Monday, 31 August 2015

Founding of Community Alert

At a meeting of Imokilly Region Muintir na Tire, held in Dungourney on Fri 22nd November 1984 attended by eleven Community Councils, it was decided to initiate a series of open public meetings throughout East Cork, to discuss the tragedy and the concern about safety of the elderly especially in isolated areas. 
After this meeting it was Muintir na Tire Imokilly Region Development Officer Mr Kevin Hickey who coined the term Community Alert.
The term was first used on the posters advertising the various meetings, and was accepted as the actual organisation name later.

Save our local shop

The Local Multiplier Effect is long established and recognised and means that every €1 spent locally circulates approximately five times and so is worth €5 to the community. Of course local shops must recognise consumers are under increasing price pressure and must ensure they have competitive offerings. Where they do, the consumer should remember that there is no point in complaining in a few years that there is nowhere local to buy an emergency pint of milk if they never supported the local shop before.

Invitation to LEADER Public Consultation Meetings West and South Cork

 This is your opportunity to contribute to the development of the new West and South Cork Local Development Strategies (LDS) for the coming LEADER programme.
Come to one of the Public Consultation meetings to learn about the new LEADER programme and to have your say as to what you think should be the priority objectives and actions to be delivered. 
The inputs and observations contributed during the consultation process will form the basis for the final content of the LDS  and therefore guide the delivery of the LEADER programme. 
Meetings will take place in the following locations :
Tues 1st Sept 7.30pm Atkins Hall (former Methodist Church), Dunmanway
Wed 2nd Sept 7.30pm West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen
Thurs 3rd Sept 7.30pm Riverstick Community Centre

Mon 7th Sept 7.30pm The Caha Centre, Adrigole
Tues 8th Sept 7.30pm Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom
Wed 9th Sept 7.30pm Actons Hotel, Kinsale
Thurs 10th Sept 7.30pm BEDA Community Centre, Ballineen

Mon 14th Sept 7.30pm Bandon Town Hall
Tues 15th Sept 7.30pm West Lodge Hotel, Bantry
Wed 16th Sept 7.30pm Áras Éamon Mac Suibhne, Cúil Aodha
Thurs 17th Sept 7.30pm West Cork Technology Park, Clonakilty

A series of thematic/sectoral meetings will also take place throughout August and September - please contact us for details of these. Or to contribute your input to the Local Development Strategy please click here

To attend a meeting please register at  
You are also invited to submit your inputs and observations via a brief online form at
Further details on the new LEADER programme are available at

David Tuohy
Development OfficerWest Cork Development Partnership
West Cork Technology Park
West Cork.

:      +353 238834035     
Fax:          +353 238834066
Mobile:     +353 863197932     

Thursday, 27 August 2015

North Cork Film-Making and Employment Skills Project

Hi there,

North Cork Film-Making and Employment Skills Project are pleased to announce that it is now recruiting learners for the 2015/2016 year.

We would be grateful if you could share this email and attached poster with your contact list.

This full-time course begins at the end of September and gives learners the opportunity to gain experience in areas of scriptwriting, camera operation, directing, sound operation and film editing. A City & Guilds Certificate in Short Film Production is on offer for learners during the course.

In addition, learners are required to complete a Fetac Level 4 in Employment skills which will better prepare them for the workforce, further education or further training. Components include Communications, IT Skills, Personal Development, Digital Media Technology, Work Experience and Career Planning.

Other components include introduction to photography, drama, animation and art.

Social welfare payments are not affected by this course, under 26 years are entitled to the Further Education and Training allowance.

For further information or to find out how to apply please contact Garry on 086 469 3360 or

Kind regards

Garry Mc Donnell

North Cork Filmmaking and
Employment Skills Project

086 469 3360

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Join us in Carrigtwohil for Mud Quest, the most FUN you´ll ever have in a state of filthy exhaustion.

What is it? A 6km off-road adventure run between Barryscourt Castle and Slatty Bridge in Carrigtwohill, just twenty minutes from Cork City and right alongside Fota Island. Run by the community to benefit the community.

Be prepared for up to 20 natural and man-made obstacles from scrambling nets to bridges, tunnels and old walls. And oceans of mud! You don´t have to be quick or strong to take part but you mustbe prepared to challenge yourself and have a laugh. Leave your pride at the start line and pick it up when you finish.

