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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Singing For The Brain Fermoy

Singing for the Brain returns on Wednesday 6th September 2017.  Each Wednesday afternoon from 2.30 - 4.00pm this wonderful social community initiative will take place in  St Frances Day Centre on Rathealy Road, Fermoy.  So if you enjoy singing and meeting other people - then be sure to come along and try out Singing for the Brain.  

You do not have to be a Tenor or Soprano to attend; no singing experience or talent is necessary to enjoy this fun and sociable experience.   An open invitation is issued to all members of the community to come along and participate in this weekly social event; there is a suggested weekly donation of €5 to help with running costs .  If you would like to get further information about Singing for the Brain - please contact Fermoy Community Health Worker - Jacinta McCormack on 085 8742320.

Please share with others via facebook and email - you never know who might benefit from coming along.

Kind regards

Jacinta McCormack
Community Health Worker
Fermoy Community Health Project
085 8742320 or 025 32962

6km Blue Balloon Fun Run & Walk

The Cork Association for Autism's fourth annual 6km Blue Balloon Fun Run & Walk will take place in Blackrock on Sunday the 10th of September at 11am. 

The scenic off-road route will be the same as previous years and start at the Old Railway Line, by Pairc Uí Chaoimh, travel  back along by the water before finishing up near Blackrock Castle. At the finish line participants will be greeted with light refreshments, and an ice cream van. There also will also be face-painting for our younger participants. Bus Éireann have kindly come on board to provide a free shuttle bus to escort participants from the finish line back to their cars. 

All monies raised at this event will go towards the funding of transportation and vehicle leasing costs which transport users of the CAA service from their homes to the provided service centres and out on community integration activities and daytrips. 

Participants are being encouraged to register online at to book their place. Entry fee is €15 for adults, €5 for children under 12 and FREE with a sponsorship card which can be requested by calling Carol on 021 453 3642 or by emailing Team and group registrations are also welcomed. 

Runners and walkers of all abilities and ages are more than welcome to join us on the day. 

I'd appreciate if you could share the details of this event with your members and anyone else who you think may be interested in participating. 

This event is proudly sponsored by Bus Éireann, Musgrave Group, All Fresh Wholesale Ltd Little Island and Fitzpatrick’s Shop Glounthaune. 

Many thanks, 

Carol Walsh
Fundraising Coordinator
Cork Association for Autism
Unit 4 | Barryscourt Industrial Estate | Carrigtwohill | Co.Cork
TEL: 021 453 3642 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

National Muintir na Tire 2017 AGM - Bigger, Better, and very Practical.

Dear colleague

This year our national AGM will be held on Saturday 9th September in Ballacolla, Co Laois.
It promises to be an interesting and well-attended day. Apart from the formal AGM, it will be a practical day, with workshops, debates, and presentations.

Speakers will include Pat Spillane and Government Ministers. Pat is the Ambassador for the new Action Plan for Rural Development and speaks from the hip, addressing the issues facing rural Ireland and communities in a straight talking manner.

The practical workshops will include:
  • Community CCTV and what is involved, including practical presentations, demonstrations, and debates.
  • The new Muintir na Tire App for communities.

Our groups will also showcase their achievements and share best practice with others – showing what can be achieved by a community, and how to achieve it. Other support agencies will also be present.
Please save the date in your diary – more details will follow.

We have a limited number of display spaces available for affiliated groups who would like to showcase their achievements. There is no charge for this and we will supply display boards, table, chair, etc. All your group needs to bring is demonstration material (posters, photographs, etc). If your group is interested in this please let us know by 31 July. You can email or call (062) 51163.


