Monthly Archives: August 2013

Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre this week

Hi All,

Just a list of what’s on at the Coastguard Cultural Centre this week :-)

On weekday evenings, the Centre will hold its usual classes in Tai Chi (Tuesday at 7pm), Unislim (Wednesday at 6.30pm) and Yoga (Thursday at 7.30pm). The centre also hosts a weekly meditation group every Saturday morning at 9am.

We are currently running three separate exhibitions across our three galleries. In the upstairs gallery, Tramore-based photographer Sinead Boyle will be holding an exhibition entitled ‘Sense Of Place: A Photographic Journey Through The Lens’. This exhibition focuses primarily on Tramore bay, capturing the area across the changing of the seasons at high and low tide. Downstairs, the centre is holding an exhibition featuring the work of John Cullinan, a highly talented and eclectic locally-based artist. The lobby area of the building will be displaying work by artist Norma Boyle.

Sinead’s exhibition will come to an end this Friday, making way for a number of activities in our upstairs gallery in association with National Heritage week. These include a talk on Wednesday and Thursday (21st and 22nd August) at 10am entitled ’100 Years of History – The 1911 Census of Tramore & Surrounding Area’; A presentation and guided walk of the Doneraile on Wednesday and Thursday at 2pm entitled ‘A History of Tramore and Environs’; and a talk on Friday 23rd at 12pm entitled ‘Tramore’s Links to World War I’.

Get in touch with the centre any time for further information on any of the events listed above.

 Kind regards


Darren Clancy




Coastguard Cultural Centre


Irish Water Safety – Media Release

Irish Water Safety – Media Release

Monday 12th August 2013

Carnival Atmosphere on Tramore Beach for the Munster Provincial “Nipper” Lifesaving Championships held last weekend

Young “Nipper” Lifesavers from around Munster descended on Tramore Beach last Saturday morning, 10th August for the Munster Provincial Lifesaving Championships. The event was hosted by the Tramore Surf Lifesaving Club as part of Irish Water Safety’s extensive programme to promote water safety amongst young children in Ireland.

The conditions on Tramore Beach, in front of T-Bay Surf Club, were ideal for the event. The winds were light, glorious sunshine reigned down and the waves were the perfect height for the competing athletes. Rows of multi-coloured tents lined the beach in front of T-Bay Surf Club, which provided colour and much needed shelter from the summer’s sun.

The Championships showcased young swimmers aged eight to fourteen years as they demonstrated progressively introduced lifesaving skills and water rescue skills that prepare them to become Lifeguards of the future. More than 300 Nippers from Cork, Clare and Waterford turned up to represent their Counties.

Chairperson of the Waterford Branch of the Irish Water Safety Ms. Lola O’Sullivan said that the event was a huge success due to the contributions and support of Tramore Tourism, Tramore Order of Malta, the RNLI Lifeboat, T-Bay Surf Club and Waterford County Council. She gave particular mention and thanks to all of the parents of the Nippers who voluntarily came out on Friday and Saturday to clean up and showcase Tramore Beach so that it looked superb for the event. The hard earned Blue Flag was on view, flying high from the Lifeguard Hut.

Competitors lined up for both land based and water events which included beach sprints (200m), rescue board techniques, swimming (200m) and swim fin (200m) races. The competition was tough and the pace was fast.

The youngest performer Heather Breen from Tramore won the under 8 year old surf rescue board and sprint event. Robert Moore (12 yrs) and Harry Slattery (12 yrs) of Tramore displayed all of the values that embody being proficient lifesavers. Other outstanding performances were seen by Ewan Nolke (11 yrs), David Hartley (14 yrs) and Odhran Savage (14yrs) all from Tramore. The Fanning sisters, Lilly (12 yrs) and Anna (10 yrs) demonstrated their continued determination to succeed in all events.




New members to the Tramore Surf Lifesaving Club, Hugo Deegan of Faithlegg, Alex Piper and Jordan Daniels of Tramore, showed great potential for future competitions.

Despite the Trojan efforts of the Tramore Surf Lifesaving Team, the Munster Cup was won by the Irish Water Safety Clare Team, who had an exceptional number of competitors. This enabled them to accumulate the most number of points.

Competitions such as this, give aspiring Lifesavers in the Waterford region an opportunity at a young age, to compete in conditions that they may encounter in real-life rescue situations when they get older. In the month of July last, Irish Water Safety Lifeguards rescued 559 casualties from our beaches, rivers and lakes. That is over 160 more than the entire bathing season last year.

The Tramore Lifesaving Team will now go on to represent Waterford at National Surf Lifesaving Championships to be held at Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow at the end of this month.

For more photos and information please contact:

Gary O’Mahony (Photos)

Grace O’Sullivan PRO Waterford Branch Irish Water Safety on 086 1546891

Tramore August Racing Festival

Tramore August Racing Festival

Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th August 2013

Summer racing returns to the seaside venue of Tramore for an action packed, fun filled four days from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th andalong with Seven exciting  horse races each day, this festival promises an exciting schedule of entertainment for all ages, both on and off thetrack!


Thursday 15th August is the opening night of the festival and with The Gathering as the theme for the evening it gives race goers the chance to re-connect with old friends and perhaps meet some new ones. “There has been terrific interest in this evening meeting and we look forward to welcoming race goers from all over the world that have a connection with Tramore” enthuses racecourse manager Sue Phelan “We have put together a great collection of racing memorabilia that we gathered over our Centenary year“. With music by Avalon after the last race, a great night is promised.


Friday 16th August sees all the action taking place in the Beat 102 103 Marquee where the Beat Fleet will host a range of entertaining activities including hot tips and interviews with top racing celebrities, great competitions and DJ Teresanne O’Reilly will ensure the party goes on until late.


Saturday 16th August is the highlight of the South East’s style season, featuring the Littlewoods Ireland Style Evening and this year Ireland Am’s Sinead Desmond has the challenging task of picking her winnerwith over €2,500 prizes on offer. Top U2 tribute band Zoo2 will take to the stage in the Festival Marquee after the last race.


Sunday 18th is Family Fun afternoon and kids of all ages take centre stage with First Class Castles providing a great selection of bouncy castles, obstacles & face painters. Try your luck on the climbing wall, Enjoy the pony rides or the Punch & Judy show. Check out Taste of Tramore – a great selection of local artisan food & craft stalls. Music during the afternoon will be provided by the kids from Klub Muzik.


This festival provides better value than ever with group deals starting from €10, Festival Deals from €19 and BBQ packages available from €25. Check out for all details or call 051 381425