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Monday, 26 October 2015

Pride in our Community Awards and Results

Waterloo wins Eleventh Annual Pride in Our Community Competition

It was great to see all the groups that participated in this year’s Pride in Our Community Competition at our very popular Pride in Our Community Awards last Thursday. The Judges were very impressed this year with the high standard of the projects that were involved. The Judges found it very difficult to choose an overall winner but Waterloo scooped first place and Pride Of County Cork Award. Their project involved the development of the Old School at Waterloo, exposing the ruins and creating a walkway which formed a looped walk to and from Blarney. They also developed and erected an interpretative display unit and an amenity area which included a water feature with a footbridge. Waterloo Photos

The County Mayor John Paul O’Shea praised Pride of County Cork Winner Waterloo, all the winners of the other categories and all those who entered the competition this year.  He said that it was great to see the effort being put in by community groups in developing projects. He added that ‘this great competition recognises and rewards community groups who develop new or existing locally-based Amenity/ Projects which are of long-term benefit to the local community’.

Mr Sean Holland Chairman of the organising committee was keen to point out that competition also seeks to make local people conscious of their local environment and promotes litter free communities. He said the competition is open to all voluntary groups in County Cork. Sean added that the organisers had simplified the competition after consulting with local groups.

Mr Sean Murphy of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre said these projects highlight the important link between our surroundings and our quality of life. It is no co-incidence he said that people travel the length and breadth of the county, visiting beauty spots – beautiful scenery which lifts their spirits and hearts.
He thanked the County Mayor John Paul O’ Shea and Cork County Council for providing support for all of the groups in bringing this principle home.  He said these projects brighten up communities and enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings in which we live as well as attracting tourists.

Pride in Our Community 2015 Results.

Pride of County Cork
Winners Waterloo

Best Large Town in each division
 Douglas, Dunmanway and Millstreet.

Best Maintained 
Winners Dripsey               Second Rathbarry

Healthy Village
Winners  Kealkill             Second Conna

Social Inclusion   
Winners Saleen                 Second Mitchelstown

Heritage Project
Winners Waterloo           Second Bandon

Tourism Award 
Winners Rosscarbery      Second Cobh

Most Creative
Winners Bantry             Second Ballincollig

New Entry
Winners Kilshannig      Second Lombardstown

Eco Friendly
Winners Cloyne             Second Glounthaune

Small Village
Winners Coolagown       Second Carrigadrohid

Community Alert Groups. Get Tax Reference Number from Revenue

The attached form is the correct form that Community Alert Groups should use to acquire a Tax reference number, to fulfil the requirements of POBAL and the new Senior Alert Scheme.

It has become obvious that community volunteers are struggling with the Revenue website. 
There are at least three different (as they are known) TR 1 forms on the site, which are difficult to locate.
I would appreciate also if you would be kind enough to ask people to contact me with any problems or insights they may have.
Best regards,
Diarmuid Cronin.
Community Alert Officer, Southern Region.
021 – 7339011
086 – 8567770
086 – 6000752

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Cork Young Filmakers Workshops in Glanmire, Midleton and Ballincollig


Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October
Glanmire Foróige Youth Project & Cork Young Filmmakers offer this great opportunity for any young person interested in any aspect of film making, in front of or behind the camera!
This intensive practical two day workshop is geared towards aspiring young filmmakers, aged from 12 to 21, with a strong interest in enhancing their film making skills. Young filmmakers working as a group will learn film making techniques.
No previous experience necessary, whether you are a beginner looking to check it out, or you have some experience - looking to build your skills, or just interested in making a short film this is a perfect place to start! CONTACT US NOW!

Cork Young Filmmakers, with CDYS Midleton is holding a two day ANIMATION Workshop for young people (12-21 years old) on Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th October.10.30- 4.30pm. This 'hands-on' workshop will take place at My Place a spectacular new community based facility in Midleton, and will provide 12 participants with an introduction to claymation, paper cut out animation and pixilation. Learn about the basic principles of animation- Script development and storyboarding- Making sets, puppets and animating them- Editing scenes and adding sound effects!
By the end of the 2 days the participants will have made a short animated film and learned the basics of stop motion animation.

