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Waterford Dyspraxia Support Group Meeting

The Waterford Dyspraxia Support Group will hold a meeting on Thursday March 14th at Faronshoneen Community Centre, Ardkeen,Waterford at 7.30pm. Guest speakers on the night will be a representative from The Dyspraxia Association and Ciara O’Loughlin, BSc. (Hons.) Occupational Therapy, Paediatric Occupational Therapist, based in Kilkenny and also covering Carlow, Waterford, Laois. Ciara is with 'The Sunflower Clinic ' who we rate highly in the field of Dyspraxia/DCD. All very welcome. For More info contact Valerie on 087 9712115 or Dyspraxia 01 8747085.

Seminar on the Importance of Accessible Open Children’s Play Spaces

As a follow up to the national seminar in September 2012, Streets Ahead: Activating Spaces for Children, Waterford City Childcare Committee in collaboration with St Brigids & Sacred Heart FRCs and Barnardos will host an event to highlight the value of providing accessible, appealing, open play spaces for children across the City and County. This event is suitable for Parents, Childcare Providers, Youth services, Teachers and all interested parties and is being hosted free of charge. It will take place on Wednesday 20th March 2013 from 7.00-8.30 pm in the Large Room, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford City.

Invited guest speakers are Marlene McCormack, Early Childhood Ireland & Doireann O’Connor, IT Sligo who carried out research titled: "Neighbourhood Play: parental perceptions and children’s experiences" and Jackie Bourke from Playtime who recently completed her PhD Thesis in DIT titled: "Standing in the footsteps of the contemporary urban child’: children’s experience of walking through their city neighbourhoods and the significance of independence"

Booking can be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning 051 860444

Engaging Local Communities with Sustainable Development

Development Perspectives in partnership with Waterford One World Centre is coming to Waterford with their workshop ‘How to Engage Local Society in Sustainable Development’.

This workshop is designed for youth, adult and community educators who are interested in environmental education and sustainable development and wish to explore these topics with their groups.

Date : Thursday, March 14th, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.

Venue: Edmund Rice Youth & Community Centre, Manor Street, Waterford (across from Masons)

This event is free of charge but booking is essential. Please contact the Centre on 051 873064 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your place.

First Public Visit to new Native Woodland Trust woodland reserve in Waterford City

The Native Woodland Trust is hosting the first public visit to the new native woodland reserve at Gracedieu in Waterford City on Saturday 23rd March at 11:00. All are welcome to attend. The event will combine an introductory visit with a hands-on volunteering day as the Trust begins to prepare the site for up and coming tree planting. Tasks will include some vegetation clearance and ground preparation for tree planting. There are 1000’s of trees to be planted at the Gracedieu Reserve which is part of the attraction to the project as it gives the community a chance to be involved directly in the creation of this green recreational resource from the very beginning through tree planting days and other fun hands-on volunteering tasks. Starting this year, the site will be developed into a community native woodland complete with walking paths and educational signage.

The Native Woodland Trust is an environmental charity dedicated to the protection of Ireland’s rare native and ancient woodland. The Trust achieves this primarily through establishing woodland reserves such as the Gracedieu reserve. This reserves network allows the Trust to protect existing woodland as well as to plant new native woodland for the future – which is exactly what is happening at Gracedieu. The site, situated on the banks of the river Suir on the north western side of the city, has been entrusted to the Native Woodland Trust through the generosity of Waterford City Council for development as a community native woodland reserve. The Trust will be planting thousands of native trees on the site over the coming years. These include species such as birch, willow and oak which will grow over time to create a beautiful piece of native woodland close to the city.

If you are interested in native woodland conservation or would just like to get outdoors for some fun and exercise then come along to this volunteering day on Saturday 23rd at 11:00. While the volunteering day will continue until 16:00, volunteers need not stay until the end and any time given will be greatly appreciated. We are meeting at the reserve itself which is accessed by continuing up Grattan Quay and passed Water’s Gate following the river upstream from the city centre. For directions, more information and to book onto this event please contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0871953629. Or see http://www.nativewoodlandtrust.ie or http://www.facebook.com/nativewoodlandtrust for map and details.

