Environment and Sustainability – project planning

Contributors: Elizabeth Creed (acting coordinator), Tara Shine, Madeline Murray, Andy Ashford, Piluca Garcia

A vibrant and resilient economy is based on societal well-being and can only exist in a healthy environment. A key learning from the survey carried out by ‘Inspired by Kinsale’ was the priority given by respondents to both, looking after our environment, and how we plan for our sustainable future.  We may not talk in ‘zero or low carbon’ terms, but 76% of the respondents believe that Kinsale should be at the forefront of climate action.

Echoing the Citizens’ Assembly recommendations to the houses of the Oireachtas in 2018 there is a recognition that we need to do things differently; and that our vison of a sustainable future must determine the actions we now take across all sectors. What we do, and how we do it over the next 12 years, is going to impact, more than any other time in history, the ‘place’ we leave for future generations. 

As a town we understand that this pillar of environment / sustainability isn’t an isolated pillar but needs to underpin our vision for Kinsale and all the projects been undertaken under the ‘Future of Kinsale’ banner.  We have identified four sectors not covered by the other pillars – food, waste, energy and biodiversity. We will look at these.  But firstly, we’ll acknowledge what we have been doing already so we can build on it:

  • Tidy Towns has worked for over 40 years to promote Biodiversity in the area. 
  • Kinsale College was the birthplace of the global Transition Movement; the Permaculture course is internationally recognised.
  • Transition Town Kinsale has been working towards our low carbon future since 2005 across many forums.
  • Plastic Free Kinsale created momentum in 2018 looking at how to reduce our use of single use plastics
  • Kinsale Environment Watch has been lobbying for many years in the Cork area.
  • Table 1 outlines activity already ongoing under the headings, food, waste, energy and biodiversity.

The first project we will undertake is awareness raising and education which will empower us to recognise and take the actions to create our sustainable future.

  • Food:  Where do we get our food from? Could more be sourced locally?
  • Energy: How could we be more energy efficient? Could we power our own town?
  • Waste: Where does our waste go now? How could we reduce our waste?
  • Biodiversity: What steps can we take to protect the biodiversity of the area?

Workshops will give us the opportunity to explore where Kinsale is now, and where it could be if we take action, or where it would be if we make no changes to how we live our lives.  Finally, to achieve success across the projects undertaken by ‘Future of Kinsale’ we have to:

  • Engage with each other, reach consensus as to what we want to achieve, acknowledge the risks and benefits while understanding that some of the work we undertake may bring with it some disruption temporarily! This initiative needs to earn what is described as its social licence.
  • Work with the decision makers within Cork County Council, and other state agencies, towards participatory engagement, and decision-making.

Activities ongoing, and some proposals, under the sectors; food, energy, waste and biodiversity.  We hope to build on these and we would love to see more people getting involved with their ideas and their energy to get things done. Apologises for any omissions (this is a working draft!)

Community Groups Databank information

Hi, We’ve agreed within the new Inspired By Kinsale initiative to collect and store profile information on Kinsale’s community groups, and to make their profiles available to residents and visitors through Kinsale.ie.  Whether you represent a sports, arts and culture, history, spiritual, minority, hobby, political or other community (not for profit) group, you should participate in this publicity.

Please also email this to other people you know who are responsible for administering community groups.

Please complete this information in a Word document and email it to inspiredbykinsale@gmail.com together with up to 6 images for your community group (and a caption for each) – these need not be more than 0.5MB each as they will be resized for Kinsale.ie.

Contact information

Name of group:

Number of members (if there are membership fees, please list ‘paid-up members’):

Name of current Chair

Name of current Secretary/membership contact

Email address for contacting the group

Postal address for contacting the group





About the group

Outline in up to 100 words the role of this group.

How often does it meet?

Where does it meet normally?

How many years has it been in existence and why was it set up?

What, if any, are the criteria for membership of this group?

What are membership costs?

What external funding does the group receive – we don’t need financial details, but would like to recognise the agencies which provide grant funding etc (please attach any logos for support organisations)

Is the group affiliated to any regional, national or international groups?


If the group focuses on an event/events each year (eg a festival), what are the dates of the 2019 events?

Where/when are listings of individual programming available for the 2019 events?

Outline in up to 300 words the activities which the group has been involved in during the last 12 months. Festival events – please describe in general terms rather than listing individual programming.

