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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Fermoy Lights of Love Remembrance Tree

Good afternoon all

Upcoming Lights of Love Remembrance Tree event; which is being held on Sunday 3rd December 2017 in the Fermoy Community Resource Centre. 

 I would be very grateful if you would circulate the flyer on noticeboards, via email, on social media with your family, friends and work colleagues.

Please click on the youtube link below to see a video montage of our 2016 Lights of Love Remembrance Tree event.  Feel free to share this also.

If you would like any further information about the event, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me directly.

Yours in health

What constitutes a quorum for a meeting?

Before a meeting can conduct business it requires a quorum--the minimum number of members who must be present at the meeting before business can be properly transacted. The requirement of a quorum is a protection against unrepresentative action in the name of a group by an unduly small number of people. The exact number that constitutes a quorum is normally defined in a groups constitution. 

Cork County Council Arts Scheme

The Arts Scheme is operated by Cork County Council for the purposes of providing financial or other assistance to individuals and organisations engaged in the practice or promotion of the arts in Cork County.   Grant assistance may be awarded where applications meet the artistic and financial requirements set down by Cork County Council. The principles governing the operation of the Arts Grants Scheme are set out in the 2003 Arts Act, which enables a Local Authority to make financial or other assistance available for the purposes of: (a) Stimulating public interest in the Arts, (b) Promoting knowledge, appreciation and promotion of the Arts, (c) Improving standards in the Arts.
In providing funding support under the Arts Grants Scheme our objectives are:
• To support the work of locally based Arts organisations
• To build new audiences for the Arts
• To support work of high artistic quality
• To encourage new and innovative arts projects
• To support the involvement of professional artists and organisations in community based arts projects
• To support the participation of all section of the community in the Arts
• To enhance quality of life for communities.
Cork County Council invites applications for arts projects and activities that may be eligible for funding under the following grant assistance schemes in 2018.
1. ARTS GRANT SCHEME - Guidelines and Application Form
2. ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS SCHEME - Guidelines and Application Form
3. IRISH LANGUAGE ARTS - Guidelines and Application Form
4. ARTISTS’ FUNDING SCHEMES (open to practicing artists only)
The closing date for receipt of completed applications for all schemes is
Friday, 8th December 2017.
For any enquiries regarding applications contact:
The Arts Office,
Cork County Council,
County Hall,
Tel: 021 4346210

Mayor Hurley's Coffee Morning in aid of Marymount Hospice

Dear All,

I wish to invite you to join me at this year's coffee morning on Thursday 30th November at 10.00am-12.00pm in Foyer, County Hall in aid of Marymount Hospice.

I would be delighted if you could take time out of your busy schedule to attend to support this event.

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Edel Bodie,
On behalf of Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Declan Hurley
Corporate Affairs,
Floor 14
Tel: 021-4285367

The EU is currently recruiting secretaries & clerks to work in Brussels and Luxembourg.

Secretaries/Clerks (AST-SC 1)

Reference number:

EPSO/AST-SC/06/17 - SC 1

Open for application:  09/11/2017
Deadline: 12/12/2017 - 12:00(Brussels time)

Location(s): Brussels (Belgium) Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Grade:  AST-SC 1

Institution/Agency: EU institutions

Type of contract:  Permanent official

Before you start your application for this competition, you should complete the following steps, which will allow you to reflect seriously on your motivation for applying and your chances of success in our competitive selection procedure.

1. Read the Notice of Competition to ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements on the date you validate your application.

2. Complete the 'EU Career, My Career?' questionnaire to help you to determine whether a career in the EU institutions is for you.

3. Complete the self-assessment tests which are a simulation of some computer-based tests you will sit during the selection procedure.

The questionnaire and the tests should help you to see whether you are likely to meet the high standards required of an EU official.
You will need between 90 and 120 minutes to complete both the 'EU Career, My Career?' questionnaire and the self-assessment tests.
Your results are not eliminatory and they are not recorded or taken into account if you decide to proceed with your application.
Should you encounter difficulties accessing and completing this questionnaire due to disability and/or any special needs, please contact EPSO's Candidate Contact Service.
If you experience any technical issue during your test please contact our service provider.
Click here to start the tests:

Fermoy Youth Centre Coffee Morning in memory of Pat Maher

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Lighting the Way East Cork Launched

