterford Distillery and Trilateral Research Ireland, at the House of Waterford Crystal. The day was magnificent with glorious sunshine illuminating Waterford in its finest glory and Ireland’s oldest city certainly put its best foot forward. It truly has been a month of celebrations, as March began with the Waterford Business Awards and it was fantastic to see so many amazing companies from across the city and county being recognised for their innovation and determination. I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all the category winners, as well as Entrepreneur of the Year Louise Grubb and Overall Waterford Business of the Year TQS Integration. Thank you also to our sponsors and independent judging panel, who had the tough task of picking the winners. The standard of entry this year was exceptional and we encourage everyone to consider entering the awards again in September.

Our Wellness Month with UPMC Whitfield was a huge success and April brings our Communication Month with Waterford Chamber Skillnet. We have some great webinars to guide you through promoting your business and making the right media contacts. The year ahead is action-packed and we are really feeling the buzz of getting back to live events. May will bring our Live Business Expo, June has the President’s Lunch, July is the Annual Golf Classic, we go racing in Tramore in August and our Toys4Engineers Week comes back with a Live Expo in September. And that’s only for starters. After two years of being kept apart, we are more determined than ever to get our business community back together, so keep an eye on our website and social media for the latest information. In the meantime, Spring is here so get out and enjoy our beautiful county – it truly is the best place to live. Gerald Hurley CEO, Waterford Chamber

“Ensure the success for your staff and they will ensure the success of your customers.” – Máire Quilty


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– a great place to visit  By JOHN MCSWEENEY, President, Waterford Chamber


hrough my role as President of Waterford Chamber and working with and for our business customers in my role within AIB locally, I have the pleasure of meeting so many businesses who inspire me on a daily basis. Their can do approach to business and the many standards that keep them at the top of their game are truly ones which other business should strive to achieve. Covid put paid to a lot of the personal interactions but watching the Waterford Business Awards recently got me thinking about what an amazing, innovative business community we have and how supportive we all can be to ensure its continued success. While I offer every congratulations to all the winners, in my eyes everyone who entered and was shortlisted, as well as those who didn’t, are all business heroes, having grown their businesses to support their families and they wider communities in which they operate. Noel Kelly and the judging panel were tasked with choosing the winners and this was not easy given the standards. I would like to thank all the judges for their commitment to the awards. Setting up, growing and


developing a sustainable business model is no mean feat. Doing it and continuing to thrive over the past two years is simply astonishing. I know first-hand how hard it has been for many businesses but together we have made it through and brighter days are ahead. ROYAL VISIT We only need to look at the visit of HRH Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall – how well did Waterford look? The weather was perfect, the entertainment, the business showcase, the feeling of friendship and positivity – Ireland’s oldest city certainly shone bright. We have often been critical in the past about how we’re not doing enough to promote Waterford as a destination but if there is any learning at all from the visit, it is when we do it, we do it right. Opportunities like this don’t come around very often but the eyes of the world were on Waterford that day and there is no marketing budget could ever deliver that. We must now take that sense of achievement and pride of place into the future and shout from the rooftops that Waterford is a great place to visit. We already know it’s the best place to live, so

let’s take it a step further now and become a must visit for all tourists. BUSINESS EXPO On the subject of showcasing ourselves, we are delighted to share the news that our Business Expo is back with a bang on May 12th at Tom Murphy Car Sales, following a two-year absence, with thanks to Waterford Local Enterprise Office. We know only too well how much our members have missed the opportunity to meet face-to-face with other businesses and this event will finally bring everybody back for one great coming together of the business community. Finally, as we move towards the tourist season, we are asking everyone to make an extra special effort with their shop fronts this year. We expect large tourist numbers and throughout the month of May Waterford Chamber will be hosting our ‘Green Month’, and we want to get everyone involved, whether it is planting, painting, litter picking or going more energy efficient. Keep an eye on our social media to hear about all the fun activities we have planned.

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Energia research shows Irish businesses focus on efficiency and technology

Irish businesses are beginning to introduce energy efficiency measures and have already taken steps to lower their carbon footprints.

Research undertaken by Energia shows that climate change and energy usage are key focuses for businesses across Ireland for the year ahead with 3 in 5 businesses (63%) surveyed highly interested in energy efficiency and learning how to reduce usage.

Commenting on the research, Andy Meagher, Director of Customer Solutions at Energia stated; “Sustainability and energy efficiency have become priorities across all levels of society, from individual households to Government policies and, as this research shows, within businesses. Indeed, our research found that 34% of Energia business customers have allocated budget to energy efficiency plans, higher than any of the other main suppliers and 23% of Energia customers have at least one EV charging point. It is our hope to continue to grow these numbers and further support businesses and communities across Ireland in their development.”

Energy Efficiency & Technology The research covered small, medium, and large businesses across multiple sectors. Of those surveyed, 12% of businesses stated that they have at least one EV charging point. In line with the Government’s Climate Action Plan, the research found that this figure will rise to approximately 18% by the end of 2022 as more businesses look to develop their EV infrastructure over the next 12 months. Looking at other areas, the research found that 45% of businesses are interested in lighting upgrades to drive efficiencies and over two thirds (67%) of businesses are interested in grants that enable energy efficiency upgrades.



are very interested in energy efficiency and learning how to reduce usage



are interested in lighting upgrades



are interested in grants for energy efficiency upgrades

Almost 1 in 5 businesses in Ireland will cater for EVs by the end of 2022.

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have an energy efficiency plan in place



have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint



have at least one EV charging point



have committed to specific carbon footprint targets

*B&A Research of business owners/managers during Q4 2021



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TQS best in class

Q: Máire, huge congratula-

Following the announcement of TQS Integration as the Overall Waterford Business of the Year, Lynda Lawton speaks to Maire Quilty about growing a business from her kitchen table to global domination.

at Waterford Business Awards

tions on being named Overall Waterford Business of the Year and also winning the 150+ employees Award. You must be over the moon for the whole team?

the TQS staff who supported and embraced the process of change and transformation over the last four years. This all contributed to our unique skillset providing the best-in-class expertise to our customers.

another chapter of sorts. The people behind me have the skills and confidence to expand TQS to the next level.

A: Firstly, I would like to thank

Q: What an incredible way

A: We started in 1999 as Tom

EY and Waterford City & County Council for these awards. It was a great honour for me and Tom personally, but the feedback from our TQS team has been incredible. This type of recognition for our team is immense, their dedication and hard work is second to none allowing the company to grow and expand year-on-year. So, on behalf of our TQS Team I would like to thank Waterford Chamber and Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamer once more for this honour. Secondly, from a customer perspective, it re-affirms TQS as a company. Both Tom and I have received numerous calls from our customers to congratulate us and TQS. Our customers, especially in the early stages, took a chance with us, allowing us to punch significantly above our weight, engage at the global level and for that we are incredibly grateful to each and every one of them. For the TQS team to get recognition for the successful organisation that each and every one helped to create is fantastic. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank

to finish your own personal journey with TQS?

identified a niche market for historians to consolidate disperse sources of data into a single platform. He had a strong feeling that this market was not being serviced sufficiently and felt that there was an opportunity to be taken. At the time we had two kids and a steady income, but together we agreed to take a chance, to go for it and put everything we had into it to making it work. Working from our kitchen table we partnered with OSIsoft, where we sold, installed and qualified the PI historian software throughout Ireland and the UK. MSD Ballydine was our first customer, they provided the launching pad, then Roche, then J&J, then Pfizer. The momentum started to build, working with our customers to design solutions to meet and exceed the identified data requirements. This was the humble beginning of our TQS brand. Our motto is do whatever needed to be done for our customer to make them a success, because if they succeed, we succeed with them. It worked, and these Irish entities

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A: Absolutely it is. A bittersweet sorrow of sorts. We worked so hard to establish the business, long hours, lots of travel and sacrifices, and when you are in business sometimes you question your ability, your tactics your execution, so awards such as these provide a re-confirmation of the choices that we as a team and company have made. Not so bad after all. So, personally it is incredible, a family celebration that includes our daughters Nicola and Tara, who have also had to sacrifice many things while we grew the business and provided me the opportunity to return to college and receive Masters in Management Practice Program at the IMI Dublin. This retraining, in my opinion, was critical to the final growth stages of the business before our acquisition. Will I miss the excitement? Absolutely. Will I miss the roller-coaster ride that is business? Absolutely, but I think that it’s a good time to move on, write

Q: Let’s go back to the beginning and tell us how it began.



“Our motto is do whatever needed to be done for our customer to make them a success, because if they succeed — we succeed with them.” of multi-national companies became the ‘Centres of Excellence’ for all things data and data analytics. So, through these companies we were recommended for additional implementations across the UK, then Europe, then APAC and then USA. From there, we were recommended for deployments within those organisations globally as part of their digital initiatives, requiring us to expand our teams while maintaining our brand quality. Training was a key factor and we invested heavily in our team with the workloads spit between Tom and I – Tom being the techie and client-facing, while I did mostly everything else by building support teams such as Human Resources, Administration, Compliance, Business Development and Accounts. As our customer base grew, so did our team, and our leadership team for growth emerged. We deployed our best across the globe to establish offices in Singapore, Switzerland and throughout the USA in San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico, all driven by our most trusted staff who grew with the business and who really enabled our confidence to expand. Again, with Tom on the technical/marketing support with our offices and lead talent, and me with everything else, all our offices expanded at double-digit growth, and each office staff count increased, so I identified that we needed better structures to ensure that the business was sustainable. In 2016, I started a Masters in Management Practice Program with a view to how to manage this expansion and immediately started to implement those structures I


had envisaged and had re-affirmed through the training. In 2017 we formed a Senior Management Team and an executive team empowered to make all decisions required for the business – thus eliminating the requirement for all decisions to be made by myself and Tom. Additionally, by the end of 2017, we had a fully functioning team ‘POD’ structure for each of our major customers, each one self-sustaining and empowered to make quick decisions based on our customer needs and a fluid communications structure for crossteam support and escalation needs. By 2018, the organisation was equipped for success, dynamic and fluid enough to embrace needs which was clearly evident during Covid, where we quickly equipped and dispersed staff to work-fromhome. The success is evident in that we increased our revenue by almost 30% year-on-year, while continuing our expansion

Q: How did you make the leap from tech startup to a global reach?

A: It was down to embracing the philosophy of ensuring success for our customer. If they succeeded, we would. Additionally, by investing in our teams to ensure that they were enabled for success. From Ireland we were recommended as the ‘Partner of Choice’ for Historian Implementations, nowadays referred to as ‘Manufacturing Digital Enablement’ or Big Data, or I-IOT. This has been our business for more than 20 years. This de-risked our expansion and decisions for expanding our global offices from a

business perspective. Our new and dynamic structures de-risked our expansion from an execution and administration perspective. I personally focused on the communication fluidity within these interactive teams.

