Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Illustrated Talk - Remembering the Hougoumont, 150 years ago

Event: Illustrated Talk - Remembering the Hougoumont, 150 years ago
Location: Council Chamber, County Hall, Cork
Additional Information:  The Hougoumont, Australia’s last convict ship, arrived in Fremantle with 62 Irish Fenians aboard on January 10th, 1868. In early 2018, in Freemantle, Australia, a 10 day festival is taking place titled the Fenians, Freedom and Freemantle Festival, which is celebrating the influence of Irish Culture in Australia. In recognition of this Irish-Australian shared history, Cal McCarthy will give a talk in the County Hall. This event is part of the Creative Ireland County Cork Programme. All welcome and for further information on what is happening in Australia visit http://feniansfestival.com.au/
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Road Safety Event Mitchelstown Leisure Centre

FREE Road Safety Event Mitchelstown Feb 4th 9.30am - 4.00pm
Cork County Council will host a Road Safety Event on Sunday, February 4th from 9.30am to 4.00pm. in the car park of Mitchelstown Leisure Centre.  
This is a FREE event with everyone welcome to attend. 
The RSA Road shuttle and roll over simulator will be on site enabling members of the public to experience the latest simulations and immersive technologies.  The Roll Over simulator is fitted to a hydraulic platform and imitates a 90 degree and 180 degree roll-over.  The experience demonstrates the importance of wearing seat belts together with the dangers of drink and drug driving.
Together let’s make Road Safety our New Year’s Resolution. 
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GIY Ireland Weekly Column Slow At Work And Inner Critics

GIY Weekly Column January 13th 2017 Slow At Work And Inner Critics
If you’re still looking for a new year’s resolution (or you’ve already broken your last one), how about this: get to know your inner critic. Start listening out for it and watching its patterns. Don’t identify with it so much or take it so seriously. The first time you find yourself smiling at your inner critic you will know you’ve made significant progress.
As the year turns, my inner critic is active again, goading me to get started on work in the veg patch.  Every time I look out the window at the veg patch, or visit it to grab a leek or some parsnips for the dinner, it starts up its never-ending critical commentary.  “You really need to get some compost on that bed,” it says.  “Look at those weeds, you’d really think you would keep it tidier.  That polytunnel needs cleaning and look at the state of the potting shed. You started GIY?  Really?  You’d think the so-called founder of GIY would be more on top of things in his own veg patch.”

My inner critic, it turns out, is a total pain in the ass.

As a New Year gift to myself, I’ve been reading Aoife McElwain’s excellent new book “Slow at Work” and it strikes me that it’s principles could apply not just to my work life, but to my veg patch life too.  I am constantly beating myself up about what’s to be done out there, rather than cutting myself a break or, God forbid, praising myself for how much I’ve actually managed to grow.  I’ve done very little in the veg patch since November, but instead of relishing the break, most of the time I just feel guilty.  Aoife’s book promises to show us how to “work less, achieve more and regain our balance in an always-on world”.  It’s a promise I think most of us could really latch on to in these frenetic times.  It’s a fascinating book that explores the cult of busyness, the imposter syndrome and the problems of procrastination.

The phrase “I’ve been beating myself up” is a really interesting one.  It points to the strange duality that’s the core problem of the human experience.  Who exactly is it that’s beating me up?  Is it me?  Creating a tiny little bit of distance between you (the experiencer of life), and your inner critic (that constant inner monologue) is one of the healthiest things you can do for your mental health and all-round happiness.  Just being able to notice or watch the critic, to catch it out – is usually enough to be able to stop identifying with it so much.  After a while you realise your inner critic is actually kind of a moron.  It’s like the worst type of bullying boss – hyper critical and repetitive, often sulky, whiney and childish.  Never giving you a break, always saying the same dumb stuff, time and time again.

If you’re still looking for a new year’s resolution (or you’ve already broken your last one), how about this: get to know your inner critic.  Start listening out for it and watching its patterns.  Don’t identify with it so much or take it so seriously.  The first time you find yourself smiling at your inner critic you will know you’ve made significant progress.  As for me, I’m staying out of the veg patch for another few weeks.  My inner critic is not happy about it, but then again, he never is.  Happy New Year folks.

Slow at Work by Aoife McElwain is €12.99 and available from Gill Books.

New Year, Same You
We’re tired of the New Year, New You malarkey at GIY.  We like you just the way you are.  Don’t think about giving stuff up, think about taking things up instead.  Learn a skill, eat delicious things, sow a seed. Be kind to yourself.  Check out our range of January courses from vegetarian cooking, beginners guides to growing, fermented and cultured drinks to yoga and mindfulness. growhq.org.

The Basics – How To Hoe
Speaking of new skills.  Learning how to hoe properly is one of the most useful skills I’ve acquired in the veg patch – it’s the ultimate labour and time saving device.   I wouldn’t be able to keep on top of my veg patch weeds without it. Hoeing is 8 times faster than pulling weeds, apparently.  I would love to have been at the trial where they established that fact.

