Kinsale Community Energy Project- March 7th

Fantastic turnout and support for the launch of the Kinsale Community Energy Project, on March 7th, which was hosted by Transition Town Kinsale. There was at least 60 + people, young and old, including local residents and businesses from within the community. The Chamber was represented by Kilcaw House B&B, Actons Hotel and The Trident Hotel, who openly supported the project by offering to take part in The Energy Master Plan for the area.

For further information on reviewing your energy costs or upgrading your business or property to a more sustainable and energy efficient system, please find attached form for download or contact:

Donal Chambers: 087 641 7924

Elizabeth Creed:  087 2894077,

Issue 4: News from Cork Participation Network

Event / Meeting Details /ConsultationFurther informationKey Dates
Social Innovation Fund- Children and YouthEducation Fund
The Children and Youth Education Fund has
been created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with the Department ofRural and Community Development. The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.The aim of this fund is to improve access to higher and further
education for students (including the full
primary school cycle and up to the age of 25)
who are affected by disability or disadvantage.
As part of the application requirements, SIFI are asking applicants to demonstrate that they have secured private or philanthropic funding for the duration of this fund. If the applicant is
successful, SIFI will match their donation by
providing a 50% uplift on their funds, as well as delivering other supports such as training,
impact measurement, and capacity building.
SIFI are looking for innovative projects or programmes in Ireland that: Improve the retention of youth learners up to age 25 who are affected by disadvantage or disability at level 1 to 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) or equivalent accredited programmes/courses,
Demonstrate movement of learners along the
NFQ ladder or equivalent.The Children and Youth Education Fund aims to have wide impact and will contribute to Ireland’s achievement of
the Sustainable Development Goals.Applicants must have not-for-profit legal status to be
considered for the Children and Youth
Education Fund. For example: charity, company limited by guarantee, trust etc.
How to apply:The Children and Youth
Education Fund application form is
available here The Children and Youth
Education Fund is open for applications from 21st January 2019 to 17th May 2019.Applicants are expected to be available for interviews between the 17th
June – 28th June 2019
Social Innovation Fund- Children and Youth Mental Health Fund The Children and Youth
Mental Health Fund has been created by Social
Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership
with the Department of Rural and Community
Development.The aim of this fund is to provide meaningful, lasting support to innovative
mental health programmes and initiatives that
reach out to children and young people before and during the societal, academic, physical, and
emotional pressures of early adolescence and
early adulthood.As part of the application for this fund, SIFI are asking applicants to demonstrate
that they have secured private or philanthropic
funding for the duration of their project. If the
applicant is successful, SIFI will match their
donation by providing a 50% uplift on their funds, as well as delivering other supports such as
training, impact measurement and capacity building.  
The objective of  the Children and Youth Mental Health Fund is to provide meaningful, last in
support to innovative mental health
programmes and initiatives that reach out to
children and young people before and during
the societal, academic, physical, and emotional pressures of early adolescence, adolescence
and early adulthood. The fund is open to all innovative projects offering either preventive
supports or interventions for children and
young people and their mental health.
The Children and Youth Mental Health Fund
·50% uplift on funds raised by applicants
(applicants must provide evidence to verify that private funding has been secured)·Peer to peer networking and knowledge sharing
·Training workshops
·Impact measurement 
· A platform for awardees to showcase their
work at an awards event  
Applicants must have not-for-profit
legal status to be considered for the
Children and Youth Mental Health
Fund. For example: charity, company
limited by guarantee, trust etc.How to
apply:The Children and Youth Mental Health Fund application form is
available hereThe Children and Youth Mental Health Fund is open for
applications from 21st January 2019 to 17th May 2019. Applicants are
expected to be available for interviews between the 17th June – 28th June
Heritage Ireland 2030: A new National
Heritage Plan for Ireland Heritage in
Ireland is witnessing some exciting times. The country has so many different attributes and
