Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Community Matters. Focus on Glanworth

Glorious Glanworth

Glanworth Muintir na Tire Community Council is leading the way in providing leadership for this beautiful North Cork village just outside Fermoy.  Set up in 1975 the Community Council’s main function has been the operation and maintenance of the local Community Centre. It also boasts many working groups and sub-committees involved in almost every facet of community life.
Some of the spring planting that was done last year
by Glanworth Community Council with the help of the CE workers

The Community Centre

The Glanworth Players
Running a Community Centre is a major undertaking by many Community Councils around County Cork and without a centre many villages would struggle to provide services and facilities in their community. In Glanworth the Community Centre is the hub of all Community activity and has been so for over thirty-eight years. Take for instance the Farrelly School of Irish Dance run by Maureen Monahan who has been passing on her skills for nearly forty years to the schoolchildren of Glanworth and beyond. The 105th Glanworth Scouting group are another well-established user of the centre and this year are celebrating 25 years in action. The local Glanworth Players Dramatic Group established in 2000 have just ended their week long production of The Year of The Hiker by John B Keane.
 Local Piano Teacher Angela Casey also organises an annual Piano Recital in the Centre
Schools make great use of the Community Centre for special events Plays and fund-raising. Glanworth National School use the community centre for their annual Nativity Play and the Parents association organise fund raising, Cake Sales, Discos and catering for Communion and Confirmation days. Not to be outdone there are two playschools in Glanworth. The School Around the Corner and Wee Wisdom perform their Christmas plays for all the family members of these progressive playschools.
Both Adult and juvenile sections of Glanworth GAA and Glanworth Ladies GAA also make use of the Community Centre for social events and fund-raising. Many other voluntary and community groups including a Fishing club, Young Priests Society, IFA, and local Fianna Fail. The Community Centre is also used for voting in local and general elections.
Major improvements to the community centre have been carried in the last few years and Glanworth can be proud of its achievements.

Meeting needs

Of course the Community Council not only provide the Community Centre, which is a safe environment for young and old but also organise a whole load of other services themselves in the Community Centre and the village.  Glanworth Community Council have identified many issues and needs within their community and sub committees are striving hard to ensure that these issues are resolved and the needs met. Glanworth Active Retirement Group works very closely with Glanworth Community Council. Indeed represenatives from both groups attending the recent Social satellite meeting in Glanworth including Pauline Dwyer, Community Council Chairperson.
Pauline highlighted the tremendous work that has taken place in their community premises with major upgrades to their meeting rooms, main hall, kitchen and the exterior of the building.  She thanked Avondhu Blackwater, Cork County Council and HSE for their financial support.
The only piece of jigsaw remaining to be done is their toilets but remedial works are in the offing after a grant of €12,000 amenity grant from Cork County Council.
Glanworth Active Retirement Group is in the safe hands of Chairperson Eric Mee who welcomed everyone to the meeting.  He also mentioned the group is 9 years on the go this week.
Glanworth Active Retirement Group meet every two weeks.  This consists of usually  a speaker attending with Bingo, music and refreshments.  The group will be attending the AOSTA conference on March 23rd in Mallow GAA Grounds and are really looking forward to this day out.
Besides this the group embarks on numerous outings during the year.  The group are busy organising a major social on the 20th March and are inviting neighbouring groups to come along.
Members of Glanworth Active Retirement Group  Eric Mee , with local community Garda Vincent Guerin, Owen Mac Aulifffe 
Maura o Neill , Breeda Mee and Catherine Williams 

The Community Council and the active Retiremant Group also came together to provide chairs for the Community Centre, and erect a Christmas tree and Christmas lights in the village.
A seniors Christmas Party is also organised each year for the older members of Glanworth, Ballindangan and Currashall.
A Committee led by Barry O Farrell, Les Mahon and Donal Hanrahan is making great progress with plans to provide the village with a first class playground. The site donated by Cork County Council is ready and fund raising is planned to get this much needed amenity finished and the committee is hoping for one final effort by everyone to put the playground in place.
The Site for the Playground

A new Tidy Towns Group has been set up and all members of the Community Council are working together to ensure that Glanworth does well in the competition. The Community Council will also be entering Muintir na Tire’s Pride In Our Community Competition with their plans for a 1916 remembrance Garden. The garden will include the planting of seven trees to honour the seven signatories of the Proclamation, a 1916 bench, a proclamation Plaque and a flagpole for the tricolour.
A historical Society has also been formed which includes Edel Sheehan, Mike Healy and Pauline O’ Dwyer. Glanworth is rich in heritage and this committee have already discovered a 200 year old stained-glass window, which they hope to frame and display in the community centre. If you are interested in history and heritage then the village of Glanworth is certainly worth a visit, and there are a number of great heritage sites nearby too like the impressive Labbacallee Wedge Tomb.

