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Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Community Education Programme Free Spring Courses

Dear Colleagues in Cork City And County.

Below see the Spring 2020 Community Education Programme of SHEP short courses (20 hour) for Cork area, most of which are being organised collaboratively with the Lantern Community Project, RESPOND Midleton, SHINE Resource Centre and Farranferris.

 An application form is also included.  All of these courses are at No Charge. Please pass on the information to people you think might benefit from the opportunity and who might be interested to apply. SHEP can be contacted on 021 4666180 for enquiries or further information on direction to venues etc.

Enquires can also be made directly to the Lantern on 086 1746374 or RESPOND on 087 7762977.

Happy Christmas and a great 2020 from all at SHEP

Liam Mc Carthy,

Training and Development Officer (Community Education & Development),
The Social and Health Education Project CLG
The Old National School,
Ardfoyle Avenue, Ballintemple,
Cork T12 XDH2
Main 00353 (0)21 4666180 Fax: 00353 (0) 21 4870104        

Tuesday, 17 December 2019


Cork County Federation of Muintir na Tire are saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend, director and former Chairperson Annette Lane.

The offices of Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire in Wellington Road Cork City will remain closed on this Thursday 19th Dec 2019 as a mark of respect to Annette.

 (nee Fitzgerald) Water Rock, Midleton and Carrigtwohill Community Centre, formerly of Youghal. On December 16th 2019 peacefully in the presence of her loving family and in the care of the wonderful staff of St Catherine’s Ward, Marymount Hospice. Grandmother of the late Jamie, sister of the late Alannah, Lena and Dolly. Sadly missed by her husband Gerry, son Jonathan, daughters Louise, Annette (McBrearty) and Margaret, daughter in law Paula, son in law Pauric, also Ciaran, her beloved grandchildren Tadhg, Millie, and Ellie, sisters Kitty and Hilda, brother Gerald, brothers and sisters in law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Reposing at Hyde’s Funeral Home, Drury’s Avenue, Midleton on Wednesday from 5pm until Removal at 7pm to St. Mary’s Church, Carrigtwohill. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11.30am followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carrigtwohill. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Marymount.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

Friday, 13 December 2019

New County PPN Secretariat announced

The Board of Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire wish the newly elected Cork County PPN Secretariat (steering committee) all the best during their term.

The members of the newly elected Cork County PPN Secretariat  are as follows:

PPN Secretariat Member Name:                               Seat Representing:        
Pat Dooley                                                                          Bandon - Kinsale Municipal District
Gavin Falk                                                                           Bandon - Kinsale Municipal District

Ronan Kenneally                                                              Carrigaline Municipal District

Tom Howard                                                                      Cobh Municipal District 
Carol Harpur                                                                       Cobh Municipal District 

Christine Lane                                                                   East Cork Municipal District         
Liam McCarthy                                                                  East Cork Municipal District         

Brid Coakley                                                                       Fermoy Municipal District
Pauline O’ Dwyer                                                             Fermoy Municipal District

Sean Kelly                                                                           Kanturk – Mallow Municipal District
John Fuller                                                                          Kanturk – Mallow Municipal District

Peter Dineen                                                                     Macroom Municipal District                                        

Thomas Collins                                                                  West Cork Municipal District      
Anne Finch                                                                         West Cork Municipal District      

Inibong Usanga                                                                 Community & Voluntary College              
Colum Cronin                                                                     Community & Voluntary College                                              

Michael Doyle                                                                   Environmental College                 
Tomás O’ Sullivan                                                             Environmental College                                 

Jude Gilbert                                                                       Social Inclusion  College                
Jose Ospina                                                                        Social Inclusion  College                

The PPN Secretariat coordinates and oversees the working of  Cork County PPN at County level.
The term for the Cork County PPN Secretariat is in line with that of  the local county councillors, i.e 2019-2024.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Cork County Local Festival Fund 2020 Now Open

