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Friday, 28 February 2020

County Cork Commemorations Grant Scheme 2020

Cork County Council, in recognition of the importance of the War of Independence and Civil War and acknowledging the enthusiasm that exists within the County to commemorate the centenary of this defining period of Irish history, has announced the opening of the County Cork Commemorations Grant Scheme 2020.

The County of Cork played a most pivotal role in this four year period of Irish history that in the county alone saw the loss of over 500 lives. Many of the events spanning the period of 1920 to 1923 have great local significance, several having national and even international significance.

In County Cork during 1920 there were close to 100 significant War of Independence incidents including close to 20 ambushes alone, resulting in over 50 fatalities.  That year in history and this year in centenary commemoration, Tomás Mac Curtáin from Mourneabbey in North Cork was assassinated and his successor, Terence McSwiney who had been a T.D. for mid County Cork in the First Dáil, died after 74 days on hunger strike.  1920 in County Cork saw the most significant Kilmichael Ambush, which resulted in 20 fatalities; the taking of the Military Barracks in Mallow and the official name change from Queenstown to Cobh in July 1920, to name but a few occurrences.

Speaking of the grant scheme, the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Ian Doyle noted
Cork County Council has already been approached by numerous community organisations throughout the county, looking to undertake commemorative centenary events and initiatives in their locality. This fund will allow the Commemorative Programme for County Cork to do justice to the past and provide the support for those community groups, who today, seek to remember these important historical events. Cork County Council recognises the commitment of local communities in honouring the past and as Mayor of the County of Cork, I encourage communities to consider applying to the fund’.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey welcomed the opening of the scheme
The purpose of this fund is to support local groups, organisations and individuals who wish to commemorate significant events, through a variety of initiatives such as ceremonial events, school projects, the arts, documentaries and exhibitions. In 2016, Cork County Council provided support to over 160 different groups and organisations from throughout the County, resulting in the largest 1916 Commemorative Programme in the country with over 500 events.  It is clear that the County of Cork prides itself in remembering the past and the people who made us who we are today.’

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday, 26th March 2020, which can be made online via; emailed to, or delivered to ‘County Cork Commemorations Fund 2020, Cork County Council, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork. The application form is available to download by clicking here 
A timeline of centenary events in the County of Cork is available on in the upcoming events page of the Heritage section. For further information email or phone 021 4276891.

Active Hope: Practical Ways to help the Environment 0 led by Dr. Lorna Gold

active hope nano
Date/Time: Saturday 7th March 2020 from 10:00 to 16:00 ~(registration at 09:30)
Active Hope: Practical Ways to help the Environment 0 led by Dr. Lorna Gold 
Location: Nano Nagle Birthplace, Ballygriffin, Killavullen, Co Cork
Additional Information: The day is designed for all ages, full of fun, practical ideas and suggestions on how to build active hope at home and in your community. Your opportunity … Not to be missed. Bring a packed lunch Cost €35 incl. tea/coffee Booking essential:  022 26411 or e-mail: . Dr Lorna Gold is a climate activist and academic working in Ireland. Her most recent book Climate Generation – Awakening to our Children’s Future tells her personal story of waking up to the ecological emergency as a mum and has been described by Naomi Klein as ‘an anguished journey into the heart of the climate crisis’. She now lectures in Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University. She is vice-chair of the board of the Catholic Climate Movement and is a member of the government advisory group on the National Climate Dialogue.

Illustrated Talk: Kilmichael Ambush

Date/Time: Friday 6th March 2020 at 20:00
 Illustrated Talk: Kilmichael Ambush 
Location: Independence Museum, Kilmurry, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Organised by Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association (KHAA) a talk by Anne Bradley on the Kilmichael Ambush will take place on Friday 6th March. There is a nominal charge to cover costs on the night and all welcome.   

