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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Creative Ireland Programme

Creative Ireland Programme
The Creative Ireland Programme is an all of government five-year initiative that seeks to place creativity at the centre of public policy and at the heart of everything we do as a people. The Programme is built around five key pillars: Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child; Enabling Creativity in Every Community; Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure; Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production; Unifying our Global Reputation.

Local Authorities have been mandated to take the lead on encouraging creativity in every community and to this effect 31 City and County Plans (representing the 31 Local Authorities in Ireland) have been put together. These strategies were drawn up around the country in consultation with local artists, creatives, cultural and heritage organisations, community groups, people involved in the creative industries, and many more besides. The Strategy aims to provide meaningful opportunities for citizens and local communities, together with our Local Authorities, to nurture, sustain and facilitate participation in cultural and creative activities. The Strategies were recently launched on the National Level by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD., joined by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD., and Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD.

Speaking at the launch in Dublin the Taoiseach noted “Creative Ireland is all about improving access to culture and creativity in every county nationwide, to improve public wellbeing. Through Creative Ireland we are prioritising and promoting arts and culture at a local, national and international level because an active and engaging cultural sector can enrich every aspect of our society and every stage of our lives. Through these Culture and Creative Strategies, we hope more and more people will become involved in artistic and cultural pursuits in their own local area, with all of the vitally important social, and indeed economic, consequences that follow.”

The County Cork Culture and Creativity 5-Year Strategy will be launched at the local level on November 9th 2018 as part of the Creative Ireland County Cork Conference, which will be held in Baile Mhúirne. More information  on the strategy launch and the conference will be available over the coming weeks.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Just for Men!

A New 8 week Health and Wellbeing program designed Just for MEN!

The course will cover the following:
Stress Control and Self Care; Mindfulness; Hands on Only CPR; Music Therapy; Men and Yoga; Sexual Health; Nutrition and Diet; Group Outing.

If you are interested in booking a place then please contact Nicola on 086 4668484 (Places are limited)

When: Course starting on Tuesday the 2nd of Octoberfrom 2:30-4pm.
Where: Youghal Community Health Project, Blackwater Heights(middle estate).
Cost: €2 per week

Spark Change in your Community

What does a sustainable community look like, what are we doing already and how can we become more sustainable?
This interactive networking session will highlight the work being carried out by community and voluntary organisations throughout Ireland to make their communities more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

Venue: My Place, 43 Main Street, Midleton, Co. Cork
Date/Time: 24 Oct 2018 – 10:00am to 12:30pm
Cost: FREE

It will examine the supports provided by The Wheel to community-based organisations to carry out, and gain recognition for, their work. Participants will explore how these innovative community-based initiatives contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Supports include the online Sustainable Communities Toolkit and Spark Change Challenge.
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the session, participants will:
  • be familiar with a number of innovative and creative initiatives that enhance and improve community resilience
  • be aware of relevant supports from The Wheel
  • be able to access a number of practical tools to support organisations locally to make their communities more sustainable
  • have engaged with other organisations making their communities better places to live.
For queries or more information on this event contact Jayne Tennyson | Events and Marketing Officer The Wheel  T: (01) 454 8727 | E:

Friday, 28 September 2018

Grant News

Environmental Protection Agency - Event Support Grants
The EPA research programme has allocated budget to provide funding to support workshops, seminars and other events. Normally the amount of funding per event will not exceed €3,000.
Deadline: 30 Sept 2018. Learn more here.
European Youth Foundation - Annual Work Plan Grant
A work plan cannot be a set of very small activities or material production only. A work plan needs to have a "European dimension" and this means it should still contain international activities (at least one).
Deadline: 1 Oct 2018. Learn more here.
The Hospital Saturday Fund Charity
The Fund makes donations to hospitals, hospices and medically associated charities for research and care and to individuals whose health problems have caused severe financial stress. 
Deadline: 8 oct 2018. Learn more here.
The Colmcille Grants Scheme 2018
This scheme aims to promote interaction between the language communities of Irish and Scottish Gaeilge and to strengthen Irish and Scottish Gaelic through this interaction.
Deadline: 12 oct 2018. Learn more here.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Staying Fit for the Future with Better Balance Better Bones programme

Staying Fit for the Future

‘Better Balance – Better Bones’

A physical activity programme to improve your strength and balance, the class is suitable for adults who walk independently and who want to stay strong on their feet to remain falls free.