Ballydehob Jazz Festival Parade
Cork County Council is pleased to announce that the Local Festival Fund 2020 is now open for applications. Formerly known as the Fáilte Ireland Regional Festival Fund, Cork County Council took over management of the annual fund in 2018, allocating a total of €130,000 between 2018-2019 to local festivals and events throughout the county.
A total of €65,000 is available through this fund in 2020, and applicants can apply for amounts ranging from €500 up to a maximum of €6,000 per festival.
Chief Executive Tim Lucey commented:
“Festivals form a very important part of Cork’s tourism offering, being a key driver of economic growth. In recognition of this, Cork County Council has introduced increased supports for festivals and events, and has contributed in excess of €1.78 million towards the development of festivals and events between the period 2016-2019. This will pay dividends by generating increased spending in our towns and villages, encouraging repeat visitors and filling hotel beds in the community. There are also important social gains from festivals – they entertain, they celebrate and encourage participation within our communities, they showcase our villages and towns and are often an expression of identity and place.”
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’ Sullivan said:
“I offer my full support to the Local Festival Fund, which over the years has enabled the hosting of some of Cork’s finest and most unique festivals such as the Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Youghal Medieval Festival and Old Butter Roads to name but a few. I would echo Tim Lucey’s sentiments that festivals have great importance in the shaping of a town’s identity and it’s something I love about Cork – that distinctive sense of character you get from each and every town. Local festivals are a great opportunity to showcase this and also bring our communities together. I would strongly encourage festival / event organisers to take a look at the criteria and consider making an application.”
The Local Festival Fund criteria and online application is now available on and will close on Friday 10th January, 2020 at 5.00pm.
For further information please contact



Sudden episodes of intense fear or anxiety are called panic attacks. They tend to be short lived but severe and very frightening.  Panic attacks can initially occur out of the blue and are then often associated with situations or circumstances that resemble those where the first panic attack took place.

Panic attack symptoms can include:

  • A sudden and rising feeling or fear or distress
  • Rapid breathing, leading to a feeling that you cannot breath properly
  • Gasping for air
  • Tight sensation in your chest/ chest pains
  • Dizziness  or feeling faint or shaky
  • Confusion or panicked thoughts
  • Tearful
  • Pins and needles
  • Sweating
  • Feeling very hot or cold
  • Fear that you are dying or losing control

Support for panic attacks

Panic attacks and other mental health problems are experienced in different ways by different people. What works for one person may not work for you, and vice versa. It’s important to listen to your instincts and follow what you feel will help you and make your personal situation better. Do not feel like you are beyond help if one avenue of support or treatment doesn’t work for you.
  • Recognise it panic attacks are very frightening but they are not dangerous. Realising you are having a panic attack, and that it will pass, can help control the attack and can calm you down.
  • Breathe Breathing exercises can help. Learn about breathing techniques here.
  • Talk it out Talking about how you feel often helps and can give you a sense of perspective.  Try talking with a friend or family member. Talking therapies might also be of help – ask a G.P. about psychology and counselling in your local area. Find tips for starting the conversation.
  • Mind yourself Go to the good mental health section for lots of practical tips on little things you can do to feel better. Things that might help include: relaxing; exercising; eating well; getting enough sleep; breathing exercises and avoiding too much alcohol or drugs.
  • Find support If you have tried the above tips and they aren’t helping, visit a G.P. or a support organisation. Learn about how a G.P. can help or search for services and supports in your area.
  • Get in touch with Oanda (the Out and About Association) Oanda is an anxiety resource centre set up to help anyone who is suffering from panic attacks, anxiety, social phobias or agoraphobia. They have offices in Dublin and Cork and run workshops in different locations around the country.  Visit
  • Learn more about Social Anxiety Ireland This is a programme offered by the Adult Psychological Service within the Mater Hospital in Dublin. The group has an informative website about anxiety, treatment and the things you can do for yourself. Visit  Social Anxiety Irelandcom.
  • Check out self help books  There are lots of self help books and CDs available to help people who experience anxiety or panic attacks. A G.P. may be able to recommend ones that suit your needs or check out the S.E.’s list of self help reading.

Pop-Up Volunteer Centre

Cork Volunteer Centre provide a match-making service to help you find interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering with non-profit organisations in your community, please drop in to one of their pop up volunteer centres in your area and have a chat to a Cork Volunteer Centre placement officer.

They can help you register with their service and support you to find volunteering role to suit your specific needs.

If you work for a non-profit organisation, pop up volunteer centre is a perfect opportunity to talk about a wide variety of support Cork Volunteer Centre provide to organisations in county Cork (including volunteer management, training, Garda Vetting).

