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Monday, 30 November 2015

Imokilly Jamboree a Great Success.

This year's Imokilly Jamboree for seniors was held in the Midleton Park Hotel on Sunday the 22nd of November.

The Jamboree began with a Liturgical Service led by Fr. Jim Greene of Carrigtwohill. Music for the liturgical service was provided by Carol Kiniry and members representing various communities around East Cork did the readings.

MC for the evening was Finbarr Motherway of Killeagh  and the audience was addressed by President Of Cork County Federation Mr. Sean Murphy and Deputy David Stanton TD.

There was much music and dancing provided by the ever popular John White and many fine singers also contributed to the evenings entertainment. Thanks to all who helped out in any way especially Annette Lane, Fachtna and Catherine White, Finbarr Motherway and Eleanor Geraghty. We would also like to thank David Verling Of Ballymore for his kind donation.
A great night was had and everyone danced and sang the night away.

Sunday, 29 November 2015


Many thanks to those who have already registered for the SECAD community training this Wednesday 2nd December at Blarney Castle Hotel.
We look forward to seeing you at 7pm.  We have a few places remaining, so if you or any other community group members are interested, please contact us on 021 4613432 or to book a place.

Kind regards


Topic 1   Strategic planning for community groups
Topic 2   How to prepare a funding application
Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – 7 to 8.30pm
Blarney Castle Hotel, Blarney

For further information or to book a place on these workshops,
contact SECAD on 021 4613432 or

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

News From GIY Ireland

Weekly Column- Nov 21st

Weekly Column- Nov 21st
Published: Nov 23, 2015    By: Shona Dubois
It’s been a thoroughly miserable few weeks of weather and I have to admit that I’ve been spending very little time in the vegetable patch. The days are too short now for pre or post-work GIYing, and recent weekends have also been a washout. So, the only visits to the veg patch of late have been rain-soaked hit-and-runs to grab some grub for the dinner. Thankfully there’s plenty of veg still in the ground to harvest - carrots, leeks, fennel, turnips, celeriac, parnips, oriental greens, perpetual spinach, beetroot and more. As I’ve looked glumly from the house at the sodden garden, it’s been playing on my mind that it’s high time I got the beds in the veg patch covered down for the winter. The soil in beds that have been cleared of vegetables are vulnerable to inclement weather – heavy rain can make the soil waterlogged and wash away remaining nutrients. So, last Sunday I managed to find a few hours where it wasn’t raining so I could get some much needed work done. I’ve started the process of covering bare beds down – this will continue right through the winter as more and more bed space gets cleared of veg. In my veg patch a winter ‘cover’ can take the form of black plastic or a covering of organic matter (e.g. seaweed, compost or farmyward manure). Sometimes if I am feeling really organised, I will put a layer of organic matter and then cover it with black plastic. The plastic serves a number of purposes: keeping the weather off the beds, keeping them warm and dry and killing off any weeds (which will return their nutrients to the soil as they die off). I took out the runner and climbing French bean plants (and their frame) and the sweetcorn plants, both of which are finished at this stage. (It’s worth noting that in the GIY Market Garden, Dermot and Eimear are still harvesting climbing french beans from the polytunnel). I also lifted the last of the courgette plants and put them on the compost heap. They have served us well this year – we have been eating courgettes since July and each plant has produced up to 30 courgettes. Alas the courgette glut is over for another year (though many of them live on in pickles and chutneys). When I sowed my garlic and overwintering onions in late October, I put a fleece cover over them to stop birds picking them out of the soil before they had a chance to take root. They are well established at this stage, so I took the fleece off. Later than planned, I also sowed over-wintering broad beans (variety aquadulce claudia) in two rows, (45cm apart and 15cm apart in the rows). All going well, these beans will be ready to eat around May of next year.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Lighting the Way’, a new resource for people bereaved through suicide in South Cork

