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Thursday, 30 April 2015


Get on your Bikes and Up cycle in Your Garden
Some people are up cycling in school. The school garden competition loves to recycle and up cycle.
Your teacher will love some creative Ideas
What Container will you fill?
Is there a hole in it. If not don't over water and fill base with Stones. We dont want the plants roots to get yucky by been stuck in water all the time
succulent-toolbox s4x3_lg

The first Rule of Up cyling is Be creative.
What is around and how can I use it. Most thing can be used as a containers

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Cairdre Maithe become a volunteer and help someone with dementia

We get by with a little help from a friend

    We want to match volunteers with a person with dementia in their area and we hope to create lasting friendships in the process.

·      So if you are kind, caring, compassionate and friendly you may be just the person we are looking for.
 Why not come along to our open day

Thursday 21st May 2015

Mallow Primary Health Care Centre


 To register interest or for more information call Christine on
Or email:

The Crystal Project is a joint initiative between the HSE, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, The Carers Association, UCC, families affected by dementia, local community groups and GPs. 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, CHY No: 21361 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 HSE, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Genio and the European Foundations Initiative on Dementia.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Muintir Community Council AGM's on this week

        Annual General  Meeting 

 Tracton Community Council 

Tonight Monday April 27th @ 8pm

Tracton Arts and Community Centre 

See link for location 

Tracton Community Council is a Muintir na Tire Community Council


Community Council 

Tuesday April 28th @ 8pm

Mitchelstown Town Hall

See link for location 

Mitclelstown Community Council is a Muintir na Tire Community Council

Annual General  Meeting 
 Cork County Federation 
Muintir na Tíre
Thursday April 30th @ 8pm
Ballyphehane Community Centre in Cork City.

See below link for location of Ballyphehane Community Centre

Muintir AGM Next Thursday April 30th in Cork City

You are invited to the 
 Annual General  Meeting 
 Cork County Federation 
Muintir na Tíre
Thursday April 30th @ 8pm
Ballyphehane Community Centre in Cork City.

See below link for location of Ballyphehane Community Centre

The new Community Council Awards will be announced at the meeting

The aim of the Muintir na Tire Community Council Awards is to give recognition to the work being done by Community Councils all over County Cork. These awards will also encourage Community Councils to operate to the highest standards of community development. Education forums will be held each year to help Community Councils develop Community Development principles and best practices.

The awards will recognize the following

Social Inclusion and Community Care.

Does your community council practice social inclusion? Do you cater for the following? Community Alert, Text Alert, People with disabilities, Young people, Youth Café/ Youth Club, Services for older people, services for families, Community Care and Meals on Wheels?

Organisation and Administration.

Are you affiliated to Muintir na Tire? Do you hold regular elections and Annual General Meeting? Have your officers attended training for their roles? Do you produce a regular Newsletter / Website Blog etc? Have you done a needs Analysis in your area? Have you a yearly plan or a three year plan in place?

Environment and Pride in Community.

Have you participated in the latest Tidy Towns Competition. Have you participated in the Litter Challenge? Have you entered the latest Pride in our Community Competition? Have the schools in your area participated in the latest Muintir na Tire School Garden Competition?

Friday, 24 April 2015

HSE National Lottery Grants

The HSE has been allocated National Lottery Funding for distribution to community based groups and voluntary organisations under the following terms:

1. Respite Care Grant Scheme
2. National Lottery Grant Scheme

Applications are invited from groups and organisations involved in the provision of Health and Personal Social Services for once off funding for viable projects (non major capital projects) which can be completed within a reasonable period of time.
The closing date for receipt of application forms is Friday May 29th 2015
Cork Kerry Lottery Application Form 2015.pdf (size 189.9 KB)
Return completed application forms to
Community Work Manager, HSE, Kerry Community Services, Rathass, Tralee, Co Kerry, Tel: 066 7195635

Seniors Alert Scheme Changes

This is the reply sent by Pobal to Councillor John Paul O Shea of Cork County Council and will give community groups an indication of what Pobal is planning in relation to the Seniors Alert Scheme. If you have any concerns or Comments please let us know.

