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Monday, 29 April 2019

The aim of the 'Pride in Our Community Competition'

      The aim of the 'Pride in Our Community Competition' is to encourage Community Groups and volunteers in County Cork to develop new and existing
community -based Amenity/Projects that are of long-term benefit to the community. 

· Projects  should be  open and accessible to all the community.

· The competition also seeks to make people conscious of their environment, local heritage, promote litter-free communities and add to the overall development of their area. 
· This competition also supports the County Cork Biodiversity Action Plan through conserving & enhancing biodiversity in our daily lives. 

Friday, 26 April 2019

Pride in our Community Marking Scheme

Marking Scheme All Projects

Amenity Project (50 marks) - Effort put into the development of the Project, Sustainability, Innovation.

Litter Control (25 marks) -The condition of the Main Street of the town/ village and around the project.

Overall Impression (25 Marks) -The appearance of the town/village and how the area has been developed and maintained. Is the project part of an overall plan for the area?

 All groups who participate will be invited 
to the Awards Ceremony in October 2019

Pride In Our Community For Youth Groups

Best Project by a Youth Group

This award will be presented to a Youth Club or Youth Project who undertake a project that is of benefit to their community.
· Entries can include
Community walks and trails, Playgrounds, Community Fields, Community Centre renovations, upgrades to monuments and amenity areas, River clean-ups, Community Signs, Biodiversity areas, Community gardens, allotments, Graveyard restoration, Floral displays on streetscape, all weather facilities, tree planting  Websites etc

Pride in Our Community 2019 - Entries Can Include

Entries can include

    Community walks and trails, Playgrounds, Community Fields, Community Centre renovations, upgrades to monuments and amenity areas, River clean-ups, Community Signs, Biodiversity areas, Community gardens, allotments, Graveyard restoration, Floral displays on streetscape, all weather facilities, tree planting  Websites etc

Pride in our Community 2019 Awards and Categories

Anti-Litter Award

A project that prevents  or reduces litter in the community, Eg anti Dog fouling measures, recycling measures and waste reduction measure.

This category is for a project that has restored a historical site, or developed a site of  historical /cultural significance.
Eco Friendly  Project
Biodiversity is basically a fancy word for nature. It was formed by merging together the two words ‘biological’ and ‘diversity’. It simply means the enormous variety of life on the planet. From the tiniest bacteria to the largest elephant... if it’s alive it’s part of biodiversity. Groups that embrace  preserve and protect wildlife, embrace the concepts of re-thinking, repairing, refurbishing, along with re-using and recycling items in their project.  Growing wildflowers is probably one of the most beautiful biodiversity projects you can undertake  Birds are a very welcome visitors all year round. So are our main Pollinators the Bees.  Be part of the All Ireland Pollinator plan

Who are the Socially Excluded? They include: Asylum seekers and refugees, Early school leavers, Older people living alone, Homeless persons, People with a disability, Single parents, Travellers, Unemployed persons, especially the long term unemployed , Marginalised men, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Does your project allow participation in society by any of the above?
Does your project enhance the experience of tourists to your area?  Does your project attract more visitors to your area?
Best Small Village / Area with population of less than 1000

Best project from a Large urban Area Population over 1000 people. Awards will be presented in each of the County Council Divisions. 
 Best New Entry 
Best Project by a community group who have not entered previously or best newly developed project.
In order to support the work of groups in maintaining existing projects we have introduced this award in recent years. Are you maintaining an existing project not entered in the last two years to a very high standard ?  You can now enter a new and existing project in the same year
A project that promotes healthy living. For example walkways, trails, walking routes, outdoor exercise equipment, playgrounds, etc

There are no limits on Innovation and creativity so it is up to you to impress us with ideas. Most innovative project incorporating new and unique features and inspiring others
This award will be presented to a Youth Club or Youth Project who undertake a project that is of benefit to their community.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Pride in our Community Existing Projects

Did you know that you can now enter a previously entered project under our Best Maintained Category. This means that Community Groups can enter a new Project as well an existing Project.

Meditation Session Tonight Fermoy

Our April Monthly Meditation session takes place this Wednesday 24th from 7.30 - 8.30pm in the Fermoy Community Resource Centre. Place are limited at these monthly sessions, so to avoid being disappointed please book-in early with Jacinta on 0858742320.

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Jacinta McCormack
Community Health Worker
Fermoy Community Health Project
085 8742320

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

My Town, My Plan community training

Dear all

Please find attached an invitation to the first session of SECAD’s My Town, My Plan community training programme which will take place at eight different venues in South and West Cork in May 2019.

This free training programme is aimed at community group members and individuals who are interested in planning for their own town and surrounding areas.  It will run throughout 2019 in your town and will allow you and your neighbouring community members to discuss the future of your own area.  Topics to be covered will includeEnterprise and Asset Management, Social, Community and Volunteer supports and Climate Change.

