Tuesday, 30 June 2015

News from GIY Ireland

By: Shona DuboisWeekly Column- June 27

A supermarket is a place where there are no seasons. You can buy any vegetable you want at any time of the year. Want a butternut squash in May? Your local supermarket probably has one for sale, though it was most probably grown in Ghana and spent weeks in the back of a container lorry.  For all its technological wizardry, there is a terrifying blandness about the modern food chain, with its continuous, year-round supply of mediocre, uniform produce.

The veggie patch on the other hand, is a place where thankfully, the seasons still hold sway in all their riotous glory.  Seasonality is not without its frustrations of course (it involves a lot of waiting for one thing – particularly this year), but at least it brings diversity and variety in its wake.  Vegetables were never designed to be available all year round - the wax and wane of the seasons is part of their nature.  And of course, nature knows best when it comes to deciding which foods we should eat at particular times of the year – the starchy root crops to warm the soul in winter, and the water-filled luscious fruit to quench and nourish us in the summer.  Eating seasonally means eating nutritious, healthy food right when our bodies need it.

Summer is truly a time of plenty for GIYers - a time when we perhaps start to struggle to keep up with the output of the veggie patch. Though the work is hard, we can also take time to enjoy the fruits of our labour.  Savour the taste of produce that is organic, local and seasonal.  Celebrate its diversity. If you grew a crazy-shaped carrot or a metre-long courgette, congratulate yourself on having produced something utterly unique, which your supermarket wouldn't even let inside the door!

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News from Cork Community TV

Hello everyone,

 

For those of you who are thinking of applying for Round 24 of the BAI’s Sound and Vision Scheme III, please note that the closing date for applications to the BAI is:  Thursday, 9th July 2015 at 12 noon.

 

Remember if you are a new applicant, you must register with www.baionline.ie and receive your account details at least 2 days before the closing date.  If you are already registered there is no need to register again.  Be sure to check your status.

 

If you are going to apply and require a Letter of Commitment to Broadcast from ourselves then please contact me at the latest by 5pm on Wednesday, 8th July.

 

Kind regards,

 

Siobhan O’Neill

Sound & Vision Co-ordinator

 

Friday, 26 June 2015

Cloyne Community Council making a huge difference.

The last few weeks have been very busy for the Historical Town of Cloyne in East Cork. They recently organised their Community Elections and also held a very successful AGM where the community was given a comprehensive report on the work of this hard working Muintir na Tire Community Council.The Cloyne District Community Council is made up of 26 elected members (13 areas and 2 members from each area)  under the auspices of Muintir Na Tire. The main aim of the Council is the involvement of all the people in Cloyne and it’s environs in the promotion of the educational, cultural and economic and welfare of the whole community. The members will serve for a period of 3 years and full Council meetings are held about once a month I was pleased to be invited to address the AGM and I am delighted to say that the future of Cloyne is in good hands. Well done to the outgoing Officers who have put the operation of the community council on a sound footing and I sincerely hope that you will remain on to guide the new officer board over the next three years. 

Below is the report of outgoing Chairman Tommy Hartnett 

Chairman’s Address 2015

22nd June 2015
I would personally like to welcome  everyone here tonight to our 2015 AGM. I’d like to welcome to Denis Kelly, from Cork County Federation Muintir Na Tire. I would like to extend a special welcome to all newly community council members. I would like to ask Denis to say a few words at the end of meeting. He may again give us some valuable guidance to the committee members new and old.

Over the course of 2014 we convened on average one meeting per month and a few more in between when the need arose
The CDCC committee is divided into sub-committees that take care of various activities & tasks that arise throughout the year. The chairs of these sub committees arranged meetings to deal with any relevant issues that arose in 2014.
Accountants: 
Our company accounts are looked after by Crowley- McCarthy accountants in Midleton.
We are a formal company, limited by guarantee. We are tax compliant and our accounts are again up to date in 2015. Thanks to Lisa O’Lomasney.
Childrens Playground:
The childrens playground was our main focus point in 2013 and the fruits of this hard work are now available to be used and enjoyed by all in our community and beyond. Some issues continually arise around vandalism and abuse of playground equipment and its structures. I would appeal to all who use the playground to keep a watch on this anti-social behaviour and it should be reported to committee members and the local gardai.
The main point though is that we now have a state of the art playground in Cloyne, to be enjoyed by all for many years to come.