This event is open to teams of four or more and individuals as young as 16 (under 18s, though, must have their entry forms counter-signed by a parent or guardian). There are also extra benefits for groups of 20 or more. For companies or clubs this is a perfect event for a team-bonding session or simply a fun day out that people of all fitness levels can enjoy.

Kid’s Zone - We are excited to confirm we’ll be providing a kid’s zone in conjunction with Mud Quest. While your enjoying the Barryscourt mud you can leave your children enjoy the Mud Quest Kid’s Zone. Obstacle Course, Bouncy Castles, Slides, Games, Face Painting, Entertainers and more…All included in for entry fee……
Register Now


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Cork County Council
Gym instructors from our sponsors NRG Xpress will be on hand to put all Questers through a suitable warm-up. After that? It´s just you and the course and the friends you think you have....!!!
On average the course will probably take about 60 minutes to complete but there is no time limit. A drink, a snack and a warm-water wash down will be available at the finish line - the wash first! 
Après Mud Quest - Back at the Community Hall our sponsor Ballyseedy Home and Gardens will host a BBQ for all Questers and the carnival atmosphere will continue long after the mud has been washed away including some music and a display of event photos. 
Please join us for a very special event and a day out like you´ve never had before. 

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Irish Save our Small Shops Campaign

Save Rural Ireland Campaign
By Paddy Byrne, President of Muintir 

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Recently, renowned chef, food writer and TV personality Darina Allen highlighted the need to Save Our Small Shops. Which essentially is about saving the very fibre of every local economy, on a national scale.

Muintir na Tire, along with a number of national bodies, came together earlier this year to launch their Save Rural Ireland campaign. It's a campaign that aims to improve the existing standard of life in rural Ireland. But, crucially, it's a campaign that ultimately spreads to all urban areas also.

The significance and the mere symbol that the small shop represents in this country cannot be overstated. And we are grateful to somebody as well-known and regarded as Darina Allen for highlighting this.

We will campaign, lobby and exercise every means possible to protect and better the life of people in rural Ireland. What happens in rural Ireland economically has a knock-on effect socially and we wish to highlight too that retrospectively this has an impact on urban areas.

The simple example of the small shop that Darina Allen referred to is not just about one stand-alone building employing one or two people. It's about a long list of local suppliers whose livelihoods can depend on a few or maybe just one shop. It's also about the social connection, adding vibrancy to an area, and basically securing the viability of every community.

The Local Multiplier Effect is long established and recognised and means that every €1 spent locally circulates approximately five times and so is worth €5 to the community. Of course local shops must recognise consumers are under increasing price pressure and must ensure they have competitive offerings. Where they do, the consumer should remember that there is no point in complaining in a few years that there is nowhere local to buy an emergency pint of milk if they never supported the local shop before.

Population trends of course are a factor in the social and economic changes of the country. The number of people living in rural Ireland now makes up 38% of the total population. Five decades ago this figure was 54%, and percentage is dropping at a rate of 1% every two to three years.

The power of the people is what will decide the future of every village and town. Bringing all those networks of people together through community councils, community alert groups and the many bodies and associations that Muintir na Tire serves as the umbrella body for are among our most powerful tools to mend and improve our state.

And the power of the masses will dictate to an extent any policy change at government level.

'Shaking off the Salt Habit:

