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Monday, 20 May 2019

Defy Dementia: "100 Days to a Younger Brain"

Why attend this Brain Health Talk?
Do you want to reduce your risk of developing dementia, maximise your memory & learn how simple lifestyle changes can boost your brain in 100 days

Dementia is one of the most prevalent chronic illnesses in the world, with an estimated 77,000 sufferers in Ireland, affecting up to 8% of people aged over 60 and costing the state €2bn p.a.

Professor Sabina Brennan

Inspirational Speaker, Psychologist, Neuroscientist and Best-Selling Author Professor Sabina Brennan (PhD., C.Psychol.,PsSI.) is bringing her not-to-be-missed brain health talk to Clonakilty's Inchydoney Hotel on Tues. May 28th.

Sabina translates complicated neuroscience into a simple-to follow 100 day programme that will improve our memories, defy dementia and look after our most precious organ: our brains.’

Recently listed as one of Ireland’s Women of the Year 2018 for impact in her field, Dr Sabina Brennan is a research psychologist, an Assistant Professor at ADAPT, Trinity College Dublin, and an excellent science communicator. Her scientific research at the Institute of Neuroscience has focused on understanding dementia risk and protective factors to establish how decline in cognitive function might be prevented or delayed.

Invest in your brain health. Come along to hear this serious subject being discussed by the passionate, entertaining and multi award-winning Professor Sabina. Learn how simple lifestyle changes can boost your brain health & reduce your risk of developing dementia

Signed copies of No. 1 New Best-selling book 
Signed copies of her new No. 1 best-selling book '100 days to a YOUNGER BRAIN' will also be on sale on the night.

This advisory community health initiative is brought to you as a fundraiser by Darrara Muintir na Tire Community Centre, Clonakilty, and follows their hugely successful sell-out talk with Prof. Sabina at Darrara Community Centre in 2016.

Book early:
Please note that capacity is limited and we are expecting a number of large groups, so early booking is advised to ensure you get your seat.

Ticket info:
You can pre-book online, via the organising committee or pay at the door on the night.
Online booking link:
Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Hotel:
Contact us:
M: 086 375 3986

Saturday, 18 May 2019

We must plan for an older population

We have to realise that people are living much longer  and that the majority of children born in the developed world will live to be 100.

Older people represent a rapidly increasing % of the population. In the last census in 2016 Cork County had - 54,116 people over 65  which represented 13% of total population of the county.
It is expected that the world 65+ population will double in size from 11% today to 22% by 2050 and that will mean that for the first time in world history there will be more 65+ than under 5. 

These were some of the figures given by Cork County Older Peoples  Council  (OPC) Vice Chairperson Liz Downes at a Health Information Seminar organised by Cork County Muintir na Tire and hosted by Glanworth Community Council.

The OPC  brings the concerns and experiences of older people to the Age Friendly Alliance and is the voice of older people to the decision making process of the Age Friendly Initiative throughout the County.

The Age Friendly Alliance is made up of Cork County Council •Cork University Hospital •Mercy Hospital •HSE •Bus Eireann •Local Link Bus •Cork Chamber •Garda Siochana •OPC Chair and Vice Chair •the four  Age Friendly Towns •CIT •UCC as well as representatives of the OPC

The OPC capitalises on the vast knowledge of older people to find ways of solving challenges that older people face and allows direct involvement of older people in deciding priorities, shaping actions and bringing about change.

Success to date includes Age Friendly Parking, Age Friendly Seating and the Age Friendly Libraries
Strategy 2018-2022.  Actions planned include raising the standard of facilities in terms of space and accessibility and improvements are dependent upon funding, availability of Premises and planning as well as local issues.  Digital Skills Training; Training and Upskilling on digital devices with   Age Action in libraries for free.

Pics From the Health Seminar in Glanworth.

Pride in Our Community 2019 REMINDER Closing Date June 1st

  • This is a reminder that we are now taking entries for 2019.

    There are three ways for a group to enter:
    • Online Here (It takes Just a few minutes)
    • Contact us at 0214500688 and we will send you an entry form
    • Print out the entry form and send it to us by post or email 
    If you have any difficulties feel free to contact us. For more information on the Competition click here
    Closing Date for Entries is June 1st 2019 

  • Has your group developed or are you in the process of improving amenities in your local community? 
  • Are you a Tidy Towns Group in the process of improving your area ?
  • Are your group planning Community walks and trails?
  • Playgrounds, Community Fields?
  • Community Centre renovations? 
  • upgrades to monuments and amenity areas?
  • River clean-ups, 
  • Community Signs, Murals?
  • Biodiversity areas, Community gardens, allotments? 
  • Graveyard restoration? 
  • Floral displays on streetscape? 
  • All weather facilities, tree planting, Floral bedding etc?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes then feel free to enter the Pride in Our Community Competition which has a Prize Fund of over €10.000

It is open to all communities in county Cork big and small. 