Community Garden:
The progress of the community garden is there for everyone to see. Thanks to all involved and to those who have contributed items to the garden. It is an ever improving and growing project. A fence was erected around the garden on the footpath side and this and this makes the garden much safer for kids. The garden like the playground belongs to the community of Cloyne and is there to be enjoyed by all. Much more work has been carried out, with more plants and shrubs in place and also the area beside the boundary wall has been cleared and covered with shale. A tree is due to be planted by the McCarthy family (Shane & Ruth) in memory of their son Sean. I must say that the garden is now coming into its own. More help is required to progress and maintain this project and if there are any people in the community willing to help out, please let us know. I would like to thank Henry O’Brien, Michael Greaney and anyone else who help in this garden project.

Newsletter:
The Cloyne community newsletter was launched in 2012 and continued throughout 2013 to 2014. This has been a great success and is a fantastic means of communicating with our community at large. In 2014 we did three issues, but there is a lot of work involved in putting this together and we may struggle to keep it going. We hope that we can continue as it is a great means of communication and also a means of continued fundraising through advertising. The newsletter was in the past year arranged by Carol Carroll and I and few others worked on the sponsorship. I would like to thank Carol for coming on board in our time of need. We are still seeking volunteers to help out in various aspects of the newsletter. If interested, please contact any committee member.
I must thank our generous sponsors that support of the newsletter.

Annual Road Race:
On August 6th 2014 the 4th annual road race was held. This again was a very successful event and occasion, with 600 finishers and great community involvement from GAA, school parent’s council and many more from our community. Many more locals did the 5k walk. Proceeds of last year’s race went toward the playground. Over€5,000 was raised. 2014 saw the introduction of “Chip Timing” which was overseen by Precision Timing. The chip timing allows for more leeway at the finish and also means we can cater for more finishers. This race continues to be one of our bigger on-going fundraising events. A date for this year’s race is already fixed and it will take place on Wednesday August 5th. A permit has been applied for and some work has already been done regarding the event. Thanks to Margaret Twohig for doing most of the organising with this 5K event.

Cloyne 4k Series:
Last year a few in the community council got the idea to have a 4k series around the Commons. A route was decided on and five dates were chosen. The five races took place on the final Sunday of the months from November to March at 9.30 each morning. They turned out to be a great success and were co-organised with Cloyne GAA club. A total of 1,048 runners took part and all who completed four of the five races received a high tech tee shirt that were kindly sponsored by TRInRUN, Midleton. The series was won by Sean McGrath and he received a perpetual trophy and prize, which was sponsored by Eamon Harty &Harty’s Bar & Restaurant. The women’s series was won by Eileen Leahy, Midleton AC and she received a perpetual trophy and prize which was sponsored by Brendan Barry and Discover Travel. Timing was done by John Walshe and Ballycotton Running Promotions. This series will go ahead later this year. Approx €3,000 was and was equally divided between CDCC and Cloyne GAA. We done to all involved



Winter Festival:
The Winter Festival as it is now known took place and coincided last year with the lighting of the Christmas tree. It was a great success and was centred around the playground area and many fun activities were organised to entertain both kids and adults alike. We also had our annual Festival Queen competition which was won Taylor Murphy last year by representing Cloyne Pharmacy. Thanks to all within CDCC and many other people from Cloyne who helped out in all events associated with the winter festival.

Village Enhancement Plan (VEP)
This plan sets out a template for future community development, in Cloyne. It is now complete and hard copies are here tonight to be viewed. Copies can also be purchased at a cost of €8 per copy. The VEP was developed by Archaeological Consultant, Dan Noonan and was part funded by SECAD. Cloyne Community District Council has commissioned the Cloyne Enhancement Plan to outline the existing situation of Cloyne, and assess how this can be enhanced in the future, both short and long term, for the better cultural, social and economic benefit of its community.




Community Alert Text:
The Cloyne community text alert was set up in 2014.
At present we have 19 members in text alert system. This is a programme that should probably be run by an area that also encompasses Churchtown South, Ballycotton and Shanagarry.




Cloyne Tidy Towns:

Early in 2015, a group under the umbrella of CDCC got together and formed Cloyne Tidy Towns. A new committee has been set up and the chairperson is Breda Cahill. They have a very strong committee and it’s not hard to see the change in Cloyne since its inception. We now have cleaner streets, and hanging baskets adorning many shop fronts. The hoarding in car park across from Alley has been painted and now Ger Murphy and his family are well advanced in creating the beautiful murals that totally transform the whole area. Well done to Ger and his daughters, one of whom is presently the Winter Queen, Taylor.
The tidy towns committee will always welcome new members into their group.


Year Ahead:
Next Project:
What do we do next? As with the playground project, we will again consult with Cloyne community and prioritise the next major project. The VEP covers this on page 14, so the people of Cloyne should let us know of new ideas in the near future. All future projects will have to be carefully planned and funded.

Community Effort:
We need more input from the community in general. The more help we have, the lesser the load is on all individuals. We don’t necessarily need people on the committee, but people can for example volunteer help out on sub-committees or can take ownership of their own estates as far as Spring Clean and Anti-Litter Challenge are concerned. As they say, every little helps & more importantly you will be doing it for yourself, your town and your community.

There are many people that should be thanked for their work throughout the year. Too many to mention here tonight. You all know who you are and you are doing it for the betterment of your own community

Tommy Hartnett
Chairperson

CDCC

West Cork Schools excel at The Pride in The Community Schools Garden Awards 2015



There was huge excitement for West Cork schools in the County Hall on June 24th, as the Pride in The Community Schools Garden Awards for this year were announced to a packed audience of teachers guests and pupils.

Timoleague N.S scooped the Best Small Garden Award for the second year running, Scoil Mhuire, Schull won Best Edible Garden, Scoil na mBuachailli won Best New Entry and Muinefliuch won the Biodiversity Award. Keakil N.S received a commended award while Goggin’s Hill N.S, Knockskeagh N.S, Scoil Bhride Ballydehob, St Mary’s Primary School Rosscarbery, Scoil Aban Naofa, Rath N.S, Drinagh N.S, Gaeilscoil Dr. Ui Shuileabhain, Carrigboy N.S and Scoil Phadraig Naofa N.S all received Highly Commended awards for their entries.

The Competition is just in its third year and judging from the amount of entries received, the enthusiasm and high standard and quality involved from all the schools it was a huge success. The competition involves each school developing/planning a garden in their own way.  Both adults and students work together to decide what type of garden they want to create. The competition encourages all students to get involved in working in the garden and the competition also promotes sustainability and biodiversity.

The judges were very impressed with the high standard of the gardens involved. Mr Sean Holland introduced the schools involved and congratulated each school individually. This was then followed by an audio visual presentation that show cased all of the schools hard work. Sean then thanked Muintir ná Tíre for all their hard work in making the Pride in the Community School Garden’s Awards a huge success. He also thanked Cork County Council for their huge support.

Annette Lane of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre was highly impressed with the standard of the gardens entered and spoke about the importance of getting into the garden and “getting your hands dirty.” She asked pupils to think outside the box and to include lots of colour in their gardens. She also thought that the PowerPoints on the gardens was a good way for new entrants to see other school’s work and come up with new ideas. Major Alan Coleman was highly impressed with the response to the School Garden Awards and encouraged everyone to partake next year. He congratulated all the schools  and said they were all winners. He hoped next year’s competition would be even bigger and better. Dr Mary Stack, Environmental Awareness Officer, Cork County Council was very impressed with the huge involvement from all the schools and congratulated all the schools on their huge contribution and the amount of work that was done by both students and pupils. She included the pupils in her speech by asking them about their recycling. Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer of Cork County Council thanked everyone for partaking and attending the Awards Ceremony. He said the competition was a huge success and congratulated all involved. Brendan Scahill HSE was highly impressed with the commitment of all the pupils involved and said that pupils would develop life skills by getting out and enjoying the garden.

The Competition is in its third year and judging from the amount of entries received, the enthusiasm and high standard and quality involved from all the schools it was a huge success. The competition involves each school developing/planning a garden in their own way.  Both adults and students come together and work together to decide what type of garden they want to create. The competition encourages all students to get involved in working in the garden and the competition also promotes sustainability and biodiversity.

County Mayor Cllr Alan Coleman was highly impressed with the response to the School Garden Awards and encouraged everyone to partake again next year. He congratulated all the schools and said they were all winners. He hoped next year’s competition would be even bigger and better.


Full results 2015 Pride in Our Community Schools Garden Awards
 Overall Winner:
Scoil Chlochair Mhuire National School, Carrigtwohill.

Commended
St. Lachteens N.S Donoughmore, Kealkill N.S

Highly Commended: Scoil Phadaig Naofa N.S, Scoil an tAthair Maitiu N.S,
Scoil Iosaf N.S Castlemartyr, St. Mary’s Primary School Rosscarbery, Glenhulla N.S, CBS Primary School Mitchelstown, Carrigboy N.S Durrus, St. Catherine’s N.S Conna St. Coleman’s N.S Cloyne, Kilcredan N.S, Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig, Bweeng N.S, Scoil Fhursa Lyre N.S, Goggins Hill N.S, Gaelscoil Dr. Ui Shuileabhain N.S, Drinagh N.S,Knockskeagh N.S, Walterstown N.S Cobh, Canovee N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Riordain N.S, Rath N.S Baltimore, St. Mary’s School Rochestown, Scoil Aban Naofa N.S, Dromleigh N.S, Rylane N.S, School of Divine Child Ballintemple, and Scoil Bhride N.S Ballydehob.