More people die from cardiovascular disease than any other cause in Ireland. A direct correlation exists between high salt intake and high blood pressure to ensuing cardiovascular diseases. 
According to the Irish Heart Foundation, cardiovascular disease and strokes accounts for 36 per cent of all Irish deaths annually. There have been very significant advances in basic, clinical and translational research in the last decade.
The Foundation say that as the demands on service provision have increased there is a growing awareness that Ireland is not achieving its full potential to deliver on advanced diagnostics and therapeutics in both cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Michael Barry, a graduate of Cork Institute of Technology, recently won Best Paper in English at the 14th Annual International Association on Public and Nonprofit Marketing Conference in Brazil.
His paper entitled 'Shaking off the Salt Habit: The Gradual Reduction in Salt Consumption' dealt with how salt consumption can be reduced. 
Michael’s research was conducted under the supervision of Maurice Murphy, lecturer in Business in CIT.
In depth interviews were conducted with leading professionals who are advocates in salt reduction, and his study showed a complete agreement on the dangers of a high salt diet. 
Michael’s study advocates for a collaboration with the food industry. It is estimated that up to 80 per cent of the total dietary salt intake comes from manufactured or processed foods.
The study found that the use of different labelling systems causes confusion and a mandatory labelling system, such at the Traffic Light System, would help consumers to easily recognise salt content.
This is where food sold prepacked may be labelled with a traffic light label showing how much fat, saturated fats, sugar, and salt are in that food by using the traffic light signals for high (red), medium (amber) and low (green) percentages for each of these ingredients. Foods with 'green' indicators are healthier and to be preferred over those with 'red' ones.
Maurice Murphy said that Michael’s work "provides a valuable contribution to the debate on salt intake and I would hope that food producers will take note of this research. It is essential that action be taken to prioritise the reduction of salt from processed foods".
The recommended daily intake of salt is 5grms and the average daily intake is 10 grms, 80 per cent of which is involuntary. Michael, from Carrigaline in Cork completed his Business Degree and Masters in Business Research in CIT.

HERITAGE WEEK 2015 update from Conor Nelligan

Hi All,
Over 160 events have been organised throughout the County in close to 60 locations and it is hoped that as many people as possible partake in the week’s events. The Heritage Unit of Cork County Council will also be busy getting out and about and will hope to attend a number of events as well. 

County Heritage Week Event leaflets are available in all libraries and a number of tourist offices, council offices and a range of other places, be sure to pick up a copy.

National Heritage Week Website

A few additional Heritage Week events have recently been announced and these are listed here:

Date/Time:  August 26th at 18:30
Launch of Bandon Town Heritage Map
Bandon Heritage Centre, Bandon, Co. Cork
County Archaeologist Mary Sleeman together with Divisional Services (West) have embarked on preparing a number of heritage maps for many of the historic towns within County Cork's Western Divisional Area. Come along on the night to hear more about the project and indeed the launch of the Bandon Town Heritage Map.

Date/Time:  August 27th at 20:00
The Medieval Heritage of Midleton 
My Place, Midleton, Co. Cork
A HERITAGE WEEK EXTRA! From Mainistir na Corann to Midleton - 1177 to 1670. Free public local history lecture. Thurs 27th August, 20.00. For more information email

Date/Time:  August 30th at 15:00
‘Flax from Ancient Times – and ‘Churchtown’s Historic Link to Flax’  
Booney House, Churchtown, Co. Cork
As a contribution to National Heritage Week, Churchtown Historical & Heritage Society is staging a Flax-themed Programme at the Booney House on Sunday August 30th. Denis Hickey will give talks on ‘Flax from Ancient Times – and ‘Churchtown’s Historic Link to Flax’ while Noel Linehan will present specimens of the plant, and will speak on the cultivation and milling process. The growing of flax as part of the new Greening Environmental Programme and its importance as a wild bird cover, will be the theme of a talk by Yvonne Coleman, a Glas planner in Agri-Envoirnonmental Science. Yvonne is representing Teagasc at the event. The Programme, which begins at 3.00pm will additionally feature music both instrumental and vocal. Refreshments will be provided. Like all events at the Booney House, admission is free, but booking is essential. Contact Noel Linehan on 022-48249 or Denis Hickey at

The Cobh Animation Ladies will also be busy during Heritage Week. Here are some of the details and for more information:

Weds. 26th to Fri. 28th Cobh Animation Team each day will present a Living History at the Titanic Experience Centre in Cobh town for the many guests from the visiting liners to the town.

Sun. 30th Cobh Animation Team will be animating the town for the visit of today's liner and will participate in the  official Wave Off from the quayside.

A copy of this year’s Heritage Week leaflet can also be downloaded by clicking County Cork Heritage Week Events Guide for 2015 and be sure to visit for further information.

