Jan 31, 2011

Environ 2011 Online Registration Now Open



ENVIRON 2011 Colloquium


"Towards 2020: Environmental challenges and opportunities for the next decade"


The 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium (ENVIRON 2011) will be held in University College Cork (UCC) from Wednesday, April 6th- Friday April 8th, 2011.


 Registration online http://www.esaiweb.org/content/environ2011/ opens today!



The ENVIRON colloquium is the largest annual gathering of environmental researchers in Ireland with over 300 researchers attending the event. The event continues to provide a wonderful platform for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to present their research to a wide audience.


The ENVIRON colloquium has traditionally been organised in a partnership between the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI) and the host College.  However in 2011 the Environmental Protection Agency has come on board as a colloquium partner which, in addition to providing additional funding, will also give a considerable boost to the colloquium in terms of profile and attendance.   We are very grateful for the EPA's continued support for ENVIRON.


Another significant development is that the ENVIRON colloquium is partnering with the 9th Law and the Environment Conference which is running on April 6th-7th in the same location in UCC.   The ENVIRON colloquium and the Law and Environment conference will have joint parallel sessions which Environ delegates will be able to attend in addition to the usual ENVIRON programme.


The colloquium in 2011 is also expanding its range of activities in terms of training and workshops.  The workshops will include:


  •   Ocean Studies - Avenues for Employment; Creating a Career from Studies of the Sea: Environment Graduate Programme (EGP), the Coastal & Marine Resources Centre (CMRC/ERI, UCC and the Irish Society for Ocean Studies (ISOS)
  • Geospatial technologies - their value for your real world applications: Andy Day, Compass Informatics and Dr Fiona Cawkwell, UCC
  • Life Coaching: Ailbhe Harrington, Life Coach
  • Scientific Writing and Presentation: Dr Brian Quinn, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  •  Ecology for beginners field trip along Glashaboy river: Dr Shirley Gallagher, Syspro Systems for Progress Ltd.


All workshops are free to delegates.


The opening date for the Call for Papers for oral and poster presentations is Monday, January 31st, 2011 with the closing date of Friday, February 25th, 2011.  The ENVIRON organising committee is inviting submissions of abstracts for oral and poster presentations from industry, academics and researchers in the following thematic areas:


  • Water Quality                                    
  •  Climate Change
  •  Marine and Coastal Research
  • Energy                                                            
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Technologies             
  • Environment and Health
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems              
  • Society & the Economy


In order to ensure a continuing high standard of colloquium presentations all abstracts will be peer reviewed.  The colloquium will also give increased visibility to colloquium posters whereby poster presenters will have the opportunity to do a 1 minute presentation at the end of the oral presentations sessions in order to highlight their poster.   There will be the usual variety of prizes for oral and poster presentations including a few new ones (check out http://www.esaiweb.org/content/environ2011/competition/ for further details).   Please visit http://www.esaiweb.org/content/environ2011/ to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation.


The full delegate fee for the conference is €250 and the Student/Reduced/OAP fee is €100.  However the colloquium organisers are cognisant of reduced research funding available in the current economic climate and have introduced a one-day registration fee of €150.  In addition, the research supervisors of students giving oral presentations at the conference can attend the full conference for the reduced fee of €150 as a result of which it is hoped that we will have increased numbers of research Principal Investigators at the colloquium.  The colloquium banquet takes place on Thursday, April 7th at the River Lee Hotel and will cost €40.  Colloquium delegates can register for ENVIRON 2011 from January 31st, 2011 onwards at http://www.esaiweb.org/content/environ2011/ (please note: all usual payment methods are accepted but registration for payment by purchase order number closes on February 25th).


We look forward to seeing you in Cork!


Dr Paul Bolger,

Environmental Research Institute, UCC



On behalf of the Environ 2011 organising committee


Sinead Macken                                                           Dr Paul Bolger

ESAI Conference Liaison                                              UCC Conference Liaison

Stonehaven, Moy Road, Kinvara, Co. Galway              Environmental Research Institute, UCC, Lee Road, Cork                               

Email: administrator@esaiweb.org                             Email: p.bolger@ucc.ie            

Tel: 086-8071498                                                         Tel: 021-4901933 

Web: www.esaiweb.org                                               Web: http://eri.ucc.ie             


Environ 2011 Online Registration and Information available on http://www.esaiweb.org/content/environ2011/




SECAD Community Training Programme

Hi all,  this is a reminder that the 3rd SECAD Community Training Session is on Tuesday night, 1st February starting at 7.00 and finishing at 9.00 pm.  The focus will be on:  Group Dynamics in Community Organisations & Community Groups.


[Background: It is inevitable that groups and organisations face challenges as they evolve and develop.  It is also true that one of the challenges that groups face is ensuring that everyone in the group has a chance to participate and contribute as they wish to the overall group objectives.  Sometimes, if things are out of kilter, the group doesn't function as well as it might and this affects people in different ways.  It can also affect how the group achieves its objectives.


The session will focus on the realities and practicalities that groups and organisations face and how to deal with issues and situations that arise.  We will ask you to work on some practical examples and work our way towards solutions as well as preparing yourselves for the future.]


The venue is:  FACT (Family Resource Centre), Village Centre, Ballincollig.


Directions:  Ballincollig – drive through Ballincollig's main street from the city end.  You will see AIB bank on a corner on the right and prepare to slow down, you'll see the new Shopping centre on your left (Dunne's Stores etc.).  Immediately opposite Dunne's is a left turn with the Ulster Bank on the corner, pedestrian and street traffic lights.  Take the turn left at the Ulster Bank.  Then immediately on right is a car park.  The Family Resource Centre (FACT) is in the building in the car park on the ground floor beside the library.  Enter through double doors, walk through hallway turning towards your left– the meeting room will be inside another set of doors.


If you have any problems, please call me on my mobile: 087 295 8638.


We look forward to seeing you there!  If you know of others in the SECAD area who would like to come along, please mention this to them.  There is no cost as the Training is subsidised by SECAD. 


[Note this is No. 3 in a series of Community Training Sessions organised by SECAD.  The next session – Finances & Funding is on 8th February also at FACT at 7.00 pm]


Kind regards – Rita Kearney, Trainer, on behalf of SECAD Ltd.


Rita Kearney MA, Member I.I.T.D

West Cork Training & Kearney Consultants

Ard na Gaoithe


Co. Cork

T: 027 53964


E: rita@westcorktraining.com

W: www.westcorktraining.com



Jan 28, 2011

FOE Tip of the day: Sow your seeds

Friends of the Earth
Tip of the day

Sow your seeds

Now is the time to start planning what vegetables and herbs you want to grow this year in your garden, window box or kitchen windowsill. Search around for organic seeds if possible, or heritage seeds, to help safeguard rare varieties. Alternatively, if you have green-fingered friends, swap seeds or plants with them.

Best Wishes, Rita @ Friends of the Earth

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Jan 27, 2011

Biodiversity Project Officer Monaghan



Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following positions:

Biodiversity Project Officer

Application forms and further details are available below in Word format:

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms: Friday 4th February 2011



click on the recruitment tab.

Jan 26, 2011

The Economics of Happiness - Exciting Cork Launch by Helena Norberg-Hodge - Next Tues

Next week there will be a Cork screening of the new documentary by Helena Norberg-Hodge - The Economics of Happiness - presented by UCC's Department of Food Business & Development, the UCC International Development Society and ISEC - the International Society for Ecology and Culture. This is the first screening of the film to take place in Ireland and we're delighted to say that Helena herself will be present on the night, along with other guests. Refreshments will also be provided.

Featuring prominent voices such as Rob Hopkins, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten and Zac Goldsmith, The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they're starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization."

The screening will take place on Tuesday 1st Feb at 7pm on the main UCC campus in lecture theatre Boole 4 (downstairs, beside the library in the centre of the campus).