Best in Category:

Banteer N.S (Most Improved Garden)
Scoil Mhuire Schull (Edible Garden)              
Muinefluich N.S Macroom (Bio Diversity Garden)
Scoil Eoin Naofa Ballyclough (Art/ Upcycling in Garden)
Rusheen N.S (Mixed Garden)
Timoleague N.S Second Year Running (Best Small Garden)
Scoil Na Buachailli Clonakility (Best New Entry)
Castletownroche N.S (Best Innovation Entry)
             



Organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire Cork County Council

8 Sidney Place,
Wellington Road Cork

Phone:021 4500688
Fax: 021450053
website: Muintircork.com

About the Competition:  The competition is run in conjunction with Cork County Council, Environment directorate and Heritage Section and Griffins Garden Centre The aim of the “Pride in the Community Schools Competition” is to support pupils, teachers in County Cork, to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colours into their school grounds, to promote horticulture and biodiversity to give students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. Studies have shown that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and provide an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes 

South and East Cork well represented at Pride in The Community Schools Garden Competition 2015



Scoil Chlochair Mhuire Girls National School, Carrigtwohill were the overall winners at this year’s Pride in the Community Garden Awards which was held in the county hall on June 24th 2015.

St Coleman’s National School (Cloyne) Kilcredan N.S, Walterstown (Cobh),Scoil Mhuire (Ballincollig) Scoil an tAthair Maitiu (Togher), School of the Divine Child (Ballintemple), Gaeilscoil Ui Drisceoil, Gaeilscoil Ui Riordain, Scoil Iosaf N.S and St Mary’s School Rochestown  received Highly Commended awards for their School Gardens.

The Competition is in its third year and judging from the amount of entries received, the enthusiasm and high standard and quality involved from all the schools it was a huge success. The competition involves each school developing/planning a garden in their own way.  Both adults and students come and work together to decide what type of garden they want to create. The competition encourages all students to get involved in working in the garden and the competition also promotes sustainability and biodiversity.

County Mayor Cllr. Alan Coleman was highly impressed with the response to the School Garden Awards and encouraged everyone to partake again next year. He congratulated all the schools and said they were all winners. He hoped next year’s competition would be even bigger and better.


2015 Pride in Our Community Schools Garden Award  Overall Winner:
 Scoil Chlochair Mhuire National School, Carrigtwohill.

Commended
St. Lachteens N.S Donoughmore, Kealkill N.S

Highly Commended: Scoil Phadaig Naofa N.S, Scoil an tAthair Maitiu N.S,
Scoil Iosaf N.S Castlemartyr, St. Mary’s Primary School Rosscarbery, Glenhulla N.S, CBS Primary School Mitchelstown, Carrigboy N.S Durrus, St. Catherine’s N.S Conna St. Coleman’s N.S Cloyne, Kilcredan N.S, Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig, Bweeng N.S, Scoil Fhursa Lyre N.S, Goggins Hill N.S, Gaelscoil Dr. Ui Shuileabhain N.S, Drinagh N.S,Knockskeagh N.S, Walterstown N.S Cobh, Canovee N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Riordain N.S, Rath N.S Baltimore, St. Mary’s School Rochestown, Scoil Aban Naofa N.S, Drimleigh N.S, Rylane N.S, School of Divine Child Ballintemple, and Scoil Bhride N.S Ballydehob.









Best in Category:
Banteer N.S (Most Improved Garden)
Scoil Mhuire Schull (Edible Garden)              
Muinefluich N.S Macroom (Bio Diversity Garden)
Scoil Eoin Naofa Ballyclough (Art/ Upcycling in Garden)
Rusheen N.S (Mixed Garden)
Timoleague N.S Second Year Running (Best Small Garden)
Scoil Na Buachailli Clonakility (Best New Entry)
Castletown Roche (Best Innovation Entry)
             




Organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire and Cork County Council

8 Sidney Place,
Wellington Road Cork

Phone:021 4500688
Fax: 021450053
website: Muintircork.com



About the Competition:  The competition is run in conjunction with Cork County Council, Environment directorate and Heritage Section and Griffins Garden Centre.  The aim of the “Pride in the Community Schools Competition” is to support pupils, teachers in County Cork, to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colours into their school grounds, to promote horticulture and biodiversity to give students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. Studies have shown that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and provide an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards science at an early age.






North Cork Schools excel at The Pride in The Community Schools Garden Awards 2015


There was huge excitement for North Cork schools in the County Hall on June 24th, at the Pride in The Community Schools Garden Awards 2015 this year.