Siobhan Duggan Community Worker HSE South, Joanne McNamara HAZ HSE and Minister Kathleen Lynch TD.A new resource for families and friends of people bereaved through suicide is now available in South Cork.
‘Lighting the Way South Cork-An information resource for people bereaved through suicide’ was launched in Cork on Friday 13th November, 2015 by Ms. Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Mental Health.  
This is a new user friendly information booklet which aims to improve the level of information and support in the community following a death by suicide. The pack was produced by the HSE Cork South Community Work Department in collaboration with the HSE Health Action Zone (HAZ) initiative, An Garda Síochána and steering group members Ballyphehane Action for Youth (BAY), Ballyphehane/Togher Community Development project, Carrigaline Family Support Group, Kinsale Youth Support Service (KYSS),Family Support And Community Wellbeing: Bandon, Mahon Community Development project, Bandon /Kinsale Drug Project-Foróige and Ballincollig Family Resource Centre.
Lighting the Way’ Cork South contains useful information about the range of supports that can be accessed in the community in the aftermath of a suicide, how to make contact with services and what to expect when you do.  The booklet lists national supports such as websites, helpline contact details along with other supports offered locally such as bereavement support groups and training around suicide awareness and prevention.
Welcoming the publication of the new resource, Siobhan Duggan, HSE Community Worker for Cork South said, “We can now offer a solid resource pack to those on the front line who may need to provide support to family or friends of a loved one who has died by suicide. The pack will be used by the Gardaí, health professionals and others who are liaising with people bereaved by suicide. It will provide practical information about accessing supports locally and nationally and it will also be of benefit to other colleagues in the community as a signposting resource and information pack.”
Launching the new resource, Ms. Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister of State in the Department of Health with responsibility for Mental Health said, “The development of a user-friendly resource pack with identified supports, both local and national, for those bereaved through suicide as well as information on the process involved after the death is an excellent model of partnership in action. I am delighted the HSE Community Work Department, Health Action Zone (HAZ), An Garda Siochana and all the voluntary organizations have joined forces yet again to help and support families who have been bereaved by suicide”
Gerry Raleigh, Director of the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP)said, “Although the effects of suicide on the bereaved can be similar to other forms of death, they can also differ in a number of ways. For the suicide bereaved, making sense of the death, coping with the feelings of rejections, anger, guilt and disbelief can be even greater issues. The most important factor in healing from a loss is having the support of other people. This directory identifies the choices people have within their Community to aid and assist them having been bereaved by suicide.”
‘Lighting the Way’ was developed in response to specific actions outlined in the Reach Out: Ireland National Strategy for Action on Suicide prevention 2005 - 2014. This strategy emphasised the provision of support to An Gardaí Síochána who are often the first to be called to the scene of a suspected suicide. Lighting the Way is designed to be multi functional and used through a range of services locally and nationally including An Gardaí Síochána, HSE frontline staff, community services listed within the resource itself as well as various national and city/county wide services in the provision of information and support to those bereaved by suicide.
Connecting for Life: Ireland’s new National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015 - 2020 has a vision which also encompasses and emphasises the continued support of persons, families and communities bereaved through suicide.Lighting the Way continues to be an important support resource to all those affected by a bereavement through suicide.


"Ancient Sweet Donoughmore", a book by Gerard O' Rourke, was launched at the end of October in Donoughmore by Michael Lenihan, author of 'Hidden Cork'; 'Pure Cork' and 'Timeless Cork'. The book traces the history of the old and ancient Parish of Donoughmore. "In its 496 pages with over 200 images (including maps & tables) previously unpublished material is unfolded". For more information see For a review of the launch night and for a list of shops stocking the publication click here
Ancient Sweet Donoughmore


IMMA (5 of 31)
The Local Authority programme was launched nationally on Thursday, 8th October, by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and of the 1800 undertakings scheduled to take place, over 300 of these are listed in the Cork County Programme making it by far the most extensive programme in the Country. Hard copies of these plans will be available in the coming weeks (launch date now set for December 14th) and in the meantime an online version is accessible via . It is with great thanks to the wonderful groups in the County that such a Programme has been put in place.


The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is operating the 'Built Heritage Investment Scheme' for 2016, which will be administrated by the Architectural Conservation Officer. The allocation for Cork County Council under the Scheme is €50,000. The fund is intended to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and, in certain cases, works to structures within Architectural Conservation Areas. The fund is not intended to assist in the carrying out of routine maintenance, alterations, improvements, or pre-existing works.

Please ensure the works applying for qualify under the details of the scheme (Guidance Circular BHIS15/1). Works approved under this scheme must meet all statutory requirements including the need for planning permission, where appropriate. Please ensure that forms are fully completed and all relevant information as incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note that the deadline for submission of completed applications to Cork County Council is before 5pm, 7th December 2015. Application should be addressed to the Conservation Officer, Planning Department, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork. Late applications will not be accepted.

