Thursday, 27 April 2017

Forum for Divestment and Beyond

Hello from SHEP

You may know that SHEP is a member organisation of Cork Climate Action network, along with Trócaire, and the Cork Environmental Forum, and other groups.  Cork Climate Action has organized a public meeting  - “Forum for Divestment and Beyond”  at which elected politicians from different parties will have an opportunity to share their views on the Divestment Bill 2017, which was sponsored by Trócaire, and which is currently at “committee stage” in the Dáil. The Forum will take place in the Imperial Hotel (South Mall, Cork), on Monday 8th May, at 8.00 pm


Michael McGrath T.D., who is chair of the Finance Committee (the committee in question), Donnchadh O Laoghaire, T.D.,  Grace O’Sullivan (Green Party) and others will be there, so this is an important opportunity to let your politicians know you care about climate change and its effects.


The push for “divestment” is a world-wide one, and involves calling for the withdrawal of investments from fossil fuel companies. The “reserves” of coal, oil and gas currently known about are around five times more than can be used without producing a level of global warming that may destroy human civilization, along with much of the rest of the web of life. Despite this, fossil fuel companies are busy searching for even more. Divestment would redirect investment funds to more eco-friendly businesses.  The Divestment Bill 2017 would ensure that Irish public money would not be invested in fossil fuel industries.  Although the amount of Irish government investment in fossil fuel industries is probably not large, divestment would have an enormous symbolic significance, and have an important impact on the growing world-wide campaign.


You can read more about divestment on the Trócaire website:


The level of attendance at this Forum is important: a large attendance would show the politicians that we consider climate change a major issue. A small number would encourage them to dismiss the issue as one not likely to get them votes. Please spread the word, on social media or otherwise.


If you can make it we look forward to seeing you there (with family and friends if possible!) 

Best wishes on behalf of SHEP / Páirc a’ Tobair Earth Awareness Initiative and Cork Climate Action

Mary Mangan, Frank Dorr, Sr. Kathy Cunningham, Eileen Lynch



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Heritage news from Conor Nelligan

Hi All,

The month of May is around the corner and there is a fantastic line-up of events over the next few weeks, commencing this evening.

May 4th will see the commencement of Centenary Commemorations regarding the US Naval Service in Cork and many further WWI themed events have been proposed throughout the summer (more to be announced in the next heritage email update). 

The inaugural Cruinniú na Cásca on Easter Monday, 17th April, was a phenomenal success and a DVD of the day is currently being produced with more on this in the coming weeks. Indeed, over the coming months there will be a range of Creative Ireland Events and Projects and the next email update will include information in this regard.

The month of May will see National Biodiversity Week running from the 19th to the 27th and it is also the time to start planning Heritage Week events for inclusion in the National Heritage Week Programme undertaken by the Heritage Council (see for more information. 


Upcoming events are now listed in full:



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Date/Time: Tuesday 25th April to May 26th 2017 
Event: : Ford - the Cork Connection, an exhibition by Cork County Library
Location: County Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork 
Additional Information: Coinciding with the hundred year anniversary of Ford Ireland, the Local Studies Library launched an exhibition, Ford - the Cork Connection on Monday 24th April by the County Mayor, Cllr. Seamus McGrath. Miriam Nyhan also gave a wonderful talk, having authored the publication 'Are you still below?' The Ford Marina Plant, Cork, 1917-1984'. The exhibition focuses on various aspects of the Marina plant, why Cork was chosen, years of unrest, the Ford family's Cork ties and the sad closure in 1984. The exhibition is both educational and thought provoking and has been compiled using the resources of Cork County Library's Local Studies library. The exhibition will be on display in the County Library Building from April 25th to May 26th, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.00pm. All welcome.



Date/Time: Thursday 27th April 2017 at 20:00
Event: : The May Morning Hare - An illustrated talk 
Location: Ballygarvan Community Centre, Ballygarvan, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: Shane Lehane will give a talk on the May Morning Hare. The talk has been organised by the Ballygarvan Local History Society and all are welcome to attend. Admission is €5 to cover costs on the night.