values that combine to give us our shared sense of place and the sense of who we are together, with more and more local groups and individuals leading the way and advocating for heritage at the local level. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has recently announced that a new National Heritage Plan is to be undertaken and has called on the people of Ireland to get involved; encouraged to make their voice heard and to make a real difference to the scope and ambition of the Plan, which will be titled Heritage Ireland 2030.The County of Cork is steeped in heritage and is lucky to have such great numbers of groups and individuals who have a love for this heritage, regularly protecting and promoting it at every opportunity. The vision of Heritage Ireland 2030 is that heritage is valued and protected, and the people of Cork, individuals and community groups alike, now have the opportunity to express how much heritage means by having their voice heard on the national level with regard to how heritage should be prioritised over the next 10 years.
To stimulate thought and the development of ideas, a consultation document has been devised by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, which is available to view online at Anyone and everyone with an interest in heritage is encouraged to get involved; submissions can be as simple or as detailed as one wishes. In order to support groups and individuals who wish to make a submission, Cork County Council is hosting an information session on Thursday 14th February from 17:30 to 19:30 in the Council Chamber, Floor 2 of the County Hall. This will be an informal event for all of those who love their heritage; where people can drop in and discuss ideas and the type of suggestions that could be included in submissions on the plan.  Submissions are welcomed by the Department up until to February 28th and can be received by email (; post (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6XO) or by online survey via   Anyone interested in attending the information session in Cork County Hall on Thursday 14th February is requested to prior to Friday 8th February. All most welcome and it is hoped that a multitude of submissions will be made from the Rebel County.  
Beekeepers Conference Cork County Beekeepers will hold a beekeeping conference in University College Cork on March 09thand 10th  2019.  Guest speakers will be:John O’ Donoghue from Offaly andMike Palmer, Commercial Beekeeper from the US  To book your place see here  
Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Southern RegionPublic Consultation DaysThe Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) will provide a long-term regional level strategic planning and economic framework, in support of the implementation of the National Planning Framework, for the future physical, economic and social developments for the Southern Region. The Southern Regional Assembly has prepared adraft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES)for the Southern Region covering the period 2019-2031 and is seeking submissions.   The Southern Regional Assembly will consider all submissions made in writing between Tuesday 18th December 2018 and on or before 5.00pm Friday 08th March 2019 before adopting the RSES.  For more on the draft RSES consultation process see the Southern Regional Assembly website. Submissions or observations can be made via: Online: The draft RSES documents and the submission form are available hereEmailrses@southernassembly.ieMail: RSES Submissions, Southern Regional Assembly, Assembly House, O’Connell Street, Waterford X91F8PC Please note that submissions may be published on the Southern Regional Assembly website and subject to Freedom of Information. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged however it will not be possible to issue individual responses. The Assembly will hold a series of public consultation days on the draft RSES during February where the team will be available to discuss the document: Cork: Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall, 2.30-6pm, 11th February 2019Limerick: O’Brien & Wogan Suite (Level 6), Strand Hotel, Limerick 2.30-6pm, 13th February 2019Waterford: Ardmore Suite, Tower Hotel, Waterford 2.30-6pm, 15thFebruary 2019 These will be ‘drop-in’ events and no registration will be required. 
SafeTALK SafeTALK ‘Suicide alertness for everyone’ 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. Participants learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide in only a few hours. SafeTALK Following a safeTALK workshop you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide. This workshop will be held at the Youghal Community Health Project, Blackwater Heights on Thursday the 21st of February from 6:30-9pm. Booking is necessary so please contact Nicola on 086 4668484 to secure your place. Please be advised that this training is not suitable for anyone aged under 18 years or if you have been bereaved in the last year.   The training is free and will be delivered by Breaking the Silence Cobh.For further information on SafeTALK go to  
Glounthaune Energy Master PlanGlounthaune launches its Energy Master Plan at an Energy Day taking place at the Elm Tree Glounthaune on Saturday 9th February 2019 The very real threat of global warming is encouraging more and more people to explore what might be done in a practical way.  Responding to this need, a voluntary group Glounthaune Sustainable Energy Community has succeeded in completing a detailed energy usage study of the Glounthaune area just outside Cork city.  Supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), an Energy Master Plan has been commissioned and recently completed.  The plan will be launched at an Energy Day to be held on Saturday 9th February 2019 at the Elm Tree in Glounthaune from 11am to 3pm.  The Energy Day will also feature information stands on home grants, professional installers and will have a number of electric cars available on the day for test drives. Also present will be a Young Scientist award winner from Carrigtwohill with a project on solar panels. Glounthaune Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) was sponsored by Glounthaune Tidy Towns and was set up in 2017 under the chairmanship of Ailbe Ryan.  During 2018 the Glounthaune group signed up as formal partners with SEAI and was able to avail of dedicated funding for the Energy Master Plan.There are now 236 Sustainable Energy Communities nationwide with 22 SECs in County Cork, an increase of almost 100% since 2017.The SEC approach is to harness community based interest in  increasing awareness of energy efficiency and promoting practical bottom-up approaches to stimulate appropriate action in energy reduction measures. The SEC process also provides a pathway towards increasing local knowledge of energy reduction and renewable energy matters.  SEAI facilitates this community approach by free mentoring support from an expert pool. Glounthaune Sustainable Energy Community leads the way in Cork with the first completed Energy Master Plan funded by SEAI.  The Energy Master Plan identifies the main ways energy is used in the area and suggests ways of reducing it and using renewable energy. A listing of the optimal measures which could be implemented has also been produced, the so-called register of opportunities. It provides an action plan based on the actual local situation as a practical pathway for accelerating progress over the near future as a step towards minimising global warming. 
Become a Sustainable Development Goal AdvocateDevelopment Perspectives are currently recruiting for their SDG advocate programme. The SDG Advocate programme offers 26 active citizens an opportunity to represent their community, by becoming one of Ireland’s positive changemakers. The 8month training course will allow the advocates to deepen their understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, represent the project internationally and lead transformative change in Ireland. Development Perspectives are looking for community activists, change makers and global thinkers to apply for the chance to take part by February 19th. The chosen participants will travel to Vietnam or Tanzania for 2 weeks during summer 2019. The work/study visit affords an invaluable chance to experience first-hand perspectives and challenges that people face in a different global context.   This part-time educational programme and life-changing opportunity is one element of a larger project called the #SDGchallenge which was awarded the Dóchas 2017 SDG Champion Award, an award designed to recognise an organisation that has done outstanding work around the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals and was a finalist in the 2018 UN SDG Action Awards, designed to recognise outstanding achievements and innovative efforts to promote action on the Sustainable Development Goals. Bobby McCormack, Co-founder and Director of Development Perspectives, says: “The SDG Advocate programme 2019 offers an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience to the right candidates. The ultimate message is that irrespective of where you live, you can affect global change, through local actions. By bringing people together from very different living contexts, it provides an opportunity to understand each other’s perspective and strive for a more balanced and just world. Local and global communities need active citizens who are willing to contribute to a fairer, more just and sustainable world and taking part in the SDG Advocate programme is one way of playing your part.”Do you have what it takes to be one of this year’s Sustainable Development Goal Advocates or can you help to spread the word? To apply for the SDG Advocate programme or for further information about the work of Development Perspectives, please visit their website –  

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 !! 

TTK and Tourism/heritage

TTK would like to be involved with the development of Kinsale as a model for sustainability; a town that has begun the transition to our low carbon future. Kinsale led that way as a food destination it could now be one of the leaders in sustainability. Kinsale is perfectly placed to do this as the birthplace of the Transition Movement.

Kinsale advocated for the development of The Battle of Kinsale Sites to be developed as a cycle route in the 2010 Local Area Plan and it was included!

TTK would be interested in the development of trails and greenways in the Kinsale Area and have mapped out suggestions for same. Linking all the ‘centres’

  • Charles Fort
  • Madden Park Community Centre
  • Mill – Library etc
  • Municipal hall and Bowling Green
  • Proposed Centre beside Tourist Office
  • Proposed Centre at Commoge Marsh