The application form can be downloaded by clicking here and a further informational leaflet is available here.
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Date/Time October up until 18th December 2015; Mon-Fri from 10:00 to 17:30
Event: 'Moments in Time' local archives exhibitionLocation: Cork City and County Archives, Séamus Murphy Building, Blackpool, Cork City 

Additional Information: The Exhibition contains a selection of unique documents and photographs, documenting and celebrating each 'Moment in Time' when a local person or organisation, 100 years ago, put ink onto paper, to create their records of their activities and observations. It is also a tribute to all of those who ensured that the historical record has been preserved and passed down, eventually finding a permanent home in the Cork City and County Archives. The exhibition contains unique documents and photos from 1915 relating to some Cork soldiers of the First World War, the rise of nationalism and the Irish Volunteer movement, industrial and commercial archives, local government in Cork City and Cork County, and items related to daily life at that time.

Cork City and County Archives Exhibition

Date/Time Monday 23rd November 2015 at 20:00
Event: Event: Book Launch - "Stair Seanachas Baile Gharbháin - Ballygarvan Historically" - by Tom Ryan Location: Ballygarvan New National School, Ballygarvan, Co. Cork

Additional Information: A wonderful book launch takes place on the evening of Monday 23rd November in Ballygarvan. The book, entitled "Stair Seanachas Baile Gharbháin - Ballygarvan Historically" is packed full of interesting information and author Tom Ryan has undertaken a wonderful piece of work. All are welcome to attend

Date/Time Wednesday November 25th 2015 at 11:30
Event: Cork Sportsmen and World War 1Location: Bishopstown Library, Bishopstown, Cork City 

Additional Information: Local Historian Billy Murphy will give a fascinating insight into 'Cork Sportsmen and World War 1' in a talk he will give in Bishopstown Library on Wednesday 25th November. The event has been organised by the Bishopstown Historical Society and please contact the library for booking/further information
Cork City and County Archives Exhibition

Date/Time Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 19:00
Event: Book Launch: "Wells, Graves & Statues: Exploring the heritage and Culture of Pilgrimage in Medieval and Modern Cork City"Location: St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

Additional Information: The launch of Dr Louise Nugent & Dr Richard Scriven's new book on the pilgrim sites of Cork city will take place on Tuesday 25th November. The book is entitled "Wells, Graves, & Statues: Exploring the heritage and culture of pilgrimage in medieval and modern Cork" and has been supported by Cork City Council's Heritage Section. The publication, in addition to detailing matters regarding the City, also discusses a number of sites in the County such as St Gobnaits pilgrimage at Ballyvourney and St Johns well at Carrigaline. All are welcome to attend on the night.


Date/Time Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 20:30
Event: Illustrated Talk - 'Political Beginnings of the GAA in West Cork (1880 - 1916)' - by Tom Lyons Location: The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Additional Information: With the Gaelic revival at the end of the nineteenth century came a renewed interest, not only in the Irish language, but in all things Irish, including the national sports of hurling and football. This led to the formation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884. This lecture will focus on the political lead-up to the founding of the GAA, its political leanings from 1884 to 1916 and its involvement in the 1916 Rising, as well as the beginnings of the GAA in West Cork in 1887 and the people involved.
A native of Dunmanway, Tom Lyons has lived in Clonakilty since 1975 and was Principal of Darrara National School from 1975 until 2005. Having played football with Dohenys and Clonakilty, he went on to train Clonakilty teams from 1975 onwards and became Secretary and PRO of the Clonakilty GAA Club, Chairperson and PRO of West Cork Underage Board and Coaching Officer of the West Cork Junior Board. A GAA journalist with the Southern Star for the past 30 years, he has published widely on the history of the GAA in West Cork. His latest book, The Quest for Little Norah, launched earlier this year, records the history of the South West Junior Football Championship from 1949 to 1997.
This event has been organised by Dúchas Heritage Clonakilty and all are welcome to attend.