 Dear John Paul

Thank you for your query on the Seniors Alert Scheme, I appreciate your concern in relation to the future operation of this scheme.  The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) and Pobal are working closely on how this scheme will transfer and operate in the future with the objectives of the scheme, the community groups and older people at the forefront of any changes that are introduced. 
I have addressed the majority of the queries you have raised below.  As the procurement process is ongoing and Pobal are working with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in transitioning the scheme, the level of detail I can give you in some instances is somewhat limited.  I would like to assure you that both Pobal and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government are committed to ensuring that the renewed scheme reduces the administrative burden of procurement on the community groups therefore enabling them to focus their resources on beneficiary engagement. 
  1. Under the new system, will community alert volunteers be allowed install new monitoring alarms?  As part of the invitation to tender, it is a requirement for the Equipment suppliers to install all equipment provided as part of the Seniors Alert Scheme.  This is to ensure that the alarm is installed in a safe manner and that all relevant quality and safety checks are undertaken.
  2. Can the older person/community alert group choose which company they purchase the monitoring alarm from? There will be a panel of suppliers in each of the 10 areas set out in the invitation to tender, the supplier will be chosen from this panel as part of the revised approval process.  This will be outlined in more detail as part of the transition.
  3. In the tender issued, it is specified that there must be a minimum and maximum battery life on the alarms?  As outlined previously, a series of minimum requirements including battery life (8hrs back up for the alarm itself and 3 years for the pendant) have been set in the invitation to tender based on extensive market research.  This minimum standard is a new requirement being introduced through this procurement process to bring a level of consistency across the board.  All tenderers proposing products which exceed the minimum requirements set out in the tender document will be awarded higher scores. 
  4. In the tender issued, what is specified in relation to an annual monitoring charge?  The current invitation to tender is solely in relation to the Equipment provided.  A panel has been advertised for Telecare Monitoring Service providers (this is publically available at this link ).  This is a voluntary panel which sets out minimum service standards.  It is solely to provide information, to the community groups and older people, on the costs and the services provided by the registered suppliers.  As is the current practice, it is the responsibility of the older person to choose their own Monitoring suppliers.  This panel is being put in place, in addition to the current approach, to ensure the older person has sufficient information at their disposal to make an informed decision.  They will be able to choose from this panel or a supplier of their choice.   
  5. In the tender issued, will there be an additional charge for replacement of alarms?  The Invitation to Tender deals with the procurement of new alarms; minimum warranty requirements (covering repairs and replacements for any faulty equipment) have been set out as part of this process.  Pobal will engage with community groups as the revised scheme becomes operational with respect to any requirements for replacement alarms. 
  6. What is the minimum and maximum coverage range of new alarms tender for?  As outlined previously, a series of minimum requirements including range with a minimum of 50m have been set in the invitation to tender based on extensive market research.  All tenderers proposing products which exceed these minimum requirements as set out in the tender document, will be awarded higher scores.  No maximum coverage has been specified.
  7. Can Pobal assure me that the tender documents issued meet the European industry standards for Social Alarms (EN50134/3:2012)  The current scheme, operated by the DECLG, does not set a requirement for suppliers to reach the European industry standards for Social Alarms (EN50134/3:2012).  Pobal has, in collaboration with the DECLG, set a series of minimum quality requirements based on extensive research.  We believe that the National Procurement process will enhance standards and provide more consistency across a range of suppliers and areas.  In the evaluation process suppliers who demonstrate higher than the minimum standard required will receive higher scores. 
8.      Is Pobal intending on consulting with Muintir Na Tire, Community Alert Groups and the general public on these changes. As mentioned previously, all policy related queries regarding consultation should be directed to the SAS team in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. 

The procurement process is ongoing and the decisions in relation to this will be made in the coming months. As the process progresses, DECLG and Pobal will be in touch with the relevant community groups.

Gardening News from Michael Kelly GIY ireland

Gardening News from Michael Kelly GIY Ireland

Regular readers of this column will know by now that I am a big fan of (and perhaps a little obsessed with) beetroot. I think if I had to pick a favourite veg to grow, beetroot would come out on top (with a little competition perhaps from squashes, leeks, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, ….oh sod it). Beetroot, why do I love thee? Let me count the ways. First of all it’s easy to grow - it is rarely troubled by pests or disease and grown in module trays for later transplanting, I find it almost 100% reliable. Let’s be honest there aren’t many veg you can say that about. Secondly it’s great value for space – because the beetroot are sown quite close together, you will get 40 beetroot from just a metre of veg bed (in 4 rows, with the beets 10cm apart in each row).

