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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Safetalk Workshop Mitchelstown

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Taking Place in the Town Hall, Youghal on Thursday and Friday, 16th and 17th November 2017


The County of Cork is home to a wealth of culture and heritage and a most impressive means of expressing this through a number of creative cultural outputs, ranging from Film, Music and Theatre to Literary and Visual outputs. The Creative Ireland Programme seeks to put culture at the heart of everything we do, and provides the County of Cork a great opportunity to enhance and further promote and encourage the cultural undertakings of the County.

In recognition of such vast culture, as well as the numerous community groups engaging with the Creative Ireland Programme and culture as a whole in the County of Cork, a Conference has been organised by Cork County Council, which examines the essential connection between heritage and art, culture and creativity; by indeed looking at the Culture of Creativity.

Over two days, November 16th and 17th 2017, and located in the historic coastal town of Youghal, the Conference will feature over a dozen top speakers in the realm of culture and creativity. Thursday 16th, commencing at lunch time (13:30), will see talks by Dr. Matt Crannitch; Paul O’Reilly and Ian Wilson with regard to our musical creativity and Eoin Nash, John McHarg, Billy O’Callaghan and Kevin O’Shannahan will deliver presentations on the importance of inclusivity in cultural undertakings. Cork County Council’s Culture Team (with representation across the Arts, Library, Heritage, Tourism and Irish sections of the Council) will also shed light on the cultural activities of Cork County Council and the various supports and initiatives currently in place. The evening, commencing at 19:00, will then see a wonderful conference performance which will include the Youghal Comhaltas Group (CCE Craobh Eochaille); Ian Wilson with Saxophonist Cathal Roche and a performance by Peadar Ó Riada. The following day will see a wonderful morning of talks on Film, Theatre and the Visual Arts and will feature Rossa Mullin, Oonagh Kearney, Mary McGrath, Con Downing, Katie Holly, Geoff Gould, Dr. Eimear O’Connor, Mirandi Driscoll and Ann Davoren. Aileen Murray of Youghal’s Socio-Economic Group will also speak about the historic town of Youghal from a cultural perspective and Tom O’Neill will speak about the cultural importance of Spike Island. The afternoon will then see the engagement of conference participants in a discussion and workshop with Cork County Council’s Arts Strategic Policy Group and Culture Team to assist in the formulation of Cork County’s very first Culture and Creativity Strategy (2018 – 2022). The Conference will close at c. 15:30.

There will be much activity taking place in Youghal around the Conference and attendees will also be able to avail of designated free tours of the newly opened Youghal Clock Gate Tower – a wonderful cultural heritage asset in the historic Walled Town of Youghal. These will take place on the morning of Thursday 16th, the late afternoon of Friday 18th and the morning of Saturday 19th for anybody staying on in Youghal to experience the wonderful culture and heritage that the town has to offer.

The Inaugural Creative Ireland County Cork Conference takes place in the Town Hall in Youghal and is free of charge. Take-up for the conference is expected to be high and early registration is therefore advisable by emailing The precise schedule for the event and full details will be available on

The conference forms part of the Creative Ireland Programme in the County of Cork. For more information on Creative Ireland in Cork County and to get involved in the formulation of the County’s very first Culture and Creativity Strategy (2018-2022) phone 021 4285905 or email

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Upcoming safeTALKs in West Cork

for more Details contact,
Helena Cogan
HSE South
Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention
Cork Kerry Community Health Care
St. Stephen’s Hospital
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Saturday, 23 September 2017

West Cork Choral Singers

West Cork Choral Singers  performing "THE CREATION" by Haydn sung in English, with Guest Soloists, Soprano- Deirdre Moynihan, Tenor - Ryan Morgan and Bass - Jeffrey Ledwidge under the Musical Direction of Diana Llewellyn and Accompanist Pianists - Annabel Adams & Antoinette Baker
Sunday 8 October 2017  - 8 p.m.  
Abbeystrewery Church Skibbereen.    
Admission €15 - tickets available at Thornhill Electrical, Main Street,  Skibbereen also available at the Door.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Clashmore and Kinsalebeg Community Council News