Illustrated Talk: 'The Battle of Clonmult: The IRA's Worst Defeat'

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Date/Time: Thursday 5th March 2020 at 19:30
Illustrated Talk: 'The Battle of Clonmult: The IRA's Worst Defeat' 
Location: Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The Michael Collin House History Talks series returns this week ‘The Battle of Clonmult: the IRAs Worst Defeat’ presented by Tom O'Neill. The Battle of Clonmult or the Clonmult Ambush which occurred near Midleton, Cork in February 1921 was the IRA's greatest loss of volunteers in a single engagement against Crown Forces during the Irish War of Independence. Author of the book of the same name; Tom O’Neill, gives a balanced & detailed account of the events leading to the battle, the battle, its aftermath, trials, executions and reprisals. History Talks takes place in the Clonakilty Parish Centre at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th March. As always, this is a free event and everyone is more than welcome to come along.

National Tree Week 2020

Get Involved in National Tree Week (March 21st to 27th 2020)

Tree Week 2020
For the past number of years Tree Week has been growing from strength to strength in the County of Cork, supported by Cork County Council. National Tree Week is an initiative of the Tree Council of Ireland with the support of Coillte, and this year takes place from March 21st to 27th. It is a week to be proud of our trees; to learn about their folklore and their practical applications and to appreciate how important a healthy and diverse tree stock is as we peer ever deeper into the impact that Climate Change may have.
To be part of National Tree Week, Community groups and organisations, schools and people everywhere are invited to organise or participate in one or more events for the week. As well as tree planting ceremonies, the range of events can include forest and woodland walks, nature trails, workshops, woodturning displays, listening to the trees and what lives in the trees. Talks, tree climbing, broadcasts, launches, poetry readings, exhibitions and dramas, and other similar ideas and events are all welcome.
Thanks to the support of the Tree Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, through its Environmental Awareness Office and Heritage Unit, will have a number of native trees to give out to local schools, community groups and organisations on a first come first served basis, which can be planted during local Tree Week Events. Cork County Council takes pride in the natural heritage of the County and has been supporting National Tree Week for a number of years.
All proposed Tree Week events can be registered on the Tree Council’s website and to ensure maximum exposure and promotion it is advised that event details are registered on the website as early as possible. Over 30 groups from throughout County Cork were allocated trees as part of Tree Week 2019 by Cork County Council and interest in Tree Week 2020 suggests it will be the benchmark for years going forward. For groups looking to avail of trees for planting and or simply to find out more about our trees and Tree Week itself, email or phone 021 4285905.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

2 Hours Free Parking in Douglas

2 Hours Free Parking in Douglas

A two hour free parking promotion will be introduced in Douglas on February 14th, 2020
  • The promotion is applicable in certain areas which are highlighted in blue, green and red on the map below
  • Normal charges apply in other areas of Douglas
  • Applicable Monday to Saturday – Parking charges do not apply on Sunday
  • The promotion will run up to and including May 31st 2020



Free Service to Dispose of Unused Medicines Properly (DUMP)

