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CCEN / VISUAL Environmental Film Festival

Press Release – CCEN / VISUAL Environmental Film Festival

Introducing the CCEN / VISUAL Environmental Film Festival

Carlow County Environmental Network present their first Environmental Film festival in association with VISUAL Carlow.  Running on the third Wednesday of the month these free film nights will begin with ‘Home’ on the 19th of February at 7pm.

The County Carlow Environmental Network are delighted to announce their first (and hopefully annual) Environmental Film Festival at the VISUAL Carlow.  Over the course of four evenings spread over four months the aim of the festival is to inform and empower the Carlow community to act on environmental issues which affect us all.  

Running on the third Wednesday of the month from February to May, each evening will introduce a separate theme dealing with various aspects of current environmental issues.  The films have been carefully selected for their uplifting, solution- focused, and informative stories.  We begin with ‘Home’ on the 19th of February which introduces us to our planet from the air and gives an overview of some of the issues affecting it.  On the 18th of March River Blue shows us the impact of fast fashion following river advocate Mark Angelo as he paddles around some of the most beautiful- and polluted- rivers in the world.  On the 15th of April, just in time for Spring Clean Month our film is Closing the Loop which presents solutions to our waste problems.  On our final evening, May 20th we will show two films. A Drop in the Ocean is produced by Irish aid organisation Trocaire, and gives an Irish perspective of Climate Change.  The Race is On outlines some solutions to this globally and reminds us that the power is with us to change things. 

Entrance on the evenings is free.  Films are suitable for all ages and all are welcome. 

The VISUAL Carlow is wheelchair and buggy accessible.  There will be refreshments available on the night and prizes to be won.  Expected runtime is 7-9pm each night.  If coming as a group of more that 10 please contact us so that we can make accommodations for you in the theatre. 

The CCEN is a voluntary organisation that aims to empower the communities of Carlow town and county to take action in tackling current environmental issues through simple, positive actions.  We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at An Gairdín Beo in Carlow Town at 7pm.  New members are always welcome. 
Contact us::
Facebook: @CarlowEnvironmentalNetwork

Polly Higgins – Stop Ecocide Become An Earth Protector

On April 22nd 2019 – Polly Higgins, one of the most inspiring figures in the green movement, died aged 50. For those who don’t know of Polly she dedicated her life to finding a way to create a legal duty of care for the Earth with the aim to impose a legal duty on governments to protect the public from dangerous industrial practices.

Right now, ecocide (destroying the Earth) is legally permitted.
Help us make it a crime.
There is nothing more powerful you can do with two minutes and a fiver. Visit to sign up.

ECOCIDE is serious loss, damage or destruction of ecosystems, and includes climate and cultural damage.
We believe ECOCIDE should be recognised as an atrocity crime at the International Criminal Court – alongside Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. ~

Reduce Christmas Waste with Zero Waste Festival Ireland

The next Zero Waste Festival takes place 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday 2nd December at the Green Door Market in Bluebell Business Park, Dublin 12.

Zero Waste Festival Ireland will bring you talks, workshops, info-stands, swap-shops and a market, all dedicated to helping you reduce your waste this Christmas. Christmas can be a difficult time to keep your bins empty and your recycling pile small, but during this day-long event you will get tips on cutting down on waste from food and packaging, gifts and wrapping, decorations and festive dressing and even pre-Christmas cleaning!
From making better choices of materials to reusing and upcycling what is already created, there will be something to be learned for everyone, no matter where you are on your journey. For your first foray into Zero Waste, stop by our
info-stand for a quick primer or sign up for a talks&workshops pass for more insight.
Zero Waste Festival Ireland is a volunteer-run event and this time there is free entry to the info-stands, swap-shops, market and drop-in workshops. A talks&workshop pass (€10/€8 concession) is needed to access the talks and
workshops on the mezzanine level. Tickets (€3) are also required for the ‘Tree-Planting with Santa’ children’s event.
More information, schedule and tickets to the event are available from the website, on Facebook @ZeroWasteFestivalIreland, Instagram @zerowastefestirl and Twitter @ZeroWasteFest.
The zero waste movement is an environmental lifestyle adjustment aimed at minimising landfill waste, through cutting down on consumption, choosing reusable, recyclable and compostable materials (in that order) and trying to
repurpose materials as much as possible. It is based on the 5R’s – REFUSE what you don’t need, REDUCE what you do have to buy, REUSE what is already available, RECYCLE what can’t be used anymore and ROT (compost)
the rest.
For Tickets, location map and more information visit