Table Quiz

Voci Ladies Choir are holding a Table Quiz in the Cove Bar on Thursday 21st March at 8pm. Table of 4 e20. Cash Prizes for winners, raffle and spot prizes. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Waterford & Tramore Flower Club

Wednesday 20th March at 8.00pm: Our A.G.M.

Competition Title: 'Easter' (24 inches)

Demonstration: By Club Member

Meetings held monthly at St. Joseph & Benildus Parish Centre, Newtown, Waterford

New members welcome, Contact: Angela @ 051 379478, Breda @ 051 873769 or Anne @ 051 386094.

Final call for entries for Take Away My Way 2013 cookery competition

The closing date for entries to safefood’s Take Away My Way cookery competition has been extended to Thursday 21st March so there’s still time to enter! The competition for post-primary schools, in association with St. Angela’s College, Sligo, was launched with award-winning chef Neven Maguire and encourages students to choose their favourite takeaway dish, modify it to make it healthier and reduce the cost, and then cook it.

To enter the competition and be in with a chance to win great prizes including iPads, vouchers and a class trip to Neven Maguire’s Cookery School, visit MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from http://www.safefood.eu/takeawaymyway or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seeking 'The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland'

The Irish Times is on a mission to find the best place to holiday in Ireland and is inviting people in Waterford to nominate their area or favourite destination. It can be a town or city, village or remote beauty spot. Residents and visitors, alike, can nominate their favourite places by going to irishtimes.com/bestplace and writing a short pitch for the judges to consider. Entry is free and every week, The Irish Times will publish a selection of nominations in the newspaper. The closing date for entries is 20th April, and the winning holiday spot will be announced at the end of May.

The competition will be judged by a panel of four national experts from different walks of life comprising Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party, tourism entrepreneur and former Minister; Margaret Jeffares, founder of the Good Food Ireland initiative and tourism entrepreneur; Rosita Boland, Irish Times journalist and author of A Secret Map of Ireland and Steve McPhelimy, Derry-based hostel owner and tour guide with Paddywagon Tours.

According to the judges, The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland can be where you go to relax and do very little, or where you go to pursue various activities. It can be rural and remote or in a busy, much-visited urban space. It could have a breathtaking view, or special features that keep bringing you back such as its heritage or culture; high-quality local produce; outdoor activities; speciality shops; or the people who live there.

All of the judges have distinct and different views about what makes a great place to holiday. Commenting on what they are looking for in the nominations, judge Eamon Ryan says, "it depends on the level of welcome." Steve McPhelimy is looking out for "things to do in a place," and Margaret Jeffares says she is seeking "a high-quality food experience, first and foremost." According to Rosita Boland, "a great place to holiday in Ireland is the one I want to return to again and again".

Last year The Irish Times ran a competition to find the best place to live in Ireland, and Westport was crowned the eventual winner, with Cork city, Rathmines in Dublin, Killarney, Co Kerry and Ardara, Co Donegal named as runners-up.

Conor Goodman, Features Editor, The Irish Times, and Chair of the judging panel, says, "The Irish Times invites you to take pride in Ireland as a holiday destination and nominate somewhere you love as ‘The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland’ 2013. Simply go to http://www.irishtimes.com/bestplace and tell us what is so great about either your area or your favourite place to holiday in Ireland. We're curious about the holiday destinations that you consider to be the best, and we think tourists from abroad will be interested too."


Letters to the Editor

  • A Wonderful Harvest

    Even though the weather Gods didn’t exactly play ball over the weekend it doesn’t take away from the fact that this years Waterford Harvest Festival was yet again another wonderful success. It was great to see the streets of the centre of the city so beautifully and thoughtfully decked out. The various food stalls offering tastes from all over were great to wander around. The information and background that each of the stall holders were able to give on the provenance of their food was really interesting an …

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