Thursday, 13 December 2018

Pride in Our Community Powerpoints 2018

In response to requests from groups who attended our Pride in our Community Awards, we are pleased to announce that videos of the PowerPoints shown on the night are now available for you to download and show via YouTube.

We hope that these will inspire your Community Council, Development Group or Tidy Towns Group
Please Click on links below to access videos.

Feel free to download, share and show at your meetings.

Large Towns, Community Champions and Youth Groups.

Small Towns and Small areas

Muintir na Tire in Cork Launch Updated Website

Click above to see our updated Website

Cork County Federation Board members are delighted to announce that we have updated our Website. The new colourful interface is easy to navigate and also provides links to our Cork School Garden and Pride in our Community sites. Click on the photo above or go to to view our updated site

Friday, 7 December 2018

PalaceTheatre Fermoy fun filled, family friendly Christmas Panto; "Rapunzel".

Join us at the PalaceTheatre Fermoy for our fun filled, family friendly Christmas Panto; "Rapunzel".

Is the Panto part of your family tradition yet?  Maybe its part of your childhood memories!  Our Christmas Panto promises to be colorful, charming, magical and of course hilarous!

Join Rapunzel, Flynn McCool, Mother Malicious, NannyNinnyNelly and an amazing cast of performers as they take you on a towering adventure of song, dance, story and wonder.

"Rapunzel", A Must See This Christmas.

'"Full of Magic and Music", The Avondhu"'.

Tickets are selling out fast, with some shows already Sold Out!.  Don't wait around...
Call the Box Office on 025 32042; Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Tickets €15.

We hope to see you there!!
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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Cork County Local Festival Fund 2019

Cork County Local Festival Fund 2019
Cork County Council continues to be a leader in the development of Cork’s tourism product and in marketing Cork abroad as a must see visitor destination as well as being a significant financial contributor to many festivals held throughout Cork County each year. The significant role which Local Authorities play in tourism is now strongly recognised in National, Regional and Local Policy. Festivals and events deliver a range of economic, social and cultural benefits. They entertain, they celebrate our communities and they showcase our villages and towns and are often an expression of identity and place. They help to stimulate local economic activity and enhance the visitor experience. Cork County Council will continue to promote and support festivals throughout the County. The Local Festival Fund 2019 is aimed at supporting festivals which drive domestic tourism and help to improve the visitor experience. The maximum available funding is €6,000 under this programme. For more information click here and to make an application visit The closing date for the Scheme is Friday 11th January 2019.

Heritage Ireland 2030 - A New National Heritage Plan for Ireland

Heritage Ireland 2030 - A New National Heritage Plan for Ireland
Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has recently launched the public consultation process on the new heritage plan for Ireland, Heritage Ireland 2030, a key commitment in the Programme for Partnership Government. Minister Madigan said:  “I am delighted to announce the launch of the public consultation on Heritage Ireland 2030 - an ambitious new national heritage plan for Ireland. The natural and built heritage around us enriches our lives, inspires our achievements and gives life to our communities. It underpins our culture, our economy and our society. Our vision for heritage is a simple one - that heritage is valued and protected. Heritage Ireland 2030 will be built around that vision: that the way in which we identify and protect our heritage is the best it can be.” Heritage Ireland 2030 – which will be based around three themes of national leadership; supporting stronger heritage partnerships; and building community and local involvement in heritage – will guide the Government’s heritage priorities and investment over the next decade and beyond, including the €285m commitment to heritage in the Department’s 10 year investment plan Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018 – 2027, which was launched in April 2018.  At the launch event in the Irish Architectural Archive in Merrion Square, Minister Madigan urged all to have their say in shaping heritage priorities for the decade to come: “Our heritage is a shared responsibility and a shared treasure. We need to work together at national, local and community level to care for it and to unlock its future potential. So I invite you to play your part in shaping the future of our heritage and have your say during this consultation period”. For more information visit or see the consultation document by clicking here