Friday, 17 May 2019

Loneliness Kills

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has rated loneliness as a higher risk to health than smoking and as great a risk as obesity.
‘Loneliness is by far the most unrecognised health crisis of our generation…young, old, rich, poor, urban or rural’
Researchers also say lack of social interaction increases the chances of suffering degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
The WHO has found that participation in leisure, social, cultural and spiritual activities in the community helps people maintain self-esteem and create or develop supportive and caring relationships.

In 2018 A Loneliness Task Force was set up by Dr. Keith Swanick in collaboration with Sean Moynihan of ALONE, to co-ordinate a response to the epidemic of loneliness and social isolation in Ireland.In 2019 – A Report entitled ‘A Connected Island: An Ireland Free From Loneliness’ was published.
According to Dr. Swanick ‘Loneliness is by far the most unrecognised health crisis of our generation…young, old, rich, poor, urban or rural’
Mary Allen Programme Co-ordinator at Blackwater Community Connect speaking at a Health Seminar run by Muintir na Tire Cork and Glanworth Community Council said there are many ways of coping with Loneliness .
These include 
Getting Busy – being busy is effective in dealing with loneliness
People find that feeling needed or useful is important to them
Volunteering with something you care about
L-r Finbarr Motherway Cork County Muintir na Tire, Mary Allen Community Connect, Liz Downes Cork Older Peoples Council Pauline O Dwyer Glanworth Community Council  and Christy Roche Cork Older Peoples Council  pictured at the Glanworth event
      Community Connect is a Community Service targeting older people who may feel lonely or isolated, especially those who live in rural and remote communities in North Cork and the surrounding area.  As well as helping to alleviate loneliness, the service gives people an opportunity to participate in community activities.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

The NDA Research Promotion Scheme (Homelessness) 2019

NDA Research Promotion Scheme 2019

The NDA Research Promotion Scheme (Homelessness) 2019 is now open for applications. The focus of research topics for this year is
‘People with disabilities experiencing homelessness’.
Closing date for receipt of applications is:  12 noon on 30 May 2019.
If you have any queries please email Damhnait O'Malley at

The Hospital Saturday Fund Charity

The Hospital Saturday Fund was founded in 1873, at a time when poverty, overcrowding and ill-
health were prevalent and little help was available for those needing costly hospital care.

Which organisations may apply?

 Charities (registered medically related charities)
The Hospital Saturday Fund will consider giving grants towards medical projects, capital
projects, medical care or research, hospice/respite care and in support of medical training. The
Hospital Saturday Fund will also consider grants for running costs. For UK NHS hospitals only,
applications will normally be accepted for projects only, the application to detail the scope of
the project with supporting documentation, the amount requested and a copy of the hospital’s
Annual Report (or the hospital’s related charity raising funds for the project).

The Hospital Saturday Fund has two grant categories: -
1. Standard grants of up to £2,000 or €3,000 OR –

2. Large grants to up to £10,000 or €13,500 (please note this is the maximum sum that HSF
will grant). Large grant applications should be towards specific projects, research or
equipment rather than running costs.

Organisations may make one application for a meeting and can apply for a standard or a large
grant. The Grant Making Committee (GMC) meets quarterly.
How to Apply
Applications for grants should be made online at :
Deadline: 17 Jun 2019 (large grants)

ESB Energy for Generations Fund

Energy for Generations Fund Our aim with the Energy for Generations Fund is to maximise the impact of our investment by taking a more strategic approach to effect change. Funding is only part of the jigsaw – we also want to leverage the skills and knowledge we have within the company to bring about more sustainable and positive outcomes.

Eligibility Charities working in the areas of suicide prevention, homelessness and education access and support can apply to the Fund for project specific funding. Every quarter ESB allocates an amount from the Fund for disbursement. The amount may vary because of the volume of applications received or seasonal considerations - wintertime and Christmas may require more funding than summer. Applications submitted during each quarter are appraised at the end of the quarter and funding allocated accordingly. The guideline application amount is c. €10,000. This is neither a minimum nor a maximum, rather an indication of the scale of the resources available. Average funding awards in recent years have been c. €6-7,000.

Visit the ESB website for full application details:
Deadline: 14 Jun 2019