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Friday, 29 June 2018

Is your charity missing out? Millions in savings for Irish Charities go untapped

4 out of 5 Irish charities not yet availing of donated technology which can save them over €20,000 per year on average

Many of the big global players in IT, such as Microsoft, Google and Adobe, make millions worth of software available to Irish charities each year, but many are not taking it up, simply because they are not aware of it.
Enclude are the sole Irish partner in Techsoup Global – a network which makes donated software available to eligible charities across the world. In ten years since 2006, Enclude have made over €40million in donated technology available to Irish charities.
Over 1600 Irish charities, including Special Olympics Ireland, Pieta House and Macra na Feirme, as well as many smaller local charities have already registered with Enclude’s Technology Donation Programme via their website But 4 out of 5 charities are not yet signed up, which means they are missing out on these savings.

Savings available

A lot of the software available on the Enclude Tech Donations Programme is completely donated, which means charities only have to pay an admin fee of 10-20% So, for example, MS Office Professional 2013, which would cost a business over €500, is available to charities for less than €40
Best-sellers include:
MS Office Professional 2016 – admin fee €38 (RRP €500+)
MS Office Standard 2016 – admin fee €28
Norton Security (Deluxe)- admin fee €10 (RRP €59)
Google for nonprofits
The average saving on software by Irish charities participating in the programme was €6000 last year. However, there have been significant extra benefits to signing up to the Enclude Tech Donations programme since the launch of Google for Nonprofits in 2015. The bundle, which is free to all eligible non-profits and sports groups includes Google Apps, Google Maps, and adgrants of €10,000 per month to spend on adword campaigns on Google. Charities who get a lot of their clients from web searches, such as counselling or support services, are particularly well-placed to benefit from the adgrant offering.
We often have difficulty convincing people this is not a scam because it seems too good to be true!’
To find out more contact

Free interactive workshops on household recycling

My name is Mark Hosford and I am a representative of VOICE Ireland's Recycling Ambassador Programme. I am currently running a series of free interactive workshops on household recycling. These workshops are being offered to help people improve Ireland’s recycling rates and reduce levels of contamination in household recycling bins. 
I am currently contacting local community groups within the South East Cork area to invite them to attend these workshops and to offer them an opportunity to partake in or organise a workshop in their area. 
I would greatly appreciate it if you would consider circulating my offer amongst the members of your group.
 If you or any members of Muintir na Tire Cork are interested in taking part, I would be delighted to hear from you and would be more than happy to provide additional information on attending/hosting a workshop in your local area. 
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to get the most out of your recycling and get #bin sorted. 
Contact me Here

Monday, 25 June 2018

Water Safety Appeal during Hot Weather

Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to take greater care when swimming and fishing in the current spell of warm weather as ten people have drowned accidentally in the last 15 days. 62% of all drownings occur at inland water sites. Water temperature is 18° Celsius and less in many inland sites and is 14° and less at sea. Cold water immersion is the greatest contributing factor to drowning on our island nation
  1. Swim at Designated Bathing Areas where lifeguards are on duty during the Bathing season which runs from the 1st of June to the 15th September 
  2. If there is no Designated Bathing Area near you then swim at known traditional bathing areas where there are ringbuoys erected that you can use if somebody gets in to difficulty
  3.  Swim within your depth and stay within your depth
  4. Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  5.  Always ensure that the ringbuoy is in its yellow box before entering the water
  6. Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  7. Don’t swim in Quarries and ESB Reservoirs and tail races
  8. Wear a wet suit if you are not used to the cold water
  9. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol as 30% of all drowned victims have consumed alcohol.
The majority of drownings occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water.
If you see someone in difficulty, these simple steps may save a life:

A.    Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough.
B.    Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself.
C.    Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard.

Cork County Council Community Enhancement Programme 2018.

Cork County Council is currently inviting applications from Community and Voluntary groups under the Community Enhancement Programme 2018. 
The scheme is an opportunity for community groups to access funding for capital projects to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas or in order to kick-start, advance or complete their projects 
The 2018 scheme is funded by the Department of Rural & Community Development with support from the Local Community Development Committees (LCDC) of Cork County Council.
There are two types of grants available under this Programme:
-    Small scale capital grant up to a maximum of €1,000 or less
-    Capital grant in excess of €1,000 
Eligible Projects
Examples of eligible capital expenditure under the Programme include:
  • Youth Clubs or facilities
  • Sports / Recreation Facilities
  • Development and Improvements to community centres and common areas
  • Once off maintenance of Premises (does not include regular maintenance)
  • Upgrade Community amenities/equipment
  • Energy efficiency type projects
  • Defibrillator
Application Forms and Guidelines
Applicants should be made online at
Application Forms and guidelines are available to download below:
Community Enhancement Programme Application Guidelines 2018 As Gaeilge
Community Enhancement Programme Application Form 2018 As Gaeilge

Applications can also be made online at

Queries please contact: 
Local Community Development Unit, Cork County Council on 021- 4285500 or 021-4285230 or email

Closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 30th July 2018

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil, Glanmire wins Pride in our Community Schools Garden Competition 2018

The staff and Pupils of Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoill Glanmire are thrilled to be Overall Winners at the Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre Pride in our Community School Garden Awards 2018 which were held in County Hall on Monday June 18th 2018.

