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Friday, 19 July 2019

Spike Island’s new ferry service

Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan, pictured at the launch of the New Cobh to Spike Island Ferry, "Spike Island", and the launch of a new Exhibition "Independence". Both launches took place on Spike Island, and they co-incide with the 81st anniversary of the handing over of Spike Island by British Forces to The Irish State.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan has today launched Spike Island’s new ferry service, appropriately named ‘Spike Island’ in honour of its route. Mayor O’Sullivan performed the ceremonial honour of pouring champagne on the bow on the 81stanniversary of the handover of Spike Island from Britain to Ireland.
The 126 capacity ferry was secured by Doyle Shipping Company who have been servicing Spike Island since the 1950’s and have seen the service change from military to prison to tourism during these years.  The ferry will complement the existing service by increasing capacity and allowing visitors a longer stay on the 104 acre island.
Commenting at the launch, Cork County Council Chief Executive Tim Lucey said
“We are delighted to see the new ferry launched which will address any capacity issues the island might face in the coming years.  As well as enabling longer stays for day trippers, the extra capacity also opens up the potential for Spike Island to hold large scale events in the near future, offering an even greater economic benefit to Cork County.” 
This sentiment was reiterated by Doyle Shipping Director Eoin O’Sullivan who said,
“We take great pride in servicing Spike Island and the wider Cork harbour area, a duty we have carried out for many decades now. The passengers have varied considerably over the years, from army and navy officers to sitting Taoisigh and famous criminals like Martin Cahill to bands and performers.  Now it is tourists who make the scenic journey across the world’s 2nd largest natural harbour.”
Following the ferry launch, Mayor O’Sullivan made his way to Spike Island where he launched a new National exhibition titled ‘Independence’.  The exhibition tells the story of the Irish road to freedom and the 1,400 Irish freedom fighters held on Spike Island in 1921.  Families of the men held on the island were present for the exhibition which is the result of 5 years of research led by the islands assistant manager, and resident historian, Tom O’Neill with support for the team at Spike Island.  
‘Independence’ begins  in 1914, during the outbreak of World War I, and details how Ireland sought to take advantage of British distraction and the failed rising in 1916.  The exhibition includes original footage and artefacts made by the men who stayed on the island, including autograph books and diaries.  There is also a genealogy section which allows visitors to search for the details of the 1400 men held here.
Speaking of ‘Independence’, Mayor O’Sullivan highlighted the importance of such an exhibition at this time,
“The ‘Independence’ exhibition will reawaken the courage and valour of these men who were so passionate that they put their lives on the line to achieve Irish freedom.  These are the men that fought, died and eventually freed Ireland and it is importance that this story is told, particularly in the manner in which it is presented here.  I would encourage everyone to make their way to Spike Island and see this exhibition for themselves.”
The Exhibition is one of several now on offer to visitors to Spike Island Cork, with boats departing daily from Cobh. 
For further information including booking details please visit

Elizabeth Forrest and Viv Hally of Cobh Animation Team, pictured at the launch of the New Cobh to Spike Island Ferry, "Spike Island", and the launch of a new Exhibition "Independence". Both launches took place on Spike Island, and they co-incide with the 81st anniversary of the handing over of Spike Island by British Forces to The Irish State.

Community Involvement Scheme

Local communities invited to engage in joint venture with Council to improve roads
Cork County Council is now accepting applications for the Community Involvement Scheme, a joint venture approach between the Council and local communities, to carry out improvement works on suitable Regional and Local roads.  
Under this scheme the local community contributes 15% towards the estimated cost of the works and the Council carries out the works on the road, subject to grant funding being available. Over the past 5 years, Cork County Council has engaged in 126 Community Involvement Scheme projects with local communities, resulting in improvements to over 63km of local roads. 
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Christopher O Sullivan encouraged local communities to apply, saying
“The Council recognises the importance of local roads to infrastructure and to local businesses and this scheme is a useful mechanism that has benefitted numerous communities across the county over the years. The financial contribution from the community has now been reduced from 20% to 15% and the scheme offers communities a great opportunity to identify local needs and speed up improvements on roads, such as tertiary or cul-de-sac roads, which may see less traffic but are in need of repair.”
Now the construction of new footpaths is also covered by this scheme and both Castlefreke and Long Strand have carried out footpath works under the Community Involvement Scheme.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 1st August, 2019. Further details and Application Forms are available here or from your local Area Engineer’s office.