How can we help you? - please come along to the meeting at 8 pm on Tuesday 26th September in Clashmore Heritage Centre.
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Clashmore and Kinsalebeg Community Council
Our Aim is to make our Community a vibrant, healthy place for
growing up and growing older.
Hi All,
The role of the Community Council is to build a vision for the future of our community using the assets that we have in Clashmore and Kinsalebeg - 
  1. People who will always help one another at a time of need
  2. Beautiful countryside near to the river, sea and mountains
  3. Heritage and traditions going back hundreds of years
  4. Good schools and shared facilities like the churches, halls and playing fields, and medical services.
  5. A place where the air and water are clean and we are not affected by climate extremes.
So far to help with our current projects, we have obtained grants and support of over €13,000 and we have applications pending for a further €18,000.  We have established some priorities for the next year but we would like to have your comments and suggestions either by email or by coming along to the Big Meeting on Tuesday 26th September at 8 pm in the Heritage Centre, Clashmore.

Our Priorities

1. Good Neighbours
  • We will, with the help of the County Council and housing organisations, look to build 10  bungalows in the village to provide older residents with a safe, communal area to live independently and with their peers.
  • We will work to encourage the participation of all residents, make available opportunities for social contact and lifelong learning,  and, particularly with older residents, use their knowledge, time and experience to help our community thrive.
  • We will carry on supporting the local organisations which provide great service to our community and we will ensure the voice of Clashmore and Kinsalebeg is heard by our elected representatives and other relevant organisations. 
2. Beautiful Countryside
  • We will establish a team of volunteers to maintain our country paths and make them accessible to all members of our community
  • We will look at the potential for looped walks in the area and use the re-development of St Declan's Way as a catalyst
  • We will help in setting up a community garden in Piltown.

3. History and Heritage   
  • We will look to maintain the historical structures like the Distillery Chimney and other key buildings in the area.
  • We will support the Heritage Group in recording and celebrating the history and traditions of our community.

4. Excellent local facilities and a healthy community
  • We will work with the schools and the local sports organisations to build their links with the community - we have obtained a grant to develop gardens in each of the national schools and a grant for a community gymnasium.
  • We will build on the Healthy Community work from last year
    • by working with Youghal First Responders to improve the number of defibrillators in the area and the training required;
    • have another Healthy Day to check blood pressures and blood sugar;
    • run Operation Transformation;
    • start a Family Running Club.

5. Clean Air and Water
  • The Community Council has applied to Sustainable Energy Ireland to be one of their first Community Groups and has also had energy surveys carried out on our local halls by Waterford Energy Bureau.
  • The next steps are to carry out energy saving work on on houses and the community buildings using the available grants.
  • Ensure that any future electricity generation plans either solar, wind or tide, have local involvement and shareholding and do not lessen our living environment
  • Plan for the change in transport which is beginning to happen
  • Look at ways to mitigate the impact agriculture has on the environment and look at alternative land use such as forestry, natural carbon sinks, biodiversity, etc

How can we help you?
If there is an area that interests you or something else you want us to deal with, just email your details or come along to the Big Meeting on the 26th September. Remember it's your community.
For more Details call Richard Torney on 087 6243406 or

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Have Your Say on Boundary Extension.