Thirdly, beetroot is incredibly good for you - the beta cyanin in beetroot can help detox your liver and reduce high blood pressure. It is packed with nutrients like folic acid, phosphorous and magnesium and is particularly high in vitamin C and iron – this is a great combination since vitamin C increases iron absorption. Finally, and perhaps most significantly beetroot stores really well, making it possible to become self-sufficient in this superfood all year round. I generally do three sowings of beetroot each year to maintain a consistent stash – an early crop sown in February for the polytunnel, a second crop sown around now for the summer months and then a final ‘storage’ crop sown in July for lifting in October. I store beetroot in a box of sand in the shed from which we can enjoy fresh beetroot from October until May. Eating three a week on average we chomp through about 100 beetroot in this time.

This week I sowed a tray of beetroot in the potting shed, though of course you can sow them direct in the soil if you wish (see Things to Do This Week below). I sowed a full 84-cell module tray with one seed per cell and a selection of varieties (Detroit Globe, Pablo F1, Bulls Blood, Chiogga Pink and Laura Anne). All of these varieties are available from the GIY webshop ( bar Laura Anne which is available from Brown Envelope Seeds.

Information and support sessions for families of people with dementia in North Cork

We are holding another six week block of information and support sessions for families of people with dementia. It will begin on Wednesday 20th May 2015 and will be held from 7-9.30 each Wednesday on the ground floor of Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre. It is free and any family members are welcome to attend.

A range of topics will be covered including

  • Overview of dementia  
  • Changing relationships
  • Communication strategies
  • Personal care
  • Nutrition and eating well
  • Understanding behaviour
  • Engaging in activities
  • Safety at home
  • Looking after yourself as a carer
  • Accessing information and support
  • Legal issues
If you know anyone interested in attending they can  phone me on 086 787 1818.

I have attached a poster and would appreciate of you could display it wherever you can.

Thanks and best wishes


Sheena Cadoo
Occupational Therapist/ Crystal Project Lead
Memory Resource Room
Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre
Co Cork

022 58700
086 787 1818

The Crystal Project is a joint initiative between the HSE, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, The Carers Association, UCC, families affected by dementia, local community groups and GPs. 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 HSE, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Genio and the European Foundations Initiative on Dementia.


What People Don't Know about Rock Gardens (in the Natural World)
Rock garden plants grow on very high altitudes, which means they need to tolerate being exposed to the elements. On these mountainous landscapes, the ground is generally shaley rock, with very little actual soil. From this natural habitat of 'rock garden' plants, we know that stoney, well-drained soil is best.
The conditions typically seen in this habitat can be a far cry from wet and sodden soil of Cork and Kerry. This is why a lot of plants rot and die in our climate! Rock garden plants are very useful for harsh climates and exposed gardens, and once you invest in a few bags of grit, you're on your way to adding an amazing feature in your garden.
Rockery plants must be cut back regularly to give repeat flowering. Most colour rock plants will flower until late summer when this is done.
Contemporary Rock Gardens
The modern contemporary rock garden is based on the use of clean design lines, with the focus on hard landscaping materials – stones, concrete etc. The planting style is bold but simple, with the use of drifts of one or two plants that repeat throughout the design. Grasses are a very popular choice for this style of design and lighting will sometimes play an integral role in the modern garden, especially low voltage LED lights, used to create subtle and atmospheric lighting effects.
Japanese Rock gardens
Japanese rock gardens are probably the best in the world, at least, based on the principles of rock and gravel gardening, with most of the plants consisting of evergreens such as pines, mosses, Japanese Maples and Japanese Azaleas. The attention to detail is always strikingly obvious in Japanese rock gardens and most are actually very small in terms of area.
Margaret's Tips for a 'Wow!' Rockery
1. Strive to achieve year round colour – most rockery gardens look well in spring but fail to impress in late summer and winter.
2. A raised bed would make a great rock garden
3. Most banks or slopes just scream 'turn me into a rockery!'
4. Poor, stoney soil is your main criteria
5. Use rocks that are local to your area as they will look more natural
6. A gravel area where you can sit is worthwhile in every rock garden
7. Rock gardens can be serene or full of life and vibrant colour, depending on your own taste.
Some great rockery plants:
A foolproof choice of plant for any beginner gardener. Beauty as well as simplicity!
Alpine Phlox
Alpine Phlox is an amazing plant, quite happy to sit in gravelly paths and crevices. Phlox absolutely hate damp, sodden soil.
Most people will recognise this plant for it's ability to hug rocks and ditches to produce an abundance of flowers all summer.
The mainstay of any spring garden. By cutting back when flowers get tired, this plant will give wonderful colour until late summer.
A foolproof choice of plant for any beginner gardener. Beauty as well as simplicity!
there are few plants that have such a contrast between bright blue flowers and deep green foliage,
making an unforgetable Display.