Pop Up Volunteer Centre dates for January are:

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Christmas Parking Arrangements

Name of Council Car Park
Free parking arrangements for December
Muddy Hill
Bowling Green
Carmichael lane
Park Road
Bridge Street
Spa Road
St James Avenue
1-hour free parking on-street
3 hours free parking in Council car parks
Free parking from 1pm Fridays & Saturdays – subject to usual time restrictions
Fairgreen Car Park
Masseytown Car Park (O’Riada’s)
Codrum Car Park
2 hours free parking on-street subject to 2-hour time restriction
Nealons Quay,
Dolphins Square
New Catherine Street
De Valera Street
Priory Court
Fair Field
Dominic Collins Place
Free parking in car parks and on-street subject to 2-hour time restriction
Upper Kevin Barry Hill Car Park
Library Car Park
Mart Car Park
Mill Island Car Park

Free parking in Council owned car parks
No on-street parking charges on Saturdays
Normal 1 and 2-hour time limits apply
Harty’s Car Park off St Patrick Quay
Free parking on and off-street
Usual 3-hour car park and 2-hour on-street time restrictions apply
Pier Road Car Park Kinsale
Free on and off-street parking
Normal 2-hour time restriction continues to apply
Five Foot Way Car Park
Cathedral Car Park
Free parking on and off-street
Normal time limits still apply

The Conscious Consumption Communities Programme

For 20 years VOICE Ireland has successfully campaigned on waste reduction and sustainability. Now we want to bring that expertise to communities across Ireland.
The Conscious Consumption Communities Programme is a tailored training programme for your community. The programme addresses the issues of responsible consumption and waste management. Helping your community to take the next step.   

 The programme starts with activation, proceeds with an action and continues to support you in reaching your goals.
VOICE are looking for 4 new communities in Cork City and County to the take part in this fully funded Conscious Consumption Communities Programme, starting in January 2020. You can find out more about the programme on the website : or for enquiries contact

  • “It enabled us to formulate a Sustainability Plan for area, a plan which we worked from and still continue to use” – Máire Uí Bhaoill, Falcarragh Tidy Towns.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Bauhaus 100: Manifestations of this Movement in Architectural Design in Cork

Cork DFAS December 2019
Date/Time: Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 19:45
Bauhaus 100: Manifestations of this Movement in Architectural Design in Cork 
Location: Metropole Hotel, Cork 
Additional Information: 2019 is the centenary of the founding of the twentieth century’s most influential school of design. This lecture will concentrate on buildings built in Cork from the 1930s on, in an attempt to trace the influence of the Bauhaus and other centres of Modernism on the architecture of a provincial Irish city. Whilst focusing on Modernism, it will not ignore other competing ideas of what encapsulated ‘good design’ at the time. The past of the city will be brought to life using slides and lively descriptions. Tom Spalding is a PhD scholar at the Technical University, Dublin (previously the Dublin Institute of Technology). His special area of study is the design of twentieth century buildings and interiors in Cork city between 1920 and 1970. He is the author of a number of books on Cork, including ‘The Cork International Exhibitions, 1902 & 1903’ and ‘A Guide to Cork’s Twentieth Century Architecture’. He can be contacted at

Cork Nature Network Christmas Social

Cork Nature Network Christmas
Date/Time: Friday 6th December 2019 at 19:00
Cork Nature Network Christmas Social 
Location: Hawthorne Bar, The Lough, Cork 
Additional Information: The Cork Nature Network Christmas Social takes place on the 6th December at 7pm in the Hawthorne Bar

National Positive Ageing Strategy - Stakeholder Forum

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is launching a public consultation to review Ireland’s sustainable mobility (active travel and public transport) policy. The review work arises from a commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government to review public transport policy “to ensure services are sustainable into the future and are meeting the needs of a modern economy”.

 Consultation is now open for submissions

The public consultation is designed to give stakeholders, interested parties and the general public the opportunity to reflect on the information and analysis in the papers, to share their views, and to contribute to the development of a Sustainable Mobility Policy Statement.
An extensive range of background papers is available here has been produced looking at various different aspects of sustainable mobility and setting out questions designed to help assist with developing the new policy framework.
Text only and audio file versions of each background paper are also available. Please email if required.
The public consultation will commence on 14th November 2019 and conclude on 24st January 2020.
To make a submission, please email responses to or send by post to:
Sustainable Mobility Policy Review
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport,
Leeson Lane,
Dublin 2
D02 TR60

