Waterford

County Waterford is located on the south coast of Ireland. Its main city is Waterford. County Waterford is a prime business location, this is reflected in the range of high profile national and international companies with a presence in the county. It offers to a wide range of sectors including retail, healthcare, bio-pharmacy, pharmaceuticals and shared services and tourism.

Six miles west of Dún Garbhán (Dungarvan) lies the small coastal Gaeltacht area of Waterford. This Gaeltacht region embraces the Parish of Rinn Ua gCuanach (Ring) and An Sean Phobal (Old Parish).

Waterford Gaeltacht Facts

  • County Waterford is located on the south-east coast of Ireland. The County has a population of 113,795 people. County Waterford saw a growth of 5.4% in population in the period 2006-2011 period. Over 30% of the population is under 25-years-old;
  • With Waterford as its main city, County Waterford is a prime business location and this is reflected in the range of high profile national and international companies with a presence in the County. Waterford County offers to a wide range of sectors including; retail, healthcare, bio-pharmacy and pharmaceuticals, shared services and tourism;
  • Six miles west of Dún Garbhán (Dungarvan) lies the small coastal Gaeltacht area of Waterford, this Gaeltacht region embraces the Parish of Rinn Ua gCuanach (Ring) and An Sean Phobal (Old Parish);
  • The Waterford Gaeltacht has a population of 1,784 people and represents 1.7% of total Gaeltacht population;
  • The Waterford Gaeltacht encompasses a geographical area of 62km2. This represents 1% of total Gaeltacht area;
  • In 2011 there were 121 people employed in a full time capacity in Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies in the Waterford Gaeltacht.

Local Industries/Enterprises

Údarás na Gaeltachta have selectively targeted certain areas of industry, in particular those which produce sophisticated and high value added products and services. These offer the best growth potential and the best prospects of generating long term sustainable employment. Economic activities in the Waterford Gaeltacht include audio-visual activities and telecommunications, marine based natural resources and engineering.

Transportation Systems

Waterford is well served by international airports and ferry ports which link Ireland with Britain, Continental Europe and North America. The road and rail network to and from Waterford from other major centres are very good.

  • N9 to Dublin, Carlow, (N8 Kilkenny)
  • N25 to Cork and New Ross, Wexford, Rosslare
  • N24 to Limerick, Shannon, Galway

Distance from An Rinn/Sean Phobal to:

  • Waterford Airport 32m/53km
  • Dublin Int’l Airport 146m/234km
  • Shannon Airport 89m/143km
  • Cork Int’l Airport 59m/94km

Air services

  • Waterford Airport www.waterfordairport.ie
  • Dublin Airport www.dublinairport.com
  • Shannon Airport www.shannonairport.com

Rail services

Iarnród Éireann provide an excellent on-line interactive timetable and route planner which you can access at www.irishrail.ie

Bus services

There are both national and local bus services, and excellent long-distance and local independent operators offering regular connections to Dublin airport. Further information: www.buseireann.ie

Medical Services in County Waterford

  • Waterford Regional Hospital

Education in the Gaeltacht

  • Pre-Schools: 2
  • Primary Schools: 3
  • Secondary Schools: 1

Third Level Education

Training for Industry

SOLAS provide career advice and guidance including information on job and training opportunities as well as temporary employment options.

Recreational Facilities

County Waterford offers everything you could ask for in terms of recreation and amenities. A natural playground for golf, equestrian, walking, angling, fishing, water sports, arts and crafts and cycling enthusiasts. Further information:
www.southeastireland.com
www.discoverireland.com

Telecommunications services

Advanced telecommunications services are critical for the attraction of direct investment, for the development of indigenous industry and the promotion of the knowledge economy.

The Gaeltacht regions are fully integrated into Eircom’s National Fibre Network with access to all high speed and advanced services. Broadband availability is comparable with all other rural regions in Ireland and the EU with at least 62 per cent of lines being DSL enabled. In addition wireless based broadband services are available in many regions offering competitive options to companies and the community.