Banteer N.S won the Most Improved Garden Award, Rusheen won Best Mixed Garden, Castletownroche won the Best Innovation and Creativity Award, Scoil Eoin Naofa won the Up-Cycling Art Award and Muinefliuch were winners of the Biodiversity Award.   St Lachteens N.S was commended for their entry while Glenahulla N.S, CBS Primary School, St Catherines N.S, Canovee N.S, Bweeng N.S, Scoil Fhursa Lyre, Rylane N.S and Dromleigh N.S were highly commended for their entries

The Competition is just in its third year and judging from the amount of entries received, the enthusiasm and high standard and quality involved from all the schools it was a huge success. The competition involves each school developing/planning a garden in their own way.  Both adults and students work together to decide what type of garden they want to create. The competition encourages all students to get involved in working in the garden and the competition also promotes sustainability and biodiversity.

The judges were very impressed with the high standard of the gardens involved. Mr Sean Holland introduced the schools involved and congratulated each school individually. This was then followed by an audio visual presentation that show cased all of the schools hard work. Sean then thanked Muintir ná Tíre for all their hard work in making the Pride in the Community School Garden’s Awards a huge success. He also thanked Cork County Council for their huge support.

Annette Lane of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre was highly impressed with the standard of the gardens entered and spoke about the importance of getting into the garden and “getting your hands dirty.” She asked pupils to think outside the box and to include lots of colour in their gardens. She also thought that the PowerPoints on the gardens was a good way for new entrants to see other school’s work and come up with new ideas. Major Alan Coleman was highly impressed with the response to the School Garden Awards and encouraged everyone to partake next year. He congratulated all the schools  and said they were all winners. He hoped next year’s competition would be even bigger and better. Dr Mary Stack, Environmental Awareness Officer, Cork County Council was very impressed with the huge involvement from all the schools and congratulated all the schools on their huge contribution and the amount of work that was done by both students and pupils. She included the pupils in her speech by asking them about their recycling. Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer of Cork County Council thanked everyone for partaking and attending the Awards Ceremony. He said the competition was a huge success and congratulated all involved. Brendan Scahill HSE was highly impressed with the commitment of all the pupils involved and said that pupils would develop life skills by getting out and enjoying the garden.


2015 Pride in Our Community Schools Garden Award Winners
 Overall Winner:  Scoil Chlochair Mhuire National School, Carrigtwohill.

Commended
St. Lachteens N.S Donoughmore, Kealkill N.S

Highly Commended: Scoil Phadaig Naofa N.S, Scoil an tAthair Maitiu N.S,
Scoil Iosaf N.S Castlemartyr, St. Mary’s Primary School Rosscarbery, Glenhulla N.S, CBS Primary School Mitchelstown, Carrigboy N.S Durrus, St. Catherine’s N.S Conna St. Coleman’s N.S Cloyne, Kilcredan N.S, Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig, Bweeng N.S, Scoil Fhursa Lyre N.S, Goggins Hill N.S, Gaelscoil Dr. Ui Shuileabhain N.S, Drinagh N.S, Knockskeagh N.S, Walterstown N.S Cobh, Canovee N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Riordain N.S, Rath N.S Baltimore, St. Mary’s School Rochestown, Scoil Aban Naofa N.S, Dromleigh N.S, Rylane N.S, School of Divine Child Ballintemple, and Scoil Bhride N.S Ballydehob.







Best in Category:
Banteer N.S (Most Improved Garden)
Scoil Mhuire Schull (Edible Garden)              
Muinefluich N.S Macroom (Bio Diversity Garden)
Scoil Eoin Naofa Ballyclough (Art/ Upcycling in Garden)
Rusheen N.S (Mixed Garden)
Timoleague N.S Second Year Running (Best Small Garden)
Scoil Na Buachailli Clonakility (Best New Entry)
Castletownroche (Best Innovation Entry)





Organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire and Cork County Council

8 Sidney Place,
Wellington Road Cork

Phone:0214500688
Fax: 021450053
website: Muintircork.com

About the Competition:  The competition is run in conjunction with Cork County Council, Environment directorate and Heritage Section and Griffins Garden Centre.  The aim of the “Pride in the Community Schools Competition” is to support pupils, teachers in County Cork, to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colours into their school grounds, to promote horticulture and biodiversity to give students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. Studies have shown that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and provide an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards science at an early age.