Equipping Frontline Workers to Engage & Empower Clients

Text Version for republishing 

Ag Éisteacht's next courses for professionals in Cork will take place in May

Frontline workers can interact with people at different stages of their lives on a daily basis, many of whom may be struggling. Effectively engaging appropriately and sensitively with the client during these times is key to their well-being. However, frontline workers don't have sufficient training to deal with such encounters.

Brief Encounters® enables workers to recognise the signs of distress, equips them with the ability to engage with clients effectively and provides them with a model to empower clients to find their own solutions. Certificate of Completion provided for CPD evidence.                            
Our How to Argue Better blended learning course provides Frontline workers with the skills and resources to understand conflict and to help parents develop a supportive home environment. Certificate of Completion provided for CPD evidence.
Upcoming Courses in Cork

Brief Encounters:

Three Day Course: €200
 September 14th, 28th & 29th, Maryborough Hotel, Cork
   Blended Learning:
Sat June 13th, Maryborough   Hotel, Cork

How to Argue Better:€125

May 12th, Maryborough Hotel, Cork
September 15th, Maryborough Hotel, Cork

Places are limited so early booking is advised. To book a place or for more information,
please visit:

Monday, 20 April 2015

County Mayor Launches Pride in Our Community 2015

The Mayor of County Cork Councillor Alan Coleman launched the Pride in our Community Competition at the County hall today. The Pride in Our Community Competition is now celebrating its 11th year and continues to encourage communities to showcase the best of their area and develop sustainable amenities that benefit the entire community. The competition which is organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire in conjunction with Cork County Council continues to go from strength to strength each year.
Over the years the competition has developed from a small idea to the very successful and popular competition that it is today with a prize fund of over €7,000, and over 40 groups are expected to take part again this year. Through this competition Muintir na Tire recognises and acknowledges the hard work of all the community organisations involved and this in turn supports the work of Cork County Council. The competition also seeks to make people aware of their environment, to continue the overall development of areas and to encourage litter free communities.

The County Mayor Councillor Alan Coleman praised the competition and promised continued support to the voluntary sector in County Cork.  Cork County Council CEO Mr Tim Lucey praised Muintir na Tire for its commitment to rural development and for their help with the Mayors awards. Mr Brendan Scahill Community Worker HSE said they were delighted to be working closely with Muintir on many projects and he outlined the health benefits of many community projects.
Mr Sean Holland Chairman of the organising committee was keen to point out that competition now has many new amenity categories including Small Village Award
Best Large Town in Each Division, Best Heritage Project, Most Eco Friendly Project,
Social Inclusion Award, Best New Entry, Best Tourism Project, Best Maintained Existing Project, Healthy Town/Village Award and Innovation and Creativity. This he said should encourage more villages and towns to enter.

Annette Lane Chairperson of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre said amenities highlight the important link between our surroundings and our quality of life. It is no co-incidence she said that people travel the length and breadth of the county, visiting beauty spots in County Cork and it is important that local communities are encouraged and supported to provide amenities and that villages and towns look good for visitor and locals..
She thanked the County Mayor and County Manager Alan Coleman and Cork County Council Environment Directorate for providing support for all of the groups in bringing this principle home. She said these projects brighten up communities and enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings in which we live as well as attracting tourists.

Muintir na Tire hopes to see all of our communities continue to support Muintir na Tire by partaking in the competition next year and we encourage all groups past and present to continue to develop their projects and ideas in the future. We really hope to see past groups coming back to work on projects in the future. Well done everyone.

Cyber Crime and Community Alert News from Diarmuid Cronin.