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The 7th Annual Family Heritage Festival "Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition" will take place in the City Hall on Friday 02nd October from 10:00 to 18:30. This is a most wonderful day for all heritage societies, old and new, to highlight their work and meet like minded people on the day. The Exhibition will be officially Launched by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr, Chris O' Leary and County Mayor, Cllr. John Paul O' Shea in the Millennium Hall at 12noon and the exhibition itself is strongly supported by Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Cork Lions Club." The goal of Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition is to encourage parishes in Cork City and County to establish their own historical society to promote our unique heritage both local, national and internationally". For those interesting in hosting an exhibition on the day registration is now open - please see the attached document for more information.

HSE Group Texting Initiative North Cork

For All those groups and Friends that took part
in the Group Texting Training and Launch in 2014/2015

A Get together will take place on Tuesday 22nd September, 11—1 PM at the Youth Centre—Ballroom, Ashes Quay, Fermoy. 

 The morning with consist of

A) Reviewing the Project

B) Assessing need for further developments

C) Inputs from guest speakers, notably Diarmuid Cronin,

Muintir Na Tira, Community Alert

Followed by Refreshments

Please let me know if you and or your group will be attending?


Brendan Scahill

 This initiative is supported  by NOSP National Office for Suicide Prevention

News from GIY Ireland

Published: Aug 16, 2015    By: Shona Dubois
I was in a supermarket car park once and noticed that yards from where I parked my car there was a rosemary bush.  I am sure that very few people (if any) knew it was there.  The plant was about 3ft tall and equally as wide – completely abundant – just sitting there, unsung and unloved churning out herbs, and crying out to be picked.  Inside the supermarket, I found a herb retail display in the vegetable aisle and right there between the marjoram and sage was, yes you’ve guessed it – rosemary!  €2 for a few miserly sprigs imported from Israel.  Yep, sometimes the food chain hits you right between the eyes with a display of utter stupidity. I thought about standing there for a while so that I could tell anyone who came to buy herbs about the free rosemary out in the carpark.  But I would probably have been carted away by the men in white coats.
Growing your own herbs is a great starting point on the GIY journey.  Herbs tick so many boxes: they will save you lots of money from day one and since you simply pick as much as you need, there’s no waste (in our house, little cartons of herbs always ended up rotting in the back of the fridge, judging me silently each day as I went in for the milk). With homegrown herbs you get consistently high quality, fresh product, which can’t always be said about the shop-bought equivalent.  Herbs are also generally easy to grow, relatively forgiving and low maintenance.  You don’t need to have a garden to grow them since most of them will do perfectly fine in a pot or container on a windowsill.  Best of all though, homegrown herbs will make your entire meal feel and taste homegrown, even if most of it isn’t.

More on the Invitation to PPN Member Groups to nominate to Council Committees For members registered to the Community & Voluntary Electoral College

The PPN Secretariat (i.e. the coordinating group comprised of 22 no. members elected by the PPN member groups in April/May) has met on two occasions to date. The Secretariat is now arranging for the filling of PPN seats on various Cork County Council policy committees. The membership structure of these various committees provides for representatives from the three electoral colleges of the PPN i.e. Community & Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environment (as applicable). 

Accordingly, every member of the PPN is now invited to make nominations to the various committees (there is no obligation to put forward nominees, but it is an opportunity for your group to participate in the policy-making structures of the Council). Nominees will go forward to contest elections for the various seats; it is anticipated that the elections will be held in mid-October.  In making a nomination(s), it is important for the nominee to realise that the role of a Committee Representative is a challenging and demanding one, involving significant time commitment. The Secretariat strongly recommends that every group – and nominee - would read and carefully consider the role and responsibilities attaching to being a Committee Representative prior to deciding whether or not to make a nomination. 

For the role and requirements of a Committee Representative click here

The Council is seeking to fill seats on 9 different Committees each of which have a countywide remit. 

·        For a list of Committees, their role and remit and the frequency and location of meetings click here

·        To make a nomination(s):
Again it is strongly recommend that you would first read carefully the role and requirements of a Committee Representative, as set out in the above link.  
SPC = Strategic Policy Committee             JPC = Joint Policing Committee

·        To make a nomination to the Planning & Strategic Development SPC click here
·        To make a nomination to the Environment SPC click here
·        To make a nomination to the Economic Development & Enterprise SPC click here
·        To make a nomination to the Tourism SPC click here
·        To make a nomination to the Housing SPC click here
·        To make a nomination to the Roads and Transport Policy SPC click here
·        To make a nomination to the Social Inclusion & Community SPC click here
·        To make a nomination to the Arts, Culture & Languages SPC click here
·        To make a nomination to the JPC click here

***Closing date for receipt of nominations is 4pm on Friday 11th September 2015***

Once all nominations are received and validated, the next step will be to hold elections.  We expect elections to take place in each Division in mid October and a further email and information will follow once dates have been decided. 


