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Monday, 31 July 2017

€4m in capital funding to be made available for community youth groups

“More than 1,500 groups can apply from September”

Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone

Monday 31st July, 2017

More than 1,500 community youth groups are set to benefit from a €4m capital fund being established  by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Minister Zappone is confirming that the money is being made available to allow clubs buy equipment which will support their work with young people.

Announcing the establishment of the fund, Minister Katherine Zappone added:

“Reversing the cuts of recent years for youth services is a priority for me – and this year we took a big step forward with current funding increasing by 10% to €57m.

However more must be done. Today (Monday 31st July) I can confirm that money is now being made available to community based youth clubs with the establishment of a €4m capital fund.

The impact will be significant. Over 1,500 volunteer led clubs will be eligible to apply, reaching practically every community in the country. I encourage clubs to examine which sports, arts, adventure or other equipment they need the most and be ready to apply.

This is an opportunity to offer our young people opportunities for creativity, recreation and adventure.

These volunteer led youth clubs translate our policies into reality on the ground. They are in the frontline providing young people with indoor and outdoor activities to prevent them falling into trouble. They also improve health, wellbeing and build team spirit.

The value of this work must never be under-estimated. It turns our policies to tackle anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and drug abuse as well as anti-obesity plans into reality. It is worthy of Government support.

The Application process for the funding is expected to open in late September. My officials will work with the local Education and Training Boards to ensure that the money can be delivered to successful applicants as soon as possible and turned into action on the ground."

Friday, 28 July 2017

“Connecting for Life Cork” – a new suicide and self harm prevention plan for Cork.