The Competition is just in its sixth year and judging from the amount of entries received, the enthusiasm and high standard and quality involved from all the schools it was a huge success. The competition involves each school developing/planning a garden in their own way.  Both adults and students work together to decide what type of garden they want to create. The competition encourages all students to get involved in working in the garden and the competition also promotes sustainability and biodiversity.

The judges were very impressed with the high standard of the gardens involved. Mr Sean Holland introduced the schools involved and congratulated each school individually. This was then followed by an audio visual presentation that show cased all of the schools hard work. Sean then thanked Muintir ná Tíre for all their hard work in making the Pride in the Community School Garden’s Awards a huge success. He also thanked Cork County Council for their huge support.

Seamus Forde of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre was highly impressed with the standard of the gardens entered and spoke about the importance of getting into the garden and “getting your hands dirty.” He asked pupils to think outside the box and to include lots of colour in their gardens. He also thought that the Video on the gardens was a good way for new entrants to see other school’s work and come up with new ideas. Major Declan Hurley was highly impressed with the response to the School Garden Awards and encouraged everyone to get involved. He congratulated all the schools  and said they were all winners. He hoped next year’s competition would be even bigger and better. John O Regan of the Environment Directorate, Cork County Council was very impressed with the huge involvement from all the schools and congratulated all the schools on their huge contribution and the amount of work that was done by both students and pupils. Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer of Cork County Council thanked everyone for partaking and attending the Awards Ceremony. He said the competition was a huge success and congratulated all involved. Brendan Scahill HSE was highly impressed with the commitment of all the pupils involved and said that pupils would develop life skills by getting out and enjoying the garden.

You can Download Photos from The awards Ceremony Here

School Gardens 2018 Commended
(1)               Rathduff N.S.
(2)               Scoil Nicholas, Frankfield
(3)               Scoil Iosaf, Castlemartyr
(4)               St Colemans N.S, Cloyne
(5)               Aghabullogue N.S.
(6)               Scoil Mhichil Naofa, Bere Island
(7)               Schoil Mhaoiliosa Knockavilla
(8)               Curraglass N.S.

School Gardens 2018 Highly Commended
(1)    Scoil Eoin, Ballincollig
(2)   Ballyclough N.S.
(3)   Vicarstown N.S.
(4)   Scoil Mhuire, Ballincollig
(5)   Scoil Naisiunta Mhuire Roscarbery
(6)   Kilcredan N.S, Ladysbridge
(7)   Carrigaline Educate Together
(8)   Gaelscoil Charraig Ui Leighin
(9)   Rathbarry N.S.
(10)                       Scoil Aban Naofa Baile Mhuirne
(11)                       Drinagh N.S.
(12)                       Ballymoney N.S.
(13)                       CBS Primary, Mitchelstown
(14)                       Scoil Mhuire, Ballyhooly
(15)                       Scartleigh N.S, Saleen

You can Download Photos from The awards Ceremony Here

Special Awards
Best Small Garden
 Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Bandon
Best Biodiversity Garden
Joint Winners
(1)   Scoil Mhuire N.S Schull
(2)   Rusheen N.S
Most Innovative Creative Garden
Joint Winners
(1)   Gaelscoil Thomas Daibhis, Mallow
(2)   St. John the Baptist N.S, Midleton
Griffins Garden Centre
Best Bee Friendly Garden
Rath N.S,  Baltimore
Best Food Production Garden
St. Patrick’s BNS, Skibbereen

Best Upcycling Garden
School of the Divine Child, Lavanagh Centre.

Best Colour and Art Garden
Coachford N.S.

Best Fun and Play Garden
Muinefliuch N.S.

Most improved Garden
Joint Winners
(1)   St. Mary’s Special School, Rochestown
(2)   Scoil na mBuachailli, Clonakilty

Best New Garden
Joint Winners
(1)   Scoil Inis Ratha, Little Island
(2)   Ballygarvan N.S.

Use of Irish in the garden

Conna N.S.

School Garden Of The Year

Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil, Dunkettle

Organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire and Cork County Council

8 Sidney Place,
Wellington Road Cork

Fax: 021450053

About the Competition:  The competition is run in conjunction with Cork County Council, Environment directorate and Heritage Section and Griffins Garden Centre.  The aim of the “Pride in the Community Schools Competition” is to support pupils, teachers in County Cork, to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colours into their school grounds, to promote horticulture and biodiversity to give students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. Studies have shown that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and provide an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards science at an early age.