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Scoil Chlochair Mhuire National School Carrigtwohill wins Schools Garden Competition 2015


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Scoil Chlochair Mhuire National School Carrigtwohill wins  Schools Garden Competition 2015
 

Scoil Chlochair Mhuire Girls National School Carrigtwohill were named Overall Winners at the Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre Pride in our Community School Garden Awards 2015 which were held in County Hall on Wednesday. The Competition is just in its third year and judging from the amount of entries received, the enthusiasm and high standard and quality involved from all the schools it was a huge success. The competition involves schools developing/planning a garden and bring nature into schools.  Both adults and students work together and decide what type of garden they want to create. The competition encourages all students to get involved in working in the garden and the competition also promotes sustainability and biodiversity.
This year the judges were very impressed with the high standard of the gardens involved. Mr Sean Holland introduced the schools involved and congratulated each school individually. The schools were shown an audio visual presentation which show cased all of the schools. Sean then thanked Muintir ná Tíre for all their hard work in making the Pride in the Community School Garden’s Awards a huge success. He also thanked Cork County Council for their huge support.

County Mayor Alan Coleman who presented the awards was highly impressed with the response to the School Garden competition and encouraged everyone to partake next year. He congratulated all the schools and said they were all winners. He hoped next year’s competition would be even bigger and better. Dr Mary Stack, Environmental Awareness Officer, Cork County Council was very impressed with the huge involvement from all the schools and congratulated all the schools on their huge contribution and the amount of work that was done by Parents Teachers and pupils. She said the competition hugely complimented the Green Schools programme, She mentioned in particular the huge amount of upcycling going on in schools.  Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer of Cork County Council thanked everyone for partaking and attending the Awards Ceremony. He said the competition was a huge success and congratulated all involved and he was particularly impressed with the commitment to biodiversity in the schools. Brendan Scahill HSE was highly impressed with the commitment of all the involved and said that children enjoy many health benefits physical and emotional by getting out and having fun in the garden. Annette Lane Chairperson of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre also spoke about  the standard of the gardens entered and spoke about the importance of getting into the garden and “getting your hands dirty.” She asked pupils to think outside the box and to include lots of colour in their gardens. She also thought that the PowerPoints on the gardens was a good way for new entrants to see other school’s work and come up with new ideas.

2015 Pride in Our Community Schools Garden Award Winners Overall Winner:  Scoil Chlochair Mhuire National School, Carrigtwohill.

Commended
St. Lachteens N.S Donoughmore, Kealkill N.S
Highly Commended: Scoil Phadaig Naofa N.S, Scoil an tAthair Maitiu N.S,
Scoil Iosaf N.S Castlemartyr, St. Mary’s Primary School Rosscarbery, Glenhulla N.S, CBS Primary School Mitchelstown, Carrigboy N.S Durrus, St. Catherine’s N.S Conna St. Coleman’s N.S Cloyne, Kilcredan N.S, Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig, Bweeng N.S, Scoil Fhursa Lyre N.S, Goggins Hill N.S, Gaelscoil Dr. Ui Shuileabhain N.S, Drinagh N.S,
Knockskeagh N.S, Walterstown N.S Cobh, Canovee N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Riordain N.S, Rath N.S Baltimore, St. Mary’s School Rochestown, Scoil Aban Naofa N.S, Drimleigh N.S, Rylane N.S, School of Divine Child Ballintemple, Scoil Bhride N.S Ballydehob.

Best in Category:
Banteer NS (Most improved garden)
Scoil Mhuire Schull (Edible Garden)           
Muinefluich N.S Macroom (Bio Diversity Garden)
Scoil Eoin Naofa Ballyclough (Art/ Upcycling in Garden)
Rusheen N.S (Mixed Garden)
Timoleague N.S Second Year Running (Best Small Garden)
Scoil Na Buachailli Clonakility (Best New Entry)
Castletownroche (Most Innovative Entry)

Organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire and Cork County Council

8 Sidney Place,
Wellington Road Cork

Phone:0214500688
Fax: 021450053
email: admin@muintircork.com
website: Muintircork.com

About the Competition:  The competition is run in conjunction with Cork County Council, Environment directorate and Heritage Section and Griffins Garden Centre.  The aim of the “Pride in the Community Schools Competition” is to support pupils, teachers in County Cork, to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colours into their school grounds, to promote horticulture and biodiversity to give students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. Studies have shown that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and provide an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards science at an early age.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

New Community Councils elected in Cloyne and also in Mogeely

Two East Cork Communities have held community elections recently. 


The community of the Historical town of Cloyne have been to the polls and over 450 ballots were cast to elect new members to the Cloyne and District Community Council. This community council have been a huge success in the town with the town benefiting greatly from their vision and foresight. I will have a full update on Cloyne elections and recent AGM next week.

Mogeely in East Cork have also held community elections and a new community Council has also been elected there under the chairmanship of John Scott Baird. Full report next week.

Monday, 22 June 2015

New Address for Cork Volunteer Centre

Cork Volunteer Centre has now moved into new premises and also has a new telephone number.  We will re-open to the public on Monday 22nd June 2015.


