Monday, 21 January 2019

SafeTALKS in February around the County

Dear all

I would appreciate it if you could circulate the following information and registration link for the following upcoming safeTALK training courses to your networks and staff which are taking place on the following dates in February:

·       4th February (Mon) Sherkin Island @ 10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
·       6th February (Wed) Clonakilty@ 10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
·       19th February (Tues) Mallow@ 10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
·       26th February (Tues) Skibbereen@ 10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

All of these safeTALK workshops have been created in partnership with the HSE and Cork County Council and all have a starting time of 10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

For those interested in attending any of these safeTALK workshops please register for the training date that you are selecting via the following link: Link:

Kind regards,


Helena A. Cogan
Regional Resource Officer For Suicide Prevention |  Mental Health Services Cork Kerry Community Healthcare) |’Nemetona’  | Health Service Executive | St. Stephen’s Hospital | Glanmire| Cork
Tel. 021 4858596 | Mob. 087 2995913  | E: 

Friday, 18 January 2019

Calling all Festival / Event Organisers

Festival and event organisers throughout the county will have opportunity to maximise their growth potential and generate additional revenue at Cork County Council’s Festival and Events Workshop, which is taking place at the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig, on the evening of January 22nd.  In recognition of the importance that festivals and events play in the economic growth and cultural identity of the county, Cork County Council are delighted to host this Workshop, in conjunction with AOIFE (Association of Irish Festivals & Events).
All festival and event organisers in the county and members of their committees are welcome to attend this FREE Workshop, where they will gain valuable insights from industry experts, with additional opportunity for one-to-one mentoring with a multimedia specialist.
A wide range of topics will be covered on the evening around the managing, marketing and funding of festivals and events - including guidance on marketing and public relations, branding advice on Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, objective setting and effective planning, stakeholder / volunteer management and tips on how to ensure regulatory compliance.
The Workshop ties in with the Council’s newly updated ‘Festival / Events Guidelines and Policies for Cork County’ which will be formally launched by the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy prior to the Cork Festival and Events Workshop.  
Speaking ahead of the event, the Mayor reflected on the foregoing benefits of festivals in Cork.
“Festivals and events deliver a range of economic, social, and cultural benefits.  They entertain, they celebrate our communities, they showcase our villages and towns and are often an expression of identity and place.  They help to stimulate local economic activity and enhance the visitor experience.  It is therefore of vital importance that we continue to promote and support festivals countywide.”
Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council went on to say,
“In 2018, Cork County Council contributed in excess of €500,000 in support of festivals and events in the county of Cork.  With the launch of the updated Festival / Events Guidelines and Polices for Cork County and the hosting of these support Workshops for festival organisers, we are not only providing financial support, but also facilitating the effective running of the events for the benefit of the towns and villages of Cork.  I would encourage anyone who is involved in festival / event running or thinking of hosting an event to come along to the workshop.”
The Cork Festivals and Events Workshop will be hosted at the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig, from 6.00 PM until 9.20 PM on Tuesday, January 22nd.  
If you are interested in attending, please send an email to or phone 021-4285613

Fines removed from all Cork County Council libraries from January 1st

With fines abolished in all libraries since January 1st 2019, County Cork residents are being encouraged to make a New Year’s Resolution to reconnect with their local library. From January 1st, library members do not have to pay fines for overdue items and no existing fines will be collected. Any library user who has overdue items can return them now, confident that there will be no fines to pay, and their memberships can be reactivated on the spot so they can begin using their local library straight away again.
Children enjoying the libraryThe removal of fines for library users is one of the actions included in the national strategy, “Our Public Libraries 2022 – Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities”. This strategy, launched in June 2018, aims to improve access to and increase use of the library as a community hub. The five-year strategy is a joint initiative of the Department of Rural and Community Development, the County and City Management Association (CCMA) and the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA).
Acting County Librarian Bernie Wallace, said:
“Libraries are an invaluable resource for all in the community and we want to remove any barriers that might prevent people making full use of them. That is why we are eliminating fines and other charges. Libraries are welcoming spaces where all members of the community can access knowledge, ideas and information, and where people can reflect, connect and learn. Research has shown that people view fines as a barrier to membership and usage of libraries. In addition, fines disproportionately affect those on lower incomes and can create a negative association with library use for children. There is evidence that library services which have removed fines see an increase in usage following their removal and we very much hope that will be reflected now in our Library Services.”
Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Service is inviting everyone to visit a library during January and see for themselves all that is on offer there, completely free. A resolution to use your library is one you will find very easy to keep throughout the year.

Free Christmas Tree Drop-off Services in January

All of Cork County Council’s Civic Amenity Sites are drop off centres for Christmas Trees. Trees are free of charge up to January 31st2019.
Image of a Christmas Tree in a Town Square
Please see below list of sites;

Macroom Civic Amenity
Codrum, Macroom
Co. Cork 026 43721

Raffeen Civic Amenity Centre
Kerrycurrihy, Monkstown,
Co. Cork 021 485 9350

Rossmore Civic Amenity Site
Rossmore, Carrigtwohill, 021 488 3936
Co. Cork 021 4533934

Bandon Recycling Centre
Knockaveale, Bandon,
Co. Cork. 023 884 3371

Youghal Civic Amenity Landfill Site
Mudlands, Foxhole, 024 93834
Youghal, Co. Cork 024 91084

Clonakilty Recycling Centre
Clogheen Industrial Estate,
Clonakilty, Co. Cork 023 885 0982

Castletownbere Recycling Centre
Foilldarrig, Castletownbere,
Co. Cork 027 70126

Derryconnell Recycling Centre
Derryconnell, Schull,
Co. Cork 028 37048

Kanturk Recycling Centre
Bluepool, Kanturk, Co.
Cork 029 20616

Millstreet Recycling Centre
Station Road, Millstreet,
Co. Cork 029 30971

Mallow Recycling Centre
Quartertown Industrial Estate,
Mallow, Co. Cork 022 50830

List of Civic Amenity sites as above, noting that Derryconnell and Millstreet will be closed on January 4th 2019 and Skibereen will be closed on January 5th 2019

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Spring 2019 Community Education Programme of SHEP short courses

SHEP can be contacted on 021 4666180 for enquiries or further information on direction to venues etc. or enquires can also be made directly to the Lantern on 086 1746374 or RESPOND on 087 7762977.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Community Water Development Fund

The Local Authority Waters Programme are pleased to announce the launch of an open call for applications to a Community Water Development Fund 2019.

The Community Water Development Fund aims to support communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive.  This fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment.

This can include the development of a catchment partnership or River/Lake Trust, and delivery of local projects to protect and improve water quality in a local waterbody. This fund will enable communities to get more involved in the management of their local water environment, delivering multiple benefits for present and future generations. The fund is administered by the Local Authority Waters Programme on behalf of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Types of projects considered will include:
-           Capital projects such as restoration/habitat conservation/natural flood mitigation measures.
-           Projects that promote public awareness/education and events such as biodiversity days, surveys, training workshops, surveys and plans, etc.
-           General amenity such as beach clean, improving amenity areas, bird watching facilities, etc.
Grants awarded will range from up to €5,000; up to €10,000 and up to €25,000.
The fund is capped at €180,000 for 2019.

Application Form and Guidance Notes in respect of the Community Water Development Fund 2019 are available to download atwww.watersandcommunities.ieor by contacting the Waters and Communities Office at 0761 06 5260 or

Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 7.00pm.