To reserve a place or for queries contact Cork Young Filmmakers by email or on 086-8139019

This training is subsidised by Cork County Council and SECAD. Your film will be premiered on the big screen at a Gala Event hosted by Cork County Council on November 20th at Vertigo, Cork County Hall, Cork

Make a Short Film – A Two-Day Film Making Workshop in Ballincollig
Are YOU interested in a hands-on two day workshop geared towards young people, aged from 12 to 21, with a keen interest in enhancing their film making skills? Young filmmakers working as a group will learn film making techniques. You will script your own drama, shoot the scenes, act, direct and crew a short film under the guidance of professional filmmakers from Cork Film Centre. Day 2 will be all action! a full day devoted to the shooting of a short digital film, giving participants the opportunity to experience the film making process in more depth.
The weekend workshop will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November, 10.30 am - 4.00 pm, at the Cork Film Centre Gallery, located on the site of Ballincollig’s historical Gunpowder Mills. Full cost €20. Places will be offered on a ‘first come’ basis and are strictly limited to 12.


Social Alarm Grants for Persons over 65

Hi all.

Social Alarm Grants for Persons over 65 years.
You may have applied for Grants under
Community Support For Older Persons from 1996 to 2010.
You may also have applied for Grants under the Seniors Alert Scheme from 2010 till 7th Sept 2015 with the Dept of Environment ,Community and Local Government.

From the 7th of Sept 2015.
All existing and all new community organisations will have to register with Pobal online.
This will only have to be done once.

Hopefully you or your group will register Online with Pobal so that persons over 65 yrs living in your area can get the benefit of a Social Alarm.

The New online registration means that the group will no longer have to account for large amount of monies .

No longer will groups have to supply invoices or receipts to the department.
Pobal will pay the money direct to the company who is given the tender for your area when the social alarm is installed

If you have one grant application you will not have to wait until you are supplied with 3 quotes from companies.
( Quotes from companies are no longer required.)

When successfully registered with Pobal you will not have to ask Pobal to post Participant Application Form as you will be able to print copies from the web.
This should help in providing a social alarm to the older person quicker.

I hope this info will be of help to you and in particular to those who could not attend the recent Pobal Information Meeting .

Seniors Alert Scheme.

Pobal Contact Information


Helpline : 01 511 7222 ( Ext 3)

Finally groups will receive administration fee for new social alarms and reinstalls.

Please ring me Peter Butler on 0860568155 if I can be of any assistance

Kind Regards
Peter Butler


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

News from GIY Ireland

Though it's raining as I write this and though temperatures have been dropping dramatically by night I thoroughly enjoyed the recent spell of dry, sunny, wonderful weather.  Let’s say this: we really deserved it.  As you know it was a terrible summer of weather and as a result, generally speaking, a frustrating one in the veg patch.  Growth was slow and I spent most of the summer wondering whether the abundance of produce that is usually a characteristic of that time of year would ever materialise.  The only things that seemed to be abundant, in fact, were the weeds. 
By August I was nearly ready to write the year off altogether and prematurely turn my thoughts to 2016’s GIYing.  But in September things finally cranked up a gear and we had proper gluts of courgettes, cucumbers and tomatoes to join the peas, beans, carrots, spuds, onions and beetroot.  It was the first time all year that I was able to walk around the veg patch and feel that the place looked the part. The arrival of the good weather from mid September was a bonus on top of a growing sense of satisfaction that the year was finally coming in to its own.
Undoubtedly I have had some epic fails this year, some of which can be attributed to the weather and some can’t.  My celery bolted (too dry?); parsnips never germinated (bad seed or slugs?); French beans never made it beyond seedling stage (eaten by rabbits); I had smaller than normal squashes and pumpkins (lack of sun?).  Since all of these are eminently storable vegetables, these growing issues will have a knock on effect in the winter kitchen.
But all in all, it didn’t shape up too badly.  As I said, tomatoes recovered and if anything, were in the end a little better than last year (though as much as six weeks slower).  I’ve had a great crop of onions, garlic and celeriac and I’m really pleased with my potatoes this year (including the maincrop spud variety Cara which is the best spud I’ve ever grown). I’m particularly proud of some remedial work on the fence around the veg patch which finally managed to keep the rabbits out after weeks of summer carnage!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