Free medicine Collection Poster
Unused or out of date medicine can pose a danger in the home, and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare is asking the public to use a free service to dispose of them over the next few weeks.
The free ‘Dispose of Unused Medicines Properly’ (DUMP) campaign is running from Monday February 24th until Saturday April 4th and will allow everyone to bring unused or out of date medicines to participating pharmacies to make sure they are disposed of properly. These medicines shouldn’t be put in the bin or flushed away as this poses a danger to children, pets, the environment and our water systems.
Cork Kerry Community Healthcare has organised the ‘Dispose of Unused Medicines Properly’ (DUMP) campaign with pharmacists in Cork and Kerry. The campaign is supported by Cork County Council, Cork City Council, and Kerry County Council.
Almost all pharmacies in Cork and Kerry are taking part in the campaign and are encouraging people to return unwanted or out of date medicines to them so that they can be disposed of safely and properly.  
Louise Creed, HSE Pharmacist explains why people should take this opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted medicines and said:
“We would strongly urge people to take this opportunity to get rid of out of date or unused medicines. Medication can pose a real hazard in the home, particularly to children or other vulnerable people. Clearing out your medicine cabinet is something that should be done on a regular basis. Check all the dates and remove anything that is out of date or no longer required. Medicines have an expiry date for the same reason food does and out of date medicines could do more harm than good.”
She added that it’s important that medicines are disposed of correctly.
“Disposing of medicines in the rubbish bin means that they could be accessed by children or pets. Flushing medicine down the sink or toilet means that medicine residues can enter the environment and even small amounts of medicines can affect freshwater ecosystems.” 
Medicines can build up in the home for a variety of reasons e.g. you might have an unfinished courses of antibiotics or have medication for a condition/illness that is no longer a problem. Also, older people or someone with an ongoing illness can often have large amounts of medicine at home. Whatever the reason, the HSE, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare and pharmacists urge householders to take this opportunity to dispose of these unwanted medicines (prescription or over the counter) safely.  
David Lane, Drug and Alcohol Services Co-ordinator said:
“The pharmacies involved have all embraced the campaign and are actively encouraging people to return unwanted or out of date medicines to them. I cannot emphasise strongly enough how important it is ensure these medicines are disposed of properly and safely. Please take some time to check out what’s in your cabinets and avail of this free service over the coming weeks.”
The ‘Dispose of Unused Medicines Properly’ (DUMP) campaign has run successfully in the Cork and Kerry since 2007. In 2018, more than 280 bins, containing more than four tonnes of medicines, were safely disposed of as part of the campaign. 
Storing large quantities of medication at home can pose a hazard and put people at risk of:
  • Accidental poisonings (particularly in children) The National Poisons Information Centre in Beaumont Hospital received 10,461 enquiries in 2018 involving poisoning in humans. Almost 60% of these related to children under 10 years old. Most poisonings involving children took place in the child’s home or that of a grandparent or child-minder. More than half of poisonings involved medicines, with Paracetamol being the most common medicine involved. Brightly coloured medications or liquids can easily be mistaken for sweets or drinks by children or other vulnerable people.

  • Inappropriate sharing of medicines  It is important that medicines are taken as directed by the person for whom they were prescribed and only that person.  Medication is prescribed to cure illness/infection, however, sharing or not completing courses of medication may cause illness, injury, or even death. Also, when antibiotics are used inappropriately (i.e. not completing the course or sharing with someone), not all bacteria are destroyed and more resistant bacteria survive and multiply. These drug-resistant bacteria then make it harder to prevent and treat infections because fewer antibiotics are effective against them.  Increased antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to global public health.

  • Overdose suicide attempts The National Suicide Research Foundation reports that in 2018, there were 12,588 presentations to hospital due to self-harm with intentional drug overdose using prescription or over the counter medicines being the means of self harm in 62% of cases. In 2017 there were 251 deaths due to overdose using prescription or over the counter medicines

  • Damage to the environment Unwanted medicines are often inappropriately disposed of by being dumped with other household waste, flushed down the toilet or poured down the sink. These methods of disposal can seriously harm the environment with products ending up in landfill, permeating the soil and entering our food chain and water supply.

Most households will always have a quantity of medicine in their home and it is important that it is stored correctly and out of reach of children or other vulnerable people. There are a number of steps you can take including:
  • Ask your pharmacist to put your medicines into a child-resistant container. Remember these caps are child-resistant not childproof.
  • Keep all medicines, even seemingly harmless medicines, well out of reach and sight of children on a high shelf or in a locked press. Don’t forget that children can climb higher than you think.
  • Ensure that your child-minder keeps medicines out of your children's reach.
  • Remember that grandparents and older people are more likely have medication in their homes, so when visiting their house make sure all medicines are out of children’s reach.
  • Always keep medicines in their original pack or bottle and do not remove the label.
  • Keep your medicines in a cool, dry place, out of sunlight and away from direct heat (e.g. a radiator or fire)
  •  Medicines should not be stored in the kitchen or in the bathroom. The heat and steam in these rooms could damage the medicine.
  • Some medicines must be kept in the fridge. Check the label or leaflet - you will see a statement like “Store in a refrigerator” or “Store at 2°C – 8°C”. Medicines should never be in direct contact with food in the fridge. If you have a freezer compartment in your fridge, don’t put medicines in the shelf below it in case they freeze. If your medicine freezes, check with your pharmacist if it is still safe to use.
  • Ask your pharmacist for advice if you are unsure about where to store your medicines.
  • Don’t hoard medicines, unless they are part of your family First Aid kit.
  • All the same precautions should be taken for household chemical products such as bleach, disinfectants, white spirit and weedkillers, which should be locked away and out of reach.

Novel Corona Virus - Advice, Updates and Information from the HSE

Coronavirus Public Notice

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in Ireland is closely monitoring the outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
Updates on the emerging situation will be available on the HSE-HPSC Website (updated daily at 12 noon) together with guidance and other relevant information.
The following travel advisory has been issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs - Avoid Non Essential Travel to China. To those currently in China, as a precautionary measure, are advised to contact their travel agency or airlines regarding available routes out of China, if their continued presence in China is not essential.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Health Service Executive have issued the following advice for those who have recently visited mainland China.
Travellers should contact their local Public Health Department if in the last 14 days they have:
  • returned from mainland China - this does not include Hong Kong or Macau
  • been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
  • been in a hospital or healthcare centre where people were being treated for coronavirus
Travellers returning from mainland China (but not Hong Kong or Macao) in the last 14 days, and get a cough or fever (high temperature), or feel short of breath or have difficulty breathing should:
  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people
  • phone your GP, emergency department (ED) or student healthcare centre immediately to tell them about their symptoms and that they have recently been in China
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STROKE The more you know, the better.

What is a Stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, which is carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain, bursts or is blocked by a clot.

stroke is a medical emergency. Therefore, recognising the symptoms and accessing treatment immediately can be crucial.
The term ‘stroke’ comes from the fact that it usually happens without warning, ‘striking’ the person from out of the blue. The effects of a stroke on the body are immediate.
Very treatable if action is taken quickly.
Until recently many people, including doctors, believed little or nothing could be done following a stroke. We now know strokes are very treatable and, if the right actions are taken quickly, the patient may not have any long term effects.
 One in five people, and at any age.
One in five people will have a stroke at some time in their life. Most are over 65, but stroke can strike at any age. Even young people and children can be affected.
Image result for strokeThe more you know, the better.
A stroke could happen to you, a friend or family member. If it does, the more you know about stroke the better you will be able to deal with the consequences.
What is a TIA or a ‘mini-stroke’?
TIA stands for transient ischaemic attack. It is also known as a mini-stroke and happens when the brain’s blood supply is briefly interrupted, usually for a few minutes but occasionally as long as 24 hours.
A mini-stroke may cause a brief loss of vision, loss of speech, or weakness in one side of the body. People will usually recover within a few minutes and won’t have any obvious disability.
TIA should be treated as an emergency and you should seek urgent medical attention for assessment. Without assessment and treatment, about one in four people who have had a TIA will go on to have a full-blown stroke within a few years.
TIAs are caused by small clots. A large clot causes a stroke. A mini-stroke is a warning that there is a risk of more TIAs, or a full blown stroke.
When Stroke Strikes, Act F.A.S.T.
A simple test can help you recognise if someone has had a stroke:
Facial weakness – can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms?
Speech problems – can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
Time – call 999 for an ambulance if you spot any one of these signs.
Every minute counts. Don’t wait for the symptoms to go away. Early medical treatment can prevent further damage to the brain and reduce the likelihood of death and disability.
It is also recommended, especially if you live in a rural area, to know your Eircode so that emergency services can find your home or workplace instantly.
You can view and share Act F.A.S.T. awareness campaign advert here:

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

National No Smoking Day (Wednesday, 26 February 2020)