Other relevant information


Kinsale community databank – Project outline

We would like to build an online resource for the local community under the domain kinsale.ie, some of which can be open to visitors and some which would need to be password protected. The proposed Kinsale Community Databank will combine feeds from existing sources of local information (eg Golden Pages, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Maps, MeetUp, etc) and new content. In order to build this, we will need to commission some software development work and recruit a ‘Data Ambassador’ to encourage supply, collate and upload content – especially local directory content. It should include:

  • An historic archive – structured to allow browsing, and including images and text. Volunteer historians are sought to develop the content for this.
  • A ‘living archive’ based on contributions from residents and those with a special relationship to Kinsale. This will be based on the My Kinsale book content with updates and adding video and audio files. We would like to extend this project along the lines of An Duchas https://www.duchas.ie/en/cbes, and will apply for Creative Ireland funding to support this work. Volunteer researchers and recorders and sought to help capture content locally.
  • A skills database driven by referrals to allow users to look up and rate people’s skills/refer friends – this will build on the ‘Recommendations’ section of Kinsale Noticeboard and establish an ongoing reference source – specific skills (eg plumbing) and past experience (eg worked in traffic management). To avoid GDPR concerns, this will need careful planning and systems architecture. In order to populate this in the first instance, a survey will be carried out to collect skills information.
  • A portal to The Kinsale Co-operative Society online ‘banking’ services – more on this to come.
  • A Community Groups section which profiles each of the established Kinsale groups, of which there are about 20-30, and allows for news to be added. A volunteer is sought to contact all groups with a standard form for content provision and to collate this section.

In order to move this project forward, IBK would like to engage with potential sponsors/donors in the region to help fund the work and those who could access corporate support (eg in providing CRM and project management). We would also like to engage with school and college students to set up projects to collect local stories, podcasts/videos and to digitise/annotate photo collections.

What you say you want for 2019

A proper board walk along the quay from the tourist office to trident hotel

Clean sludge from harbour so there can be water at low tide and fill in 30 meters of harbour onto existing car park for more car parking1

Safe cycling paths, foot paths, no parking in town centre, youth cafe, amenities for teenagers,1

For dog owners to pick up their dogs poo,and bin it.🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾1

Motor home parking like Cobh1

Safe coach park near town for our valued tourists.1

Somewhere that accepts household waste ..for a fee ….for caravaners and short term holiday home visitors..I often hear them asking for one.1

Pedestrianised – improve road signs1

Sort parking out. Should have been done 20 years ago.1

How ? Any suggestions? that can’t be explained in less than 10 words 😂.1

Footpaths. Allowing young and old to walk safely into and out of town, school etc.6

Moto parking!2

(Safe) Walking routes. For people to get from their homes to the schools/to work; for tourists to walk to historical sites and out along the head lands. ‘Walking buses’ for school kids within walking distance of schools to decongest roads in the morning. Pedestrianization of some town areas. Refill water fountains. Segregated bins. A civic amenity site that works better. BROWN BINS for everyone entitled to one.3

A small shuttle bus taking in the rural areas not serviced by bus eireann.
Dunderrow, Jagoes mills, browns mills, Charles Fort, the dock, the new developments by the old marsh. None of these are serviced by any form of public/private transport.
Many tourists coming are left to the mercy of taxis to visit iconic areas like Charles Fort and many of the historic sites around the countryside.
Elderly people unable to drive would also be able to avail of this service as well as many more living in rural areas that don’t have cars.
Taxis are great but if you live in dunderrow it’s 20 Euro round trip.
Something to consider as a service or as a business for someone.

 Bicycle parking rack..?4

A community resource centre.

Better car parking facilities close to town and pedestrianise as much of the town centre and Main Street as possible. Agree that high rise parking doesn’t have to be ugly. With a little imagination it could look quite cool. There are a few ideal locations that this could happen4

A loop road around the town.

Loo friendly Kinsale…. ?3

Affordable housing…4

Pedestrian Zone (friendly) downtown.1

Bigger Playground/ skateboard park and facilities for families and children in Kinsale.6

Just for our family to be there to enjoy this wonderful place2

Car park,covered bus station,pedestrianised streets!!!!! Roofs above pubs,no more wet chairs and tables,less litter on streets-> more bins,cinema,indoor playground1

Definitely a better traffic system through town & around the town.5

Additional parking , within a cool landmark piece of architecture which both respects and adds to the look of Kinsale architecturally . Easier parking = more footfall = vibrant town center , and interesting architecture creates interest in a place . A car park can in theory have any type of exterior – who says they have to be ugly functionalist lumps of concrete . I think a Neo-Gothic style might be cool ? Any alternative suggestions out there ?

Free parking. Essential to keep business in town7

Incentives to stop the youth leaving the town

No cars on main st from Bank of Ireland to Fishy Fishy would be amazing!9

I don’t think that would work Barry as buisness would suffer, especially Butcher shop. No one wants to end up carrying heavy bags .2

 for the butchers you could have a brief stop loading bay. The rest of the businesses on that street are tourist related and would be happy I think?2

 I would like that too but as we are already short of parking and there is no spare space in that area it doesn’t look like a runner .

Future Kinsale Update

From Alan Clayton – Chair.

1) We now gave 6 core project teams with nominations for “team coordinator”. Right now the ‘team coordinator” needs simply to contact the other names in the group and arrange to meet for a coffee/beer/cocktail/other, and write a 300 word intro to the 1st project this group is going to undertake. We hope each coordinator will make their presentation on 25th at the initial public meeting.
I will do my best to keep an overview of how all this progresses. If you have other nominations or want to contribute and are not on the list, just shout !! (or better still just go ahead and reach out – emails above). I’m sure it’ll be chaotic, but if everyone contributes a little, amazing things will start to happen.
Groups are……
Transport / Infrastructure – Coordinator: Mike Walsh – contributors Liz Creed, Andy Ashford, Malcolm Hall – 1st Project – Edge of Town Coach Park / Shuttle
Environment / Sustainability – Coordinator: Liz Creed – contributors Tara Shine, Madeline Murray (we know Tara is away in Jan)1st Project – Better Waste Management
Art / Culture / Community – Coordinator: Alan Clayton – contributors Adrian Wistreich, John O’Keeffe, Nora Byrne1st Project – Establish a Kinsale Community Cooperative 
Tourism / Heritage – Coordinator: Adrian Wistreich – contributors Darren Burke, Cian Walsh1st Project – One Stop Kinsale database/portal
Digital / Technology – Coordinator: Abe McIntosh (tbc) – contributors Elasnik/Trevor, Voda Anne O’Leary1st Project – Free WiFi Town
Enterprise / Education – Coordinator: Mike O’Connor (tbc) – contributors Fergal McCarthy, Una O’sullivan, Gearoid Wycherley, Gerry Wrixon 1st Project – Business Hub

2) We now plan a PUBLIC MEETING for Jan 25th – see invitation text below – and please share…
Also please click on Future Kinsale facebook page and invite others – this is important.
And finally please check out the linked blog where coordinators can update the community with progress and news of their projects.

3) ASAP and no later than JAN 6th – each group needs to prepare a 3 minute “pitch” to share details of 1st project in your area of focus. The 3 min need to answer the questions..1) Why this project ? 2) What is the project exactly ? and 3) What are the benefits to the community ? 
Please send this text back to me by Jan 6th, so we can publish them and edit them together for Jan 25th.
Easy right !! 

Heritage projects

St Catherine’s Church, Summercove

We were awarded planning permission for a change of use from a church to a community building. Unfortunately we have one objector and his main problem is parking and other health and safety issues.
We have addressed  his main parking issue by leasing part of our neighbours field and our conservation architect assures us the health and safety issues have been included in our plans.
We await An Bord Pleanála decision which we hope will be shortly so that our committee can complete the restoration of a disused old church to a modern community centre for the use of all local residents and tourists.

St Multose Church

St Multose Church is a national monument and we (the vestry) have recently completed new signage to improve the visitor experience.
There are now four main large display boards situated inside the church under the balcony giving a brief history of Kinsale and our church which is one of the oldest if not the oldest working church in Ireland dating from 1190! The separate web site for St Multose is http://www.kinsale.cork.anglican.org

We are also currently working on a new community room which will be used for Sunday school, a meeting room for local groups and a further display area for tourists to visit. We are currently one of the top hits on ‘trip advisor ‘ and our visitor book can testify to this!

Robert MaxwellCommittee memberOn behalf of www.sccc.ie (Ytube stcatherineskinsale)

What might a Kinsale Co-operative Society look like?


