THE May Bank Holiday weekend will see not one, but two celebrations taking place in Waterford. On Saturday, April 30, John Roberts Square in Waterford City will be a hive of music, magic, and free family entertainment from 12 noon to 6pm as Waterford City and County Council celebrates Waterford as Ireland’s Best Place to Live.
Then, on Sunday, May 1, Waterford City and County Council and Waterford Chamber are teaming up to bring an afternoon of community fun to the new plaza in Tramore, with live music and street entertainment for all the family from 12pm to 4pm to mark the official opening of the new urban renewal space.
According to Cllr Joe Kelly, Mayor of Waterford City and County, it’s shaping up to be a “great weekend to showcase the very best of Waterford as Ireland’s Best Place to Live”
“John Roberts Square will be a hive of activity with live music from great local groups, there’ll be a touch of magic and free workshops to keep the kids entertained for the afternoon,” Mayor Kelly said. “Waterford is a vibrant, friendly, liveable city with strong community bonds and a wealth of musical and artistic talent. What better way to showcase Waterford than with a free family-fun day, where are all are welcome to experience the warmth and welcome of Ireland’s Best Place to Live.”
The entertainment will be flowing from the multi-talented, musical magician known as Trevor Darmody from Waterford Academy of Music and Arts (WAMA) who has put together a jam-packed programme that will entertain and enthral on the day.
“We’ll have a little magic and mayhem with magicians Jack Wise and Quentin Reynolds, great music from Skazoo and the Pearly Whites, along with some highly engaging kids craft workshops, the Big Dig Excavation and CALMAST slime-making taking place throughout the afternoon and it’s all free,” Trevor told the Waterford News & Star.
The celebrations will extend to Tramore’s new plaza on Sunday, May 1 following the completion of the public realm works which were funded by investment of €3.6m by Waterford City and County Council and the Urban Renewal Development Fund, along with close to €1m invested by Irish Water.
Mayor Kelly added, “On Sunday, May 1, I am looking forward to performing the official opening of the new space, which will add a vibrancy to Main Street, Tramore. It is now a beautiful space which can be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, bring a Mediterranean feel to Ireland’s favourite seaside town.”
John McSweeney, Waterford Chamber President added, “The new plaza will bring a new focus to Main Street, enhancing the space and ultimately footfall. This is turn will benefit all the businesses in the area and of course offer a new space for the whole community to enjoy.”
“We have been working closely with our members and with Waterford City and County Council on this over the past number of years and we are delighted to celebrate the conclusion of the project with a community celebration for all.”
Local businesses will spill out onto the streets to showcase the new space, which adds a new focal point to the centre of Tramore. There will also be a live music stage, street art and WLR will be broadcasting live.
To find out more about the events taking place keep an eye on Waterford City and County Council and Waterford Chamber social media pages. You can also download the programme of events for Waterford’s Best Place to Live Celebration on Saturday, April 30 at https://bit.ly/IBPL-Family-Fun-Day