Bring a smile to a child’s face this Christmas with a shoebox of gifts

shoebox

Posted on: 6th October, 2014

Category: Features

Contributor: West Cork People

Last year, 8,100 boxes were sent from Ireland to Albania, of which 3,184 came from West Cork – a great achievement. Overall 163,530 boxes from Ireland were distributed to the poorest children of Eastern Europe and Africa.

If you would like to take part this year, simply cover a shoebox with Christmas wrapping paper (lid and box covered separately) and fill it with gifts.

Decide if you are making the box for a boy or girl and specific age group (2-4, 5-9,10-14). Toys and particularly soft toys are particularly appreciated but here are some other suggestions: skipping rope; small musical instrument; doll; finger puppet; colouring book; pencils; felt pens; sharpener/eraser; hair bobbles; toy cars; ball; hat; scarf; gloves; toothbrush and toothpaste; hair brush/comb; small items of clothing (it is asked that items of clothing be new) such as socks or pyjamas; sunglasses; sweets; toy jewellery.

The closing date is November 10. If you are not connected with a school in West Cork please contact Sally Daly at 028 -21546 or 087 – 6854489 who can arrange collection of your box. Sally, who is organiser of the Shoebox Appeal in West Cork, would like to sincerely thank all those people who, over the years, have made up boxes, collected them, knitted hats, scarves and gloves, or donated gifts, or who have helped in so many other ways.

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11th October, 2017  ·  

Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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11th October, 2017  ·  

Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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