Monday, 18 June 2018

" A Morning With Hannie " at Mitchelstown Library

" A Morning With Hannie " at Mitchelstown Library on Friday next the 22nd June @10 30 am in Mitchelstown Library, Co Cork

The Travellers of North Cork (TNC) , on behalf of the Mitchelstown Travellers Women's Group cordially invite you to " A Morning With Hannie" at Mitchelstown Library on Friday next the 22nd June at 10 30 am in Mitchelstown Library, Co Cork as part of their celebration of Traveller Pride.

Traveler woman, Hannie McDonagh, a native of Mitchelstown and who comes from a family of 12 children will talk about her early childhood, her life on the road, rearing her own family and finally getting a house approximately 2 years ago.

Hannie will compare and contrast Travellers lives , focusing on her own time on the road and where Travellers are today.

Please feel free to bring along somebody I haven't mentioned , but you feel would be interested and would enjoy the morning of storytelling.

Looking forward to seeing you there..

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Great funding opportunities & a story about my mother. Ruairí McKiernan

Hello there,

I hope this email finds you in good spirits and that things are flowing well for you. I'm sending you my latest list of funding, fellowship and other opportunities, a few updates, a nice little story about my mother meeting a Chinese Qi Gong master, and info on meditation, song-writing, and public-speaking workshops (some discounted places available). Hopefully, you'll spot something here that might benefit you or someone you know. 

If you prefer not to receive these occasional email updates, no probs - just click here or let me know. 

Some of my latest happenings:
  • Podcasts: My Love and Courage podcast continues to reach thousands of listeners around the world. The latest interview is with musician, author and crowdfunding sensation Amanda Palmer, the Dresden Dolls singer and force behind the excellent book and TED talk 'The Art of Asking'. There’s also a fascinating new episode with Sr Teresa Forcades, who has been called 'Europe's most radical nun'. She's a Catalonian independence leader, medical doctor, pro-choice activist, author and scholar. Listen to the Love and Courage podcast for free on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube or other podcast apps. More info.
  • Your patronage: It's not always easy asking for help but as Amanda Palmer discusses in 'the art of asking', self-employed artists, activists and innovators often rely on the support of their communities in order to do what they do. I'm therefore looking for your support to help make change through my podcast, campaigning, writing, media, mentoring and community work. This support helps me reach and serve others. You can become one of my monthly or once-off patrons by chipping in online (incl PayPal and anonymous options), or by sending me an email for more info. No amount is too small and other types of support are always appreciated, too. A special thanks to all who have already supported. More info.
  • Public-speaking coaching, and workshops: I've been busy recently doing lots of talks in Ireland and internationally on topics such as community leadership, wellbeing, CSR and social innovation. I have also been offering public-speaking coaching to individuals and groups, and have just launched a 1-day public speaking workshop in Dublin. I hope to be able to offer the same in other cities in Ireland and abroad. Available as a CPD course. Let me know if you’re interested in attending or organising a workshop in your town/city/organisation. More info.
  • Susie Q's music and meditation classes: I've had the honour of working alongside my wife Susan (Susie Q) to launch her excellent debut single and music video, highlighting the global refugee crisis. The song has had frequent airplay on national radio, and her music has been covered in Hotpress, the Irish Times, the Sunday Independent and elsewhere. You can find 'Home' by Susie Q on Spotify and iTunes, and the powerful music video is out now on YouTube. Susan has also finished up with A Lust For Life and has become a certified meditation teacher, offering classes, one-to-one coaching, talks and workshops. She has some classes coming up in Dublin and can be booked for others. More info.
  • Qi Gong workshop: Last year my mother was on her way to visit my brother in China, when what was supposed to be a 2-hour stop-over in Switzerland turned into a 24-hour delay due to an error with her ticket. In one of those strange twists of fate, on the onward flight to China she ended up sitting beside a renowned Qi Gong master. They became fast friends, and now my mother is hosting his 3-day workshop in Galway in July. Amazing how life surprises. More info.
  • Songwriting workshop: I'm hosting a songwriting workshop in Dublin on August 20th with musician and activist Luke Concannon, the man behind Nizlopi's no.1 UK hit 'The JCB Song', and otherwise known as Ed Sheeran's hero and mentor. More info.
That's all the news for now. Thanks for your support in spreading the word about my work, and a special thanks to my monthly patrons. You can become a patron here, and please do let me know if any of the above workshops appeal to you. If you need a scholarship or discount place, let me know. Scroll down further for my digest of the latest opportunities, and keep an eye on my social media feeds for the latest updates. 