“Connecting for Life Cork” – New Suicide & Self Harm Prevention Plan for Cork Published
Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People Mr. Jim Daly TD, today (Wednesday July 26th) officially launched “Connecting for Life Cork” – a new suicide and self harm prevention plan for Cork.
The launch took place at Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall and was attended by a large number of those involved in the drafting of the plan, including community and voluntary groups and members of the public from across Cork.
The four-year plan runs from 2017 to 2020 inclusive, and its vision is a Cork where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing.  The development of Connecting for Life Cork included extensive county-wide consultation with the public, community and voluntary organisations, public bodies and with health care professionals.
A total of 356 people took part in public meetings, with 700 comments and suggestions captured. As well as that, 50 people and 69 services responded to online surveys and another 40 people attended a separate youth consultation at City Hall, facilitated by Meetings were also held with individuals and key groups directly affected by suicide. This extensive feedback then formed the basis for a set of 72 actions which are the backbone of the plan – a summary of some of those actions is included below.Work has already begun on implementing some of these actions. Suicide prevention work and training has also continued while work was underway on drafting the plan.
While the development of the plan was led by HSE Mental Health Services, it will be implemented by the entire community.
Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health Mr. Jim Daly TD said “I am delighted to launch Connecting for Life Cork. This plan particularly recognises the critical role that communities and local structures play in suicide prevention, and reinforces and supports this role. The supports that can be given to vulnerable individuals from the community, such as social support, follow-up care, tackling stigma and supporting those bereaved by suicide, can make a crucial difference to a person in distress. This plan, tailored to Cork’s specific needs, is a welcome addition to helping us care for our community effectively.”
Head of Mental Health Services with the HSE’s Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Organisation Sinead Glennon said “This is a community issue and we need the entire community to be involved. That’s why the plan itself was developed in a collaborative way, with as much consultation as possible. Today that this is the beginning of the process, not the end – the real work begins now in implementing the plan and making it a reality. We look forward to working with everyone at the launch, and the wider community, in lifting this plan from the page into reality.”
“I wish to pay tribute to the many people who have played a role in bringing this plan together. It’s important that this cross-community approach continues as the plan is implemented. We in the Community Healthcare Organisation look forward to working with all to implement this important plan,” she added.
HSE Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention Mr. Martin Ryan said that the plan had been based on county-wide consultation, with great engagement from the public, communities, voluntary bodies and other agencies. “This has led to a comprehensive action plan for Cork, with all agencies stepping forward to support in roles as lead agency or partner agency. This will mean that going forward for implementation we have a very strong platform and commitment from across the county.”
Mr.Ryan’s comments were echoed by fellow HSE Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention Ms. Helena Cogan by saying “The implementation of the Connecting for life Cork, will seek to build upon the suicide prevention initiatives that the HSE, it’s partners and other organisations have been committed to for many years in Cork. And  it is  essential that people realise the importance of making it a priority to look after their own mental health and wellbeing and also be alert to the signs of distress in those around them, as  the prevention of suicide is everyone’s business”. 
The Chief Executives of Cork City Council and Cork County Council have both written forwards to the plan. Ms. Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council said “We in Cork City Council look forward to continuing the work on a collaborative and systematic approach to suicide”. The Chief Executive of Cork County Council Mr. Tim Lucey pledged “the full support of County Council in implemented the plan through Cork County”.
Some of the 72 actions included in the “Connecting For Life Cork” Plan include:
·         Raising awareness in schools of available youth mental health supports and services.
·         Providing clubs in all sports with information on youth mental health, suicide prevention supports and services.
·         Campaigns using the experience of local ambassadors to normalise positive attitudes to mental health and reduce stigma.
·         Completing a review of annual festivals, fund days, park days, fun runs and similar events with a view to exploring options of collaboration with services relating to stigma reduction.
·         Increase the uptake in Cork of training including SafeTALK, ASIST, Stress Control. Also increasing awareness in the community of those who are trained. Almost 10,000 Cork people have completed the half-day SafeTALK training in recent years.
·         Delivering annual training and awareness programmes to staff and volunteers in agencies which have contact with vulnerable groups.
·         The introduction of a mental health and wellbeing focus into parent and baby/toddler groups on a pilot basis.
·         Providing information on supports and services to all religious groups.
·         Establish a communication protocol between first responders eg Gardai and the HSE in the intermediate aftermath of deaths which are likely to be determined as suicide.
·         Support and resource the needs of local GPs in the area of suicide prevention, especially in relation to training.
·         Delivering targeting community workshops on positive mental health and wellbeing.
·         Increase the number of schools in Cork who are part of the Healthy Ireland Health Promoting Schools Network and who are thereby taking a whole school approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing.
·         Continued support for and development of the Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse (SCAN) service across the city and county.
The full Connecting for Life Cork suicide and self harm prevention plan can be viewed at the following link –
Connecting for Life Cork website is

Source John Paul O Shea

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Griffins Garden Centre,  Dripsey
Corks Annual Bulb day and World Bee Day
Saturday 19th august 11am -4pm 
Free event , No Booking required.

Plant a Bee Friendly Bulb for Free to Bring home and Nurture on Sat 19th of August. Lets Get all The Kids in Cork and Munster Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs . Free event , No Booking required

This is its Sixth year and will be the Biggest year Ever.
There will be free workshops all day from 11am to encourage children to start planting. Each Kid gets to carry home their Free pots filled with bulbs to nurture over the months and admire in spring.

Through out the day there is Free Face Painting, prizes and lots of fun.

Meet The Beekeepers and Guests with their observation hive . This is the best way to see and Observe the honey bees at work. 12:30-3:30

Cork Nature Network will be Joining us at Griffins to give lots of advice about all our Pollinators and Bees 1:00-3pm

The Importance of Pollinators to Ireland's Countryside and Natural Heritage

A Fun Day guaranteed to get kids active and learning with energy, enthusiasm and fun

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Seniors Alert Scheme- List of voluntary Groups operating scheme in County Cork

The Seniors Alert Scheme provides grant support for the supply of equipment to enable older people without sufficient means to continue to live securely in their homes. 

