Headway Software win Jolt Productivity Award

Many, many congratulations to the team at Headway Software whose Structure 101 product recently won the a Jolt Productivity Award (in the Design and Modeling category for 2007). The Jolt Awards are the “Oscars” of the software industry and it is a fantastic achievement for Waterford and Ireland alike.

Well done to Chris, Paul, Ian and the rest of the Headway team – you have made everyone at the TSSG very proud!

See previous post announcing their nomination.

Over The Edge: Photography Exhibition

Over the Edge is the title a new photography exhibition that will run in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford during November 2007.It features a collection of photographs taken by John Mernin during a boat journey from Dunmore East to Brownstown Head, County Waterford ( off the South East coast of Ireland).

The exhibition will take place at the Fisherman’s Hall in Dunmore East on Saturday, November 17th and Saturday, November 24th, from 11am – 4pm on both days. Several mounted prints are available for purchase and are priced at €30 (€5 of which will be donated to the Dunmore East Sea Scouts).

So, if you fancy doing something different for an hour or so over the coming weeks, why not drop by and lend your support.

Deise Dictionary Volume Tew

I’m proud to support the recent publication of The Deise Dictionary of Waterford Slang, Volume Tew, brought to you by Wellboy and the team at UpTheDeise.com. With over 250 new words, it’s another cracker and would make a great addition to any home that has any links to Waterford. Once again, it is filled with useful (and not-so-useful) phrases for all walks of life in Waterford, Ireland.

It’s available from Eason’s and all good book stores in the Waterford area as well as online at www.UpTheDeise.com.

Best of luck Wellboy, boy!

Downes celebrate the Oktoberfest

Downes’ Pub in Thomas Street, Waterford are having their annual Oktoberfest evening for 2007 on Friday, October 12th 2007. The evening is a culmination of their month-long celebration of the official German Oktoberfest and has been an annual event in Downes since 2002.

The evening itself will feature live German beer-drinking (OOompah) music by members of the City of Waterford Brass and a wide selection of especially imported German beer.

This annual event has become more and more popular each year and I would advise you to get there early before either the band runs out of steam or pub runs out of beer. I know which one my money is on!

Landscapes and a little more

If you have some spare time during the month of June, perhaps you would like to go along and see an exhibition of photographs by John Mernin. The exhibition is entitled Landscapes and a little more and features a selection of his personal favourites from around Waterford (and Ireland) spanning a period of several years.

The exhibition was also featured a recent edition of Amateur Photographer.
It is being held at the Waterford City Council Central Library (Lady Lane, Waterford) from 2nd-30th June 2007.

Forget the General Election, vote for Waterford

Hasbro, Inc. are planning new All-Ireland Edition of the popular board game where each segment on the board will represent a different county in Ireland. However, as there are only 22 squares on the board, then only 22 counties will make it into the final edition. Hasbro have decided to hold an election to determine which counties will succeed.

I also think the fact that Hasbro Ireland has been located in Waterford City since 1976 is of particular importance and this should entitle us to an automatic spot on the board. I mean, how could they possibly consider the game to be legitimate when the very county where it will most likely me manufactured is missing?

I am obviously voting for Waterford and would encourage you to do the same, now!

Source: Wellboy from UpTheDeise

Deise Dictionary of Waterford Slang

I’m delighted to announce the publication of the second edition of The Deise Dictionary of Waterford Slang, brought to you by Wellboy and the team at www.UpTheDeise.com. This is truly a modern classic, filled with useful (and not-so-useful) phrases for all walks of life in Waterford, Ireland.

Priced at a mere €10.00, it would make an ideal stocking filler this Christmas. It’s available from The Book Centre in Waterford or online at www.UpTheDeise.com.

Best of luck Wellboy, boy!

Bog Oak Tree

We had a new delivery in the Atrium of the TSSG building in Carriganore this week in the form of a very curious looking, but very interesting tree.

Over the course of the entire day (Friday), we looked on with interest as the sculptor carved, chiseled, sanded, rubbed and carefully caressed the tree into place. It stands approximately 30ft tall and is mostly black in colour.

I spoke briefly with the gentleman in question on my way home and he told me a little more about it. The sculpture is made from Bog Oak that was salvaged from a local bog some years ago. It has been Carbon Dated by the National Museum of Ireland and officially recognised to be over 7500 years old.

He has also moulded some other (even older) timbers and animal bones (yes, animal bones) into sections of the tree. Along with the scratch marks of deer antlers (painted in gold), it is utterly beautiful and truly something to behold.

The sculptor was a local man called Seamus Kelly and we are very grateful for his talents as we now have something very interesting to inspire us on those days we all have from time to time.