Thursday, 28 April 2016

To plant a School Garden is to believe in tomorrow

Cork County Muintir na Tire is delighted to partner with Cork County Council and Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey in the organisation of our Cork Schools Garden Competition. 
Griffins Garden Centre have kindly agreed to advise schools on the planning of their garden.

Miriam from Griffins says 'The key to a successful school garden is in the planning. No matter the size and style of your garden, you will need to answer important questions about who will use the garden, where it will be located in order to sustain the plants you plan to grow, and how it will be maintained'

Where to start ?
This is a lot to do  with the space the garden is been created. The size of the garden, the soil type and the   location.
Location ideally your garden should be getting 5-6 hours of sunlight. If you garden is located in a dark corner, it will make it much more difficult. Keep an eye on the direct sunlight for a few days to get an idea of the garden.  If it is in a semi shaded area then you will be able to grow shade tolerant plants and herbs. Ideally you will be hoping for a south facing garden.
The soil: Is it a hard or soft surface. When planting a vegetable garden raised beds can be a lot easier and can be placed on either hard or soft surfaces. Be creative creating a  raised bed. There are great products on the market. If you have budget restrictions you  can create raised beds with up cycling. Parents,  Local men's sheds and other organisations  may be  a great resource to do this part for you.
Access to water. It is a good idea to try a position you school garden near to an outside tap for ease of watering. But an alternative is to harvest rain water.

Small Garden.
Even if you have a small garden, you can have great success?
Firstly plan what you would like to achieve. Vegetable garden, sensory garden, Bio diversity garden or elements of all.
Look at the whole area.  How much ground space has the garden. Is there a wall or fence that can utilised or can one be erected. Vertical gardens are an alternative for gardeners who don't have a lot of horizontal space or want to cover an un attractive wall.  
Vertical gardening (see below) can save a lot of space.   A few ideas for vertical gardening is a Living wall, Hanging baskets (for vegetables and herbs) wall hanging containers like pots, hayracks,  drainpipes or unusual containers like wellies, bottles or shoe organisers.  See images below for inspiration.

Container Gardening: Most trees and Shrubs and Vegetables can be grown in Pots and Containers. If you have a small Garden look at dwarf varieties. For example a cornet apple tree is a miniature tree. An old wheelbarrow can be a a lovely salad or herb container. (make sure it has lots of drainage) Window boxes for Salads, watercress , herbs, rainbow chard to name a few.
Climbing fruit and Veg up a wire fence : Peas, beans, cucumber, tomatoes , Trained blueberries, rasberrerries, Grapes

Top tip in small Gardens. Make sure that the containers and beds will get enough feed and water to produce a bounty for the season.

Rockery gardens. Most herbs including lavender are naturally rockery plants. They can grow in areas that other plants wont thrive as long as the have sunshine. There is varieties of ground cover thyme and rosemary that can be grown in between slabs and pavings. The release a fabulous aroma when stepped on.  Too much traffic on these plant is detrimental to them.

 Be creative, Use bold colours in a  small garden. Create a garden that is big on Colour

 Happy gardening
From all the team at griffins of Dripsey

If you would like any advice please email Griffins of Dripsey at

Tracton offers a Hearty Welcome

Work begins on Old School restoration.

Tracton Community Council

Tracton Muintir na Tire Community Council was founded in November 1998. Founding members were Kathleen Dempsey, Ann Kelly, Nancy Horan, Philip O Donoghue and Bridget Twomey. Margaret O Reilly was an early adoptee from the Ballyfeard Community Alert. To this day these founding members are committed and active members of the Tracton Community Council.

