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Support Cobh Readers and Writers Festival Fundraiser

Cobh Readers and Writers Festival need your help!

Cobh Readers and Writers Festival is held annually in the most beautiful seaside town in Ireland and they are currently fundraising with a target of €1000 to support this years’ festival – details below:

As a small community group we strive to ensure that our festival is the best that it can be each year.

We feel that all the creative arts have a place in our festival and that they are all warmly welcomed by the wonderful community on our Great Island, so we try very hard to ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

It is the generosity of our sponsors Cork County Council and Cobh Credit Union Ltd, local businesses, and often simply generous people which enables us to do so year after year.

If you feel that you could help us by making a donation to this years festival, be it large or small, we would be delighted and extremely grateful to receive your support.

Thank you.

You can donate by visiting their GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cobh-readers-and-writers-festival-2020

Follow them on Twitter @CobhRW

Open Day at Bumblebee Flower Farm Sunday March 29th

Bumblebee Flower Farm located in beautiful West Cork is having an Open Day on Sunday March 29th!

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Bumblebee Flower Farm and gain an insight into what we do and why we do things the way we do.

Introducing you to the wonderful world of edible flowers, pollinator-friendly plantings and organically produced seasonal cut flowers.

There will be an informative talk and tour of the farm with seeds and recommendation for supportive plantings no matter what size your garden is.

A lovely day and a chance to meet like-minded people.

The first in our series of Farm open Days – What to expect:

  1. Guided Tour of the farm.
  2. Talk on planting schemes including suitable plants and flowers that support the whole lifecycle.
  3. Selection of pollinator-friendly seeds for you to take home and create your very own magical bumblebee oasis.
  4. Refreshments available using Bumblebee Flower Farm ingredients.

Details:

  • Sunday, March 29th
  • Bumblebee Farm, Castledonovan, Drimoleague, Co. Cork, Ireland
  • Price: €25 (children accompanied by an adult Free)

Interview with Womens Inspire Network

Following on from this video interview with Samantha Kelly of the Womens’ Inspire Network I’ve decided to face my fears in 2020, one of which is being on video – I am VERY much a ‘behind the camera’ person! However as vlogs grow in popularity and voice search with it, I have decided to fully embrace this medium in the year ahead.

The Womens’ Inspire Network is a wonderful supportive group with lot’s of cool learning webinars and private group discussions for women in business – no matter how small or large. Check it out at www.womensinspirenetwork.com.

For those who missed it here’s the interview:

The Venus Project

Recently I was studying biodiversity under the guidance of the wonderful Mike Van Den Berg who introduced us to many wonderful interesting documentaries and projects all focused on a creating a sustainable future for the planet. One of these was the Venus Project and I wanted to share it with you all… Here’s to a new decasde 🙂

What is The Venus Project?

“The Venus Project is an organization that proposes a feasible plan of action for social change, one that works towards a peaceful and sustainable global civilization. It outlines an alternative to strive toward where human rights are no longer paper proclamations but a way of life.

We propose a fresh, holistic approach – one that is dedicated to human and environmental concerns. It is an attainable vision of a bright and better future, one that is appropriate to the times in which we live, and both practical and feasible for a positive future for all the world’s people”.

A World Worth Imagining; Jacque Fresco – The Man with the Plan – About

“Produced by S.O.U.L. Documentary, this is a film on the life’s work of late, legendary visionary Jacque Fresco, founder of The Venus Project. The movie features never before seen archival footage and the inspirational last interview of his life.”

In an intimate face-to-face, Jacque Fresco shares with S.O.U.L. founder Evan Gary Hirsch how he devoted his entire life to comprehensively designing a robust, workable tomorrow for our human family and planet. In this half-hour documentary, Jacque, who had just turned 101 years old(!), gives us a glimmer of hope as he describes the conditions needed for people to peacefully co-exist in a world without exploitation and abuse of one another. He lays out a bold new social design where war and territorial disputes are things of the past, where the true meaning of love and spirituality are manifested by translating them into a working reality.