Image result for National No Smoking Day (Wednesday, 26 February 2020)This National No Smoking Day (Wednesday, 26 February 2020) the HSE calls on people who smoke to take on the 28-day #TheLastStop no smoking challenge in March.
 Research shows that if you can quit smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to quit for good. Starting from the 2nd of March people who smoke across the country will be taking the 28-day challenge.
Take advantage of the free support available from HSE Quit including a Quit Kit, daily messages or phone calls, an online Quit plan, face to face support from their local Stop Smoking Advisor and daily tips on the You Can Quit Facebook page.
Martina Blake, National Lead, HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme, offers this advice:
“We know that 7 out of 10 people who smoke want to quit. However, an important step that people often miss out on is the preparation. Setting a date to quit and equipping yourself with the information, tools and supports you need to quit will make a huge difference. On an average day, the HSE supports 1,500 people to stop smoking.   Get in touch with the Quit Service now and get ready to quit on March 2nd”
Research commissioned by the HSE found over 5 in 10 people were interested in using a Stop Smoking Medicine to help them quit, making these the most popular option.  However, when it came to making their last quit attempt, 3 in 10 people used no help and 3 in 10 people used e-cigarettes.
Dr Paul Kavanagh, HSE Public Health Medicine Specialist, said:
“It is great that so many people who smoke are interested in quitting and making quit attempts  - around half a million people  tried to quit last year.  It is a big step to take, and we want to be sure that people have the information and support they need to maximise their chance of becoming smoke free.
“It was positive for us to hear 1-in-2 people would be interested in using a Stop Smoking Medicine to help them quit. But too few people are accessing available support to help them quit successfully. 
“Many people use e-cigarettes when they are quitting smoking. E-cigarettes are still fairly new, so we don't yet know how safe they are and it will take some time for us to fully understand the risks and benefits.  There are still questions about whether they work as stop smoking aids.  Because of this, we don't recommend e-cigarettes to help you quit smoking.
“Our best advice is that using safe and effective stop smoking support increases the chance of success.  A combination of Stop Smoking Medicines and support from HSE QUIT means someone is 2-3 times more likely to stay quit for good.  
“Finding out about Stop Smoking Medicines and the options available to you gives you the best chance of quitting for good this March.”
This March, six Quit Leaders from across the country will be quitting smoking with support from HSE Quit. You can follow their progress on and find out details of the Quit Roadshow where you can get the information you need to help you quit.
Quit Leader, Brandon Furlong, explains why he’s taking on the Quit Challenge this March:
“I will be stopping smoking as I am an asthmatic and it's been playing up lately, plus I am on the panel for the ambulance service and I want to get back to peak physical condition, life is too good and too short to be smoking and making it shorter. I want to become a quit leader because I have been down this road a couple of times and I know how hard it is too stay on course, this time I know I can do it and help others too.”
The HSE QUIT service provides personalised, free support by phone, email, SMS and live chat.  Smokers can free call 1800 201 203 or visit for stop smoking tips and resources, a free QUIT Kit, and to create a QUIT Plan or read other people’s stories. Peer-to-peer support is available on the QUIT Facebook Page or on Twitter at HSE QUIT @HSEQuitTeam  #TheLastStop #QuitandWin

Job Vacancy

Travellers of North Cork (TNC): Traveller Community Health Worker (Part-Time)

Travellers of North Cork (TNC)
TNC (Travellers of North Cork) Ltd.
Are seeking to employ a:

Traveller Community Health Worker (TCHW)

based in Doneraile, County Cork , with regular travel to Fermoy / Mitchelstown and other areas as needed (15 hours per week)
All the information and application form is available on activelink.

Six week ‘Exercising for the Brain’ group.

 Six week ‘Exercising for the Brain’ group.This group is for people with dementia and family members are welcome to attend.

Exercise for people with dementia has been shown to be beneficial for their physical and mental health. The group will focus on exercises that improve balance, co-ordination, range of movement and resistance. Shane specialises in exercise rehabilitation classes for people with neurological conditions and he will grade the exercises to suit individual abilities.

Image result for Six week ‘Exercising for the Brain’ group dimentia friendlyThere will also be a social element to the group and we hope it will be enjoyable - there will be time for tea, coffee and a chat after the group

We will be holding a meet and greet session on Tuesday 24th March 3.30-4pm in Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre.  This will  be an opportunity for Shane to meet participants which will help him tailor the programme.

The six week pilot will then begin on Tuesday 31st March and will run for six consecutive Tuesdays in Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre finishing up on Tuesday 5th May. It will run from 3-4pm (Approx 40 mins for exercise, 20 mins for refreshments and chat)

Places for are limited for this group and we expect it to be popular so please get in touch to express your interest as soon as possible. Once you express your interest we will send you an application form and a medical clearance form to be completed by your GP.

A voluntary contribution of €5 per week would be appreciated.

Please note that unlike Singing for the Brain this group is not open to anyone in the community. Rather it is for people with dementia (and one family member/friend if required)

Working week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Tel. 022/58700 | Mobile 086 787 1818 | E-mail: