2015 Projects

Waterford County Museum

Waterford Leader Partnership was happy to work with Waterford County Museum on several projects in the previous Rural Development (Leader ) Programme 2007-2013. The Museum presents the history of County Waterford through a series of displays and panels and is very interesting and informative.

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Marina Facility Dungarvan Harbour

Although once a busy commercial port, Dungarvan in common with many other ports of its size suffered when changes in shipping practices led to a decline in the number of vessels using the port and with trade totally finished many of the old warehouses along the quayside became derelict. However, reconstruction injected new life into this area of Dungarvan and created the opportunity for the Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club to acquire a site on the quay front on which to build a clubhouse which is now a focal point for club members and visitors alike.

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Sólás na Mara

In 2012 two local and well respected health practitioners set out in establishing a new business called Sólás na Mara in an existing unused building on the pier side in Helvick, An Rinn, the Gaeltacht area of Co. Waterford.

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The Brian Boru a Traditional Sail Experience

Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd were delighted to support Tony McLoughlin and Grace O'Sullivan in their new eco tourism business.

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Project Management Course

10 participants took part in the Project Management programme in Dungarvan recently. The training was FETAC accredited and funded by Waterford LEADER Partnership under the Local Community Development Programme.

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Start Your Own Business Course

10 participants took part in a Pre-start Enterprise Programme in Dungarvan. The training took place over six weeks and was provided by Fitzwilliam Training & Consulting and funded by Waterford LEADER Partnership Ltd under the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP). The course gave them an awareness of the requirements of self-employment and introduced them to some business basics. All participants were given the opportunity to fully explore a project idea and engaged with the tutors and others in the group to discuss and decide the best course of action going forward.

Establishing a Boathouse in Villierstown

Establishing a boathouse in Villierstown was the idea of the local community group, Villierstown Education & Culture Project (VECP). The VECP recognised that there is huge potential to have a recreational and sailing facility at or near Villierstown Quay which leads directly to the River Blackwater.

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Ardmore Open Farm


The promoters of Ardmore Open Farm are Denis & Bridget Collins and their proposal is to develop an agricultural/tourism supporting enterprise. The end goal of their project was to create and establish Ardmore Open Farm and Activity Centre in Ardmore Co Waterford and to make it a unique experience which seeks to cater for the needs of the children, adults and tourists that flock to the area each year. The farm itself is located on 21 acres with 15 acres dedicated to open air grazing for animals with access for the public to numerous farm animals, rare breeds of animals and small animals. A purpose built building was constructed on site extending to approximately 6,500 sq. ft. which now houses a variety of animals, an indoor play facility, café and associated facilities. As the promoters live locally, they saw a clear need for the centre and believed that such a facility was required to provide an attraction for visitors to the area in a safe and supervised environment along with offering indoor facilities during periods of inclement weather.

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Dunmore East Adventure Centre

Karen Harris along with her husband Gavin Sweeney and friend Rupert Musgrave, set up Dunmore East Adventure Centre over 20 years ago. Initially renting an old schoolhouse overlooking the harbour and later moving to the harbour itself operating out of a small prefabricated building. They started out providing kayaking, canoeing, archery and windsurfing and employed one seasonal part time instructor along with themselves. Today they employ 5 full time and 25 + part time seasonal instructors. Activities provided now are one of the most extensive offerings in Ireland. This year the Dunmore East Adventure Centre was voted the best school tour and best summer camp experience in Munster.

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Tourism Development Plan for Gaeltacht Na nDéise

Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd were happy to support a tourism study for Gaeltacht na nDéise incorporating the coastal area from Dungarvan to Ardmore with the view of developing a sustainable tourism plan for the area. The tourism plan will develop a cultural tourism product promoting the cultural and natural heritage of the Gaeltacht and it's neighboring coastal area's as well as promoting the Irish language.

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Advocacy and Leadership Workshop

Seven local community organisations participated in Advocacy and Leadership training workshops at the Presentation Community Building, Dungarvan. The workshops, funded by Waterford LEADER Partnership's Local Community Development Programme, were designed to assist communities to advocate on their own behalf in the light of new and changed local government structures.

The workshops were lead by Elaine Fitzgerald McBarron of Monere Development Services.


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