The broad brief of the Council is the welfare and interests of those living within the boundaries of the Tracton area, which stretches from the strand at Fountainstown to Ballinclashett in the west and north to the townlands of Boardee and Granig. Over the years the Council has expanded to include sub groups, such as the Oysterhaven and Nohoval Residents Association an the Fountainstown Residents Association. These sub groups retain their own integrity and local agendas but are included under the umbrella of the Tracton Community Council. Almost certainly the most successful sub-group of the Tracton Council has been the KOST committee, established specifically to see through the restoration of the Georgian schoolhouse at Knocknamanagh (a protected structure) and then the expansion of that restored building, now the Tracton Arts and Community Centre, the headquarters of the Community Council.

Because of the daunting task facing KOST in 2006, another hugely successful group emerged, the Roberts Cove Vintage Committee, which is a fundraiser extraordinaire over the past 8 years, not just for the Tracton Arts and Community Centre but for many local and national worthy causes.
The wonderful Community & Arts Centre today

Other groups for particular interests work under the umbrella of the Community Council, such as the Active Retired Committee, the Inkwell Drama group, the Pizza Oven Group, the Genealogy/Local History Committee and others.
The Genealogy/Local History Committee respond to all enquiries re local family roots. Archiving of genealogical and historical materials. Staging genealogical/historical events. They also work with the primary schools in history projects.
Members of Genealogy local history group at work
The Marketing and Management group was established for the specific task of promoting the use of the facilities at the Tracton Arts and Community Centre. Muintir na Tire, SECAD, and other County and State bodies quote the successful work of the Tracton Community Council and its many sub-groups and rightly so.

The Tracton Community Market been in operation for almost one year on the first Sunday of every month in the Arts and Community Centre. There is now an established range of loyal stall holders who sell everything from home baking to eggs, brown bread, potatoes, vegetables andpate. New stall holders are arriving regularly with Fresh Cut Flowers,
Fowl, Kindling and Pizza from the Community oven also available.
Pupils, teachers and parents of Scoil Naomh Fionán gather for the raising of the National Flag on March 15th commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising.

Activities at the Tracton Centre-

The landscaping project around the Centre is complete Grateful thanks to Pat and Niall for all the work they put in and the excellence of same and to the members of the committee who gave their time and expertise during the project. Thanks also to everyone who helped out in the planting. Ongoing community classes and activities such as: Step Aerobics, Guitar lessons, adult table tennis, kids art classes, Baby and Toddler group, Fitness for the older adult, drama group rehearsals, Public Health Nurse Clinic, Active Retired Group meetings, Tracton Community Market
Irregular classes/workshops/activities throughout the year: Yoga for the ICA and TARA groups, Harp Ensemble rehearsals, Cello lessons, Strength & Conditioning classes, Arts Workshops with Victor Richardson, Carrigaline Choral Group rehearsals, Holy Communion Gathering by Knocknamanagh NS, Coffee Morning by Rennies NS, Kids Birthday parties, Carrigaline and Crosshaven Scouts Groups sleep-overs, arts exhibitions during Tracton Arts Festival and Martin Hayes concert, Craft Workshop
New classes: Dance classes for teenagers/children, juvenile table tennis
Once-offs: Church of Ireland AGM, Priests Gathering, SECAD Evening, Diarmuid Lynch Documentary filming, Helen O’Dowd Theatre booking for launch of her new website, Heritage Talk, Charity Walk Refreshments, Parish Council Coffee Gathering, Christmas Fair, Muintir na Tire meeting, Baby Shower, Ballyfeard Community Alert Senior Citizens Christmas Party, KYSS Mental Health Information Evening
Events in the Theatre: Choir Concerts organised by Discover Ireland Tours, Crosshaven Drama Group Theatre production, “On the Road” Comedy evening, Student Cello and Harp Music Performance, Tracton Arts Week, Tracton A/C Talks, Luca Bloom, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, India Food and Film Gathering, Christmas Concert, Tracton All Stars Performance, “Love and Hisses” – Valentine’s Day Concert, “Don’t Dress For Dinner” Comedy Play, “Love, Life and Lyrics” by Fiona O’Reilly, Vanbrugh Quartett Concert,
Regular Sub-Comittee Meetings throughout the year: TCC, Roberts Cove Vintage Festival Committee, Genealogy group, Marketing & Management, Oven Committee, Trails Committee
Other events: Famine Walk
Austrian students: between April 2015 – April 2016: 16 weeks used by Austrian school and summer groups
Austrian students at the Centre

The success of the Knocknamanagh project is reflected in the range of users, the scope of activities and events taking place at the Tracton Arts and Community Centre and the increasing numbers in bookings and enquiries.

