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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

UCC Online Certificate in Autism Studies

Dear Friends,

The UCC Online Certificate in Autism Studies is of great value to parents of children with autism, as well as to others working in the field, such as teachers, SNAs, Speech and Language Therapists, etc.

Registration for this part-time online course (Level 6 Certificate) is open until Friday 16th December.  Full details and registration online at or phone 021-490 4700.

I would greatly appreciate if you could circulate this information in any forums you may have.  This course is the only one of its kind and is proving a valuable resource.  

Le meas mór agus gach dea-ghuí,

Jeremy Meehan

Jeremy Meehan

Coordinator, Autism Studies
Adult Continuing Education
University College Cork
The Laurels
Western Road

T:   021-490 4700

‘Guerrilla Warfare in Ireland and the Munster Vanguard, 1917-1921’ Midleton GAA Club

Local History Lecture

‘Guerrilla Warfare in Ireland and the Munster Vanguard, 1917-1921’
Dr John Borgonovo
School of History UCC

Monday 5th December 2016, 7pm
Midleton GAA Club 

Free Admission, all welcome  
Following the lecture there will be an information session on UCC’s Diploma in Local & Regional Studies

Dr Griffin Murray
Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork, The Laurels, Western Road, Cork
T: 021 4904731 E:

Monday, 28 November 2016

UCC’s highly successful Diploma in Local and Regional Studies, Midleton,

UCC’s highly successful Diploma in Local and Regional Studies, is being offered in Midleton, Co. Cork, in January 2017.
The programme is taught over two years. Lectures will take place on Thursday evenings from 6.30 – 9.30pm in Midleton, while there will be seminars in UCC and field trips on some Saturdays.

The modules being taught in Midleton are as follows:

Year 1:
Celtic Ireland (5 credits)
Studying Folklore: The Sayings and Doings of Common People (10 credits)
Historical Geography (5 credits)
Aspects of Modern Irish History (10 credits)

Year 2:
Local Food Studies: History, Tradition and Identity (5 credits)
The Irish Medieval Church (5 credits)
Research Skills for Local and Regional Studies (5 credits)
Local and Regional Studies Research Project (15 credits)

Further information and application details can be found at

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The closing date for online applications is the 16 December 2016.
Paper applications are also accepted. 

Yours sincerely,
Dr Griffin Murray

Irish Community Air Ambulance.

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

I am contacting you on behalf of Irish Community Air Ambulance.
Hopefully you have heard of us on the news and in the papers over the last number of weeks as we are preparing to expand our service of volunteer doctors with rapid response vehicles and we are launching a doctor led medical helicopter service for the Munster area.

Irish Community Air Ambulance will commence operation in the late Spring of 2017 but only if we succeed with our funding campaign to raise €1 million.

If everyone could choose a fundraising idea from our A to Z Guide, it will go along way to reaching our goal.
Our vision will help to save lives across Munster and nobody knows when they might need the service, if it be after a car accident, a serious incident at work or if our children are seriously ill.
One day you might need our help but today we need yours.

Your communities members cover all aspects of Irish Industry from the alcohol beverage sector to education, audiovisual, cosmetic, financial, food and drink, property, software, manufacturing, medtech & engineering, retail, telecommunications and small firms.

If everyone from the 2 people working in a family run shop to the employees in a large factory could pick a fundraising event from the 3 pages of ideas on the A to Z guide then we can all help to make this service a reality.

We are available to talk to or visit any of your members who would wish to get more information and I hope that every shop, office, factory, school and individual in Munster takes the time to help support a service for the community, paid for by the community.

I look forward to hearing from you and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Ann Kelly
Irish Community Air Ambulance
Old Credit Union Building
North Street
Co. Cork
Tel: 021 4190999
Mob: 087 2203866

“Financing Your Future Good Practice Guide” Firgrove Hotel Mitchelstown

Is your community group or charity concerned about the long-term stability of its service provision to the wider community? Is your organisation in need of new and diverse income sources? Can your group adapt positively to the changing Irish funding landscape?

Ballyhoura Development hosts a workshop called “Financing Your Community & Social Enterprise Project” which will be delivered by The Wheel, on Thursday, 1st December, at 7pm at The Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown, for local community groups wishing to ensure their future viability.

Inspired by The Wheel’s “Financing Your Future Good Practice Guide” this workshop will help participants understand their organisation’s current situation and funding needs, and analyse the ability to achieve your mission based on projected annual income for the foreseeable future. The second part of the workshop will explore some of the more innovative and effective approaches to income generation available to non-profits these days. The Wheel’s ‘Ten-Step Framework for Action’ will be made available to all participants at workshop.

