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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

WEEE Recycle for FREEE

FREE collection days in Cork County for your large and small WEEE items. 
Do you have household waste electrical items such as fridges, phones or lawnmowers, batteries or energy saving lightbulbs gathering in your house or garage? 
Get them recycled for FREE with WEEE Ireland at the locations listed below:

Baltimore Friday August 2nd
Dunmanway Saturday August 3rd 
Mitchelstown Saturday August 10th

10am - 4pm each day
Poster with Free recycling dates list

Beara Arts Festival Begins with a Special Commemoration

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan, will officially launch Beara Arts Festival 2019 at the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere, at 3 pm Saturday, August 3rd. The Festival, which is proudly supported by Cork County Council, will run until August 11th. The launch event will also mark the opening of the exhibition, Landscapes of a Life: The Paintings of John Eagle.
One of John Eagles paintings - a steep river valey in moody weather. A solitary white house sits on the valleys incline.John, who passed away in December 2018, had a long association with Beara Arts Festival. Although best known as a photographer – he documented all the lighthouses around the Irish coast – he was also a gifted painter, specialising in landscapes and seascapes inspired by the hills and harbours of the Beara peninsula. This exhibition will commemorate John and his work.
Beara Arts Festival has commissioned a new work by local artist, Mary Sullivan. Breathe is an immersive visual and sound installation in an underground tunnel at Lonehort Battery on Bere Island that launches at 3pm, Sunday August 4th.
Mary is a graduate of DIT Dublin School of Creative Arts, Sherkin Island, where she was awarded a first-class honours BA in Visual Art. In 2018, she was selected to participate in the RDS Visual Arts Awards Exhibition, where she was awarded the acclaimed Taylor Art Award for her installation and video sculpture At Home, At War.
The festival will also feature a musical performance by the Vespertine Quintet & Adrian Crowley at the Sarah Walker Gallery, and a series of workshops and talks at Beara Coast Hotel; Castletownbere Library; Reentrisk, Allihies; and Lonehort Battery, Bere Island.

Do you know that it is the law to use a permitted waste collector?

Householders are required by law to use a permitted waste collector or use a permitted facility to dispose of their waste?  Many bogus waste collectors are not complying with the law and much of the waste they collect ends up in our beautiful countryside.  Please make sure you use a permitted collector and report any bogus waste collectors to Cork County Councils Anti-Litter Unit on 021 4285417

Monday, 29 July 2019

Event: Exhibition at Independence Museum Kilmurry - 'It Wasn't All Work You Know'

Date/Time: Sunday 4th August to Sunday 1st September 2019
Location: Independence Museum, Kilmurry, Co. Cork 

Additional Information: Kilmurry will be exhibiting a wonderful exhibition over the month of August looking at what people did for leisure during the past 150 years. It promises to be a great exhibition and opens on Sunday 4th August.

Exhibition at Independence Museum Kilmurry - 'It Wasn't All Work You Know'

Date/Time: Sunday 4th August to Sunday 1st September 2019
Exhibition at Independence Museum Kilmurry - 'It Wasn't All Work You Know'
Location: Independence Museum, Kilmurry, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: Kilmurry will be exhibiting a wonderful exhibition over the month of August looking at what people did for leisure during the past 150 years. It promises to be a great exhibition and opens on Sunday 4th August.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Community & Voluntary Support grant

Extra €1 million Community & Voluntary Support grant announced

Detailed information and application forms are available from persons in the HSE Community Health Organisations or this link.

As part of a joint initiative by Minister Jim Daly and the HSE, an extra €1million in funding will be available for community and voluntary groups working with older people. Grants will range from €5,000 - €20,000. Approximately 25% of the extra funding is for dementia related initiatives.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15th August 2019 and funding will follow in August/September. Applicants must strictly adhere to the application guidelines.