Inkwell Theatre Group;

After a successful run for their first play in March 2015 they began regular rehearsals for ‘Don’t Dress For Dinner’ in January. This was completely sold out and they took over €4500 over the 4 performance nights, and made a donation of €2000 to the TCC.
Provided they can attract some more members by September, they intend to stage another comedy play during March or April 2017 and are already looking at a script, and have some interesting ideas we would like to try out to enhance the theatre experience for the audience next year.

Tracton Active Retired Association (T.A.R.A.) meet in the Tracton Arts and Community Centre on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 2.45pm to 4.30pm.At their afternoon get-togethers they do some Go for Life exercise and also play a few games, such as bingo and cards.  They also have speakers on different topics. This year Paddy O’Brien attended some of their meetings and entertained with some interesting stories, poetry as well as music and song. They organised an outing to Griffins Garden Centre and Macroom Heritage Town and were joined by some of the members of Minane Bridge I.C.A. We joined Carrigaline Senior Citizens for their Christmas Party T.A.R.A. exists to enable older people to lead a healthy and active life well in to retirement and new members and new ideas are always welcome.
The Tracton Trails group completed the O Murchú walk at a cost of €7,000 and this will soon be officially opened. This group is trying to establish that the Old Road between Minane Bridge and Ballygrissane is still viable as a possible public walk.
Fountainstown Community Association saw a significant increase in community involvement which together with Committee efforts, and County Council support resulted in significant improvements , and a broad range of events for the community . In addition there has been a general increase in awareness of the environmental values of the area , and the need to support all efforts to sustain the area. A Summary of the range of activities successfully undertaken during the year included:The County Council encouraged by local representatives , have completed a new Sea wall with both substantial protective and aesthetic value to the beach area
There is a Japanese Knot weed  County Council treatment programme underway
There was a planting of Christmas Tree and surrounding shrubbery
and a ‘Carols by candlelight ‘ Christmas event was held and  exceptionally well supported and appreciated with excellent performances.
There was a reopening of the car park planters Maintenance of flower beds
A Solar powered Beach light was installed and negotiations with Vodafone on Mobile/Internet reception
Other improvements include a bus shelter installation, new Information signs
and continued improvement to the picnic area and new picnic benches and much more
The Tidy Towns Minane Bridge group have installed two new picnic tables in the car park as the timber ones have rotted over the years. They are used a lot in Summer by people passing by.
There is also a very informative notice board by the river side which gives information on the local birds in our area.
The OYSTERHAVEN AND NOHOVAL committee is managed by a dedicated enthusiastic group of eight local residents. Their Activities in 2015 included Beach clean on 14th May during Clean Coasts Week. Thanks to good P.R. 30 people took part and worked hard to make our beaches at Oysterhaven safer and cleaner. A group photo and treats for the children marked the end of the event.They were delighted to receive the Green Coasts Award for the beaches at Oysterhaven.
A Fundraising Quiz for Nohoval Village Festival was a great success and a very enjoyable night was had by all. The Blessing of Boats was held in August after the Annual George Cronin Angling Competition on a rare fine Sunday. Committee members provided a mouthwatering barbecue, tea and cakes for the anglers and locals.Prizes were awarded later that night in Finders Inn.