After watching this film, you may just feel you had sat with an extremely wise old man who even with fighting the ravishes of old age was determined to share what he feels is necessary for humanity to grow up in order for us to survive and thrive as a species.

It is our hope that you will come away with this understanding and look into and work with The Venus Project as well”.

Inspired? Visit www.thevenusproject.com for information on how you can help!

Weekend in the Hills

CELT Weekend in the Hills – 2 days of traditional craft workshops.   Courses include:

Woodcarving, Súgán Chair, Adventure Bushcraft, Leatherwork, Sheepskin Tanning, Spinning, weaving & Dyeing, Mosaic, Herblore, Meet the Bees and more… 

Once known as Weekend in the Woods, this popular two day event is now held at Slieve Aughty Centre, an eco friendly and certified organic venue, situated 10 km outside Loughrea town in county Galway. A busy equestrian and activity centre, the venue has ample space for parking, camping and even has 9 glorious bedrooms and two lodges for those who wish to experience some luxury for a night or two. Meals are prepared by the team at Slieve Aughty Centre, and must be booked in advance. You can email or ring them on 090 9745 246.

NEXT EVENT September 28th & 29th! at Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co Galway.

One day courses: €72.50/adult 
Two day courses: €145/adult course, €85/child 
NEW family rate: €410 for two adults and two children 
All courses now include organic lunch!

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Those attending the events, spend one or two days (depending on the course) learning their chosen skill. Most students go home with a finished piece, although this is not the objective of the event. The aim is to teach the techniques and skills needed to go home and persue the craft or subject studied over the weekend. 

Saturday begins at 9am with registration and a short introduction. Courses start at 10am and finish up at about 5pm each day. Lunch is usually at 1pm. Súgán chair usually goes over time on the Sunday evening, sometimes as late as 8pm in order to complete all chairs. Saturday night is  spent around the camp fire telling tales and singing, so remember to bring your instruments and warm up your vocal chords! 

For all course booking enquiries please email Jenny at celtskills@gmail.com or call her on 086 321 4929.

For accommodation and meal enquiries please email Esther at info@slieveaughtycentre.com 

Global Strike for Climate Action Friday 20th September 2019

Press Release From Trócaire: A Global Strike for Climate Action has been called for Friday 20th September.

There’ll be millions marching across the world. 

You can join a strike taking place near you or you can organise your own action in your community. Together we’re going to make this the biggest mobilisation ever, because we know it works, and we know it’s urgent.

In March this year, 16,000 young people across Ireland and 1.6 million globally came out on a School Strike for climate action. The power of young people walking out of school was so strong, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar had to come out and say he supported them.

A massive increase in climate action and ambition is urgently needed globally and here in Ireland. 

The impacts of climate change are already visible here in Ireland, and as we know only too well, it is having devastating impacts on poverty and hunger in the countries where Trócaire works. Communities in the Horn of Africa have experienced extremely low levels of rainfall for two consecutive seasons. This is coming after a severe drought two years ago. Communities simply do not have enough time to recover from the losses incurred from one drought before the next drought hits.

We need to make September 20th the moment in history after which no politician can allow further harm to our climate – and to do that, we all need to come out and support the young people who are leading the way, fighting for their future.  Click here for info on the Dublin and Cork #ClimateStrikes.

If you can’t make it to the Dublin or Cork strikes, you can organise something in your community/town or workplace. Go out on the street or to a local landmark with your colleagues at lunch and take a picture in support of the strike or meet up at your school gate or work entrance….more ideas here. If you are organising something please register it on the Action Map here.  

Our friends in the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition will add your event to this Map, which shows where similar events are happening around Ireland, there are already 50+ planned! Let’s show our decision makers that people right across the Island are calling for action.

All the resources you could need are here.  Once you register your event, you will be linked up with a brilliant team of Climate Strike Volunteers who will give you any support you need, getting into the local press, writing a press release or recruiting a team of helpers as well as attendees! 