Delivering this workshop is Hugh O’Reilly, Director of Business Development with The Wheel, a national representative body for the Community & Voluntary sector in Ireland, and who have a track record in delivering information and training supports to the sector for almost 20 years.

Places are free for this event and it is ideal for fundraisers, finance managers, senior staff, board and committee members of community-based, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, Companies Limited by Guarantee, and cooperatives, tasked with growing an organisation’s sustainability.

Advance booking is required and can be done through David O’Grady, Development Officer with Ballyhoura Development, Kilfinane, on tel. 063-91739, or by email

This workshop is part of the Community Governance Training Initiative 2016 and is provided by Ballyhoura Development through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) – see full schedule here:

David O'Grady - Development Officer
Ballyhoura Development CLG, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick. V35 T2P3
Phone: 063-91739    Fax: 063-91330         

Cork County PPN Website now live...... Register with PPN now

Cork County PPN website is now live. More information will be uploaded to this website over the coming days.

Please do encourage people  / organisations that you are in contact with to log on and find out what PPN is about.

Cork County PPN is also on Facebook at    
Please ‘LIKE’ and ‘SHARE’ our page to spread the word.

Theyare also on Twitter at

Muintir na Tire in County Cork strongly recommends that all Community and Voluntary Groups are  registered with the PPN.

Upcoming Events from Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer / 'Ireland 2016' County Coordinator

Date/Time: Thursday 1st December 2016 at 15:00
Official Launch of 'Voice of the Many - Local Archives from Cork, 1914-1916'
Location: Cork City and County Archives, Blackpool, Co. Cork
Additional Information: On Thursday 1st December, the highly anticipated publication by the Cork City and County Archives, entitled 'Voice of the Many - Local Archives from Cork, 1914 - 1916' will be launched. The publication will celebrate Cork's rich archival collections from the 1914 - 1916 period and promises to be a fascinating read. All are welcome to attend and advance booking is recommended by phoning 021 4505886 or emailing For more information see the attached document.
Voice of the Many
Date/Time: Thursday 1st December 2016 at 20:00
Launch of the Kinsale Record Journal and 1916 event
Location: Temperance Hall, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Additional Information: December, 1sst Thursday, Launch of the Kinsale Record and the final event of the 1916 programme with photos and stories of old Kinsale with Dermot Ryan at 8 p.m. at the Temperance Hall. Articles and/or photographs for the next edition of the Kinsale Record, Volume 24, should be sent by e-mail only,
Date/Time: Thursday 1st December 2016 at 20:00
:'Historical Food Products in Ireland'
Location: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal (Blarney Secondary School), Blarney, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled: 'Historical Food Products in Ireland'.
Speaker: Dr. Liam Downey Adjunct Professor in School of Archaeology U.C.D. & Former Director of Teagasc Dr. Liam Downey, a native of Cork, has been Director of four Irish organisations, most recent of which has been Teagasc. The other three were the T B Eradication Scheme, ACOT and An Foras Forbatha. He holds three Doctorates, a Ph.D. from Reading University and an Honorary LL.D., also from the N.U.I. Since retiring, he has been involved in Foresight Studies for the Agri-Food industry and has published widely in Archaeology. Dr. Downey presents a perspective of the main food products commonly eaten in Ireland from earlier times. The prehistoric origins of dairying in Ireland and its nutrition. Cereal and meat production and how the seasonal scarcity of food supplies affected the population. Everybody Welcome. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 0872153216. Website:
Date/Time: Monday 5th December 2016
Seán Ó Riordáin
Location: Ballincollig Rugby Club, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Historian Dermot O' Donovan will give a fascinating talk on Seán Ó Riordáin's cultural background as an emigré in Inniscarra; the poet and the memories of local people, as well as aspects of his poetry. The event has been organised by the Muskerry Local History Society and admission for each lecture is €3 to cover costs, or one can become a member of the society for €10. For further information contact any one of the following: Liam Hayes (0877828546), Dermot O'Donovan (0214873266), Rod MacConaill (0861089524) or Dermot Lucey (0879331135.
Date/Time: Wednesday 7th December 2016 - arrive at 19:00 for 19:45 start
"A picture-postcard collection of a young woman's life in Edwardian Ireland'
Location: Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, Cork
Additional Information: Ann Wilson, Lecturer, Visual Culture in the Media Communications Department, Crawford College of Art and Design will present a fascinating lecture entitled 'A picture-postcard collection of a young woman's life in Edwardian Ireland'. The event has been organised by the Cork Decorative and Fine Arts Society and all are welcome to attend. Event is free for paid up members; €5 for students or €15 for visitors. For more information see
Date/Time: Thursday 8th December 2016 at 20:00
The Hales Brothers and the Irish Revolution 
Location: The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A lecture on the Hales Brothers of Ballinadee will take place in Clonakilty on 8th December at 20:00 in the Parish Centre. The talk, which will be given by Liz Gillis, will tell the story of the Hales brothers from West Cork and the sacrifices they made fighting for independence. Three of the brothers Sean, Robert and Liam were interned in Frongoch Internment Camp, Wales after the Easter Rising. Signed copies of Liz's book on the Hales brothers will be available to purchase on the night. All are welcome to attend. 
Hales Clonakilty
Date/Time: Thursday 8th December 2016 at 20:00
Launch of Journal No. 34
Location: The Arches Bar, Mallow, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The 34th Journal of the Mallow Field Club will be launched in the Arches Bar, Mallow, by Cllr. John Paul O' Shea. All are welcome to attend.
Date/Time: December 8th to 10th 2016
Virtual Heritage Network (VHN) Ireland 2016 Conference
Location: U.C.C., Cork
Additional Information: The 2016 (VHN) conference will be held at the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, (CACSSS) University College Cork from Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th December 2016. VHN Ireland aims to bring together people who work for the support, improvement and promotion of virtual heritage in Ireland and beyond across the academic, business, education, cultural heritage, policy, and tourism sectors. It welcomes people from a diverse range of backgrounds including archaeology, cultural studies, social sciences, arts, conservation, education, engineering, computer science, business, and industry. We particularly welcome international researchers and professionals who work on Virtual Heritage outside Ireland. The Objectives of VHN Ireland are to make connections between people from a variety of sectors in Ireland and beyond who share an active interest in virtual heritage; To encourage and support the carrying out of virtual heritage activities of the highest international standards; To promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of virtual heritage in Ireland and beyond; To undertake any other activity that benefits virtual heritage in Ireland and beyond. For further information visit
It is hoped that this update has been of interest and all the best for now,
Le meas,