Niall Garvey
Muintir na Tire

Thursday, 24 August 2017

County Mayor in response to Minister Coveney's Comments on PJ Coogan's Opinion Line 96FM

Press Release by County Mayor in response to Minister Coveney’s Comments on PJ Coogan’s Opinion Line 96FM
Press Release by County Mayor in response to Minister Coveney’s Comments on PJ Coogan’s Opinion Line 96FM on 17th August 2017 – County Mayor warmly welcomes Ministers commitment.
The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Declan Hurley, has responded to Minister Simon Coveney’s Comments on PJ Coogan’s Opinion Line 96FM on 17th August 2017.
The Mayor commented:
I very much welcome the comments made in recent days by Minister Coveney, implying that the Mackinnon Report is far from set in stone. The Minister expressed his desire to see both the City Council and County Council working together to agree a boundary.
Minister Coveney clearly indicated that the Implementation group that have been tasked with looking at the detail of the boundary change proposed by Mackinnon, will take into account the very real concerns that have been expressed in recent weeks by various organisations, communities and individuals and will come to a final, mutual agreement by the end of September when a more appropriate but different boundary line will emerge that will be mutually beneficial to both City and County, and not kill off the County Council as the Mackinnon boundary would do.
I am particularly pleased by the fact that he is urging all concerned to be willing to facilitate and agree the necessary changes required to better address the challenges facing Cork.
The Mayor continued:
For example we have an accelerating housing crisis in Cork, so what solution does the Mackinnon Report suggest??. Well… housing applicants in Ballincollig, Blarney, Glanmire and Carrigtwohill will now be added to the City Council’s housing list. Existing city housing applicants will now be pitted against County housing applicants for social housing services in those areas. All of this will delay the timely provision of much needed housing for young families. This is not a solution…..this just creates more problems! So yes we need proper solutions and Mackinnon will not deliver them. The time has come where we need to firmly kick the Mackinnon report into touch before it creates even more problems for the people of Cork.
Common sense and reason need to prevail here and as far as I am concerned neither is evident in the Mackinnon report particularly where it suggests a boundary extension for Cork which would be physically two and a half times that of Dublin City. We need a practical workable solution that can address Cork’s real problems.
Finally, I would like to compliment the communities and people on the ground that have seen through this report for what it is and, in true Cork tradition, have rebelled against it to seek a fair solution for all. They are assured of my support.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Autism Studies courses now enrolling

University College Cork
 Adult Continuing Education

Autism Studies courses now enrolling for 2017/2018

University College Cork is now enrolling for its part-time and evening courses in Autism Studies through Adult Continuing Education. Adult Continuing Education provides learners the opportunity to combine education with other responsibilities, explore areas of interest, up skill and renter the world of education.
The following courses are now open for applications, for further information on both courses follow the link below:
Diploma in Autism Studies
Certificate in Autism Studies Online

Running in Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny and online: applications now open!!!
Courses will run subject to adequate numbers

Contact us:
Visit our Courses page for a full list of programmes on offer.
For more information on the Autism studies courses:

Ms Eileen McBride (Programme Coordinator – UCC)
T. 021 4904731 

Glut Instincts News from GIY Ireland

Mick Kelly's freezer may be the secret to surviving winter (nuclear or otherwise)