Lighting the Way East Cork, an information booklet for people bereaved through suicide, was launched last week in Pairc ui Cuiv by Ronnie Dorney, Principal Community Worker with the Cork South Community Work Department of HSE Cork/Kerry Community Healthcare.
The booklet aims to improve the level of information and support available in the community following a death by suicide. The pack will be used by the gardaí, health professionals and others who are liaising with people bereaved by suicide.
Lighting the Way East Cork contains useful information about the range of supports that can be accessed in the community in the aftermath of a suicide, how to make contact with services and what to expect when you do. The booklet lists national supports such as websites, helpline contact details along with other supports offered locally such as bereavement support groups and training around suicide awareness and prevention.
The booklet was produced through a partnership between HSE Community Work Departments, HSE staff of the Health Action Zone (HAZ) initiative, An Garda Síochána and other community partners in East Cork.
It is the fifth such resource booklet published for Cork, which means that there are now five editions of suicide bereavement resource booklets available across Cork, each one unique to a particular area.
The HSE Cork Kerry Community Health Care Community Work Department developed a Bag of Hope for yesterday's launch which were distributed to community groups at the event.
The bags contain resources reminding everyone of the importance of mental health and how to look after it, and link back to the successful Little Things campaign.
Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald and the Mayor of Cork County Declan Hurley spoke at the launch. Mayor Fitzgerald said the main message he received from the school children he met on his school visits was that we need to be kind to each other. Mayor Hurley said we all have a role to play in preventing suicide by being a friend or just being there for our friends or relations who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.  Sinead Glennon, the head of Mental Health Services with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said: “We can now offer a solid resource pack to those who may need to provide support to family or friends of a loved one who has died by suicide. This helps to deliver a key objective from the Connecting for Life Cork 2017-2020 which emphasises the continued support of persons, families and communities bereaved through suicide.
"Under Connecting for Life, there are several projects underway to support families and communities and to help them navigate pathways to care and support. The pack will be used by the gardaí, health professionals and others who are liaising with people bereaved by suicide. It will provide practical information about accessing supports locally and nationally and it will also be of benefit to other colleagues in the community as a signposting resource and information pack.”

Lighting the Way East Cork and the four other Lighting the Way resources are all available on

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Cork Food Policy Council Food Awards includes schools

The Cork Food Policy Council Food Awards are back - Apply Now! Shout out to all of you in Cork who go the extra mile when it comes to sustainable food practices. Please RT 🥕 Deadline for application Dec. 15th Follow the link to

Monday, 20 November 2017

Muintir na Tire Celebrating Age Week East Cork a huge success

The Muintir na Tire East Cork Celebrating Age Week tea dance in Midleton Park Hotel yesterday concluded a wonderful week of events for the elderly in East Cork.
The week started off on a very high note as one of Ireland's most successful and best loved authors Alice Taylor gave wonderful talk in the cosy atmosphere of Carrignavar Community Hall to the seniors of Carrignavar, Whitechurch, Glenville and Watergrasshill.  Alice herself lives in the village of Innishannon where she too is deeply involved with the community on many levels. Her book To School Through the Fields became the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland, and her sequels, Quench the Lamp, The Village, Country Days and The Night Before Christmas, were also outstandingly successful.  Alice spoke about how people today are caught up in a constant rushing about, and the need for all of us taking time out to give our minds a rest. Alice also took a nostalgic, loving look back to a family firmly life rooted in tradition and humour and - in particular - the Christmas traditions of her childhood.  Her stories of a childhood Christmas are rich, warm and amusing, giving a wonderful insight and a reminder to the audience about life as it was back then.
This was followed by lovely refreshments provided by our hosts Carrignavar Senior Citizens Association and then we had music and dancing to a very talented Timmy Manley. We would like to thank all involved to all who made this an afternoon to remember in Carrignavar.
On Thursday Celebrating Age Week moved to the eastern end of East Cork to the historical village of Killeagh where we were welcomed to Killeagh Hall. Our hosts Killeagh Inch Monday Club welcomed seniors from Killeagh Inch, Ballintotis and Castlemartyr to a very enjoyable afternoon. The event started with some fun activity courtesy of the KILLEAGH MONDAY CLUB “Go For Life” Team. By the time they finished we were all well and truly warmed up for the rest of the day. The next item was a very interesting talk by Staff from Barrys Nurseries, Killeagh entitled “Living Herbs For Wellbeing”. This included some great tips on growing herbs and using them in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Refreshments were then served by some local ladies and enjoyed by all. The afternoon concluded with Music, craic and Dancing to the highly talented Mark Ansboro and Mick Mangan. Again Thanks to all involved in organising this very enjoyable afternoon.
On Sunday we moved to Midleton Park Hotel for the concluding event of Celebrating Age Week. Everyone was welcomed by Finbarr Motherway who spoke about the whole concept of Celebrating Age Week and the different events held during the Week. The afternoon then started with a very apt prayer service of reflection on older people led by Fr. Michael Green. This was followed by a presentation by Sean Murphy of Muintir na Tire  to Councillor Noel Collins in recognition of his service to the people of East Cork on Cork County Council over the last fifty years.
Noel Thanked Muintir na Tire for the award and urged them to continue their defence of rural Ireland against those who threaten our traditional values and way of life. Noel was then invited to be part of the presentation of the first ever Muintir na Tire East Cork Celebrating Age Awards. (see separate reports) The Awards were followed by Refreshments and Music with the very talented Joe Desmond. Finbarr thanked all those involved in the organising of the event in particular his fellow members the Muintir Community Care team of, Sean Murphy Annette Lane Seamus Forde Denis Kelly Gretta Cronin, Brendan Scahill and Patricia Kirby and also to Fachtna and Catherine White for all their help on the day.

