West Cork Arts and Wellness

Posted on: 20th January, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The positive ways that involvement in the arts can contribute in the area of mental health is being increasingly recognised across Ireland and, indeed, the wider world. A visit to www.artsandhealth.ie; the national website providing resources and current research for the field of arts and health in Ireland highlights the variety of arts activities and associated benefits to health and well being.

2014 was a busy year, in terms of collaboration between mental health providers and the artistic community in West Cork. The Skibbereen Arts Festival in July had a dedicated mental health theme. The Wellness Week in Clonakilty in May featured a significant contribution from the arts community. In the lead up to World Mental Health Day on October 10, a whole week of mostly free events, open to all the community, met with an enthusiastic response in towns around West Cork.

Over the coming year, a wide-ranging programme of arts based initiatives will take place in various locations around West Cork. All of these programmes are open to adults in the community and many are free of charge. Some of these programmes include:

Bantry community choir: Weekly rehearsals on Thursday evenings at The Maritime Hotel.  No musical experience necessary

The Friday Club: Weekly meetings at the Town Hall, Skibbereen. This is an informal meeting place, providing complimentary tea/coffee and a wide range of arts and leisure activities

The Happiness Ensemble: Open to musicians of all levels of expertise and experience, facilitated in Clonakilty by Peter Fitzpatrick.

The Open Door music sessions, which take place at the West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen on the first Thursday evening of every month.

‘The North Street Poetry Group: Facilitated by Tess Leak on Thursday mornings at the Working Artists Studios, North Street, Skibbereen. This group will re-commence in February 2015.

Look out also for the Cumasú/Wellness bus, which will continue to partner with local groups around West Cork to provide physical, mental and social well being services for the entire community. For further details about West Cork Arts and Wellness initiatives contact Kevin O’Shanahan at 086 7872481 or visit:

www.facebook.com/westcorkartsandwellness.

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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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It will be delivered by John Sheehan, senior lecturer in the Archaeology Department, UCC and a former member of the Heritage Council and the Board of the National Museum of Ireland.

The Vikings were an important presence in Ireland for over two centuries. As well as inflicting great terror they were also responsible for introducing urbanism and new economic systems to the country.

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Tickets can be purchased either on the club's facebook page or through eventbrite.

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