Independence Museum Kilmurry

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Kilmurry Independence Museum

Free Electrical Recycling Days 2019

Poster with Free recycling dates list
FREE collection days in Cork County for your large and small WEEE items. 
Do you have household waste electrical items such as fridges, phones or lawnmowers, batteries or energy saving lightbulbs gathering in your house or garage? 
Get them recycled for FREE with WEEE Ireland at the locations listed below:
Fermoy Saturday July 20th
Cobh Saturday July 27th 
Baltimore Friday August 2nd
Dunmanway Saturday August 3rd 
Mitchelstown Saturday August 10th

10am - 4pm each day

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

HSE grants to support Older People

HSE welcomes extra €1,000,000 in funding grants to support older people

HSE Press Release: Monday, 15th July 2019

Community and Voluntary Support Grants now open for application
        Grants will range from €5,000 - €20,000
    €250,000 will be dedicated to dementia-related initiatives
As part of a joint initiative by Jim Daly, Minister for Older People and the HSE Services for Older People, an extra €1million in funding is being made available to community and voluntary groups to continue to support older people, family carers and significant others to stay well and remain connected with their local community. Approximately €250,000 of this funding will be dedicated to dementia related initiatives.
The HSE and The Department of Health recognise that community and voluntary agencies provide a wide range of services to support older people to continue living in their communities and maintain their social connections. These services, which contribute to positive ageing and better overall health, include befriending, day care, social centres, meals on wheels, etc. Improving and developing community supports is in line with the vision outlined in Sláintecare, which supports a shift to providing the majority of care in the community and a focus on prevention and early intervention.
This funding is open to community and voluntary agencies that currently hold a Service Arrangement or Grant Aid agreement with the HSE, or, non-statutory agencies who aim to provide health and personal social services similar or ancillary to services that the HSE may provide.
Welcoming the announcement by Minister Daly today, Michael Fitzgerald, HSE Older People and Palliative Care – Strategy said:“This €1m grant will support community and voluntary groups to continue providing vital services to older people. Their role in supporting older people in the community is crucial and this is very much recognised and valued by the HSE and the Department of Health.”
Community and voluntary groups are encouraged to submit ‘Older Persons’ Friendly’ projects, with an emphasis on sustainability and/or some additional service.  Applications for funding must be made on the Community & Voluntary Support Grant Application form and accompanied by the requested supporting documentation.  Applications will be co-ordinated and assessed locally, at Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) level.
The level of contribution under the fund will depend on a range of factors including the type of project, availability of other sources of funding, and the overall number of applications seeking funding under the Scheme.  It is envisaged that grants will range from €5,000 - €20,000. 
The closing date for receipt of applications for the Community & Voluntary Support Grant is 15th August 2019 with funding allocated in August / September 2019. 
Detailed information and application forms are available from the HSE Community Health Organisations or via the following link:

IWA launch Parking Permit Online Portal

On Monday 01 July, new online application service for those applying for a parking permit for the first time will be launched. By applying online applicants will receive their application form in a more timely manner. Online applications can be made by simply going on to the  IWA website

Those who do not wish to choose the online option can continue to contact the National Mobility Service by phone on 045- 893094
We know that many IWA centres and services get numerous queries in relation to parking permit applications and would very much appreciate if all relevant staff could direct people where possible to use the online service and emphasise that online application will lead to speedier receipt of application forms.

We also request that you let any relevant external agencies in your area that would benefit from this information know about the new system.

If you have any queries on the above, please contact the National Mobility Centre at or 045 893094

FREE Cork Leader Training Course (become an AXA Community Bike Rides Leader)

Calling Cork Cyclists!!

Are you interested in leading free, social bike rides in your area?

Why not become an AXA Community Bike Rides Leader! This FREE training is being provided to any volunteers looking to get involved in the programme. This is a one day assessed training course delivered by Cycling Ireland, with the next course confirmed for Cork on Sunday 28th July, 9am - 5.30pm

Why become an AXA Community Bike Rides Leader?
ü  FREE Leader Gilet
ü  FREE Bike Ride Insurance
ü  Earn Rewards
ü  Ongoing support from Cycling Ireland
ü  Organise & lead cycles in your local community!

Training Day Details:
ü  Date: Sun, 28th July
ü  Venue: Gaelscoil Ui Riordain, Ballincollig
ü  Time: 9am - 5.30pm
ü  Cost: FREE

For full details & to register your interest: