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Posted on: 4th August, 2015

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

GIY Clonakilty notes by Riley Liao

The Solar CITIES Blue Flame tour held a community build of an IBC biodigester at the Clonakilty Community Garden on July 8. Thomas H. Culhane, co-founder of Solar CITIES and an expert in small-scale energy production, led the demonstration and shared his insights into the possibilities of the home-based biodigester.

A number of people attended, including families from the Clonakilty Lodge Direct Provision Centre, The Clonakilty Community Garden and GIY (Grow It Yourself) Clonakilty. Everyone had a hand in putting together the biodigester and it started to warm up within a few hours of completion.

The Solar CITIES IBC (International Bulk Container) biodigestor’s design is as simple as it can get. It’s essentially a big stomach that has two large pipes for input at the top that go all the way to the base and a hosepipe in the middle for collecting gas.

Assembling the biodigester involved ‘burning’, an exciting process where a 4in metal cylinder was heated up and pushed through the top of the tank to make a hole for the input pipe. The IBC tank was then wrapped in black plastic to prevent algae from growing.

Post-assembly, the tank’s 1000litre capacity was filled with water, and the task of shovelling fresh manure began, seeding the tank’s bacteria. The biodigester runs anaerobically (without oxygen). In a few weeks the bacteria will have multiplied enough for the Clonakilty Community Garden to start the process of feeding in weeds and food waste.

While talking about the origins of the IBC biodigester, Thomas told a story detailing his quest for a sustainable energy source during his travels to places such as Iraq, Egypt and India. The Holy Grail turned out to be a ‘burping’ bucket of liquid compost on the roof of an Indian household. There he also learned the key of feeding a biodigester food waste instead of manure — ‘it’s a stomach not a colon’.

This fire-breathing dragon is the new king of DIY projects. Once running, a daily bucket of food waste produces enough methane gas for around two hours of cooking. At the same time, the biodigestor processes organic matter faster than a compost heap without losing any nutrients. The only maintenance it requires is a balanced diet.

For more information on biodigesters visit www.solarcities.eu.

Come and get growing at the new Clonakilty Community Garden between 11am and 1pm every Saturday, behind Deasy’s carpark. GIY Clonakilty’s first meeting after the summer break will be at 8pm on Monday, September 14 in O’Donovan’s Hotel. Con McLoughlin from Lettercollum Kitchen Project will give a Nutritional Cooking demonstration.

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13th April, 2018  ·  

An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing schulldramagroup@gmail.com

For more information please contact hilary.mccarthy6@gmail.com
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