€2 Million Investment in Kinsale

€2 Million Investment in Kinsale
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring have recently announced an award of €2,157,375 to Cork County Council for Kinsale Library under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, which aims to breathe new life into Irelands smaller towns and villages. Permission has been secured for the relocation of Kinsale Library from the Methodist Hall on Market Quay to the Old Mill, Church Square.  The project will involve major reconstruction and library fit out.  The current library is located in rented premises. The Old Mill has been in Cork County Council’s ownership since the 1980s and has long been ear marked for use as a library.  The Ground Floor is slightly less than four times the size of the current building and will accommodate additional mezzanine floors overhead. This will allow for the provision of a modern branch library with a strong cultural, community and educational role particularly in the area of digital literacy while preserving a listed building that is an essential part of the historic fabric of Kinsale town. The project has been designed by Cork County Council’s Architects Department and sets out to reprogram the Old Mill building as the new public library for Kinsale, creating a new nodal point in the urban fabric of the town on an elevated, prominent site, physically and visually linking the two historic churches of St Multose to the south and St John the Baptist to the north. Commenting on the project, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy noted how this project will be fantastic for the people of Kinsale and its visitors, “In the near future everyone will have access to a wonderful library offering literature, culture, arts and lifelong learning.”

Annual Prayers at the Famine Graveyard

Event: Annual Prayers at the Famine Graveyard

Date/Time: Sunday 23rd December 2018 at 14:00

Location: Famine Graveyard and Millwater, Kinsale, Co. Cork 
Additional Information:  Sunday, December, 23rd Annual prayers at the Famine Graveyard and Millwater, 2 p.m.  Organised by the Kinsale History Society. For further information

The Ellen Hutchins Exhibition at U.C.C.

Date/Time: Monday 15th October to 21st December 2018
The Ellen Hutchins Exhibition at U.C.C. 
Location: Boole Library, U.C.C., Cork 
Additional Information: A most wonderful exhibition on Ellen Hutchins will be launched on Monday 15th October, U.C.C., running up until Friday 21st December. The exhibition will be opened by Prof. Sarah Culloty, Director of the Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork and Carrie O’Flynn, Historical Re-enactor, will be there in costume at the launch together with many of the Ellen Hutchins Festival Team. Admission is free and all are welcome during the opening hours of the Boole Library (Monday to Sunday, early to very very late, more detail on the website) A programme of activities is running alongside the exhibition including a talk by Madeline Hutchins on Wednesday 7th November (1pm) in the Crawford Art Galley. See for more information. 

Blackwater Valley Makers Pop-up Shop

Blackwater Valley Makers Popup Shop Fermoy 2018
Date/Time: Friday 23rd November (launch) and various dates running up to Christmas (see poster for full details)
Blackwater Valley Makers Pop-up Shop 
Location: Old Ulster Bank Building, Pearse Square, Fermoy, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Blackwater Makers is a collection of Artists, Crafstpeople, Illustrators and Designers from County Cork who have come together to share and promote their work. The Pop-up Shop, which has been supported by Cork County Council through the Creative Ireland Grant Scheme, will be launched at 6pm on Friday 23rd November and it promises to be a very special occasion. All are welcome to come along and support the Collective. For further information visit

Registration now Open for Ireland's National Biodiversity Conference

Registration now Open for Ireland's National Biodiversity Conference
launch of biodiverstiy conference

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, T.D., has just announced the opening of registrations for the National Biodiversity Conference, titled ‘New Horizons for Nature’. This two day event is organised by the National Parks and Wildlife Service ( and Irish Forum on Natural Capital ( and will be held at Dublin Castle on 20 and 21 February 2019. Minister Madigan said: “This important two-day event will see artists, businesses, economists, musicians and farmers join conservationists and scientists to seek answers to the question of how best we can work together conserve biodiversity. Globally, we are losing biodiversity at a rate unprecedented in human history. In Ireland, over 90% of our protected habitats are in poor condition, and 14% of species assessed are deemed to be endangered. The number of plants, insects, mammals and birds that are threatened or endangered is growing year on year.” Echoing President Macron, Minister Madigan added, “There is no Planet B. The biodiversity of this planet is the greatest resource we have and it is up to this generation to move beyond rhetoric and on to action. That action is not for the prescient few. It is a obligation on us all, and we will use this conference to broaden that dialogue.” The conference organisers want to energise implementation of Ireland’s 3rdNational Biodiversity Action Plan, ‘Actions for Biodiversity 2017-2021’, which was launched in October 2017. Through talks, debates, workshops and creative elements, this event aims to raise awareness of the Plan and explore some of its key aspects, including: How to better engage with communities across Ireland to conserve biodiversity; Planning for biodiversity in a changing world, and, Investing in nature. Information about the conference is available

Ireland's 2020 Commemorative Coin Programme - Ideas Welcome

Ireland's 2020 Commemorative Coin Programme - Ideas Welcome
Each year, for many years, the Central Bank has been producing a range of silver and gold coins commemorating many key events and figures relating to Ireland’s history and heritage, past examples including Michael Collins, James Joyce and even more recent household names such as Rory Gallagher. The Commemorative Coin Programme for 2020 is now being developed and suggestions for themes are now invited from the general public by the Central Bank of Ireland. 1920 was a year of remarkable note in Cork with regards to aspects relating to the War of Independence and it would be most fitting if a number of suggestions were to be made from the County of Cork such that  the Coin Programme could reflect the Centenary of 1920 and the key role that Cork played. For more information or indeed to make a submission send an email to – submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday 21stDecember 2018.


Monday, 3 December 2018

Feedback from ‘Giving Men a Voice Seminar in Rathcormac.

This event was held in Rathcormac Community Centre on the afternoon of  Wednesday 7th November 2018 in conjunction with Rathcormac Community Council and supported by the Community Work Department HSE Cork North.

The event was split into two discussion sessions and was facilitated by Muintir's Finbarr Motherway. Maria Ham of Go For Life commenced with a warm up session and information was provided by Ger O Connor of Ballyhoura Befriending service and Mary Allen of Avondhu Blackwater Community Connect. John Arnold provided an insightful funny and thought provoking finale to a very enjoyable afternoon.
During the sessions we posed some questions to the 30 participants of which there were 24 men and six women. See below the questions and responses.

Q. I think the local pub is a good place for socializing and catching up with friends.
Benefits of a local pub in rural Ireland.
Most agreed that the pub was a good place to socialise and meet up for the following reasons.
o   For family and community events eg Birthdays After funerals etc.
o   It is a neutral venue where you can meet up with friends, meet the locals, stay in contact, catch up on local news and gossip.
o   A place to share problems.
o   Good for single men and country bachelors.
o   A place for newcomers to get acquainted with the locals.
o   Sometimes the only place to go.
o   Some small communities would be decimated if they lost the local pub.
o   Good for socialising and you would be sure to meet somebody.
o   Depending on venue the pub can be good for non-drinkers too eg have tea coffee minerals, food.
o   Sports clubs and Community groups often use the pub for social events. and for fundraising
o   Great for music and entertainment if not too loud.

Disadvantages of the pub being the centre of social activities in rural Ireland?
Some suggested that the pub should not be the centre of social activities because of the following.
o   Pubs can be noisy not allowing people to hold conversations. Eg blaring music, loud Television etc
o   Pubs can be dangerous when lots of alcohol has been consumed. 
o   There are other venues like community centres
o   May encourage young people to take up drink
o   May exclude some people
o   May encourage over indulgence and cause family, health and social problems. Friction in the home.
o   Encourage Drinking as a habit.

Q 2 There are many good alternatives to socializing in the local Pub.
·        Where can I catch up with my friends? When we had a local pub, I could just drop in of an evening and meet up with people.
·        Make a list of possible venues where men can socialize? (Write on post-it in one or two words)

The list of possible venues identified by the participants for men to meet up included:
o   The local Men’s Shed group. Local men’s club sports clubs.
o   After Mass, Parish Centre, Car boot sales, Vintage Car /Tractor clubs, Coursing club
o   Bingo, Card Playing eg 45 drives.
o   At the post office, local mart, Community Centre
o   Groups of interest eg dancing, waltzing.
o   Walking groups, Active retirement.
o   Afternoon Dancing and Concerts
o   GAA Clubs,Day Centres, Golf Clubs, Pitch and Putt club, sports halls,
o   Hobbies,  Gym, Toastmaster. Social initiative group.
o   Drama Groups. Tea Coffee mornings.
o   Monday club.

