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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

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Monday, 21 May 2018

Do the Cork City Marathon in aid of Focus Ireland

The official Cork City marathon and half marathon courses take you through the beautiful and unique streetscapes of Cork city and suburbs on Sunday 3rd June 2018.

 The full marathon is accompanied by the team relay, which allows up to 5 people share the course - a great way to take part in a great occasion!

Anyone can take part, joggers and walkers are always welcome to take up the challenge.  If you are interested in taking part in the Cork City marathon for the first time or are an elite runner, we would love you to do it in aid of Focus Ireland and help us end homelessness every step of the way.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

GDPR – General Data Protection Regulations Guidance for Muintir Groups

Dear colleague

You have probably heard much about GDPR – the new General Data Protection Regulations, which come into effect on 25th May. 

We have received many queries from groups and so have put together a simple helpsheet to help you ensure you are compliant. If you have any queries on the attached, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Niall Garvey
Muintir na Tíre


The Heritage Council is seeking heritage initiatives – existing and new – planned for 2018 for European Year of Cultural Heritage. These Types of Activities include: Information, education or awareness-raising campaign; Festivals, including film festivals; Conference, symposium, forum, debate, Study, survey, Training/ workshops; Research activities; Visit, exchange; Digital projects; Cultural event or performance; Media event, launch event and exhibitions and shows.

Activities, events and projects should take place between 7th December 2017 and 31st December 2018 and contribute to achieving one or more of the objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Events can be officially registered by applying for the the European Year of Cultural Heritage label.  Permission must be granted by the Heritage Council as National Coordinator to use the European Year of Cultural Heritage label/logo. 

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EU support for literary translation is aimed at enhancing knowledge of the literature and literary heritage of fellow Europeans. Applications from individual publishers and publishing houses for the translation of collections of fiction from one European language into another are eligible under this scheme. Deadline: 11am, 23rd May 2018. Further information


Féile na Laoch (Festival of Heroes) is very big international, multifaceted Festival of all arts which is organized for over a six-month period every seven years across Ireland and internationally.  It is dedicated to the memory of the Irish composer and creator Seán Ó Riada and is the only official commemoration of this Irish hero.  This period is to help and facilitate all Irish and Gael, at home and abroad, to renew their identity and self-knowledge.  Each and every community is encouraged to organize a Féile na Laoch of their own, for their own people, during this time of self-renewal and affirmation of self and community.  Each community has its own culture. Each is different and recognizes itself in the heroes its people chooses as their exemplars. For the Festival, a community names 100 heroes.  Some will be common to many communities in Ireland, Scotland and abroad and more will by unique to the local itself.  This difference in choice reflects the individuality of communities.  With Féile na Laoch (The Festival of Heroes) we demonstrate what we think is good example, what is good advice to our youth and our people generally.  A Féile na Laoch flag will be presented to any group wishing to participate and it is hoped that as many groups as possible, both at home and abroad, really embrace the very meaning of the festival. For more information, see the attached PDF (click hereand/or email


Carrigaline Pollinator 2017
Carrigaline Tidy Towns receiving a Regional Pollinator Award in Dublin 2017

The Local Authority Pollinator award, a special award in the national Tidy Towns competition, in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC), is in its 3rd year. In 2017 the award nationally saw 70 entrants, including many from the County of Cork, with Carrigaline Tidy Towns doing the County proud, winning a Regional Pollinator Award. Kildorrery in North Cork also saw regional success in 2016 and it is nice to see the wonderful work of groups in County Cork recognised at the National Level, particularly in the National Tidy Towns Competition which sees close to 900 towns and villages compete nationally each year.

The 2018 Local Authority Pollinator Award which is supported by a number of Local Authorities throughout the Country, including Cork County Council, is now accepting applications. The application form is available for download via and the closing date for entries is 23rd May 2018 (same as for national TT competition).

In order to support TT groups who enter the award, a very useful newsletter providing hints and tips has been put together which also highlights good examples from the 2017 entries. This newsletter is available on Cork County Council’s Heritage website – here.

The NBDC also has produced some other useful resources including

• lists of pollinator friendly plants• signage for TT groups participating in the award, for areas managed for pollinators
It is hoped that many of County Cork’s Tidy Towns Groups get involved again in the competition and the Local Authority Pollinator Award in 2018.


