Cloyne Community Council making a huge difference.

The last few weeks have been very busy for the Historical Town of Cloyne in East Cork. They recently organised their Community Elections and also held a very successful AGM where the community was given a comprehensive report on the work of this hard working Muintir na Tire Community Council.The Cloyne District Community Council is made up of 26 elected members (13 areas and 2 members from each area)  under the auspices of Muintir Na Tire. The main aim of the Council is the involvement of all the people in Cloyne and it’s environs in the promotion of the educational, cultural and economic and welfare of the whole community. The members will serve for a period of 3 years and full Council meetings are held about once a month I was pleased to be invited to address the AGM and I am delighted to say that the future of Cloyne is in good hands. Well done to the outgoing Officers who have put the operation of the community council on a sound footing and I sincerely hope that you will remain on to guide the new officer board over the next three years. 

Below is the report of outgoing Chairman Tommy Hartnett 

Chairman’s Address 2015

22nd June 2015
I would personally like to welcome  everyone here tonight to our 2015 AGM. I’d like to welcome to Denis Kelly, from Cork County Federation Muintir Na Tire. I would like to extend a special welcome to all newly community council members. I would like to ask Denis to say a few words at the end of meeting. He may again give us some valuable guidance to the committee members new and old.

Over the course of 2014 we convened on average one meeting per month and a few more in between when the need arose
The CDCC committee is divided into sub-committees that take care of various activities & tasks that arise throughout the year. The chairs of these sub committees arranged meetings to deal with any relevant issues that arose in 2014.
Our company accounts are looked after by Crowley- McCarthy accountants in Midleton.
We are a formal company, limited by guarantee. We are tax compliant and our accounts are again up to date in 2015. Thanks to Lisa O’Lomasney.
Childrens Playground:
The childrens playground was our main focus point in 2013 and the fruits of this hard work are now available to be used and enjoyed by all in our community and beyond. Some issues continually arise around vandalism and abuse of playground equipment and its structures. I would appeal to all who use the playground to keep a watch on this anti-social behaviour and it should be reported to committee members and the local gardai.
The main point though is that we now have a state of the art playground in Cloyne, to be enjoyed by all for many years to come.

Community Garden:
The progress of the community garden is there for everyone to see. Thanks to all involved and to those who have contributed items to the garden. It is an ever improving and growing project. A fence was erected around the garden on the footpath side and this and this makes the garden much safer for kids. The garden like the playground belongs to the community of Cloyne and is there to be enjoyed by all. Much more work has been carried out, with more plants and shrubs in place and also the area beside the boundary wall has been cleared and covered with shale. A tree is due to be planted by the McCarthy family (Shane & Ruth) in memory of their son Sean. I must say that the garden is now coming into its own. More help is required to progress and maintain this project and if there are any people in the community willing to help out, please let us know. I would like to thank Henry O’Brien, Michael Greaney and anyone else who help in this garden project.

The Cloyne community newsletter was launched in 2012 and continued throughout 2013 to 2014. This has been a great success and is a fantastic means of communicating with our community at large. In 2014 we did three issues, but there is a lot of work involved in putting this together and we may struggle to keep it going. We hope that we can continue as it is a great means of communication and also a means of continued fundraising through advertising. The newsletter was in the past year arranged by Carol Carroll and I and few others worked on the sponsorship. I would like to thank Carol for coming on board in our time of need. We are still seeking volunteers to help out in various aspects of the newsletter. If interested, please contact any committee member.
I must thank our generous sponsors that support of the newsletter.

Annual Road Race:
On August 6th 2014 the 4th annual road race was held. This again was a very successful event and occasion, with 600 finishers and great community involvement from GAA, school parent’s council and many more from our community. Many more locals did the 5k walk. Proceeds of last year’s race went toward the playground. Over€5,000 was raised. 2014 saw the introduction of “Chip Timing” which was overseen by Precision Timing. The chip timing allows for more leeway at the finish and also means we can cater for more finishers. This race continues to be one of our bigger on-going fundraising events. A date for this year’s race is already fixed and it will take place on Wednesday August 5th. A permit has been applied for and some work has already been done regarding the event. Thanks to Margaret Twohig for doing most of the organising with this 5K event.

Cloyne 4k Series:
Last year a few in the community council got the idea to have a 4k series around the Commons. A route was decided on and five dates were chosen. The five races took place on the final Sunday of the months from November to March at 9.30 each morning. They turned out to be a great success and were co-organised with Cloyne GAA club. A total of 1,048 runners took part and all who completed four of the five races received a high tech tee shirt that were kindly sponsored by TRInRUN, Midleton. The series was won by Sean McGrath and he received a perpetual trophy and prize, which was sponsored by Eamon Harty &Harty’s Bar & Restaurant. The women’s series was won by Eileen Leahy, Midleton AC and she received a perpetual trophy and prize which was sponsored by Brendan Barry and Discover Travel. Timing was done by John Walshe and Ballycotton Running Promotions. This series will go ahead later this year. Approx €3,000 was and was equally divided between CDCC and Cloyne GAA. We done to all involved

Winter Festival:
The Winter Festival as it is now known took place and coincided last year with the lighting of the Christmas tree. It was a great success and was centred around the playground area and many fun activities were organised to entertain both kids and adults alike. We also had our annual Festival Queen competition which was won Taylor Murphy last year by representing Cloyne Pharmacy. Thanks to all within CDCC and many other people from Cloyne who helped out in all events associated with the winter festival.

Village Enhancement Plan (VEP)
This plan sets out a template for future community development, in Cloyne. It is now complete and hard copies are here tonight to be viewed. Copies can also be purchased at a cost of €8 per copy. The VEP was developed by Archaeological Consultant, Dan Noonan and was part funded by SECAD. Cloyne Community District Council has commissioned the Cloyne Enhancement Plan to outline the existing situation of Cloyne, and assess how this can be enhanced in the future, both short and long term, for the better cultural, social and economic benefit of its community.

Community Alert Text:
The Cloyne community text alert was set up in 2014.
At present we have 19 members in text alert system. This is a programme that should probably be run by an area that also encompasses Churchtown South, Ballycotton and Shanagarry.

Cloyne Tidy Towns:

Early in 2015, a group under the umbrella of CDCC got together and formed Cloyne Tidy Towns. A new committee has been set up and the chairperson is Breda Cahill. They have a very strong committee and it’s not hard to see the change in Cloyne since its inception. We now have cleaner streets, and hanging baskets adorning many shop fronts. The hoarding in car park across from Alley has been painted and now Ger Murphy and his family are well advanced in creating the beautiful murals that totally transform the whole area. Well done to Ger and his daughters, one of whom is presently the Winter Queen, Taylor.
The tidy towns committee will always welcome new members into their group.

Year Ahead:
Next Project:
What do we do next? As with the playground project, we will again consult with Cloyne community and prioritise the next major project. The VEP covers this on page 14, so the people of Cloyne should let us know of new ideas in the near future. All future projects will have to be carefully planned and funded.

Community Effort:
We need more input from the community in general. The more help we have, the lesser the load is on all individuals. We don’t necessarily need people on the committee, but people can for example volunteer help out on sub-committees or can take ownership of their own estates as far as Spring Clean and Anti-Litter Challenge are concerned. As they say, every little helps & more importantly you will be doing it for yourself, your town and your community.

There are many people that should be thanked for their work throughout the year. Too many to mention here tonight. You all know who you are and you are doing it for the betterment of your own community

Tommy Hartnett