Ideally you want to hoe to prevent weeds as opposed to having to get rid of them.  Although you may have to pull weeds if they get well established, it's preferable not to have to, since it upsets soil structure and fertility. Far better to hoe weeds which basically dislodges the roots and forces them to die - they then rot down and add to soil fertility. From April to September run over the entire patch with a hoe each week - its enjoyable work if you do it right, standing upright with a long-handled hoe and moving it forward and back just beneath the soil surface.  Try to hoe when the soil is dry.  Weeds are more likely to take root again in wet soil. It’s good to redouble your hoeing efforts at two times of the year – (1) go in to the winter with a clean patch and (2) in spring, don’t let weeds get established. Mulch and green manures will prevent weeds from becoming established, as will coverings of mypex, plastic etc. Also important to keep the grass around your patch short - otherwise it’s a great seeding environment for weeds.

Get Ireland Growing Deadline is now January 26th

The Get Ireland Growing Deadline is now January 26th

Community Food Growing Projects now have until the 26th January to apply for up to €5,000 in grants from the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund.

It's open to any non-profit making food growing project across the island of Ireland. 

It's easy to apply.

Go to the website www.giy.ie and click on Energia Get Ireland Growing 
  • Read the application criteria
  • Fill in the application form 
  • That's it!
We have €75,000 in 86 grants to give away and we want to every corner of this beautiful country to get one. Let's Get Ireland Growing!
Apply NOW!

Fermoy Health & Well Being Information talks

Good morning all

On Thursday 25th January 2018  PREVENT Volunteers from the Irish Cancer Society will deliver the first session in our series of Health & Well Being Information talks.  Their talk will mainly focus on the 12 steps to reducing your risk of cancer and the services & programmes that are provided by the Irish Cancer society.

These monthly talks will focus on informing and supporting people to protect and improve their health and well-being.  The format for the morning session will be - the invited guest speaker will address those in attendance for the first 30 minutes, then will follow a Question & Answer session for 10mins.  Following this refreshments will be provided and this will give those in attendance a further opportunity to have a chat with the speaker at the end of the session.

These talks are FREE OF CHARGE and are open to everyone .  The talks will take place from 11am - 12noon on the last Thursday of each month in the HSE Saint Frances Day Centre, located on Rathealy Road, Fermoy.  Further details about these monthly talks can be found on the Fermoy Community Health Project Face book page or by contacting Jacinta directly on 085 8742320.

Kind regards

Jacinta McCormack
Community Health Worker
Fermoy Community Health Project
085 8742320 or 025 32962

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

 Lord Mayor’s Tea Dance Sunday afternoon 28th January 2018.

This is my yearly ‘beat the can’ looking for support to spread the news on what has become an annual event in the Cork city calendar, at which young and old can participate in a fun afternoon of music and dance.

Each year the proceeds of the raffle are donated to a Cork Charity.
This year we are working with the Cork University Hospital Charity.
Previous charities include Enable Ireland, Cork Penny Dinners and  Vincent de Paul.

You can help by spreading the word and encouraging people to bring a neighbour to the Tea Dance.

We are delighted to have the ongoing support of the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, Cork City Council, The Community Guards, Valerie Finnegan Cahill (Ikon Hair Design), the HSE, our media sponsor The Evening Echo and Dino Creegan and his family, who cater for over 700 dancers

I’m sure there a number of Cinderella’s and Prince Charming’s out there, so dust off the glad rags, grab the hand bags, and boogie on down! (I’m sure most of you picked up the hints and tunes here?!?).

All that’s left for me to say now is: have a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

Gerry Kelly

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Cork County Council Festival Fund

Cork County Council is committed to supporting Festivals which drive domestic tourism, stimulate local economic activity and help to improve the visitor experience.  Festivals can now apply for funding under Cork County Council’s Local Festival Fund 2018.
The Local Festival Fund Criteria and online Application is available on www.yourcouncil.ie from Friday 12th January, 2018 and will close on Friday 9th February, 2018.
  • Maximum funding available under this fund is €6,000.
  • The Festival must have a minimum expenditure of €10,000.
  • The Festival must generate a minimum of 500 visitor bednights in paid accommodation.
  • There is no guarantee of funding for applications which achieve the minimum eligibility requirements.  The fund is limited and all eligible applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis against the criteria set out.
  • The following supporting documents may be required with your application.  
    • Festival/Event Programme Outline
    • Vision & Mission Statement
    • Marketing and Promotions Plan
    • Business Plan and Economic Impact
    • Long-Term Financial Sustainability Plan
    • Audited Accounts where necessary
    • Child Protection Policies and Procedures
    • Health and Safety Plan
    • Environmental Management Plan

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