What Barriers do men face in maintaining their mental wellness?
What prevents me from having a strong mental outlook?
Prompts………Money worries. Health problems? Lack of transport? Lack of places to go? I’m shy? Lack of confidence? Lack of motivation? I’m over the hill? Others?
The responses included:
o   Depression, dark nights, Isolation, Pace of life has changed, living alone, Transport, lack of company for a chat, fear of going to doctor,
o   Loneliness, lack of exercise, money problems, lack of education, lacking or missing an inspirational partner, Ill Health,
o   Today’s phone systems are too complicated, Stress, lack of activity, Over dependent on family and not meeting others, Don’t want to be a burden on family, 
o   Men less social then women, rural transport limited, not getting involved in the community, leading isolated hermit style existence,
o    Unfamiliar with technology, Dealing with big companies on phone, safety fears lack of Gardaí, Not prepared for old age and Anxiety.
On a scale of 1 to 10 how healthy am I (1 being totally unfit and 10 being very fit)
What kind of activities do you currently take part in to maintain your physical health?
Prompts…………Swim?  Jog? Walk? Hill walking? Dancing, golf Pitch n Putt, gardening, cycling, aerobics, Tai Chi or Yoga?

We didn’t have much time to deal with this question on the day but most responded that they were reasonably fit both mentally and physically and took part in some of the above activities.

What types of clubs/ groups/skills  would you like to join/learn or have nearby to maintain your physical and mental wellness ?

There are many options for men to join including Fermoy Mens Clubs who organise a variety of activities and talks for their members.
Membership is not confined to Fermoy residents but is open to all men in the area. There are Men’s Sheds in Fermoy and Carrignavar Mens Shed has recently been set up also. A stickmakers club and allotments  were  also identified as an option for men.
The list identified from responses to question two also offer many possibilities for men to join and get involved, learn new skills and help out in your community.
Meals on wheels and joining a community council were also identified as good ways to feel good about yourself.

The participants felt that the questions posed were amenable, positive and practical and they were happy with the format, which led to a free flowing discussion in which everybody took part.

Budget 2018 Decision means charities can reclaim some of their VAT Payments.

The VAT compensation Refund scheme compensates charities for the VAT they occur on their inputs,
in recognition of the work undertaken by the charities sector.
The Charities VAT compensation scheme will take effect from 1 January 2018 but will be paid one year in arrears i.e. in 2019 charities will be able to reclaim some element of the VAT costs arising in 2018.
 Charities will be entitled to a refund of a proportion of their VAT costs based on the level of non-public funding they receive. For example, where a charity’s gross income for 2018 involves
30% funding from State/EU/international organisations and 70% privately sourced income
including fundraising, subscriptions and donations, they may claim 70% of their VAT input costs for
the year.
Not eligible for relief under the scheme will be VAT incurred on private non-charity related
expenses; VAT incurred that is subject to an existing VAT refund order and VAT incurred
that is otherwise deductible.
 A capped fund of €5 million will be available to the scheme in 2019. The scheme, including
the amount provided in the fund, will be subject to review after three years. Claims under the
scheme cannot be made until 2019 as it will take some time for Revenue to establish IT and
administrative systems.

Where the total amount of claims in a given year exceeds the €5 million
capped amount, charities will be paid on a pro rata basis, e.g. where the total value of claims by all
charities in 2019 amounts to €10 million, each charity will receive 50% of their claim.
Qualifying charities must be registered with the Charities Regulator, have tax clearance, and provide a set of audited accounts for the year in which the claim is being submitted. For administrative purposes, claims valued below €500 will not qualify.