Please distribute this to your mailing lists or anyone who you feel may be interested. A facebook event can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=126909054041979

                      Warmest Regards,
                             Tom (International Development & Food Policy III)

6 week course by Ethical Development Action

EDA Six week Development Education Programme 2011 Wednesday 26th January – 2nd March
Overall Topic: Development Myths
The purpose of the six week programme is to explore, discuss and dispel in a discursive manner many of the myths and misconceptions that people may have around six specific development related topics. The programme will give participants the opportunity to actively discuss and examine the chosen topics with experts from each field in an inviting and informal setting.
The programme will run on consecutive Wednesday nights from the 26
th January 2011 from 7pm until 8.30-9pm at the Victoria hotel on Patrick Street, Cork. Refreshments will be provided. The six areas to be examined are myths surrounding: 

 The environment / climate change
 Volunteering / voluntourism (specifically in developing countries)
 Asylum seekers / refuges
 Trade (specifically between developed and developing countries)
 Food and food production
 The current economic model and growth

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Jan 25, 2011

Autopsy of the Celtic Tiger - UCC Planning Soc

The Planning Society in UCC are holding a guest speaker event this Thursday, the 27th. Speakers include Ian Lumley, (Heritage Officer, An Taisce) and James Nix (Co-author Chaos at the Crossroads). This event is open to the public and all are welcome.


The event will be held in the Brookfield Complex at 7: 30.


UCC Planning Society Event
Guest speakers - Ian Lumley & James Nix
January 27th at 7:30pm
Room G05 Brookfield

Any queries can be directed to John Collins (Planning Society Auditor)- 086 4097103

Environ 2011 Registration Opens January 31st

ENVIRON 2011 Colloquium
"Towards 2020: Environmental challenges and opportunities for the next decade"

The 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium (ENVIRON 2011) will be held in University College Cork (UCC) from Wednesday, April 6th- Friday April 8th, 2011

Advance Notice: Registration online http://www.esaiweb.org/content/environ2011/ opens on January 31st

Jan 24, 2011

Skibbereen Meitheal Group

Are you trying to create a vegetable garden? Do you find it hard to get the
big jobs done- erecting windbreaks, double digging, planting out? Need some
help? We are a group of local veggie-growers who take it in turns to help
each other out. We organise regular work groups to tackle the heavy work
together. All you need to give is your time. If interested contact
Anne-Marie at green.a.marie@gmail.com 087 6860523.

LIFE+ 2011 Information Session - Ireland, 03.03.2011

The European Commission will launch the 2011 LIFE+ Call for Proposals in mid February 2011, with a budget of Euro 265.36 million for projects across the European Union targeting the environment under three headings: nature and biodiversity, environment policy and governance, and information and communication.

The Commission would like to invite you to participate in a LIFE+ Information Session to be held shortly after the Call for Proposals, on 03.03.2011 at the Dublin Custom House, Dublin. The aim of this Information Session is to inform potential applicants about the LIFE+ Programme in the context of the 2011 Call for Proposals:

• You can read the European Commission's invitation here.

• You can download the provisional agenda for the Session here.

• To register for this LIFE+ Information Session, please click here to fill in the online Registration Form and click the Done button when you have finished.

If you have problems registering using the link above, please use this link instead: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2011RegistrationformIreland.

The registration for this Session is open until 17.02.2011. There are limited places available at this event, and we may have to use a first-come first-served approach.

If you do not wish to attend this LIFE+ Information Session please click here.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (Eva Viktoryova, life.ie@mwhglobal.com).

Kind regards,

Eva Viktoryova
LIFE+ Workshop Assistant

Glebe gardens apprenticeship

Here is an absolutely wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in progressing their gardening career. Glebe Gardens is a magical family run paradise, with cafe / restaurant, the best raised vegetable bed system in the world, natural fertilisers, extensive herb garden, dozens of tomato varieties in the greenhouse, lots of ornamental shrubs and trees cleverly sited for their beauty and shelter, and rock and other concerts in their unique amphitheatre down by the West Cork seashore. Heaven!

Below are details of the course (which comes with remuneration and qualifications!)

Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested.

Applications are invited for the position of Garden Trainee at Glebe Gardens.

The position will involve practical work and study towards the R.H.S. Level 2 certificate.

for more details please email glebegardens@gmail.com

, or tel 028 20232 or apply to Glebe Gardens, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland.

Jan 20, 2011

Newry - A Sustainable & Smart City?

Series 2, Seminar 3:

Newry – A Sustainable & Smart City?

This Free seminar will address how advances in energy technology, communications and transport will influence urban living. It will explore the concept of a "Smart City" and provide a forum for local decision makers, business people and the public to consider how Newry can develop economically and socially while protecting the environment and ensuring sustainability.

