Mayor of Waterford City & County Cllr.John Pratt, Marie Dennehy, Hopsice, Carol Normoyle, President, Rotary and Michael “Brick” Walsh.Photo: John Power

Waterford Rotary launches its 22nd season Memorial Christmas Tree 

Last Wednesday, November 27th, the Rotary Club of Waterford launched its 22ndannual Memorial Christmas Tree at John Robert’s Square in Waterford City. 

Christmas is such an important time for family, but it’s also a time when we most miss those loved ones who are lost to us. The Rotary Memorial Tree has become an important and cherished way for all of us to remember our friends and family. This is why the Rotary club’s partnership with Hospice at this time of year is so vital and appropriate.

The Memorial Tree Appeal, officially launched by Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John Pratt will, as always, be a central feature in Waterford City’s Winterval Festival.

As in recent years the Waterford public will have two ways to remember their loved ones. They can of course call to the Memorial Tree in John Roberts Square or one of its satellite venues across the City or post their memory on-line via the Waterford hospice and Rotary Club websites.

Mayor, Cllr. John Pratt, said: “I’m delighted to launch this 22ndannual Waterford Rotary Club Memorial Tree which has done so much to help Waterford Hospice over the years and has become a Christmas tradition for the people of Waterford”

Carol Normoyle, President of the Rotary Club of Waterford said, “For so many years the Rotary Club of Waterford Memorial Christmas Tree has been at the heart of Christmas in Waterford and of course everyone knows the wonderful work Waterford Hospice does in our community. 

From now until Christmas the Waterford public can purchase ribbons in John Roberts Square, or purchase a light and record a memory by logging on to “

Weather permitting, the Memorial Tree will be open from 12 noon every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and daily from December 13thuntil the ecumenical carol service with the Waterford Male Voice Choir which takes place at the tree on Christmas Eve starting at 2:30. 

This year for the first time, UPMC Whitfield is hosting a Rotary Club Memorial Tree in the hospital foyer.  Other satellite collection pointsfor this worthy causeare in Supervalu Hypercentre (Dec 13th & 14th), Waterford Shopping Centre Lisduggan (Dec 20th & 21st), Quish’s Supervalu Tramore (Dec 13th) and Ardkeen Quality Food Store(Dec 14th).

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