This partnership programme by Cork Sports Partnership, HSE Physiotherapy and HSE Health Promotion Department is delivered by specially trained exercise instructors. Through Healthy Ireland funding we have been able to expand the programme to new areas. Classes starting in Sept and October in the following communities;

·        Ballinascarthy

·        Ballineen

·        Bandon

·        Buttevant

·        Clonakilty

·        Donoughmore

·        Dromtarriffe

·        Durrus

·        Fermoy

·        Kilmurry

·        Kinsale

·        Skibereen

·        Togher

See the link below to download the flyer for this programme and get further information

A subsidised cost of €40 for a block of 8 classes must be pre booked with Cork Sports Partnership, 021 4347096 or email

Annual Charity Gala in aid of Pieta House

Annual Charity Gala in aid of Pieta House

We feel genuinely privileged to collaborate with Pieta House Cork this year as our dedicated charity partner for 2018 and 2019, and hope that through events and fundraising we can help make a real difference……and this is where you come in!

Pieta House offers a free, accessible and community-based service for people that have attempted, are thinking about or have been bereaved by suicide and people engaging in self harm. Their round the clock services are provided by fully accredited therapists. Pieta House work to bring people from a place where suicide and self-harm seem like the only option, to one of comfort and hope. Of all the Pieta House Centers, the Cork service is the busiest, seeing an average of 84 people every day. This service is completely free of charge and relies heavily on donations from the public to meet demand, receiving between 10-15% Government funding. All funds raised in Cork directly support the Cork centre.

The Imperial will hold our Annual Charity Gala Event on the 12th October 2018 (which we will sponsor in full) with all proceeds going directly to support this wonderful charity. It will be an amazing night and we promise to roll out all the stops to ensure everyone has a brilliant time. Tickets are €105 per person, an absolute steal!!

If you'd like to join us for the evening and support the event please contact us at
We very much appreciate your support!

Cork Food Harvest Festival 20/10/18

We’ve started preparing for this year’s Food Harvest Festival which will take place October 20th and 21st, 2018.These include talks by expert gardeners and foragers, high-energy music performances, tours of community gardens, and a feast made with “food waste”.
The festival celebrates the wealth of community food and the growing initiatives throughout Cork. Like last year, there will be loads of free events: tours, workshops, talks, demonstrations and tastings. On Sunday the 21st, everyone will come together in Fitzgerald’s Park for a day of celebration.Everyone is welcome.We look forward to seeing you in October!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The “Finding My Way” course

Many people say, I Want to......

  • Find My Own Way in Recovery” 
  • "Take Ownership of and be Empowered in My Recovery” 
  • "Overcome Self-Stigma” 
  • "Understand My Rights and Entitlements”
  • "Be able to Self-Advocate” 
  • "Be Effective in my Communication with others"
  • "Enhance My Life and Career Plans” 
  • "See the Amazing Me and Building Resilience"

 The “Finding My Way” course provides people with an opportunity to do just that, by participating in this 8 week, peer led course, requiring just 2 hours a week: Tea/Coffee Provided

Venue: Cork Shine, 14A Washington street, Cork City
Time: 11am to 1pm Start Date: Thursday 11th of October to 29th of November
For further information and to reserve a place, please contact: Emily Daly 086-8525755

Monday, 17 September 2018

Talk on the Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme

Fair Deal provides financial support for those in long-term nursing home care. You pay part of the nursing home fees and THe HSE pays the balance. This scheme applies to approved public, private and voluntary nursing homes.

There are 4 steps to the Fair Deal application process:

Complete an application form
The HSE calculate how much you will pay
THE HSE assess the need for a nursing home
You can choose to apply for a nursing home loan if you meet the conditions

Fair Deal does not cover:
Short-term care such as respite, convalescent or day-care
extra fees charged by the nursing home for services like hairdressing, therapies or activities
Ask your nursing home what extra fees will need to be paid. It is best to draw up and agreement of these costs.

Find out more
We know the application process can be complicated. If you don’t understand this information, or if you have a question that’s not answered online , please come along to Muintir na Tire's talk on the scheme and stay and enjoy an afternoon of music song and dancing if you so wish.

Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire and Ballintotis Tuesday Club 

cordially invites you  to a talk  on the
Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme
followed by an afternoon of refreshments Music Song and
Dancing to John White.
Ballintotis  Community Centre
  Tuesday October 2nd  at 2.30pm sharp.

We look forward to seeing you on the Day

Kindly supported by the HSE Community Work Dept

For more Information and booking please Contact 0214500688 or email

Muintir na Tire @ The Ploughing

Ploughing Championships

Muintir na Tire will be at the Ploughing Championships at Stand 275 (block 2, row 13). This is at the very centre of the exhibition, right beside the National Ploughing Association Headquarters. Our staff will be on hand to advise community groups on the current issues. We would welcome visitors from any Community Alert Groups, Community Councils, or other community development associations, whether affiliated to Muintir na Tíre, or not.
Our theme this year is on Community Safety and Crime Prevention, where we will demonstrate the options available to communities. We will have daily presentations on crime prevention and the Seniors Alert Scheme (monitored alarms for the elderly).
We will also be offering constructive advice to communities on how to organise and deal with the challenges facing them, particularly with proposed Post Office closures. We are also organising a petition to halt these premature closures, until the alternatives have been fully explored, and would welcome your support on this.
Finally, we will be showcasing our new mobile app, Cairde, each day. This app is the future of community communication, including Garda Text Alert, community messaging, monitored panic alarm, and, intelligent use of smart devices for unobtrusive monitoring.
Our detailed timetable for talks and presentations is below. We look forward to seeing you.
12:00 Crime Prevention Workshop (Sergeant Graham Kavanagh, Crime Prevention Officer)
15:00 Seniors Alert Scheme (TASK)
16:00 Cairde App
12:00 Crime Prevention Workshop (Sergeant Graham Kavanagh, Crime Prevention Officer)
15:00 Seniors Alert Scheme (CareDirect)
16:00 Cairde App
11:00 Seniors Alert Scheme (Helplink South)
12:00 Crime Prevention Workshop (Sergeant Graham Kavanagh, Crime Prevention Officer)
16:00 Cairde App
Every day
Save our Communities clinics – advice for communities on dealing withdrawal of services, including proposed Post Office closures. Please contribute to our petition.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Alzheimer's and Dementia workshop

Ageing Well Programme Fermoy

The Annual Creative Ireland County Cork Conference 2018

CIconference2018Date/Time: Friday 09th and Saturday 10th November 2018

Location: Abbey Hotel and surrounds, Baile Bhuirne, Cork 

From our valleys and uplands to our towns and villages, the County of Cork is host to some truly terrific cultural heritage; and the Creative Ireland Programme is one to embrace with regard to safeguarding and further promoting this culture, both within the County and further afield. The Creative Ireland County Cork Conference seeks to delve into this culture offering insights by a range of key speakers and also showcasing some of the County’s wonderful Cultural and Creative Talent. With 2018 being Bliain na Gaeilge, this year’s conference is being held in Baile Bhuirne in the Múscraí Gaeltacht over Friday 9th and Saturday 10thNovember 2018. Further details will be provided here ( shortly but now for, certainly take note of the date! For further information and to book a place email or phone 021 4285905.

Registration for the GP Visit Card Carers scheme is now live

Extra 14,000 carers now eligible for free GP visit card
Register on

From the 1st September 2018 all persons in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit are able to attend a GP free of charge.
Registration is now open and applies to carers who are currently in receipt of either full or half rate Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit, and who do not currently hold a Medical or GP Visit card.

A safe, fast and convenient online system for carers to register for their free GP Visit Card is now live on Paper registration forms are also available from local offices, Citizen Information Centres and available to download from

On 12 July 2018, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD recognised that carers are the ‘backbone of the caring profession in every community’, thereby appreciating the need for further supports for those who are caring for the most vulnerable in our society.This initiative re-enforces the Government’s aim under the National Carers Strategy, which seeks to respond to their needs so that they are supported to maintain their own health and well-being and to care with confidence, and it will benefit approximately 14,000 persons who up to now do not qualify for a Medical Card or GP Visit Card on means or age grounds. All carers who already hold active Medical Card or GP Visit Card eligibility from a previous application retain this eligibility. There is no requirement for them to also register for eligibility on the GP Visit Card for Carers scheme.
The National Medical Card Unit has now implemented the administrative and logistical arrangement necessary to give effect to this policy decision by Government.