Q: It must have come at great personal sacrifice going from your kitchen table with an idea to running a multimillion-euro company?

A: Yes and no. We as a family discussed openly our commitments and agreed what could or should be done. Earlier, absolutely, there were a lot of sacrifices, because all decisions were being made by myself and Tom. But surprisingly, as we expanded, it got easier because we put structures in place to make decisions – we were only brought in for exceptional decisions or escalations. The culture and ethic of the organisation, in my opinion, was and remains critical and the Senior Management Team enabled this. With representatives from each section of the company, they nurtured the culture of information sharing, of support, of team enablement and of customer success. I don’t think you can actually plan that far ahead because when we began it was extremely hard work. Yes, we both made sacrifices – I didn’t have a wage for almost ten years. When the company made a profit, we gave it back to everyone as a bonus and updated equipment put back into TQS. It was never seen as our own money. The company had its ups and downs and I suppose staff would have been one part that was very difficult initially. We treated

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everyone the same and if someone came to me with a problem I would have it solved before they went out the door. Little did I realise at the time that they were getting paid to do that job. Likewise at the end of the year everyone got a bonus and pay rise. We didn’t take into consideration how hard some worked in comparison to others. In particular, our two daughters Nicola and Tara played an important part encouraging and supporting us when the going got tough or they had to watch us work long hours/weekends or Tom travelling a lot!

drives your corporate social responsibility?

Q: What advice would you give

A: That was an easy one for me, a

to people starting out their business journey?

Waterford woman from Abbeyside. I think it is crucial for companies to support and get involved in as many of the community activities you can afford. For us, sponsorship of Waterford GAA was important and a milestone for the organisation. It was on my radar for quite a while. Then when the opportunity appeared I went all out to get it, and thankfully we were successful. GAA has always been important for me, the skill, the dedication, the organisation and teamwork that allows it to grow, and the players who put so much of their lives into these sports. Uniquely Irish – that is what I like most. There are lots and lots of Waterford kits across the globe, we are global, but I like to let our customers know that we are an Irish company at the core. I am proud of it and I am thrilled every game where I see TQS on the jersey. We actually have Conor, Austin and Kieran working with us at this moment, and we have had other players. I try to do all I can to support them in whatever way I can. To date, each and every one of them have been absolute gentlemen. They all work hard and are a pleasure to work with – although I may put a little pressure on them on occasion to win, being honest! It is corporate responsibility – but, at its core, it just the right

A: That is a tough one. Do your research, investigate the market, your competition, your projections, your critical success factors. Then (most likely) ignore all of that and just go for it. Being honest we were too busy trying to make it work to think about it. We completed our first business plan in 2010 when we were expanding into the USA. Quite frankly, we were told so many times that it could not be done and had we done the research, we probably would not have done it. Embrace your staff and they will embrace your customers, ensure the success for your staff and they will ensure the success of your customers. The rest is just organisational items, that hopefully allows you to step away from being the bottleneck on decisions. And finally, hire a good finance manager/advisor that understands your vision and will assist you in making your vision a reality. That was one of the most important lessons from my training.

Q: Getting involved in the community has been hugely important to you, particularly through your sponsorship of the Waterford GAA. What

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thing to do. We do engage in many other initiatives, very discretely, soccer, hurling, football, handball, running, the arts, any communitybased initiatives we can afford but Waterford GAA is definitely our ‘pièce de résistance’ at this time.

Q: You have now stepped aside from TQS. What’s next for you?

A: Enjoying and renovating our new home at Whitechurch for a start and enjoying the farm and the farm animals that I am carefully expanding. Neither Tom nor I are from a farming background – so there is a lot to learn, probably a lot of mistakes, but hopefully we will make those decisions that are more right than wrong. But I am really enjoying it… I have not really had the time to do this up until now. I do have an itch to set-up up a charity once our renovations have been complete and I have stocked up a little more on what I call ‘my babies’. It will focus on supporting those who just need a break, a break from loss, a break from medical issues, a break from depression, just a break to interact with my babies and recapture some breathing space. I had always wished for such things when times were tough for me and my family. I have wanted to do this for some time and now looks like as good a time as any to start. Why not?


Waterford Business AWards 2021 TQS Integration takes top prize at Waterford Business Awards


QS Integration was named Overall Waterford Business of the Year at the Waterford Business Awards on March 4th by Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr Joe Kelly, during a live virtual awards ceremony. The global consulting, engineering and technology company also picked up the Business of the Year (150+ employees) award during the live streamed event. The Waterford Business Awards, which are organised by Waterford Chamber, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber and WLR, were hosted by Damien Tiernan and Mary O’Neill and celebrated the successes and contributions of the shortlisted companies. Opening proceedings, An Taoiseach Michéal Martin, congratulated all those nominated by saying: “I believe it more important than ever, that we take time to acknowledge the resilience, determination and hard work and of course the success of so many in our business community and I am glad to have this opportunity to do this with you today. “For all of you here today you can reflect on 2021, and what you have achieved in this strangest of years, with great pride and as we look to 2022 and beyond,


despite all the new challenges that will emerge you can do so with optimism.” Topping the categories were Flexiwage for Technology and Innovation, Marketing Excellence went to Paul O’ Connors Cars, East Pier was named New Business of the Year, Tourism Excellence winners were Cliff House Hotel, Q1 Scientific took home the Business of the Year (up to 20 employees) award, The Haven Hotel was awarded Business of the Year (21 to 150 employees), TQS Integration was named Business of the Year (150+ employees), Dawn Meats received the Green Excellence award, Faithlegg won Food and Beverage, St. Dominic Credit Union received the Customer Service Excellence award and Waterford Integration Services won the Training and Development category. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Faithlegg, was presented to Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific and Trivium Vet. Congratulating Louise, Liam Moran, Faithlegg, said: “From concept through to commercialisation Louise has a track record in delivering innovative, life science products and services, holding several publications and patents. She

is also passionate about mentoring up-and-coming talent and promoting Waterford to an international audience.” The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also by self-nomination in all eleven categories. An independent judging panel, under the Chairmanship of Noel Kelly, and including David Breen, David M Breen & Co; Deirdre Houlihan, Faithlegg Hotel; TV Honan, Spraoi; Lena Murphy, WLR; Richie Walsh, Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Irial Mac Murchu, Nemeton TV and Jackie Roche, Bausch & Lomb carried out the difficult task of selecting the final shortlist and category winners after a rigorous judging analysis of each application. Waterford City and County Council sponsored the Overall Waterford Business Award, Entrepreneur of the year was sponsored by Faithlegg, while category sponsors include Permanent TSB, Waterford Local enterprise office, Fáilte Ireland, AIB bank, EY, Energia, PWC, RelateCare, Waterford Chamber Skillnet.

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winners Customer Service Excellence St. Dominic Credit Union Entrpreneur of the year Louise Grubb Business of the year (up to 20 employees) Q1 Scientific Business of the year (21 to 150 employees) The Haven Hotel Business of the year (150+ employees) TQS Integration Food & Beverage Faithlegg Green Excellence Dawn Meats Marketing Excellence Paul O'Connor Cars New Business of the Year East pier Technology and Innovation Flexiwage Tourism excellence Cliff House Hotel Training & People development Waterford Integration services

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Margaret Julian of GDPR Audits takes over the helm of Network Waterford for the year ahead. Here Lynda Lawton speaks to the Laois native about her vision for the year ahead and her passion for promoting her adopted home as a great place to do business. Q: Margaret, congratulations on the new role. You must be excited for the year ahead, especially now as we are coming out of the pandemic and can go back to live events?

A: I am delighted to take over the reins from Éadaoin Carrick (Cantec Group), we have had a turbulent two years for the Network as a whole, but we moved our events quite seamlessly to Zoom. In fact, by doing so, it allowed for crossbranch attendance and for our members to get to know each other around the country, so there were plenty of advantages to the move. But there is nothing better than meeting someone in the flesh, and we recently held our first in-person workshop in the Granville Hotel. It was great seeing our members meet face-to-face and catch up on how they are doing both in business and personally and getting back to what we do best.

Q: What’s your vision for the year ahead?

A: In my work life, I recently expanded the business with Compliance Audits which focusses on Central Bank compliance for Financial Brokers. We had a soft launch at the start of the year because we had a waiting list of audits to deliver, so it was straight down to business. Compliance Audits support brokers in every step of their compliance journey, beginning with their application for authorisation from the Central Bank of Ireland. We also provide compliance management support to ensure they are

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upholding their obligations with regulation and delivering audits is part of the service. I’m looking forward to developing the business further. GDPR Audits is going from strength to strength, and we are currently working on new initiatives with technology that will enhance our service to clients, so it’s very busy at the moment. For Network Ireland, our aim is to continue to bring quality events to our members and our main focus for the year is to encourage our members to come out again to connect with each other and to facilitate those connections and collaborations.

Q: Tell us a little about Network Waterford activities. Have you any flagship events in the planning?

A: We have a really interesting event coming up which is also an open evening for non-members. It focusses on getting in the right mindset with tips and strategies to use when applying for business awards. We have three amazing businesswomen on our panel, all of whom have won awards and we are going to get the inside track on how it is done! The event is in the Viking Hotel on 31st March at 6pm and tickets are on Eventbrite. Our main event every year, which is launched on IWD, is our Businesswoman Awards. There are 8 categories for entry and each year we get to celebrate the successes and challenges that our members overcome in their careers and businesses. The lunchtime awards ceremony

will be held this year in Waterford Castle on May 27th and after holding the event online for the past two years, we are really looking forward to getting the glad rags on and celebrating in-person. Our other events throughout the year are business and wellbeing focussed, with a sprinkle of social here and there. Our calendar of events is sent out to our subscribers in advance so they can be put in the diary.

Q: Having a support network of other women in business is so important. How has it helped you personally?