Date/Time: Thursday 27th April 2017 at 20:00
Event: : Tracking the Americans in Cork Harbour 1917-1919 - An illustrated talk 
Location: Aghada GAA Club, Rostellan, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: Renowned Heritage Expert Damian Shiels will give a talk on the American involvement in Cork Harbour during World War One. The event has been organised by the Whitegate/Aghada Historical Society and all are welcome to attend



Date/Time: Thursday 27th April 2017 at 20:30 
Event: The Hales Brothers and the Irish Revolution 
Location: The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A lecture on the Hales Brothers of Ballinadee will take place in Clonakilty on 27th April in the Clonakilty Parish Centre. The talk, which will be given by Liz Gillis, will tell the story of the Hales brothers from West Cork and the sacrifices they made fighting for independence. Three of the brothers Sean, Robert and Liam were interned in Frongoch Internment Camp, Wales after the Easter Rising. Signed copies of Liz's book on the Hales brothers will be available to purchase on the night. All are welcome to attend.



Date/Time: Saturday 29th April 2017 at 20:00
Event: : Concert in aid of Kilmurry Independence Museum
Location: Éire Óg GAA Hall, Ovens, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: In support of the Independence Museum Kilmurry, a wonderful concert featuring Séamus Begley, Jim Murray and Liam Ó Maonlaoí, will take place in the Éire Óg GAA Hall on Saturday 29th April. Tickets for the night are €20 and it promises to be a great night. For more information visit


Kilmurry Museum Concert



Date/Time: Saturday 29th April 2017 at 14:00
Event: : Mitchelstown Cultural Tour 
Location: Forest Hall, New Square, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: As part of the Ballyhoura International Walking Festival, a cultural tour of Mitchelstown will take place on Saturday. Register at Forest Hall from 14:00, with the walk commencing at 14:30. The walk, which has a duration of 1 and a half hours, will take in the following: 
'Visit New Square Kingston Orphanage and Weaving school, Wm Trevor statue , land war killings, first coop store, presentation convent / church stories& views , Cill na Marbhan, allotments, Ballinwillin House, St Fanahan's College/ Well . Mulberry tree, 3 Estates, Poorhouse, Coop Movement, Swim pool, Library, Baldwin street plaques to Sarsield Casey & Liam Lynch , First Cheese plant, Kingston Hotel, Kingston College Rules ~ Fountain , Croquet & Tennis lawns, Masonic lodge, Oisin Cinema , Mayflower Ballroom, Fitzgerald Brass band house, Courthouse, Bridewell, Sunday school, St. George's church, Skittles Court, 1850's shop front, Forest Hall'. A talk on the heritage of hurling and on genealogy follows.



Date/Time: Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017 
Event: : Ballyhoura International Walking Festival
Location: Ballyhoura and environs, Co. Cork and Co. Limerick
Additional Information: 'Ballyhoura International Walking Festival takes place from Friday 29th April until Monday 1st May. Visitors are expected to descend on Ballyhoura Country over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The festival provides exploration to some of Ballyhoura Country's stunning countryside in the company of guides. The Festival features a programme of walks , from the enthusiastic well-equipped walker who relishes the challenge of the A & B walks on the Saturday and Sunday, to the gentle ramblers who are out to enjoy pleasant guided walks in the company of local experts. Heritage features strongly as part of the weekend and for more information or visit 



Date/Time: Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017 
Event: : Festival Launch of the Old Butter Roads Food Trail
Location: Blarney and environs, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: The Old Butter Roads Food Trail has been developed by the producers, eateries and visitor attractions to celebrate the range of foods grown and produced in the Muskerry, Duhallow and Avondhu areas of County Cork. The formal launch in Blarney, at the Church of the Resurrection, will be opened by Michael Creed the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine at 18:00 on Saturday 29th April in Blarney Village. There will also be a short talk on the history of the Butter Road followed by food tasting from the producers and eateries of the Food Trail. An RTÉ film called 'The Butter Road' will also be projected in the Old Blarney Post Office Café and the Cobh Animation Ladies will be around Blarney village in their period costumes from 16:30 to 18:00. There are a number of fringe events taking place over the weekend including a storytelling competition on the topic of Butter Roads on the Sunday, in the Church of the Resurrection (commencing at 16:00). Visit the facebook page for more information or email



