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Sunday, 5 April 2020

Sean Murphy, Killeagh RIP. An Appreciation John Arnold

It was with a sense of sadness and regret that we heard yesterday of the death of Sean Murphy of  Killeagh. Though the word is often misused we have no hesitation in saying that Sean was truly a legend. Sean devoted his life to working for the good of others. Though nominally a farmer -and Sean loved the land, it can be truthfully said that Sean Murphy was in reality an unpaid community and social worker. He had poor eyesight all his life but in no way did this hinder his zest for helping others. 
His name is as synonymous with Killeagh as is Glenbower Wood but his but his sphere of influence went far, far beyond his beloved native village. In Macra na Feirme, the GAA, Politics, Point to Point Racing and the Pioneer Association Sean was an influential, respected and valued member. It was however in Muintir na Tire that that Sean Murphy was known literally nationwide. He espoused the vision of Muintir's founder, Canon Hayes, and immersed himself in everything that was positive about Community Development. He promoted the idea of Muintir na Tire Guilds in local parishes and then in later years the concept of Community Councils.
 In his days in Macra na Feirme Sean honed his debating skills and was a gifted orator. He was a firm believer in correct protocol at meetings and his opinions and views were widely sought. A man of immense intellect his ability to retain and recall incidents of fifty or sixty years ago was uncanny. He loved a good debate, even bordering on an argument!- but whatever the outcome of such verbal sparring Sean remained a friend.
 It was indeed fitting that in 2018 Sean was the recipient of the Overall Individual Community Award presented by the Mayor of Cork County, it was an award that was richly deserved after over 60 years of Community endeavour. 

He loved the GAA and proudly represented his Club Killeagh at the East Cork Board. He told me years ago that he first ventured to the Board in the late 1950's and, as he said himself, 'got a permanent job there in the early 1960's. He was so happy when Killeagh won Junior and Intermediate hurling titles, when Mark Landers captained Cork to All Ireland victory in 1999 along with Bernard Rochford and Joe Deane and of course when Tracey Kennedy became Cathaoirleach of the Cork GAA Board three years ago.

 Despite poor health in the last decade Sean' kept right on 'til the end of the road'. Sean you were a great friend to so many, for years yourself and Junior Scully were to be seen everywhere together -at games, Board Meetings, Conventions, Scor and anywhere Gaels gathered.

 We will all miss you Sean, thanks for everything you did for so many for so long. You came in in troubled times in 1939 and now in this troubled year of 2020 you have bade farewell. God bless you and keep you. 

Gan dabht ní bheidh do leithéad arís ann, slán a chara dilis. John Arnold

Wednesday, 1 April 2020


Cork businessman helps fund free transport for frontline health staff

“A flash of genius” is how Pat Phelan described his brainwave to set up a partnership with car rental company GoCar to offer free transport to frontline staff working in hospitals across the country. The entrepreneur has stepped up to support the healthcare staff that are fighting for lives every day in hospitals across Cork and beyond.

Pat, a co-founder of the SISU doctor-led aesthetic clinics, explained how the idea come to fruition.
“Sisu clinic is already involved in the Covid-19 marketing and messaging campaign nationwide and my partners James and Brian have returned to general hospitals to help out.” 
Mr Phelan saw a tweet from a nurse in Dublin who said that due to a change of schedule on the Luas, she would be spending a €100 travelling to and from work in taxis from now on.
“I just wondered how we could fix that,” Pat said, 
“So I reached out to GoCar, I tweeted them and they direct messaged me and the whole thing went faster than the speed of light.” 
Mr Phelan said he offered to pay the cost of the insurance for 100 of the GoCars if the company covered the cost of the car.
The car rental company agreed and within 24 hours the scheme was up and running offering free transport to all frontline staff working in hospitals nationwide.
“The offer is valid to anyone with a Hospital ID or an IMNO ID totally free of charge. All they have to do is email with their Driving Licence details and their Medical ID.” 
Pat said he was glad to be able to help out in this small way to make life that little bit easier for frontline staff who are working around the clock to save lives.
The businessman also said he was working on securing the entire Go-Car fleet of 300 cars for the purposes of frontline transport.
Pat Phelan
Pat Phelan

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Muintir na Tire Partnership with Volunteer Centres


Partnership with Volunteer Centres

We are happy to be partnering with Volunteer Centres throughout the country to provide a co-ordinated community response to COVID-19.