Conor Nelligan
Heritage Officer / 'Ireland 2016' County Coordinator

Heritage Unit, Planning Dept. Floor 3,
County Hall, Carrigrohane Rd. Co. Cork

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

'Lights of Love Remembrance Tree' event.

Good afternoon,

In relation the Fermoy Community Health Project I am delighted to say that a significant phase of our community garden development has taken place over the summer months and I know some of you have already seen the wonderful transformation.  With this in mind we have planned our first event for the community garden, called the 'Lights of Love Remembrance Tree' event.  An open invitation is issued to attend this event on Sunday the 4th December.  

Below is some information on the event.  I would be grateful if you would share this information and the poster via email, Facebook or the good old fashioned way 'verbally' over the coming days with members of your group, colleagues, friends and family.  It is our intention to make this an annual event, which will also serve as a fundraising source for the ongoing development and maintenance of our beautiful community garden.

Many thanks

The ‘Lights of Love’ tree will be lit at a special community event in the Community Garden of Fermoy Community Resource Centre on Sunday December 4th. You can remember a loved one by making a €5 donation and for each light sponsored you will receive a unique 'Lights of Love' Christmas remembrance card and you are also invited to create a named dedication for your loved one and place it in our special memory frame.  Sponsorship of lights will be available in the Cahill Room of the Resource Centre from 5 to 6pm on the day.
Refreshments will be served in the kitchen of the Resource Centre to compliment the music and reflection.  
All monies raised will go directly toward the fund for the completion of the Community Garden.
We hope the event will provide a warm space during the festive season to cherish the memories of our loved ones as the lights continually shine over the Christmas season and into the New Year.
Kind regards

