Ideas worth spreading at TedxClonakilty event

Posted on: 8th September, 2014

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Justin Grounds, Lisa Brinkmann, Sarah Leather, Dr Paul Deane, Beth Wallace and Brian McSwiney, some of the speakers confirmed for the Tedx event in Clonakilty

Seven exceptional live speeches on topics such as renewable energies, nature and science, psychology, sexuality, healthy living and social matters are due to take place at TEDxClonakilty at the Clonakilty Hotel on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The evening will be accompanied by art and music performances from local artists and musicians as well as screenings from pre-recorded TED Talks.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x equals independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events are self-organised (subject to certain rules and regulations).

The event in Clonakilty will be open to an audience of 100 selected people. All talks will be video recorded and made available online on the website and therefore potentially available to millions.

Speakers of the event are Dr. Paul Deane on ‘Climate Change and Us’; Brian McSwiney on the ‘Geometry of Nature’; Jessica Hatchett on ‘Why Old Habits Die Hard’; Sarah Leather on ‘Simplicity is the new Black (for Women)’; Beth Wallace on ‘Sexuality: Bliss is your Birthright’; Ronan Mcloughlin on ‘Learning how to Learn’; and Justin Grounds on ‘The Human Orchestra Project’.

TEDxClonakilty is organised and hosted by Lisa Brinkmann, resident of Clonakilty since 2008. All speakers, artists and performers of the event live in Clonakilty. Services and service providers are local businesses from the Clonakilty area. TEDxClonakilty aims to keep a low carbon footprint and to be an eco friendly and sustainable event. TEDxClonakilty is a non-profit event and all proceeds and donations are merely used to cover the costs.

For more information please also visit or contact Lisa Brinkmann directly at or 087 2698681.

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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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