Saturday, 31 January 2015

New Heritage Group in Charleville

 A new Heritage Group has also been established in Charleville (Charleville Heritage Society) and their first lecture of 2015 takes place on Friday 06th February, focusing on “Cork and the Great War” with the talk being provided by renowned speaker and author Gerry White.

A Brief History of Early Motoring

Date/Time Monday 09th February 2015 at 20:00
Event: 
A Brief History of Early Motoring
Location: Christian Fellowship Church, Bantry, Co. Cork
Additional Information: This inspiring Talk will be given by Mr Dan Joe Crowley on Monday 9th February @ 8.00pm. An event with excellent reviews, this takes place in Christian Fellowship Church Bantry and is hosted by Bantry Historical Society. All very welcome.

Lecture - Cork and the Great War

Date/Time Friday 06th February 2015 at 20:00
Event: 
Illustrated Lecture - Cork and the Great War
Location: The E Centre, Baker's Road, Charleville, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The first 2015 lecture of the recently established Charleville Heritage Society will take place on Friday 6th February at 8pm in the E Centre, on Baker's Road. It promises to be a most interesting talk with renowned speaker and author Gerry White providing an overview of "Cork and the Great War". All are most welcome on the night. Admission €5.

Illustrated Lecture - Famine Times in Blarney and District

Date/Time Thursday 05th February 2015 at 20:00
Event: 
Illustrated Lecture - Famine Times in Blarney and District
Location: Blarney Secondary School (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál), Blarney
Additional Information: Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled 'Famine times in Blarney & District'. The speaker Mr. Michael Murphy, is a highly acclaimed, award winning Cartographer or map-maker who teaches the subject in the Geography Dept. in U.C.C. He has compiled an incredible display of bygone maps coupled with a fascinating text for his lecture which examines how the terrible famine disaster affected the people of Blarney and District. He is also one of the editors of the recent publication, 'Atlas of The Great Irish Famine'. Everybody Welcome. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 0872153216.

George Boole 200 Inaugural Lectures

Event: George Boole 200 Inaugural Lectures

Date/Time Thursday 05th February 2015 from 18:00 - 20:30Location: Boole Lecture Theatre 4, UCC, Cork
Additional Information: "Monday 2nd November 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Boole, first Professor of Mathematics at University College Cork. The bicentenary year will be celebrated with a series of events, conferences and exhibitions in our George Boole 200 programme. The story of Boole, his mathematics, and his fascinating family, has been superbly related in the biography by Professor Des MacHale The Life and Work of George Boole: a prelude to the digital age (Cork University Press)". This evening will be a most interesting one and will see a number of renowned speakers. For further information see the attached document.

The Victualing trade in Cork during the American War of Independence


 The Victualing trade in Cork during the American War of Independence

Date/Time Wednesday 04th February 2015 at 20:00
Location: Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
Additional Information: Joe Varley will give a talk on the victualling trade in Cork during the American War of Independence. This talk has been organised by the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. All welcome, no cover charge.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Helping children overcome anxiety & be more confident'

Parenting Talks
by John Sharry

'When Worries take over: Helping children overcome anxiety & be more confident'  Friday 20th February 2015


Worry and anxiety are very common problems and many children can get caught in worry cycles that can hinder them getting on with life. In this talk, John Sharry will present a strengths-based model for understanding anxiety that shows how you can help your children employ their imagination and strengths against the anxiety that bothers them. The talk will present a series of practical strategies to support children with anxiety and to overcome the problems in a step by step gradual way.
CORK Venue: Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork
Time: Friday 20th February 2015, 7.30pm 
Cost: €20 (1 place), €35 (2 places)
Bookings/ Further Information: Visit www.solutiontalk.ie/events 





Castlemartyr and the Earls of Shannon Portraits



This  Friday 30th January 2015 at 19:00
Castlemartyr Resort, Castlemartyr, 
Co. Cork


 Castlemartyr Resort and the Irish Georgian Society invite you to welcome the Earls of Shannon back to Castlemartyr. A distinguished collection of family portraits showing members of the Boyle family, Earls of Shannon, is to be temporarily returned to their ancestral home, Castlemartyr, County Cork. They will be officially put on display on the evening of Friday January 30th next. On this occasion Harry Boyle, 10th Earl of Shannon will be present and in conversation with Robert O'Byrne, Vice-President of the Irish Georgian Society. Harry will discuss his family's distinguished history and also show a number of late 19th century photographs taken at Castlemartyr while the house was still owned by the Boyles. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. The event will be held in the bar of the hotel which was formerly the ballroom, a superb double cube room with splendid rococo plasterwork in the manner of Robert West. Refreshments will be served. Please R.S.V.P. to corkigs@gmail.com.

