Friday, 15 February 2019

Irish Museums Association Annual Conference 2019 - 'We Are All Engagers'

Date/Time: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March 2019
Irish Museums Association Annual Conference 2019 - 'We Are All Engagers'
Location: Crawford Art Gallery and Cork Public Museum, Cork 
Additional Information: Museums are rising to the challenge of increasing and diversifying their audiences and are enthusiastic in their commitment to playing an active role in improving lives and creating a better society. However the 'relevance' of the museum is still mostly discussed in relation to sustaining and increasing audiences and social contribution, yet not posing the question of how we can ensure these changing values and aims are embedded in the core of the museum. This conference will consider how museums can imbue audience-centred thinking within their organisational culture, in particular how we can develop and reimagine collections in ways which will actively engage the public. How can we unlock our full potential by becoming more dynamic, agile, and responsive to issues of contemporary relevance? The Conference is being held over two days in the Crawford Gallery on Friday 1st March and in the Cork Public Museum on the 2nd. It promises to be an excellent two days and for full information, including details of fees and registration, visit

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Well-Being Information Talks

Monthly Health & Well Being Talks
When: Last Thursday of Every Month
Time: 11am – 12 noon
Where: St. Frances Day Centre, Rathealy Road, Fermoy

Fermoy Community Health Worker Jacinta McCormack will continue hosting a series of
monthly Health &Well-Being Information Talks; on a wide and varied range of topics
throughout 2019.

On Thursday 28th February Finola Callaghan from GROW will deliver the February session.
GROW Ireland is a national community based organisation providing support and education
around emotional and mental wellbeing. GROW meetings are free, open to all, anonymous
and confidential. Finola currently facilitates weekly meetings in the Fermoy Community
Resource Centre and she will give further details about this and the ethos behind GROW

** These talks are FREE OF CHARGE and are open to everyone **

Refreshments will be provided after the talk, giving attendees an opportunity to have a chat
with the speaker at the end of each session. Further details about these monthly talks can be
found on the Fermoy Community Health Project Face book page or by contacting Jacinta
directly on 085 8742320.

Growing Turnip with Video Tutorial Courtesy GIY Ireland


Why Grow It?

The classic Irish yellow “turnip” is actually a swede which is a different (though related) vegetable.  Real turnips are incredibly quick growing (you can harvest them just 2 months after sowing) and generally have white flesh.  They are generally problem free and very tasty (particularly if harvested when not much larger than a golfball).


Sow 5 or 6 turnip plants every three weeks from April until late July.  Though they can be sown direct, a foolproof way to grow healthy turnips is sow them in module seed trays – sow one or two seeds in each module of the tray 2cm deep.  They will germinate in about a week (thin out the weaker seedling) and will be ready for planting about a month later.  Harden off early sowings.  Plant seedlings out, spacing 30cm between rows and plants. Do not plant turnips where there have been brassicas for at least 3-4 years previously.  Add some manure or compost to the soil the previous autumn.  It’s a good idea to do a sowing of turnips in late summer, perhaps in a bed freed up from another crop (eg. Onions or garlic).  The turnips will be ready to eat (and much appreciated) in early October, before the weather turns bad.


Keep plants free of weeds and water regularly during dry weather.  Plants won’t need feeding if you have added compost/manure to the soil the previous year.


Harvest when the roots are 5-10cm in diameter.  This can be as early as 6 weeks after sowing.  Turnips will not store as well as swedes – hence it’s not a good idea to sow too many of them.  Harvest by simply pulling the root from the ground by the stem.

Recommended Varieties

  • Milan Purple Top
  • Tokyo Cross


Turnips are affected by the same problems that afflict all brassicas, though they are rarely badly impacted. Cabbage Root Fly, clubroot, and flea-beatles are the main culprits.  

GIY Tips

  1. For a cluster of small, golf-ball sized roots, sow three or four seeds in each module of a module tray and rather than thinning out, plant them out in a group, allowing them to grow on together.
  2. Young turnip tops', the leaves on top of the root, can be cooked and eaten as spring greens.

Older Adults Physical Activity Programme

Illustrated Talk: Cork Architecture 1660 to Present

Date/Time: Friday 22nd February 2019 at 20:00
Illustrated Talk: Cork Architecture 1660 to Present
Location: Independence Museum Kilmurry, Kilmurry, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: Organised by the Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association, a talk by Richard Wood on the Architecture of Cork from 1660 to the Present will take place in the Independence Museum on Friday 22nd February. All welcome.  


National Tree Week, organised by the Tree Council of Ireland in association with Coillte, will take place from 31st March - 7th April 2019. 
 Forest and woodland walks, nature trails, workshops, talks, tree hugging, tree climbing, poetry readings and exhibitions. These are just a small selection of events that you or your community could organise for National Tree Week and it is furthermore hoped that the Tree Council will be able to provide a number of trees for planting with details on this to be confirmed soon. For more information on Tree Week visit


 Is there a much loved monument in your area that you would like to learn more about? 

We are seeking applications from community groups across Ireland for our Adopt a Monument scheme. The scheme is a way of bringing monuments into the heart of your community. Our heritage is rich and diverse so a monument can be anything including ringforts, lime kilns, sites associated with the travelling community, or modern sites. For communities, the Adopt a Monument Scheme offers a way of promoting pride in our monuments. It also offers opportunities to develop and understand the story of your locality and to work collaboratively together. From mentoring and training to assistance with funding applications and community events, the Heritage Council works in partnership to help to develop a deeper understanding of the monument and its place in the landscape and the team work with the communities to create  and implement bespoke plans for each monument.
 Application forms must be submitted by 28th February 2019 and for further information visit