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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Youghaloween Spooktacular Festival 2019

Youghaloween 2019
Date/Time: Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th October 2019
Youghaloween Spooktacular Festival 2019
Location: Youghal, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: The twice award winning annual  Youghaloween Spooktacular Festival takes place in Youghal from Thursday 24th October to Sunday 27th October. Thursday 24th 5pm - 10pm Join us in Millenium Park for The Forbidden Forest. Inspired by Harry Potter. Entry is Free, no booking required. The forest is home to a wide and strange assortment of creatures. It is a dark and magical place and holds many secrets. Come and enjoy the magic of the Wizarding World. Sponsored by Cork County Council and Pure Cork. Friday 25th 7.30pm Watch as a gathering of witches perform an opening ceremony to welcome An Bean Uisce from her watery underworld to the haunted setting of the Mall Beach followed by a Spooktacular display of fireworks at 8.30pm  Saturday 26th Visit the Haunted Town Centre with a Leaky Cauldron Market. Entertainment all day long. Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th Take a ghost tour through town. Visit the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Viking academy. Take a tour through the Florence Newton Museum. Visit The Deathly Hallow Hall and see if you can pass your exams. Sunday 27th Childrens Halloween Party. Closing Ceremony on The Mall Beach. Hauntingly beautiful farewell to An Bean Uisce as she returns to her watery underworld under the supervision and protection of the Witches and Ravens of Youghal. For more information email

Friday, 11 October 2019

Labour in the War Zone Conference

UCC Conference 2019
Date/Time: Saturday 19th October 2019 from 09:30 to 16:30
Labour in the War Zone Conference 
Location: Boole 1 Lecture Theatre, U.C.C. Cork 
Additional Information: The Irish Congress of Trade Unions, under the auspices of the government’s Decade of Centenaries programme, is supporting three conferences this Autumn – in Belfast, Cork, Galway – that explore the relationship of the labour movement to the struggle for Irish independence. The Cork conference, which is co-hosted by the UCC School of History and the Cork Council of Trade Unions, is entitled ‘Labour in the ‘War Zone’: class, gender and the independence struggle in Munster, 1916-21’. It takes place on Saturday, 19 October in Boole 1 in UCC. Admission Free and all welcome. For more details see

The Terrence MacSwiney Weekend

MacSwiney 2019Date/Time: Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October 2019
Event: The Terrence MacSwiney Weekend 
Location: Kilmurry, Co. Cork 

Additional Information: The Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association presents the Terence MacSwiney Weekend, taking place from OCtober 18th to 20th 2910. The opening address takes place in St. Mary's Church, Kilmurry, by Cathal MacSwiney Brugha, followed by a Reception in the Heritage Room, Independence Museum Kilmurry. Speakers over the weekend will include Dr. Neil Buttimer, Ann Twomey, Niall Murray, Kathleen O'Callaghan, Sinéad McCoole and the Sunday will see a special mass at St. Mary's Church as well as a Historical Walking tour of Revolutionary Macroom with Niall Murray. Tickets are available from the Museum and for more information visit and see the following document by clicking here

Illustrated Talk: The Rituals of Death - by Shane Lehane

Donoughmore Halloween 2019
Date/Time: Wednesday 16th October 2019 at 20:00 
Illustrated Talk: The Rituals of Death - by Shane Lehane 
Location: Firmount National School, Donoughmore, Co. Cork 

Additional Information: Organised by the Donoughmore Historical Society a fascinating talk by Shane Lehane will take place on the evening of Wednesday 16th October at 20:00. Shane will discuss the Rituals of Death - Exploring the folk traditions of Halloween and the Irish Week. All weclome. 

Book Launch - The Battle of Clonmult - by Tom O'Neill

Date/Time: Sunday 13th October 2019 at 19:30 
Book Launch - The Battle of Clonmult - by Tom O'Neill 
Location: Midleton G.A.A. Hall, Midleton, Co. Cork 

Additional Information: Tom' O'Neill M.A. has undertaken a wonderful piece of work on the Battle of Clonmult - The I.R.A.'s worst defeat during the Anglo-Irish War of Independence. The revised edition is being launched in Midleton G.A.A. Hall on Sunday 13th OCtober at 19:30 - All welcome. 