Cork Volunteer Centre and Garda Vetting

Cork Volunteer Centre and  Garda Vetting

Just to say that Alison O' Riordan Manager of the Cork Volunteer Centre has contacted me to say that they provide information and advice to people interested in volunteering and assist non-profit organisations in recruiting and managing volunteers.  This is a free service for Cork City and County areas.

As part of its service to support and promote volunteering, we act as an authorised signatory for garda vetting for volunteer involving organisations.  We charge €5.00 to sign each form.
Cork Volunteer Centre as part of its agreement with the Department of Social Protection will also act as an authorised signatory for Garda Vetting for CE/JI sponsor organisations.  The service costs €7.50 per Garda Vetting form.
Cork Volunteer Centre is located at 70 Shandon St. Cork City, Tel: 021-4396510, email: info@volunteercork.ie  Website:www.volunteercork.ie

If you have any questions, please contact Allison.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Heritage Events News

Date/Time Friday 30th January 2015 at 20:00
Event: AGM of the Ballygarvan and District Local History Society
Location: 
Radisson Park Hotel, Cork Airport, Co. Cork
Additional Information: AGM of the Ballygarvan and District Local History Society. For further information contact Secretary Tom Ryan - email thomasf11ryan@gmail.com.


Date/Time Friday 30th January 2015 beginning at 18:30
Event: An Evening commemorating Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill
Location: The Booney House, Churchtown, Mallow, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The Seán Clárach Event, organised by the Churchtown Historical and Heritage Society, takes place in the Booney House, Churchtown, on Friday 30th January, commencing at 18:30. A full programme is planned for the night which will include a presentation by Liam Ó Murchú (U.C.C.) and Mr. Jimmy Crowley (Cork Songwriter and Historian) will sing several Jacobite songs. Several local musicians will also entertain on the night. Seán Clárach, born in Churchtown in 1691, became a most prominent Irish Poet and was considered by his peers in the early 18th century as being the Príomh-Éigeas na Mumhan or Chief Poet of Munster. This event is free of charge by courtesy of CHURCHTOWN HISTORICAL AND HERITAGE SOCIETY. Booking is advisable - please contact Noel Linehan on 022 48249 or email noellinehan123@gmail.com.


Date/Time Sunday 01st February 2015 beginning at 17:00
Event: Launch of the Lusitania Centenary Commemorative Events in Cobh for 2015 
Location: Cobh (various), Co. Cork
Additional Information: "On St. Brigid's Day, 1st February 2015, Cobh will launch four months of Lusitania centenary commemorative events that will take place along the Cork coast. This event was originally planned for 1st January.
On 7th May 1915, Cobh, known at the time as Queenstown was to witness the aftermath of the sinking of the Lusitania by a torpedo fired by the German submarine U 20. People witnessed first-hand the trauma and heartbreak as the dead, injured and bereaved were brought into a community that responded with courage and compassion. The Lusitania Peace Memorial in Cobh epitomises the efforts made by people to rescue survivors, recover bodies and comfort the bereaved.
On Sunday 1st February 2015, the carillonneur of St. Colman's Cathedral Adrian Gebruers will present a recital on the 49 bells of the cathedral commencing at 5 pm. Then a short recital by Cobh Confraternity Band in the Promenade in Cobh Town Centre will be followed by a short ceremony where the 1198 victims of the wartime tragedy will be remembered. At 6 pm schoolchildren will read the names of the 169 victims buried in the Old Church Cemetery in Cobh as the Irish Coastguard launch flares from the quayside in Cobh and from the ramparts of Fort Mitchel on Spike Island. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the ceremony".

Monday, 26 January 2015

THE IRISH IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR



For those with an interest in the Irish involvement in the American Civil War, Cork's Damian Shiels of Rubicon Heritage recently delivered a wonderful address to the 2014 Tennessee Civil War Signature Event in America, marking the 150thAnniversary of the Battle of Franklin. In the Keynote Damian discussed the life, legacy and death of Patrick Cleburne, along with the stories of a number of other Irishmen who were involved in the engagement. Patrick Cleburne was born in Ovens, County Cork and became a very prominent figure of the Confederate Army and even a town in Texas has been named after him. The address was recorded by American company C-Span and they recently broadcasted the full address of c. 50 minutes which can be accessed by clicking here.

THE COUNTY LIBRARY’S “FROM THE WELL” SHORT STORY COMPETITION


The Cork County Library and Arts Service have just launched their "From the Well" Short Story competition. The competition is open to people aged 18 or over, who are registered library members. To mark the UN's International Year of Light 2015, the theme of this year's short story competition is "Light". Entrants may interpret the theme in its broadest sense and the closing date for entries is Friday 20th February 2015. Stories are not to exceed 2000 words and must be fictional. Hopefully we might see a number of fictional stories with a heritage flavour entered in the competition. For further details please see the attached document.

HERITAGE WEEK 2015



The dates for Heritage Week 2015 have been recently announced (August 22nd to 30th inclusive) and the theme for Heritage Week this year is "Industrial and Design Heritage". According to the Heritage Council, "our shared industrial past is a story of change, development and creativity and of the men and women who were a part of that story whether as mill worker, a dock worker or the proud owner of a motor car. Industrial heritage engages all of us and has left a legacy in the buildings, records and memories of people across Ireland, a legacy that paved the way for how we live today". Industrial heritage is a phenomenal part of Cork's heritage, just take for example the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, which at over 130 acres, happens to be the largest industrial heritage site in Ireland.

In terms of organizing heritage week events we are most fortunate that there are dozens of seasoned veterans in the County of Cork - those who without fail, continue to expertly showcase and highlight the rich heritage and history of their local area. However, more and more recently, and most positive to see, is an increasing number of community groups also involved in promoting their locality's heritage. Whether a long established heritage group, or new to the fold, the Heritage Council has proposed a most useful "training day for event organisers" to take place on April 9th in Dublin Castle. This event will provide a great overview and insight into the many considerations of organizing a successful Heritage Week event and more information can be obtained by emailing mail@heritagecouncil.ie.

Monday, 19 January 2015

SPORTS CAPITAL PROGRAM YOU MUST REGISTER

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment.
A portal must be used by organisations to register their interest in the SCP, apply for funding (when the Programme is open for applications) and manage the drawdown of any new grants allocated after 2013.
The portal also has a growing knowledge base of information on all aspects of the SCP. Registered users can also ask questions and get answers about the SCP.

To register for the Sports Capital Programme please use the following LINK below. You may need to download Microsoft Silver-light to access the registration process.



https://www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie/Loader.aspx?formName=Registration

Garda Vetting Procedure

Garda Vetting - How it works:

Personnel who are subject to Garda Vetting will receive a Garda Vetting Application Form from the registered organisation where they are seeking a position.
The applicant completes the application form and returns it to the Organisation. He or she must sign the form, thereby providing authorisation for the Garda Vetting process.
An authorised liaison person in the registered organisation sends the form on to the Garda Central Vetting Unit.
Garda Vetting checks on the applicant are carried out following receipt of the application form at the Garda Central Vetting Unit.
A Garda Vetting disclosure is issued directly to the authorised liaison person in the registered organisation.
Garda Vetting will only be conducted, and relevant disclosure will only be issued to an authorised liaison person within a registered organisation for Garda Vetting, predicated on the written authorisation of an individual vetting subject to do so in a Garda Vetting application form.

An individual vetting subject may obtain a copy of their Garda vetting disclosure from the authorised liaison person in the registered organisation to whom it was issued.

The following may be disclosed to the authorised liaison person in the registered organisation:

+    Details of all convictions not subject to the administrative filter.

+    Details of all cases pending.

+    Non convictions will be considered for disclosure where the circumstances of an offence gives rise to a bona fide concern that the person concerned may harm a child or vulnerable person.  


All decisions in respect of the suitability of applicants for positions in registered organisations for Garda vetting are the sole reponsbility of the registered organisation concerned.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Stress management programme in Youghal

Stress Management programme Youghal

This is a free six week programme which supports people to learn better ways to handle common problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-confidence, poor sleep and panic attacks. Stress control is a class – not group therapy – so people do not have to talk about problems in front of others. You can sit back and learn some great ways to control stress. 

The program will be delivered by Dr Jennifer Hayes, Principal Community Psychologist 
.Topics covered on the programme include; 
  • Information about stress;
  •  control your body: 
  • relaxation and exercise; 
  • control your thoughts: 
  • learn to think your way out of stress; 
  • control your actions: 
  • boost self-confidence;
  •  control Panic;
  •  control sleep problems; 
  • control your future. 


The program will commence on Tuesday the 3rd of February from 10am-11:30am at the Youghal GAA Hall, Magners Hill, Youghal and will conclude on Tuesday the 10th of March

To have the Stress Control programme delivered in Youghal is a great opportunity. It is hoped to involve as many local people as possible in the six week programme so that they can learn effective ways to actively control stress. 

If you have any queries regarding the Stress Control Program then please do not hesitate to contact  Nicola Lucey, Youghal Community Health Worker, on 086 4668484 or Dr Jennifer Hayes on .
021 4927145 or Mags Creed at 087 93700806.

A poster for the Stress Control Programme which will be delivered to every household in the Youghal area. 







News from Heritage Section Cork County Council

Hi All,

Hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all the very best for 2015.

2014 was a most successful year from a heritage perspective. It saw a myriad of great events throughout the County, particularly during Heritage Week (the highest number of events yet in County Cork) and it was also very positive to see a significant increase in the funding of heritage through the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme (DAHG) and the operation of the Heritage Management Scheme by the Heritage Council. There is, as of yet, no news on the funding front for 2015, but as soon as there are any developments, details will be included in subsequent heritage email updates.

The Heritage Unit of Cork County Council also had a very productive year in 2014, and one of the highlights certainly was the launch of the “Heritage Houses of County Cork” publication. Many of you have already picked up a copy and thank you again to everyone involved in same and for all the positive comments to date as well. Thanks also to those of you who attended the launch on the 22nd of December and a special thank you also to the Library of Cork County Council for hosting the event. The Heritage Unit of Cork County Council is hopeful that a similar publication can be undertaken in 2015 and full details of same will be unveiled in the next few months. In the meantime, the Houses publication is available to purchase in numerous newsagents and bookshops throughout the County as well as online via the Skibbereen Heritage Centre Website –  http://www.skibbheritage.com/Shop.htm.



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There are a couple of new developments on the heritage front which are now set out in the headlines below. In addition there are also a number of fascinating events over the coming weeks such as in Knockraha on Thursday 22nd, Castlemartyr and indeed Churchtown on Friday 30th and the launch of Cobh’s Lusitania Commemorations on February 1st February. A number of further exciting events are also scheduled including locations such as Ballincollig, Ballygarvan, Bantry, Blarney and Clonakilty.  See the events section below for more details.

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EVENT PLANNING FOR 2015

Attached is a calendar of the year’s upcoming heritage dates, commemorations and international observances which has been put together by the Heritage Unit. The purpose of this is to facilitate the planning ahead of a wide range of heritage events and hopefully some of you will find it of use/of interest. While this is not an "all inclusive" list it should provide a good summary of the year's many important dates. The planner is essentially a work in progress, should you be aware of any further local or County commemorative dates, by all means please do make contact and these dates will be added to the Planner. Same is hosted on the events section of www.corkcoco.ie/heritage.


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HERITAGE WEEK 2015

The dates for Heritage Week 2015 have been recently announced (August 22nd to 30th inclusive) and the theme for Heritage Week this year is "Industrial and Design Heritage". According to the Heritage Council, "our shared industrial past is a story of change, development and creativity and of the men and women who were a part of that story whether as mill worker, a dock worker or the proud owner of a motor car. Industrial heritage engages all of us and has left a legacy in the buildings, records and memories of people across Ireland, a legacy that paved the way for how we live today". Industrial heritage is a phenomenal part of Cork's heritage, just take for example the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, which at over 130 acres, happens to be the largest industrial heritage site in Ireland.

In terms of organizing heritage week events we are most fortunate that there are dozens of seasoned veterans in the County of Cork - those who without fail, continue to expertly showcase and highlight the rich heritage and history of their local area. However, more and more recently, and most positive to see, is an increasing number of community groups also involved in promoting their locality's heritage. Whether a long established heritage group, or new to the fold, the Heritage Council has proposed a most useful "training day for event organisers" to take place on April 9th in Dublin Castle. This event will provide a great overview and insight into the many considerations of organizing a successful Heritage Week event and more information can be obtained by emailing mail@heritagecouncil.ie.



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THE COUNTY LIBRARY’S “FROM THE WELL” SHORT STORY COMPETITION

The Cork County Library and Arts Service have just launched their "From the Well" Short Story competition. The competition is open to people aged 18 or over, who are registered library members. To mark the UN's International Year of Light 2015, the theme of this year's short story competition is "Light". Entrants may interpret the theme in its broadest sense and the closing date for entries is Friday 20th February 2015. Stories are not to exceed 2000 words and must be fictional. Hopefully we might see a number of fictional stories with a heritage flavour entered in the competition. For further details please see the attacheddocument.


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GENEALOGICAL EZINE IRISH LIVES REMEMBERED

The January/February edition (27th issue) of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine is now live and can be read/downloaded FREE of charge via www.irishlivesremembered.com or directly by clicking hereThe 76 page issue includes a number of interesting topics and also includes the schedule of speakers for the upcoming 2015 ACE Irish Genealogy Summer School to take place at UCC, Cork.


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THE IRISH IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

For those with an interest in the Irish involvement in the American Civil War, Cork's Damian Shiels of Rubicon Heritage recently delivered a wonderful address to the 2014 Tennessee Civil War Signature Event in America, marking the 150thAnniversary of the Battle of Franklin. In the Keynote Damian discussed the life, legacy and death of Patrick Cleburne, along with the stories of a number of other Irishmen who were involved in the engagement. Patrick Cleburne was born in Ovens, County Cork and became a very prominent figure of the Confederate Army and even a town in Texas has been named after him. The address was recorded by American company C-Span and they recently broadcasted the full address of c. 50 minutes which can be accessed by clicking here.


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THE KINSALE RECORD

The Kinsale History Society has for many years brought out a most interesting historical journal called “The Kinsale Record”. Volume 22 of the Kinsale Record has just been published and includes a wealth of interesting stories and facts regarding the heritage of Kinsale and further afield. Life in Kinsale during the 19th century is examined as well as Rural Unrest and Land Agitation in the Parishes of Tracton and Clontead. 2015 marks the centenary of the Lusitania tragedy and given Kinsale’s involvement in the aftermath of the disaster, including being the town where the Lusitania Inquisition was held (in the Market House, now a museum open to the public), a number of articles in the publication relate to this incident including the story of one survivor, Charles Scannel from Minane Bridge. Of course 100 years ago, World War One was upon us and the Kinsale Record covers the Great War in great detail, examining Army recruitment and local connections with Trafalgar.


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UPCOMING HERITAGE EVENTS


Date/Time Monday 19th January 2015 at 20:00
Event: Ballaun Stones and Holy Wells of West Cork
Location: Christian Fellowship Church Bantry, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The next event in Bantry is a Talk on Monday 19th January by Tony Miller Archaeologist on Ballaun Stones and Holy Wells of West Cork. This will be held in Christian Fellowship Church Bantry, starting at 8.00pm. All are very welcome. Event organised by the Bantry Historical Society.


Date/Time Monday 19th January 2015 at 20:00
Event: Massacre in West Cork
Location: Ballincollig Rugby Club, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Barry Keane will give a fascinating talk detailing what happened in Ballygroman, Ovens and in and around Dunmanway in 1922.Attendance on the night is €3 (annual subscription for all lectures €10). Event organised by the Muskerry Local History Society, for more information contact Rod MacConaill (086 1089524) or Dermot Lucey (087 9331135).


Date/Time Wednesday 21st January 2015 at 20:00
Event: Illustrated Lecture - Cork and the Great War - By Gerry White 
Location: The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
Additional Information: During his talk Gerry White will look at the impact of the Great War of 1914-18 on the city and county of Cork. He will examine the motives of those Irishmen who enlisted in the British Army, the units they served in and the lives of some Cork servicemen. The horrors of trench warfare and the war at sea will also be examined. He will also quantify the number of Corkmen who died in some of the major battles of the War. The 1916 Rising will be considered as a chapter of the Great War and the Corkmen who died in that weeklong conflict will be identified. The British Army career of Tom Barry and his activities in the immediate aftermath of the War will also be examined in some detail. The talk will conclude by identifying the main memorials that exist to the Irish who died in the War and will look at the issue of commemorations. This event which has been organised by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage promises to be most interested. For more information see the attached poster.