In this the European Year of Cultural Heritage, 2018, and as a fitting addition to the Heritage of County Cork publication series, supported by the Heritage Council, it is the perfect opportunity to showcase the wonderful connections that Cork has with the European continent. Similarly, the opportunity presents itself to show just how strong the connections are between Cork and Europe and indeed to look at how mainland Europe has influenced Cork over the many years, through a manner of mediums. The book therefore aims to take a holistic approach to heritage and will examine a plethora of heritage aspects ranging from archaeology and architecture to natural heritage, military history, ecclesial developments and maritime trade. The primary aim therefore is to highlight the in-depth connectivity between the County of Cork and Europe as a whole.

The Heritage of County Cork Publication Series, which has been recognised at the national stage, owes much of its success to the wonderful engagement by community groups, historians and the public at large with regard to their stories, connections, and photographs and accounts submitted for inclusion in each publication.

Cork County Council’s Heritage Unit now warmly seeks engagement in this the latest publication examining County Cork’s Connections with Europe and vice versa. If you are aware of any local connections with Europe, either through people, place and/or both, any such details including a short bit of text, any photographs, etc. would be warmly welcomed by the Heritage Unit up until Monday 29thMay 2018, many of which will be incorporated into the final publication. Please email any and all details to and thank you most sincerely.


The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious one – it is ‘an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. At its heart is collaboration - between central and local government, between culture and industry, between artists and policy makers - to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity’.

The Programme has five key strands, which are:

1: Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child
2: Enabling Creativity in Every Community
3: Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure
4: The Creative Industries including Media Production
5: Unifying our Global Reputation

The Community Participation Strand (Strand 2) is being led by local authorities across the country. As part of the Creative Ireland Programme, each City and County will shortly be publishing a 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategy. The County Cork Strategy has benefited greatly from the numerous workshops held and submissions received, and it will be available soon at strategy is underpinned by the following 6 key priorities:

1: Enhancing and Investing in our Local Cultural and Creative Infrastructure
2: Liberating Creativity – encouraging the exploration of creative ability through culture, both at the individual and community level
3: Knowing Ourselves – fostering a sense of belonging to place through our culture and heritage and expressing this creatively
4: Supporting and promoting full community engagement with culture
5: Showcasing County Cork – supporting and promoting Cork’s cultural wonders and talent at home and abroad
6: Our Native Voice – Our Irish Language

In order to work towards the key themes and priorities of the National Creative Ireland Programme and the County Cork 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategy, the 2018 Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme and Creative Ireland County Cork Pop-up Shop Scheme 2018 have been put in place, both of which are being financed through monies from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Schemes recognise the importance of the community sector to the county’s very culture and well-being and aims to support people and communities in undertaking projects and events that are in keeping with any one or many of the Creative Ireland Programme Strands as well as any or many of the 6 priorities set out in the County Cork Culture and Creativity Strategy (as set out above), in addition to initiatives that will generate awareness of the Creative Ireland Programme as a whole. The Pop-up Shop Grant Scheme is geared at promoting a wide range of activities and is also intended to support a number of festival events throughout the County. Consideration will also be given to events that are being undertaken for the national day of culture and youth – Cruinniú na nÓg – taking place on Saturday June 23rd 2018.

Full details and the application form itself are available by visiting or by requesting the word version via

Please note that the closing date for proposals and application forms is 16:00 on Thursday 17th May 2018, to be sent to: Conor Nelligan, ‘Creative Ireland Coordinator, Cork County Council, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork or by email

For further information on these Grant Schemes or the Creative Ireland Programme email or phone 021 4285905.


The Creative Ireland Programme, which was announced in December 2016, has already met with great support and enthusiasm right throughout the Country and in particular here in the County of Cork; with one of the key aspects of same being a national day of cultural engagement – Cruinniú.

Cruinniú first took place on Easter Monday, 2017, with 2 dozen events held throughout County Cork’s 8 Municipal Districts, organised by local groups and organisations, cultural advocates all. Cruinniú will again take place in 2018, but a change in direction has been taken at the national level, to make the day all about engaging with and encouraging young people to get involved in all things culture and creativity; henceforth known as Cruinniú na nÓg.

The 2018 date for Cruinniú na nÓg has been set for Saturday June 23rd with events in schools throughout the country on Friday June 22nd also strongly encouraged. Cork County Council will be supporting a whole range of activities in each of County Cork’s eight Municipal Districts and would be delighted to see local groups get involved in events that are creative in nature and fully inclusive, inspired by the culture that surrounds and connects us all. In order to encourage widespread participation in the day, and indeed to support local initiatives and events, Cork County Council has just announced two Grant Schemes: 1) The Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme 2018 and the Creative Ireland County Cork Pop-Up Shops Scheme 2018. Full details of both schemes are available on Cork County Council’s Creative Ireland Page –

It is the intention of Cruinniú na nÓg that all events will be focussed on children and young people of all abilities, setting out to maximise activity based participation, i.e. children and young people ‘doing’, ‘making’, and ‘creating’. Local groups are encouraged to get involved and a whole range of projects will be supported and promoted. Should you have an event in mind for Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 please submit details to prior to Monday 21st May 2018.