Organisers and Award winners at the Muintir na Tire East Cork Celebrating Age Awards. Front L-R Tom Morrissey Liz Maddox Eleanor Geraghty Noel Collins and Fr Michael Greene. Back L-R Finbarr motherway, Sean Murphy, Nuala Lynch, Patricia Kirby Sean Holland and Seamus Forde

Mary Lee and Tom Morrissey Win community Award at Muintir na Tire Celebrating Age Awards.

Mary Lee of Ballymacoda and Tom Morrissey of Aghada have jointly won the Community Award at the Muintir na Tire East Cork Celebrating Age Awards at the midleton Park Hotel yesterday
Mary was nominated by Ballymacoda Ladysbridge Community Council for her unassuming work in the community.Mary has been involved with Na Saoithe, part of Ballymacoda Ladysbridge Community Council for 21 years. Mary is not one for the limelight, but one who is always working for and thinking of our senior citizens and works very effectively as part of a team.
Marion Mariga accepting the Award on behalf of Mary Lee from Sean Holland Muintir na Tire also in photo is Noel Collins and Sean Murphy

During her 21 years of involvement Mary has:
Called on the older people and successfully promoted the Personal Alarms Initiative.
Continually helped and hosted the Fortnightly Social Afternoons from Sept to April.
Organised Transport to and from Ballymacoda Hall where people enjoy a chat and Bingo accompanied by tea and homemade scones.
Helped organise overnight trips away, shopping trips, entertainment trips and more recently the very popular Summer Day Excursions.
Organised the Christmas Dinner Party in Garryvoe Hotel.
Organised coffee mornings for Daffodil Day.
Helping with the Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

A lot of the above would not happen were it not for the consistency of Mary Lee’s presence as part of the team of Na Saoithe.
Tom Morrissey recieves his award from Nuala Lynch Muintir na Tire pictured with Sean Murphy and Noel Collins.

Tom Morrissey was nominated by Aghada District Community Council for his tirelass work on behalf of the community of Aghada.
Tom Morrissey has given the last twenty years of his life to the Aghada Community Council.
During that time Tom worked hard in supporting the elderly people of Aghada.
Tom set up
The Community Alert Schemes and the Alert Line which is a great comfort to the elderly of the parish.
The Christmas Party for the senior citizens of the parish which is still going strong.
He was also actively involved in building the new community centre at Aghada which is used by all including the elderly on a regular bases
Tom while well past the time of retirement continues to play an active role in his community  

Liz Maddox wins the Caring Award at East Cork Celebrating Age Awards

Liz Maddox received her Award from Patricia Kirby Muintir na Tire also in photo is Cllr Noel Collins
Elizabeth Maddox of Castlemartyr has won the caring Award at the Muintir na Tire East Cork Celebrating Age Awards held in Midleton Park Hotel yesterday.
Liz who is a founding member of The Castlemartyr Family Carers and Disability Support Group and on a daily basis she: Cares for her Disabled Husband
·        Supports all the members of The Castlemartyr Family Carers and Disability Support Group and  Works as Chairperson of the Cork County Council’s Older Peoples Council.

LIZ is totally dedicated to addressing issues that affect the daily living of the disabled, the elderly and carers in the East Cork Community.

Eleanor Geraghty of Carrigtwohil Wins East Cork Challenge Award.

Eleanor Geraghty of Carrigtwohil won the Challenge Award for overcoming adversity at the Muintir na Tire East Cork Celebration Age Awards in Midleton Park Hotel last Sunday. The award was given for a person over 55 in East Cork who has overcome illness or adversity, shown bravery or risen beyond expectations
Nominated by Carrigtwohil Community Council who pointed out that Eleanor has always been an active member in the community of Carrigtwohill in the following ways:
Cleaning the Church, Volunteering in the St. Vincent DePaul Shop, Catering for Funerals and was a founder member of the Carrigtwohill Tuesday Club.
Eleanor was very ill a few years ago but after recovering from the illness, instead of taking it easy, she once again became active in the Community helping others.