Date/Time: Monday 1st May 2017 from 14:00 to 18:00
Event: : Nature Treasure Trail and Environmental Presentations
Location: An Cáiteach, Rathbarry, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: A wonderful natural heritage/environmental day has been organised by Rathbarry Tidy Towns for Monday May 1st 2017. All welcome. 
1.00pm-Happy May Day & welcome to Rathbarrys Green Day 2017 at An Cáiteach 
2.15pm- Nature Treasure Trail starting at An Cáiteach & around the River Walk Fun for the children- both young and old. 
3.00pm- Talk by Environmental Consultant Donal O'Leary on Composting. We are delighted to have Donal back again this year to answer any questions you may have following on from last year's presentation. Don't miss this opportunity to learn everything you need to know about home composting. 
4.00pm- Tea/Coffee 
4.30pm- "Rathbarry Sustainability Road Map"-talk by Brian Mc Swiney Have you ever wondered what Sustainability really means? Now is your chance to find out what it's all about and how we can make a difference here in Rathbarry. From what trees & flowers to plant to welcome the butterflies and bees into your garden to what your Carbon Footprint is and much, much more. 
6.00pm- Go raibh maith agaibh go léir agus slán abhaile.



Date/Time: Thursday 04th May 2017 at 19:30
Event: : History Ireland Hedge School in Cobh - as part of the Cobh Café Readers' and Writers' Festival
Location: Cobh Library, Cobh, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: To mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the US navy into Cork there will be a History Ireland Hedge School on Ireland, the United States and the War at Sea, 1917, to be held in Cobh Library, commencing at 19:30 on Thursday May 4th, 2017. 
1917 was the pivotal year of the First World War. At its outset German U-boats were inflicting huge damage on Allied shipping, while in the land war the loss of one ally, Russia, was not compensated by the gain of another, the United States. How did the Allies swing the balance in their favour by the year's end, particularly at sea? How central was Ireland (and Cork in particular) in this conflict? To address these and related questions join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, and the panel - John Borgonovo (UCC), Michael Kennedy (RIA's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), Jennifer Wellington (UCD) and Michael Martin (Titanic Trail). The Event is supported by the Commemorations Unit, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. History Ireland Hedge Schools are lively, unfettered debates and provide a novel and interesting way to bring historical topics to life. 

A note on the Cobh Café Readers' and Writers' Festival:
After a hugely successful 2016 Festival, the annual Cobh Arts Festival Event (Readers and Writers) festival will be back from 1-7 May, 2017 with its unique mix of readings, writer's workshops, discussion, comedy, theatre, cinema and chat in one of Ireland's most historic towns. As one of Ireland's newest cultural festivals, we are committed to bringing cultural and unique innovative events to the town of Cobh. For more information please contact Cobh library: 021 48111 30,


History Ireland Cobh WWI



Date/Time: Thursday 4th May 2017 at 20:00
Event: : 'May-day Magic - Fairies, Witches and Dew-Charms'
Location: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal (Blarney Secondary School, Blarney, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled: 'May-day Magic - Fairies, Witches and Dew-Charms' Since the date is quite close to May Day (May 1st), the focus of Guest speaker, Dr. Jenny Butler, Lecturer in the Study of Religions at U.C.C., talk will be on the fairies and the traditional celebration of the start of summer. This would bring in some legends of the Sídh (fairies) as well as historical (and continuing) customs. Who were the Sídh? Why do we still believe in and, sometimes, fear them? Dr. Butler also discusses how the earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times. It is also associated with the Gaelic word Bealtaine, The day was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian pagan cultures. While February 1 was the first day of spring, May 1 was the first day of summer. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 087 2153216.



Date/Time: May 5th to September 17th 2017 
Event: : Portraits: Women of Cork and the U.S. Navy 1917-1919 : Organised by Damian Shiels
Location: Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
Additional Information: In 1917 thousands of American naval servicemen came to Ireland to participate in the First World War. Their interactions with local women, particularly in Cork where they were based, became a major social issue. Many Irish women ultimately married these American sailors, with Queenstown / Cobh in particular seeing a large number of weddings. Who were these women and what were their stories? New research by Damian Shiels to identify them using U.S. passport applications has revealed something of the past - and the portraits of many. The exhibition at Sirius Arts Centre will consider a number of these images, and the stories of those young women depicted. 
Sirius Arts Centre is housed in the former Royal Cork Yacht Club building - a beautiful Italiante building that was designed by Anthony Salvin and built by James Smith Barry of Fota in 1854. The RCYC operated from here for over a century. During the first World War the building was used to host many of these American and British naval servicemen as a place to relax and socialize. Women were not permitted to socialize there nor could they become members of the yacht club until much later. 
Damian Shiels is an archaeologist and historian with Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd. Formerly a curator in the National Museum of Ireland, he is a specialist on Irish military archaeology and history, on which he has published and lectured widely both nationally and internationally. His latest book "The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America" was published by The History Press in 2016. This exhibition is kindly supported by the Port of Cork. For more information