A: I’m really passionate about the Network and that all comes down to the women who are part of it. For women in business, it’s so important to surround yourself with a network, however big or small, that understands what you are striving to achieve and the challenges that come with that. I am constantly learning from my network, from their experiences, their mistakes and their wins. I’ve learnt that you can’t do it alone so it’s important to get out there and make those connections. We can all pay membership subscriptions to receive a newsletter, but unless you are utilising a network to make connections and build relationships, then you are not making the most of it at all.  Get in touch with Network Ireland Waterford by emailing waterford@


World-class research at Walton Institute


here is no denying the international reputation Waterford has in terms of research and innovation and that is due in no small part to the Walton Institute, formerly TSSG (Telecommunications Software & Systems Group) based at Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus at Carriganore. This month, we celebrate the first anniversary of the Walton Institute. The awarding of the research institute designation one year ago acknowledged and recognised the outstanding research strengths and capabilities of Walton and its team. The research institute, the first of its kind in the South East, is named after Dungarvan native Dr Ernest Walton, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951 for being the first to split the atom. Walton Institute undertakes cutting edge research, blending fundamental science with real world commercial applications. The aim of the Institute is to investigate futuristic next-generation technologies, to verify their capabilities and applicability for today’s society, and to work in collaboration with industry to ensure their commercialisation. The Walton Institute encourages inter-disciplinary research with prominent national and international reputation and competitiveness firmly positioning Waterford as Ireland’s Innovation Capital. Among their specialist areas are Precision Agriculture, Future Health, Intelligent


Transport Systems, Smart Energy, Cybersecurity and Privacy, and The Brain Initiative. THE FIGURES The figures surrounding Walton are staggering. It has over 80 researchers, works with 320 Irish industry partners, 800 global partners, is part of four Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres, and is also an Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway. To date WIT has competitively secured over €17.93 million during the course of the H2020 funding programme, with €15.9 million of this competitively won by Walton Institute. Since the beginning of the H2020 programme in 2014, WIT has secured funding for 33 projects in the areas of biotechnology, smart agriculture, social sciences and ICT, of these 28 projects were secured by Walton, having a total project value of €188m and 11 of these were co-ordinated by Walton. Walton Institute also secured €513k via Open Calls. The TSSG Technology Gateway is the commercial interface of Walton Institute and is here to support start-ups, micro-SMEs, and scaling SMEs in direct industry projects. In partnership with Enterprise Ireland, the gateway’s role is to deliver ICT technology solutions through collaboration on projects which are close to the market needs of the Irish industry. In the past year the TSSG Technology gateway has serviced over 57 industry projects, including

the Lingaun Valley Augmented Reality (AR) App with Kilkenny Leader Partnership, which enables visitors to experience three high prestige heritage-tourism sites in a unique way. ONGOING INVESTMENT Ever at the forefront of innovation, Walton continues to expand upon the facilities and the advanced technology and equipment it has available to industry in the South East, and under the Enterprise Ireland Capital Call the TSSG Technology Gateway at Walton successfully secured funding for a Digital Photogrammetry Unit, Satellite Communications equipment, and Quantum equipment. In addition, new innovation labs, such as the Mixed Reality Lab for Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) testing are opening up new and exciting areas of research within Walton. The final finishing touches are being put into the e-Textile Innovation Living Laboratory and Satcoms Testbed which will all be open to industrial companies later this year. LIFE CHANGING PROJECTS Walton continues to lead groundbreaking and life changing projects such as FAITH and PRIME. FAITH is to provide an ‘AI Angel’ app that remotely analyses depression markers, such as changes in activity, outlook, sleep and appetite in cancer survivors. When a negative trend is detected, an alert can be sent to the patient’s healthcare

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providers or other caregivers who can then offer support. The FAITH project will be going to trials later this year. Meanwhile, PRIME, the First EU FETOpen project co-ordinated by an Institute of Technology, is working to develop an innovative diagnostic-therapeutic treatment for people with epilepsy and other neurological diseases, by implanting engineered biological cells in the brain that will act as biocomputers to treat and suppress impending seizures. The precision agriculture team within Walton Institute focuses on investigating how technology will transform food production to meet humanity’s demands in future through projects such as DEMETER, SmartAgriHubs and AgROBOfoods. In addition to transforming agricultural practices and food production, these projects have multiple environmental use-cases to encourage sustainable

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farming, reducing our impact on the environment. The 5GMediaHUB project will aid in the development of 5G-powered media applications by offering a fully-featured experimentation facility providing testing and validation. Walton is collaborating with other departments in WIT and MTU-Cork on the Society, Economy and Environment (SEE) Space network, which focuses on education and research in Quantum Communications and Cybersecurity, Earth Observation and Space 4.0. RECOGNITION The work of Walton’s PSES division was recognised this year, for their design and development of the H2020 DEMETER website, which won the 2021 .eu Web Awards in the Better World Category. In addition, Walton Institute

was shortlisted in the Technology and Innovation Category of the Waterford Business Awards 2021 for the CoronaVRus app. The virtual reality team in Walton developed CoronaVRus, a virtual reality (VR) application aimed at children that can be used as an educational tool to showcase, educate and demonstrate COVID-19 safety guidelines in an intuitive manner. The application is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) friendly and offers a fun method of education to build awareness in a safe and interactive environment.  To learn more about the Walton Institute visit

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Bright start to 2022 as Waterford makes the headlines! T

he year began with the release of the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) findings, which showed that Waterford, Ireland’s Best Place to Live is also Ireland’s only clean city. Waterford has consistently scored high on the leader board, but the latest results showed that Waterford ‘cleaned up’ in this year’s rankings, as the only clean city in Ireland. The report cited that Waterford City topped the list of the cities surveyed by a ‘long shot’ and went on to add ‘what is so striking about the top performing sites is not just the lack of litter but the overall presentation and maintenance of same.’ Meanwhile in Dungarvan, Ireland’s first ever ‘Learn to Cycle’ track was launched by Waterford City and County Council in association with Waterford Sports Partnership. The facility aims to ensure a safe environment for children of all abilities to learn to cycle safely, and is a great companion to the nearby Waterford Greenway, which won the Irish Independent Reader Travel Award for ‘Ireland’s Best Visitor Attraction’ for 2022.


Irish Independent readers commented on the Greenway’s smooth surface, the spectacular views, great coffee stops, and the ‘super’ choice of places to eat and stay. This was a phenomenal start to 2022 for the Greenway, having also been awarded a European Greenways Silver award for excellence in 2021. Waterford City and County Council was successful with its application under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund (RRDF) for the provision of Digital Transformation Hubs in Dungarvan Town. With a number of projects approved for funding involving the re-purposing of old, derelict and historical buildings into modernday remote working hubs, as well as enterprise, cultural and community facilities, the funding of €1.4m will provide three digital hubs in Dungarvan. NORTH QUAYS With the main construction contract awarded for the North Quays Infrastructure, work is due to start this year on 1.3km of urban

dual carriageway and local road upgrades in the Ferrybank area, a new train station, transport interchange and public realm works, a 207m long pedestrian, cycle and public transport bridge across the River Suir, with an opening span to accommodate river traffic; and the provision of a new Greenway from Abbey Bridge that connects with the South East Greenway from New Ross that is currently under construction. In addition to the main contract works there are a number of enabling contracts associated with the North Quays development. Works already complete include the clearance of vegetation from the cliff face at Plunkett station, the diversion of services and the demolition of several large properties in the Ferrybank area. LOCAL ENTERPRISE An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD, announced the annual results of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) for 2021 which showed that Local Enterprise Office Waterford

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supported companies created 289 jobs in 2021. LEO Waterford financially supported 280 small businesses in their portfolio across the county and these companies in turn employ 1,199 people. In February 2022, it was announced that planning permission had been granted for the extension of the runway at Waterford Airport, by An Bord Pleanála. The 900m runway extension and widening of the runway will enable the airport to cater for commercial flights and will help towards the long term viability and sustainability of the airport’s service and is a welcome addition to Waterford and the region. EDUCATION The development of the South East Technological University represents a further key opportunity for Waterford and the wider region. While Waterford already has 15,000 students and 5,000 graduating annually with a strong focus on STEM and the region already has a talent pipeline that is broad, deep and exceptionally versatile, this will only be further enhanced with the development of the university. COMMUNITY Love was in the air in February as Waterford City and County Council’s Art Office brought a touch of romance to the streets of

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Waterford. Highlights of the St. Valentine’s programme included the St. Valentines Post Box of Love located at Hanover Street, Barbershop workshops throughout nursing homes, serenades from the Campervan of Sound in the city centre and a special St. Valentines blessing for Waterford lovers at White Friars Church in Dublin, where the relics of St. Valentine are interred. Darragh O'Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage visited Waterford to officially open Butterfield, Mount Neil Estate at Carrickphierish. Comprising of 57 units, Phase 1 is now completed and occupied with Phase 2 tenancy scheduled for March 2022. The development was funded through the Social Housing

Current Expenditure Programme. The Minister along with tenant families, representatives from Waterford City and County Council, Circle Voluntary Housing Association, Mayor of Waterford City and County and local councillors, officially cut the ribbon to the completed estate. March 2022 also heralded the return of the much-missed Waterford’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, and this year it was the centrepiece of a new three-day St. Patrick’s Day Festival. The festival was themed to coincide with Waterford winning ‘Ireland’s Best Place to Live’ award by the Irish Times in 2021. The City was awash with colour and activity for the parade and accompanying three-day festival which included live music and family fun. The weekend culminated in a spectacular fireworks display on the Quay. Waterford is the home of the very first St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland in 1903, a fact that Waterford people are very proud, as was evident throughout the festival. Waterford City and County Council was successful in securing €691,814.00 in funding under the 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which aims to support rural towns and encourage more people to return confidently to town and village centres to work, shop and socialise. Under the latest round of Town and Village Renewal Scheme funding the Waterford projects to benefit are


Ballyduff Upper, Dunmore East, Touraneena and Villierstown. GREENWAY It was announced that Cork County Council and Waterford City and County Council are to examine the feasibility of a new Greenway linking the two counties, with funding of €361,238 awarded to both Cork County Council and Waterford City and County Council by the Department of Transport under the Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways to complete the feasibility project. The potential Greenway would be developed along a 77.35km stretch of scenic countryside adjacent to the River Blackwater, incorporating stunning scenery and using viaduct crossings at key landmark locations. A ‘NeighbourWoods’ Tree planting initiative took place which saw 1,500 native Irish trees planted to

create Cherrymount Community NeighbourWoods. Waterford Comhairle na nÓg, Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service's Be Environmental! Erasmus+ Project and the Forestry Department at Waterford Institute of Technology, were joined this year by Waterford City and County Council and Waterford Lions Club in converting one acre of the green area adjacent

to John’s River in Waterford City into what will become an urban woodland. The tree planting programme not only aims to enhance the natural landscape with native tree species, but will also have a positive impact on the environment and biodiversity, by encouraging a healthy ecosystem through the re-introduction of a wide range of plants in a relatively urban setting.