SECAD Community training Workshops

Dear all


Please find attached and below information on SECAD’s upcoming community training workshops.  These sessions are free to community groups and can be booked by phoning 021 4613432 or emailing


I would be grateful if you could display or distribute this information as widely as possible and we would particularly encourage newly joined volunteers to avail of these training opportunities which take place through the SECAD area in Carrigaline, Youghal, Ballincollig, Macroom and other locations.


Please feel free to contact me on 021 4613432 if you have any queries.


Kind regards



Nuala O’Connell

South & East Cork Area Development Ltd.,

Midleton Community Enterprise Centre,

Owennacurra Business Park,



Co. Cork.


phone: + 353 21 4613432

fax: + 353 21 4613808



Registered in Ireland No.233937





Combatting the Digital Divide – basic IT training for community volunteers

Mon 19th & Tues 20th October 2015 - Morning or afternoon

Carrigaline Parish Centre



Topic 1          Strategic planning for community groups

Topic 2          How to prepare a funding application

Wednesday 21st October 2015 - 7 to 8.30pm

Cumann na Daoine, Catherine St,Youghal



Combatting the Digital Divide – basic IT training for community volunteers

2nd & 9th November 2015 - Morning or afternoon

Ballincollig Family Resource Centre



Topic 1          Holding effective community meetings

Topic 2          Promoting your community group

Wednesday 11th  November 2015 - 7 to 8.30pm

Castle Hotel, Macroom



Topic 1          Is your group structure is suitable for your needs? (Boardmatch)

Topic 2          Insurance considerations for community groups

Tuesday 26th January 2015 - 7 to 8.30pm

Venue to be decided depending on demand



For further information or to book a place on any of the above workshops,

contact SECAD on 021 4613432


What we do in Muintir na Tire Cork

Click on links below to see what we do in Muintir na Tire Cork


To all groups affilliated to Muintir na Tire -Have your officers changed? .Update your contacts Here Community Group Contact details

Photos From 30th Anniversary Community Alert

Hi There

Please go to our facebook page to see pics from last weeks commemoration of Community Alert

  Photos By Mike English 

Monday, 12 October 2015

A morning workshop on Sustainable Schools; Walking Busproject

PRESS RELEASE Sustainable Schools; Walking Busproject 


A morning workshop on Sustainable Schools; Walking Busproject will be held on the 11th November at a venue to be confirmed in Cork.  


The workshop will examine the barriers and gateways required to create a sustainable transport infrastructure in the greater Glanmire locality.  We would hope to engage with a number of stakeholders including each school being represented by a boy and girl (if mixed), a teacher and 2 parents (both sexes).  6 schools have signed up for the event.  Other schools are welcome to join in the November meeting by contacting SysPro directly. 


We will also be inviting other relevant people in the community to attend including local authority, businesses, gardai etc.  Please let us know who will attend on your behalf by clicking and registering here and feel free to pass this on to any interested parties.  We would appreciate if you could spread the word as everyone is welcome. 


Issues will include

• Traffic Congestion
• Air Pollution
• Bags
• Lockers
• Book Dissection 
• eBooks
• lack of pedestrian crossings
• lack of continuous pavements
• weather
• child safety
• Garda Vetting
• The potential application of the initiative could be implemented into An Gaisce programme ( in both secondary schools.
• Use of technology to support the initiative, possibly through the coderdojo, which is sub committee of Glanmire Area Community Association (GACA). 