Wishing you the very best with all that you do,


Ruairí McKiernan: social change innovations / campaigns / creations
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Funding and opportunity list
Please free to forward this list to colleagues. They can sign up to get these updates here.
IRISH DEADLINES (scroll down for international opportunities)

June 14 - Dormant Accounts Fund - Mental Health Initiative for Travellers
June 15 - Creative Ireland Grants of €10,000 to €70,000 for individuals, organisations, community groups, colleges and cultural institutions
June 15 - National Youth Film & Animation School Bursary

June 15 - Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh has launched a new international residency programme specifically for composers and musicians.
June 15 - Loyola Institute School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology MPhil Scholarships in Ireland, 2018
June 16 - National children's rights animation competition for children & young people. …

June 18 - The Hospital Saturday Fund Charity (research fund for hospitals, hospices and associated charities)

June 20 - Funding opportunity for local Clare environmental projects
June 20 - Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund

June 21 - €20,000 Arts Council Next Generation Artists Award
June 22 - IHREC student bursary for Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality
June 22: 90% bursaries on part-time Certificates at UCD Innovation Academy - Free for Home-makers, Job-Seekers and Carers.

June 22 - North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force: Small Grants Scheme

June 24 -  Female Leadership Scholarship for MSc in Technology Management at NUI Galway in Ireland, 2018  
June 25 – Deadline to apply for global youth changemaker summit in Dublin
June 25 - €10,000 Digital society bursary for artists and creative professionals who want to explore the digital society in their work

June 26 - Free inter-rail ticket for 18 yr olds to travel across the EU by train
June 29 - Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland – Accepting New Members
June 29 - Irish Times Innovation Awards 2018
June 30 - EPA funding to support workshops, seminars and other events.
July 6 - Community Foundation for Ireland: Community Biodiversity Grants -  one grant of €10,000 and five grants of €5,000

July 6 - Hard Working Class Heroes Festival: @hwchfestival Call for Applications.

July 10 - National Geographic Society grants: Early Career, Exploration, and Requests for Proposals

July 12 - Arts Participation Bursary Award
July 12 - Traditional Arts Bursary Award
July 13: 90% bursaries on part-time Diplomas or Certificates at UCD Innovation Academy - Free for Home-makers, Job-Seekers and Carers.

July 24 - DM Thomas Foundation’s Central Grants Programme: Helping Disadvantaged Young People in the UK and Ireland
Aug 17 - UCC Traditional Artist in Residence (Music, song, dance)
Sept 14 - St Stephen’s Green Trust: Traveller Accommodation Grant Programme
Dec 31: Creative Ireland Programme – Panel of Experts

June 15: Eisenhower Fellowships Global Programe
June 15 - Loyola Institute School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology MPhil Scholarships in Ireland, 2018
June 15 - Civitates Call for Proposals: Addressing the Shrinking Space for Civil Society in Europe
June 18 - Ashoka ChangemakerXchange Summit Greece 2018 for Young Social Innovators (Funded) @cmxchange
June 22 - EU-Japan Fellowship Programme in Japan, 2018-2019

June 29 - Reporting Grants for Women's Stories 2018 ($5,000 for Women Journalists Worldwide) @IWMF
June 29 - Reuters Institute Journalist Fellowship Programme for Media Professionals Worldwide in UK, 2019

June 30 - Ashoka American Express Leadership Academy Bootcamps for Emerging Innovators 2018 (fully-funded)

June 30 - UNESCO Young Professionals Programme 2018 for Young Graduates and Professionals
June 30 - Global Good Fund Fellowship 2019 @GlobalGoodFund
June 30 - GLG Social Impact Fellowship 2018 for Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Leaders (Funded) @GLG
June 30 - Ashoka American Express Leadership Academy Bootcamps for Emerging Innovators 2018 (fully-funded)
July 1 - @OpenTechFund's Internet Freedom Fund 2018
July 12 - $1 million for the 2018 Roddenberry Prize: (1) reduce food waste; (2) support plant-rich diets; (3) improve girls’ education; and (4) ensure women’s rights.
July 15 – Deadline to apply for the European Youth Award 2018
July 15 -Transparency International Anti-corruption Award 2018
July 15 - Open Society Fellowships for new & radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship, and financialization
July 16 - EU Call for Proposals: Supporting Human Rights Defenders when they are Most at Risk
July 16 - Good Fellowship 2018 in Singapore and India (Funding Available)

July 31 - NCMG Peace Award recognizing and honouring individuals and organizations that make an exemplary commitment to the pursuit of peace and justice

Sept 19 - Government of Canada Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2018-2019
Dec 15 - Chrysalis Trust Grant: Supporting UK Registered Charities
Various deadlines - Apply for Rhodes Scholarships for Postgraduate Study at the University of Oxford 2018/19
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