The grant assistance is made available through community and voluntary groups registered with Pobal.
Below is a list of groups registered from Cork City and County
 This list is up to date as of June 2017

Positive Ageing Week 25th September – 1st October 2017

Age Action Positive Ageing Week

25th September – 1st October 2017

Join us for Positive Ageing Week 2017 as we go “Back to the Future” with all generations celebrating ageing in their local community.
Last year we had over 550 events nationwide which were organised by people of all ages coming together and, as we celebrate our 25th birthday this year, we would love to see at least 600 events in 2017! 
We are all ageing and with 80% of older persons saying in a recent survey that they are very satisfied with their lives, we want to celebrate the positive. 
People are living longer, healthier and more active lives so 65 is the new 40!
The theme for 2017 is: Back to the Future. 
Please sign up to participate in Bank of Ireland Positive Ageing Week and register your event here!
Long term, Age Action wants to make Ireland the best place in the world to grow old. Bank of Ireland Positive Ageing Week supports this by highlighting the pro-active and energetic role that older persons play in their communities. We need to honour, recognise and harness these contributions.

Event ideas

Looking for ideas for events you could host? Your community could take inspiration from just some of the great events that have taken place in recent years – or, of course, you can create your own! All we ask is that you do your utmost to involve people of all ages:
  • ITea – Afternoon Tea & Technology Event for Over 80’s;
  • Intergenerational mornings - Mother/Daughter/Niece or Father/Son/Nephew
  • Frugal Fridays – Cooking on a Budget workshop;
  • Eco, Historical and Forest Walks;
  • Dancercise, Chair Zumba; Musical or Ceol agus Craic Evenings;
  • Scrabble, Chess, Bridge and Boggle Clubs;
  • Coffee Mornings;
  • A Care and Repair Showcase event;
  • Bank of Ireland Online Banking Training;
  • Silver Surfer Awards
As well as the hundreds of individual events that will take place, 17 Bank of Ireland Positive Ageing Week Towns will host an action-packed week-long series of events. This is up from 12 Towns last year so we’re very excited about that!
We would like to thank all the associations, groups, clubs and individual older people who are organising an activity or event to mark the week.

Source Age Action

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Did Clause F mean that Large scale Boundary Extension was only outcome.

The insertion of Clause F in the terms of reference for the Expert Advisory Group (MacKinnon) to advise the Minister regarding relevant options in relation to future local government arrangements for Cork, ensured that there was only going to be one outcome and that was a large scale boundary extension for the city.

The expert group were asked in particular, to address  matters regarding future local government arrangements for Cork and most of these were predictable and expected in view of the storm kicked up by city politicians and other vested interests, However the insertion of clause F meant that the Mackinnon group had to take particular note of the role of the City as a regional and national growth centre.
The clause in question read as follows: ( The group needs) address  matters regarding future local government arrangements for Cork and take particular note of .........)

Clause f . The potential of local government to further the economic and social wellbeing and sustainable development of Cork City and County, including the strategic role and impact of the city in particular as a regional and national growth centre, and the need to have regard to the respective characteristics and needs both of urban and rural areas;

Fast forward to the MacKinnon report itself  and you see.........

9.9.5 The Group believes the balance of the arguments support two local authorities: one dedicated to realising the potential of Cork City and the surrounding metropolitan area, and a separate local authority serving the needs of towns, villages and rural communities that are neither urban or metropolitan in character. In particular, the Group believes that a dedicated local authority serving the needs of the Cork metropolitan area is the best means of ensuring a focus on the growth and economic development of the city and its hinterland, to the benefit of Cork City and County Cork. Given the position set out in the recent issues paper regarding the forthcoming National Planning Framework (Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, 2017), if the Government’s intention is to consolidate Cork’s position as Ireland’s second city and driving growth in the wider Southern region, the balance of power and authority for the city must lie with the metropolitan area. In a unified / merged authority, there is a risk of policies and decisions diluting the focus on the city and suburbs and, as a result, the potential of the wider Cork area is less likely to be realised. 

