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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Hosting a Health Information Seminar in your area

Willing to Host  a Health Information Seminar and Social Evening?

We are always looking for community groups willing to host one of our Community Health Information Seminars.
If you have a local community venue with catering facilities (Tea and Sandwiches Etc) and room to dance.

 Please contact Denis Kelly at 0872034876 for further details.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Calendar and Website launch Crystal Project Mallow

The Crystal Project invites you to celebrate their Calendar and website Launch.
Thursday 11th December 3pm 
HSE foyer, Floor 2 Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre   
Complimentary ‘It’s not just dementia’ calendars will be available

The Crystal Project is a joint initiative between the Health Service Executive, The Alzheimer Society of IrelandUniversity College Cork, families affected by dementia and local General Practitioners. 

The Crystal Project is the trading name for Mallow Dementia Project Ltd., a company limited by guarantee without a share capital registered in Dublin No 545740 with a registered office at Memory Resource Room, Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre, Mallow, Co Cork.

 Directors : Sheena Cadoo and Yvonne Finn Orde. Secretary: Dr Cormac Sheehan. The Crystal Project is funded by the Health Service Executive, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Genio and the European Foundations Initiative on Dementia. Contact 022 58700 or

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Avondhu Report on Mitchelstown Mental Health Seminar

Former Cork senior hurler and Cloyne clubman 34-year-old Conor Cusack, was the keynote speaker at last Thursday night's mental health workshop in St Fanahan's College, Mitchelstown- an event organised jointly by Mitchelstown Community Council, Cork County Muintir na Tire, Ballyhoura Development Ltd and the HSE's National Office for Suicide Prevention.
200 attended the event which also included a contribution from Bartlemy's John Arnold. John's combination of anecdotes and insightful observations were very well received. Muintir na Tire representative, Finbarr Motherway, performed the role of MC.
Someone who speaks openly about his battle with depression, Conor Cusack (brother of Donal Og) is a regular contributor to the mental health debate. His story is a sometimes harrowing one, where, a very ordinary young man from a stable background plumbs the depths of despair and contemplates suicide, before finding redemption through the support of family, friends and health care professionals.
Conceding that suicide is at frightening levels, he identified bullying, isolation and a lack of confidence as some of the reasons why he slipped into 'a dark place'.
"It's difficult to explain the sense hopelessness that can takeover your life. Cutting yourself off from friends, losing interest in personal relationships and seeing no way out, were the characteristics of my depression. I felt I was completely alone in the world. However, I was wrong and this message of 'not being alone' is the one that must resonate from here tonight. There is help out there and I would appeal to individuals who are feeling low to reach out, seek help and tell someone you are hurting."

With regard to professional help, he said there were numerous options and all were worth exploring. He had been fortunate in the care he received, however, he did add that pills and tablets on their own couldn't cure depression. He also revealed that at a very low point in his treatment, he was offered (but declined) electric shock therapy - this form of therapy, he described as 'inhuman and degrading'.
Speaking about courage, Conor, remarked that this was a noble trait possessed by great sportspeople. However, in his view, courage on the playing field didn't compare with the courage it took to stand up for what you believe in and where necessary, to challenge the status quo.

On the night, there were also contributions from Brendan Scahill (HSES) who advised those present on a forthcoming course on health and wellness - more details from the Ballyhoura Development office on Baldwin Street, Mitchelstown.
Chairperson of Mitchelstown Community Council, Sean Finn, thanked all the contributors for giving so generously of their time and the public for coming out in such numbers. Denis Kelly (Muintir na Tire) was thanked as was Tadhg Long, principal of St Fanahan's College, who kindly hosted the event. 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Services and information provided to community groups by Muintir na Tire

The following is a list of some of the services and information provided to community groups by the Muintir na Tire Community Development Section:

1. Community Structures
  • Muintir na Tire Organisational Structure.
  • Election Process and the formation of a democratically elected and socially inclusive Committee.
  • Governance documents i.e Constitutions, Articles of Associations etc.
  • The Role of Officers.
2. Information about the Community and Voluntary Sector
  • The governance environment.
  • Local Government structures and functions.
  • Relationship between local government, statutory agencies and the community.
  • Maximising community participation in local government and engaging with agencies.
3. Finance and Funding Opportunities
  • Basic Management of accounts and audit requirements.
  • Funding available from statutory agencies and other sources such as Social Enterprise Funds such as UCIT and Clann Credo.
  • Preparing grant applications.
4. Community Engagement and Volunteering
  • Organising Meetings and Events.
  • Time Management.
  • Ways to develop positive participation and address barriers to participation.
  • Recruiting, managing, motivating and retaining volunteers.
5. Needs Analysis and Resource Audit
  • Outlining what is meant by ‘Needs Analysis’.
  • Analysing an area’s socio economic profile.
  • How to assess local needs and undertaking community research.
  • Conducting an Audit/SWOT of the resources of a community.
6. Development of Action Plans
  • Setting the context and objectives.
  • Deciding on Project Plans.
  • Setting out the project plan.
7. Communications
  • Developing a critical awareness of the importance of social media.
  • Introduction to PR and promoting success.
  • Written communications.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

New Muintir President Mr Paddy Byrne

Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire welcomes the election of new Muintir National President Mr. Paddy Byrne of Askamore Community Council, Co. Wexford. 
Paddy brings with him a wealth of experience from his involvement with Askamore Community Council and also from his time as a member of the national Board of Muintir na Tire. 
We in Cork look forward to working with Paddy for the next few years and wish him well in his Presidency
Paddy Byrne : President
Mr Paddy Byrne President Muintir na Tire

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Beiing a good Community Group Secretary.


The Secretary

An efficient and dedicated Secretary is an important person in the success of a Community Council or any local organisation. A competent Secretary aids the smooth running of an Organisation.  

What does a Secretary do?

 The secretary is responsible for:
a. Preparing and writing agenda with the Chairperson. 
b. Taking and writing minutes of meetings. 
c. Reading letters at meetings. 
d. Writing letters after meetings. 
e. Dealing with guests at meetings, functions, etc. f. Writing report for Annual General Meeting.  

Qualities of a Good Secretary

 1. Pleasant and friendly manner when dealing with all people. 
2. A friendly disposition and a sense of humour. 
3. Being prepared to work in the interest of the Community Council/Organisation. 
4. Paying attention to detail. 
5. An orderly mind and methodical way of working. 
6. Recognition of the importance of dealing promptly with correspondence. 
7. It is desirable that the person is easily contactable and relatively well known to people in the area. 

More on the role of the Secretary next time or go to our Website

Imokilly Jamboree a Huge success

There was a huge turnout for the Annual Imokilly (East Cork) Jamboree for the elderly held in the newly refurbished Midleton Park Hotel on Sunday 23rd November. The evening began with a Liturgical Service celebrated by Fr. Jim Greene newly appointed CC in Carrigtwohil. The touching service which celebrated the lives of the older person was accompanied by that beautiful local soloist Carol Keniry. Mr Sean Murphy welcomed everyone especially those who come year after year. MC for the evening was Finbarr Motherway of Killeagh. Music was provided by the ever popular John White and guests included long time supporters County Councillor Noel Collins and David Stanton TD. There were plenty of spots and singing and dancing continued late into the night. Thanks to Annette Lane, Finbarr Motherway, Patricia Kirby and Fachtna and Catherine White and the management and staff of Midleton Park Hotel for ensuring the night went off so well.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Caring For our Well Being Mitchelstown

Imokilly Jamboree (East Cork) Midleton Park Hotel

Reminder to all that our annual Imokilly Jamboree takes place this Sunday night at the Midleton Park Hotel at 7pm. All welcome admission €10 at the door. Music by John White

There will be a raffle on the night (see hamper below) plus spot prizes. Great night Assured

First prize in raffle

Conor was brilliant. Huge crowd turned up to hear him and John Arnold. Well done to all involved especially Sean Finn and Mitchelstown Community Council. Brendan Scahill HSE Community Worker National Office for Suicide Prevention. Ballyhoura Development, and St Fanahans College.

Conor Cusack Kevin O'Keeffe and John Arnold
Conor Cusack and Finbarr Motherway
Sean Finn Mitchelstown Community Council
Brendan Scahill