Cyber Crime and Community Alert
For the past thirty years or so in Community Alert, we focused our attention to physical risks, criminal and other’s.                                                                                                                                                       
However, now, every home has a computer connected to the internet, every pocket and handbag contains a smartphone.                                                                                                                                                    Every community has evening and day courses available to introduce people to computers, especially the retired.
Golden Rule      When you purchase a new computer install a top class anti-virus program immediately.                    
Because for some criminal’s a huge new opportunity with minimal personal risk has developed.                                                  
No need to break and enter, we are all on-line.
Community Alert groups can and should help put a stop to this kind of fraud by learning about these swindles and discussing with others at local meetings about the risks and pitfalls of the internet.                                         
Therefore, at District and Local meetings, we  highlight an item on Cyber Crime.
Money in the world today is electronic, less than 1pc of all the money in the world today is physical notes and coins.             99% of the money in the world is really just numbers on computers.                                     Electronic cyber-crime is the future, it happens under our nose, it doesn't crash our system but it is there to pick our pockets.
Frequently at Community Alert meeting I listen to people have received emails from phishers pretending to be from their bank, asking to confirm  bank details, why because Cyber thieves need our password in order to access our bank accounts and credit cards,
Even emails in Irish claiming to be from the Revenue Commissioners has been discovered, the fake messages claimed that, following a tax assessment for last year, the recipient was due a tax rebate. A link in the message directed the person to a site that appeared to be the Revenue Commissioners page, but was actually intended to trick people into giving away their banking details.
Golden Rule         Never EVER give any information about banking passwords.
We hear frequently of people being phoned by hackers who tell them a problem has been identified with their computer, and  try to extort cash in payment for “repairs” they then get them to download a virus, which opens the home’s computer up to all kinds of attacks.
Be-Alert also of fake, booking confirmation emails that cyber-criminals are sending out at random. The objective is to infect your computer with a Trojan that can gather logins, passwords and credit card details. 62% of Irish internet users book their holiday destinations and accommodation online, and Cyber-criminals appear to be capitalising onto this trend.
Booking a holiday and hotel online is perfectly safe and secure, cyber-criminals cannot easily break into that, so instead,
They are attempting to trick you into believing their spam email is a receipt for a booking you may have made. The spam emails are purely random but with so many booking holidays online at this time of year, the criminals have realised their spam will reach many people who have recently completed a legitimate holiday booking."
Scam sites also use another tactic, designed to trick people into lowering their guard and clicking on a link or giving away passwords, by including Irish translations or appearing to be an Irish dot. com site. There is no guarantee that forwarding money will ensure delivery of the goods you order, from sites that are set up in China purporting to be Irish companies.                                                                                          
Internet Scams                                                                               Cyber Crime -
Ransomware is when rogue software code effectively holds a user's computer hostage until a "ransom" fee is paid. Frequently they purport to be an electronic FINE sent by An Garda Siochana Ransomware often infiltrates a PC as a computer worm or Trojan horse that takes advantage of open security vulnerabilities. Most Ransomware attacks are the result of clicking on an infected e-mail attachment or visiting a hacked website.
Upon compromising a computer, Ransomware will typically either lock a user's system or encrypt files on the computer and then demand payment before the system or files will be restored.
SMS Text Alert Be aware opening unknown emails report in this division of computer locked - owner told to pay €500 in bitcoin (internet money) to rectify the virus. Txt issued 14 April 2015
Advanced Fee Fraud People place an ad for something they are trying to sell or rent, and ask a price for the item. They receive a call, or an email, and then an offer to send a check for the item, or the deposit and initial rent.
Shortly thereafter, they receive a check (generally from a company), or a bogus Bank Draft, for an amount far in excess than the amount agreed.
If you ever run into this, rip up the check.
The second stage of this fraud is when the person receives an email requesting that the difference be refunded via a wire transfer.
However, why send an excessive check, and why from a company?
Because it has the appearance of being legitimate. Both Bank Drafts and a Company Check  from the company that the scammer has mentioned that he or she works for, give a sense of secure excellence.
The differences in the agreed amount of the deal versus the amount of the check,                        are a huge red flag.
Another thing to pay attention to is the email itself. If it has bad grammar, poor spelling and some inconsistencies in wording that should be a warning sign to you.                                                                   Cyber Crime is an international fraud; and internet translation is not yet an accurate science.
This swindle works on a percentage of people who by their nature are overly trusting of others.
Friend in Distress swindle. Facebook, has 1.6m Irish users and a third of Facebook users post information about planned holidays.
This can put themselves and their friends at risk because cyber criminals may target the friend-lists of these holidaymakers, using their knowledge of the holiday destination to create fake emergencies such as claiming that they have just been robbed, in order to swindle money from these friends.
Email’s saying something like I was mugged in Lanzarote, please send me €500 to sort things out and get home”, with a request to transfer funds through untraceable Western Union.”                                                                                                        Scams like this appear credible, and are occurring all the time, people fall for it and send ‘friend in distress’ money, then are shocked to find the friend was never mugged and knows nothing about it.                                                                                               I personally have received these bogus emails purporting to come from people in Community Alert groups, who have my email address.
Summary;  Community Alert is about Safety and Security, whether crime related or otherwise.                                                                Any proposal that focuses on community Safety and Security will be very carefully considered.                                            Diarmuid Cronin. Community Alert Southern Region, Development Office. 021- 7339 011                                                email;