Learn About Wild Food, Foraging and More

Wild Food Summer School 2015 #WFSS15

Blackstairs Ecotrails are holding their second Wild Food Summer School this September – 11,12 & 13th at the lovely ‘Old Rectory in Killedmond, Carlow.

They have added a number of new events and made it a much more family friendly event this year with a brilliant line up for kids on the Saturday and for all you foodies out there!
he-Forager-Handbook-Edible-BritainThere’ll be the chance to forage with  Miles Irving Author of the Forager’s Handbook – The Bible for foragers, on Friday at 11.20am, cheese making workshops, use of herbs and wild foods in cooking workshops, artisan food stalls, as well as GIY talks and Wild food & Craft Beer pairings!
For more information or to book your place visit
Tickets cost €60 (Friday only), €80 (Saturday only), €60 (Sunday only) or €190 for the full weekend. 

Wild Food Summer School 2015

More foraging, more great speakers, films, music,  Artisan Food stalls, Cheese making and  events for children. We also have a retrofitted ambulance  giving workshops on Up Cycling, Composting etc., facilitated by the Community Reuse Network Ireland (CRNI)

Family Fun Willow Day

Learn how to make a Willow Dome & More!

Crann Og in Gort are holding a fun event for all the family to enjoy on March 7th, details below. Crann Og Eco farm is a great place to visit especially if you’re looking for creative ideas for upcycling and eco friendly living!
To Book email or call +353 (0)91 631602
Read More About Crann Og Here >>
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Events At Crann Og Eco Farm

Crann Og Eco Friendly Accommodation

Crann Og Eco Farm are based in Gort, Co Galway. Last year we met up with Florian and Marion during our nationwide Ecotour and had a tour around the farm which offers a lesson in self sustainability and upcycling!
Crann Og offer eco friendly accommodation plus run a number of events and workshops throughout the year , some of which are listed below:

  • February 1: Imbolc
  • March 30 – April 2: Huath Forest School Education Part 1
  • May 1: Beltaine
  • June 25 – 28: Moonlodge Sister Meeting
  • July 9 – 12: Huath Forest School Education Part 2
  • August 2: Lughnasa
  • November 2: Samhain

Marion’s yoga classes are on every Monday and Tuesday (please call before coming)and we might be lucky enough to start a weekly belly dance class here in 2015.
Apart from the list above, we are also planning on the following events and workshops:

  • TeeNature,
  • Eco Family Days around the Celtic
    Year Celebrations,
  • Weekends designed by us with various activities
  • Irish Experience weeks, etc.

For the latest updates visit the events page on here >>
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Funding for your school or community garden

Need funding for your school or community garden?

Wonderful news! €100,000 available through the Grow it Yourself (GIY) and AIB ‘Get Ireland Growing Fund’!
Get filling in those application forms and spread the word. What a great initiative!
“Over 100 community food growing projects were funded with grants of between €500 and €2,500 in 2014. The fund is open to community groups, schools, allotments with communal space, community gardens and not-for-profits looking to develop or enhance an existing community food-growing initiative. Schools can apply for training services or equipment that will allow students to grow their own fruit or vegetables.”
Closing date 23rd January 2015. See the GIY website for application details…

Community Gardens – How to Create One

Creating a Community Garden:

I came across this useful handbook online about  creating a community garden today. It’s something that interests me greatly as much for the social interaction aspect as the food production side.
I think I will suggest it to my local community group which is fairly new.. Anyway – It might be useful to others of you out there considering options to improve your local area.