For further information on Cruinniú na nÓg or indeed the Creative Ireland Programme as a whole


The month of May is a busy one traditionally for heritage groups and societies as they plan ahead and programme their events for Heritage Week. National Heritage Week this year takes place from Saturday 18th August until Sunday 26th and will feature, it is envisaged, over 2,000 fun and family friendly events for everyone to enjoy throughout the country. Registration is currently open for events and organisers are invited to submit their details prior to May 31st to ensure inclusion in the Official Heritage Week Events Guide, thousands of which are published and distributed throughout the country. Registration will also ensure inclusion in the County Cork Heritage Week 2018 Events Guide.
National Heritage Week, which is coordinated by the Heritage Council, aims to build heritage awareness and education while shining a spotlight on the great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. In 2018, Heritage Week will be a highlight of Ireland’s celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This initiative by the European Commission aims to involve all citizens in events that help to promote a sense of belonging to a common European space. The theme for the Year in Ireland is ‘Make a Connection’ which aims to deepen the connection between people and heritage, and build a legacy of increased public engagement. Heritage Week is exploring this theme through ‘Sharing Stories’ - a chance to share heritage stories in new ways, with new people; to highlight heritage links in communities across Ireland and encourage connection with other European countries through a shared interest in exploring heritage. 
Details of all proposed events can be registered online at The website also includes a wonderful list of event ideas, ranging from workshops and talks to field trips and crafts - available here -

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Bereavement Event for parents

On Saturday May 26th in Portlaoise, Anam Cara will host a Bereavement Event for parents from across Ireland who have experienced the death of their only child or children.

This free event is open only to bereaved parents and requires registration.

It will be facilitated by Peter Hanlon, an experienced bereavement professional who facilitates the bereavement weekends at Barretstown.

If you are in contact with bereaved parents who have experienced the death of their only child, please consider passing on the attached notice. I’m also attaching an Anam Cara booklet developed and written by bereaved  parents living on with no surviving children.

Thanks and kind regards
Hugh Harkin
On behalf of

Anam Cara Parental and Sibling Bereavement Support
(View our brief video with parent testimonies here)

HCL House
Second Avenue
Cookstown Industrial Estate
Dublin 24

Contact Number   Office 01 4045378 / Mobile 087 77 06218
Email Address
Web Address

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Eirgrid Mobile Information Unit for Midleton and Youghal

Eirgrid will bring their Mobile Information Unit (MIU) to Midleton and Youghal next week.

Wednesday the 9th of May Midleton (Main Street) from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday the 10th of May Youghal (Market Square) from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Members of the Eirgrid project team will be there to discuss and address any queries you may have in relation to the project.

For more information on the project please contact Eirgrid’s Community Liaison Officer Eoghan O’ Sullivan on 087 247 7732
E-mail:   Or  01 237 0000

EirGrid is the state-owned electricity transmission system operator. They are responsible for the electricity grid.

Eirgrid are exploring the feasibility of an electrical link between Ireland and France, called the Celtic Interconnector, with their counterparts in France, Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE). If built this project would enable the movement of electricity between the two countries and provide Ireland’s first direct energy link to continental Europe. At this stage no decision has been made to build the project, but Eirgrid are continuing to assess its feasibility. Based on various assessments of the onshore and offshore environment, the most suitable connection points for the Celtic Interconnector have been identified as East Cork, in Ireland and Brittany, in France. 

More information on the project is available on

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Calling all Community Groups/ Councils in North Cork

Foroige Club Development North-Cork 

Message from Emma Browne Club Development Worker  Foróige

My name is Emma Browne and I have recently taken up the position of Club Development Worker in the North Cork Area with Foroige,  an organisation that works with young people in communities. 

I would like to introduce myself and have a chat with the various community Development Groups /Councils that are well established in North Cork. 

You are the groups I would love to meet and discuss the possibility of having Foroige youth clubs, youth cafes, special interests groups, Summer, Easter and Winter Programmes for the young people in their communities. 

I hope to hear from you at your convenience. 

Kind Regards, 

Emma Browne
Club Development Worker,