Date/Time Thursday 26th November 2015 from 14:00 to 20:30
Event: 'Letters of 1916 - a year in a life' Cork Launch Location: UCC, Cork

Additional Information: A wonderful 1916 themed event takes place in UCC on Thursday 26th November 2015. Here people can explo0re life in Ireland 100 years ago and indeed contribute to a crowdsourced history project. The day will feature a number of individual events including talks by UCC's John Borgonovo and Gabriel Doherty. Click here for more information on this free event; all are welcome to attend.
Date/Time Thursday 26th November 2015 at 20:00
Illustrated Talk - " Great Cork Exhibition of 1902: A Snapshot of Edwardian Cork" - by Tom Spalding
Location: Cork Airport Hotel, Ballinhassig, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Tom Spalding, author and historian, is giving a lecture entitled " Great Cork Exhibition of 1902: A Snapshot of Edwardian Cork". The event has been organised by the Ballygarvan History Society and all are welcome to attend on the night (admission €5 to cover costs).
Date/Time Thursday December 3rd 2015 from 13:00 to 14:00
UCC & the First World War (6th Annual Lunchtime Commemorative Recital) 
Location: Aula Maxima, UCC, Cork
Additional Information: The 6th Annual Lunchtime Commemorative Recital (UCC and the First World War) will take place in UCC on Thursday 3rd December. It is a recital to feature poetry, music and song, marking the impact of WWI on the University Community. All are welcome to attend.
UCC & the First World War

Date/Time Thursday 3rd December 2015 at 20:00
Event: Illustrated Lecture: Blarney Parish RecordsLocation: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School), Blarney, Co. Cork

Additional Information: Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled : 'Blarney Parish Records'. This is an up to date presentation containing many new items of interest from the Parish Records. The speaker is our well-known local librarian, Mr. Richard Forrest. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen as he explores the treasure trove of these fascinating local records Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 087 2153216
Date/Time Friday 4th December 2015 at 20:00

Event: Kinsale History Society Members Night and Record LaunchLocation: Acton's Hotel, Kinsale, Co. Cork

Additional Information: Organised by the Kinsale History Society, the Kinsale Record (Journal) will be launched. For more information email
Date/Time Thursday 7th January 2016 at 20:00
Illustrated Lecture: The Unknown Warrior of Westminister Abbey
Location: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School), Blarney, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled : 'The Unknown Warrior of Westminster Abbey.' The Unknown Warrior or The Unknown Soldier is buried in Westminster Abbey in London and was a victim of the First World War. Gerry White, of the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association, asks 'Could he have been from Cork?' This is the illustrated story of that warrior and his times. All are welcome to hear this fascinating story from the First World War. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 087 2153216

Thursday, 19 November 2015


Topic 1   Strategic planning for community groups
Topic 2   How to prepare a funding application
Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – 7 to 8.30pm
Blarney Castle Hotel, Blarney

Topic 1   Is your group structure suitable for your needs?
Topic 2   Insurance considerations for community groups
Tuesday 26th January 2015 - 7 to 8.30pm
Ballincollig venue

For further information or to book a place on these workshops,
contact SECAD on 021 4613432 or

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

People’s Climate March in Cork

Dear Friends,
This e-mail is about the People’s Climate March in Cork at 2.00 pm on Sunday, 29th November. The march is one of many taking place around the globe, just before the Paris Climate Conference, and it is hoped that this mobilisation of concerned people around the world may be the biggest in history.
SHEP is one of the organizing groups for the march, along with UCC Green Campus, Trócaire, and other groups. SHEP has always been concerned about personal and community development, but in a world affected by serious global warming, communities will be damaged and people are likely to be concerned with bare survival.
The Irish Government is not giving a lead in developing a green and sustainable economy. Instead it is dragging its feet and, acting in our name, seems inclined to resort to the béal bocht (“poor mouth”) in relating to the European Community targets, and is asking to be treated as a special case.
The politicians are naturally concerned about re-election. They usually tell us they don’t hear about this issue on the doorsteps. This march is a rare chance to have our voices heard, on the day before the Paris conference begins. It is a chance to say to our government you don’t speak in my name, unless you take real account of the earth and of those already suffering from climate change.
People will gather on Sunday afternoon, 29th November, at 2.00 pm, on the Grand Parade, with the march moving off at 2.30. It is hoped that it will be an enjoyable event for young and old, with lots of music and fun, and with a determined, but positive tone.

Would you be willing to join us, hail, rain or shine, to make our voices heard clearly? Would you be willing to spread the word and to encourage family and friends to come with you?