Jacinta McCormack


Riverstick Community 1916 Commemoration Committee
Plaque Unveiling in Riverstick: 
A plaque will be unveiled in Riverstick  in memory of five men who joined colleagues in Ballinhassig to march to Kilmurry on Easter Sunday 1916. The event commences at 14:30 on Saturday 26th November. All welcome.
Castlelyons Bridesbridge Tidy Towns and Heritage Group
1916 Trees of Remembrance: 
On Sunday November 27th at 5pm a short remembrance ceremony with a cultural element will be held by the village Tidy Towns Group at the Grand Avenue to honour the signatories of the Proclamation.  During the ceremony seven of the hornbeam trees along the Grand Avenue will be assigned to the seven signatories of the Proclamation and a plaque will be unveiled. The 1916 Trees of Remembrance and plaque will be our community’s initiative to ensure an enduring physical legacy in our village of the Commemoration of the 100TH anniversary of the Easter Rising. Light refreshments in the Community Centre will follow.
Cobh 1916 Commemoration Committee
1916 Volunteer Liam O' Brien, Cobh, Remembered: 
A Volunteer from Cobh by the name of Liam O' Brien died shortly after his release from internment in 1916. The Cobh 1916 Commemoration Committee will hold a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of Vol. Liam O’Brien at 3pm on Sunday (27th November) at the new 1916 monument at the junction of Casement Square and West Beach, in Cobh town centre. All are welcome to attend.
Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association
The Kilmichael Ambush - A Military Analysis'The Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association has organised a fascinating event for Tuesday November 29th. This will be a talk on the Kilmichael Ambush - a site strongly associated with Ireland's struggle for independence. The talk will be given by Comdt. Seán A. Murphy and commences at 20:30 in the Kilmurry Independence Museum.
Michael Kelly
The Centenary of the Rising and the 55th Anniversary of the Jadotville Siege: A Commemorative and Remembrance Night is planned for Mallow on November 30th 2016, to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916 and to furthermore acknowledge the 55th Anniversary of the Jadotville Siege.
Cork City and County Archives
Official Launch - Voice of the Many, Local Archives from Cork 1914-16: 
On Thursday 1st December at 15:00, the highly anticipated publication by the Cork City and County Archives, entitled ‘Voice of the Many - Local Archives from Cork, 1914 – 1916’ will be launched. The publication will celebrate Cork’s rich archival collections from the 1914 – 1916 period and promises to be a fascinating read. All are welcome to attend but advance booking is required by phoning 021 4505886 or emailing
Cork City and County Archives
Kinsale History Society
A look at Kinsale c. 1916 and launch of the Kinsale Record Journal:On Thursday 1st December at 20:00 in the Temperance Hall, Kinsale, Dermot Ryan of the Kinsale History Society will shine a light on life in Kinsale c. 1916 through the use of photos and stories. This event is the last of the Society's 1916 Commemorative Programme and also on the same night will be the launch of the Kinsale History Society's annual journal - the Kinsale Record.
Dúchas Heritage Clonakilty
Illustrated Talk: The Hales Brothers and the Irish Revolution: A lecture on the Hales Brothers of Ballinadee will take place in Clonakilty on 8th December at 20:00 in the Parish Centre. The talk, which will be given by Liz Gillis, will tell the story of the Hales brothers from West Cork and the sacrifices they made fighting for independence. Three of the brothers Sean, Robert and Liam were interned in Frongoch Internment Camp, Wales after the Easter Rising. Signed copies of Liz's book on the Hales brothers will be available to purchase on the night. All are welcome to attend. 
Cork City and County Archives
1916 Tours of City and County Archives: 
Guided Tour of Cork City and County Archives Service relating to the Easter Rising of 1916 and 1912-1922 revolutionary period (tours at 11am and 3pm. Max 15 persons per tour. Booking Essential)
Cork City and County Archives
Mary Keane
"A Question of Language"
In the County Library HQ there will be a video exhibition featuring interviews with some of the former attendees of Coláiste Iosagáin including Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh. The exhibit will focus on their thoughts on the Irish language and methods they believe would assist in Irish language sustainment and development today. The exhibition commences on the week beginning 12th December 2016 .
County Library HQ

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It is hoped that this update has been of interest and all the best for now,
Le meas,

Conor Nelligan
Heritage Officer / 'Ireland 2016' County Coordinator

Heritage Unit, Planning Dept. Floor 3,
County Hall, Carrigrohane Rd. Co. Cork


Phone:      021 4285905

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

SHEP say make Life in the Direct Provision centres easier -You can make a difference

Hello from SHEP.
We have all been touched by the photos of people being rescued from the Mediterranean Sea or queuing at closed borders seeking a route to a better life, or living in tent cities in Calais and Paris, Turkey and Lebanon. 
 Ireland’s record in relation to support for asylum seekers and migrants is not a very proud one.  Many of those who come to Ireland seeking asylum are living in Direct Provision centres, where they – mostly - cannot cook for themselves and their families, and where they are given a meagre allowance of €19.10 per adult per week.  
They face the challenges of pursuing their applications for refugee status and finding their way in a new society, though English is not their first language, and though they are not permitted to take up paid employment.

Life in the Direct Provision centres can be stressful and tedious and for some, goes on for years. Isolation from the rest of society is difficult and it is very hard for residents to get to know and  make connections with Irish people.

