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Friday, 28 June 2019

Ballincollig’s FIRST junior parkrun

 Junior parkrun is a weekly timed 2km event for junior (4-14 year olds) walkers, joggers and runners of all standards and their families.  It offers an opportunity for all the family to get involved and come together on a regular basis to enjoy Ballincollig Regional Park and encourages everyone to walk, jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all.

When is it?

 It is held every Sunday at 9:30am (everyone is encourage to arrive by 9.20 at the latest)

Starting this Sunday 30th June 2019.

Where is it? 

The event takes place at Ballincollig Regional Park, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. (the starting point is near the allotment car park)

What does it cost to join in? 

Nothing - it's FREE!

But please register both adults and children before your first visit by logging onto only need to register with parkrun once but don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode on the day of the event.

What do I need to do?
Taking part is easy – just register in advance before your first ever parkrun. Your individual barcode can then be used for this weekly 2k run, and any of the weekly parkruns around the country. 

How fast do I have to be?

It’s non-competitive and children can sprint, walk, jog or skip their way around the course; the aim is to have fun!
Please come along and join in whatever your pace!  Bikes are not allowed!

All families are encouraged to come down and join in; it doesn’t matter if you have never attended a junior parkrun before. It’s really about being active and making new friends in a fun and safe environment for children.  This is a great opportunity to get young children active and improving their health, fitness and confidence from a young age in a great location!

For further information log onto

Thursday, 27 June 2019


Over the last number of years Cork County Council has been producing a heritage book each year, from bridges to houses and churches to castles. What is very evident in these pages is the sheer number of wonderful heritage sites scattered throughout the County; not to mention the household names and legendary cultural characters that are synonymous with the Rebel County of Cork. Late 2019 will see the publication of a book on the Industrial Heritage of County Cork by Cork County Council, and just announced is another publication with a twist – a colouring book that will capture in a fun and exciting manner, the wonderful culture and heritage of the County of Cork.
Cork County Council is inviting the people of Cork to put forward any number of suggestions to include everything from natural and built heritage to archaeological sites and famous people from our past, even including traditional crafts and modern day festivals. The publication, which will be bilingual in both Irish and English, will include numerous drawings and associated text, as well as an overall map to indicate the location of the sites in the context of one another.
The primary aim of the publication is to highlight the vastness of culture and heritage in County Cork, and in particular sites that can be visited and enjoyed by all the family. Everyone who submits and has a drawing included in the book will receive a number of copies of the publication to be shared with friends, colleagues, classmates and family alike and it is anticipated that the book will be published just before Christmas 2019. Cork County Council will be delighted to receive all suggestions and recommendations, and in particular, any drawings or sketches, up to the closing date of Friday the 2nd of August, which can be emailed to The undertaking is being supported by the Heritage Council and through the Creative Ireland Programme.

Dementia Support Group Meeting

We are stronger together than we are alone - Walter Payton
If you are caring for someone with dementia please come and join us at our new support group meeting.
This monthly meeting gives carers the opportunity to share their experiences of caring in a safe and supportive environment. With a morning and evening meeting each month you can choose to attend at the time that best suits you best.

Our first groups will meet on Wednesday 10th July at 10:30am AND 7:30pm, The Occupational Therapy Department, Floor Two, MPHC, Mallow, Co. Cork

For more information or to let us know which group you’d like to attend please contact Christine O’Riordan 086 0255205.  

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Conna National School wins Pride in our Community Schools Garden Competition 2019

The staff and Pupils of St. Catherines N.S Conna are thrilled to be Overall Winners at the Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre Pride in our Community School Garden Awards 2019 which were held in County Hall on Monday June 24th 2019.
St Catherine's NS Conna  winners of the Muintir na Tires School Garden of the Year 
Mrs Mary Barry, Joanna Carr, Isabelle Coyle, Eoghan O’Mahony & Lisa O’Mahony. with Conor Nelligan Katherine Corkery, Michelle Green and Trevor Dineen of Cork County Council.
   The Competition is in its seventh year and this year saw a record amount of entries. The enthusiasm and high standard and quality shown from all the schools proved to to the Judges that the project continues to be 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.

Mr Sean  Murphy welcomed the schools involved and congratulated each school on their efforts. This was then followed by an audio visual presentation that showcased all of the schools hard work. Sean then thanked  the Muintir ná Tíre sub group 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.

Sean Holland Chair of the sub group 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.
Mayor Christopher O’ Sullivan 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. Trevor Dinneen 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.