There is no doubt that proximity to the city has enabled parts of the county to prosper and grow, however a lot of these areas are rural in character and have benefitted enormously from being part of rural Ireland and being part of Cork County Council's administrative area. They are special places with a distinct rural and community feel in character. Carrigtwohil up to a few years ago was considered to be a village by the locals themselves. It has not even had the opportunity to develope as a town and now it is targeted as part of a city eleven miles away that it has little in common with.

SEAI Grants on Offer

Cllr. O’ Shea urges people to avail of SEAI Energy Grants for your Home
  1. Are you looking to cosy up your home?
  2. Do you want to save up to 50% on your heating bills?
  3. Do you want to stop wasting energy?
Of course you would!
And there is financial help there to help you from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). SEAI have helped over 350,000 homeowners in Ireland to date. They offer a range of homeowner grants that will help you achieve a warmer home while saving on your heating bill at the same time.
MeasureEnergy Efficient WorksGrant Value
Cavity Wall Insulation€300
Internal Insulation (Dry Lining)
Apartment (any) OR Mid-terrace House€1,200
Semi-detached OR End of Terrace€1,800
Detached House€2,400
External Wall Insulation (“The Wrap”)
Apartment (any) OR Mid-terrace House€2,250
Semi-detached OR End of Terrace€3,400
Detached House€4,500
Heating SystemHeating Controls with Boiler (Oil or Gas) Upgrade€700
Heating Controls Upgrade only€600
Solar Heating€1,200
*BonusFor 3rd measure€300
For 4th measure€100
Building Energy Rating (BER)€50

*You will also get an extra €300 if you complete three measures and an additional €100 for the fourth measure.
So How Does it Work?
Decide what energy efficient measure best suits your home. You can do this by talking to a good building contractor, architect, gas installer or energy advisor.
Pick a contractor from SEAI’s list of approved contractors
Fill out the online application form. You will be approved within minutes.
You now have six months to complete the works on your home. You will receive a form in the post called the “Declaration of Works” – one for each measure (e.g. one for external wall insulation, one for gas boiler upgrade, etc.) filled in when the works are completed.
Return the form by post to SEAI, P.O. Box 119, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry along with the Request for Payment form.
You will generally find your money in your bank account within four weeks. Your contractor may be selected for inspection. This is to maintain a good standard of workmanship.
To be eligible for the Better Energy Homes grant, your home must have been built and occupied before 2006. That means that the electricity meter must have been installed by the end of 2005. Homes built from 2006 onwards should have been constructed to the 2003 Building Regulations and so should not require significant insulation or heating system upgrades.
More details about the scheme are covered at

Smiddy slams McKinnon report as Carrigtwohill rejects Boundary Extension (Christy Parker)

More than 120 people attended a meeting organised by Muintir na Tíre and Carrigtwohill Community Council at Carrigtwohil community hall on July 4th to discuss the proposal to greatly expand the city boundary to the area.

People at the public meeting in Carrigtwohill, 11 miles from Cork, were strongly opposed to being brought under the control of City Hall.

Carrigtwohil community council chairman  Anthony Barry warned the Mackinnon proposal could dissect the Carrigtwohill area under two administrations.

Alf Smiddy, whose previous report recommending a single local authority for city and county was rejected, told the public meeting the Mackinnon report was an attempt by “a weaker city administration” to seize the rates and land of its “more dynamic” county equivalent.
The 2015 Smiddy Report had also envisaged an enlarged metropolitan district, forming one of three municipal divisions.
 At the meeting Mr Smiddy dismissed the Mackinnon document as “a rambling, cobbled-together report, born out of political expediency” and “tantamount to giving two fingers to Cork County Council”.
He said he found it “bizarre” that Minister Simon Coveney had welcomed his own report, before subsequently initiating the Mackinnon project.
The report, he added, had been “torpedoed” by co-ordinated attacks by city vested interests, including politicians and media.
It would be “shocking, appalling and terrible” if it was rammed through, he said, and suggested a countywide plebiscite to decide it.
Christine Lane Of The Cork County PPN expressed concerns that the PPN in Cork was Shouted down and dismissed by MCKinnon.