A standard definition of cooperatives in the U.S., a user-owned, user-controlled business that distributes benefits based on use, combines the model’s three fundamental principles: user-ownership, user-control, and the distribution of net income based on patronage rather than investment (Zeuli and Cropp 2004). A coop’s user is a person that supplies its raw product (e.g., grain for processing) or purchases its goods and services. The “user-owner” principle implies that the people who use the co-op help finance the co-op in return for ownership shares. Cooperative patrons (or users) become members by investing equity (either up-front or over time) in the cooperative. Members generally contribute thirty to fifty percent of the capital required to finance the enterprise.4 The collective investment of equity creates joint ownership of the business. Cooperatives may receive grants and loans (debt capital) from lending institutions (there are banks that specialize in providing cooperative credit) but there are limitations on receiving equity capital from individuals or organizations that will not patronize the cooperative. Cooperatives may obtain equity from non-members, but the investors may not be granted any voting rights and their returns from the investment are limited by state cooperative statutes (in most states dividends may not exceed eight percent annually).

Self-help community development The self-help model places community members at the core of a development process with two goals: to improve the quality of life within the community and to increase the community’s internal capacity to create further change by institutionalizing the community development process.

A community’s assets include the human, social, physical, financial, and environmental, or taken together what Green and Haines (2002) call “community capital.” By virtue of being locally developed, locally owned and locally controlled, cooperatives clearly build on a community’s human capital, social capital, and financial capital.

The cooperative contribution to human capital development (education, skills, and experience) may be its most substantial community development impact. According to Richardson (2000), the value of leadership training cannot be overestimated: “If I were pressed to select only one from a list of the ten most important components needed for sustainable rural community development, it would have to be leadership training”

The willingness of people to cooperate and trust is a fundamental building block in a cooperative development strategy. Communities with established networks and relationships (civic communities) build trust and make organizing efforts easier.

Concept and objectives for Kinsale Co-operative Society (KCS)

  1. A NFP trust with members who are residing in or have a strong interest in Kinsale.
  2. A ‘self-development co-operative’ which promotes community residents to use local financial resources to create businesses/services and assets that are locally owned and controlled.
  3. A tightly defined list of objectives which are administered by the (elected) trustees and potentially an executive:
  4. Acquisition of assets (eg buildings or land) and business entities for the benefit of the Kinsale community. This should be limited to acquiring a controlling interest, and each entity should be in principle self-financing in due course.
  5. Provision of services for the community (incremental to existing services, not substitutional) which augment the status and quality of Kinsale (eg Kinsale Wifi) – this could include tourism services making Kinsale a better attraction, town management services to improve the living environment for residents or educational services to supplement existing state-run education.
  6. Education in specific skills – eg managing small businesses in the town – potentially through the provision of multi-business supports (eg a hub)
  7. Provide sustainable employment opportunities for residents of Kinsale, especially those without transferrable skills or the wish/ability to work elsewhere.
  8. Investment in small local enterprises and community-based projects to support sustainable futures. It should be able to include some element of risk by the KCS
  9. A robust process of evaluation, monitoring and review of projects and their achievements will be essential.

Governing principles

The principles governing KCS would include the ICO guidelines:

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Member Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training and Information
  6. 6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
  7. 7. Concern for Community


Funds in the form of member shares ,some of which are withdrawable:

  1. A small unit price for minimum membership – non-withdrawable but allows access to the Kinsale Membership Card (eg €10-20 per year). This should be attainable by adults and children/younger members, residents and those visitors who want to benefit from Kinsale offers during their stay
  2. A manageable larger unit with voting rights and withdrawable at par (eg €100-500 per unit)
  3. A Larger ‘charitable donation’ share – this would be in the form of a non-withdrawable donation but could attract benefits
  4. An investor level (private or corporate) share – this might include ethical VC, crowd funding and investment by other co-operatives – the proportion of paid-up capital in this area would be limited.  It might be better to reserve this investment for specific projects (eg JV acquisition of public spaces)

2 and 4 would perhaps attract dividend payments

2 and 3 would include specific benefits:

  1. Listings on a consumer-facing website, brochures etc and participation in promotional events (KCS show etc)
  2. Membership card which offers benefits to local spending
  3. Consulting and marketing support for businesses which participate

Technical solutions

It is important that a system is built to administer KCS, based on online financial management.  Consider:

  1. Automated membership payments
  2. Administration of loans and investments
  3. Loyalty card points-based reward system allowing members to use their card in Kinsale businesses to earn points which can be spent within the community on KCS investments – a virtuous circle investment.
  4. Full financial accountability and governance to benefit from tax breaks etc
  5. Online voting