PPN Admin Team

Monday, 17 August 2015


The Board of Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire was saddened to hear last week of the death of MAURA FORDE  of  Carraig na bhFear, dearly loved wife of our esteemed Vice Chairman Seamus Forde. Maura was a good friend to all in Muintir na Tire and was a regular supporter of events hosted by this organisation. Maura was rightly described as 'a lady' at her funeral mass. A quiet unassuming woman she was always kind, friendly and gentle. The degree to which she was loved was evident in the huge crowds who attended her removal and funeral.  Her family and in particular her husband Séamus her sons Richard and Shane and her daughter Margaret will miss her greatly, as will her  sisters and brothers Betty, Joan, Finbarr, Margaret and John. Our sincere regrets to all of them and to all her relatives and friends at this difficult time. Mass will be offered for the repose of her gentle soul.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm.


Date/Time Weekends from July to September 14th 2015
See the RNLI "Hope in the Great War" Exhibition at Camden Fort Meagher 
Location: Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven
Additional Information: Internationally recognised as being "one of the finest remaining examples of a Coastal Artillery Fort in the world" Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven hosts the RNLI "Hope in the Great War" Exhibition each Saturday and Sunday throughout July. An ideal way for families and young children to learn about the astounding work of RNLI volunteers during the First World War. The exhibition focuses on heroic rescue stories told in an atmospheric multimedia display and brought to life by community art projects. Camden Fort Meagher is proud to have been chosen as the only location in Ireland to host this UK based interactive exhibition in 2015! Click here for further details on the exhibition. The fort is open every weekend until September 14th and is an ideal family day out with lots to see and do, including underground tunnels and chambers, exhibitions and harbour view Tearooms. There is also a full line-up of events throughout the summer with live music, military re-enactments and more! Admission: €5 per adult, €4 for 4-18 years old and children under 4 go free. For times and further information, click on or follow us on Facebook!

Date/Time Saturday 22nd August 2015 from 14:00 to 16:00
Curach agus Kayak Workshop
Location: Meitheal Mara, Crosse's Green, Cork City
Additional Information: Did you know that there are around 10 different types of curach? And for its size, it is one of the best sea-boats in the world. From his workshop, Padraig Ó Duinnín gives an insight into the building of and heritage of native boats. An raibh a fhios agat gur ann do timpeall 10 gcineál curach difriúla? Agus dá mhéid, go bhfuil sé ar cheann de na báid-farraige is fearr ar domhan! Óna cheardlann, tugann Padraig Ó Duinnín léargas ar thraidisiún tógála agus dearradh na mbád dúchasacha. Is ócáid dátheangach í seo. This is a bilingual event and please note that booking is advised by or by phoning 021 4310841. Thanks to Meitheal Mara and Gael Taca for facilitating the event.

Date/Time Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th August 2015
National Heritage Week 
Location: Over 50 locations throughout the County
Additional Information: Over 162 events have been registered for the County of Cork this year as part of National Heritage Week, the highest yet. To see the full list of events see the attached County Cork Heritage Week Events Guide 2015. Any updates/amendments to events will be featured on available to view by clicking here and be sure to check the site regularly.

Date/Time Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 18:30
Mallow Field Club visit Annakissa Church and Clenor Graveyard
Location: meet at 18:30 at the Mallow Garda Station, Mallow, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The Mallow Field Club is taking a field trip to visit Annakissa Church and Clenor Graveyard on Tuesday 1st September. The event will be guided by heritage experts Séamus Crowley and Mehaul Magner.