Date/Time Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 20:00
Event: Illustrated Lecture - War of Independence - Secret Landscape of Knockraha 
Location: Knockraha Hall, Knockraha, Glanmire, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Organised by the Knockraha Historical and Heritage Society, this event promises to be most interesting with two keynote speakers - Mr. Damian Shiels (specialist in military, conflict archaeology and international lecturer) and Mr. Jim Fitzgerald (locally and nationally acclaimed historian, author of many publications and originator of the "Corry's tapes". The evening will cover the Bomb Factory in Knockraha as well as Sing Sing Prison, the Rea, the East Cork Flying Column and Safe Houses. Admission €5 on the night and all welcome.


Date/Time Friday 30th January 2015 at 19:00
Event: Castlemartyr and the Earls of Shannon Portraits
Location: 
Castlemartyr Resort, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Castlemartyr Resort and the Irish Georgian Society invite you to welcome the Earls of Shannon back to Castlemartyr. A distinguished collection of family portraits showing members of the Boyle family, Earls of Shannon, is to be temporarily returned to their ancestral home, Castlemartyr, County Cork. They will be officially put on display on the evening of Friday January 30th next. On this occasion Harry Boyle, 10th Earl of Shannon will be present and in conversation with Robert O'Byrne, Vice-President of the Irish Georgian Society. Harry will discuss his family's distinguished history and also show a number of late 19th century photographs taken at Castlemartyr while the house was still owned by the Boyles. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. The event will be held in the bar of the hotel which was formerly the ballroom, a superb double cube room with splendid rococo plasterwork in the manner of Robert West. Refreshments will be served. Please R.S.V.P. to corkigs@gmail.com.


Date/Time Friday 30th January 2015 at 20:00
Event: AGM of the Ballygarvan and District Local History Society
Location: 
Radisson Park Hotel, Cork Airport, Co. Cork
Additional Information: AGM of the Ballygarvan and District Local History Society. For further information contact Secretary Tom Ryan - email thomasf11ryan@gmail.com.


Date/Time Friday 30th January 2015 beginning at 18:30
Event: An Evening commemorating Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill
Location: The Booney House, Churchtown, Mallow, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The Seán Clárach Event, organised by the Churchtown Historical and Heritage Society, takes place in the Booney House, Churchtown, on Friday 30th January, commencing at 18:30. A full programme is planned for the night which will include a presentation by Liam Ó Murchú (U.C.C.) and Mr. Jimmy Crowley (Cork Songwriter and Historian) will sing several Jacobite songs. Several local musicians will also entertain on the night. Seán Clárach, born in Churchtown in 1691, became a most prominent Irish Poet and was considered by his peers in the early 18th century as being the Príomh-Éigeas na Mumhan or Chief Poet of Munster. This event is free of charge by courtesy of CHURCHTOWN HISTORICAL AND HERITAGE SOCIETY. Booking is advisable - please contact Noel Linehan on 022 48249 or email noellinehan123@gmail.com.


Date/Time Sunday 01st February 2015 beginning at 17:00
Event: Launch of the Lusitania Centenary Commemorative Events in Cobh for 2015 
Location: Cobh (various), Co. Cork
Additional Information: "On St. Brigid's Day, 1st February 2015, Cobh will launch four months of Lusitania centenary commemorative events that will take place along the Cork coast. This event was originally planned for 1st January.
On 7th May 1915, Cobh, known at the time as Queenstown was to witness the aftermath of the sinking of the Lusitania by a torpedo fired by the German submarine U 20. People witnessed first-hand the trauma and heartbreak as the dead, injured and bereaved were brought into a community that responded with courage and compassion. The Lusitania Peace Memorial in Cobh epitomises the efforts made by people to rescue survivors, recover bodies and comfort the bereaved.
On Sunday 1st February 2015, the carillonneur of St. Colman's Cathedral Adrian Gebruers will present a recital on the 49 bells of the cathedral commencing at 5 pm. Then a short recital by Cobh Confraternity Band in the Promenade in Cobh Town Centre will be followed by a short ceremony where the 1198 victims of the wartime tragedy will be remembered. At 6 pm schoolchildren will read the names of the 169 victims buried in the Old Church Cemetery in Cobh as the Irish Coastguard launch flares from the quayside in Cobh and from the ramparts of Fort Mitchel on Spike Island. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the ceremony".


