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Friday, 30 August 2019

Leadership for Life Course

Foróige’s Leadership for Life is an exciting programme that enables young people to develop the skills and qualities necessary to be effective leaders, as well as challenging them to use these skills for the betterment of society. Throughout the course of the programme, young people learn the core concepts of leadership and gain skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking and self-awareness.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Cork Volunteer Awards

Cork Volunteer Centre and C103 are is delighted to announce that they will be hosting their very own inaugural Cork Volunteer Awards!

Taking place on Friday, 11th October in the Kingsley Hotel, volunteers are in with a chance of winning one of ten awards. The event will consist of a three course meal; awards presentation ceremony; followed by music (and some dancing).

Patricia Messenger, presenter of C103 hit talk show 'Cork Today' will be the host on the night.Simon Murdoch, Host of ‘Cork’s More Music Breakfast’ on C103 will DJ.

Click here to nominate your volunteers:

Click here for more information:

Community Environment Action Fund 2019 Launch

Cork County Council is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 Community Environment Action Fund, previously known as the Local Agenda 21 scheme. This fund is designed to help increase local levels of environmental awareness and to help local communities become more sustainable. If you are aware of any local community group, school or residents association interested in submitting a project for funding please make them aware of this scheme and of the online application form at

The scheme is open to applications from all individuals and groups who have appropriate projects in mind. However, funding is limited and Cork County Council will award funding to projects that best meet our qualifying criteria.  Please note that the Minister has asked that priority be given to Climate and Biodiversity projects in the 2019 scheme.  Projects focusing on biodiversity should take account of the National Biodiversity Action Plan and/or the All Ireland Pollinator plan and how it applies to the local area.
Applications should be submitted online ONLY at before 5:00pm on the 27th September
Should you require any further information please contact

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Charity Impact Award for Small Organisations

The 2019 Charity Impact Award is launching soon
now is the time to start preparing your entry

The aim of the Charity Impact Awards is to celebrate the positive impact community, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises are making in people’s lives across the length and breadth of Ireland.
You may be interested in entering the Charity Impact Award for Small Organisations (organisations with no paid staff). Or check out the other categories here.
Summer is a great time to start preparing your entry (including your 2-minute video).
You can get started by downloading the mock application form. This will help you to start planning your story. You can then copy and paste your prepared application answers into the live form when the Awards opens for applications on 2 September. 
What We're Looking For
We want you to tell the public all about why your organisation was set up and what makes you special. We want to hear about the people you help and the change you make to your community. 
Remember, your story will be viewed by thousands of members of the public - this is your time to shine. It's all about inspiring Ireland and winning new supporters to your cause.
Your Video
Try your hand at film-making over the summer months and create your impact video to go with your application form. Remember videos must be no longer that 2 minutes and hosted on YouTube or Vimeo. 
For inspiration on how to make an impact video, check out our blog on visual storytelling here

The 2019 Charity Impact Awards will be open for entries from 2 September - 2 October. 
Ireland is waiting to discover your story...

Friday, 23 August 2019

Cape Clear Wildlife Festival

Date/Time: Monday 2nd to Saturday 14th September 2019
Cape Clear Wildlife Festival 
Location: Cape Clear, West Cork
Additional Information: This year marks the 60th anniversary of BirdWatch Ireland's bird observatory on beautiful Cape Clear Island, off the West Cork coast. To celebrate this milestone, we are holding the inaugural Cape Clear Wildlife Festival, running on the island from September 2nd to 14th, organised by our Cape Clear Wildlife Officer, Steve Wing. The festival will be opened by the well-known birder, author and TV presenter David Lindo (aka The Urban Birder), and we will have an action-packed range of exciting events over the course of the festival, including guided natural history tours, sea-watching, whale-watching, bird-ringing demonstrations, bee and butterfly walks and fun family wildlife days. All events are free and everyone is welcome. We hope you will be able to join us and see all that this beautiful island has to offer. For more information click here

Monday, 19 August 2019

Event: Concert at St. Nickolas's Church in Churchtown - 150th Celebration

Date/Time: Saturday 24th August 2019 at 20:00
Location: St. Nicholas', Churchtown, Co. Cork 

Additional Information: Parish launch of the Shandrum Ceili Band new CD entitled “The Boss Murphy Musical Legacy” at 8.00pm. This event is presented with the compliments of Churchtown Heritage Society and Shandrum Ceili Band.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Heritage Week 2019

Heritage Unit Exhibition in County Hall from 8.00am to 6.00pm weekdays from Monday the 19th to Friday the 23rd of August 2019
Heritage Week 2019
From Monday the 19th of August to Friday the 23rd August 
Event: Heritage Exhibition by the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council 
Date and Time: Weekdays from 08:00 to 18:00 
Venue: County Hall Foyer, Cork County Council, Carrigrohane Straight Road 
Details: This exhibition will provide a background on Heritage and will highlight the work of Cork County Council’s Heritage Unit in promoting and supporting the appreciation and awareness of Heritage throughout the County. It will showcase many aspects of Heritage as well as those projects currently underway with the support of the Heritage Council including a publication on the Industrial Heritage of County Cork and a further publication being a Colouring Book of the wonderful culture and heritage that exists in the County. 

Suitable for children; Wheelchair Access (Full); Car Parking available. 
Contact: or phone 021 4285905 Online: 

Wednesday, 14 August 2019


 The National Women’s Council of Ireland has published a booklet titled ‘Celebrating the role of Women over 120 years of Local Government’. 
 To read or download this booklet go to

Dementia Open Day

Dementia Open Day
Date: 22nd August 
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Venue: Tearmonn Uí Chaoimh, James Street, Mitchelstown
Guest Speakers: Amy Murphy (Dementia Advisor, ASI)
 Sheena Cadoo (Occupational Therapist, HSE)
This will be an opportunity to learn about the local ASI service and what care and support is provided
Open to the public
Refreshments available

Mitchelstown Day Care
Open 1 day a week (Tuesday) 10am – 4pm
Transport and Lunch provided
€15 a day
Dementia Specific, Person Centred
Contact: Dympna Howard 086 0218504

Family Information Sessions
Date: Wednesday 25th September 
Time: 7pm – 9pm
6 week course
Venue: Tearmonn Uí Chaoimh, James Street, Mitchelstown
Contact: Amy Murphy, Dementia Advisor 086 7812217

Thursday, 8 August 2019


The Heritage Council invites tenders from suitable qualified persons to undertake responsibility for the coordination of the Irish Walled Towns Network. Closing date for etenders: 12pm Tuesday 13th August 2019. Further details at


The Heritage Council invites tenders from suitable qualified persons to undertake responsibility for the coordination of its Traditional Building Skills Initiatives.


Notice is hereby given, that Cork County Council in accordance with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment National Adaptation Framework: Planning for a Climate Resilient Ireland 2018 proposes to make the Cork County Council Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024. The Strategy will mainstream climate adaptation into the Council’s plans, policies and operations. Cork County Council has now prepared a draft Climate Adaptation Strategy in accordance with the provisions of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 and the National Adaption Framework (NAF) 2018.  The Draft Strategy, the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Report and the Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening Report, are available for inspection during normal office opening hours at the following locations from Monday the 15th of July 2019 until 5pm on Monday the 26th of August 2019 inclusive:
  • Cork County Council Offices, County Hall, Co. Cork.
  • Cork County Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork.
  • Cork County Council Offices, Old Mill, Kent St, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.
  • Cork County Council Offices, The Courthouse, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.
  • Cork County Council Offices, Environment Directorate, Inniscarra, Co. Cork.
  • All Municipal District Offices and Libraries.
The Documents are also available to view or download from the Council’s website at Submissions and observations in relation to the Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy may be made in writing until 5pm on  Monday the 26th of August 2019 to Climate Adaptation Strategy, Director of Service, Environment/ Climate Action/ Broadband and Emergency Services, Cork County Council, Inniscarra, Co. Cork or by email to climatereadycork@corkcoco.ieSubmissions or observations should state your name, address and where relevant the organisation/ body etc represented. Please make your submission by one medium only i.e. email or post/ hard copy. The Council will consider all submissions and observations received during the stated period before the making of the strategy.
Personal Information may be collected by Cork County Council to enable the processing of your submission/ enquiry. Cork County Council can legally process this information as necessary to comply with its statutory/legal obligations. Such information will be processed in line with the Council’s privacy statement which is available at

Infinity Made Imaginable - Exhibition on St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh

Date/Time: Tuesday 6th to Saturday 31st August 2019
Infinity Made Imaginable - Exhibition on St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh 
Location: Cobh Maritime Development Exhibition Area (Cobh Railway Station), Cobh 
Additional Information: An exhibition, organised by Cork Harbour Islands Project (C.H.I.P.) to mark the centenary of the consecration of Saint Colman’s Cathedral will take place during the month of August in:
Cobh Maritime Development Exhibition Area (Cobh Railway Station),Tuesday, 6th of August to Saturday, 31st of August AND IN Dunworth House (Former Bon Secours Convent), Monday, 12th of August to Sunday, 25th of August. The Exhibition, first shown in 2018, will focus on one of the most iconic buildings in Ireland – St Colman’s Cathedral. Our beautiful Cathedral celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the laying of its Foundation Stone in 2018 and this month will see the 100th Anniversary of its Consecration.The Exhibition will showcase all aspects of the Cathedral from its beginnings, those that worked on it and the huge social importance it has played in the history of our town over the last hundred years. The Exhibition will show in FULL in the Maritime Centre, Railway Station with a mini version in Dunworth House (which will also have the beautiful photos from the recent Exhibition in Cork Airport on display). Please note the Maritime Exhibition Centre, Railway Station will be open from 9am - 4pm each day (however the centre will be closed on the following dates - 10th, 15th, 18th, 25th and 29th August and open 9-3 on 17th and 9-1 23rd & 24th August)
St Colman's Cathedral Exhibition


Cork County Council, Municipal District of West Cork, is inviting applications for its Community Hedge Cutting Scheme for the 2019-2020 season. This scheme encourages a joint approach with communities and groups of local residents and landowners for the cutting of hedges/trees which need attention. The new grant scheme will provide a grant of €50 per km for the cutting of roadside hedge/overhanging trees. For more information visit


Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Joseph Madigan, TD has announced that there has been no change to the rules governing hedge-cutting.  It is illegal to cut hedgerows between 1st March and 31st August inclusive in order to protect nesting birds. However, where there is a road safety concern, roadside hedgerows may be cut in according to specifications in the Wildlife Acts, Roads Act and the articles of the Birds Directive.


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 Monday the 26th of August, which can be emailed toconor.nelligan@corkcoco.ieThe undertaking is being supported by the Heritage Council and through the Creative Ireland Programme.


L-R Conor Nelligan, Heritage Officer, CorkCoCo, Emma Moir, Heritage Section Cork Co Co, The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O'Sullivan, Rachel O’Callaghan, Heritage Section Cork Co Co - No re pro feeCork County Council is pleased to announce that National Heritage Week 2019 is almost here and is looking better than ever! With 2,000 events taking place across the country and 140 of those in the County of Cork, there is something for everyone, from various exhibitions to walking tours, dances and arts and crafts, you name it. The week is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council and carries the main aim of promoting our heritage, not just in Ireland but across Europe as part of the wider European Heritage Days Programme. 
In Cork County, 140 events will take place, across 52 locations, from the award winning Ellen Hutchins festival programme, primarily based in Bantry, to a workshop on how to shop with minimal waste in Twig Refill Shop, Clonakilty. Dancing at the crossroads in Lombardstown may appeal to some, while a tour of Ballycotton Lighthouse may be of preference to others. 
Heritage week 2019 runs from 17th-25th August and the theme this year is ‘Pastimes & Past Times’. Take a wander through our past and see how our world today has been shaped by historical events and our historical livelihood. The prime focus is allowing us to gain an insight into our heritage and to achieve an understanding about how things have changed so much over the years while also partaking in various activities, and perhaps taking up a new pastime. The success of Heritage Week is credited to different heritage groups, organisations and communities who take the time to immerse themselves into the historical aspects of their local region and endeavour to promote it.
Commenting on the events of this year’s Heritage Week, the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan said
“The County has an array of heritage embedded within it, from ring forts and castles to monuments and natural heritage sites, as well as places synonymous with past events in the county for example the famine trail within the town of Skibbereen. Thanks to a wealth of organisations and communities in Cork County, there will be a big variety of events that portray a vast amount of our heritage and our past. As Mayor of the County of Cork, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone and anyone, of all ages and interests to come along to some of the events which have been arranged especially for the week that’s in it.”
Each year Cork County Council brings out a Heritage Week County Cork Events Guide to promote these wonderful events and this is now available throughout the County in Tourist Offices, Libraries, Area Offices, and Museums and in a number of other outlets. The Events Guide can also be posted out upon request
To keep up to date with Heritage Week Activities nationwide check out the Heritage Council's website to find details of all events taking place throughout the country as well as a few different competitions to enter. 
For Heritage Week Events in County Cork see the Events Guide by clicking here.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Community and Voluntary Support Grant for Older Persons

Ireland’s population is ageing and more people are living longer. Supporting older people to remain in their own homes and communities, live with dignity and independence and be engaged in their local communities is a core aim of Irish social policy.
·         As part of a joint initiative by the Minister for Older People and the HSE, an extra €1 million funding is being made available to community and voluntary groups to continue to support older people, family carers and significant others stay well and remain connected with their local community. Approximately €250,000 of this funding will be dedicated to dementia-related initiatives
Community and voluntary groups are encouraged to submit ‘Older Persons’ Friendly’ projects that are in line with the;
·         National Positive Ageing Strategy
·         Irish National Dementia Strategy
·         Carers’ Strategy
·         Task Force on Loneliness

 The emphasis should be on sustainability and/or some additionality of service.   The funding will be prioritised for projects where:
·         The need for additional or new services has been clearly identified - projects and initiatives should fit with locally identified priorities or plans.
·         Reasons are clearly stated as to how the proposed service addresses the need.
·         Projects are aimed at those who are not already engaged in their community. 
·         The benefits of the project for the older person are demonstrated and measurable.
·         A focus on integration/cohesion across geographic areas is incorporated.
·         Achievable timelines are put forward to start the service.   
The funding is open to community and voluntary agencies that currently hold a Service Arrangement or Grant Aid agreement with the HSE.
Non-statutory agencies who aim to provide health and personal social services similar or ancillary to services that the HSE may provide.
The focus is on the Social model of Health & Social services, with the following categories:  
  • Be-friending services including dementia specific initiatives.
  • Meals on wheels.
  • Social/ Satellite centres.
  • Day Centres.
  • Local liaison to signpost/access services.
  • Transport for older people to health and social services.
  • Monitoring & Technology.
  • Support for family carers. 
Applications for funding must be made on the Community & Voluntary Support Grant Application form and accompanied by all requested supporting documentation.  Applications will be coordinated and assessed 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 September 2019. 
More information and link to application form here  

Cork Volunteer Centre

Cork Volunteer Centre Pop Up Volunteer Centres

Cork Volunteer Centre have appointed a new placement officerwith responsibility for Outreach in Cork county, Gosia Waldowska. Gosia is a sociology graduate and is experienced working in community and voluntary sector in Cork. She has previously worked with Le Cheile Family Resource Centre in Mallow and the Sexual Health Centre in Cork.
Cork Volunteer Centre provide a match-making service to help you find interesting and rewarding volunteering opportunities.

Gosia’s programme of outreach activities will commence in September.
Please email or call 021 425 1572/0863577704 to arrange an appoint

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Environment and Nature Fund- Sustainable Communities

The Community Foundation for Ireland established a fund of €100,000 to focus on creating Sustainable Communities through the Circular Economy and Sustainable Consumption and Waste. They are inviting community groups to apply who are interested in or already working towards these elements of sustainability through implementing local actions focused on national ‘Circular Economy’ priorities.
The benefits of reducing consumption and improving waste practices will assist communities socially, environmentally and economically by increasing the significance of all reusable resources. This grant has been developed with the Sustainable Development Goals in focus specifically Goal 12 which seeks to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Within the scheme, three strands of grant funding will be offered:
o    Strand 1: Grants of up to €3,000 to develop a Community Action Plan focused on reducing consumption and waste in the areas of food waste, plastic and packaging, clothing/textiles and electrical items.
o    Strand 2: Grants of up to €5,000 to support community groups to trial new and innovative approaches around reducing consumption and waste in the areas of food, plastic and packaging clothing/textiles and electrical items.
o    Strand 3: Grants of up to €10,000 to support community groups to grow current small scale initiatives to reduce consumption and waste in the areas of food, plastic and packaging, clothing/textiles and electrical items that reach a larger number of users and could act as a viable demonstrator for other groups.
The grants scheme has been devised to reduce consumption and waste in communities throughout the country by supporting the experience and enthusiasm of local community groups.
Grants will support community groups who wish to reduce consumption and waste in their local areas with a view to achieving a measurable local impact.
Priority will be given to projects that focus heavily on engaging the wider community and demonstrate an intention and capacity to work closely with local people, businesses and institutions. Assessors will take into account a proportional geographic spread of funded projects and priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate an intention to engage with a wide group of stakeholders within the community.
Applicants are asked to consider how they can measure impacts of their project to demonstrate its effectiveness and how these measures will assist in managing into the future. Applications are invited for projects that offer actions and approaches that are suitable for replication in other communities around Ireland. Applications that reduce consumption and waste by promoting sharing of products and equipment will be favoured for funding.

The Fund Will Not Cover:
Core or ongoing overhead costs of grantee organisations, Equipment costs, Promotion of religious causes, Work that has already taken place, Non-charitable activities, General political donations, Sponsorship or fundraising events, Work taking place outside the Republic of Ireland.
Applicant Requirements:
1.       Groups may apply for only one strand of funding
2.       Applications must be from community and voluntary groups that possess charitable aims and are not for profit
3.       Applicant organisations should have an annual income of not more than €2,000,000
4.       Where relevant, you must submit either your organisation’s Annual Accounts or most recent set of Audited Accounts
5.       Applicant organisations must have an organisational bank account
6.       A copy of a recent bank statement must be submitted with your application. This is for account verification only and all financial transactions may be redacted before submission
7.       Proposals must include clear, detailed, realistic costs and timescales
8.       Applicants must be prepared to evaluate and learn from their work as well as to share project learning and outcomes through the participation in a grantee learning event in 2020
9.       We encourage applicant organisations to consider adopting the Charities Governance Code    
10.   A commitment to equal opportunities must be demonstrated
11.   Organisations working with cohorts under the age of 18 will be required to produce a copy of their Child Protection Policy
12.   Organisations working with vulnerable cohorts over the age of 18 will be required to produce a copy of their Vulnerable Adult Policy/ Safeguarding Policy
Reporting Requirements:
·         Successful applicants will be expected to:
·         Acknowledge the support of The Community Foundation for Ireland and the EPA on any materials associated with the grant
·         Submit a Progress Report in March 2020
·         Submit an Outcome Report in October 2020
·         Participate in a grantee learning event in 2020 (Date TBC)
How to Apply:   Once you have ensured that you meet all of the grant criteria above, you can then make an online application by clicking here
Closing Date: 4.00pm on 02nd August 2019
For more information email  or phone 01 874 7354

Free CPR Training

Everyday in Ireland 13 people die from Sudden Cardiac Death.Over 70% of these happen in the home.  By starting CPR immediately, you can double their chances of surviving. By attending a simple course, you will become more confident in providing CPR. The Irish Heart Foundation is offering FREEcommunity CPR training with the support of Abbott and ESB Networks. Through this programme, they aim to train 100,000 people in the life-saving skill of CPR.

Hands for Life CPR training sessions are suitable for adults (18 years & older) and only take an hour.
During the course attendees will learn how to perform hands-only CPR practicing on a manikin.

The aim is to train 90 people in 3 sessions of 30 so please bring along your friends and family with you to a course. There is no test, and each attendee will receive a certificate of attendance.

If you are interested in attending the Hands for Life training programme please register for a course by following these steps:
1.       Go to
2.       Register by entering in your contact details and agreeing to the terms and conditions
3.       Please choose a venue and time that suits you / your group (NB: a number of seats can be booked by each person for the course e.g. one person can book 10+ seats for family and friends)
4.       You will receive a confirmation email for your booking

Would you like to organise a course for your community group?
To organise a course. You can contact or contact Orla O Connor on 01 6685001.
The Irish Heart Foundation will need a venue provided which has a large room and the flooring needs to be suitable to kneel on for short periods of time.  The room must be able to hold 35 chairs for participants to sit on and there should be enough space for 10 people to practice on the manikins on the floor up the front.

To view the video, ideally a screen will be provided in the room but otherwise a blank wall which can be comfortably viewed by all participants is perfect.