                            St Catherine's NS Conna  winners of the Muintir na Tires School Garden of theYear

 Isabelle Coyle, Eoghan O’Mahony & Lisa O’Mahony



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.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Embrace FARM

Embrace FARM will hold its sixth annual national ecumenical Remembrance Service on Sunday 30th June at 2pm in the church of The Most Holy Rosary at 2pm in Abbeyleix. The service began in 2014 following the tragic loss of Brian Rohan’s father Liam on their family farm the year before. Brian and his wife Norma felt to hold a national service where families, friends and neighbours that have lost someone close to them in a farming accident could be remembered in a compassionate and simple way. Since then the service is held on the last Sunday of June in Abbeyleix. If you wish to attend or have the name of a loved one remembered at this service please contact Norma on or phone 085 – 7709966 at your earliest convenience.

Cork Volunteer Centre Summer Lecture Series

Cork Volunteer Centre Summer Lecture Series is ongoing.
More information is available on Cork Volunteer Centre’s website: 
June 21st - Paul Collins (Volunteer Ireland) Migrant Participation in Sports Volunteering.

Dr Anna Kingston - CARL (Community Academic Research Links)

June 28th - Dr. Julie Connelly - Policy Advocacy (Pre budget submissions) 

Heritage Week 2019

Heritage Week
National Heritage Week this year is little over two months away, taking place from Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th August, 2019. So far for the County of Cork over 120 events have been registered with an expectation that Heritage Week 2019 will see over 2,000 events around the Country.

All proposed events uploaded towww.heritageweek.ieprior to June 28th 2019will feature in the official County Cork Heritage Week Events Guide this year. It is hoped that 2019 will indeed see a wonderful line-up and a great number of events, across the County. Indeed, the popularity of National Heritage Week is growing enormously in recent years as more and more people take stock of and value the heritage that surrounds and connects us all.

The Theme for Heritage Week 2019 is ‘Pastimes and Past Times’, encouraging people to take a stroll through our local history and explore how our free time has evolved in often fascinating ways from sports and storytelling to music and craft. Heritage Week is coordinated by the Heritage Council and is part of European Heritage Days which promotes Europe’s cultural heritage across the Union – a week very much to look forward to.
Heritage Week dates for your diaries: Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th August, 2019

Proposed events must be uploaded to prior toJune 28th 2019

New Funding Opportunity for Recent Arts Graduates

New Funding Opportunity for Recent Arts Graduates through the Artist in the Community Scheme
Create, the national development agency for the collaborative arts, are pleased to announce a NEW Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme award for Recent Graduates, introduced in 2019. The AIC Scheme is funded the Arts Council, and managed by Create.
Recent Graduate Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)
Recent Graduate artists are defined as those of any age, who have graduated from an undergraduate degree programme in the arts in the past three years and are interested in developing or exploring, or are establishing a professional career in collaborative arts practice. This award specifically targets emerging artists / practitioners who have completed their undergraduate degree and who are not in postgraduate studies at the time of the award. The maximum award is €2,500 of which a maximum of €750 is specifically to cover the cost of engaging a mentor. The time frame should be no longer than 5 months.
The AIC scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts. Projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts, for example healthcare contexts, prisons, community development organisations. Visit our Case Studies to see examples of previous projects, or look at previous recipient info.
Collaborative practice is about meaningful creative engagement between artists, communities of interest or of place, and diverse audiences. Collaborative practice fosters a sense of equal-ownership. The aim of the AIC scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists.
The next closing date for applications to the AIC Scheme (including this new Recent Graduate Research and Development Award) is the 29th July 2019. Please see our awards page for further details, application forms and guidelines.  

Bike Week 2019

Bike Week  June 22-June 30  2019
Lots of fun events suitable for all the family, lots of great giveaways.
All events are free!
Bike week runs Saturday June 22ndto Sunday June 30th
Further information is available on:


Create Events for the Taste the Island Programme

Create Events for the Taste the Island Programme – September to November 2019
Kicking off in September 2019 and running until the end of November, Taste the Island will promote the island of Ireland’s extensive catalogue of food and drink experiences to domestic and international visitors, creating opportunities for Irish businesses to attract higher numbers of visitors outside the already busy summer months.
The Taste the Island programme will be extensive, including everything from visits to food producers, distillers, and brewers; food trails and food festivals; participation in traditional skills; opportunities to forage and fish; and chances to sit back and enjoy the best of modern Irish cuisine in traditional pubs, cafés, restaurants, bistros and Michelin-starred experiences.
You’re invited to submit events to the programme by the June 30thdeadline, and there’s a full toolkit available to support you as you plan your event. For more information, see or call 027 66908.

Adventure Art Workshops for Children with Asthma

Adventure Art Workshops for Children with Asthma at the Glen Resource Centre
Join Helium Arts for adventure art workshops with artist Siobhán! Adventure Arts are a chance to break out of the four walls and have fun challenging yourself in the outdoors. Take part in creative activities that are based on your interests and ideas in a relaxed and fun environment.