Cork County Cork County Council to invite the public to have their say regarding boundary alteration proposals
At a meeting of Cork County Council held in County Hall this week, the elected members approved a proposal which will see Cork County Council making a formal statutory offer to cede lands to Cork City Council. Members were unanimous in their support for the proposal, saying that this approach will hopefully encourage Cork City Council to engage with the County with a view to determining an appropriate and sensible boundary alteration.
The County Mayor, Councillor Declan Hurley, commented:
“Cork County Council’s offer provides for a natural expansion of Cork City. It focuses on transferring areas which have a natural affiliation with the City, while at the same time preserving the integrity of communities in areas such as Ballincollig, Blarney, Carrigtwohill, and rural areas”.
The proposal, if implemented, would see a near doubling in the size of the City’s footprint, with Cork City Council becoming responsible for a population of c. 165,000 people (an increase of 31% on their current population). This population transfer equates to almost 40,000 people and would represent the single most significant local authority expansion in the state in recent decades.
The County Mayor continued:
“Cork County Council is determined to bring this matter to a timely conclusion. By taking this initiative, Cork County Council is hopeful that the City Council will engage and enter into discussions with the County on agreeing a way forward. The proposal put forward is sensible and logical, and forms a basis for the two parties to come together to make progress. We will also have the benefit of public consultation. Cork County Council is currently putting the necessary arrangements in place, and more information will follow later this week regarding same. 
“I am very mindful of the bigger picture. What I am saying is that we must respect the need to provide certainty to the citizens and businesses across all of Cork in relation to future developments. The future ability of both Councils to provide the highest levels of service across their respective areas should be a key cornerstone, and while there are difficult decisions ahead, I am confident that both Councils will work together to do what is best for the entire Cork region.”

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Evening of Music, Song and Poetry at Elbow Lane Inn Fermoy

Culture Night Events taking place in Fermoy on Friday 22nd September at various times & locations.  Feel free to share these with colleagues, friends & family.

The Evening of Music, Song and Poetry at Elbow Lane Inn is a joint initiative with performances from members of the Fermoy Active Retirement Group, Fermoy Men's Club and Market Place Poetry and Performing Arts.

Yours in health

Kind regards

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

Cork North Division Garda Youth Awards.

I would like to take this opportunity to let you know about the upcoming Cork North Division Garda Youth Awards.

While there is recognition for academic  and sporting achievements, we often overlook those young people who do great work in our communities. If you know of any young person (14-19yrs) or groups who deserve to be nominated, please do so. Nominations must be submitted by 11th October 2017.

At the launch, Public Relations Manager for our main sponsor, Supermac’s emphasised that these awards will set future job applicants apart from others among the thousands of CV’s he receives every year, so there is a practical benefit to the awards.

Application forms are available from me at Fermoy Garda Station (or any Community Garda/ J.L.O. in Cork North Division) 

Conor Gately.
Community Garda,

Celebrating Cork Past Historian Of The Year

Each year the Celebrating Cork Past Committee acknowledges outstanding work in the areas of heritage and culture with regard to Cork City and County. This year, 2017, in grateful appreciation of his lifelong promotion of the history, heritage and culture of Cork, Dr. Éamon Lankford will receive the Historian of the Year Award. Dr. Éamon Lankford has undertaken tremendous work around the County with some of his greatest achievements including his work on Oileán Chléire and the Placenames Survey of Cork City and County (this unique and immeasurable resource is available for all to use, free of charge, in Cork County Library HQ). Also receiving awards this year are the founders of the Cork Jazz Festival given their wonderful contribution to the Musical ((Jazz) Cultural Life of Cork (with thanks to Ray Fitzgerald, Pearse Harvey and Jim Mountjoy). The recipients recently met with the Lord Mayor of Cork City Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald and the Deputy Mayor of Cork County on the day, Cllr. Marcia D'Alton. A lovely short video of the gathering has been put together by Corman Brenock, available to view by clicking the following link -
More information is available to view on and everyone is encouraged to come along to the 9th Celebrating Cork Past Festival, taking place in the City Hall on Friday September 29th 2017 from 10:00 to 18:00 - a day which will features dozens of exhibitions by heritage groups throughout the City and County.
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Autism courses with UCC are open to applications:

The Autism courses with UCC are open to applications:

In class Diploma UCC, Limerick and Kilkenny closing this Friday 15th September   
Autism certificate online closing September 22nd

For further information on both courses follow the link below:
Diploma in Autism Studies
Certificate in Autism Studies Online

Please feel free to contact me for queries on either course and to forward this email to those who may be interested.
Kind regards,

Application closing date for the Diploma in Autism studies, Cork, Limreick and Killkenny is extended to this Friday 15th September.
To apply click the following link: 

Eileen Mc Bride
Autism Studies Coordinator,
ACE (Adult Continuing Education),
University College Cork,

Monday, 11 September 2017

Pat Spillane Ambassador for Action Plan for Rural Development says Boundary Extension is a Land Grab.