Press Contact Details

Dr Shirley Gallagher
SysPro;Systems for Progress Limited 
T: 00 353 21 4823984
M: 00 353 85 8555792
S: shirleyatsyspro

Muintir National Training Initiative

Muintir na Tíre has partnered with Le Chéile Education to provide a suite of training programmes specifically tailored for the community and voluntary sector. Le Chéile is a long established trainer offering courses fully accredited by the National University of Ireland and by FETAC. We have worked with them to identify programmes to match the training needs identified by our communities. The courses initially offered include:
• Active Citizenship and Politics
• Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
• Tour Guiding and Heritage
• Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Course can be held around the country, subject to numbers attending, and there are potential sources of grant aid available to fund them. Interested groups should contact Muintir Head Office for more details. If you wish to suggest other courses that might be of benefit to your community please let us 06251200

Rural Broadband

Muintir na Tíre participated, as a major stakeholder, in a meeting with the European Commission to discuss Rural Broadband. Commissioners Phil Hogan and Corine Cretu (responsible for regional development) and their officials were keen to hear the views of all stakeholders.

The Muintir na Tíre policy is that the National Broadband Plan and Intervention Strategy will improve matters greatly, but:
• It must be implemented fully and on time.
• The minimum standard (30 Mbps) should be reviewed and increased regularly.
• The plan should not stand alone but must cater for communities who wish to deliver their own solutions on a co-operative basis in the interim.
• There must also be incentives for operators to continue to improve rural services and this cannot stall while the procurement project is proceeding.
• The desired end product must be that fibre be provided to every home as this is the only long term solution.

Japanese Knotweed Invasive species

Fallopia japonica, commonly known as Japanese knotweed, is a large, herbaceous perennial plant of the family Polygonaceae, native to East Asia in Japan, China and Korea. In North America and Europe the species is very successful and has been classified as an invasive species in several countries. In Australia, it is illegal to have any of this species growing on your property.

Japanese knotweed has hollow stems with distinct raised nodes that give it the appearance of bamboo, though it is not closely related. While stems may reach a maximum height of 3–4 m (9.8–13.1 ft) each growing season, it is typical to see much smaller plants in places where they sprout through cracks in the pavement or are repeatedly cut down. The leaves are broad oval with a truncated base, 7–14 cm (2.8–5.5 in) long and 5–12 cm (2.0–4.7 in) broad, with an entire margin. The flowers are small, cream or white, produced in erect racemes 6–15 cm (2.4–5.9 in) long in late summer and early autumn

Cork County Council is preparing to declare war on Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant which can destroy houses and which has now established itself in several parts of the county.
 See information leaflet below

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Castlemartyr/Mogeely COMMUNITY ALERT Afternoon Tea Dance

Are hosting an
Afternoon Tea Dance

Sunday 1st November
at 3pm
Castlemartyr Resort Hotel

Music byDermot & Irene Ring

Tickets €10
To avoid disappointment book early!
Available from
Castlemartyr Post Office or Cliffords Grocery Shop

For further information & tickets
Sean Leahy 086-8282155
Anne Taylor Sexton   087-6497009
Mary Costine   087-7649738

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

A Foul Murder in a quiet rural community leads to setting up of Community Alert Nationwide

On the 19th November 1984, two major bridges the Michael Collins and the Eamon De Valera were officially opened across the river Lee in Cork.
Those bridges were used that very first night, to gain access the rural countryside by a vicious gang The gang drove from the city in a carefully selected stolen car to the townland of Ballycureen, Glounthaune, in the parish of Carrigtwohill Co Cork. 
This was the second murder in East Cork by marauding gangs in 1984. Mick Walsh of Dungourney had been murdered in April 1984 by a gang from Tallaght. County Dublin

To hear the full story of the setting up of Community Alert join us at Carrigtwohil Community Centre this Friday at 2pm. RSVP to 0214500688 or to

Free First Aid Course for Baby and Child - Fermoy Youth Centre

Family Learning Course for Fermoy

Cork ETB Adult Education Centre, Rathealy Road, Fermoy

Family Learning Course

You are your child’s first and most important teacher!

This course focuses on learning through play and home activities.

Starting soon in Fermoy.

Contact Ruth on 086 8238758 for more details.