Check out schoolsclimateaction.ie  and fridaysforfuture.ie to stay up to date.

Remember, join your local strike, or organise a local action and post it on the Action Map. See you on the streets on September 20th!

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 www.stopecocide.earth/become to sign up.

WHAT IS ECOCIDE?
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. ~ www.stopecocide.earth/ecocide

Minimising Environmental Impacts at Crann Og Eco Farm

Minimising Environmental Impacts…….how good are we at Crann Og Eco Farm?
We have just calculated our current environmental impacts for our whole Eco Farm. We are 3 households, 1 main house and two upscale recycled mobile homes, with 6 full time residents. We take in an average of 350 guests per year in our two wood cabins, yurt and A-frame cabin and various events. We also give three yoga classes per week almost all year round and operate our workshop equipped with many electrical tools.
According to www.carbonfootprint.com our total carbon footprint is 13.98 tonnes of CO2, or 2.3 tonnes per capita (6 people, not including all our guests!)………the Irish average per capita is 10.4 tonnes. The average for industrialised nations is 11 tonnes per capita. The average worldwide including the poorest nations is 4 tonnes per capita. So per capita, we come in at around half the world average and 22.4% of the Irish average. A fine result indeed!
And how do we fare in other ways?
With the six of us and all our guests we generate just 12 X 120 litre wheelie bins of refuse per year and our electrical charges are a fraction of what you might expect. In the period reported below we used just 3765 kWh (Irish average household uses 5,300kWh per year) at a cost of €1300. Please see the graph below and remember we are 6 people and loads of guests (and that workshop!). The spike from April to June 2014 is when we were doing a lot of metal welding and cutting.
We are really excited about these statistics, it demonstrates to us that our reduce, reuse and recycle methodologies are working very well indeed! How do we do it? Visit our website and check out our Ecotourism Values and Environmental Management pages for the low down!
How do you fare in comparison? All are welcome to visit us at Crann Og Eco Farm to see and learn how simple it is to reduce your own environmental impacts and live a much more sustainable lifestyle……we look forward to meeting you soon!

Nature Needs A Hero – Be One!

Mourning the Mournes – Don’t Let It Happen

I mentioned  Martin Carey of the Mournes Heritage Trust who introduced us to the Trails and Tales of The Mournes at the recent ResponsibleTourism Conference in Dublin. It was so exciting to see and hear about local communities getting together with the help of local government funding to upkeep and invest in this natural landscape of breathtaking beauty!
However, now the Mourne Heritage Trust needs your help:
Use the Hashtag #LoveMourne, Sign the Petition and Spread the word – Nature Needs A Hero Peeps! 

#LoveMourne
Mourne Heritage Trust needs your help.  We have been on the end of a huge cut to our budgets. A letter from the Department of the Environment explains that funding from Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) will cease from 30th June 2015. This amounts to a 75% cut in the funding from NIEA for 2015/16 and means that as of the 1st July 2015 NIEA will have no financial provision for management of the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Not only was the AONB designation made by government but the Agency established Mourne Heritage Trust in 1997 to meet an identified need for locally based management. While we appreciate the difficult public funding situation our government is in, we are astonished that NIEA would propose to walk away from our very successful partnership at a time when recreation in and appreciation of the Mournes has never been more popular.
If this funding cut is not mitigated our ability to provide the basic visitor services around infrastructure like pathways, amenity sites, car parks and control of litter and erosion will be constrained. Our work to protect and enhance biodiversity will suffer. And we have over £1 million in offers of funding from sources like the Heritage Lottery, BIG Lottery, Interreg and Arts Council for heritage projects and these are jeopardised by the loss of core funding.
The Mournes is an asset for tourism, recreation, education, and health and well-being.
Please help us keep it the way you love it by signing this petition.
Environmental groups face huge cuts to budgets
If you would like to read up about the work we do visit www.mournelive.com
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