Maintaining and Improving the village

The Community Council utilises the services of one Tús Worker and six Community Employment workers on various projects around the village. These workers do tremendous work cleaning signs, maintaining Community Centre, the graveyard, mowing, strimming, planting bulbs etc

Community Alert /Text Alert

A recent initiative has seen the setting up of a community alert / text alert in association with Muintir na Tire.  This initiative is led by Joan O Neill, Pauline O’Dwyer and Frank O Flynn. This group get great help from Fermoy Community Garda Andrew Geary. The group were also helped greatly by neighbouring Ballindangan Community Council members Marie Linnane and Pat Landers.

Help with fund raising.

Like so many community and voluntary organisations Glanworth Community Council depend on fund raising to finance the running of the Community Centre and other community projects. Glanworth are lucky to have a 45 Card Group led by Bridie O’Connell and Seamie Browne. The local Community Lotto in aid of the Community Centre Development Fund is organised monthly by Catherine Williams and Margaret Hennessy. A Catering Committee which helps with parties and the afters of funerals is a crucial part of the community and vital for events and celebrations.  Glanworth Community Council are very lucky also to have the services of that great stalwart Mike Healy who has been the de facto Community Development worker for the council for many years. Mike is an acknowledged expert in writing grant applications a must for any community.

Help from outside

Cork County Council, Rockmills Group and Avondhu Blackwater Development have all been of great help to Glanworth Community Council over the last few years. Avondhu Blackwater Development were the main conduit for a €100,000 grant towards the Community Centre redevelopment and in providing the Tús worker. Cork County Council have been very helpful over the last few years. Amenity grants helped to provide chairs for the Centre, heating controls in the Centre, carpeted area backstage in the hall and the Rose garden fencing. The County council also provided a €12,000 community Grant towards an upgrade for the toilets in the community Centre.  The Rockmills group provide the six Community Employment workers who maintain the village.
Members of Glanworth Community Council with Avondhu Blackwater at opening of newly done up hall in 2014  (photo 8135) Sean hegarty Avondhu Blackwater , Mike Healy Development Officer GCC , Martin Roche building contractor , 
Valerie Murphy Avondhu , Cll Frank O Flynn , Pauline O Dwyer chairperson GCC , and Fr , Michael Corkery pp Glanworth 

Reaching out
Glanworth Community Council wishes to reach out to the ‘new Irish’ and would welcome the input and experience they will bring to the community. The Community Council meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month in the Community Centre at 8.30pm.
If you wish to get involved in any way with Glanworth Community Council please contact

Pauline O Dwyer

Email, odwyerpauline@gmail.com

Additional Photos

New Chairs partly paid for by Active Retired Group and GCC

Newly formed  glanworth historical
society with whats left of  the 200 year stained glass window , that
was found in the community centre Noel Sheehan, Pauline o Dwyer Mike
Healy ,new members welcome as lots of  projects in the pipeline

Glanworth Community Centre

Glanworth rose garden where the 1916 garden of
remembrance will be installed. Work will be starting soon to fix the fence and
some planting and to put up sign to show history of site as this is
where old school  was ,The 1916 garden will go up at top corner. Cork
County Council gave $1000 amenity grant and $1000 grant for the
1916 garden

The grotto Glanworth  maintained by the community
council and rockmills community workers ,this is where cardinal
Richard Cushing,s  parents, Patrick and Mary  left  to go to Boston
in 1880. Cardinal Cushing  was a close friend of the Kennedy family
and officated at JFK and Jacqueline wedding,He gave the prayer invocation
at JFK inauguration in1961 and celebrated President Kennedy's funeral
mass in 1963

Glanworth community council community christmas party 2015
with members of the parish of glanworth ballindangan and curraghagalla
community council members and members of Glanworth 105 th scout  group
who help to serve dinners Fr Micheal Corkery and Fr Gould

Denis Gallagher making history after Glanworth junior a hurlers
won the North Cork final for the first time in the history of the club
and called to the community council christmas party  Margaret Hennessy
PJ Browne Treasurer GCC Cll Frank O Flynn Kevin O Keeffe TD Pauline o
Dwyer Chairperson GCC Fr Gould Denis Gallagher Team captain and Fr Micheal
Corkery pp

Members of Glanworth community council and active
retirement group at the switching on of  the christmas lights on the 8th
Dec 2015 by fr Micheal Corkery pp and Cll Frank O Flynn

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