The National Conference and AGM of Muintir na Tire was  held in Ballacolla County Laois last Saturday and featured a number of high-profile panelists including Kerry legend and GAA pundit Pat Spillane.
Community CCTV and the new app, CÁIRDE, were among the items up for discussion which  was held as part of a wider event that was open to the public.
“The event was practical and informative, and appealed greatly to all the community groups, particularly rural ones who attended,” said Niall Garvey, Muintir na Tire CEO.

There was a panel discussion on the issues facing rural communities and their solutions. Legendary Kerry footballer, TV analyst, and Ambassador for the Action Plan for Rural Development Pat Spillane, and Minister Sean Kyne, who has responsibility for rural affairs spoke at the event.

Mr Spillane called for joined up thinking on the the issues facing Rural Ireland by the Government. He welcomed the fact that for the first time Rural Ireland now had a seat at the Cabinet.“The discussion was  frank and forthright.  In reply to Cork delegates who described the Mackinnon Proposed Boundary proposals as a huge transfer of resources from rural Ireland to Cork City,  Mr Spillane said that the proposals were nothing short of a 'land grab' by Cork City Council

There was also a focus on community CCTV. “This is very topical right now, especially with the recent announcement of €3 million in grant aid available, but many groups do not know where to start. “The panel included representatives from An Garda Síochána; a local authority; and a community group that made the journey. This provided a great starting point for any interested group,” said Mr Garvey. CEO Muintir na Tire
“We also had a number of exhibitors, including Muintir community councils and Community Alert groups demonstrating how they have successfully completed their own projects. Several CCTV suppliers had exhibits, as will other service providers, including Pobal, who provided information on the Seniors Alert Scheme – pendant alarms,” said the CEO.

“Muintir na Tire also previewed our new app: CÁIRDE, before its formal launch later this month. It is the new Muintir na Tíre service designed to connect, secure and empower communities. It works on the principles that there is safety in numbers, and people want to help each other.

“It connects local people, family, friends and neighbours so they can provide help and assistance to each other in times of need,” said Mr Garvey.

Muintir National President, Michael Sweeney.said “We are very grateful to our sponsors, Community Finance Ireland, for their support. All in all, there was something for  anybody with an interest in community matters”,

Sunday, 10 September 2017

How To Build And Grow In Raised Beds -Michael Kelly

How To Build And Grow In Raised Beds

Raise your growing game...