For children with asthma, ages 8-12
Workshops are free. Medical cover will be provided by a trained professional.

The venue and all activities are wheelchair accessible. Go along prepared to get creative and move around... Wear waterproof shoes and old clothes!
Workshops take place on Sunday 23rd June and Sunday 30th June from 11am- 1pm at The Glen Resource Centre
To Register for the programme contact: Helium Arts’ family  or PH: 044 93 96 960

Lismore Youth Summer Camp 2019.

6th Class Summer Programme

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Event: Charleville Agricultural Show to include Pop-up Museum and Visit of Croesgoch Heritage Society and Goodwick Brass Band

Date/Time: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019  
Location: Charleville, Co. Cork 

Additional Information: VISIT OF CROESGOCH HERITAGE SOCIETY AND GOODWICK BRASS BAND TO CHARLEVILLE - Charleville Heritage Society is twinned with the Croesgoch Heritage Society (near Fishguard) in Wales. Some of latter's members are also associated with the nearby Goodwick Brass Band, who are UK and Welsh national title winners and one of the top brass bands in the world. Charleville will be hosting members of the Croesgoch Heritage Society over the last weekend in June and the 42 strong Goodwick Band is also coming to town. They will perform at Charleville Agricultural Show on Sunday afternoon and in a concert at the Charleville Park Hotel on Sunday night 30th June, with a full supporting programme. Admission is only €10 to the concert and a terrific night's entertainment is assured. All welcome.
POP-UP MUSEUM - To mark the 40th year of Charleville Agricultural Show Charleville Heritage Society are organising a pop-up museum on their stand at the Show. They will display storyboards of the town's founder Roger Boyle (Lord Broghill) and the many famous people who were either born in or are associated with the town, such as Sean Clarach Mac Domhnaill, Archbishop Thomas W. Croke of Cashel, Archbishop Daniel Mannix of Melbourne, Bishop William Reeves, Church of Ireland Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore, Eliza Lynch, National Heroine of Paraguay, Bishop Robert Browne of Cloyne, John Anster, to mention but some. We will also display items of historical interest plus many photographs. So, if you are at the Show please visit the Charleville Heritage Society stand.


Cork young Filmmakers 2019

Cork Young Filmmakers Workshops are delighted to invite you to apply for a place on a week-long Summer Film Making Programme in various locations throughout the County. If you have always wanted to make a movie, learn new skills in front of and behind the camera and would like to have fun and meet new people then we look forward to hearing from you. These exciting one-week courses are held during school summer holidays and are designed to give young filmmakers, age 14-19, hands-on experience of making film. Cork Film Centreprovide professional training and equipment throughout the week. The emphasis is on hands-on film making. Demand for places on this course is very high so if you are passionate about film apply now by emailing with name, contact details; address /contact number, age and a brief outline of what experience you have and why you feel this course is for you. The only charge will be a €50 registration fee, thanks to the support of Cork County Council and SECAD partnership.


The Community Foundation of Ireland is running an Environment & Nature Fund 2019 grants programme which opened on 17th May for applications. Communities are invited to apply for grant funding to engage an ecologist and develop a Community Biodiversity Action Plan for their local areas. For further information visit and note the closing date June 28 2019.


HW Logo 2019
National Heritage Week this year is little over two months away, taking place from Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th August, 2019. So far for the County of Cork over 120 events have been registered with an expectation that Heritage Week 2019 will see over 2,000 events around the Country. All proposed events uploaded to prior to June 28th 2019will feature in the official County Cork Heritage Week Events Guide this year. It is hoped that 2019 will indeed see a wonderful line-up and a great number of events, across the County. Indeed, the popularity of National Heritage Week is growing enormously in recent years as more and more people take stock of and value the heritage that surrounds and connects us all. The Theme for Heritage Week 2019 is ‘Pastimes and Past Times’, encouraging people to take a stroll through our local history and explore how our free time has evolved in often fascinating ways from sports and storytelling to music and craft. Heritage Week is coordinated by the Heritage Council and is part of European Heritage Days which promotes Europe’s cultural heritage across the Union – a week very much to look forward to.

Fermoy Community Health Project: Chair Yoga in the Courtyard

Friday 21st June is International Day of Yoga.  To celebrate the health benefits of yoga Fermoy Community Health Project in association with Fermoy Community Resource Centre is hosting an outdoor chair yoga workshop from 2.30 – 3.30pm in the courtyard area of the Fermoy Resource Centre community garden .  This workshop which is intended to be suitable to all adults; will offer a basic and gentle introduction to chair yoga.  This outdoor event is weather dependent, if it is rainy we will move the workshop indoors.  Places will be limited at the chair yoga workshop, so you are invited to book your place in advance by contacting Jacinta McCormack, Fermoy Community Health Worker on 085 8742320.