Source Christy Parker
Muintir na Tire are organising other meetings around the County in conjunction with local Community Groups as mounting opposition to the plan grows countywide.

Heritage and other Updates from Conor Nelligan

Hi All,
I hope you are well.
This is a very quick update regarding a few events taking place this week including the inaugural West Cork History Festival and not to mention a centenary game of baseball tomorrow evening as well a fascinating talk in aid of the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
There will be a further update in the next few days regarding Heritage Week, the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme 2017 and the launch for sale of the Cork County Council publication ‘1916-2016 Commemorating the Centenary in the County of Cork’ which will be in the book shops in the coming days.
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Cork County Council attraction SPIKE ISLAND has been nominated for EUROPE'S LEADING TOURIST ATTRACTION 2017 at the WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS.  We are urging everyone to vote for us and give Cork and Munster tourism a real boost!  Please follow the button below to vote for us...

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Date/Time: May 5th to September 17th 2017
: Portraits: Women of Cork and the U.S. Navy 1917-1919 : Organised by Damian Shiels
Location: Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
Additional Information: In 1917 thousands of American naval servicemen came to Ireland to participate in the First World War. Their interactions with local women, particularly in Cork where they were based, became a major social issue. Many Irish women ultimately married these American sailors, with Queenstown / Cobh in particular seeing a large number of weddings. Who were these women and what were their stories? New research by Damian Shiels to identify them using U.S. passport applications has revealed something of the past - and the portraits of many. The exhibition at Sirius Arts Centre will consider a number of these images, and the stories of those young women depicted.
Sirius Arts Centre is housed in the former Royal Cork Yacht Club building - a beautiful Italiante building that was designed by Anthony Salvin and built by James Smith Barry of Fota in 1854. The RCYC operated from here for over a century. During the first World War the building was used to host many of these American and British naval servicemen as a place to relax and socialize. Women were not permitted to socialize there nor could they become members of the yacht club until much later.
Damian Shiels is an archaeologist and historian with Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd. Formerly a curator in the National Museum of Ireland, he is a specialist on Irish military archaeology and history, on which he has published and lectured widely both nationally and internationally. His latest book "The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America" was published by The History Press in 2016. This exhibition is kindly supported by the Port of Cork. For more information visit

Revolutionaries Art Exhibition Michael Collins House 2017
Date/Time: Friday 16th June 2017 at 19:30 - exhibition running up until July 30th 2017
 Michael Collins House presents ‘Revolutionaries’ - Art Exhibition By Jim Fitzpatrick
Location: Michael Collins House, Emmet Square, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Come along to the official opening of the ‘Revolutionaries’ art exhibition by Jim Fitzpatrick at Michael Collins House on Fri 16th June at 7.30pm as part of the Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival. Jim Fitzpatrick is a renowned Artist and the quality of work, to be seen in this exhibition, is of the highest quality. All welcome and note that the exhibition runs up until Sunday 30th July.

Date: Every Tuesday evening over the summer from 20:30 to 22:00
Free Genealogical Evening with Expert Genealogist Paul MacCotter 
Location: Franciscan Well Brewery, North Mall, Cork
Details: Dr. Paul MacCotter is running a weekly free genealogical evening every Tuesday night 8.30 to 10.00 in the Franciscan Well brewpub on the North Mall in Cork. This consists of a basic introduction to genealogy for the inexperienced and free genealogical advice and problem solving for more advanced. This runs through the summer and the evening is designed to cater for both locals from all over Cork County as well as any tourists who wish to join in. It is a great opportunity to learn more – not to be missed.

Date/Time: July 5th to August 30th 2017 (every Wednesday evening at 19:30)
: Clon Historical Walks
Location: ,Meet (19:30) at Michael Collins House, Emmet Square, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Local voluntary organisation, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage,​ is once again providing​ guided historical  walks of​ Clonakilty Town  for visitors, (and locals!), each Wednesday evening for July and August. This is the third summer the group has organised the popular free walks, which attracted between 30 - 40 people each evening over the last two years. Local historians who are members of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage group lead the tours concentrating on the town centre area.​Interested people should meet at 7pm at the Michael Collins statue which is the starting point. No pre-booking required, and the guided walks are completely free of charge, and suitable for most people as all the route is on the flat. The walks last approx. an hour and a quarter.​

baseball 2017
Date/Time: Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 17:30
Event: A Celebration Baseball Game
Location: Cork Cricket Grounds, The Mardyke, Cork
Additional Information: To mark the centenary of the presence of the US Naval Service in County Cork one hundred years ago and in recognition of the game of baseball played at that very period of time (July 27th 1917)here in County Cork, a wonderful game will take place on Tuesday 25ht July 2017. Admission €5 and all welcome.

Date/Time: Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 19:30
Event: R.M.S Lusitania & Modern Safety of Life at Sea - Talk in Aid of Irish Community Air Ambulance
Location: Rochestown Park Hotel, Co. Cork
Additional Information: 
The talk is about the Lusitania, modern safety at sea (lessons to be learnt from the tragedy - the importance of implementing safety of life at sea regulations, keeping on top of the rules of engagement in war, and the duty to rescue), and Cork's prominence and potential in maritime affairs. It is also about our close bond in Cork / Ireland with the United States and the importance of the tragedy in changing US History, ultimately bringing the US into World War One and becoming the interventionist country in foreign affairs that we see today. It promises to be a wonderful talk. All welcome and for tickets visit

Date/Time: Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2017
 The Inaugural West Cork History Festival 
Location: Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Additional Information: 
The inaugural WCHF will take place at Rosebank, about a mile outside Skibbereen, over the weekend of 28-30 July 2017. This Festival will feature an eclectic mixture of local, national and international topics and speakers and will appeal to everyone with an interest in history and culture, be it professional or non-professional. For more information visit

Date/Time: Sunday 30th July 2017 at 15:00
Book Launch - Murragh: A Place of Graces
Location: B.E.D.A. Community Hall, Ballineen, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Published by Ballineen, Enniskeane and Newcestown voluntary group.  Murragh, remains an important focal point in local history, and a place of Christian worship/burial since at least the 12
th century.  An ancient burial mound within the church bounds, gives evidence of pre-Christian activity and burial practice.  In recent centuries, movement of the River Bandon course undermined and washed away, a large portion of the graveyard and most of the church.  This book is the culmination of many years hard work by dedicated local groups, intent on preserving and recording the historic character of this ancient and sacred place.  The old graveyard was cleared, headstone inscriptions recorded and long forgotten graves identified. The book was greatly enhanced by the generosity of descendants of those interred at Murragh, who shared their family histories and allowed us the privilege of recording local (and not so local) living  memory.  A must read for anyone interested in local history and mythology.
Book launch - 3pm on 30 July at BEDA Hall, Ballineen. All welcome.

Date/Time: Tuesday 01st August 2017 at 13:00
Book Spirit of Mother Jones and Summer School 2017 Festival Launch 
Location: Maldron Hotel, Cork
Additional Information: The Spirit of Mother Jones is an outstanding festival, the launch of which takes place on Tuesday 1st August. For full information visit All welcome.

Inniscarra History Society Summer Concert 2017
Date/Time: Friday 11th August 2017 at 19:30
Summer Concert in an Enchanted Garden
Location: Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Inniscarra Historical Society presents 'Summer Concert in an Enchanted Garden', which takes place on Friday 11th August in Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey. There will be a performance by the High Hopes Choir and other groups and admission is €10 - ticket only. For more information or phone 086 0621947

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It is hoped that this update has been of interest and all the very 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


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