13 North Main Street, Cork City
Tel: 021-4251572
www.volunteercork.ie
info@volunteercork.ie

Please note that we now have a meeting room available for community and voluntary groups to rent for a small fee.  Please enquire for further details.


Friday, 19 June 2015

Getting Ready for Eircode in West Cork


Eircode is the new postcode system for Ireland.  This July a letter will be sent to all addresses in West Cork notifying them of the Eircode for that address, watch out for the green envelope!  Your address does not change, you simply include the Eircode at the bottom of your address.  Each house will get its own Eircode. There are many benefits to using Eircode, including making it quicker and easier for medical emergency services and others to locate addresses.  It is safe to give an Eircode to anyone you would normally give your address to.  More information is available on www.eircode.ie

Kind Regards,
Lisa


Lisa Cashman
Development Officer West Cork Development Partnership
West Cork Technology Park
Clonakilty
West Cork.
Office:    +353 238834035     Fax        +353 238834066     Email    lisac@wcdp.ie 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

News From GIY Ireland

Weekly Column- June 20

Weekly Column- June 20
Published: Jun 19, 2015    By: Shona Dubois
One of the most common objections put to us here in GIY about food growing is the amount of time it takes.  It is a reasonable thing to be concerned about because of course all of us are supposedly time poor in this modern age.  I’ve always wondered about that expression – time poor – it seems an odd thing to pair the words ‘time’ and ‘poor’ together.  We can be actually poor, and not have any money, but time poor people have exactly as much time available to them as everyone else.  It’s what we choose to do with that time that really counts. 
Sometimes I have to spend time ironing – it’s not something that I ever enjoy or would choose to do if I didn’t have to.  But I choose to spend time growing food not because I really have to, but because I love it.  I’ve never worked out how long I spend in the veg patch each week, because it’s not time I resent spending.  Doing a rough tot, I suppose it’s maybe 6-8 hours a week at this busy time of year.  I find that as the years pass, the time I spend GIYing becomes as much about the journey as the destination. 
Thankfully, these long summer days give me the chance to get out to the veg patch in the early mornings and late at night.  This morning before anyone in the house was up, I stirred myself to get out of the bed to do an hour in the veg patch.  I planted out some cucumber plants in the polytunnel, pinched out the sideshoots on the tomato plants, and planted out my sweetcorn.  Eventually, this time spent GIYing will invariably result in some food that we can eat – but that’s hardly the point.  These stolen moments in the veg patch, when the world is just awakening itself, are the most precious moments of all.

Monday, 15 June 2015

News from PPN

  Four pre-application information sessions regarding funding opportunities under the Dormant Accounts Fund.are being held around the country by Pobal during the month of June with the Cork meeting scheduled to take place in Charleville on 25th June (agenda attached).  For further information, Pobal contact details, and to register your attendance at the pre-application information session please visit

https://www.pobal.ie/News/Pages/€5m-under-Dormant-Accounts-Fund-announced.aspx   and also

https://www.pobal.ie/FundingProgrammes/DormantAccountsFund/Pages/default.aspx

 

Regards,

 

 

Niamh

The Cork County PPN Admin Team

 

Friday, 5 June 2015

Tracton Famine Walk Saturday 20th June 2015 from 10am

Date/Time Saturday 20th June 2015 from 10am 
Event: Tracton Famine Walk
Location: Tracton to Kinsale, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: "An entry in the records of the workhouse in Kinsale, County Cork, made on June 22nd in 1850 shows that four sibling orphans, Mary, Kate, John and Norah(aged 2) Neil(Neill) were all admitted to the workhouse on that day. After being registered, washed, deloused and inspected, John was sent to the boys' quarters and the three girls, Norah in her 'big' sister's arms, were directed to the girls' quarters. During their time in the workhouse this strict segregation continued. Wives and husbands were separated, children were separated from their parents, brothers from sisters. That was the official policy. We do not know if any of the Neil children survived the diseases rampant in the workhouse. The two older girls may have been shipped out to Australia as part of the solution by the Board of Guardians to deal with the large number of orphaned teen aged children left bereft in workhouses during Ireland's Great Famine (1847- 1850. The orphans were of a party of 124 men, women and children, old and young, who left their homes in the Tracton area in South Cork on that day in June 1850 to walk the 8 miles to the Kinsale Workhouse.
In their memory the people of Tracton hold an annual Famine Walk on a date near June 22nd and the same roads are travelled on foot and every walker represents a named Workhouse/Famine victim. So on Saturday, June 20th, 2015, the Neil orphans will be well remembered by those who walk in their names- and if you wish to be part of this annual remembrance do arrive at the Tracton Arts and Community Centre in Minane Bridge at 10 am onwards on Saturday June 20th. Funds raised are donated to the local Community Centre and to the Kinsale Community Hospital. For more information see the web pages of; Tracton Famine Walk; or, Tracton Family History, or, Tracton Arts and Community Centre, or call the Tracton Centre- 086 0711910"

