Fundraising underway for new playground in Innishannon

Posted on: 15th May, 2017

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

An endeavour to provide the Innishannon area with a much-needed playground has kicked off with enthusiasm.

The Innishannon Playground group launched their playground campaign with an open meeting on April 20. An enthusiastic crowd listened to an excellent presentation on the progress to date and the plan-of-action to attain the playground in the shortest timeframe possible. Lending their support at the meeting were TDs Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Michael Collins and Councillors Kevin Murphy, Alan Coleman, Gillian Coughlan and Ra-chel McCarthy

Three young parents presented an articulate and informative agenda of the facts. Opening the meeting, Karen O’Donovan, a school principal, outlined the huge need for a play-ground in the area. She highlighted the fact that parents are travelling 20km on average to surrounding playgrounds. She also pointed out the social benefits of such a playground in the parish and the vital physical benefits for local children. Tadgh Burke then outlined the progress to-date.

A site has already been acquired thanks to the local GAA club, the Valley Rovers. This site is located on the popular Innishannon Walkway, an ideal site equipped with a car park, playing fields and scenic riverside views.

The Playground Group is a subcommittee of Friends of Innishannon – a registered compa-ny with charitable status.

Lena Angland outlined plans on how the group intends to raise the required €160,000 to €190,000 euro to bring this playground to Innishannon. To-date, a grant of €12,000 has been attained from Cork County Council. Leader funding has also been applied for. The group also plans to sell notional shares in the Playground with the names of shareholders inscribed on a plaque beside the completed amenity. Shares can be bought for €500, with purchases and pledges already made. Families are joining together to buy a family share and also to commemorate a loved one.  A local business gave €3,000 for their share in or-der to speed up the process of the playground. Housing estates, clubs and businesses plan to fundraise to buy a share.

In charge of finances is accountant Joe Walsh, the excellent treasurer of Tidy Towns who will now play a dual role.

The fundraising activities will kick off with a Barn Dance in Innishannon Hotel on June 16.  Lena Angland pointed out that as a playground is all about fun, it is aimed to have as much fun as possible raising funds. A carnival is earmarked for the August bank holiday week-end.  Amongst those present were Fr Finbar Crowley PP, Richard Good Stephenson Cha-riman of Friends of Innishannon, Peter Fehily Chairman of Tidy Towns and Johnny Crow-ley Chairman of the Valley Rovers. This will be a Playground built by the community for the community.

After the comprehensive presentation, a lively Q&A session took place demonstrating the passion and interest in this project.

Innishannon Playground group members Mary Margaret Desmond and Padraig O’Reilly were on hand to walk attendees through playground designs, take pledges and provide any additional information needed. People were invited to give feedback about playground design, as the group is now commencing the tendering process.

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Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.
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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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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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