Eleanor Geraghty was presented with her Award by Seamus Forde of Muintir na Tire also in photo is Cllr. Noel Collins.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


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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 is available by clicking

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

Monday, 13 November 2017

Cork County Older Peoples Council Celebration West Cork

Cork County Older Peoples Council Celebration

Monday 27th November 2017
Westlodge Hotel, Bantry.
10.30am– 4.00pm

·         10.30am- 11.30am Registration /Exhibitions stands

·         11.30am Welcome, Mr. Christy Roche, PRO, Cork Older Peoples Council Executive Committee 

·         Cllr Joe Carroll,  Deputy Mayor of County Cork

·         Mr James Fogarty, Divisional Manager of Cork County Council

·         Ms. Elizabeth Maddox, Chair of the Cork Older Peoples Council

·         Address by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, TD

·         Question and Answer Session with Minister Jim Daly, TD

·         1.00 pm Lunch

·         An afternoon of music, song and dance 

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Alice Taylor to Kickstart Muintir na Tire Celebrate Age Week East Cork

One of Ireland's most successful and best loved authors Alice Taylor will talk in Carrignavar next Tuesday as part of Muintir na Tires Celebrating Age Week in East Cork.   Alice Taylor who lives in the village of Innishannon worked as a telephonist in Killarney and Bandon. When she married, she moved to Innishannon where she ran a guesthouse at first, then the supermarket and post office. She and her husband, Gabriel Murphy, who sadly passed away in 2005, had four sons and one daughter. In 1984 she edited and published the first issue of Candlelight, a local magazine which has since appeared annually. In 1986 she published an illustrated collection of her own verse.

To School Through the Fields
was published in May 1988. It was an immediate success, launching Alice on a series of signing sessions, talks and readings the length and breadth of Ireland. Her first radio interview, forty two minutes long on RTÉ Radio's Gay Byrne Show, was the most talked about radio programme of 1988, and her first television interview, of the same length, was the highlight of the year on RTÉ television's Late Late Show. Since then she has appeared on radio programmes such as Woman's Hour, Midweek and The Gloria Hunniford Show, and she has been the subject of major profiles in the Observer and the Mail on Sunday.

To School Through the Fields quickly became the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland, and her sequels, Quench the Lamp, The Village, Country Days and The Night Before Christmas, were also outstandingly successful. Since their initial publication these books of memoirs have also been translated and sold internationally.

Alice has also written fiction: her first novel, The Woman of the House, was an immediate bestseller in Ireland, topping the paperback fiction lists for many weeks and the saga continues in two further books.

One of Ireland's most popular authors, her most recent book is Tea and Talk.

Places are strictly limited for Alice's talk in Carrignavar and are confined to those living in the Carrignavar, Whitechurch, Glenville and Watergrasshill area through your local Community Care, Active Age Group only. 

For Whitechurch contact Jack O Keeffe.
For Carrignavar contact Gretta Cronin.
For Glenville contact Timmy Manley.
For Watergrasshill Contact Joan Cahill.
See below for a full calendar of Events During Celebrating Age Week East Cork

Celebrating Age Week Tea Dance Sunday Nov 19th 3pm Midleton Park Hotel

Join us for an afternoon of Reflection Entertainment, Music,
Dancing, Refreshments and Spot Prizes

and the presentation of the first
Muintir na Tire  East Cork  Celebrating Age Awards

Tickets €10 available at door

For more details or group bookings telephone 021 4500688

Monday, 6 November 2017

East Cork Celebrating Age Awards Deadline Extended to 10th Nov.

Muintir na Tire Celebrating Age Week from 14th to the 19th of November 2017. 

Do you know someone who makes a difference in other people’s lives? If they are 55+, live in East Cork, help others, have overcome adversity or are an unsung hero who always goes that extra mile, please nominate them! 

The Muintir na Tire Celebrating Age Week wants to showcase them and what can be achieved in later life.

The Three categories are:
1.      Caring Award           For someone who looks after another
2.      Community  An Individual that ‘enhances’ the lives of older people
3.      Challenge       For the person who has overcome illness or adversity, shown bravery or risen beyond expectations.

 If you need more information  please contact us on 0214500688.

The deadline for nominating somebody is now 12th  November 2017. 
Winners will be announced at the Celebrating Age Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday 19th November 2017 in Midleton Park Hotel.

Nomination Form Below

We look forward to your help with this.
Yours Sincerely
Finbarr Motherway and Annette Lane
On behalf of Organising Team

Understanding Self Harm Training Mallow (some places Available)

Dear Colleagues,

My colleague Martina Daly has asked me to advise you that there are still some spaces available on the upcoming UNDERSTANDING SELF-HARM training course being facilitated in Mallow on next:

Tuesday the 7th of November – from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. 

To Register please make contact directly via:

Kind regards,


Helena Cogan
HSE South
Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention
Cork Kerry Community Health Care
St. Stephen’s Hospital
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