Thursday, 26th November 2015
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Santa arrives to open Winterval and switch on 100,000 Christmas Lights!

The biggest Christmas festival in the country got underway on Friday, November 20th, as Santa arrived in Waterford on horse drawn sleigh flanked by some Star Wars cast members. Santa was joined by the Mayor of Waterford Councillor John Cummins as they switched on the city’s 100,000 led Christmas lights and officially declare the annual Winterval festival open.

Setting sail from the North Pole earlier in the week Santa was assisted by a crew of friendly Viking elves who were welcomed to Waterford by the Winterval Viking elves along with thousands of spectators on the City’s Mall.

Over half a million visitors are expected to attend the fourth annual Winterval festival which takes place until December 23rd offering a boost to the local economy of €12 million.

Commenting on the festival opening the Winterval Chairperson Barry Monaghan said, “This is the fourth year of the Winterval festival, it is a festival which has broken all records and has grown exponentially each year. This year festival ticket sales are up 20% on last year so, it sure to be a record-beating year for Waterford. Winterval creates 550 seasonal jobs directly plus multiple indirect jobs so this festival is very important for what is typically an ‘off-season’ tourism time of... Read more »»

Santa arrives to open Winterval and switch on 100,000 Christmas Lights!

Santa arrives to open Winterval and switch on 100,000 Christmas Lights!

Copper Coast Geopark awarded new UNESCO designation

Copper Coast Geopark awarded new UNESCO designation

The Copper Coast Geopark, Waterford has become a UNESCO Global Geopark, and now has the same

status as a World Heritage Site. The decision was taken by a vote at the General Conference in... Read more »»

Fr Peter McVerry to give Waterford talk on ‘Housing and homelessness: a failure of social policy?

Homelessness is the most visible and extreme consequence of a failure of housing policy, and we could soon see whole families living on the streets or in parks, or spending the night in Garda stations or hospital A&E departments says Fr McVerry

Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) School of Humanities welcomes Fr Peter McVerry SJ, founder of the The Peter McVerry Trust to give a talk on the topic of: ‘Housing and homelessness: a failure of social policy?’

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