Funded through the LEADER programme with trainers from the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CIT), each area will choose the topics most relevant to them.
The first meeting in May 2019 will be critical as it will allow Hinks-CIT to shape a specific training programme for your town and surrounding villages / catchments that will be delivered from September 2019.
We need as many people from different backgrounds, interests, ages and cultures to participate.  Please take this opportunity to become part of this important process aimed at sustaining your community’s vibrancy and resilience.


Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty
Tues 14 May 7-9pm
Saile Sports and Leisure Centre, Kinsale
Wed 15 May 7-9pm
The West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen
Mon 27 May 7-9pm
Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery
Tues 28 May 7-9pm

MY Place, Mill Road, Midleton
Tues 7 May 7-9pm
Great Island Community Centre, Cobh
Mon 20 May 7-9pm
Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre, Carrigaline
Tues 21 May 7-9pm
Cumann na Daoine, Catherine St, Youghal
Wed 22 May 7-9pm

Places on the SECAD My Town, My Plan training programme are limited, so please call to reserve a place by contacting Nuala at SECAD on 021 4613432 or

We look forward to hearing from you, please feel free to contact me on 021 4613432 if you have any queries.

Kind regards

Nuala O’Connell
SECAD Partnership CLG
Midleton Community Enterprise Centre,
Owennacurra Business Park,
Co. Cork.

phone: + 353 21 4613432
The Crystal Project is holding a six week block of information and support sessions for families of people with dementia. It will begin onWednesday 22nd May 2019 and will run each consecutive Wednesday evening for six weeks. It will be held from 7-9 pm on the floor 2 of Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre. It is free of charge and any family members are welcome to attend.

A range of topics will be covered including:
  • An overview of dementia  
  • Changing relationships
  • Communication strategies
  • Personal care
  • Nutrition and eating well
  • Understanding behaviour
  • Engaging in activities
  • Safety at home
  • Looking after yourselves
  • Accessing information and support
  • Legal issues

I have attached an application form. If you are interested in attending please email it or post it to The Crystal Project, Memory Resource Room, Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre, Mallow, Co. Cork by Friday 10th May 2019.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch, contact details below
All the best
Sheena Cadoo

Occupational Therapist / Crystal Project Lead  | Cork Kerry Community Healthcare | Health Service Executive| Memory Resource Room  | Floor 2 | Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre| Gouldshill | Mallow | Co Cork | Eircode: P51Y8EC.
Working week: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Tel. 022/58700 | Mobile 086 787 1818 | E-mail:

Dementia information and support for families
Application Form

Date of birth :
Mobile number :
Email address :

What is your relationship to the person with dementia?  __________________________________________

When was your relative diagnosed with dementia?        __________________________________________

What challenges is your relative experiencing?

What challenges are you experiencing?

Are there any topics you would like included?

Please return this form to or
The Crystal Project, Memory Resource Room, Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre, Mallow, Co. Cork
The Crystal Project is a joint initiative between the HSE, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, UCC, families affected by dementia and GPs. The Crystal Project is the trading name of Mallow Dementia Project Ltd, a company limited by guarantee without a share capital registered in Dublin No 545740,
CHY No. 21361 with a registered office at Memory Resource Room, Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre, Mallow, Co Cork. .

Thursday, 18 April 2019


Free Family Fun Day in support of The Ambulance push in aid of Ballylclough, DBM and Liscarroll Community First Responders schemes.
A group of 5 responder schemes are coming together to hold a joint event in Cork Racecourse Mallow on 27th April 2019 to publicise our responder schemes and what we do in our communities. We are holding a family fun day and some of our responders along with members of the fire service and Gardaí are going to push a fully equipped ambulance the distance of a full marathon. All 26.2 miles of it. 
On the day we have a variety of activities and displays from farming to fashion and everything in between. We will have something for everybody including CPR demonstrations and children’s entertainment.
The 5 responder's schemes Doneraile Buttevant and Mallow together with Ballyclough and Liscarroll have come together to promote CFR schemes in the North Cork area ,the aim of this event is to promote what we do in the communities so people are more aware of our role is assisting the National Ambulance Service with responding to calls such as Heart Attack, Stroke, Cardiac Arrest and Choking.
The Schemes altogether have attended approximately a thousand calls since setting up the scheme in 2014 or aim is to get more volunteers and teach vital life-saving skills to members of our communities. 
Responders are fully trained by qualified PHECC instructors under the Irish Heart Foundation and attend regular classes to keep their skills up to date.
A responder on call has a defibrillator and medical bag. When tasked by The National Ambulance Services they receive a text message from 999 are given the details of the call,   all volunteers use their own cars to attend calls and are covered by their own insurance policies, the responder goes to the address and treats the patient until the arrival of the Ambulance crew. We are always looking for more volunteers and if you would be interested in getting involved please contact the CFR scheme in your area.
Event Date

CanTalk Cancer Support

A musical evening in aid of CanTalk, a local cancer support group in Mallow. A mixture of musical and poetic talents from many genres. All performers are very kindly sharing their time and talents for our worthy cause.  Concert begins at 8pm sharp on Friday, 10th of May.

