Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Happy Mind Happy Life Be active be Aware Be Involved.

You are Invited to join us for an Evening of Conversation,
Tea and Dancing
with focus on Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing
contact admin@muintircork.com or phone 0214500688

Water and Communities Office- Community Water Fund

Water and Communities Office-  Community Water Fund

The Community Water Development Fund aims to support communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive. This fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment.
The funding scheme is open to not-for-profit Community and Voluntary Groups; Rural Networks; Urban Networks; Environmental NGOs, Clubs, Associations or other appropriate bodies.
Applicants must contact their local Community Water Officer before submitting their application form.

Community Water Officer for Cork County is Kieran Murphy

Kieran can be contacted on 085 8083059
Or email: kmurphy@lawco.ie

For more information on this fund please see the application form and guidance notes by clicking  here 


The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious one – it is ‘an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. At its heart is collaboration - between central and local government, between culture and industry, between artists and policy makers - to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity’.

The Programme has five key strands, which are:

1: Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child

2: Enabling Creativity in Every Community

3: Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure

4: The Creative Industries including Media Production

5: Unifying our Global Reputation

The Community Participation Strand (Strand 2) is being led by local authorities across the country. As part of the Creative Ireland Programme, each City and County will shortly be publishing a 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategy. The County Cork Strategy has benefited greatly from the numerous workshops held and submissions received, and it will be available soon here. This strategy is underpinned by the following 6 key priorities:

1: Enhancing and Investing in our Local Cultural and Creative Infrastructure

2: Liberating Creativity – encouraging the exploration of creative ability through culture, both at the individual and community level

3: Knowing Ourselves – fostering a sense of belonging to place through our culture and heritage and expressing this creatively

4: Supporting and promoting full community engagement with culture

5: Showcasing County Cork – supporting and promoting Cork’s cultural wonders and talent at home and abroad

6: Our Native Voice – Our Irish Language

In order to work towards the key themes and priorities of the National Creative Ireland Programme and the County Cork 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategy, the 2018 Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme and Creative Ireland County Cork Pop-up Shop Scheme 2018 have been put in place, both of which are being financed through monies from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Schemes recognise the importance of the community sector to the county’s very culture and well-being and aims to support people and communities in undertaking projects and events that are in keeping with any one or many of the Creative Ireland Programme Strands as well as any or many of the 6 priorities set out in the County Cork Culture and Creativity Strategy (as set out above), in addition to initiatives that will generate awareness of the Creative Ireland Programme as a whole. The Pop-up Shop Grant Scheme is geared at promoting a wide range of activities and is also intended to support a number of festival events throughout the County. Consideration will also be given to events that are being undertaken for the national day of culture and youth – Cruinniú na nÓg – taking place on Saturday June 23rd 2018.

Full details and application forms are available here or by email request via creativeireland@corkcoco.ie.

Please note that the closing date for proposals and application forms is 16:00 on Thursday 17th May 2018, to be sent to: Conor Nelligan, ‘Creative Ireland Coordinator, Cork County Council, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork or by email to conor.nelligan@corkcoco.ie.

For further information on these Grant Schemes or the Creative Ireland Programme email creativeireland@corkcoco.ie or phone 021 4285905.

Fermoy Community Health Project FREE Monthly Health & Well Being Talks

The Fermoy Community Health Project FREE Monthly Health & Well Being Talks are going very well.  

On Thursday 26th April 2018 our Health and Well Being Information Talk will be given by Pauline Lynch, Regional Development Officer with Diabetes Ireland. Diabetes Ireland is the national charity dedicated to helping people with diabetes. 

On the morning Pauline will tell us about her role and she will provide information on the services provided by Diabetes Ireland which support Irish people with diabetes and their families. For further information please contact Jacinta McCormack, Community Health Worker on 085 8742320.

Please feel free to circulate this information and the attached poster to colleagues, family & friends.

Moon Gardening Demonstration By Margaret Griffin. Creative Gardening made easy.

Creative Gardening Made Easy.

Enjoy a Evening At Griffins Garden Centre on Wednesday 16th May in Aid of Marymount hosted by Friends of Marymount and Griffins Garden Centre.

Tickets €15 . All Proceeds from this event will go directly to Marymount.

Limited Tickets so Pre purchase your Tickets at Griffins, Dripsey. 021 7334286

Performance-related payments for farmland wildlife

A new project in the Bride Valley in east Cork will reward participating farmers for wildlife on their farms. The ‘Biodiversity Regeneration In a Dairying Environment’ (BRIDE) project will provide participating farmers with farm habitat plans that identify the most appropriate and effective wildlife management options for individual farms. Farmers will be paid for their conservation actions.

The BRIDE project was one of eleven projects selected from over 100 applications by Department of Agriculture Food, and the Marine, and the European Union, under the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) funding programme. An innovative element of the project is its higher payments for higher wildlife gains (a results-based approach). Thus, the more flowers in a hedgerow or field margin, the higher the payment. The greater reward for a higher quality product is very familiar to farmers, and the BRIDE project applies this principle to the management of wildlife habitats. This also means that farmers will be paid for the ongoing management of selected existing wildlife habitats, which is an important feature of the project.

Donal Sheehan, the BRIDE Project Manager (who lives in Castlelyons) places great emphasis on the fact that “the BRIDE Project has been designed by local farmers for local farmers and this is one of the most important distinguishing features of the project.” The BRIDE project will be open to farmers within the Bride river catchment, from Glenville to Tallow. A public information meeting will be held in Corrin Event Centre at 8pm on Wednesday May 2nd.

The Project will run for 5 years and is designed to increase and maintain biodiversity on intensively managed farms in the area through simple, innovative measures. The effects on wildlife will be monitored through the project, which aims to create suitable habitats for local important populations of wildlife include skylarks, yellowhammers, bumblebees and frogs and newts. The BRIDE Project differs from traditional agri-environment schemes through its use of a results-based payment system i.e. more farmland habitats will result in higher financial payments.

An ecologist will work with participating farmers to develop a farm plan and advise on how to maximise the wildlife on their farm, and will focus on important habitats such as hedgerows, bogs, woodland, ponds, derelict buildings etc. Wild birds and other animals don’t respect farm boundaries, and the BRIDE Project is also designed to work at a landscape scale. It will involve several clusters of neighbouring farms to collectively enhance biodiversity on a much larger scale than would be possible on an individual farm basis. Farmers will improve the environment for the wider community and local participation will help forge a strong identity that values local wildlife and the ‘farming with nature’ concept.

Sign Up today and be part of our Focus Ireland Team Cork City Marathon 2018


Why not participate in 2018 Cork City Marathon as part of the Focus Ireland Team?
Registrations are now open for these categories at http://www.corkcitymarathon.ie/
·         Marathon
·         Half Marathon
·         Team Relay
·         Youth Challenge
If you are interested, or you know someone who is interested in taking part in any of these categories on Sunday June 3rd ,either as an elite runner or just for fun we would love you to do it in aid of Focus Ireland and help us end homelessness every step of the way.
Contact Dick White at FOCUS Ireland here in Cork on dick.white@focusireland.ie or  (086) 8223690 to sign up as part of Focus Irelands Team for  this year’s Cork City Marathon. We can assist you with sponsor cards , and other fundraising material prior to the event.

Sign Up today and be part of our
Focus Ireland Team
 Cork City Marathon 2018

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