Further information on the scheme is available on or by calling 1890 282 919.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The Old Village School Kilmurry Publication Launch

Event: The Old Village School Kilmurry Publication Launch

Location: Independence Museum, Kilmurry, Cork 

Additional Information: 
A wonderful publication by the Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association titled 'The Old Village School' will be launched in Kilmurry Independence Museum on Friday 26th October. All are most welcome to attend.

Friday, 7 September 2018

The Thomas Kent History Symposium

Date/Time: Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2018

Event: The Thomas Kent History Symposium

Location: Fermoy Community Centre, Fermoy, Co. Cork 

Additional Information: 
A wonderful three day symposium taking place in Fermoy supported by the Heritage Council and Cork County Council's Commemoration Committee will take place in the Fermoy Community Centre at the end of September. 

Thursday, 6 September 2018

The National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities

The National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities provides an independent, confidential and free, representative advocacy service that works exclusively for the person using the service and adheres to the highest professional standards.NAS works to ensure that when life decisions are made, due consideration is given to the will and preference of people with disabilities and that their rights are safeguarded.
NAS operates on the principle that people with disabilities:
  • make decisions about their lives
  • are listened to and consulted by their families and those who provide their services
  • access the supports they need to enable them to live their life and enjoy meaningful participation in family, work and leisure
  • enjoy the benefits of participation in and contribution to their local communities
NAS has a particular remit for people with disabilities who are isolated from their community and services, have communication differences, are inappropriately accommodated, live in residential services, attend day services and have limited informal or natural supports.
The National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities has recently moved from five Citizens Information Services, who have had responsibility for the delivery of an advocacy service for people with disabilities across their region, to one National Service under a National Advocacy Service Board. The National Advocacy Service is provided through four regions and a National Office which is based in Dublin.

How to contact the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities

National Telephone Number: 0761 07 3000



Our research team needs your help!
• Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a very rewarding experience; however, it can also be very challenging for many carers. Some carers cope well with these challenges and are considered ‘resilient’.

• Our team of researchers have developed an online resource to enhance resilience by providing useful information and support to people caring for someone with dementia.

• We now aim to conduct information and outreach campaign throughout Ireland, using local networks and the internet, so a larger audience will get the benefits of our knowledge.
 What am I being asked to do?
• We are holding a series of workshops throughout Ireland to spread awareness of the ‘Enhancing Carers Resilience’ (EnCaRe) resource.

• We are also seeking feedback from a broad range of family carers about the resource.
What is involved in the workshops?
• The workshop will be located in the Ambassador Hotel, Cork City.

• The workshop will be on Tuesday September 18th. The workshop will run from 10:00am (sharp) to 1pm. Registration and refreshments from 9:30am.

• Participants will be invited to (but not obliged to) engage with other family carers to tell of their experiences in caregiving. 

• Reasonable travel and care expenses will be covered.

If you are interested in participating in these workshops or would like more information on the project please contact Kevin Deegan on 085 852 9352 or email

Independence Museum Kilmurry

Workshop on Habitat Mapping and the Pollinator Plan

Date/Time: Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 19:30

Event: Workshop on Habitat Mapping and the Pollinator Plan 

Location: Forest Hall, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork 

Additional Information: 
The workshop will focus on habitat mapping  and  the pollinator plan for  tidy towns groups. The workshop will  be on October the 9th at 7.30 pm in Forest Hall Mitchelstown. To book your place contact Rhiannon on 0871940608 or “The  free workshop aims to show you what wildlife and habitats you have in your local area. It includes an exercise on how to map habitats and link this into pollinator plans. Participants are encouraged to bring along a blank map of their area. This is a practical yet fun way to learn more about what we have and how important our local biodiversity is.”

Bishopstown Ladies Probus Group

Bishopstown Library :
PROBUS is the Association of retired and semi-retired professional and business personnel that meets in Bishopstown Library on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each months.

There is a waiting list for this group, 
Please contact the Lending Desk at 021 4924950 for further information