If so, we hope to see you there!

Jim Sheehan
Director, SHEP.

Winter Warmers GIY Ireland

                       Published: Nov 11, 2015 By: Shona Dubois

There is always a point around early November when I am suddenly not terribly interested in eating salads any more. I am always surprised at how quickly this transformation happens. One day I am enjoying the last of the summer salad crops and thinking of ways to use them up. The next I have an inexplicable desire for something more warming – a good bowl of soup, or a homely one-pot stew. All of a sudden, the remaining salad crops in the veg patch (some rather bedraggled tomatoes and cucumbers in the polytunnel for example) seem to have outstayed their welcome.

Growing your own food and eating seasonally is a way of reconnecting with the nutrition cycle that nature intended for us. When our bodies are leading us towards eating one type of food over another at particular times of the year, we would do well to listen to its wisdom for physiological reasons. In the spring we should consume lots of tender, leafy vegetables that represent the fresh new growth and cleanse and lighten our systems. In the summer, foods that are light and full of water such as tomatoes will help keep the body cool, hydrated and balanced. In the autumn and winter, nature is in transition. The bodies of our ancestors would have faced some very lean months. Perhaps this explains the intuitive need to store nourishment by eating richer, heartier foods.

Even in modern times, the winter body needs food to keep it warm and to help it conserve energy – so we need a different type of fuel. Tomatoes and cucumbers just won’t cut it. In general, foods that take longer to grow are more warming than foods that grow quickly – so think classic stock pot veg like carrots, onions, garlic and potatoes.

In this context, think about how utterly lacking in seasonality the modern food chain really is. Glossy strawberries, plump tomatoes and other out-of-season vegetables grace the shelves of the supermarket throughout the winter. At first this might seem exciting, but just because modern food-chain logistics allows for these marvels, doesn’t mean that our bodies wouldn’t be better off with more seasonal fare. Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests that we should eat different foods for different seasons – and that eating seasonal foods that are similar in nature to the external environment will help us to adapt better to seasonal changes and remain healthy.

The Danes have a word that I really like in the context of the transition to more homely winter meals. That word is hygge – there is no direct English translation, but it hints at a cosy state of wellbeing where one is feeling homely, warm, comforted and in the company of good friends. There is as little as five hours of daylight in the winter there but they fight back with warming food, open fires and good company. Most surveys place Denmark as among the happiest nations on earth, despite their cold and dark winters. Perhaps their embrace of hygge food explains why

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Castlemartyr win Pride of Place

Winner: Castlemartyr, Co Cork
Congrats to all in Castlemartyr from Muintir na Tire Cork 
Castlemartyr,-Co-CorkCastlemartyr is a picturesque heritage village in East Cork, nestled by the Kiltha River amid woodland-dominated surrounds. Origins can be traced back to its Geraldine Castle and monastic settlement at Ballyoughtera, a millenium ago. In the late 1990’s, some motivated locals initiated the Community Council, which has since evolved into a dynamic group of enthusiastic members, with nine distinct active sub-committees, all with projects at hand, ranging from establishing a website, developing woodland walks and river, to catering for the elderly with functions and holiday breaks. Past achievements of the Council include completion of a wheelchair accessible landscaped riverbank area, numerous environmental enhancements along access roads, and staging of historical and cultural events. Proud of the heritage the community shares, proud of everything it enjoys today, the Council strives to continue improving all aspects of this wonderful community for all who reside here and all who visit.
The category winner was in respect of a town with a strong sense of community. The whole population it seemed was aware of “judgement day” as the posters proclaimed it. There are numerous initiatives and projects by the community council, but with an obvious “buy in” from the wider community from a flooding relief project to the building of a new organ in the local church. The flagship initiative, however, is the undoubted and sustaining synergy between the local hotel resort and the town.
Runners up:
– Carlingford, Co Louth
– Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

