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Friday, 18 September 2020

Applications open for almost €6m ‘RTÉ Does Comic Relief’ fund

Charities supporting vulnerable people during Covid-19 urged to apply

The Community Foundation for Ireland begins administering funds

Statement by The Community Foundation for Ireland

Charities supporting vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic can apply to get support from almost €6m raised during RTÉ Does Comic Relief.

The Community Foundation for Ireland is opening the application process for not for profit organisations of all sizes which are meeting the challenges caused by Covid on the ground.

The foundation is also hosting an information webinar, a recording of which will be accessible online to inform applicants throughout the process.

Announcing the commencement of applications Denise Charlton, Chief Executive Officer of The Community Foundation for Ireland, said:

“RTÉ Does Comic Relief was not only a unique night on Irish broadcasting, it also brought us together as a country as one to support people hardest hit by the impact of the pandemic. We have seen extraordinary generosity from 1.4m viewers, corporate supporters as well as significant matching support from Government.

The success of the event and the flow of donations which has continued since is a tribute to all who participated and gave of their time. However, while the cameras, lights and mics may have gone down the hard work continues.

The process of converting that generosity into support and actions on the ground is underway. The opening of applications is a big moment for charities who are helping vulnerable people during these difficult days and in many cases providing a vital lifeline.

Funding will be provided under two strands, which recognise that the way not for profits have had to adapt and change their work under HSE restrictions and guidelines.  Groups expected to benefit will include those working with older people, people medically at risk of Covid-19, people with disabilities and those in unsuitable accommodation.

Under ‘Demand for Digital’ groups can seek support for investment in software and hardware to improve their ability to continue to work while keeping their staff, volunteers and people they support safe. An ‘Adapt and Respond’ strand will allow groups to seek funding to ensure their work remains effective and continues to deliver for those who need support.”

Deirdre O'Kane, Steering Group, Comic Relief in Ireland.

"I'm so pleased we're now at the point of opening applications to charities and organisations, small and large. It's another key step for the project and brings us closer again to delivering help to where it's needed - with those most impacted by the pandemic in Ireland."

Full details of the strands as well as other information and support is being placed on

National Fire Safety Week 2020 5th – 12th October 2020 (Official Launch Monday 5th October, Dublin)

 National Fire Safety Week

This year's theme is “STOP Fire - Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”

Fit smoke alarms today and make sure they are in good working order. Working smoke alarms will warn you if there is a fire. Remember:Your sense of smell does not work when you are asleep and smoke can put you in a deeper sleep.

If someone in the home is deaf, or has impaired hearing, they may not hear an audible warning from a smoke alarm, e.g. if not wearing a hearing aid at night. There are smoke alarm systems on the market that use strobe lights or vibrating pads to give alert of danger from fire. These offer improved warning for people who may have difficulty hearing a smoke alarm with audible warning.

Smoke alarms may be tested by pressing the test button with the handle tip of a floor brush.

Replace the batteries when they are not working and once a year in standard alarms, or as soon as you hear the warning beep.

If you have 10 year smoke alarms, you need to replace the whole alarm after 10 years.

Get at least one smoke alarm for each floor in the home. Fit them between the sleeping areas and the kitchen & living rooms – one in the hallway at ground floor, and one at each upper level, in the landing. For an enhanced level of protection, consideration may also be given to fitting alarms in living rooms and kitchen, in bedrooms used by vulnerable people, or in bedrooms where there is a television or large electrical appliance (such as a computer). (Heat alarms may be considered where fumes from cooking or smoke from cigarettes or open fires could lead to unwanted alarms.)

Position smoke alarms at ceiling level in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.

Vacuum the smoke alarms regularly and wipe the cover. If they get clogged with dust they may not work properly.

National Fire Safety Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 8, 1871. The former American President, Calvin Coolidge, proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week in 1925 in memory of those who perished in that Fire. Since then, in early October, it has been observed each year in countries around the world.

Many years on, the message regarding fire prevention and fire safety is as relevant today as it ever was.

Play your part during National Fire Safety Week. Check out the rest of the website and find out how you can help to prevent and detect fires in your home. It could save your life one day!

What to do: 

Plan for a safe place in case you cannot get out of the house. 

Make sure there is a phone or personal alert in the room to call for help. 

 Make sure there is a window so you can either get out or call for help. 

Stay by the window if you can’t get out. 

Close the door and seal the bottom with towels or blankets to stop smoke getting in.

 Call 999 or 112 :

Ask for the fire service. 