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Sure Valley Ventures launches €113m Software Technology Venture Capital Fund


ure Valley Ventures, the founder-led Venture Capital (VC) firm that invests in high growth software companies in sectors such as the Metaverse, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cybersecurity and co-founded by Waterford native Barry Downes, has completed a €101m first close of a €113m UK software technology fund. This includes a cornerstone €60m investment from the British Business Bank through its Enterprise Capital Funds (ECF) programme, which aims to increase the supply of equity capital to high-potential, early-stage UK companies. Sure Valley is a seed capital investor in software companies that are focused on bringing a disruptive innovation to market. It plans to invest into 25 software companies from across the UK through its new fund. Currently based in London, Waterford, Dublin, and Cambridge, the Sure Valley team will also be opening an office in Manchester to help access deals in the significant and exciting innovation clusters that have developed around creative technologies in the North of England and in the Metaverse and AI opportunities in cities such as Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle. The first investment from the Fund will be into a Belfast-based company, and the new office is expected to allow better access for Sure Valley’s team to proactively reach out to the creative and innovation clusters in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Sure Valley Ventures Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Barry Downes, said, “We are delighted to partner with the British Business

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Bank and existing and new investors on this new £95m (€113m) UK software technology Fund. We are excited to expand on our existing London and Cambridge hubs, by opening a new office in Manchester. Many cities, including Manchester, as well as Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle, have become dynamic tech hubs for start-ups. As entrepreneurs and founders ourselves, we have been on the other end of the table and therefore understand the challenges that start-ups face for funding. A local presence will ideally position us to execute on exciting deals in this region and we are always willing to travel across the UK to meet exceptional leaders, to invest in their businesses and help them scale and grow in international markets.” The sectors that Sure Valley Ventures invest in have significant growth potential over the next few years, for example Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are predicting that the Metaverse could be an $8 trillion opportunity. In addition, the Cybersecurity market is due to grow to $203 billion by 2027 according to MarketWatch. Sure Valley has established a strong track record in these sectors, having invested in them since the firm’s inception in 2017 through investee companies including Getvisibility, Smarttech, Nova Leah and Precog Systems in the security space, Engage XR, War Ducks, Admix, Volograms, VividQ and Virtex in the Metaverse sector and Cameramatics, Artomatix and Ambisense in the AI sector. Alongside the equity invested, Sure Valley supports entrepreneurs

Barry Downes, Sure Valley Ventures Managing Partner and Co-Founder. via its value-adding Platform, which draws on the team’s knowledge and experience as founders to create a programme which is tailored to each investee company’s individual needs. Sure Valley’s platform also features a global network of advisors, based in leading innovation hubs across the globe, including San Francisco, Silicon Valley, New York, LA, Austin and Seattle in the USA as well as leading European and Asian hubs. Sure Valley has had success helping its investee companies grow and scale from Seed to Series A, and beyond with 93% of its investee companies raising follow-on Series A or B rounds within 24 months of the initial seed investment. This is a notable result, considering that on average 48% of companies fail to rise a follow on investment round at all, according to CBInsights. In addition, many of Sure Valley’s current portfolio have gone on to further successes, including to IPO, e.g. Engage XR – a leading corporate metaverse company and Smarttech 247 – an AI-based cybersecurity company that plans to IPO in Q2 2022.


Waterford Chamber Skillnet and Waterford Chamber are delighted to bring you an exciting and impactful Communications Month this coming April.

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Time: 12.00 – 1.30pm on Zoom This webinar is an introduction to digital marketing and a practical guide on how to develop a digital marketing strategy. Explore the various channels available and the differences between them: website, LinkedIn, SEO, Google Ads, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Email Marketing and more. Focus on tracking and measuring tools, along with supplier management. Learn concepts, practical examples and tips, and Q&A.

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Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm on Google Meet Let machine learning do the heavy lifting for your ad optimisation and testing with smart creatives. Discover how to leverage the power of automation to show the right message to the right audience across platforms. Learn about smart display campaigns; a simple, intelligent solution to managing the complex variables of display advertising, and an effortless way to broaden your customer base and win new conversions.

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Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm on Google Meet Gain a better understanding of smart shopping and learn how to create a Smart Shopping campaign. You will learn about the do’s and don’ts of a smart shopping campaign, how to drive sales for your business, and promote your products to the shoppers who are looking for what you offer on Google – whether they’re at home, on mobile or in-store.

Meet the Media, with Lynda Lawton, Waterford Chamber



Time: 12.00pm–1.30pm on Zoom During this session we will meet with professionals in the local media, who will discuss and advise on how best to craft a good story, pitch it to the media and ultimately promote your business to a wide audience, as well as other helpful tips and hints. This event will be facilitated by Waterford Chamber’s Lynda Lawton, who is editor of Network Magazine and has worked in the media for over 25 years.

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Waterford Chamber showcases businesses during Royal Visit


aterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley had the honour to introduce HRH Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall to three Waterford companies, NearForm, Waterford Distillery and Trilateral Research Ireland, during their official visit to Waterford and Tipperary, during a year of engagements to celebrate the Queens 70th year of reign. Speaking to their Royal Highnesses, Gerald explained how in recent years Waterford Chamber, Waterford City and County Council and two national agencies IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, along with other key stakeholders, have worked collaboratively to develop Waterford as the best place to live, work, invest, do business and visit. He went on to say that with the


new South East Technological University coming on stream from May 1st, more ambitious plans are afoot that will certainly have a huge impact on the economic development of Waterford and the wider South East region. Local business Nearform, the developer of the Covid Tracker App which was used worldwide, was represented by Larry Breen, Head of Health and life Science during the short reception. Also present was Kush Wadhwa, CEO of Trilateral Research Ireland and his team, based in Belview Port who provide ethical AI software solutions for tracking complex social problems in the public sector. Finally, the Royal party were introduced to Paul McCusker, Distillery Manager at Waterford Distillery, the world’s first producer of organic and biodynamic whisky.

According to Gerald, “The royal visit was a great opportunity to showcase the innovation, investment and expertise in the region and the importance of our continued cooperation with our nearest neighbours. The opportunity to shine a spotlight on Waterford business and industry as a result of such a high-profile visit is invaluable.” The royal couple’s visit began at Reginald’s Tower, where they were welcomed by the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly, Mary Butler TD, Minster for Older People and Mental Health, Michael Walsh, Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council and Director of Waterford Treasures, Eamonn McEneaney. As Their Royal Highnesses continued their walkabout, they

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were treated to a performance by Waterford’s Viking Re-enactment group was set against the backdrop of the Viking Longboat; paused at the world’s longest wooden sword sculpture at 23 metres, and enjoyed a lively performance from awardwinning street art company, Spraoi, while also hearing from the Mount Sion Choir. They met with artist James Kirwan, a visual artist and part of the Waterford Walls project, Emergency First Responders and Front Line Workers and also met and spoke with some of the large crowd who came to greet the Royal couple in Cathedral Square. The couple then visited Waterford’s Medieval Museum and continued to the Large Room at

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City Hall for a Mayoral Welcome, where they met and spoke with a diverse range of groups representing Waterford’s wide and farreaching achievements in entertainment, integration, community, sport, arts and enterprise and spoke with members of the Ukrainian community in Waterford. Addressing the invited guests, The Prince of Wales said, “To be welcomed so warmly, not least by a Viking re-enactment, is a wonderful blessing and one that will certainly live long in our memory. It is in places such as Waterford, Ireland’s Oldest City, where we are reminded so vividly of our ancient connections and how they have evolved over time toward a modern friendship.

“From a Viking town to a city with a Royal charter, the place where the first Irish tricolour was flown, to the home of a new university and acclaimed best place to live in Ireland, Waterford is a city of promise and hope for the future. The royal couple then signed the Mayors Visitors book in the Mayor’s Parlour and left City Hall to continue their Waterford visit with a tour of the House of Waterford Crystal, GIY, Fitzgerald’s Farm and home of Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner, Henry de Bromhead’s yard in Co. Waterford. An historic day for Ireland’s oldest city.


Chambers Ireland launch Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2022


hambers Ireland has opened the application process for the Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2022. Measuring the impact of specific projects, these prestigious nationwide awards have become recognised as the most prominent awards in the area of sustainability and CSR for over fifteen years. The awards have also helped to galvanise very significant investment by the private sector into appropriate projects benefitting the environment, communities, charities and workforces. The Awards recognise the meaningful and high-quality work by companies through different award categories, including Environment, Charity, Volunteering, Community, Workplace, Communication, Sustainable Impact by a Small or Medium Sized Business, and Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. The awards are aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlight the important role business plays in working towards achieving our goals in this area by 2030. This work is demonstrated in every Chamber community in the country. Over 410 companies have entered over 1,500 projects and won over 250 awards in the lifetime of the awards. Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland, spoke at the opening of the Awards, “We have seen hundreds of great companies with different projects receive recognition at these Awards in the past. Those projects have benefited the environment, communities, staff, charities and people throughout Ireland. While being very proud of being able to host online ceremonies for the last 2 years, it will be great to meet all


the inspiring companies involved in relevant projects again at our first physical event in two years in September. Tadhg Lucey, COO Civils BAM Ireland, the Awards’ main sponsor added: “BAM are delighted to once again sponsor the Sustainable Business Impact Awards. Our focus is to support clients to accelerate their sustainability objectives with best-in-industry capabilities towards building a sustainable tomorrow. For the third consecutive year, BAM has been commended for its climate action, achieving a place on CDP’s Climate Change A list. With the Awards advocating the UN SDGs, we look forward to the business community in Ireland demonstrating best practice in creating a sustainable future for all.” The importance of Social Enterprise is recognised in its own category – Partnering with a Social Enterprise, sponsored by The Department of Rural and Community Development. In support of this category Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development stated: “I’m very

pleased to announce my department’s continued sponsorship of the “Partnering with a Social Enterprise” category, at Chambers Ireland’s Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2022. These awards put a spotlight on businesses which integrate Sustainable Development Goals into their operations, so a focus on social enterprise is natural given their focus on supporting issues linked to the environment, health, poverty and equality. Sponsorship of this category underscores my commitment to supporting Social Enterprises and to the ongoing delivery of the National Social Enterprise Policy. I commend Chambers Ireland for their proactive support of the development of social enterprise in Ireland.” The awards are sponsored by BAM Ireland and are run in association with the Department of Rural and Community Development, One4all and the EPA.  Applications for the Awards are now open online at https://sbiawards.

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Time to say

As Sarah Jane Cleary closes the doors permanently on the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms, she reflects back on a magical time with Lynda Lawton and speaks about the honour of hosting with final event — showcasing the Vicky Phelan portrait during a Network Waterford and Waterford Chamber event on International Women’s Day.


Q: It’s hard to say goodbye but what a way to close your doors. You must be bittersweet?