Congratulations Ballyphehane on Pride of Place win

Winner: Ballyphehane, Cork City
Ballyphehane,-Cork-CityBallyphehane Community is a parish situated on the Southside of Cork City, which was developed in the late 1940’s. The community has a well-developed and laid out infrastructure, with green areas and tree lined roads, it also has a variety of services clustered together in a prime location to cover a wide range of social and health needs including shopping centres, chemists, hairdressers and a number of community/social facilities. These include a busy health centre, a vibrant community development project, a well-used community association, four schools and a community library to name but a few. Ballyphehane is a charming, vibrant and lively place to live in and treasures its strong community spirit. The wide variety of community initiatives available in Ballyphehane includes older women’s groups, arts and crafts initiatives, life-long learning opportunities and all of these initiatives impact positively on the wider social, health and community benefits for those lucky enough to live in this community.
The winning entry was in respect of a lovely community that has created a village feel to their place despite being in a busy urban area. The judges were immediately aware that all sectors have crucial support for their social and community needs. This is ensured by a very committed and energised community group.
Runner up: Blessington Street Basin Community, Dublin City

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Reminder Imokilly Jamboree on Nov 22nd

Cork County Federation Muintir na Tíre Ltd
East Cork Jamboree

Sunday, 22nd November 2015 @  7.00 pm

Liturgical Service 

Followed by Supper

Music and Dancing to John White

Midleton Park Hotel
Co. Cork

East Cork Network Muintir na Tíre,
is delighted to invite members of your group to the above Function.
Places are limited and only a certain amount of places will be allocated to each group.
If members of your group wish to attend please let us know at 0214500688  by -
Friday 13th November
Admission  €10

Food Waste Prevention & Home Composting Carrigaline 18th Nov

Dear all

The next SECAD community training workshop takes place next Wednesday 18th November at Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre, Church Road, Carrigaline.

This session is free and open to all – please see attached and below details of the evening – please feel free to display or distribute locally.  Places  can be booked by email at or 021 4613432.

Kind regards


Food Waste Prevention
Home Composting

composting picLearn more about food waste prevention and home composting from Donal O' Leary, community environmental trainer and member of the Irish Stop Food Waste team

One third of all the food we buy in Ireland is thrown out, costing the average household up to €700 per year and creating huge environmental problems.

At this workshop you will learn about the food we waste, why we waste it, and how to prevent it - including at Christmas. You will also learn how to successfully compost your garden waste and unavoidable food waste without any of the problems that people sometimes experience. The workshop will be educational, fun, and interactive.

Wednesday 18th November 2015 - 7 to 8.30pm
Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre, Church Rd, Carrigaline

For further information or to book a place on this workshop,
contact SECAD on 021 4613432 or

Nuala O’Connell
South & East Cork Area Development Ltd.,
Midleton Community Enterprise Centre,
Owennacurra Business Park,
Co. Cork.


It Takes Guts --News from GIY Ireland

Weekly Column- Nov 7
Published: Nov 11, 2015    By: Shona Dubois
We have a pretty fixed view of what makes up the human body – cells, blood, tissues, bone and so on.  But, did you know that inside your gut you carry around a whopping 2kg of microbes, which consists of over 1,000 different species of bacteria that outnumber our cells 10 to 1? Most of us are aware that these bacteria play a hugely important role in the digestion process (breaking down food, absorbing nutrients etc), but science is increasingly viewing the microbiome as a new, unexplored and possibly intelligent organ in its own right.  Scientists are now asking: what’s the connection between the health of our microbiome and our overall health?  What role does the microbiome play in mood, depression, diabetes, autism, autoimmune disease, inflammation, food allergies and cancer?
Though it’s an emerging field, scientists seem to agree that a diversity of gut bacteria is good for our health and that (not surprisingly) what we put in to our bodies has a huge impact on our microbiome.  Diets high in processed foods are thought to have a huge impact on our gut micro-organism levels.  Dietary sugar and fat encourages bad bacteria and reduces the level of the virtuous ones.  Excessive antibiotic use is also a concern – a study co-led by researchers at the Universitat de València found that antibiotic treatment causes significant and sometimes irreversible changes in our gut community.  Specifically, the study found that the gut microbiome shows less capacity to absorb iron and digest certain foods during antibiotic treatment.  
There are major health claims being made about fermented foods in relation to gut heath, some of which we should probably treat with caution. They are purported to improve intestinal tract health, enhance the immune system, improve absorption of nutrients and reduce the risk of certain cancers.  Scientists agree that the bacteria in fermented foods help to pre-digest food components, making it easier for your gut to handle and for nutrients to be absorbed.
When I first started fermenting food at home, I was just as interested in how they could help me to ‘store’ food as I was in their potential health benefits.  Kimchi and sauerkraut for example are centuries-old methods (in Korea and Germany respectively) of preserving cabbage. From a culinary perspective I think kimchi is the more exciting of the two.  In Korea there are thought to be literally thousands of kimchi recipes and it was traditionally stored in clay pots buried underground to keep them cool and slow the fermentation process.  My version below adds carrot, beetroot and shallots as well as the traditional garlic, ginger and chilli-pepper to give it a kick. I have got in to the habit of eating a small bowl of kimchi each evening before dinner (or sometimes as a side dish).  Potential gut health benefits aside, it’s a delicious way to deal with a glut of homegrown veg.
Read more about the microbiome and health here:

Rural Transport Consultation Evenings

Local Link Cork who operate Rural Transport Services in County Cork, are holding a number of information/consultation evenings as follows

Fermoy: Council Offices, Courthouse Road.
Thursday, December 3rd 5.00pm to 8.00pm

    Banteer: Banteer Community Hall. Monday, December 7th 5.00pm to 8.00pm

  Midleton: SECAD Offices, Knockgriffin, Midleton.

Thursday, December 10th 5.00pm to 8.00pm

If you are part of a Community Organisation or interested in Rural Transport services in your area, please come along to any of the evenings and input your suggestions/comments. It is hoped the consultation will help identify potential areas for improvement and provide additional services where there is an identifiable need and resources available.

For further information please contact the Local Link Office in Fermoy on 025-51454 or e-mail

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

News From Cork County PPN - Registration now reopened.

Cork County PPN

Cork County Council has established a network to enable people in Cork County to have a say on issues that concern them. This is called the Cork County Public Participation Network (PPN).  The PPN was formed in April 2015 and has over 700 registered groups
  Where can I obtain more information?

Click here for full list of PPN registered groups

Click here for PPN Secretariat Members.  The Secretariat is a 22-member co-ordinating group for the PPN. 

Click here for list of PPN-nominated persons recently elected to seats on various County Council Committees.  

The new arrangements will come into effect in quarter one of 2016. 

Next Steps:
The next steps will be to set up a dedicated PPN website, to hold meetings of PPN members in each Municipal District, and to form “linkage groups” which will facilitate two-way communication and sharing of information between committee representatives, other PPN members and the committee themselves.  
We will be in touch with PPN registered groups as these matters progress.   


    The scheme has moved to  7th of Sept 2015.                      
To participate in the scheme.
The group must be community based, voluntary and not-for-profit organisation and has to Register  Online with Pobal.
Groups previously registered under the Seniors Alert Scheme with the Department of Environment,Community and Local government  will have to re  register with Pobal online.
  This will only have to be done once.
What is funded under the scheme?
Funding is available under the scheme towards the purchase of equipment by a registered organisation i.e  a  personal alarm and pendant.  Funding is also available for the reinstallation of the social alarm to another eligible person .
 :  Register Online with Pobal.  
 You will need  (a) date of committee meeting (b) two person contact details and one email address
The group  bank account details . 
Then see  First 3 Pages of User Guide Registration and Sign In     Click here
  Password ( Keep in a Safe Place )
You submit the Form and wait for Pobal to Reply to your Email. Takes a few days.
Now take the The First Step
Click here to Register or to Log In to SAS Online Account.


There is no closing date for receipt of registrations. It should be noted that funding for the scheme is limited each year.

Tax Reference No ;
You have six month to apply for the TAX Reference No  .
                                   Step 2
To get the TAX Reference No you have to fill  out this     Form   .
Group in The East & South East Region ie  Carlow , Kilkenny, Kildare, Laois, Meath, Tipperary , Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow should  post the completed form to. Revenue Commissioners East& South East Region Central Registrations 1st Floor, Plaza Complex Belgard Road Tallaght Dublin 24.
See  Revenue Contact Details  for other Counties.


Step 3   Click on >   Participant Applications Form.
The group is asked to call on the older person and complete the application form and to keep a paper copy of same Once registered, organisations may submit  Online  for  eligible people living in their defined area of operation.
Who is eligible for grant support?
A person will be eligible for grant aid if he or she is :Aged 65 years or older; And  of limited means or resources ;and Living alone or with another person who meets the eligibility criteria;( Must be made aware of Annual Monitoring Costs. (€66 a year with TASK) And Resides within geographical area of the relevant community group.