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Dome

Posted on: 9th October, 2017

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

The new geodesic dome at Clonakilty Community Garden was officially opened by Joy Larkcom, inspirational vegetable grower, writer and supporter of the project, on Friday, September 22.

Clonakilty Community Garden originated as a resource for asylum seekers living in Clonakilty, providing a space for growing their food and somewhere they could experience fulfilling work and integration. In addition to providing improved nutrition and physical activity, the garden has major mental health benefits.

With the wider community rallying around the project, it is evolving as a Community Sustainable Innovation Hub for various education and demonstration initiatives ranging from gardening to sustainable energy to biodiversity.

It will provide an open space to the many community groups already established in Clonakilty to co-design and create innovative solutions to our community’s sustainable development challenges.

On Friday afternoon there were a number of informative talks at the dome, ranging from vegetable growing to how to build your very own dome using bicycle wheels.

That evening, as part of Culture Night celebrations, Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers, Clonakilty Community Art Centre and members of the public gathered together in the new dome for an immersive evening of culture and entertainment.

The development of the Community Sustainable Innovation Hub is a collaboration between GIY Clonakilty, Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers, the residents of the Direct Provision Centre, the Lyons Club, the Tidy Town committee, Permaculture Clonakilty, Sustainable Clonakilty and the Cope Foundation.

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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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26th September, 2017  ·  

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