Monday, April 25, 2011

Dervla Murphy Award for Teenage Travel Writing

2011 is the inaugural year of the Dervla Murphy Award for Teenage Travel Writing. The award will be sponsored annually by the Waterford County Council Library Service and presented as part of the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing in Lismore. The winning piece will be published online on the library service website.

The competition is confined to teenagers aged between 13 and18 years from Waterford city and county. Only pieces that have not been previously printed or published are eligible for the award. Competition pieces must not exceed 500 words; a typed copy is preferred but not essential.

Competition entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form which is available for download from or can be picked up from your local library.

Competition entries and completed forms can be sent to Anne Walsh, Waterford County Council Library Service, Ballyanchor Road, Lismore, County Waterford or emailed to

Closing date for entries is Friday 27th May 2011.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Robert Mallet: A Commemorative Exhibition at Lismore Heritage Centre

Robert Mallet (1810-1881) is one of Ireland's unsung scientific heroes. The engineer and scientist is regarded as the founder of seismology- the study of earthquakes. An exhibition highlighting Mallet's globally significant contributions to the fields of engineering seismology and volcanology will visit Lismore Heritage Centre this Easter weekend.

The exhibition pays particular attention to how Mallet carried out pioneering experiments on Killiney beach during the 1840s showing for the first time how sound waves can shake the ground and cause catastrophic earthquakes.

The exhibition also illustrates the indelible legacy of the Mallet family; their iron foundry business supplied ironwork for the railways and for Irish landmarks such as the swing bridge over the River Shannon and the iron railings around Trinity College.

The exhibition will be open to the public 10.00am-5.00pm Saturday, 12.00-5.00pm Sunday and 11.00am-5.00pm Easter Monday. Admission is free.

This commemorative exhibition is curated by the RDS nad is supported by the Heritage Council, the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and The Irish Times.

For further information on the exhibition's time in Lismore please call 058-54975.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Great Family Fun and Foodie Delights for the Festival of Food in Lismore

It’s the Festival of Food in Lismore as you’ve never seen it before! All the stops have been pulled out to ensure that this is the biggest and best year yet for the Lismore branch of the Waterford Festival of Food.

Saturday 16th April is Market Day. An extended Festival Market will convene on Castle Avenue from 10.00am. The Market will welcome noisy new neighbours as Waterford Macra na Feirme descend on the adjoining field with their day wacky fun events. Everyone is welcome to join them to throw a welly or a horseshoe, a wet sponge or a water balloon. You can milk a ‘cow’, paint a bale, dress a scarecrow or test your favourite toy’s mettle in the Toy Tractor Derby.

It’s not all fun and games: call to the Teagasc and I.F.A. Mobile to speak to a dedicated representative of the dairy, beef and sheep sector; gain a greater appreciation of the role of primary producers and the quality assurance scheme.

There will be music in the Millennium Park, courtesy of Lismore Town Council. Society Four, Sonas and Mike Humphries will perform from the bandstand from noon onwards.

A Festival of Food would hardly be complete without some grub: set price festival menus featuring local produce will be offered by Saffron, Eamonn’s Place, Foley’s On The Mall, The Castle Lodge and Lismore House Hotel with accompanying talks by local food producers Eamonn Lonergan of Knockanore Cheese and Thomas Baldwin of Baldwins Ice Cream. If you believe the best things in life are sweet head to The Summerhouse for a Festival Dessert Plate.

On Friday evening the O’Brien Chop House will host a Kitchen Table Talk on ‘The Art of Salmon Fishing’ as the head ghillie at Ballyvolane House imparts his fishing wisdom and chef Eddie Baguio demonstrates gravalax making techniques. Tickets are €20 including tasting and a glass of wine. Please contact 058-53810 for more.

A small number of places are still available for Cookie Baking for Kids at Blackwater Community School. Baking sessions run from 10.00-11.00am and from 11.00am-12.00pm. Tickets, just €5.00, are available now from Lismore Heritage Centre on 058-54975.

An (Egg) Cracking Time at Easter Camp!

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall…waiting for Easter Camp to begin!

We’ll be making Humpty Dumpty, hoping he won’t fall and getting up to lots more crafty fun and games at Lismore Heritage Centre next week. We’ll turn egg cartons into gardens, buns into masterpieces and hop, skip and jump our way towards Easter.

Tuesday 19th- Thursday 21st April are our Easter Camp Days. Camp runs from 10.00a.m-1.00p.m each day. The cost is €12.00 per child per day; join us for all three days of arts, crafts and games at a special discounted rate of €32.00.

Easter Camp is suitable for boys and girls aged 5-12 years. Campers need to bring along a drink and a small healthy packed lunch. Kids should come along in older clothes; having this much fun can be a messy!

Some spaces are still available but numbers are strictly limited so booking is essential. Please call Arlene on 058-54975 and we’ll sign you up for a cracking good time!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Roll up your Sleeves- its Cookie Baking Time!

The always popular Cookie Baking for Kids will return to Lismore on Saturday 16th April as part of the Waterford Festival of Food. There will be two baking sessions; the first from 10.00-11.00am and the second from 11.00am-12.00pm. The stirring, sifting and tasting will all take place in the kitchens of Blackwater Community School, with the school’s kind permission, and are facilitated by Catherine Toomey. Too many cooks spoil the broth so places are strictly limited and booking is essential. Tickets cost a crumby €5.00 and are available now from Lismore Heritage Centre on 058-54975. Lots of other great events are planned for Lismore for the Festival weekend 15th-17th April. On Saturday 16th there will be a special Farmers Market with Gala Day events, fun with Macra and music in the Millennium Park. Special festival menus will be offered by Saffron, Eamonn’s Place, Foley’s On The Mall The Castle Lodge and Lismore House Hotel, talks by local food producers Eamonn Lonergan of Knockanore Cheese and Thomas Baldwin of Baldwins Ice Cream, with a Festival Dessert Plate at The Summerhouse for the sweet toothed. O’Brien Chop House will host a talk on ‘The Art of Salmon Fishing’ on Friday 15th. Tickets cost €20 and include a demonstration by chef, Eddie Baguio. Places limited please call 058 53810 to book. For more information on all events in Lismore please visit , see local press or call the Heritage Centre on 058-54975.