A: It’s bittersweet saying goodbye for sure! But I only have one life and I embrace the opportunity to grow. I always have, in whatever context. Onwards to the next adventure! The Parlour was a concept, an aesthetic feast that I will always be proud of. It was an extraordinary experience. We indulged in the joy of music, song, poetry, events, and parties, amid the old-world atmosphere. It has left a deep and lasting impression on me. What a wonderful and eclectic chapter in my life! Highlights included hosting and personally introducing the


President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina to the people of Waterford. I was truly honoured. You are correct, Lynda, playing host to the Vicky Phelan Portrait on International Women’s Day was a powerfully moving and positive evening. The artist, Vincent Devine, explained so eloquently the story behind his work and impressed how the team will continue to raise awareness for Vicky Phelan’s campaign. Vicky is a remarkably selfless, strong, and courageous woman who fights against tremendous adversity, challenging the status quo and injustice. She has caused real change. What she did and continues to do for society is immeasurable. I was

moved beyond words to be part of that event.

Q: Looking back, did the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms become everything you had hoped it would be?

A: Everything and more! My romantic obsession with bygone eras came to life. My goal was to bring a unique Old-World Experience to Waterford – a beautiful cafe and event space that would celebrate and embrace all aspects of community life. It takes tremendous self-motivation, hard work and dedication to cultivate a creative idea from seed…not always an easy place to be! I tip my hat to the entrepreneurs that do

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this with gusto daily. The Parlour, once physically established, grew organically and I could never have imagined the wonderful six-year journey I embarked on. It took a life of its own. The amount of positive feedback on our social media and from the community at large is fantastic. From reading and listening to people's experiences, I not only accomplished what I set out to do but exceeded everyone’s expectations…including my own.

Q: What made you decide to call time on the business?

A: Given the unpredictability of the last two years and my desire for a healthy work/life balance, it was time to call a halt. I want to explore other avenues and passions without the boundaries, constraints and pressures of owning my own business. It was an incredibly difficult decision, but the decision has been thankfully made, and I’m so excited about my next adventure.

Q: What will you miss most? A: The people of course! The customers from all walks of life who embraced and appreciated our

style and added such value to the uniqueness of the Parlour.

Q: What supports do you think entrepreneurs need to succeed?

A: Entrepreneurs need the support of solid people from diverse backgrounds who offer good, honest, practical advice. You might find this support from a network group, your accountant, your friends, your family or online. In the final analysis entrepreneurs must believe in themselves, possess confidence and first-class communication skills and intuitively take multiple leaps of faith, never being afraid to change course if they need to. It’s hair-raising!

Q: The Tea Rooms isn’t your first business. What have you learned along the way?

A: Balancing and embracing commercial conformity in tandem with creativity. We are a culture that leans towards reassuring conformity. We synchronise our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours to create social norms

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– this can stifle our innate curiosity and willingness to explore. I have learned that nothing happens without risk, that playing it safe doesn’t always pay dividends, that when I push boundaries, life pushes back. But pushing against this resistance is the catalyst for real change. I’ve also learned to trust my instincts – when something looks too good to be true, it usually is!

Q: What’s next ? A: I am honoured and excited to be appointed the new Manager/ Director of the Imagine Arts Festival. My passions lie deeply rooted in the arts and our beautiful city. This is such an inspiring project to be part of. The festival is a firm fixture on the regional arts calendar with thousands of attendees each year, highlighting both national and international talent in an array of exciting, eclectic artistic events, including theatre, music, comedy, visual art, dance, literature, film and children’s events. We plan to expand on this established foundation and bring the festival to unexpected places within our city and broaden its profile both locally and internationally. Watch this space www.


A devotion to helping others Q: Congratulations on becom-

Q: How did you become a

ing Ireland’s first dedicated Parkinson’s Coach. How did you get connected/involved with working with Parkinson’s people?

Parkinson’s Coach?

A: When I was living in Lanzarote in 2015, I was jogging up the beach one day and I saw a lady using Smovey (vibration therapy tool) and thought it looked interesting so I stopped and asked her what they were. She told me they are a health and wellness tool invented by a man with Parkinson’s that improves mobility and works with the nervous system. I had a friend with Parkinson’s that lived near there and asked her to come and show her. My friend was really impressed with the tool and another friend who has arthritis got relief from her pain too so to cut a long story short, I went over to Austria to do my training and set up Smovey classes in Lanzarote.

Q: How do they work? A: They are weighted rings with balls that create vibrations that activate the nervous system, and through different movements help create energy and help with balance, coordination, strength and much more. I used to go to people’s homes to show them how to use them and quickly realised that people with Parkinson’s had very little or no knowledge on how to improve their own situation other than medication. People were taking their tablets at the wrong time, had no idea that exercise is as important as medication and no idea that certain foods have positive or negative reactions to PwP (People with Parkinson’s).


A: I had to go to the UK for different courses and was trained in “PD Warrior” and “Parkinson’s Regeneration Training” which are education and exercise courses specifically for people with Parkinson’s. Normally these are courses for physiotherapists but as I was working with Smovey already, I was welcomed on both courses to help people with Parkinson’s. Then I became certified in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Yoga and Meditation Teacher and I am currently studying to become a Neuro Coach.

Q: Where do you do you coach your clients? A: I used to have a studio in Tramore but that closed due to Covid so I had to go online. It was scary at the start as I am not great with technology but had to Zoom up with the rest of the world and now all my courses are online.

Q: What type of coaching do you do?

A: I have different types of programmes, I do one-on-one coaching and also group coaching. When people are diagnosed first, it’s very scary for them and they feel like the rug has been pulled out from under them so they find it very comforting and reassuring talking to me about their condition. Unfortunately, there is very little support for PwP in Ireland so my service is very welcomed by my clients. Just to give context, there are only five dedicated Parkinson’s nurses in the Republic of Ireland and 30 in the North. Unfortunately

we don’t have any in Waterford. People are very happy to have somebody to talk to about it as they feel very alone and vulnerable and often don’t want to share their fears with family members, to not worry them, so they feel safe talking to me about their future.

Q: Do you just work with People with Parkinson’s in Ireland?

A: No, I have a diverse group of clients from different counties including Ireland, UK, France, America, Canada, South Africa, Australia. I work directly with PwP and with carers and loved ones of PwP. Sometimes the person with Parkinson’s doesn’t want to do the course/coaching for various reasons so a loved one will do to get the knowledge, but also for support for themselves too. I also work with health and fitness professionals that work with PwP – they want further information and support so they can help their own clients directly.

Q: What do you do for them? A: I give both emotional and physical support to people with Parkinson’s – emotionally through talk therapy and different techniques to produce dopamine naturally and reduce anxiety; physically to increase strength, mobility, balance, flexibility and much more. I work mainly with newly diagnosed clients so we very much

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focus on slowing the progression of the condition and work together to reverse symptoms. I meet my clients online and they will share their emotional and physical journey to date and together we work out a plan on where they want to focus the most on. Mindset is definitely the first place to start as the majority of my clients were terrified about their future because of the unknown. Thankfully there is so much more we can do with the latest in Neuroscience and I have learned so much thought my Neuro Professor how the brain works and pass that knowledge onto my clients. The Nervous system is absolutely fascinating and everybody should learn how to activate and regulate it for themselves, even for everyday occurrences. We don’t realise how much day-to-day stress affects us all and the more we regulate our nervous system, the less stress on our body and less diseases we will have.

use was invented by a man with Parkinson’s and it’s only through his own improvement we have the commercial product today. I mainly focus on reducing stress and anxiety through talk therapy / neuro coaching and putting a productive plan into place. Obviously, I don’t discuss anything in regards to medications and I always recommend local nutritional therapist Jemma Kehoe who is not only an expert in food science but extremely knowledgeable in medications and supplements too.

rewarding part of your journey to date?

feel the Chamber has supported your growth and development? A: Absolutely, being part of the Chamber has been instrumental in both my personal development and business growth. As all business get great coverage through the membership directory and weekly emails, I have a lot of local clients through the Chamber network. Skillnet funded 50% of the training for Health Professionals so it made it much more affordable for people and we had therapists travel from France, Sweden, UK, Germany, Spain and all over Ireland for that. I was also part of the inaugural Regional Leadership Programme and that was a fantastic education and sounding board with successful business leaders. They were extremely generous with their time and help and genuinely wanted to support us in whatever area we needed and that was so helpful to me. That was a few years ago and there is always continuous development and courses associated with that which I really love doing still. The support from the Chamber has been fantastic and I would recommend any business, in particular small independent business as there is always somebody to talk to who can direct you to any area of assistance you need.

A: Without a shadow of doubt, it

Q: What’s next for you?

Q: What have been your biggest challenges to date?

A: You’d think it was actually helping people reduce their symptoms but the biggest challenge I have faced is from people who “should” be also interested in helping people with Parkinson’s. A very small few have gone to extreme lengths to prevent me growing and scaling my business and all I can say to that is “what is their motive for that?” It’s been tough at times but the ups have been far greater and the awards I have won have proved them wrong!

Q: What has been the most

Breathwork is the first thing I help my clients perfect and they are always amazed at the results. I had a medical doctor do my course and after three weeks her tremors reduced dramatically. She said she was “embarrassed” that she didn’t realise the importance of conscious breathwork and how it positively effects the nervous system.

has been meeting the most amazing people and having what some of my clients call “miraculous results”. To be able to help people who have been given no hope of healing has been a very rewarding, emotional and humbling experience that I will never take for granted. To be able to sit with somebody, hear their story and put together a plan to help them when they had lost hope is the most rewarding position. This is not a job but a devotion to helping others and has given me a much bigger appreciation for my own health in return.

Q: What other methods have

Q: You joined Waterford

helped reduce symptoms?

Chamber five years ago and have grown your business tremendously since then. Do you

A: Smovey, the wellness tool I

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A: I have developed an eight-week transformational course called “Neuro Alignment” that has had amazing results with clients, and nothing like this has been done before. I am getting this trademarked and will licence out this programme to other health professionals that also work with People with Parkinson’s. As I said earlier, there is very little support for PwP so to have a proven platform to offer health professionals will be very beneficial for all.  For further details visit www., follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or contact Irene at


Visual merchandising tips for small and medium retailers  By JANET TUMULTY, Owner, New Links Training


ow that retail is opening again it is important for retailers to focus on maximising customer footfall to increase sales. Whether your business is large or small there are proven visual merchandising techniques that you can use to get your customers to stop, look and enter


your store. Visual merchandising doesn’t need to cost the earth if you have creatives on your team who are willing to think outside the box to create eye-catching displays that generate interest and desire to purchase from your store. Our retail training is very popular with small and medium retail outlets and

in the charity sector. The following are a range of tips that we believe will help you to reconnect with customers and rebuild your brand image through effective visual merchandising.