Date/Time: Sunday 14th May 2017 at 13:00
Event: : A Gearagh Walk - with Ted Cook
Location: The Gearagh (meet at carpark on Inchigeela road having taken a left just on the Cork side of Macroom, (N22), signposted Bantry/Glengarriff. Carpark is apporx. 2 miles on the left hand side), Macroom, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: Renowned Heritage Specialist Ted Cook will give a talk on the fascinating natural heritage contained within the Gearagh. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring a picnic.



Date/Time: Tuesday 16th May 2017 at 18:30
Event: : Mallow Field Club visit Carrig Park
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 Carrig Park on Tuesday 16th May. The event will be guided by heritage experts Michael O'Sullivan and Pat McInerney. .



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


Le meas,




Conor Nelligan

Heritage Officer / 'Ireland 2016' County Coordinator


Heritage Unit, Planning Dept. Floor 3,

County Hall, Carrigrohane Rd. Co. Cork




Phone:      021 4285905






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Green Ribbon campaign launches on May 1st.

The fifth annual and biggest ever Green Ribbon campaign launches on May 1st. Thank you for your continued support in helping to inspire a national conversation about mental health and ending the stigma of mental health problems. 

We hope you received your official invite to the launch of Green Ribbon 2017 in the Mansion house, Dublin on 27th April. If you haven't already registered for tickets please use the link below to Eventbrite:

If you cannot make this event there are many more ways you can support Green Ribbon Campaign. Below you will find lots of images to download and deck out your profiles and websites in support of Green Ribbon for May. If you can't download these images, they are available online at

Here are 9 ways you can show your support and help get the message out to your contacts: 

1) Order your free ribbons online:
If you would like to place an order for 50 green ribbons or more, please order here:
If you would like to place an order for your workplace, please order here:
Throughout May, you can pick up individual ribbons at all major Irish rail stations and at Boots stores nationwide. What we are asking people to do is simple - wear the Green Ribbon and show your support for ending the silence around mental health difficulties.

2) Add the Green Ribbon logo to your websites, pictures and correspondence:

3) Wear the Green Ribbon on your profile picture
Add a ribbon badge to your social media profiles in 3 simple clicks

4) Join the conversation on National Time to Talk Day
Use the hashtag #TimeToTalk on the 19th of May 2017 to mark National Time to Talk Day and add your voice to the conversation to end mental health stigma. Check out the Green Ribbon Twitter account @GreenRibbonIrl and Instagram @SeeChangeIrl where our ambassadors will be leading the discussion and sharing their experiences.
5) Get a Green Ribbon banner for your own Facebook page:


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6) Get a Green Ribbon banner for your organisation’s Facebook page:


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7) Get the Green Ribbon email signature:

Download below or if you're using Gmail, simply add this URL to your signature settings:

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8) Add one of our Green Ribbon bloggers badge to your blog:​

Download here:​

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9) Add a piece about the Green Ribbon campaign to your newsletters
Let's get talking about mental health this May. Support the Green Ribbon campaign.
See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership has launched the fifth annual Green Ribbon Campaign, to promote open discussion of mental health during May 2017.
Throughout May, hundreds of local and national events will take place as part of the Green Ribbon national calendar.  This social movement to encourage a national conversation about mental health is led by 90 partner organisations, hundreds of volunteers and an unprecedented 80 campaign ambassadors with real-life experience of mental health problems who are ready to share their own stories to help others, and end stigma.
  • Pick up your Green Ribbon at one of the various community events on the national Green Ribbon calendar and at major Irish Rail stations and Boots stores nationwide.
  • Take part in National Time to Talk Day on Friday May 19th by simply making the time and space for a conversation about mental health with family, friends and colleagues. Join the conversation online at #TimetoTalk

Here’s our top tip for starting that conversation: You don’t have to be an expert to start talking about mental health or have all the answers. Sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let someone know that you are there for them and simply listen. 