Nohoval Village Festival: was their biggest event of the year.Weeks of planning and extra meetings resulted in a very well organised afternoon of fun, games, races and challenges for young and old. A large team of helpers were drafted in and their help was invaluable on the day. Delicious food was available from stalls along the street. Musical entertainment provided by local artists continued long into the night and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone Projects completed during the year include two Community Notice Boards, one is in Nohoval Village near the Chapel Steps and the other is situated near the Coast Guard Station in Oysterhaven. Every club and association in the parish are welcome to use them.

The results of a Flower and Shoreline Survey are compiled into two viewing stands along the Beach Path at the Cush,they are very colourful and full of information regarding local wild flowers and beach/shore life. Work in progress for this group includes a Dog Bag Dispenser for Nohoval Village, the Upgrading the Anchor at Oysterhaven Slip, the erection of Bicycle Stands in the car park, the upgrading the Tracton Directory and planting in Nohoval Car Park, Ballinaclashet and Oysterhaven
The Tracton Arts Festival was inaugurated and hopefully will be an annual event at the beginning of July. they had Billy Crosbie Productions perform their concert for three nights based on the life of Frank Sinatra. A Rory Gallagher tribute night with artisan food and support bands was the main event on Saturday. They also ran two art exhibitions for the duration of the festival, which enabled them to cover all expenses and put something in the TACC bank account.
In the Autumn they had two hugely successful concerts which were sold out. One by Luka Bloom and the other featured Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill. They hope to have these artists again later in 2016 and have plans to establish a Film Club and a Cabaret Night both of which could be monthly events over the winter. The Festival for this year will be even better.  The headline act on Saturday night July 9th will be Mick Flannery. So all in all a good first year and something to build on in the future. The website, which started as the Tracton Arts site to promote the Inkwell, has been expanded to cover all events and clubs at the schoolhouse as well as the theatre. Our subscription list continues to grow with each event. Everyone who attends for the first time is very complimentary about the excellent facilities and the theatre in particular is a glowing testimony to the vibrant arts community in Tracton.
 Want to help or get involved with Tracton Community Council or one of its sub Groups? Even one year’s volunteerism will be a very welcome help. Younger volunteers within the Tracton Community will be most welcome indeed to ensure that the brilliant work of the long time members will continue, for the good of the entire community. The AGM of the Tracton Community Council was held last Monday April 25th at 8pm at the Tracton Arts and Community Centre in Minane Bridge and there were reports form all the groups. Denis Kelly of Muintir oversaw the election of Officers for the coming year.

…..if you didn't make the meeting, contact the Administrator, Lisa, at the Tracton Arts and Community Centre, Tel. 086 0711910,who will be glad to take your details.

Inaugural Cork Healthy Cities Conference

The Inaugural Cork Healthy Cities Conference ‘Cork a City That Connects For Health’ is on Thursday May 5th from 9:30am to 4:30pm in the Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork.

This conference aims to introduce the Healthy Cities concept to the people of Cork and to recognise the work of local health champions who contribute on a daily basis to Cork as a Healthy City. This conference is also about recognising "Leadership in Health" in the city and to put forward and support innovative ways in which we can all better connect to improve Corks Healthy City status.
The conference will have a wide variety of speakers in the morning session including:
  • Key note address: Charlotte Marchandise-Franquet, French Healthy Cities Network and Deputy Mayor for Health, Rennes, France.“Health Leadership & Governance at City level”

  • A response to the keynote address by Senator Eamonn Coughlan
  • Short presentations and a panel discussion with Dr.Cate Hartigan(Health Promotion & Improvment, Health & Well Being Divison)/ Joan Devlin Chief Executive Healthy Cities Network Belfast Healthy Cities & Head of the WHO Secretariat European / Stephen Murphy Co Ordinator Cork Healthy Cities
  • Jacky Jones, Irish Times Columnist & Health Promotion Specialist –Creating trust and dealing with power challenges.