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CHOOSE A THEME There are known elements of retail displays that trigger excitement and customers’ desire to purchase. Adopting themes that signify your product or brand displays can further improve customer interest. A theme is all about creating a back-end story that connects the product to the customer. The use of themes allows retailers to reinvent themselves by creating visual displays that will wow the customer and instil a lasting image in the minds of passers-by and potential new customers. Seasonal themes like Valentines, Easter and Christmas quickly come to mind. Other approaches to themed displays can include linking with or promoting community events, charity events, national/international celebrations e.g International Women’s Day, Pride or national wellbeing days. The list is endless and only needs your time and imagination to bring it to life. DRAW PEOPLE IN One of the most essential features of sales is that your customers are drawn right through your retail space. Placement of stock is therefore vitally important to driving sales. Consider the types of displays (or items) that you have on display at the back of your store. Sale items are a good example; which one of us doesn’t love a bargain? Other than sale items the back of your shop should be merchandised with as much care and attention as the front of your shop. CHANGE YOUR DISPLAYS REGULARLY It is important that your customers are treated to visual merchandising that is fresh and relevant and consistent with your store’s branding. In today’s social media world consumers have become used to constant change and your retail displays are no different. Customers will become easily bored with a display that is left

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unchanged for too long. I recommend changing your displays at least every fortnight and if you can’t change an entire display consider changing elements of the display e.g. change an outfit if you own a clothing store. CREATE A DECOMPRESSION ZONE Too much visual merchandising can have a negative impact on your customers’ engagement. When a customer enters your store, it is important to give them space to take in their surroundings and decide where they will go and what they would like to look at. Two pieces of advice here: (1) Don’t block the entrance or an aisle with unnecessary visual merchandising; this will act as a turn-off and the customer may turn and leave or they may keep going deciding that the store is too cluttered or too busy for their personal taste. (2) Don’t bombard the customer with salesy greetings in this zone e.g. spraying perfume samples and engaging in a sales dialogue. The customer wants to enter your store, decompress and then they will get down to the business of shopping and ultimately buying. EYE LEVEL IS BY LEVEL This is a mantra that we teach in our retail classes – place your best stock at eye level so that the customer doesn’t need to work to find what they are looking for (or miss something entirely). Stock that is displayed too high or too low is less likely to sell than stock that is displayed at eye level. This rule is particularly important for in-store merchandisers. And finally… HARNESS SOCIAL MEDIA TO AMPLIFY YOUR BRAND Now that you have created some amazing visual displays both internally and in your store window why not take it one step further and share updates on your social media channels? This takes your visual merchandising to the next

level allowing a wider customer base to appreciate your efforts. Customers have long since tired of boring stock imagery, today’s customers want candid videos and imagery with real people and situations. The more you can put yourself and your store ‘out there’ in the social space the better chance you have of keeping your current customers (they will follow your channel) and gaining new ones. It also means that the effort that you put into visual merchandising will give you a greater return on your investment. SOME RECOMMENDED READING There are some excellent publications out there that could help to inspire you to change your approach to visual merchandising. One of my favourite people in the space is Paco Underhill, a highly respected retail anthropologist. His first book Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping is an internationally recognised bestseller that has been published in twentyseven languages. Underhill is passionate about the habits of consumers and consumer behaviour based on his extensive research which he chronicled through videotaped field observations. His work focuses on the many facets of consumer behaviour and customer interaction with all aspects of retail from store layout, staff, communications, customer service, marketing and much more. In his books and public speaking events, he outlines a range of strategies that retailers need to employ to put their customers in a ‘buying frame of mind’. Visual merchandising is only one of these strategies but it’s an important one! Phone: 051 385720


Decarbonising Irish Transport with Natural Gas


hile heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and buses account for only 4% of vehicles on Ireland’s roads, they account for 30% of all road transport emissions. In Ireland we are facing significant challenges to meet our emission reduction targets. Compressed natural gas (CNG) for transport is a key gas technology that David Hanahoe, Head of CNG Sales at Gas Networks Ireland believes will support a reduction in Ireland’s total carbon emissions. “Gas Networks Ireland is leading the development of a new, cleaner transport network to provide Ireland’s HGV and bus fleet operators with a cleaner alternative fuel option to diesel. Last year we launched two fast-fill public CNG stations at Circle K’s forecourts at Clonshaugh in Dublin and Ballysimon Road in Limerick City. There are now four stations in operation including those in Dublin Port and Cashel.” “We also launched a €2.9m CNG Vehicle Grant scheme to support the purchase of up to 400 gas-powered trucks, buses and vans. The Grant will cover 20% of the difference between CNG and diesel-powered vehicles, with a maximum €60,000 available to any one applicant. Grants can be used towards the costs of vehicles registered from 2020.”

fuel option in their own locations and more control over refuelling.” In the Mid-West, for example, Clean Ireland Recycling were the first national waste operator to invest in a private station and CNG vehicles. In addition to reducing their carbon footprint, this has provided a significant competitive advantage in winning new business as both their residential and commercial customers have become more environmentally conscious. Each private station can be designed to individual customer requirements, with specifications based on a number of factors including fleet size, volume of gas required and the nature of business.

PRIVATE CNG STATIONS “Although the CNG public refuelling network is growing, we also engage with fleet operators and hauliers who require their own on-site refuelling depots as they do not operate along the current station routes. Private CNG stations are ideal for businesses or county councils who want a sustainable

EU CLEAN VEHICLE DIRECTIVE A key consideration for organisations moving forward will be the EU Clean Vehicles Directive that passed into Irish law in 2021. This Directive sets targets for public procurement of clean vehicles increasing the share of low and zero-emission vehicles tendered for by public authorities. Ireland


has agreed to adopt the maximum target requiring almost 40% of cars and light trucks, and 10% of heavyduty trucks that will be procured from August 2021, to be clean vehicles. For buses, the target is even higher, with a requirement of 45% procured to be green vehicles and the requirement for half of those to be zero-emission vehicles. “Gas Networks Ireland can support agencies and councils that wish to explore CNG as a transport fuel option to meet the obligations set out in the Directive.” CONTACT GAS NETWORKS IRELAND TODAY Waterford Chamber members and readers interested in learning more can contact the team in Gas Networks Ireland below. Email: Tel: 1800 411 511 Web:

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Sanofi team up with schools for big environmental impact S

anofi is investing €120,000 in a three-year environmental awareness campaign in Irish schools as part of its Planet Mobilization programme. The global biopharmaceutical company is teaming up with Junior Achievement Ireland to deliver the ambitious drive encouraging primary schoolchildren in third and fourth classes to make ‘One Small Change’. To be piloted in the current school year and rolled out nationally from 2022-’23, ‘One Small Change’ will involve up to five 40-minute classroom sessions. Pupils who participate will receive kits to help them and their families identify the contribution they can make to addressing the climate emergency. The design of ‘One Small Change’ will ensure the children involved will not only learn theory but also experience for themselves the excitement of making lifestyle and household changes to protect the environment. Over three years, more than 6,000 families will be reached. Announcing the programme, Jennifer Murphy who leads the ‘Green Team’ at Sanofi Waterford, said: “We are delighted to be building this campaign with Junior Achievement Ireland who have been partners of ours for almost 20 years. An active schools programme was a big part of our pitch last year that won €420,000 of funding for Waterford from Planet Mobilization, Sanofi’s ideas generation programme for the environment. “We recognise that children are hugely influential in their families. They also have great energy, idealism and curiosity – all of which


Denise Power, Junior Achievement Ireland and Jennifer Murphy, Sanofi are pictured at St John of God National School in Waterford. ‘One Small Change’ will tap into. While they are the least to blame for the climate crisis, their generation has the most to lose from it.” Denise Power, Area Manager, Junior Achievement Ireland, added: “Sanofi is one of our longestestablished partners and volunteers from the Waterford site team have worked in local schools and hosted students on Junior Achievement educational activities for the last 20 years. “We are delighted to collaborate on Planet Mobilization as we know engaging with positive adult role models from the world of work makes a significant impact on young people. All of the evidence tells us that good habits stick and momentum builds when people feel part of something bigger and that their contribution is helping. We are very confident that lots of families making ‘One Small Change’ will add up to a BIG difference.” Along with the schools campaign, key elements of Planet Mobilization at Sanofi Waterford

include organised clean-ups by teams of volunteers at coastal, mountain and other scenic areas; an app that is being developed to help households measure their plastic consumption and find alternatives and a sustainable shopping scheme to promote greener options to consumers. A toolkit developed at Waterford will be shared with Sanofi colleagues globally to support them in rolling out similar environmental programmes in their local areas. Sanofi is accelerating its efforts to address climate change and intends to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across all operations and the entire value chain by 2050. The company has also set an interim target to reach carbon neutrality across all scopes of emissions by 2030. This is 20 years ahead of its previous commitment made in 2015. Sanofi’s carbon footprint decreased by 27% between 2015 and 2020.

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Waterford company pioneers virtual training for zero emission in the building industry


magine, a Waterford creative agency recently launched a Virtual Reality training system for the retro fitting of buildings to an NZEB level. Commissioned by the Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) to complement their existing Retrofit training programme, the team at Emagine created a realistic 3D space that incorporates a series of modules to upskill learners in the vital skills required when they work in the NZEB Retrofit Construction Industry. ‘Nearly Zero Energy Buildings’ or NZEB, means a building that has a very high energy performance. The climate crisis has risen rapidly up the public agenda and has culminated with Ireland declaring a Climate Emergency. Buildings are responsible for 39% of global carbon emissions, making it the largest contributing sector to climate change. In February of this year the government announced the biggest home insulation scheme ever offered in the state. The Climate Action Bill has set a target of retrofitting 500,000 homes by 2030. People will be able to avail of government financial support to cover up to half the cost of deep retrofits for their homes. However, concerns have been raised regarding labour shortages and the insufficient levels of those trained in retrofitting. Emagine designed a virtual learning environment that mirrored many aspects of the hands-on WWETB course, but digitally. In line with the course’s theme of sustainability, the Virtual Reality simulation allows participants to repeat the training programme


Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, trying out the virtual reality retrofit training programme. Photo by David Clynch. unconstrained by time and without the typical waste of materials when working on a physical model. Michael O’Brien, Innovation and Development Manager at the WWETB explains the importance of this new development, “This is not a gimmick. Virtual Reality allows our students to learn specific skills in a highly immersive environment. They receive immediate formative feedback which facilitates long term memory retention and overall improved performance.” Peter Grogan, founder of Emagine is excited by the potential for this breakthrough. “This is the future of training and education through-out the world and we at Emagine have always strived to be at the cutting edge of technological design. We were delighted to have the opportunity to tie this ambition with important developments in construction and energy conservation.