Heritage News from Conor Nelligan

Date/Time Wednesday 10th June 2015 from 18:30 to 19:30
Event: Plant/Sea Life Walk
Location: Blackrock Harbour, Cork
Additional Information: This should make for a great insight into the plant and sea life of this coastal area. For further information contact eventscnn@gmail.com

Date/Time Friday 19th to Monday 22nd June 2015
Event: The 61st O' Mahony Clan Gathering
Location: Coolcower House, Macroom, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The O' Mahony 2015 Clan Gathering, marking the 61th Annual Gathering of the Clan, will be held Friday, June 19 thru Monday, June 22 at Coolcower House, Macroom, County Cork. For further information visit the O' Mahony Society Website by clicking here.

Date/Time Saturday 20th June 2015 from 10am
Event: Tracton Famine Walk
Location: Tracton to Kinsale, Co. Cork
Additional Information: "An entry in the records of the workhouse in Kinsale, County Cork, made on June 22nd in 1850 shows that four sibling orphans, Mary, Kate, John and Norah(aged 2) Neil(Neill) were all admitted to the workhouse on that day. After being registered, washed, deloused and inspected, John was sent to the boys' quarters and the three girls, Norah in her 'big' sister's arms, were directed to the girls' quarters. During their time in the workhouse this strict segregation continued. Wives and husbands were separated, children were separated from their parents, brothers from sisters. That was the official policy. We do not know if any of the Neil children survived the diseases rampant in the workhouse. The two older girls may have been shipped out to Australia as part of the solution by the Board of Guardians to deal with the large number of orphaned teen aged children left bereft in workhouses during Ireland's Great Famine (1847- 1850. The orphans were of a party of 124 men, women and children, old and young, who left their homes in the Tracton area in South Cork on that day in June 1850 to walk the 8 miles to the Kinsale Workhouse.
In their memory the people of Tracton hold an annual Famine Walk on a date near June 22nd and the same roads are travelled on foot and every walker represents a named Workhouse/Famine victim. So on Saturday, June 20th, 2015, the Neil orphans will be well remembered by those who walk in their names- and if you wish to be part of this annual remembrance do arrive at the Tracton Arts and Community Centre in Minane Bridge at 10 am onwards on Saturday June 20th. Funds raised are donated to the local Community Centre and to the Kinsale Community Hospital. For more information see the web pages of; Tracton Famine Walk; or, Tracton Family History, or, Tracton Arts and Community Centre, or call the Tracton Centre- 086 0711910"

Tracton Famine Walk

Date/Time 28th June to 05th July 2015
Event: "Ancestral Connections: Names, Places and Spaces" - UCC Genealogical Summer School
Location: UCC, Cork
Additional Information: In recent years UCC has been running a most excellent Genealogical Summer School and the dates have been set for 2015. "All aspects of the subject are covered by a series of presentations and hands on workshops given by a selection of Ireland's leading genealogical lectures and experts". For further information on this most interesting summer school see the attached course outline.

UCC Genealogical Summer School 2015


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In addition to the aforementioned events there is also a number of interesting events and heritage attractions open over the summer. Here is a small sample of same:


The Lee Valley Walking Group has organised a delightful variety of heritage walks to take place throughout the summer. The walks are most entertaining and include local information on geology, geomorphology, environment, flora, fauna, archaeology, history and local stories etc. For further information and details of membership fees (one can also pay to attend an event once off) check out the calendar page (leevalleywalking.com)

Lee Valley Walking

Fort Camden Meagher is now open for the summer season. For more information click here

Skibbereen Heritage Centre is now open for the summer season. For more information click here

A wonderful exhibition entitled the Dennis Dinneen Photographic Exhibition is currently on display in the Boole Library, UCC and will remain on display until June 27th 2015. For more information clickhere.

The world's largest Battle Scene of the Battle of Waterloo is currently on display at the Toy Solider Factory in Kilnamartyra. For more info see www.toysoliderfactory.ie.

County Cork has a number of wonderful Museums which are now open for the summer season including Allihies Copper Mine Museum, Bandon Heritage Centre, Cobh Museum, Clonakilty Museum and Kinsale Museum to name but a few. Be sure to support our museums by paying a visit over the summer months.

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It is hoped that this update has been of interest and all the best for now,

Le meas,

Conor


Conor Nelligan
Heritage Officer / 'Ireland 2016' County Coordinator

Heritage Unit, Planning Dept. Floor 3,

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