  • Light Lunch Provided and you can also partake in a  short guided walk of the city
  • Jenny Hanna & Joanne Morgan - Community Development & Health Network Northern
    Ireland "Community Health Champions"
  • Cork Healthy Cities world Cafe Workshops
  • Graphic Harvest in the afternoon session with Eimear Mc'Nally
The main aim of the conference is to introduce the concept of Healthy Cities and the broad view it takes on health. The delegates we are targeting are on the ground workers from community voluntary sectors, state agency workers and local businesses and communities. We see this conference as our opportunity to show case what we have achieved so far and to describe how we plan to move ahead.
Cork Healthy Cities is dedicated to improving health outcomes for the city using the social determinants of health model.
Please click on the link below to register for the conference and to view the programme for the day.

Please note registration is already filling up quickly.

Any queries or questions please forward them onto Acting Cork Healthy Cities Co-Ordinator Stephen Murphy:

Kind regards

Stephen Murphy,
Acting Cork Healthy Cities Coordinator,
Community Health Worker,
Health Action Zone, HSE,
Community Work Dept,
‘Old Library’ St Marys Rd,
Cork City.
Mobile: 0879814803

SHEP Training Programme 2016

SHEP Training Programme 2016-17
Cork, Ballincollig, Mallow, Killarney, Tralee, Limerick & Waterford
Open Access
(120 hours)
SHEP Certified
Cork & Tralee
Open Access
(78 hours)
SHEP Certified
SHEP Short Courses (Health & Well-being)
Cork & Kerry (various locations)
Open Access
(20 hours)
SHEP Certified
Ballincollig (& Killarney)
Open Access
(some courses)
SHEP Certified

(80 hours)
SHEP Certified
Open Access
(30 hours)
QQI Accredited
(Level 6)
Ballincollig & Killarney

(112 hours)
SHEP Certified

(112 hours)
SHEP Certified
Open Access
(268 hours)
SHEP Certified
Participatory Methods
Open Access
(75 hours)
QQI Accredited
(Level 6)
Cork & Kerry
Open Access
(30 hours)
SHEP Certified
February &
SHEP Short Courses (Health & Well-being)
Cork & Kerry (various locations)
Open Access
(20 hours)
SHEP Certified
Cork, Ballincollig & Killarney
Open Access
(some courses)
SHEP Certified
* Entry requirements: Prior SHEP Training

Please note that all courses commence subject to numbers. Courses are generally filled on a ‘first-come’ basis – so early booking is advantageous. Course information and prices correct at time of going to press but may change. Please check the SHEP website and/or contact us on (021) 4666180.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Date for your diary. LGBT Awareness Week

The Annual LGBT Awareness week runs from Monday 16th May 2016 to Sunday 22nd May 2016.
There will be a week of events starting with a launch on Monday evening, 16th May 2016, at 5pm in City Hall, 

Please keep date free in your diary, and culminating in a Party in the Park, Bishop Lucey Park on Saturday, 21st , 2 to 5pm.
Any queries, please feel free to contact me 

Tony Power,
Social Inclusion Officer,
Cork City Council.
Ph: 021 4924060
Mb: 086 6049498
Fax: 021 4924074

EU Grants for Twinning

What image does ‘town twinning’ conjure up for you? Since the recession, twinning in Ireland has been less of a priority for many communities, sometimes considered as unnecessary travel during straightened times…

Maybe it’s time to take a fresh look at town twinning. As Irish society becomes increasingly diverse, partnering with European towns can achieve immense intercultural learning.

You may be surprised to learn that the Europe for Citizens Programme funds town twinning projects all over Europe. Grants of up to €25,000 are available and community groups, not just local authorities, can apply.

To promote town twinning and the funding available, The Wheel will be running a short information session on Wednesday, 11 May 2016 from 9.30am-11.30am in Cork city. Our ‘Spotlight on Town Twinning’ event will explore old and new town twinning ideas, provide funding advice and share stories of success from Ireland and beyond.

Geared towards staff from local authorities, community groups and town twinning committees, there is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required. Click here to book your place now. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Looking forward to meeting you then.