Tuesday 25

th January 2011 Time




Registration and coffee



John Russell, SRC - Carbon Zero NI


Keynote address – Sustainable Cities

Dr John Barry, QUB

The concept and technology of Smart Cities:


Sustainable Development Strategy

Patricia Mackey, Sustain NI


Smart Grid Ireland and digital technologies

Willie Donaghy, Smart Grid Ireland


European "Smart City" context


Local digital opportunities


Refreshment break and Networking

Review of Sustainability Projects in Newry:


Newry and the Plugged in Places project

Celia Chambers, DRDNI


The Newry City Master Plan

John Frazer, The Paul Hogarth company


Green New Deal Pilot project

Nigel Brady, Bryson Charitable Group


Newry "Passive House" project

Adrian Blythe, NIHE


Newry Low Carbon City project

John Farrell, NMDC


Lunch & Networking


"Newry City Café" discussion workshop

Bonnie Horsman


Plenary - Bringing it all together, Q&A

Dr John Barry


Conversations & Close


Venue: Bagenal's Castle, Castle Street, Newry


9.00 a.m. – 2.00p.m.

To register a place on the seminar please contact:

John Russell, Greenshoots, Newry. Tel 028 30834038 Email: russellj@src.ac.uk

Websites: Southern Regional College www.src.ac.uk Carbon Zero NI www.carbonzeroni.com

uncut, uncontrolled, unbelievably real

http://www.localcampus.com/Food_Festival/A_Taste_Of_West_Cork_Food_Festival/Rob_Heyland_-_Part_1.html (plus part two) or www.localcampus.com library section, A Taste of West Cork.

You will enjoy the above!!! Rob Heyland says it as he sees it. He is a BAFTA, TV Society, Writer's Guild and Critics award winner. Rob speaks on the end of capitalism, and a move to a much simpler, more sustainable self-sufficient lifestyle. Rob is an actor turned scriptwriter. He believes eventually it will be accepted that we, and most of the rest of the world, have one way out of the debt / financial crisis and that is total default internationally, and internally. That would result in the end of capitalism as we know it and the virtual extinction of borrowing. That means a much simpler, more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle based around village communities.

What do you think? Do you agree? Please have your say, and share it with everybody on the new Carbery Campus blog on www.localcampus.com (click on BLOGS )

Rob, many thanks for this straight-talking no-nonsense presentation. Is it time for radical change??

Local Campus - for real freedom of speech ! and promoting local enterprise.

Jan 19, 2011

BioBlitz 2011


20 - 21 May, 2011

BioBlitz is a scientific race against time. The aim of this fun event is to find as many species as possible within a park over a 24 hour period. During last year's event, the champions, Connemara National Park recorded a massive 542 species over a 24 hour period.

Again this year, five of Ireland's magnificent state-owned properties will be vying for the title of BioBlitz 2011 Champions, with each site pitted against one another to see which property can find most species. From soaring eagles to the smallest bugs in the undergrowth, teams of scientists and volunteers will comb the parks recording what they find.

Participating this year will be:

Ballycroy National Park, Co Mayo
Dromore Woods, Co Clare
Killarney National Park, Co Kerry
Raven National Nature Reserve/ Wexford Wildfowl, Co Wexford
Waterstone Park, Dublin 7

This is a unique event where scientists, students and the general public can come together and learn how scientists and recorders use their skills to study the wildlife of an area. It will also introduce the non-specialist to the fabulous wealth of biodiversity that occurs all around us.

The event will commence at 17.00 hrs on 20 May and finish at 17.00 hrs on 21 May.
If you are interested in finding out more about Ireland's natural heritage or would like to join one of the participating teams, please contact the National Biodiversity Data Centre for further details.

Email: info@biodiversityireland.ie
Phone: 051 306 240

Visit http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/home-page/irelands-bioblitz/ for information on last year's event.

Maria Walsh Tel +353-51-306240
National Biodiversity Data Centre Email mwalsh@biodiversityireland.ie
Beechfield House
WIT West Campus

Visit www.biodiversityireland.ie for a map of our location.
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is operated under service level agreement for the Heritage Council,
Ireland, by Compass Informatics Limited. Compass Informatics Limited is registered in Ireland IE 8263347F with
a registered office at Block 8, Blackrock Business Park, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Jan 18, 2011

Integrated Constructed Wetlands Guidance Document

Dear SWAN members,


I am pleased to let you know that a new guidance document on wetlands has been published by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government:


"Integrated Constructed Wetlands

Guidance Document for Farmyard Soiled Water and Domestic Wastewater Applications."


Integrated Constructed Wetlands play an important role in achieving Water Framework Directive goals by 2015 and beyond; they also promote conservation, increase biodiversity and have the potential to deliver on flood attenuation, amenity and leisure.


The document provides comprehensive guidance for the assessment, design and construction of ICW systems and the steps outlined range from assessing suitability & development procedure of an ICW, design, installation, results and the monitoring process.


For all of the above reasons and more I would encourage you to read the document. It has been published in soft copy only and is available for download here.


With kind regards,

Bojana Ferjan

SWAN Network and Administrative Support Officer
SWAN (Sustainable Water Network)
9 Upper Mount Street
Dublin 2
01 6425583

Hugh's Fish Fight

A serious campaign underway in the UK to promote sustainable fishing practices and consumption.

Jan 17, 2011

Bird Atlas Roving Event 23/1

For your information. From Birdwatch West Cork Branch

We are meeting in the Town Square in Dunmanway at10:30am on Sunday 23rd January
We intend to cover areas in West Cork eg. Inchigealah, Enniskeane, Bantry, Skibereen area

If any of your members are interested & say live near Bantry then we would try to arrange additional meeting points.

More info

Thanks for your help.
Kind regards

E-mail:  nicholas.mitchell@nm01.ie
Tel:       +353 (23) 882 1640
Cell:      +353 (87) 121 5256


Jan 14, 2011

Irish Seed Savers Assn. Midleton, Thurs 20th Jan 6pm

In association with Sustainable Midleton

  Grow it Yourself Midleton holds its monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month.  Next meeting is


On Thursday 20th January


6 to 7:30pm, Midleton Library


A look at the Irish Seed Savers Association

  An audio visual presentation followed by plenty of time for discussion.  We will also have a chance to chat about meeting topics for 2011 – all suggestions welcome!


Free Event!

All welcome.


For more information about GIY look at our website www.GIYireland.com

Or phone Louise on 0872 333303

Midleton Spring Clean plans - April 2011

Hi All,
We had a good meeting last night; Kevin Madigan, myself, Niall O'Neill and Linda Syme attended.
We have decided to organise 4 weekend days and 1 week day during the month of April 2011 to the Midleton Spring Clean campaign. The month of April is An Taisce's oficial Spring Clean Month anyway so it fits nicely.
Here is a provisional schedule of dates and areas that we will target: (this is subject to change)
Saturday 2 April - volunteers - Mill Rd., Brookdale, East Cork Oil, East Cork Golf Club, Carrigogna
Tuesday 5 April - CBS Transition Year Students + volunteers - Aldi/Lidl area, Bailick Road, the Estuary, People's Walk, Ballyannan, Dwyers Rd.
Saturday 9 April - volunteers - Tesco area, Knockgriffin, New Bypass, Cork Rd., Cork Rd., Flyover
Saturday 16 April - volunteers - The Park, Rugby Club, Broomfield East, Dungourney Rd. Roxborough Rd.
Saturday 30 April - volunteers - (provisional) Lisgoold road and Ballinaclasha forest
We aim to start each day at 9.30am and finish around 3pm.
I want to ask you all to spread the word please and find some more dedicated volunteers if you can. Please forward me email addresses of interested people so I can add them to our mail outs.
Closer to the dates we will be contacting the local media and radio to get some free publicity, which will hopefully bring out more volunteers. We can take some photos during the clean ups and have them published afterwards also. An Taisce also organises local media support centrally so we should get good publicity.
We will also contact Midleton UDC to ask them for collection of the waste and any other support they may want to give. Niall O'Neill mentioned that he will be meeting Billy Buckley today on another matter and he will mention what we are trying to do to him.
I look forward to hearing from you and working with you all for a cleaner Midleton!
Kind regards,
Nick Becker
16 Chestnut Drive
Co. Cork
Tel +353 (0)87 1319220

Jan 13, 2011

TCC Documentary 'the Age of Stupid' 25th Jan @ 7pm South Presentation, Douglas St. Cork

Hi All,
Please find attached poster for this months film night at the South Pres (enter by the Evergreen St. side)
Please copy this to friends and colleagues


Green Works announces 50 free courses for jobseekers across Ireland

Green Works, the free education programme for jobseekers, has announced dates for more than 50 new courses taking place across Ireland in 2011. The courses, which focus on opportunities within the emergent Green Economy, will take place in the Green Works Hubs in Dublin, Cork, Sligo and Tipperary between January and June of this year.


Interested parties should visit www.green-works.ie or call 01 674 5773, Dublin 021 4397284, Cork, Sligo 071 9140542 and 085 7131412 Tipperary for full course details.


About Green Works

Green Works began taking students in November 2010 and is a collaborative project of Cultivate, Nicer Training, Syspro;Systems for Progress Limited and Woodrow Sustainable Solutions. It is nationwide education programme which includes hubs is Dublin, Cork, Sligo and Tipperary.


Green Works is funded by the Department of Education and Skills through the Labour Market Activation Fund with support from The European Social Fund. All courses and workshops are free to anyone receiving unemployment payments.


For further information please contact Green Works Press Officer Nic Whelan at nic@green-works.ie or on 0873175596.


24 hours to Save the Climate Bill



Friends of the Earth Ireland

It was a great victory that the Climate Bill was published just before Christmas. It is amazing to be at this stage in the campaign and it is all down to all your hard campaigning. However everything you have worked so hard for is now under threat!

The vested interests of IBEC and the IFA are already seeking to undermine and dilute the Bill. They want to see weaker targets, and watered down accountability and enforcebility within the Bill. They are meeting senators today and tomorrow to ask them to weaken the Bill.

Unless they hear from you the Bill could be be killed this week.

The Bill is already less than the Government promised. It needs to be strengthened to be effective not further weakened. Please tell you Senators that you want them to seek to strengthen the Bill and to support it in principle. Senators are hearing from powerful lobby groups, to do the right thing they need to hear from you!

Please also consider calling one of the Senators you're emailing to tell them that this is an important issue for you. Many of them will be running in the General Election in the near future so they'll pay attention to you. Just call Leinster House on 01-618300 and ask to be put through to their office.

And we're happy to help you with information about which Senators are most important to talk to and what to say. Get in touch with us by replying to this email or calling the office on 01 639 4652. If we don't speak up, the voices calling for inaction on climate change will win.

Many thanks,
Molly Walsh
Friends of the Earth

P.S. Senators are hearing from po werful lobby groups who want to stall the climate bill. Unless they hear from you the Bill could be be killed this week. Please email your Senators now.


Friends of the Earth, 9 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2, Ireland • 353 1 6394652 • info@foe.iewww.foe.ie

Jan 12, 2011

Collaborate To Innovate Project, Cork 18 January

The Wheel has launched a new programme to assist community, voluntary and charity organisations to learn more about joint working arrangements and mergers.

The Collaborate to Innovate Project involves a series of free half-day seminars to introduce the concept of collaborative working. It will also provide a number organisations with specific consulting supports over a four-month timeframe to bring joint projects to life.

We will be hosting a free seminar in the Clarion Hotel, Cork on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, and we would be very grateful if you could alert community and voluntary groups in your region by forwarding the following information to them via email, in your newsletter or on Twitter and Facebook:

  • Have you considered collaborating with other organisations to reduce your costs?
    If so, you may be interested in participating in Collaborate to Innovate, a unique programme developed by The Wheel to help community and voluntary organisations explore collaborative working arrangements and mergers.

    The programme involves a free half-day seminar to introduce you to the concept of collaborative working. The seminar will provide an overview of joint ventures and mergers, and we will explore at a few success stories and the potential pitfalls.

    You are invited to attend the seminar in the Clarion Hotel, Cork next Tuesday, 18 January 2011. This is your opportunity to find out if collaborative working, or a merger, could benefit your organisation.

    You are also invited to apply for the second phase of the programme. During this phase, a selected number of organisations will be offered free consulting (supports over a four-month period) to bring their collaborations or mergers to life. Your organisation can apply for this programme whether you attend the seminar or not; however, there will be a lot of information & guidance about the programme provided at the seminar.
    The seminar is free, but registration is essential. You can reserve your place here: http://www.wheel.ie/training/course/collaborate-innovate-seminar-cork-18-january-2011
    You can find more information on the project here:

    The Collaborate to Innovate Programme is funded by the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, and The Wheel is delivering the programme in association with Prospectus Strategy Consultants.

Here is a Twitter or Facebook ready version:
  • Have you considered collaborating with another organisation? Free seminar next week in Cork: http://bit.ly/gF1gnZ
Thank you in advance for your help!



Elizabeth Bolger, Services Manager

The Wheel | ISFC, 10 Grattan Crescent, Inchicore, Dublin 8
T: (01) 454 8727 | E:  elizabeth@wheel.ie

Better Together: Raise Your Organisation's Profile
See how at www.bettertogether.ie,  or follow the Better Together! Campaign on Twitter.

Rotha Teoranta, trading as The Wheel, is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland with registered office at 10 Grattan Crescent, Inchicore and registered company number 302282.

Rotha Teoranta is also a charity with CHY number 13288

Directors of Rotha Teoranta: Seamus Boland, Carol Conway, Sean Coughlan, Mary Cunningham, John Dolan, Etain Doyle, Sinead Grennan, Catherine Hickey, Joe Houghton, Thomas King, Mark Lloyd, Yvonne McKenna, Barbara O'Connell, James O'Leary, Paul O'Sullivan, Louise Oppermann

[Green Works News] Issue 5

Green Works News

Issue 5, 11 Jan 2011

Happy New Year!

2011 is upon us and Green Works is delighted to announce dates for more than 50 new courses taking place across the country over the coming months. We have a whole host of Green Building, Green Business, Sustainable Tourism, Land Use and Practical Skills courses for you to choose from. All courses are focussed on Green Economy jobs and are free for anyone receiving unemployment payments. Enrol now and upskill for a sustainable future!

Special Event – Collaborative Entrepreneurship & Innovation | Cultivate, Dublin | Sat 22nd &Sun 23rd January
<<< click here for details >>>

Dublin Schedule

The Dublin Hub is located in The Greenhouse, 17 St Andrew St, Dublin 2 (map).

Brand New Courses: Technology in a Green Business (Starts 17th Jan), Permaculture Design (Starts 25th Jan) and Economics for a Sustainable Future (Starts 10th Feb).

January Courses: Renewable Energy Systems (Starts 13th Jan), BER Fourndations (Starts 17th Jan), Environmental Design of Buildings (Starts 20th Jan), Green Building (Starts 24th Jan), Permaculture Design (Starts 25th Jan), Green Business Marketing (Starts 27th Jan), Passive House Planning Package (Starts 31st Jan).

Click here for the full list of Dublin courses.

Cork Schedule

The Cork Hub is located at Farranferris College, Redemption Road, Cork (map).

Brand New Courses: Sew & Mend (Starts 17th Jan), Embroidery (Starts 18th Jan), Crochet (Starts 19th Jan), Knitting (Starts 13th Jan) and Lacemaking (Starts 21st Jan).

January Courses: Environmental Design of Buildings (Starts 17th Jan), Permaculture Design (Starts 20th Jan), Sustainable Development (Starts 20th Jan, Clonakilty), Start Your Own Green Business (Starts 20th Jan, Clonakilty), Sustainable Development (Starts 31st Jan)

Click here for the full list of all Cork courses.

Sligo Schedule

The Sligo Hub is located at 4 The Mall, Sligo.

Brand New Courses: Sewing By Hand & Machine (Starts 13th Jan), Introduction to Sustainable Fashion (Starts 3rd Feb), Sustainable Heritage & Tourism (Starts 21st Feb), Wind Energy Workshop (Starts 25th Feb), From Plot to Plate (Starts 28th Feb).

January Courses: Renewable Energy Systems (Starts 17th Jan), Start Your Own Green Business (Starts 26th Jan), BER Foundations (Starts 31st Jan).

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Tipperary Schedule

The Tipperary Hub is located at AE House, Main Street, Cloughjordan (map).

Brand New Courses: Artisan Food Processing (Starts 7th Feb), Sustainable Agriculture (Starts 16th Feb), Organic Production Principles (Starts 2nd March), Introducing Social Media (Starts 7th March).

January Courses: Green Building (Starts 25th Jan) and Renewable Energy Systems (Starts 27th Jan).

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