Recent years have witnessed major concerns about the quality of the food we eat and the availability of healthy food to all people irrespective of income. In response to this the Health Service Executive and the Organic Centre set up a pilot Community Food Project to enable people managing a tight budget to learn to grow, prepare and cook organic fruit and vegetables.
The pilot project, which became known as Growing in Confidence, has run successfully for two years in two locations in urban Sligo and rural Leitrim. This How-To Guide is based on the experience of running these projects and is aimed at any community or group interested in running a similar project.
As well as the health benefits of an improved diet participants enjoyed working outdoors and fostering an easy-going community spirit. We hope this guide will be a starting place
for many such projects, a building block for Growing in Confidence.

View or Download The PDF Here

Small Changes Leads to Big Change

Let me introduce you to
Online organic wholefood & eco friendly storeSmallChanges is more than a shop. It is a community based hotspot for all things eco friendly. SmallChanges‘ ethos is to support and educate people interested in improving their lifestyle and that of the world around them.
SmallChanges began about 4 years ago as a result of owner Peadar Rices’ personal experience (having been ill for some years) of the  difficulties incurred when sourcing healthy organic foods and products. Peadar found that the products he was looking for were not only difficult to source but also unreliably stocked or simply too expensive.
small changes shop goreyDetermined to change the foods he ate and the products he used  he decided to setup his own health food shop in Gorey.
SmallChanges   has since grown to include an online store from which you can order from the comfort of your own home and products are delivered the following day NATIONWIDE  32 counties (Mon-Thurs).
health storeThe choice of products is customer based – If your looking for a product not yet stocked, SmallChanges  will source it for you and ensure that they then have it in stock regularly, thus SmallChanges‘ customers can be confident that they will be able to get the products they want regularly which in turn enables them to continue on their own journey of making eco friendly sustainable changes to their lifestyles.
This journey of making small changes to ones lifestyle is the underlying  mission of SmallChanges . Many of us are looking to make a positive change in how we source food, clothing and other products yet the idea of a sudden change of lifestyle can be quite overwhelming.
SmallChanges is there to break this journey into smaller steps by offering information, support, advice, tips and of course access to the products that enables us to make the small changes to our lives that will ultimately result in a more eco friendly sustainable lifestyle.
community focusedCommunity is very important to all the team at SmallChanges  and there are many regular events held on the premises including

  • Childrens Club on Saturday Mornings
  • Yoga classes
  • Blue Jellyfish drama classes for young adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Arts and Crafts Social Club for Adults
  • Teenage Kung Fu
  • Homeopathy and Reflexology
  • Gardening Talks & More

Plans are currently underway for an exhibition area to support local artists and a community based  HACCP kitchen for those interested in creating foods and products that can then be sold via the SmallChanges shop – both online and locally in Gorey.
locally produced foodsThis Co-Operative will be a great starting point for people looking to try and test new products in a safe environment at an affordable rate based on hourly rental fees.
For example you may keep bees and want to try your hand at making natural beauty products from the beeswax, or perhaps you grow your own veg and would like to see if you can create the next winning relish!
online storeThe driving ambition behind SmallChanges is to create a positive hub for like minded people enabling and supporting one another to make real positive changes to their lives and those around them.
The SmallChanges team send out a quarterly newsletter packed with seasonal recipes, tips, news and suggestions to help individuals on their journey to a more sustainable lifestyle.  
SmallChanges plan to continue creating and supporting employment for local people in their local area. People who are fed up of the long commute to jobs they don’t even like. People who want to live a simpler more fulfilling life and feel a sense of community. People like you and me.

The SmallChanges Team: Peadar, Niamh, Viv & Sarah
Trillium House,St. Michael’s Place,Gorey,Co. Wexford 
Facebook/smallchangesshop | Twitter @SmallchangesIE