Kind regards,


Deirdre Finlay | Europe for Citizens Information Officer

Cabbage with DIY Ireland

Published: Apr 24, 2016    By: Shona Dubois

Pair it with bacon or shred it for a slaw, cabbage is a supremely useful, healthy vegetable that grows well in our relatively cool climate and is easy to grow.  With a little planning it’s also possible to have a supply of cabbage all year round, even through the coldest of winters.  The only downside tends to be the amount of space they take up.
A foolproof way to grow healthy cabbage seedlings is to sow them in module seed trays – sow one or two seeds in each module 1.5cm deep.  Thin out the weaker seedling.  Cabbages will germinate in about a week and will be ready for planting about three weeks later.  Make sure to harden off early sowings carefully.  The key with cabbage is to plant in to firm ground – the root and stem will eventually have to support a very heavy head!  Since they are a hungry crop, add plenty of  compost or manure the previous autumn.   Water plants well before sowing – create a hole with a dibber, pop the seedling in and then firm in very well.  Spacing will determine the size of the heads - between 45-60cm is about right.  Cabbages will tolerate partial shade.  Include cabbages in your brassica rotation – do not plant them where there have been brassicas for at least 3-4 years previously. A suggested planting plan for a near continuous supply of cabbage (assuming you have the space):
Summer Cabbage – sow early April
Autumn Cabbage – sow early May
Winter Cabbage – sow early June
Spring Cabbage – sow early August
Hoe around young seedlings regularly to keep weeds down.  Water regularly to prevent the roots from drying out.  Earthing up stems will help the plant to support the head, particularly in a windy site.
Harvest spring and summer cabbages as soon as they have formed good compact heads.  Autumn and winter cabbages will stand much longer in the ground, but you can lift them and store in a cool shed if you want to clear your beds for the winter.   Harvest by cutting through the base of the stem.
Recommended Varieties
Vertus (Savoy), Hispi (Spring), Stonehead (Summer), Marner Lagerfeld, January King (Winter).
Cabbage Root Fly maggots eat the roots causing the plant to stop growing.  Prevention is better than cure – 15cm wide “collars” made from felt or carpet placed around the stem at soil level, can prevent the adult fly from laying its eggs.  The other major pests are butterfly (large and small white) and moths which lay their eggs on the underside of leaves – the resulting caterpillars will munch their way through your crop in no time.  You can remove the caterpillars as they appear, but again the best option is prevention – cover your cabbage crop with appropriate netting to stop the butterfly laying its eggs on the leaves.  A more serious (though less prevelent) problem is clubroot, a fungus which can stay in the soil for up to 20 years.
GIY Tips
1. You can test to see if the young seedling is planted firmly enough as follows: after planting, tug at a leaf – the leaf should pull off (as opposed to pulling the whole seedling out of the ground
2. After harvesting a cabbage head, cut a cross in to the stem – if left in the soil, each quadrant in the stem will sprout baby cabbage leaves which effectively gives you a second crop from the one plant.


Upon invitation of the European Investment Bank Institute (EIB), the governing bodies of Europa Nostra met on 27-28 November 2015 in Luxembourg on the occasion of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This Policy Conference was organised in the framework of the network project 'Mainstreaming Heritage', which has the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. A policy session on "Funding Cultural Heritage in Europe" was held on 27 November at the EIB headquarters and was introduced by Maggy Nagel, Minister of Culture of Luxembourg and Acting President of the EU Council of Ministers. Minister Nagel welcomed the discussion on the vital issue of funding of cultural heritage in Europe and Luxembourg. She also presented the results of the EU Council of Ministers meeting of 24 November, placing a special focus on the Council Conclusions on Culture in the EU's external relations. She reiterated the crucial role that cultural heritage has to play in favour of social integration, and in promoting respect and tolerance between various communities; hence the support of the EU Council of Ministers for the proposed European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 under the proposed motto "Sharing Heritage". The EIB support and funding for cultural heritage comes as good news and it is hoped that heritage in Ireland will see continued benefits as a result. Certainly the Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 is one to look forward to. For more information on developments regarding heritage in Europe visit