Harpers Island Volunteer Day

Date/Time: Saturday 12th October 2019 from 10:00 to 15:00
Harpers Island Volunteer Day 
Location: Harpers Island, Glounthaune, Co. Cork 

Additional Information: BirdWatch Ireland is hosting a volunteer day at Harpers Island, Glounthane this Saturday 12 October from 10am -1pm. We are looking for people to help with tree maintenance, invasive species clearance work and general clearing up jobs.  Wellie’s or boots essential and working gloves if you have them.  We will be meeting at 10am at the first hide (just past the railway overpass). Access to the island is via the railway overpass opposite the new Harpers Island Creek development in Glounthane.   You can get there via train also. To follow our progress (building nature trails, and developing birdwatching facilities etc) on the Island, you can follow us at ‘Harper’s Island Wetlands’ on Facebook and @islandwetlands on Twitter. Please come along and all most welcome.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Exciting new Job Vacancy at Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire

Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire wishes to recruit a suitably qualified person for the role of Cultural Companions Coordinator
Cultural Companions.
Cultural Companions is an established Age and Opportunity Initiative operating in Dublin and other areas around the Country. The aim of Cultural Companions is to address the issue of social isolation amongst older people by facilitating their engagement in arts, heritage and cultural opportunities, and by providing volunteer companions for encouragement and support. Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire, Cork County Council and the HSE have come together to establish a Cultural Companions Network in Cork City and County.
Many of us would probably go to a lot more plays, films, shows, concerts, exhibitions or other events if we had someone to go with. There is a thriving social and arts scene out there to be enjoyed if only we had someone with the know-how, the transport or the shared interest to get us going. That is where Cultural Companions comes in.
The Cultural Companions Support worker will set up local networks of people interested in arts and culture that will accompany each other to events – like-minded people that meet up regularly to go out together either with one other person or as part of a small group. Its aim is to provide increased opportunities for older people to engage with Ireland's vibrant cultural and arts scene.
The Co-ordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Community Development Worker of Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire to implement the Cultural Companions Initiative and other parts of our work programme. The initiative will be developed and guided in conjunction with the Cultural Companion’s Steering Group.
This post is Part - time, temporary – Subject to on-going funding. The Cultural Companions coordinator will be based in Cork City but travel is required as part of the Job.
Experience and Skills Required
A recognised qualification in the following:
Community Development or Arts Culture Heritage or equivalent.
Or at least 2 years’ experience of working as a Community Worker or Arts Culture  Heritage worker in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
Experience in managing /working with volunteers, Leading and motivating others.
Ability to work as part of a team and on own Initiative
Experience of working from a community development approach & principles
Experience of Fundraising and sourcing funding / Budgeting skills / Excellent communication / media skills both verbal & written report writing skills
Proven ability to network
Open and innovative approach to work
Full Driving Licence and access to a car to use for work – throughout City and County
Desirable Criteria
A genuine interest in Culture and the Arts
A genuine enjoyment of helping people to develop
Knowledge of local development and the changing local development landscape, including knowledge of the work of Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire, Healthy Ireland, Creative Ireland, and Age Friendly Programmes.
A commitment to anti-discriminatory practice.
Job Specification
  • Development of local Hubs / Networks
  • Focus on Social Inclusion engaging with those who may be isolated /lonely
  • Develop strong volunteer support for the programme.
  • A genuine interest in Culture Heritage and the Arts
  • Ability to work in a respectful and professional manner
  • To be punctual reliable and trustworthy.
  • Competency in computer programmes such as Word, Excel.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times and comply with GDPR requirements.
  • Critical thinker and problem-solving skills
  • Participation in appropriate training events / programmes.
  • Critical Evaluation will form part of the project.

The Post will be for 3 Days a week –- Depending on the success of the programme and subject to funding, hours may increase over time – Initially a 12 month contract will be offered with a 3 month probationary period included
Salary will be €34,646 Pro Rata
This post is subject to Garda Vetting prior to appointment.
Applicants should send Cover Letter and CV by email only to
Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 25th October
A shortlist will be drawn up before interviews are held.
Interviews will be held in early to mid-November 2019