Over the last few years I’ve noticed a definite snootiness about using raised beds for growing food, which I find ridiculous.  It’s almost like if you are not out there double digging your soil and breaking your back to suffer for your vegetables then it’s considered cheating.  Personally I am all for the occasional cheat if it helps me to grow better veggies or helps me to grow them with less time and effort expended.
Generally speaking you need a good spade’s depth of quality top soil in order to grow good veggies. Unfortunately GIYers now face twin barriers to this approach – poor soil depth/quality in their garden, and lack of time to spend improving the soil quality. In most housing estates in Ireland for example the ‘soil’ was created by departing builders throwing a miserly inch-thick layer of top soil on top of the builder’s rubble – not the most promising growing medium.
A “raised bed” is created by adding a good layer (at least a foot) of soil on top of the existing soil, usually using a frame of timber to keep the soil in place.  Instead of digging down in to the soil therefore, you are effectively raising the level of it up by a foot. The raised bed is therefore an ingenious cheat to provide, good quality, deep, fertile soil that’s perfect for planting. It goes without saying that if you are blessed with good quality, deep soil in your garden and plenty of time for digging, then you don’t need raised beds.  But if you don’t, by bringing good quality soil in to raised beds in your garden, you can start growing promising veggies instantly. 
They have a number of other benefits.  Typically, you don’t ever stand on the soil which means less soil compaction and therefore better drainage (the soil will dry out quicker).  They also tend to extend the growing season because the soil in raised beds warms up earlier than the soil around it.  You can therefore start planting earlier in the season.  The dreaded slugs tend to be less of an issue too because they face more barriers to get in to the bed.
When it comes to the shape and look of your raised beds you can let your imagination run riot, but don’t sacrifice functionality for aesthetics.  I went nuts a few years back making triangular-shaped beds – they looked lovely but were highly impractical. The important thing to remember is that you are not supposed to be walking on the soil at any point, so you must be able to reach in to the centre of the bed from the sides.  A 4ft (1.2m) wide bed is therefore considered ideal because the centre of the bed can be reached from both sides (depending how long your arms are I guess!). The beds should be a minimum of 25cm deep.  You can go deeper if you want (even up to waist height) - deeper beds have the advantage of being easier to work at (no stooping etc) but they drain very quickly and are therefore difficult to keep watered in summer.  You also need a serious load of soil to fill them.
A typical argument against raised beds is their cost.  In reality you can spend as much or as little as you want.  You can buy raised beds or make them yourself from old scaffolding planks or salvaged timber.  
The Basics – 5 Step Plan to Make Raised Beds
A simple 5-step plan to put raised beds on to a lawn is as follows:
1.       Measure out the lengths of wood needed, cut them to size and nail them together.
2.       Support from the inside using wooden pegs, then nail the planks to the pegs for support. 
3.       Place a thick layer of wet cardboard or newspaper at the bottom to kill off grass and weeds.
4.       Fill with alternating layers of manure/compost and top soil.  A mix of about 60 per cent soil and 40 per cent compost would be ideal. 
5.       Fill the beds to within about 10cm of the top so that the sides of the bed act as a windbreak.
Autumn is a great time to put in raised beds.  If you get them built in the autumn and early winter and filled with soil and compost, you can cover them down for the rest of the winter so that they will be bursting with nutrients and ready for planting next spring.
You can buy top soil in garden centres but it will be expensive.  Specialist soil mix providers like Enrich sell larger quantities (1-tonne bags).  Ask at your local GIY group, gardening club, or allotment organisation.  Failing that, keep an eye on local papers.  Ask to see the soil before it’s delivered - you do not want a lorry load of subsoil full of stones and weeds. 

Friday, 8 September 2017

Stress Control Courses Cobh and Youghal

Hi to you all,

Could you circulate this information to any one in the general 
vicinity of Cobh and Youghal.
This is an excellent course, I would highly recommend it. 
Thanks for your help.

Mags Creed Community Worker HSE

Feeling Stressed?
Finding it hard to sleep?
Under pressure?
If the answer to some of these questions is ‘yes’ then you might be interested in attending the FREE Stress Control course run through the Cork Beats Stress Initiative.
Stress Control is a free, six week course which will teach participants the skills to manage and tackle stress more effectively. Participants will not be asked to talk about their problems.
Over 1000 people have already attended one of many courses held in association with various GAA clubs and other organisations. The course, delivered by Primary Care Psychologists with the HSE in Cork has been shown to significantly reducing people’s stress levels by giving them the skills and the know how to tackle stress in their lives regardless of the cause. Those who attended also reported improved quality of life in all aspects of their lives and feeling more connected to friends and family as a result of attending.
 Course Information
•         The course will delivered over six sessions by experienced psychologists.
•         Participants can either choose to do the course in Cobh GAA Club OR The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, Co. Cork.
•         Classes are very easy to follow. Free booklets accompany each session and participants will also receive a free relaxation CD.
•         Participants will not be asked to talk about their problems or asked any personal questions. The course takes a lecture format.
•         Anyone over the age of 18, from all walk of life is welcome to attend. Partners, friends, family members are all welcome.
•         Stress Control is aimed at helping anybody who is experiencing stress in their life or anybody interested in insulting themselves against future stress.
 Participants can choose to do the course in either Cobh or Youghal