Date/Time Wednesday 04th February 2015 at 20:00
Event: The victualling trade in Cork during the American War of Independence
Location: Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
Additional Information: Joe Varley will give a talk on the victualling trade in Cork during the American War of Independence. This talk has been organised by the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. All welcome, no cover charge.


Date/Time Thursday 05th February 2015 at 20:00
Event: Illustrated Lecture - Famine Times in Blarney and District
Location: Blarney Secondary School (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál), Blarney
Additional Information: Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled 'Famine times in Blarney & District'. The speaker Mr. Michael Murphy, is a highly acclaimed, award winning Cartographer or map-maker who teaches the subject in the Geography Dept. in U.C.C. He has compiled an incredible display of bygone maps coupled with a fascinating text for his lecture which examines how the terrible famine disaster affected the people of Blarney and District. He is also one of the editors of the recent publication, 'Atlas of The Great Irish Famine'. Everybody Welcome. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 0872153216.


Date/Time Thursday 12th February 2014 at 20:00
Event: Illustrated Lecture: ""The Forgotten Copper Mines of West Carbery"
Location: 
Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork
Additional Information: Organised by the Cork Literary and Scientific Society this talk by Paddy O' Sullivan promises to be most fascinating touching on the historically important copper mines of West Carbery. Individual lectures are €8 or one can become a member for €40 which includes attendance for 16 lectures.


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Le meas,

Conor Nelligan

Monday, 12 January 2015

CORK COUNTY PUBLIC PARTICIPATION NETWORK (PPN)

Cork County Public Participation Network (PPN) - 

Cork County Council  is inviting all community groups / organisations to register and participate in a new community network that it is establishing to enable people in Cork County to have a say on issues that concern them. This will be known as the Public Participation Network (PPN). Online registration is now open and will continue until February 4th 2015.

Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire is strongly advising all Community Groups in the County to register with the Network. If you wish to get further information on this or help with your registration please contact Denis Kelly at 0214500688 or 0872034876. or email admin@muintircork.com

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Gardening Tips for schools with vegetable gardens

To Do this Month

Plan! This is a great month to decide where and what you are going to grow this year. If you are just starting out  check out our website for handy guides. 

 Consider building or buying some raised vegetable beds. 

 There’s still time to spread well-rotted manure or compost on your vegetable beds and cover them down with black polythene to start warming them up for spring sowing.

Recycle 

Start collecting old plastic bottles and containers as cloches and covers, and collect toilet roll inserts to use as pots for sowing. 

 Order your seeds, onions sets and seed potatoes.

AMENITY GRANTS COUNTY CORK

Each Year Cork County Council provide grant aid under the Amenity Grant Scheme:

The aim of this Scheme is to support groups who wish to build/improve facilities and or the purchase of equipment that will have a minimum lifetime of 5 years costing under €20,000. Applications are handled separately for each of the County's three divisions. I will let you know when the next round of funding is announced.  


Eligible Projects for Amenity Grant Scheme:
The type of projects that would be eligible for funding under this scheme are:-

  • Tidy Town projects
  • Improving amenities/purchase of equipment

Ineligible Projects for Amenity Grant Scheme:
The following is a list of the type of projects that would be ineligible for consideration under this scheme:-

  • Organisations/groups that have received funding under the Amenity Grant Scheme for the last three consecutive years (with the exception of Tidy Towns Committees)
  • Running costs of the projects (wages, electricity etc.)
  • Projects of a commercial nature

Who may Apply?

Community groups and local organisations within County Cork. Proposals from individuals will not qualify.
Levels of Support

The level of grant assistance will depend on a range of factors, including type of project, availability of other sources of funding, and the overall number of applications seeking funding under the Scheme.

Groups may choose to combine funding from the scheme applied for with other sources of grant aid. However, the fund will not become a substitute for other existing funding programmes. In all cases, groups seeking funding will be required to generate a significant percentage of local matching funding and evidence of this funding will be sought from applicants.


When substantial capital projects are proposed, confirmation that all the required funding has been secured (i.e. letters of offer from agencies, bank statements showing own funds etc.) must accompany the application.

Where the Group is not registered for VAT, grant aid can be paid on costs inclusive of VAT.

Grant aid will be paid retrospectively, on submission of paid invoices.