Tickets €10, available by calling: 089 2390863 or email:

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

County Mayor Launches Pride in Our Community 2019

County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy sharing a joke at the Launch of the Muintir na Tire

Pride in our Community 

The Mayor of County Cork Councillor Patrick Gerard Murphy launched the 2019 Pride in our Community Competition at the County Hall today in front of a large crowd which included many County Councillors and representatives of Community groups from all over county Cork. The Pride in Our Community Competition is now celebrating its 14th year and continues to encourage communities to display the best of their area by developing sustainable amenities that benefit the entire community. The competition which is organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire in conjunction with Cork County Council continues to go from strength to strength each year.

Over the years, the competition has developed from a small idea to the very successful and popular competition that it is today with a prize fund of over €10,000, with over 50 groups expected to take part again this year. Through this competition, Muintir na Tire recognises and acknowledges the hard work of all the community organisations involved around the County and this in turn supports the work of development work of Cork County Council. The competition also seeks to make people aware of their environment, to continue the overall development of their areas and to encourage litter free communities.

Mayor Murphy praised the competition and promised continued support from Cork County Council to the voluntary sector in County Cork and he congratulated last year’s overall winners The Lusitania Museum/Old Head Signal Tower Heritage Group who restored the Signal Tower and constructed a Lusitania Memorial Garden, which features an iconic sculpture.
Mr Kevin Murphy Chair of the Environment SPC Cork County Council praised Muintir na Tire for its commitment to rural development and also for their help with the Mayors awards. He said that there was a record entry last year and that the standard is improving all the time.

In a message to the launch, Mr Brendan Scahill Community Worker HSE Cork North said they were also delighted to be working closely with Muintir on many projects and he outlined the health benefits of most community projects.
Mr Sean Holland Chairman of the organising committee called on Groups in the county in the process of improving amenities in their local community to enter the Pride in Our Community Competition, which has a Prize Fund of over €10.000. He said the competition is open to all communities in County Cork big and small and the special Youth Award for Youth groups is a new initiative to encourage young people to help out with improving and developing amenities. There is also a Small Village Award, a Best Large Town in Each Division, Best Heritage Project, Most Eco Friendly Project,
Social Inclusion Award, Best New Entry, Best Tourism Project, Best Maintained Existing Project, Healthy Town/Village Award and Innovation and Creativity.
Mr Seamus Forde Chairperson of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre said amenities highlight the important link between our surroundings and our quality of life. He said these projects brighten up communities and enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings in which we live as well as attracting tourists.
He thanked the County council especially Louis Duffy and his staff at the Cork County Council Environment Directorate for providing support for the organising, judging and funding of the competition.
He said tha Muintir na Tire hopes to see all of our communities continue to support our work by partaking in the competition this year and we encourage all groups past and present to continue to develop their projects and ideas in the future. We really hope to see past groups coming back to work on projects in the future. Niamh O Dwyer County Council Co-ordinator said it was now easier than ever to enter the competition. She urged groups to enter online at or to contact 0214500688 and request a Brochure / entry form.

Full competition details and photos of Launch are available from Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre 8 Sidney Place, Wellington Road, Cork City
Tel: 021-4500688 Mobile 0872034876   Email:

Monday, 15 April 2019

Digital Skills for Citizens Scheme

The Digital Skills for Citizens Scheme is an initiative under the Government’s National Digital Strategy, funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. The scheme provides free basic digital skills training where citizens attending classes will learn the skills they need to use and enjoy the many benefits that using the internet offers.
Staying connected with family and friends has important benefits for your health and wellbeing. Sign up for basic digital skills classes and learn how to use email, Facebook, Skype or WhatsApp and save time and money by communicating, shopping and banking online. 

Training classes are available to all citizens who don’t have the confidence, motivation or skills to reap the benefits of digital inclusion. Training is targeted at people over 45, farming communities, small business owners, the unemployed, persons with disabilities and disadvantaged groups.

Training classes will include the following:

·         An introduction to the internet

·         Internet safety

·         How to send& receive emails

·         Using online Government Services

·         Using online banking services

·         How to use “Apps” i.e. weather, traffic, news

·         How to use Social Media i.e. Skype, Facebook, Twitter

·         Online shopping

Each person attending these classes will receive 10 hours free classroom training.

Maximum class size is 10 people.

An internet enabled device (computer, laptop or tablet) will be provided for use during each class or if you prefer you can bring your own device.

Training takes place in numerous locations in every county. Classes are advertised locally with times and venues arranged to meet the needs identified by citizens. A list of training locations is available here

For more information please contact the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment:

Ph: 01 -6782078 / 01 6782217

Or email:

The Crystal Project Creating Clarity and Connections for people affected by Dementia.

The Crystal Project is a joint initiative between the HSE, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Family Carers Ireland.
For those concerned about memory loss or affected by dementia contact the Crystal Project for free and confidential advice, information and support.

·         Memory Resource Room

·         Social Activities

·         Support Groups

·         Educational Sessions

·         Memory Groups

·         Mailing list

For more information visit  Contact Sheena Cadoo 022 58700 or 086 787 1818