Speak calmly and clearly. 

 Give your address and phone number. 

If you are calling on your mobile, say what county you are in. 

 Only hang up when the operator tells you to.


Go back into a burning house for any reason. 

 Borrow batteries from the smoke alarm. 

Have mirrors over fireplaces with real fires. Your clothes might catch fire if you stand too close to look in the mirror. 

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Cork Cultural Night 2020 Cork Public Museum

 Enjoy a guided tour of our latest exhibition, Unearthed: Discovering Cork, The City of Trade & Cultures by museum curator, Dan Breen. This tour will offer a brief walk through the exhibitions to discover the most important and unusual artefacts on display.

We will also touch on subjects such as collection management, conservation and role of archaeology in learning about Cork’s past.

  • The museum will extend its opening hours until 7pm to accommodate other non-tour visitors.
  • There will be four tours of 30 min duration.
  • The tours will start at 4pm, 4.45pm, 5.30pm and 6.15pm
  • Booking is essential, as space is limited due to Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions.
  • The maximum on each tour will be 9 to allow for physical distancing.
  • The wearing of the mask is mandatory for all museum visitors.
  • Please email or ring 021-4270679 to book your place. Please give your name, contact details and what time tour you would like to attend.

Cork Cultural Night 2020 City Hall Concert Hall

City Hall Concert Hall

2 performances, 6pm & 9pm, shown online at 9pm.

The Vanbrugh Quartet are:

Keith Pascoe and Elizabeth Charleson, violins
Simon Aspell, viola
Christopher Marwood, cello

With introduction by Evelyn Grant, and featuring guest performer David Kenny on viola.

The Vanbrugh Quartet, based in Cork from 1986 to 2017, brought chamber music to audiences in Ireland, Europe, the Americas and the Far East. In 2016 the group was presented with the National Concert Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their contribution to music in Ireland.

The members of the Vanbrugh Quartet were also creators of the National String Quartet Foundation which promotes the work of Irish musicians and creates and supports live chamber music events at venues throughout Ireland.

The Vanbrugh Quartet in Autumn 2020 celebrate the music of Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of his birth.

A native of Cork, David Kenny studied with Constantin Zanidache and Simon Aspell at the CIT Cork School of Music. He has played Principal Viola with the European Union Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.

Time: 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Phone: 021 492 4000

Link will be live at 9pm on Culture Night     


Cork Culture Night 2020 Saints Peter and Paul's Church


An opportunity to see rare items with a lecture on the 19th century Bryceson Brothers’ Organ now scheduled for refurbishment.

Reimagining Cork City: Lessons from the 19th century. Ten years after the devastation of the Irish Famine, the people of Cork City lifted themselves from the gloom and despair of that experience by a major cultural achievement: the building of the stunning Church of Saints Peter and Paul’s at Paul Street, Cork.

As Cork now tries to deal with the social and economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, a unique exhibition at Saints Peter and Paul’s offers an opportunity to see important historical and cultural items (vestments, marriage and baptismal registers and stained glass) linked with the 19th century rebirth of the city after the Irish Famine.

This Culture Night 2020 event will also include a lecture at 7.30pm on the cultural significance of the church’s magnificent 19th century Bryceson Brothers and Morten organ now scheduled for much needed refurbishment.

To ensure social distancing, please contact via 021 427 6573 or Facebook page to reserve a place at the 7.30pm lecture

Cork Culture Night 2020 Nano Nagle Place

 This year Nano Nagle Place has the pleasure of bringing you two events to enjoy on Culture Night.

This summer we are joining with Decade of Centenary commemoration by exploring Cork in 1920. In 1920 Cork became ‘the Cockpit of Revolution’ which saw the deaths of two lord mayors and the city burnt.

Using our rich archives we look at the everyday lives of the sisters and students of South and North Presentation Convents, and from there explore life at home in Cork in 1920 and the impact of the burning of Cork on a city already in the grip of a housing crisis.

With our friends at Green Schools we have created a great sustainability activity book. Come and pick up a copy and some pencils and find out why it’s great to be sustainable!

Nano Nagle Place
South Presentation Convent, Douglas Street

Time: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Phone: 021 419 3580

Cork Culture Night 2020 Elizabeth Fort

 Elizabeth Fort will be open  Friday 18th of  September until 7pm on Culture Night. Protocols have been implemented in line with current HSE and Government Guideline to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

Elizabeth Fort
Barrack St.,
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Phone: 021 497 5947