Local Economic & Community Plan 2016-2022: Update - 2nd Public Consultation Document

Please note that the 2nd round of public consultation on the draft LECP is underway and will run until 4pm on Thursday May 12th 2016.
To make an online submission you can logon to:
To make a written submission, please forward to:
Local Economic and Community Plan Submission,  Planning Policy Unit,  Floor 13,  County Hall,  Cork.
The Cork County Local Economic & Community Plan is an integrated plan to guide the development of County Cork from an Economic and Social perspective from 2016 to 2022. This plan will be used to focus the co-ordinated role of Local Government, State Agencies, Community Sector, Private Sector, Local Development Groups and other bodies that are involved in the development of County Cork. This plan is being guided by the Cork County Local Community Development Committees and the Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee of Cork County Council.
The document issued as part of the current consultation period will form the basis of the final LECP plan, to be completed post-consultation.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Food Waste Prevention & Home Composting (Ballincollig & Ladysbridge)

Many thanks to all of those who attended the first session at Ballincollig last Wednesday, please find attached poster with details of remaining dates for this training in Ballincollig (next session next Wednesday 27th April at 7pm at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig). 

Ladysbridge Tidy Towns is also hosting a separate stand alone session (which may suit many groups in East Cork) on Thursday 5th May to which community groups and members of the public are invited.

All of these sessions are free and all groups are welcome to join the final practical session at Ballincollig Allotments on Saturday 7th May from 10 to 1pm.

For more details contact
Nuala O’Connell

Increase in Insurance for Community and Voluntary Groups in County Cork

More and more Community and Voluntary Groups are reporting large increases in their Insurance Policies when they were being renewed. Is this the case with your organisation?

 Please take our short confidential survey and tell us about your groups experience.

Friday, 22 April 2016

SafeTALK Workshop for Mitchelstown

SafeTALK ‘suicide alertness for everyone’

The aim of this 4 hour programme is to increase the ability to promote the immediate safety of someone who may be at risk of suicide and provide links to further help.

What is safeTALK?

SafeTALK is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities. Following a safeTALK workshop you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.

How does safeTALK help prevent suicide?

SafeTALK suicide alert helpers are trained to:
• Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid signs of suicide 
• Identify people who have thoughts of suicide 
• Apply the TALK steps to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to people and agencies that can help

Who should attend safeTALK?

This training is suitable for everyone over 18 years of age who wants to help prevent suicide and become suicide alert.

How to Get Trained:

Contact your local ASIST coordinator (below) to see how you can attend the workshop or to find out more information about SafeTALK. 
To book a place contact Sadie Allen Ballyhoura Development 025 85213


The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, will administer an annual grants scheme to GLAS participants for the conservation and repair of Traditional Farm Buildings and other related structures. 
Only farmers approved in the GLAS Scheme are eligible to apply. Grant amounts vary between €4,000 and €25,000. The process is highly competitive and a grant award will not be for more than 75% of the cost of the works with a maximum available grant of €25,000. 
The grant is available for the conservation of traditional farm outbuildings, including roof, walls, structural repairs, windows and doors. The grant is also available for other related structures including historic yard surfaces, walls, gate pillars and gates. 
Application forms and terms and conditions can be obtained at or from The Heritage Council, Áras na hOidhreachta, Church Lane, Kilkenny Tel. 056 777 0777, E-mail:

The closing date for receipt of completed applications for the 2016 GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is 5pm Friday 6th May 2016. Applications made by fax or email will not be accepted.