This funding is open to groups that already hold a Service Arrangement or Grant Aid agreement with the HSE, or non-statutory agencies who aim to provide a range of health and social care services that the HSE may provide.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Festival of the Year, 13th Youghal Medieval Festival set for August Bank Holiday Weekend

The 13th annual Youghal Medieval Festival will take place in the Youghal this year on 4th August 2019.  The current ‘Festival of the Year’ (Chambers Ireland, Excellence in Local Government Awards) has been given a new place in the calendar year of the August bank holiday weekend to facilitate the increasing numbers wishing to attend the event.  The event is organised by Cork County Council’s Youghal Heritage Committee in partnership with the Irish Walled Towns Network.
Four Reenactors charge into battle - Norman Style.Youghal is still riding on the crest of a wave since ‘Ironman’ swept into the East Cork town in June of this year and it is all set to continue as the Youghal Medieval Festival delivers one of the largest, most successful free events of its nature Ireland. 
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’ Sullivan praised organisers for their hard work:
“I would like to congratulate Youghal Heritage Committee, who on behalf of Cork County Council have laboured to produce a fantastic festival programme which brings Youghal’s unique built heritage to life through a series of free events that the whole family can enjoy. Incredibly, Youghal is expected to welcome in the region of 10,000 visitors to the town, representing a substantial economic boost. The annual Medieval festivities not only generate economic gains, but also bring local businesses and the wider community together, strengthening the region’s rich sense of community and furthering the positioning of Youghal as growing tourism asset.”
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey said:
“Cork County Council is firmly committed to the development of the East Cork region and we have been advancing significant projects for Youghal in particular. The restoration and re-opening of Youghal Clock Gate Tower, our role in securing investment for restoration and interpretative works at St Mary’s Collegiate Church,  installation of Youghal’s eco-boardwalk and most recently the news of an €8 million commitment from Central Government enabling progression of our plans to develop and construct the Midleton-Youghal Greenway. These are but a few examples of our commitment to the development of Youghal as a sustainable and thriving tourism town. Youghal Medieval Festival is an ideal opportunity to showcase the excellent work that has been carried out in the town.”
Highlights of this year’s event include: The White Horses Living Society and their 30 ‘medieval warriors’ who will set up their tented medieval village in the gardens. Their ‘battle re-enactments’ are now legendary and will take place throughout the afternoon.  An ‘archaeological dig’ for kids will see children supervised by qualified archaeologists in 30 minute ‘workshops’.  New for 2019 will see the award-winning petting zoo “Farmyard in Your Schoolyard”, with children taking the ‘alpacas for a stroll’ around the medieval gardens!  All of the old favourites will return including ‘paint your shield’ and this year kids will paint their own fairy door! With balloon art, face painting, hair braiding, as well as a host of artisan food and craft producers all participating.
The main event taking place on Sunday 4th August, a number of special talks will also take place in St. Mary’s Collegiate Church on Saturday 3rd August, including renowned Soloist Caroline Fraher performing in a free early evening concert in the venue.  
Full details of the event can be found on

Para-Cycling Event

Farm & Rural Stress Helpline A Lifeline For Rural People

Farm & Rural Stress Helpline A Lifeline For Rural People

The HSE South’s Farm & Rural Stress Helpline - 1800 742 645 - was established as a practical response to help address the issue of loneliness and isolation experienced by people living in rural areas in Cork and Kerry. The helpline is open daily from 6.00pm – 10.00pm and is staffed by professionals who offer callers a listening ear, support and advice in complete confidence.
Farm and rural stress can be caused by any number of issues ranging from financial difficulties, addiction or abuse to loneliness or relationship problems and much more. These problems can affect everyone, regardless of their occupation, where they live or their age. However, people who live in rural communities are often affected by additional issues such as isolation; not just feeling lonely, but real physical isolation where they are miles from their nearest neighbour or village. Lack of public transport and little access to services can also be a real challenge and can compound other problems that people may be experiencing in their lives.
Callers to the helpline get solace and comfort from talking to someone. The main issues discussed are mostly around loneliness or depression as well as relationship problems, abuse, and specific problems around farming and inheritance.Recent years have not been easy for many in rural and farming communities and the helpline has seen some callers now also expressing concerns about their own financial situation in relation to farming. Many callers have expressed their gratitude that the helpline is in place and the fact that they can speak to someone in complete confidence particularly when they don’t have anyone else they can talk to.
An audit of the helpline (published in 2008) which monitored and evaluated the delivery of this service showed that:
  • 55% of callers to the helpline were male
  • 62% of callers were single
  • 50% of callers were living alone
  • 41% of callers cited depression and suicidal thoughts as their major health problems
  • 40% of callers revealed they had previously received treatment for depression
  • 43% of callers cited loneliness or no support as reasons for calling the helpline
  • 50% of callers sought further support from the helpline.
Deirdre Scully, Local Health Manager with the HSE South said “Since the establishment of the helpline, raising its awareness in the rural communities of Cork & Kerry has been a priority for us. The change of type of call to the helpline reflects the current climate we are presently in; however, we are continuing to meet the needs of those who require this service which show how effective the helpline is. Highlighting the helpline today is important as it draws attention to the service and informs people about the kind of confidential, help, advice and support that is available for people. Very often, a lack of awareness of what services are available can be a real barrier to someone seeking help.”
The associated leaflet produced to promote the helpline was delivered to every rural household in Cork and Kerry (approximately 140,000) when it was launched in 2004 and again in 2009 as callers to the helpline have expressed their gratitude for receiving the leaflet directly to their home enabling them to access the helpline number easily and speak to someone in complete confidence particularly when they don’t have anyone else they can talk to.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) South have also developed a range of services in the area of suicide prevention as well as support in the aftermath of a suicide. People, who feel they are in crisis for whatever reason, need to know they are not alone. Help, advice and support is available through confidential helplines. Help is at hand for people who are feeling suicidal and for families or friends who are concerned about someone. A range of services are provided by the HSE South to help address the issue of suicide in the Cork and Kerry region include;   
  • Suicide Prevention Helpline - 1800 742 745: a freephone help-line open daily from 6.00pm – 10.00pm for people who are feeling suicidal or equally for a family member or friend who is concerned about someone. People can ring the number and talk, in complete confidence, to someone who will listen and offer help and support.
  • Suicide Bereavement Support Service: Health professionals have been specially trained to work with families and people in a community who have been affected by suicide. This is a free service and is tailored to suit individual situations. The support team will meet with family members, friends, neighbours, co-workers or who ever has been affected by the tragedy of a suicide. This meeting could take place in the family home, in the person’s place of work, a local community hall or where ever those in need of practical help and support feel is appropriate.  The number to access this support team is: 087 7986944.

Recovery and the Family Education Course

Monthly Meditation

These monthly meditations are suited to those who are searching for ways to direct their attention to what is happening right here, right now, with an attitude of kindness towards ourselves and our experiences.

Our July session takes place on  Wednesday 31st from 7.30 – 8.30pm.  To book a place please contact Jacinta on 085 8742320.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Spike Island’s new ferry service

Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan, pictured at the launch of the New Cobh to Spike Island Ferry, "Spike Island", and the launch of a new Exhibition "Independence". Both launches took place on Spike Island, and they co-incide with the 81st anniversary of the handing over of Spike Island by British Forces to The Irish State.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan has today launched Spike Island’s new ferry service, appropriately named ‘Spike Island’ in honour of its route. Mayor O’Sullivan performed the ceremonial honour of pouring champagne on the bow on the 81stanniversary of the handover of Spike Island from Britain to Ireland.
The 126 capacity ferry was secured by Doyle Shipping Company who have been servicing Spike Island since the 1950’s and have seen the service change from military to prison to tourism during these years.  The ferry will complement the existing service by increasing capacity and allowing visitors a longer stay on the 104 acre island.
Commenting at the launch, Cork County Council Chief Executive Tim Lucey said
“We are delighted to see the new ferry launched which will address any capacity issues the island might face in the coming years.  As well as enabling longer stays for day trippers, the extra capacity also opens up the potential for Spike Island to hold large scale events in the near future, offering an even greater economic benefit to Cork County.” 
This sentiment was reiterated by Doyle Shipping Director Eoin O’Sullivan who said,
“We take great pride in servicing Spike Island and the wider Cork harbour area, a duty we have carried out for many decades now. The passengers have varied considerably over the years, from army and navy officers to sitting Taoisigh and famous criminals like Martin Cahill to bands and performers.  Now it is tourists who make the scenic journey across the world’s 2nd largest natural harbour.”
Following the ferry launch, Mayor O’Sullivan made his way to Spike Island where he launched a new National exhibition titled ‘Independence’.  The exhibition tells the story of the Irish road to freedom and the 1,400 Irish freedom fighters held on Spike Island in 1921.  Families of the men held on the island were present for the exhibition which is the result of 5 years of research led by the islands assistant manager, and resident historian, Tom O’Neill with support for the team at Spike Island.  
‘Independence’ begins  in 1914, during the outbreak of World War I, and details how Ireland sought to take advantage of British distraction and the failed rising in 1916.  The exhibition includes original footage and artefacts made by the men who stayed on the island, including autograph books and diaries.  There is also a genealogy section which allows visitors to search for the details of the 1400 men held here.
Speaking of ‘Independence’, Mayor O’Sullivan highlighted the importance of such an exhibition at this time,
“The ‘Independence’ exhibition will reawaken the courage and valour of these men who were so passionate that they put their lives on the line to achieve Irish freedom.  These are the men that fought, died and eventually freed Ireland and it is importance that this story is told, particularly in the manner in which it is presented here.  I would encourage everyone to make their way to Spike Island and see this exhibition for themselves.”
The Exhibition is one of several now on offer to visitors to Spike Island Cork, with boats departing daily from Cobh. 
For further information including booking details please visit

Elizabeth Forrest and Viv Hally of Cobh Animation Team, pictured at the launch of the New Cobh to Spike Island Ferry, "Spike Island", and the launch of a new Exhibition "Independence". Both launches took place on Spike Island, and they co-incide with the 81st anniversary of the handing over of Spike Island by British Forces to The Irish State.

Community Involvement Scheme

Local communities invited to engage in joint venture with Council to improve roads
Cork County Council is now accepting applications for the Community Involvement Scheme, a joint venture approach between the Council and local communities, to carry out improvement works on suitable Regional and Local roads.  
Under this scheme the local community contributes 15% towards the estimated cost of the works and the Council carries out the works on the road, subject to grant funding being available. Over the past 5 years, Cork County Council has engaged in 126 Community Involvement Scheme projects with local communities, resulting in improvements to over 63km of local roads. 
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Christopher O Sullivan encouraged local communities to apply, saying
“The Council recognises the importance of local roads to infrastructure and to local businesses and this scheme is a useful mechanism that has benefitted numerous communities across the county over the years. The financial contribution from the community has now been reduced from 20% to 15% and the scheme offers communities a great opportunity to identify local needs and speed up improvements on roads, such as tertiary or cul-de-sac roads, which may see less traffic but are in need of repair.”
Now the construction of new footpaths is also covered by this scheme and both Castlefreke and Long Strand have carried out footpath works under the Community Involvement Scheme.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 1st August, 2019. Further details and Application Forms are available here or from your local Area Engineer’s office.

Independence Museum Kilmurry

Independence Museum Kilmurry: .
Kilmurry Independence Museum

Free Electrical Recycling Days 2019

Poster with Free recycling dates list
FREE collection days in Cork County for your large and small WEEE items. 
Do you have household waste electrical items such as fridges, phones or lawnmowers, batteries or energy saving lightbulbs gathering in your house or garage? 
Get them recycled for FREE with WEEE Ireland at the locations listed below:
Fermoy Saturday July 20th
Cobh Saturday July 27th 
Baltimore Friday August 2nd
Dunmanway Saturday August 3rd 
Mitchelstown Saturday August 10th

10am - 4pm each day

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

HSE grants to support Older People

HSE welcomes extra €1,000,000 in funding grants to support older people

HSE Press Release: Monday, 15th July 2019

Community and Voluntary Support Grants now open for application
        Grants will range from €5,000 - €20,000
    €250,000 will be dedicated to dementia-related initiatives
As part of a joint initiative by Jim Daly, Minister for Older People and the HSE Services for Older People, an extra €1million in funding is being made available to community and voluntary groups to continue to support older people, family carers and significant others to stay well and remain connected with their local community. Approximately €250,000 of this funding will be dedicated to dementia related initiatives.
The HSE and The Department of Health recognise that community and voluntary agencies provide a wide range of services to support older people to continue living in their communities and maintain their social connections. These services, which contribute to positive ageing and better overall health, include befriending, day care, social centres, meals on wheels, etc. Improving and developing community supports is in line with the vision outlined in Sláintecare, which supports a shift to providing the majority of care in the community and a focus on prevention and early intervention.
This funding is open to community and voluntary agencies that currently hold a Service Arrangement or Grant Aid agreement with the HSE, or, non-statutory agencies who aim to provide health and personal social services similar or ancillary to services that the HSE may provide.
Welcoming the announcement by Minister Daly today, Michael Fitzgerald, HSE Older People and Palliative Care – Strategy said:“This €1m grant will support community and voluntary groups to continue providing vital services to older people. Their role in supporting older people in the community is crucial and this is very much recognised and valued by the HSE and the Department of Health.”
Community and voluntary groups are encouraged to submit ‘Older Persons’ Friendly’ projects, with an emphasis on sustainability and/or some additional service.  Applications for funding must be made on the Community & Voluntary Support Grant Application form and accompanied by the requested supporting documentation.  Applications will be co-ordinated and assessed locally, at Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) level.
The level of contribution under the fund will depend on a range of factors including the type of project, availability of other sources of funding, and the overall number of applications seeking funding under the Scheme.  It is envisaged that grants will range from €5,000 - €20,000. 
The closing date for receipt of applications for the Community & Voluntary Support Grant is 15th August 2019 with funding allocated in August / September 2019. 
Detailed information and application forms are available from the HSE Community Health Organisations or via the following link:

IWA launch Parking Permit Online Portal

On Monday 01 July, new online application service for those applying for a parking permit for the first time will be launched. By applying online applicants will receive their application form in a more timely manner. Online applications can be made by simply going on to the  IWA website

Those who do not wish to choose the online option can continue to contact the National Mobility Service by phone on 045- 893094
We know that many IWA centres and services get numerous queries in relation to parking permit applications and would very much appreciate if all relevant staff could direct people where possible to use the online service and emphasise that online application will lead to speedier receipt of application forms.

We also request that you let any relevant external agencies in your area that would benefit from this information know about the new system.

If you have any queries on the above, please contact the National Mobility Centre at or 045 893094

FREE Cork Leader Training Course (become an AXA Community Bike Rides Leader)

Calling Cork Cyclists!!

Are you interested in leading free, social bike rides in your area?

Why not become an AXA Community Bike Rides Leader! This FREE training is being provided to any volunteers looking to get involved in the programme. This is a one day assessed training course delivered by Cycling Ireland, with the next course confirmed for Cork on Sunday 28th July, 9am - 5.30pm

Why become an AXA Community Bike Rides Leader?
ü  FREE Leader Gilet
ü  FREE Bike Ride Insurance
ü  Earn Rewards
ü  Ongoing support from Cycling Ireland
ü  Organise & lead cycles in your local community!

Training Day Details:
ü  Date: Sun, 28th July
ü  Venue: Gaelscoil Ui Riordain, Ballincollig
ü  Time: 9am - 5.30pm
ü  Cost: FREE

For full details & to register your interest:

Friday, 12 July 2019

Gum litter campaign launched in Cork

Gum litter campaign launched in Cork - Cllr. Pat Hayes, deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork, officially launched the Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign in Mallow. Representatives from Mallow TidyTowns and Cork County Council's Environmental Directorate were also in attendance along with Gum LItter Taskforce Ambassadors. Gum Litter Ambassador Jeanne Ní Áinle having some fun at the launch.
Campaign seeks to positively influence people’s behaviour towards gum disposal
Deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Pat Hayes officially launched the Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign in Mallow recently. Representatives from Mallow TidyTowns and Cork County Council's Environmental Awareness Team were also in attendance.
The Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) has been successful to date in changing the public’s behaviour by encouraging correct gum disposal through a targeted education and awareness campaign. The 2018 campaign maintained an all-time high of 93% of people stating that they regard chewing gum as litter, up from 74% when the campaign first began in 2007, pointing to the attitudinal impact which the campaign has had to date.
Research commissioned by the Gum Litter Taskforce and conducted by Kantar Millward Brown during the 2018 campaign has highlighted the campaign’s positive effect on people’s behaviour towards gum disposal. The latest results show that 88% of people said that they always dispose of their gum correctly, up from 54% when the campaign first began.
Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Pat Hayes said;
“The Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign is a fantastic initiative which harnesses community spirit and channels it towards achieving a common goal that of ridding our streets of littered gum. I am delighted to see local communities from right across the county coming together again this year under the GLT banner in an effort to make a positive change within their respective localities. The GLT campaign has made some very positive inroads to date on this issue and I hope that the campaign will continue to do so again this year.”
Paul Kelly, Chairman of the GLT added;
“Since its inception, the GLT campaign has sought to educate the public on the correct manner in which to dispose of used gum in a bid to tackle improper gum disposal. The latest research results have shown how this ambition has been made a reality, with 88% of people now saying that they always dispose of their gum correctly. Going forward, we will look to build on these positive results further still and will continue in our efforts to fully rid our streets of littered gum. Today’s launch is part of a broader nationwide campaign which includes an advertising campaign and a school’s education programme, Bin It!”.
Katherine Hogan, Corporate Affairs Director, Mars Ireland said;
“Mars Wrigley Ireland are delighted once again to be part of this positive and vibrant campaign. Through awareness raising and educational initiatives, the GLT campaign has had demonstrable success to date in changing behaviour and attitudes towards gum litter and encouraging positive gum disposal. Although industry funded, the GLT campaign would not have been able to reach the heights which it has to date without the enthusiastic buy in and hard work of local authorities and local communities right around the country in tackling the issue of littered gum head on. As ever, we look forward to matching this spirit of enthusiasm through our continued support for this campaign and to playing our part in tackling the issue of gum litter shoulder to shoulder with communities the length and breadth of the country."
The 2019 campaign is the second in a three-year cycle which commenced on foot of a negotiated agreement between the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Food Drink Ireland (FDI) representing the gum industry.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Free Market comes to Macroom

Macroom Town Hall Pictured
Free Market comes to Macroom
The Free Market pavilion will arrive to join with market traders in the Market Square in Macroom from Friday July 21st  to Sunday July 23rd. The pavilion will be installed on The Square, where it will be launched with a special event open to all at 6pm on July 21st.
Free Market, the Irish National Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, won widespread acclaim for its exploration of the unique identity of Irish rural towns when it showed in Venice in 2018. It is now preparing for the second stop on its National Tour at Macroom Co. Cork, coinciding with the weekly market in the town. 
Visitors are invited to take part in a series of free events helping us to spark new conversations around the future of our towns. Our events will coincide with special summer markets expanding on the usual Tuesday weekly market in Macroom. A programme of events will run throughout the day across Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. People are encouraged to explore the exhibition, join in guided walking tours, contribute to Vox Pop recording sessions, and for younger townies we have designed a special Townie Scavenger Hunt.
An exhibition of drawings, photographs and models will be housed in the Town Hall Gallery upstairs in the former Market House. This exhibition will include original architectural drawings and models from the Venice Architecture Biennale describing both the historicand contemporary conditions of towns across Ireland. Recently taken documentary and aerial photography (specially commissioned by Free Market) will be shown alongside historic photography. There will also be audio interviews, stories and sound recordings.
Press enquiries contact:
Orla Murphy | | +353 (0)86 8634361

Accomplished Cork Playwright wins acclaim at 2019 NY International Radio Awards

Accomplished Cork Playwright wins acclaim at 2019 NY International Radio Awards
Charleville based playwright, Katie Holly’s star has been rising steadily in recent years, garnering her acclaim and accolades in the world of theatre and the Arts. Now her radio play ‘Sharon’ has won Silver for RTÉ Radio Drama in the New York Radio Awards for Best Digital Drama.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O Sullivan congratulating the North Cork author said
“It’s great to see this young North Cork playwright receive international recognition of her talent at the New York Radio Awards. It is well deserved and I can say, on behalf of the Council, that we are very proud to be associated with Katie Holly, and her award-winning work - supporting her in the early stages of her career with the various Art funding schemes available from Cork County Council.”
Katie acknowledged the value of the Council’s on-going support, saying
‘This win is as much the Cork County Council's as it is mine- the Council played a large part in the original production, which then led to the Radio recording.”
A UCC graduate of Drama, Theatre Studies and Music, Katie began establishing in earnest, her reputation as one of Ireland’s most interesting new playwrights with her first play Marion premiering at Cork Midsummer Festival 2016. 
Katie received a Cork County Council Artist’s bursary to support the writing and stage production of her second theatre piece Sharon which premiered at Cork Midsummer festival in 2017 and proved hugely popular with audiences in West and North Cork during the Fit-up Theatre Festivals the following year.
This year Cork County Council though its Library & Arts Service, commissioned a new play from Katie Holly titled Crossword, which toured library branches across County Cork during May for the Bealtaine Festival.
Katie is currently working on a sequel to her production 'The Flowing Tide' entitled 'The Rising Tide' which is funded by the Council’s Creative Communities Scheme and is expected to be in production in December of this year.
You can catch Katie Holly’s recent production, an intimate one-man show, Crowman, starring Jon Kenny of the D’Unbelievables at the West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival, a joint initiative, between Blood in the Alley Theatre Productions, Cork County Council and the Arts Council, aiming to provide rural communities the opportunity to sample some of the wealth and talent professional theatre has to offer.
Crowman is in great company with a fantastic line-up of theatrical events to choose from this summer with the Fit-Up theatre festivalrunning during July and August. 

West Cork Literary Festival 2019

Graham Norton and Eimear O'Herlihy, Director of West Cork Literary Festival in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry for the West Cork Literary Festival.
Bantry is the place to be for the next week for anyone with even a passing interest in all things literary. The Programme for the 2019 West Cork Literary Festival continues in and around the town until Friday July 19th. The festival, proudly supported by Cork County Council, features a mixture of events from readings, to workshops, to yoga, to swimming, and all things in between.
West Cork Literary Festival regular, Graham Norton, will be appearing at an already sold out event on Thursday evening, July 18th.
Other highlights include An Evening with Aisling:  Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen’s discuss their fabulous follow-up to Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling - The Importance of Being Aisling on Saturday 13th at 8.30. While on Sunday 14th at 3pm Singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn will talk about her memoir, Another Planet. Both events are in The Maritime Hotel.
Crime writer Tana French will be in Bantry House Tea Rooms at 3pm on Tuesday 16th. In The Maritime Joseph O’Connor will be appearing alongside Paraic O’Donnell on Friday, July 19th.
There are other events in many locations around the town, including Bantry Bookshop and Bantry Library.
Many events are free and there’s also a comprehensive programme aimed at younger readers. The West Cork Literary Festival is generously supported by The Arts Council, Cork County Library and Arts Service and Fáilte Ireland.

Passage West Maritime Museum:

For further information contact Curator Angela Murphy by emailing

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Information - Nominations sought for Cork's Friendliest Business

Are you Cork's Friendliest Business?

In a city known worldwide for its hospitality and customer service, there are several hundred businesses in its metropolitan area alone all serving customers in true Cork style.  JCI Cork (Junior Chamber International) are looking for local businesses who offer something unique to their customers, show excellent skill with their social media interaction or offer something truly special to the community. 
The Friendly Business Awards seek to recognise and celebrate businesses that go the “extra mile” by continuing to enhance the customer experience without compromising on customer service. These awards were set up to recognise businesses that excel in serving the needs of the local community and play a vital role in its development.

You can nominate your business today for a Friendly Business Award under any of the following categories:

Community Impact
Customer Care
Digital Experience
Disability Access
Age Friendly
Shop Layout and Design

Nominations are now open and only take a few minutes! 

Don't miss out on this great opportunity for you or a business you think deserves this recognition.

Click here to enter.

Closing date for nominations is July 16th 2019.

Friday, 5 July 2019

Summer Concert in an Enchanted Garden

inniscarra summer concert 2019
Date/Time: Friday 26th July 2019 at 19:45
Summer Concert in an Enchanted Garden
Location: Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Inniscarra, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: A wonderful summer concert, organised by the Inniscarra Historical Society, will take place in Griffins Garden Centre on Friday 26th July. The evening commences at 19:45 and will feature the High Hopes Choir and other local performers. Admission is by ticket only (€10) and for further information email