Passage West Maritime Museum

For further information contact Curator Angela Murphy by emailing

Cork County Council has announced Details of its 2020 Funding for the Arts

Cork County Council has announced details of its 2020 funding for the Arts.
There are a total of eight schemes with funding available to support a wide range of arts activity, including opportunities for Arts Organisations, Festivals, Community Groups, Schools and Artists seeking funding for projects and activities in the coming year. 
The closing date for applications for all strands is Friday, December 6th
Announcing details of the funding opportunities, the County Mayor, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan said
“Each year Cork County Council provides funding for Arts from its own resources. Our funding supports a wide range of arts events such as festivals, performances, exhibitions and other publicly accessible arts programming.   Many of the projects we fund also provide opportunities for the elderly or persons with a disability to enjoy positive creative activity in familiar local settings.”
There are eight schemes currently open for applications.
The Arts Grants Scheme is the Council’s main scheme for funding events and activity.
The Municipal Districts Arts Development Fund provides grant assistance for new arts development initiatives, which can demonstrate strong community involvement.
The Arts in Irish Fund aims to encourage organisations to introduce Irish language based Arts events or activities into their programmes.  It also supports artists to make new work using the Irish Language.
Cork County Council provides funding to primary and post-primary schools through the Artists in Schools Scheme to enable schools to employ artists to work on extended arts programmes in the classroom.
The Council also supports artists to make new work or develop international opportunities for themselves through four bursary schemes Artist Bursary Schemes, Tyrone Guthrie Bursary, Ballinglen Arts Foundation Bursary and the International Touring and Exhibition Bursary.
Welcoming the announcement, the Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey said:
“Our funding of the Arts is extremely important for the County. Participation in an arts activity promotes individual wellbeing, helps combat isolation and supports communities.  It is also good for the local economy.  Last year we supported some 38 arts festivals, ranging from large scale events to smaller festivals in rural villages.  170,000 people, comprising of both local audiences and visitors to the county, attended festival events supported by the Council. Collectively they estimated their activities to be worth in the region of €4.3m to the local economy.  Our funding also provides work for artists and supports the huge number of voluntary arts organisations that are so important to community life.”
Applications for all schemes close on Friday, December 6th. 
All applications should be made online here.

Garden Bird Survey Starts this Week

As the Irish countryside changes, gardens are becoming increasingly important havens for many bird species and it is vital for Birdwatch Ireland to know how their populations are faring. Between December and February each year Birdwatch Ireland ask members of the public to keep note of the highest number of each bird species visiting their garden every week. Taking part is fun, easy and an ideal way to get to know your garden birds. Further details at

Details of Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Historic Structures Fund 2020 Announced

Cork County Council in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are inviting applications for grant funding under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Historic Structure Fund 2020. The Conservation Officer for Cork County Council will administrate the scheme which relates to buildings that are contained in the Record of Protected Structures and in Architectural Conservation Areas. Please note that multiple applications for the same structure under the Historic Structures Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme will not be considered. Applications which must be made in hard copy are to be addressed to the Built Heritage Investment Scheme or Historic Structure Fund, Conservation Office, Floor 3, Planning Department, County Hall, Cork. The deadline for submission of completed applications is 4pm on Thursday 31st January 2020. Late applications and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants are advised to read the relevant Circular to each scheme carefully as these contain important information regarding the purpose and administration of the schemes.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020.
Project supports will range from a minimum of €2,500 to a maximum of €15,000 per application.  This scheme will support small-scale conservation projects and support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment.

BHIS Circular 2020 - Click here
BHIS Application Form A 2020 - Click here

Historic Structures Fund 2020
The Historic Structures Fund replaces the previous Structures at Risk Fund and will have two Streams:
- Stream 1 will offer grants from €15,000 up to €50,000 and is aimed at essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures.
- Stream 2 will offer a small number of grants from €50,000 up to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where a clear community or public benefit has been demonstrated.

HSF Circular 2020 - Click here
HSF Application Form A 2020 - Click here

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Two new Cork County Council Publications to be Launched on Monday 9th December 2019

Industrial Heritage Cover

Colourful Heritage Cover

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. The latest installment in this Heritage of County Cork Publication Series – number seven – is the Industrial Heritage of County Cork. Cork County Council was delighted to have Dr. Colin Rynne, U.C.C. on board for the publication – a book that features over 200 pages giving a great insight into the scope and range of industrial heritage in the County of Cork.

As a new undertaking, this year, 2019, also sees the publishing of a colouring book of heritage and cultural sites from throughout the County of Cork, aptly titled ‘The Colourful Heritage of County Cork’. Cork County Council’s Heritage Unit and Creative Ireland Culture Team worked with a range of different illustrators and the end product should prove most popular with people of all ages.

The books are being launched in the County Library Exhibition Room by the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan, on Monday 9th December at 09:15 in the presence of Chief Executive Tim Lucey and Directors of Service Michael Lynch (DOS, Planning) and Niall Healy (DOS, Municipal District Operations and Rural Development). All welcome to come along on the morning. Copies of the publications will be available for sale. Fáilte romh cách.