“This model has unlimited potential, whether it be the construction industry, pharma, engineering or manufacturing, the state or the private sector now has the ability to train and upskill off site with no loss of production time or material cost. We choose our projects carefully, those which we feel we can make a significant difference with, those that excite us and those with clients who are invested in the long term. In this case it meant replicating many of the physical models currently being used in the Waterford and Enniscorthy training centres.” The programme is funded through SOLAS and appropriately called ‘Innovation through Collaboration’. It adds Virtual Reality to the retrofit course currently on offer to the construction sector within the organisation's Waterford Training Centre.

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O’Connell Whiskey Merchants wins Waterford’s top enterprise award


’Connell Whiskey Merchants business from Kilmacthomas is the winner of the Waterford Enterprise Award for 2022, Local Enterprise Office Waterford has announced. Marking the end of a busy and productive Local Enterprise Week in Waterford, O’Connell Whiskey Merchants took the top prize and will now represent Local Enterprise Office Waterford at the 22nd National Enterprise Awards at the Mansion House in Dublin on June 2nd. Daithí O’Connell says deep down he is an adventurer, and this is just the next step in his entrepreneurial adventure. “We bring small batch whiskey to market in the premium plus whiskey sector by sourcing and maturing premium whiskies. We are an independent bottler and bonder of spirits, especially Irish whiskey. Our warehouse and bottling line are in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford, next to the Waterford Greenway in an 1830s-era famine workhouse and 1970s Flahavan’s grain store house.” The ceremony was a fitting end to the week in Waterford and included dignitaries such as the Mayor of Waterford city and county, Cllr Joe Kelly, who presented the award at the Mayor’s Parlour on Friday March 11th, “Waterford is extremely proud to be represented nationally by Daithí O’Connell in June. Through its investment and continuous innovation O’Connell Whiskey Merchants has firmly established itself as a market leader and is a great example of how entrepreneurs can turn good ideas into great products.”


Tom Draths from WD O'Connell Whiskey Merchants is presented with his award from the Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr. Joe Kelly after being announced the winner of the Waterford round of the National Enterprise Awards in the Mayor's Parlour on Friday afternoon, also included were Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise, Waterford LEO and Brid Kirby, Senior Enterprise Development Officer, Waterford LEO. O’Connell Whiskey Merchants will now be competing against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €35,000 winner’s prize fund as national judging gets underway in May. Categories this year include ‘Best Export Business,’ ‘Best Start-Up’ and ‘Innovation,’ in addition to eight regional awards. There are also two new National Enterprise Awards this year with a “One to Watch” award and a “Sustainability/Green” award. Speaking during Local Enterprise Week Richard Walsh, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Waterford said: “I’d like to thank all the companies that joined us online this week and to our team here in Local Enterprise Office Waterford for rolling out

such an impressive programme of events. I’d also like to give a special word of thanks to all the contributors, speakers and facilitators who shared their experiences, challenges and insights at every event.” The Waterford Enterprise Awards took place as part of a very successful Local Enterprise Week programme of events. There were over 220 physical and virtual events taking place across the country and 26 in Waterford alone, run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices from March 7th to 11th. Local Enterprise Week is organised every year by the Local Enterprise Offices and supported by Enterprise Ireland, local authorities and the Government of Ireland.

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Waterford Greenway

celebrates five great years!


t’s hard to believe that the much-loved Waterford Greenway has been open just five years, yet many locals will find it hard to imagine life without this award-winning trail on their doorstep. The Waterford Greenway stretches from Ireland’s Oldest City in the East of the County, through the picturesque village of Kilmacthomas to the harbour town of Dungarvan in West Waterford. Freedom, fresh-air, magnificent scenery and chance encounters are some of the highlights often mentioned by visitors to this spectacular trail in Ireland’s Ancient East. Waterford Greenway was officially opened on March 25th 2017 by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD on the 50th anniversary of the last passenger train journey between Dungarvan and Waterford City. Since opening, the Waterford Greenway has attracted over 250,000 visits annually, resulting in the development of many tourism and hospitality businesses. In five short years the Waterford Greenway has won the hearts of locals and visitors alike and celebrated a number of accolades which include; being the first Irish Greenway to receive the Green Flag Award for Parks and Green Spaces in 2020 and retain it in 2021, winning silver in the Excellence Category at the 10th European Greenways Award in 2021, and most recently being

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named Best Visitor Attraction in the Irish Independent 2022 Reader Travel Awards. The captivating trail offers spectacular views of the Comeragh Mountains, the River Suir and the Waterford coast as you freewheel your way from the City to the sea, through tunnels, across viaducts and past old railway stations. Attractions along the dedicated cycling and walking trail include, with the world-renowned ornamental gardens at Mount Congreve, Waterford Suir Valley Railway, and the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark. The many vibrant coffee stops along the route will give you a flavour of the fantastic food and coffee scene in Waterford, where you can relax with an old friend or a new one! Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly said “Happy fifth birthday to a much-loved amenity here in Waterford and the South East. Waterford Greenway is a visitor attraction that has grown and developed due to the dedication, vision and commitment of Waterford City and County Council, the local communities, businesses and stakeholders. The enjoyment this visionary project brings to so many of all ages and abilities is just amazing.” Michael Walsh, Chief Executive, Waterford City and County Council added, “Waterford Greenway has been transformative for the county. Businesses have

been built, visitors have come time and again and of course locals have the huge benefit of having this world class amenity on their doorstep.” The Waterford Greenway can only get better as work is already underway to improve the Greenway connection to the city centre and are due for completion in 2023. Works are progressing very well on the New Ross Greenway, with the new sustainable transport bridge in the City allowing visitors to continue their Greenway journey from Waterford through parts of Kilkenny and Wexford. Feasibility studies for a connection between Waterford City and Tramore, Dungarvan and Mallow and a Waterford Greenway to Suir Blueway connection are all underway and will undoubtedly bring more opportunities to locals and visitors to get out and enjoy the fantastic sights in Waterford and the South East. You can follow Waterford Greenway on Facebook or Instagram for all the latest on what’s happening and share your memories (old and new) to help us celebrate five great years of the Waterford Greenway using the hashtags #HappyBirthday #WaterfordGreenway


Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy TD, pictured with Chair of the South-East Regional Steering Committee, Patsy Carney.

REGIONAL ENTERPRISE PLAN delivers funding to support innovation and jobs


inister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy TD, has launched the South-East Regional Enterprise Plan (REP) to 2024. The South-East REP, covering counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, is one of nine new enterprise plans throughout the country which will


be funded by up to €180 million. This funding will drive the implementation of the Plans which will develop and implement collaborative and innovation enterprise projects in the regions and support sustainable jobs. The REPs have been developed using a ‘bottom up’ approach by people who have a real

stake in their community. This model makes the Plan unique and responsive to the opportunities and needs of the region, with a focus on regional collaboration. Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy TD, outlined the importance of the Plan, saying: “I am to launch the South-East

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Up to €180 million to be available for regional enterprise development projects across the country Regional Enterprise Plan to 2024. Congratulations to Patsy Carney, Chair of the South-East Steering Committee, Alan Quirke, SouthEast Programme Manager, Richard Hickey, South-East Programme Executive and the Steering Committee members for delivering this new plan for the region. “Over the past year the enterprise community from across Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford came together to develop ambitious, achievable objectives to capitalise on the unique strengths and seize the opportunities for the South-East. The Plan reflects the region’s huge appetite to build a balanced regional recovery, one that is focused on future enterprise development and sustainable job creation for the longer term. "I was determined to ensure that funding will be made available to drive the Regional Enterprise Plans and I am delighted to announce today funding of up to €17 million for regional enterprise projects as part of the overall €180 million in funding over the coming years. This is necessary for the development of collaborative regional projects that will drive delivery of the objectives developed in this South-West Plan. I look forward to working with Patsy and the Committee throughout implementation.” Delivering balanced regional growth is a stated objective within the Programme for Government and in the Economic Recovery Plan 2021. The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment contributes to the regional agenda in a number of ways, including through the enterprise agencies, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland; the Local Enterprise Offices and through national enterprise policy. Chair of the South-East Regional Steering Committee, Patsy Carney, Director of Kinetic Labs said, “I

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would like to thank Minister Troy for his support and involvement during the consultation process which was key in ensuring momentum and engagement was maintained in the region. “Can I thank the Steering Committee members across Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford for their commitment to the region and to this plan which is the result of thorough consultation with our stakeholders. We have developed a plan that is focused around five Strategic Objectives - encouraging entrepreneurship and start-ups, the green economy, principles of smart specialisation and clustering, innovation and to communicate the benefits of living and working in the South-East. “I look forward to working closely with the Minister and Committee members as we move to implementation stage.” According to the South-East Regional Enterprise Plan to 2024, “We are working towards the shared vision of the South East becoming an even more thriving, innovative and creative regional economy with high-value output, a broad range of job opportunities and becoming the place of choice in which to work and invest.”  The South-East Regional Enterprise Plan to 2024 can be accessed on the Department’s website at https:// South-East-Regional-Enterprise-Planto-2024.html

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STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES 1: Start and Grow Encouraging entrepreneurship and enhancing the region’s start up ecosystem. 2: Green Growth Ensuring that the green economy becomes an engine for future job creation and economic growth in the region. 3: Smart Specialisation The principles of smart specialisation and clustering are critical for the region to create a resilient, inclusive, sustainable, and competitive economy. 4: Innovation Building on our existing RD&I capacity to place innovation at the heart of the South-East economy. 5: Place Developing a region that is attractive to both domestic and international visitors and communicating the benefits of living and working in the South-East.


Waterford Chamber seeks clarity on TU funding from Minister Harris F

ollowing intense questioning from a select number of Waterford Chamber members at a private meeting on Monday, Minister of Further and Higher Education, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, was emphatic that “the debate is over” on university versus technological university. After so many false dawns, he said he completely understands that there is a healthy degree of scepticism but that he wants Waterford Chamber members to be absolutely secure in the knowledge that there will be “a world-class Higher Education Institute here in the South East”. He was quick to move on from any discussions on the headquarters, saying it was unthinkable that it would be anywhere but Waterford, while adding “I have no doubt Waterford is going to be the nucleus for the South East region”. Acknowledging the appointment of Professor Patrick Prendergast, Minister Harris said the fact that


the former President and Provost of Trinity College Dublin wants to put his name behind South East Technological University (SETU), along with Jim Bergin CEO of Glanbia Ireland and Ruth Beadle, Head of Insulins Manufacturing Cluster at Sanofi, is a huge vote of confidence in the university. The Minister confirmed that the recruitment process for President of SETU is currently underway with interviews to be held in April. After a welcome by John McSweeney, Waterford Chamber President, the Minister was introduced to the meeting delegates, with each member offering their overview on the importance of the new South East Technological University (SETU) and identifying the needs in terms of further development of RD&I activity, skills shortages and new course development, while also referring to housing specifically in terms of student accommodation, city centre development and the critical importance of talent retention

within the retention, as currently only 30% of students from the South East remain for third level education, compared to 60% in the Mid West and 75% in the Cork/ South West Region. FUNDING Before the Minister addressed the business community, Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley asked for clarification in terms of the funding of SETU. Minister Harris revealed that his Department is currently looking at amalgamating the funding streams for the technological universities and traditional universities. He is determined to ensure equity in the funding model for higher education and that there is no longer an inequity in the funding model as is the case between the Institute of Technology sector compared to the university sector. This was broadly welcomed by Waterford Chamber as equitable funding has been a key concern on their lobbying agenda in recent months.

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The Minister also clarified that the money is secure through PPP funding to deliver the long-awaited engineering building, with construction due to commence in 2023 for delivery in 2025. He assured the group that his department would monitoring this closely to ensure it met deadlines as it is the “largest project in the PPP bundle”. He also said he was determined to expand the footprint of the campus in Waterford. Having recently announced €430 million in capital funding for the HEI sector, the Minister said his department has allocated a portion of this funding in order to expand its existing footprint in Waterford. €83 million ERDF funding which is specifically for enhancing research and innovation capabilities within the Technological University sector. He felt Waterford would be well

positioned to compete for this funding given its strong track record in research and innovation. There is a further €120m available from the TU Transformation Fund. In addition €40m has been secured from the EU Recovery & Resilience Fund to assist with digital transformation in higher education through upgrading of ICT equipment and facilities. Referring to new course developments, the Minister was emphatic that it was up to the Governing Authority and the President to set the strategic direction of SETU, outlining the TU legislation which underpins the engagement mission of the university placing an obligation that 30% of its courses must be designed in conjunction with industry. “TUs are a more modern construct and I am encouraging the Chamber and industry to have an

input. It’s about how you as a city and region design your TU. All TUs should be distinctly different and address the needs of its region. I passionately believe this is a more modern and inclusive style of education with multiple pathways to qualifications from apprenticeship level to PhD.” The meeting concluded with Waterford Chamber thanking the Minister for his direct engagement and Senator John Cummins for facilitating the meeting, while welcoming the announcement of Prof Prendergast and members of the SETU governing body. Waterford Chamber assured the Minister they would engage immediately with the new Chair so Waterford Chamber can continue to play an influential role in shaping higher education provision in the City, County and region.

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Blue Plaque Trail

A Civic Trust Blue Plaque is a permanent sign installed on a building in a public place to commemorate a link between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived or had some connection to. It is a unique way to highlight these special achievements and celebrate those who have helped to shape our heritage and history.

 By DES GRIFFIN and MARCUS COPLEY, Waterford Civic Trust


n 1900 Ireland’s first garage was opened in Catherine Street by William F. Peare in partnership with Alderman Sir William Goff who bought the very first car sold by the garage, a French De Dion Buton, and has the distinction of being Ireland’s first car owner. In 1901 Peare began assembling motorized tricycles – the beginnings of Ireland’s motor manufacturing industry. During World War I Peare served as a Captain in the British army and the company went into decline and was forced into liquidation in 1917. However, that same year the business was taken over by John Kelly, a local business man, and it continued to operate from the Catherine Street site until the business moved to the Cork Road. W. F. Peare was born in Carrickon-Suir in 1868, the son of a jeweller and watchmaker. In 1895 he set up a cycle business with Billy Merdith, a top racing cyclist. In 1898 he imported a De Dion engineered motor tricycle and a year later he built a four-wheeled “car” from the components of this machine.


W.F. Peare became increasingly interested in the new cars and shortly afterwards became involved in the new motor trade. In 1899 he became the official repairer in the Waterford District for the De Dion motor car, pioneer cars of the time. In 1900 he assembled vehicles such as the first motor tricycle ever put together in Ireland, using a genuine 2 ¾ De Dion motor with a water-cooled head. This machine was built for a Capt. H. R. Langrishe, Knocktopher Abbey, Co. Kilkenny. Ireland's first garage or “Motor Works” as it was called, trading under the name of W.F. Peare Ltd, was established in Waterford by William F. Peare and Sir William Goff of Glenville in 1900. The premises at the north-west of Catherine Street had previously been a coach-building works. The old building was demolished and a new state of the art garage constructed. It was and still is a two-storey building. W.F. Peare used the ground floor as a car show-room with adjoining offices at the back. There were also workshops, which contained

the most modern equipment of the time. Garage employees were involved in the repairs and assembly of vehicles. The upstairs contained living quarters and a club-room with a roof garden over the workshops. A caretaker resided in the building, allowing customers to leave in their cars for repair late at night and early in the morning. W.F. Peare also became involved in the provision of electric light and electric power installation. He installed the engines and dynamos required for this. William F. Peare died in 1948.  Waterford Civic Trust is a registered charity and is a company limited by guarantee. We have erected Heritage Blue Plaques in many locations in Waterford City and County. Contact us at Brick Lane, Greyfriars, Waterford. Tel: +353 (051) 849602

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ESTONIAN AMBASSADOR VISITS WATERFORD CHAMBER Estonian Ambassador Ms. Lepik von Wirén and First Secretary/Consul Ms. Kadri-Mai Kaunisaare, pictured on a recent visit to Waterford Chamber with the view to encouraging trade links. Also included are Gerald Hurley, CEO Waterford Chamber; Ciaran Cullen,; John McSweeney, Waterford Chamber President and Dr Mark White, WIT.

COFFEE HOUSE LANE WELCOMES ‘BIG RED’ Coffee House Lane was delighted to take delivery of its new custom 60KG Toper Roaster, aptly named ‘Big Red’. This new addition brings their total roasting capability from over 90KG per hour to over 210KG per hour. Owing to overwhelming support & demand for their quality locally roasted coffee, Coffee House Lane has been able to make significant further investments in its operations, the local community and local economy. Coffee House Lane proudly roast 100% of its coffee beans here in Waterford, and also provide full supports from machine to bean. This investment truly showcases the resounding impact that supporting local has on family businesses – a great start to 2022!



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CMC Hygea Ltd. is a Waterford-based medical device company specialising in the area of infection prevention and control. CMC Hygea provide a high-quality range of products to mitigate the risk of infection. CMC Hygea research, design and manufacture technology to improve the quality of life for our patients. CMC strives to support frontline healthcare professionals in their everyday work. CMC Hygea's latest product, the “PathAguard® Soluble Bedpan Liner” focuses on a hygienic solution for the disposal of body waste in clinical settings. A soluble liner for bedpan and commodes that dissolves in washer disinfectors is the latest technology to contain and seal the contents securely, ensuring both the dignity of the healthcare professional and patient.

EIR EXPANSION IN WATERFORD Pictured at eir’s announcement to expand its customer care operations in it’s Waterford City location at Keane's Road are Oliver Loomes, eir CEO and Sinead O’Gorman, eir Managing Director of Customer Operations. The expansion will create 40 new roles with additional positions to be added in the months ahead. Photo by Noel Browne.

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HEATHER REYNOLDS JOINS HARTLEY PEOPLE Hartley People Recruitment are very pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Reynolds as Managing Director. Formerly CEO and cofounder of Eishtec DAC, Heather is a well-known and respected figure who brings to the business a wealth of experience and expertise. She will spearhead the company’s plans for a new phase of rapid growth and national expansion. Fergal Hartley says: “We are delighted to welcome Heather to the Hartley People team as

CUSTOM PRINTING WALLPAPERS & BLINDS BY ROOMEO Roomeo is the new brand from Waterford City’s very own Swift Print! Through Roomeo we offer a great online service for anyone to buy custom wall murals or printed roller blinds easily, so if you’re looking to liven up your living space or outfit your office, Roomeo is the perfect website for you! Roomeo allows you to choose from over 10 million unique images across 20+ categories including general, room or industry specific themes, or you can even search for an exact image using our in-built image search. We also know that buying a whole feature wall can be a bit daunting, but don’t worry because we are the only supplier in Ireland that offers a Try Before You Buy Service! This unique feature allows you to order a few mini versions of your favourite images so you can easily match colours and décor, they even fit nicely on a mood board! With over 30 years’ experience in print and design, you can be sure that Roomeo have got you (and your walls) covered. Make sure you visit us at for a guaranteed great quality product and service!

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we expand the business nationally over the next five years and beyond. Heather’s experience of managing growth and her commitment to the customer experience will be a massive asset to the team as we embark on the next chapter of our journey.”

GREENWAY IS ‘IRELAND’S BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION’ ROBERTS PAINTING TO BE CHERISHED BY MUSEUM With over €1.2 million donated by extremely generous private benefactors, the Viking Triangle has transformed into a leading visitor destination with the addition of two new museums the Irish Museum of Time and the Irish Silver Museum. The icing on the cake in 2021 had a distinctive Waterford flavour as a painting by Thomas Roberts was gifted to the museum by an extraordinarily generous Waterfordian Dr Fiona Healy, benefactor of Waterford Treasures. The painting, ‘A Bay Horse and Two Donkeys in a Wooded Landscape’ dated to c1773, was gifted in memory of Fiona’s grandmother Agnes Healy, horsewoman and breeder of horses, and will adorn the Entrance Hall of the Bishop’s Palace. Born in Cathedral Square to Susannah Mary Sautelle Roberts and architect John Roberts, Roberts was the greatest Irish landscape painter of the 1700s.

Waterford Greenway has been declared winner of the ‘Ireland’s Best Visitor Attraction’ in the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards 2022. The old railway line from Waterford City to Dungarvan is a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail which travels through time and nature crossing eleven bridges, three impressive viaducts and an atmospheric tunnel. The popular route in Ireland’s Ancient East is peppered with heritage, history and natural beauty as it runs alongside the world-renowned ornamental gardens at Mount Congreve, Waterford Suir Valley Railway, former woollen mills and railway stations and offers breathtaking views of the River Suir, the Comeragh Mountains, The Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark, and Dungarvan Bay. Some of the Irish Independent’s readers comments included, “The surface is perfect,” and with coffee and lunch stops “for treats” along the way, and a super choice of places to eat, drink and stay in Waterford and Dungarvan. “It is always alive with people.” And those people are not just tourists: “It promotes exercise, social get-togethers of families and mental well-being through its safe routes” and “It soothes the soul.”


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