Date/Time 18th to 20th September 2015
Youghal Celebrates History 13th Annual Conference: "The Fitzgeralds of Desmond"
Location: Mall Arts Centre, Town Hall, Youghal, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The 13th Annual Youghal Celebrates History Conference takes place from the 18th to 20th September 2015 and will focus on the "Fitzgeralds of Desmond". A wonderful line up of events and speakers has been organised over the few days and for full information visit

Date/Time Friday 02nd October 2015 from 10am to 6pm
The 7th Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition
Location: Millenium Hall, City Hall, Cork
Additional Information: For a number of years now a must wonderful event takes place in the City Hall each year, entitled the "Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition". It is a day for the County's hard-working Heritage and Historical Societies to highlight and showcase the heritage they preserve and protect locally to other like-minded groups and indeed to the hundreds of visitors who attend on the day. This year the exhibition will take place on Friday, 2nd October, 2015, and all of the County Heritage Groups are invited to participate on the day. Please see the attached document for more information.

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The Lee Valley Walking Group has organised a delightful variety of heritage walks to take place on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, in addition to a number of walks which take place fortnightly on a Sunday. 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 (

Lee Valley Walking

Clonakilty Historical Walks: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage and Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce have come together to provide guided historical walks in Clonakilty Town for visitors, (and locals!), each Wednesday evening for July and August, starting on 1st July. Interested people should meet at 7pm at the Michael Collins statue which is the starting point. No pre-booking required, and the guided walks are completely free of charge.
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

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

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 Nelligan
Heritage Officer / 'Ireland 2016' County Coordinator


As many of you are aware, Cork County Council, in conjunction with Research and Dig and Acadmah Fódhla, are undertaking a conservation, management and interpretation plan to look at the importance of the Múscraí Gaeltacht and how its heritage can be safeguarded and promoted long into the future. The project, which has had extensive consultation to date has two phases: Phase I which looks at the area's heritage and Phase II which looks at the actions that need to be implemented for the benefit of this heritage. Phase II of the document is nearing completion and in the next few weeks there will be two public consultation meetings to discuss these important elements (details to be provided once confirmed). The Plan to date is available for all to view by clicking here and any and all comments would be most welcome by
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The Local Agenda 21 2015 Environmental Partnership 2015 grant scheme has been launched by The Department of the Environment & Cork County Council. "This fund, which has operated since 1997, promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale environmental projects at local level. These projects involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and various local groups including community groups, schools and environmental NGOs. The Fund encourages involvement of local communities in local action and decision-making and assists them in working towards the goal of sustainable development. The value of the scheme is enhanced by the voluntary effort that it facilitates". The closing date for receipt of applications by Cork County Council's Environment Directorate is August 28th at 5pm. For more information clickhere.


15 towns are included in the shortlist which has been released by Fáilte Ireland. The competition, now in its fourth year, is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community go the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists. Towns in the competition will be judged on development and promotion, local involvement, tourism products available and "sense of place". The towns selected will now be subject to unannounced inspections by 'secret shoppers' over the coming weeks who will visit each location and look for evidence of a high quality visitor experience and of involvement by the local community and businesses in delivering this experience.. The list will then get narrowed down to 10, when both the best large and small tourism town for 2015 will be announced in November.
 Last year, Westport won the award for best large tourism town and Kinsale won the award in the small tourism town category. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said the awards were about recognising the efforts of towns and villages to make Ireland a more attractive place to tourists.

 Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O'Shea, is delighted to see the inclusion of three Cork towns in the shortlist and acknowledges the efforts of all involved in such a worthy accolade. "Cork County Council is taking a very active and leading role in the promotion of tourism within the County and is brilliant to see three towns having made it to this stage of the Tourism Town Awards for 2015. It is a wonderful recognition of the co-operation and dedication of all stakeholders promoting Tourism in these towns and I wish them every success over the coming weeks while the final judging takes place".


Cork County Council have announced that construction work will commence in August on a 5 million Euro investment in the development of Spike Island. Cork County Council has awarded the contract for the works to Cumnor Construction Ltd; and the project is due for completion in June 2016. Spike Island occupies a key location in lower Cork Harbour, the multi-cultural island has hosted a monastery, a fortress and a prison within its 104 acres, all of which have left their mark. The council is now developing the island as a vehicle for retelling the story of 1400 years of history and the Irish diaspora. 

Cork County Council is currently embarking on the development of Spike Island as a unique cultural heritage and activity destination, offering a compelling, high quality, rich and diverse set of experiences for all visitors. It is hoped that the development of Spike Island as a visitor attraction will help build on the existing tourism and heritage infrastructure in Cork Harbour. Horgan Lynch has been appointed Consultant Engineers for the construction stage of the project and Vidar Media Group has won the Interpretative Design contract. A 100% Council owned company, Spike Island Development Company, has been established and Mr. Declan Daly, Divisional Manager South Cork County Council and Mr. David Keane, Cork County Engineer, appointed directors to implement the constructional phase and oversee the day to day operation of Spike Island Interpretative Centre. 

Cork County Council and Fáilte Ireland have co-funded this initial development which will include the upgrading and interpretation of specific buildings, access to the Bastions, landscaping works, a new Gun Park, infrastructural works together with improving the access to the Island. There is a regular ferry service from Cobh to Spike Island and visitors can avail of a guided tour or can explore the island at their own pace and view what the island has to offer. Information for visitors and details of the construction works can be found


Cork County Council have announced that around 100 applications have been received by Cork County Council in respect of the County Cork 1916 Centenary Fund. These applications cover a whole range of fascinating and exciting proposals for the Centenary next year and Cork County Council will be busy processing these applications over the coming weeks. Thanks to all who made a submission and selected projects will feature in the Cork County 2016 Programme to be made available later in September 2015.

Sunday, 16 August 2015


"Saturday 1st August marked the centenary of noted Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa's funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. The funeral was an elaborately orchestrated event aimed to publicise the Fenian cause and celebrate the contribution of O'Donovan Rossa. The funeral was also remarkable for the famous graveside oration of Padraig Pearse. Cork County Library's Local Studies Dept has a digitised copy of the "souvenir" funeral pamphlet published to mark the occasion in 1915 available to view on by clicking here.


The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. John Paul O'Shea recently launched a brand new dedicated Facebook and Twitter page in order to keep the people of Cork connected with him in his role as Mayor. The initiative, which is the first in the Council's 116 year history, will be used to keep the people of Cork and staff of Cork County Council up to date with the work he is doing in his role as Mayor and also keep the public and staff informed regarding the on-going work of the Council. Commenting on the new social media initiatives, Mayor O' Shea said "I want to be as accessible and visible to the people of the county as possible during my term. The position as Mayor of the County of Cork is indeed a very prestigious and honourable role and I intend to make every effort to ensure that the people of the county are constantly aware and updated on the work the Mayor's office does". The Mayor's Facebook page can be followed by clicking on the following link and liking the page: You can also find the Mayor on Twitter by following him at @mayor_co_cork

Saturday, 15 August 2015


Cork County Council is currently working on a Countywide Programme of events and projects for 2016 which will be completed in September and launched officially later in October. As part of the Programme Cork County Council is seeking a number of 1916 themed/related photos that could feature in the publication. If you or anyone you know has a suitable photo in mind and would consent to Cork County Council utilising same in the Plan, please email said photo digitally


Ted Cunningham is looking to put together a steering group to organize and coordinate some events for the commemoration of the women of Cumman na mBan in Co. Cork for 2016. A number of fascinating projects have been put forward including the creation of a video documentary looking at the activities of the Cumman na mBan in the Macroom and surrounding areas. For expressions of interest please email


For a number of years now a must wonderful event takes place in the City Hall each year, entitled the "Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition". It is a day for the County's hard-working Heritage and Historical Societies to highlight and showcase the heritage they preserve and protect locally to other like-minded groups and indeed to the hundreds of visitors who attend on the day.

This year the exhibition will take place on Friday, 2nd October, 2015, and all of the County Heritage Groups are invited to participate on the day. Please see the attached document for more information.


The Cork City and County Archives (CCCA) continues to provide an unrivalled service for heritage researchers and historians. The list of collections at CCCA is continuously being added to and for the most recent update visit their website by
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Friday, 14 August 2015


As part of Cork County Library's 1916 Commemorative plans, the Local Studies Dept would like to make contact with local history groups and members of the public to offer the library as a repository for storing memories and recollections relating to the period. We would ask people to send us written accounts or photographs of recollections or stories relating to 1916 from family members or those involved. The library will keep these accounts on file with a view to digitising them and making them available online in the future. Please email: or write to Local Studies Library, Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork.

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