Cobh Details:
Cobh GAA, Carrignafoy, Cobh, Co. Cork
Thursday mornings: 21st, 28th September, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th October 2017
10.30 am – 12 midday 

Youghal Details:
The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, Co. Cork
 Thursday mornings: 21st, 28th September, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th October 2017
10.30 am – 12 midday 
For information or to book a place on this course, please email your name, contact phone number, address along with your preferred location to: OR call: 086 7871016
Please feel free to circulate this information 
We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Jennifer Hayes,
Principal Psychology Manager - Cork North,

Psychology Services,
Floor 1,
Adj. To Shopping Ctr.,

Tel: 021 4927140 (Secretary - Rosemarie Magnier)
Tel: 021 4927145 (Direct Line)
Fax: 021 4927147

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For a number of years the Heritage Council has been coordinating a most wonderful Heritage in Schools Programme where heritage experts visit schools and teach the pupils an array of different aspects from the world of Heritage. Additional Specialists are now being sought with a closing date of Friday 15th September 2017. Membership of the Panel will be for a two year term with a six month probation period. Full details of the Scheme are available on


Heritage Week 2017 has been a great success. In the County of Cork over 170 events took place, and over 2,200 events, nationally, the highest on record. Each year the Heritage council runs a Heritage Week Awards Competition and Cork County has fared well in the competition in recent years receiving acknowledgment for the Ellen Hutchins Botanist Festival in West Cork and the John Saul Commemorations in East Cork. The competition is now open up until September 15th 2017 and this year there are four categories (Heritage Hero, Hidden Heritage, Heritage Communities and Cool for Kids). Let’s hope there are plenty of entries from County Cork!

To enter the competition visit

Thursday, 7 September 2017


The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley has welcomed the announcements of six projects from Cork County Council shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2017. The projects shortlisted are: the Living Space Project Mallow;; Dunmanway Community Garden; the Physicality and Wellbeing Office; Spike Island (Heritage and Built Environment Category) and the Centenary Commemorations in the County of Cork (Commemorations and Centenaries Category). In welcoming the announcement, Mayor Hurley commented, ‘These awards select the very best of local authority projects.  To have six selected is a wonderful achievement and recognises the impact of these projects but what is truly making a difference is how these projects are bringing real and meaningful benefits to the people of Cork. The winners will be announced at the 14th annual awards ceremony on 23rd November at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Santry. The awards will be presented for excellence in sixteen different categories and one local authority will be awarded the overall award and named Local Authority of the Year 2017.


History is all around us. It’s alive. It’s continuously evolving. Since the dawning of time, humankind has been recording history on cave walls, rocks and wood for future generations and Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition, which is supported by the Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork Lions Club, is carrying on this grand tradition. This unique educational family exhibition was established in recognition of the importance of our history and the great need for heritage societies and organisations throughout Cork City and County to join forces and come together under one roof to showcase their own unique heritage.
These heritage societies at the grass roots level are the bread and butter of our rich, colourful heritage, tradition and culture. A parish without a past is like a person without a memory.
At the 9th Annual Heritage Family Festival – Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition, Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork, Friday, September 29th next the great voluntary endeavour of these passionate heritage ambassadors who are the guardians of our rich inheritance will be showcased. You will be left with no doubt that they are proud and loud of their rich heritage and can rest assured that our beautiful Cork City and the picturesque beauty of County Cork is in safe hands as we pass the red and white flag of our heritage, tradition and culture onto the next generation.
The goal of Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition is to encourage parishes in Cork City and County to establish their own historical societies to promote our unique heritage locally, nationally and internationally. Admission is Free.

For further information (whether you are interested in attending on the day or exhibiting on behalf of your local heritage society) contact Richard