October 20, 2020
Business News

Waterford’s new Hollywood-style billboard spells out positive sign for our times

It’s been billed as Waterford’s answer to the famous Hollywood sign.

Close to the N25/M9 motorway exit, at WIT’s West Campus just above the Waterford Greenway carpark, a giant new sign with letters six feet high spells out the word INNOVATION.

The initiative was led by Dr Aisling O’Neill, Manager of Arclabs Research and  Innovation Centre, situated just over the brow of the hill in the picturesque Carriganore, overlooking the river Suir.

“WIT Arena and the Waterford Greenway welcomes hundreds of visitors each week and we wanted to encourage these visitors to consider what was over the hill. The innovative nature of WIT’s West Campus is inspiring and we hope this new focal point piques peoples interest into our homegrown companies and research breakthroughs.” Aisling explains.

The West Campus in Carriganore is a hub for world class research and innovation across a number of domains. The campus is home to RTE South East studio, WIT Arena, Nutritional Research Centre Ireland (NRCI), Arclabs Research and Innovation Centre, Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG), RIKON, National Biodiversity Data Centre and Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE).

The sign is more than just a location point for visitors; it is a symbol of the collaborative landscape of business support which exists in Waterford.

When the search began to source a long lasting material that would require little to low maintenance it was a fortuitous to discover that local company MEDITE SMARTPLY, a market leading manufacturer of sustainable timber construction panels located in Waterford and Clonmel, had such a material.

MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME is a high performance, wood based panel which demonstrates outstanding durability and dimensional stability in the most challenging exterior environments.  The product uses a moisture stable wood and durable resin and is designed to survive over 50 years of Irish weather.

The sign was constructed and erected by DFL Construction using this product and was supported by Jamie Buckett and Peter Judge of MEDITE SMARTPLY.

Visitors to the Waterford Greenway in Carriganore are being encouraged to stop by the sign and share it on social media using the hastag #WITInnovation

CAPTION: L-R Jamie Buckett, R&D Technician MEDITE SMARTPLY, Prof. Willie Donnelly, President WIT, Dr. Aisling O’Neill, Manager Arclabs Research and Innovation Centre, Dr. Niall OReilly, Manager PMBRC, Dr. Rory Rice, Head of R&D MEDITE SMARTPLY

PHOTO: Patrick Browne, Brownes Photography

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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