Farm Safety on The Mizen Head

When the 'Care For Our Players' programme was first started back in 2010 it brought a new and unique dimension to off field activities at the Mizen Rovers Underage club. It was also an exciting challenge for many of us who see how we could develop this idea and see where we could take it for the benefit of our players. Initially, it was made up of three components; Road Safety, Health & Well being and Jobs & Enterprise, all which were so topical at the time. The initiative certainly resonated with the judges when the club won 'Club Of The Year' a couple of years later.

Members of Mizen Rovers on their Farm Safety visit to Rusnacahara NS.

Members of Mizen Rovers who organised a Tractor Safe Operation Course in Bantry 

Then in 2014, the sub-committee, after some deliberation, decided to expand the road safety aspect to include Farm Safety. This seemed like the right direction to take the programme because , quite simply, we were a rural club with many of our young players coming from a farming background and many more just one step away from those roots. Farm Safety was, at that time, also becoming the topic of conversation and was creating daily headlines for all the wrong reasons.

That year, the club organised and subsided a Tractor Safety Operation Course in Bantry for a group of our players, where we engaged a tutor from the Farm Relief Service to instruct them.
In 2015, the club made a submission to the Oireachtas Sub Committee,set up to look into Farm Safety.We were later invited to the public consultation hearings in Seanad Eireann, where we put forward and discussed our ideas with the Senators present.Two of our proposals were subsequently included in the final report compiled by Senator Martin Conway. Following on from our participation in that forum, and our interaction with other interested people and organisations, we confirmed our belief that we were on the right path and that yes the youth was the place to start Farm Safety Awareness.
Earlier this year, with the help of Mizen Community Safety Project, we started to put together packs of Farm Safety Materials. These consisted of books, dvd's, and hi-vis vests, all with the common theme of Safety on the Farm.We then visited ten local primary schools where we spoke to the pupils and encouraged them, and their teachers, to use the contents of the pack to further inform themselves on this important issue.
On the basis of the work carried out to date the Club was nominated for the FBD Champions for Change Awards. After much deliberation and elimination, Mizen Rovers were named overall National Winners for 2016.
The presentation of the trophy and €1,000 prize money, by Fiona Muldoon  CDO of FBD, was made in the K Club in Kildare recently,where four club members attended. This was a great honor for the Club, its Players,Members and the whole community that supports us in so many ways.

We are already in discussions about how to take this to the next level and, as it was said at the presentation, maybe network it to all clubs and schools in the country with one aim of raising the awareness of Farm Safety.

Go raibh maith agaibh Connie- CFP Mizen Rovers.

Ballymacoda Ladysbridge Community Council 1916 Rising commemorative event

Ballymacoda Ladysbridge Community Council is holding a 1916 Rising commemorative event on Friday, April 29th next in Ladysbridge Hall. The event will commence at 7:30 from the car park in Ladysbridge with the Thomas Kent Pipe Band leading us to the monument for a ceremonial flag raising and reading of the Proclamation. 
From there the pipers will lead us to Ladysbridge hall where we will go indoors for an evening of Ceol, Caint agus Céilí. We will be entertained by local group Na Cairde and the combined Ballymacoda and Ladysbridge choirs. 

The Leahy family will then host a Céilí to put those of us energetic enough through our paces. MC for the evening is Mary Colbert. This is a free community event brought to you by BLCC with grant assistance from Cork County Council. We hope to see you there to help remember and reflect on the 1916 Rising and to celebrate the beginnings of the Irish State.

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Fermoy Heritage Conference 2016

Friday 29th April to Sunday May 1st 2016 
Location: Fermoy Community Youth Centre, Fermoy, Co. Cork

 Over the May Bank Holiday weekend the Fermoy Heritage Conference 2016 will take place, which this years focuses on 'Arts, Culture and Society 1650 - 1750 - the Origins of Modern Ireland'. 

The Fermoy Heritage Conference has been running for a few years now and is growing from strength to strength. This year a great lineup of speakers has been established and the conference will include a fieldtrip to Doneraile on the Sunday. 
Further information is available in the attached Conference Programme, by or by visiting

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