The veg patch feels like a hard task master right about now, churning out seemingly never-ending gluts of produce.  There’s a level on which I feel grateful for this abundance, particularly when it’s all laid out in big beautiful trays, buckets or bowls.  But there’s another level in which I feel “ENOUGH ALL READY”, particularly when said trays, buckets or bowls of produce have been hanging around the kitchen for 3 days and I know I have to do something with them.
Specifically, it’s the tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and French beans that are unwaveringly relentless at the moment and no amount of chutneying, spiralizing, saucing or freezing seems to get to the bottom of them.  The porch (a cool place that’s ideal for storing veg) is full of produce at the moment and I know that after I finish writing this, I should really saucify another 6 or 7 baking trays of tomatoes for the freezer.  And after that, I should really go out and harvest another massive batch of tomatoes that need picking too. By the way, if saucify is not a word, it totally should be.
There’s a simple way to reduce the incessant flow of vegetables, and that’s to sow less of them. But sowing less of things is not something that I would ever really consider. I know if I did that, I will just be annoyed with myself sometime after Christmas when I go hunting in the freezer for a lovely home-grown tomato sauce for a pizza and see that we’ve run out.  But I reserve the right to whinge and moan a little at this time of the year.
Anyway, there are obvious upsides to all the work, albeit that the gratification is somewhat delayed.  At last count, there are now 40 bags of passata in the freezer which by my nerdish reckoning should take us well in to the late spring of next year (using one a week).  Mrs. Kelly just finished making a batch of cucumber pickle (recipe below) which is one of the handiest sandwich fillers known to man, and if there is a better accompaniment to a pair of good quality sausages and a decent Waterford blaa, I’ve yet to find it. 
We’re spiralizing the divil out of courgettes. Spiralizing gets dismissed regularly as a rather laughable hipster fad, which is unfair, because actually it’s unbeatable as a way to use up serious quantities of courgettes (and there are always serious quantities of courgettes).   Tonight’s dinner of ‘courgetti’ with (you’ve guessed it) tomato sauce, will see our family of four munch unwittingly through 2 marrow-esque courgettes.
We’re also freezing French beans like there’s a flood, war or some other class of pestilence coming down the tracks (and let’s be honest, there could be).  30-odd bags of them in the freezer will join many a quiche, stir-fry or Sunday roast during the Hungry Gap next year.
It’s worth considering amidst the belly-aching, that though the harvest currently seems endless, there will of course be an end at some point.  We will rue that day when it comes.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Time for Dialogue.....'Ní neart go cur le chéile' ... 'There is no strength without unity'

There is an old Irish saying 'Ní neart go cur le chéile' which roughly translates to English as 'There is no strength without unity'. It is a saying which I have seen in many community centres and community buildings in Cork City and County. It serves as a call for unity in a community and in urging people to get together and make their place a better place. Too often disunity serves as a barrier to development in both small and large communities alike regardless of what help may be available from the outside.
Last Sunday our Senior hurlers bowed out of the All Ireland for 2017 but not without giving us all great hope for the future of hurling in the rebel county. The team management and players came from all parts of our city and county working together for Cork.  Hope is great as it gives us optimism and an expectation of positive outcomes into the future. We all need hope particularly in times of change .
Most people will be aware that there is a great deal of talk about the proposed large scale boundary extension to the city as proposed in the MacKinnon Report. An earlier statutory Smiddy report recommended a unified Council to run the city and county combined. Both reports have had the the effect of polarising opinion in both the city and the county. There are genuine concerns in both the city and the county about the consequences of either option being implemented in full.

In the city people are concerned that their status in a unified Council would be severely diminished. In the county people are very concerned that a large scale boundary will devastate the county council to such an extent that the funding of vital rural services and community services and facilities will be severely curtailed. They are also concerned that the long term interests of satellite towns like Ballincollig and Carrigtwohill would not be best served within an enlarged city. These are genuine concerns that have to be respected and taken into consideration before any final decision is implemented. 

Cork County PPN and Cork City PPN are platforms by which community organisations have an input into policy making on both Cork County and Cork City Councils. The membership is made up of Community and Voluntary Groups, Social Inclusion Groups and Environmental groups. These are the organisations working on the ground who will have to deal with the consequences of any change.

We all work for our communities and have great pride in the places we come from. The current Mayors of the City and County have worked tirelessly for their own communities. County Mayor Declan Hurley in Dunmanway and City Mayor Tony Fitzgerald in Knocknaheeny. I am sure that they would not like to see a solution imposed which would cause division between the city and county. We in the Cork County PPN (Public Participation Network) must emphasise that dialogue and negotiation is urgently needed to come to a consensus as to what is best for both the city and county.

We need strength and unity in Cork, we need dialogue and discussion but most of all we need hope for the future of both city and county.

Denis Kelly
on behalf of 
Cork County PPN (Public Participation Network)