Should the full funding for the Scheme not be taken up at this time, or should other funds become available to any scheme, a further round of applications may be held.

Minimum/Maximum Grant Payable for Amenity Grant Scheme:

A grant in excess of €3,800 will be given only where the applicants are or constitute themselves a legal entity, e.g. a company under the Companies Acts, a Co-operative Society, a Friendly Society, Trustees, etc. The maximum grant for any one project will be €6,348 in any one year.

General Conditions

The following conditions will generally apply for the receipt of a grant under the scheme:-

  • The proposed development shall comply, if applicable, with all requirements in relation to Planning, Building Regulations and Fire Codes.
  • Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their financial standing and their ability to manage any facility provided on implementation of their proposal. Evidence of title to site and evidence that all necessary statutory and other approvals are in place must be submitted with the application.
  • Changes to the project, as described in the original application, must be agreed in writing with the Council in advance. Failure to do so may jeopardize the payment of grant aid.
  • The grant will be reduced in the event of actual costs on completion of the project being less than the original estimate.
  • The facilities to be provided shall be available for the use and enjoyment of the general public or particular groups at all reasonable times either free of charge or subject to moderate charges.
  • If the project is not successfully completed, the Council will insist on repayment of any grant monies paid.
  • Should the development be sold by the Organisation for profit within five years from the date of the Council’s contribution, the Council will insist on repayment of any grant monies paid from the proceeds of the sale.
  • Grants must be taken up as follows:-
  • Amenity Grant Scheme: within two years of notification by the Council to the applicant of allocation of the grant. The works must be completed.


Selection Criteria

The criteria which will be applied by Cork County Council when assessing applications are:

  • The Council will endeavour to ensure that the available funds are dispersed around the county as equitably as possible.
  • Projects must not compete with privately run projects of similar type and serving the same catchment/market.
  • The extent to which the proposed actions relate to an identified need and are likely to bring direct benefit to the priority areas/ groups.
  • The extent to which the actions incorporate sound community development practices and principles.
  • The capacity of applicants to implement the proposal.
  • The extent to which the proposed expenditure is complementary and additional to current statutory support (i.e. that it will not become a substitute for existing funding).
  • The local contribution towards the project (in terms of finance, time, personal commitment, other in-kind contributions).

Acceptance of Grant Offer

  • A legally binding agreement must be entered into between the Council and the body receiving the grant, dealing with the conditions of the grant.
  • Any grant offer must be accepted in writing within 3 months of notification of the grant offer. Grant offers will lapse in the absence of such acceptance.
  • The applicant must comply with Tax Clearance procedures.
  • Progress reports and statements of expenditure may periodically be required for larger projects.
  • Before final payment, the County Council may require a site inspection to ascertain that all work has been carried out.

Drawing down grants:
The maximum level of grant aid payable under the Scheme to any applicant from Cork County Council is 75%. Therefore, a minimum contribution of 25% is required from local Communities. Invoices and receipts to the value of 125% of the amount of the grant must be submitted when claiming payment of the grant monies.

Tax Clearance Procedures

Grants under €650:
No tax clearance needed.

Grants from €650 to €6,500:
The group will be required to supply a tax reference number & name of tax district dealing with their affairs.
The group will be required to sign a statement indicating that the organisation’s tax affairs are in order.

Indemnity

All buildings must be covered by a fire insurance policy, which fully indemnifies Cork County Council.

Applicants will be required to indemnify the Council against all and any claims arising from its involvement with the project.

Applicants should have appropriate Public Liability Insurance and, where necessary, Employers Liability Insurance and should ensure that any Contractor employed by them has an adequate level of cover. While the Council does not require copies of these insurances, this does not exempt the firms or groups from their insurance requirements, nor does it exempt the group which is receiving the Council grant from its responsibility to ensure the works and groups/firms carrying out the works are adequately insured.


Public Acknowledgement of Council’s Contribution

The applicant is to publicly acknowledge the Council’s contribution towards the amenity, details to be submitted to this office, and the Mayor of the County of Cork or nominee of the Mayor should be involved in any official opening of the amenity, so as to reflect the Council’s involvement.


School Calender 2015

School Calender 
February Midterm 

Secondary closed  16th - 20th Feb incl. 

Primary closed 19th - 20th Feb with option to extend to 5 day break.* 



Easter Midterm

                                                           All schools will be closed on the 30th of March and re-open on the 13th of April.

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