We are encouraging our groups (Community Alert and Community Councils) to register with their local Volunteer Centre to provide two benefits:
- groups who are organising their own local response may wish to get additional volunteers to assist their efforts.
- groups who are not providing a response directly, may have volunteers available to help other responders.

At this stage it is all about working together to help our communities.

Monday, 30 March 2020


The Creativity Tonic

As we search for hope during this challenging time, I believe that within the arts we have unique resources at our disposal to support our own wellbeing and enable others to support theirs. There is no end of news and information that will drag us down and fill us with fear.  Equally there has been a proliferation of social media initiatives from #WeWillDraw #SongsofComfort #OperationStorytime to name a few, and many websites offering mindful support, virtual gallery tours, free online classes, etc. We have all been sent to our computers/smart phones to explore how we can continue to communicate and educate, so a web page seems like an obvious place to bring our creative perspective and offer an alternative narrative.

The CIT Crawford Department of Arts in Health & Education have developed a shared space that offers words, images and tools to support and cultivate hope. It also provides links to other websites and spaces to support and nourish our psychological wellbeing at this time, acting as a hub for many of the online initiatives. It launches today and can be accessed at  There will also be a link to it through Please use it as a resource for yourselves and share it widely with others. Contributions are welcome from staff, students and our broader creative community (that includes you our friends overseas)

SECAD Social Enterprise Grant Fund 2020 for organisations supporting vulnerable people during COVID 19 crisis

Dear all

I hope this finds you and yours in good health.  Please see below information on SECAD Social Enterprise grants scheme which is currently open with a focus on those providing supports to those must vulnerable in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Application form and information is attached and my colleague Donna Cleary ( or 086 8893490) is happy to discuss any queries. 

Kind regards
Nuala O Connell

Cork Schools Garden Project Cancelled for 2020

Cork County Federation of Muintir na Tire is sad to announce that due to current government guidelines the Cork School Garden Competition is cancelled for 2020.

We will be back bigger and better next year

Friday, 13 March 2020

Message from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support Friday 13th March 2020

Dear Member Groups,

We’ve been asked by the Department of Community and Rural Development to help them make sure that all our groups receive certain information notices from them during this current COVID-19 outbreak. Please find below an email with some important information.
Dear Stakeholder

As part of the national response to Covid-19, the Department of Health, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the HSE are working closely to support stakeholders and community groups. We will be in regular contact with you to support you and the communities you represent over the weeks ahead.

Today we are writing to you in the first instance to ask for your help in sharing important information in relation to COVID-19.
Below is information on the Government announcement today, the partner pack in development and key social media accounts.

Today's Government Announcement:
Today the Government announced additional measures to protect citizens by delaying the spread of COVID-19.

The general public is asked to follow this advice and keep informed of this ongoing outbreak. Details of these updated measures can be found here:

Partner Pack:
We are currently developing online partner packs with materials for your organisation to use in your own communications and across your network.
We will forward the link to this new material very soon.
The partner pack will contain:
·         The most up to date posters for COVID-19
·         Videos that you can share and display

In the meantime, you can find information at:
We are also working on content for a variety of needs, and we will include new content in the online partner pack as materials are developed.

Social Media Accounts:
If your organisation is not already doing so, please follow the following sources on twitter and re-tweet messages relating to COVID-19:


Our collective efforts are critical, we need to do this together, as one community. We will be asking everyone to play their part, to help each other and we're here to help you.

This phase requires a community effort, every citizen acting responsibly in order to protect our vulnerable and elderly members of society.
Thank you in advance for your support at this important time.
Yours sincerely,
Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support
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