We often hear that we need to talk more about mental health and the simple and free Green Ribbon provides a practical way of turning that into action. The 500,000 people who will be wearing Green Ribbons this May will not only be showing their support for the campaign but also leaving the door open for conversation. For someone who might be going through a tough time, just knowing that they don't have to avoid the subject with you can make all the difference.

Are you ready to start your conversation?

Don't forget to send details and photos from your events and initiatives to so we can promote them online. 

Rathbarry Goes Green for May Day

Rathbarry Tidy Towns

Monday May 1st - Nature Treasure Trail & Environmental presentations on
Composting & Sustainability

2.00pm-Happy May Day & welcome to Rathbarrys Green Day 2017 at An Cáiteach

2.15pm- Nature Treasure Trail starting at An Cáiteach & around the River Walk
Fun for the children- both young and old.

3.00pm- Talk by Environmental Consultant Donal O’Leary on Composting.
We are delighted to have Donal back again this year  to answer any questions you may have following on from last year’s presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn everything you need to know about home composting.

4.00pm- Tea/Coffee

4.30pm- “Rathbarry Sustainability Road Map”-talk by Brian Mc Swiney
Have you ever wondered what Sustainability really means? Now is your chance to find out what it’s all about and how we can make a difference here in Rathbarry.
From what trees & flowers to plant to welcome the butterflies and bees into your garden to what your Carbon Footprint is and much, much more.

6.00pm- Go raibh maith agaibh go léir agus slán abhaile

Anam Cara, Bereaved parents meeting Cork City

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 3rd May from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not

If you think you know someone who might benefit, please consider passing the below information on to them. A parent told us recently:

Nothing is normal after the death of a child and it never will be again. Anam Cara helps. People may say that after, for example, two years you should just be able to pull up your socks and get on with it, but life is not like that when you lose a child. There is no timeline for getting over grief, it’s a continuous, daily thing. I would encourage any bereaved parents to come along. I know that anything that is unknown is often really scary, however, it's important people know there is no pressure or onus on anyone to talk at the meetings, just being there can help.

We would stress that this meeting is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age their child died, the circumstances of their death or whether the death was recent or not. However, please note that the meeting is open to bereaved parents only.

If you yourself are supporting or potentially supporting bereaved parents, you might be interested in viewing the Anam Cara videos These involve testimonies from bereaved parents and couples who attend the Anam Cara groups. Anam Cara has also produced an Information Pack for Bereaved Parents, a free copy of which can be ordered by emailing or ringing our Information Line on 085 2888 888.

Take Care

Kind Regards,
Clodagh Dingle
On Behalf of

Anam Cara Parental and Sibling Bereavement Support
(View our videos with parent testimonies here)

HCL House,
Second Avenue,
Cookstown Industrial Estate,
Dublin 24

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 - 2021

A series of public meetings will be held over the coming weeks to discuss the water bodies of County Cork in the context of the draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 - 2021. If you are you are interested in water quality, biodiversity, heritage, water based recreation and tourism, or matters affecting your local water body then this is an opportunity to share your knowledge and have your say.

The meetings will outline the contents of the draft River Basin Management Plan along with details on how you can input into the final plan. The Waters & Communities Office aims to get local communities more involved in protecting and enhancing local water bodies for the benefit of everyone. Kieran Murphy, Community Waters Officer for Cork will present this information and facilitate discussion on the interests and issues that emerge:

Times, dates and venues of the initial Cork meetings are set out below, with further meetings in other locations to follow. There will be refreshments after the meeting and opportunities to network.
For more information contact Kieran Murphy on 085 808 3059 or

James O'Keeffe
Tues, 25th April
Cork City
River Lee Hotel
Thurs, 27th April
Oriel Hotel
Thurs, 4th May
Castle Hotel
Tues, 9th May
The Mill, Castletownroche
Tues, 16th May
Walter Raleigh Hotel
Tues, 23rd May
Vienna Woods Hotel
Wed, 7th June
Munster Arms
Wed, 14th June
Parkway Hotel
Tues, 20th June
Clonakilty Hotel
Tues, 27th June
West Cork Hotel
Thurs, 29th June


Kind Regards


Kieran Murphy | Community Water Officer

Mobile: 085 8083059

Local Authority Waters and Communities Office
Oifig an Údaráis Áitiúil um Uiscí agus Pobail,
Inniscarra Waterworks, Curraleigh, Inniscarra, Co. Cork. P31 X738


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