An informal group has come together in Cork , joining in with existing initiatives to offer solidarity and support to people living in Direct Provision.  The SHEP community, which has such a wealth of people of goodwill, and good heart, and skills in communication and connection, could be part of this grassroots response. (Some SHEP tutors facilitated short courses in two Direct Provision centres some years ago – it would be great to offer this possibility again.)

Two groups who are already working with residents in the Direct Provision centres are Walleroo Child and Family Project, and three sisters who were involved with Cois Tine (a church-based support group for asylum seekers and refugees – no longer in existence).  Both of these groups urgently need more volunteers to continue and expand support to the people in DP centres.  It is anticipated that a big number of asylum-seekers – people who have been rescued from the Mediterranean - will arrive in the New Year.  

Here is a list of volunteer possibilities which might interest you. A small or large involvement is welcome – whatever is right for any individual.

 Wallaroo Playschool Child and Family Project volunteers
Funded by the HSE this project works with children and their families living in Direct Provision Centres for Asylum Seekers near Cork City. Ashbourne House Glounthaune currently has 36 children and Kinsale Rd has 34 children living there with their families. Wallaroo runs preschool, afterschool and holiday programmes within each of the centres and supports families in a variety of ways. Below are some of the projects for which we need more volunteers. 

Charity Shop- Twice Is Nice
Situated on the corner of Clontarf St and Andersons Quay across from the bus station Twice Is Niceraises funds to support the work of Wallaroo Child and Family Project  Open Monday to Saturday from 10 until 5.30, it is managed by a paid manager and assistant. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to do front of house, collections, sorting, cleaning and pricing of donations under the guidance of the manager. The range of donations include, clothes, shoes, books, bric a brac and furniture. It is a large, well run space with a friendly staff. Residents from Direct Provision Centres also volunteer in the shop which supports them to contribute, gain experience and relieve the tedium of life in a DP Centre.

Garden Project
With funding received through the HSE to support mental health, the residents built some raised beds and grew vegetables for their own use at Ashbourne House, Glounthaune. It is a small project which has brought pleasure to many residents who participated or enjoyed the crops of spinach etc. At present the beds are empty and need replenishing and preparation for planting in spring. This project needs someone who can oversee and monitor what is going on and encourage residents to participate in all aspects of the gardening. Most of the residents who initially were involved have moved on someone is needed to gather and inform and support newer residents to participate. Anyone getting involved will need to show management of Ashbourne that they are Garda Vetted as they will be on site regularly where the children will be present.

Study Support Kinsale Rd. Accommodation Centre
The study support group was initially set up to help particular children who were struggling with aspects of school work. But then most children wanted to join because it gives them a quiet and supportive space in which to do their homework. As most families live in one room it is hard for the children to do homework with younger children and tv on, visitors to the room etc. There are no other quiet spaces in the centres where younger children can do homework as these are also adult spaces. Parents often struggle with homework because of Irish or the maths system which changes from country to country. Children who do not have English as a first or second language also struggle at first.
Using Paisti Preschool Playroom, 2 people support the small group of school age children to complete their homework on Mondays between 4 and 6 pm. 
It is better if we have a pool of people so that when someone is sick or away that the Study Support can continue. Volunteers will be Garda Vetted through Wallaroo Playschool.
Befriending & Individual Support; Short Courses; English Language support
The three sisters provide a lot of individual support to residents.  They can only do so much and there is a need to have a pool of volunteers who can help people with: 
·         Transport to hospital and other appointments;
·         Finding their way through Irish officialdom;
·         Writing letters;
·         Opportunities to cook for themselves and their families;
·         Opportunities to meet with Irish people;
·         Social events to lift the heart and spirit.
Along with these, there is also an idea to form a choir whose members would be drawn from the Direct Provision centres, and from the broader community – one of the members of the informal group is a choir director.
What to do if you are interested:
If you are interested in getting involved in one of the Walleroo activities, please ring Walleroo 021 4504514 and ask for Joanie Barron, Coordinator.
If you would like to get involved in individual or group support activities, please come to a meeting at Walleroo Playschool, Sunmount, Military Hill on Saturday 26th November at 2.00 p.m. or give your name and contact details to Mary Mangan, SHEP.
If you are a Community Tutor and would like to volunteer to facilitate short courses at either Cork or Glounthaune, or Millstreet, please contact Liam McCarthy in SHEP.  
Let us open our hearts and play our part in building solidarity and creating the kind of society we want in Ireland.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. 
Mary Mangan