Local Agenda 21 2019 Grant Scheme

Hi All,

The Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment have just informed us that from 2019 onwards the Local Agenda 21 grant scheme will run from September to August.

We expect the Minister to launch this year’s scheme in August, with applications being accepted until the end of September/start of October.

The exact dates have not yet been confirmed but we will be in touch with further information as we receive it, including full details of the application process.


The Environmental Awareness Team
Cork County Council

A talk on recent Archaeological Discoveries in Buttevant

Buttevant talk June 2019
Date/Time: Thursday 27th June 2019 at 20:00
A talk on recent Archaeological Discoveries in Buttevant by Trish Long 
Location: Muintir na Tíre Hall, Buttevant, Co. Cork 

Additional Information: Buttevant Heritage Group are delighted to announce a presentation by Trish Long of Rubicon: “To Enclose it with Walls”: Archaeological Discoveries Regarding Medieval and Late Buttevant. Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd were the archaeologists in Buttevant throughout the recent roadworks. Trish will deliver an analysis of the archaeological works that took place during the street works in 2015-16. So many people admire how well the town looks and now we will learn of the significance of the painstaking archaeological works that took place on the Main Street. The presentation will take place in the Muintir na Tire hall on Thursday 27 June 2019, at 8pm. Entry is free, and all are welcome.


The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area. 
Any not-for-profit Community and Voluntary group can apply. The funding covers capital projects only.  In cases where both current and capital works are carried out together, only the capital element can be funded through this Programme. Projects must be in keeping with the ethos of the programme, which is to provide funding to communities across Ireland to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. The following provides a non-exhaustive list of capital projects that could receive funding under the programme:
§  Development/renovation of community centres
§  Once off maintenance of premises. This does not include regular routine maintenance
§  Community amenities
§  Development of youth clubs or facilities
§  Development of sports/recreation facilities
§  Improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces
§  Development of play/recreation spaces
§  Energy efficiency type projects
§  Purchase of Equipment
This funding is targeted towards enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the Local Economic and Community Plan(LECP). The application form is detailed and is designed to ensure that it has the necessary information to evaluate each proposal accurately and fairly.  Please ensure that you complete the 2019 application form in full and that any documentation in support of your application is submitted with your application.
 Applications can be made online at to the relevant LCDC by 4pm on Friday, 28th June 2019. For any queries please email:

Monthly Health & Well Being Talks, Cancer Support

CanTalk will deliver the June Health & Well Being Talk on Thursday 27th June from 11-12noon at the St Francis Day Centre on Rathealy Road.

Can Talk Cancer Support offer a safe, confidential and supportive environment to adults fighting cancer and they also support spouses, partners, family, friends, carers and those bereaved by cancer.

For further information about this talk please contact Jacinta McCormack on 085 8742320.

Mitchelstown Traveller Women’s Group Coffee Morning

Mitchelstown Traveller Women’s Group in association with 
Saint Vincent de Paul, Mitchelstown, would like to invite you to a Coffee Morning, in aid of Saint Vincent de Paul, Mitchelstown
Where:  In Saint Vincent de Paul ,Ozanam Centre Mitchelstown.
When:  Wednesday 26th June, 2019.   
Time: 10 30 am



Fermoy Parkinson’s Association coffee morning

The next coffee morning takes place on Tuesday 2nd July in the Fermoy Youth Centre, Ashe Quay.

These coffee mornings are for people living with Parkinson’s and their family members.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Lough Fadda and Ownagappul Streams public meetings

The River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021 has prioritised Areas for Action for detailed assessment by the Local Authority Waters Programme.
Before on-the-ground assessments begin on the Tinneel Stream and Rosscarbery Bay Priority Area for Action and the Lough Fadda/Ownagappul Priority Area for Action 2 public meetings have been scheduled.
Water quality issues have been identified in the Upper Caragh River, Tinneel Stream and Rosscarbery Bay and you are invited to a community meeting to be part of the solution. The meetings will include an overview of why these waterbodies were selected as Priority Areas for Action and will include staff from the Local Authority Waters Programme. This meeting is open to all and will include a Question& Answer session and an opportunity for informal discussion during tea and coffee after the meeting.
Meetings will take place as follows:
Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork P85 WF86
Lough Fadda/Ownagappul
Caha Centre, Ardgroom, Co Cork P75 WR20

For more information contact: Kieran Murphy 085 8083059  email:  or
                                                               Maeve Ryan 085 8025273 email: