We hope SeaFest treated you well last weekend and that you're gearing up (pardon the pun!) for an active and exciting Cork Bike Week beginning this Saturday 22 June.

To those members who have joined since the boundary extension, we would like to offer a very warm welcome. Hopefully the change will be a positive one for everyone, it's certainly an exciting time full of possibilities! 

We would also like to say congratulations to the newly elected (and in some cases re-elected) Cork City Council members, Ireland South MEPs, and the new Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan, and sincere commiserations to those who lost out this time around. Running for election is never easy, and all who put their hats in the ring are to be commended for doing so, irrespective of the outcome. 

With that, we say thank you for reading and have an enjoyable fortnight until our next installment!

Yvonne & Carol
PS. As ever, drop us a line if you would like to include any events in the next newsletter!
PPN News
Round 2 Voting Open!
Online via
Wednesday 12 June, 12:00 (noon)
Wednesday 19 June, 12:00 (noon)

We had three excellent projects take part in the first round of the Cork Voices competition – Boomerang Enterprises, Meitheal Mara, and Couch Surfing - Be Welcome – and would like to thank them for making it such a success. 

Having received a resounding 51% of the 506 votes cast, Boomerang Enterprises was chosen by the public to get the top grant of €750. The Boomerang Enterprises team had this to say -

Runners up Meitheal Mara, who received 31% of votes, will be allocated €500, and Couch Surfing – Be Welcome will walk away with a very respectable €400 after receiving an 18% vote share.

Voting in the second round of the competition got underway at midday on Wednesday 12 June 2019, with 6 organisations competing for funding amounts of €750 (x2), €500 (x2), and €400 (x2) –
just log on to to view the videos and vote for your favourite. The organisations involved are,
  • Comhairle na nÓg – Summer Event
  • Cork Cycling Campaign – School Cycle Bus
  • Cork Gay Project – Gay Older Gents Group
  • Cork Nature Network – Otter Walk
  • International Community Dynamics – Empowering independent living after Direct Provision
  • Mahon Family Centre – Food Forever

As the main point of this scheme is to trial a participatory grant making model, the key to success is to have as many people as possible take part in the voting. So visit, view the videos, and SHARE the love with everyone you have ever met! 
Events & Festivals
Cork MidSummer Festival
Various Locations (for details visit
Thursday 13 June 
Sunday 23 June

Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages.

Its programme provides chances for public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.

Bookings can be made online at or through the Festival Box Office at 021 421 5159 or in person at 5 Cook Street (open from 08 June)

For more details and the full line up of events,visit the Cork MidSummer website at or follow along on social media at 
Young at Heart Member Activities
Douglas Community Park, Douglas
Dates: Various

Activities run by Young At Heart are open to those aged 55 or older, a Douglas-based Senior Citizens group that provides a diverse programme of weekly activities and outings for members. Upcoming activities include:
  • Tuesday, 18 June, Day trip to Famine Heritage Centre in Skibbereen
  • Tuesday, 25 June, Visit to Naval Base

The group also runs a weekly programme of activities as set out below:
Day Time Location Activity
Monday 11:00 – 12:00 Park Walk Tai Chi
  15:30 –  16:30
Douglas Community Centre
Dance lessons
14:00 – 16:00
Parish Hall
Knitting & Crochet
Wednesday 11:00 – 13:00 Douglas GAA Hall Kurling
  14:00 – 16:00
Parish Hall
Thursday 11:00 – 12:00    Douglas Library Tai-Chi

Those interested in joining can contact Phil Goodman at or 0872987161.
Cork Volunteer Centre Summer Lecture Series
13 North Main Street, Cork (click for map)
Fridays 21 & 28 June, 11:00 

Cork Volunteer Centre's weekly Summer Lecture Series concludes at the end of June, with the following lectures remaining:
  • June 21 - Paul Collins (Volunteer Ireland) Migrant Participation in Sports Volunteering & Dr Anna Kingston - CARL (Community Academic Research Links)
  • June 28th - Dr. Julie Connelly - Policy Advocacy (Pre budget submissions) 
The series has proven a great success, with some interesting discussions arising from the Q&A that takes place after lectures have finished. Lectures can be attended in person for free or can be watched live on Facebook by visiting
Shandon Street Festival 
Shandon Street (click for map)
Saturday 22 June, 13:00  18:00

This award-winning FREE fun-filled family day takes place in one of the most historical and charming parts of the city. Everyone, whether long-time local or first -time visitor, is invited to join in.

Church Street, Bob & Joan's Walk, and Exchange Street are decorated by local youth groups and create a colourful setting for family fun. Face-painting, clowns, and music from local bands add to the atmosphere. Try a tango or Salsa in the street.

If you get hungry after all that activity, sample a tasty snack from the food fair. Sit back and enjoy performances from local schools and community groups, with historical re-enactments of local characters and stories. There's something for everyone! So come on, we are waiting for you!
Food as Commons
Nano Nagle Place (click for map) and St John's Central College (click for map)
Saturday 22 June, 09:30 – 19:00

Tickets €20 (includes coffee & lunch during the Cocina Pública street feast)

This day-long event is a chance to pool ideas, share experiences and celebrate the power of community in growing, cooking and eating food and to emphasise the central purpose of a food system: to produce food sustainably and feed people well. 

Public concern about climate change and biodiversity loss has led to increasing attention on our food system as both a cause but also a potential solution to environmental breakdown. Reform of European food and agricultural policies (CAP) is urgently needed in order to better protect nature and rural livelihoods, and growing numbers of people are becoming actively involved in reshaping food systems at local level.

09:30 to 13:30 – Discussion around ways to address and redesign the current food system
Venue: Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork.

14:00 to 16:00 – Join the ‘street feast’ hosted by La Cocina Pública
Venue: St. John’s Central College, Sawmill Street, Cork.

16:00 to 19:00 – Guided tour of the growing spaces and green activities
Venue: Various in the Cork South Parish neighbourhood.

Full programme avaialble at  
To book your place visit

Cork Bike Week
Various (visit
Saturday 22 June – Sunday 30 June

Cork Bike Week will take place from Saturday 22 June until Sunday 30 June 2019. With events taking place throughout Cork City and County during the week long cycling celebration, this year promises to be the biggest and best yet with an ever increasing diverse range of cycling activities for people of all ages and abilities to take part in! 

Cork Bike Week is an integral part of the overall National Bike Week initiative and is organised by a multi agency group comprised of the Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork Sports Partnership, HSE South-Health Promotion Department, Cork Cycling Campaign, Cork Environmental Forum, UCC and An Taisce.

Look out for events all over Cork City or plan your week by visiting

Workshop on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Date & Venue to be agreed with Concern

Concern Worldwide would like to engage with groups and organisations around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are offering free workshops focusing on the goals, from a local and global perspective. Workshops can be adapted to all ages and all levels of experience.

It is open to all PPN members to contact Concern directly to arrange a workshop for their organisation but watch this space to find out about a workshop the PPN will organise for later in the year.
For more information or to arrange a workshop contact
Sinead Morgan, Community Engagement Coordinator, Concern Ireland
087 9181442 or
Awards & Funding
Community Enhancement Programme 2019
Deadline: Friday 28 June, 16:00

Cork City Local Community Development Committee ('LCDC') is inviting applications from Community & Voluntary groups for Capital Grants under the Community Enhancement Programme 2019.

The scheme is a chance for community groups to access funding for capital projects to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas or to kick-start, advance, or complete their projects.

Grants are available from €1,000 to €5,000 and all applications must reference LCDC prioritised target groups and Local Economic & Community Plan ('LECP') priorities. Click here to view or download a copy of the LECP.

The administrative boundary of Cork City Council expanded with effect from 31 May, 2019.  As a result, services that have traditionally been delivered by Cork County Council in the transfer areas of Tower, Blarney, Killeens, Kerry Pike, Ballincollig, Douglas, Rochestown, Togher, Glanmire, White’s Cross/Ballyvolane will become the responsibility of Cork City Council from that date. Please note that if you are living in the transfer areas, you will now be required to apply to Cork City Council for the Community Enhancement Programme.

Community Enhancement Programme 2019 Information Sessions
Locations listed below
Monday 17 June, 19:00 and Wednesday 19 June, 19:00

Cork City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Cork City Council are organising a number of information sessions in relation this grant scheme. 
The information sessions will take place on the following dates and locations:
  • Monday, 17th June in the SMA Centre, Wilton, Bresillac Room at 19:00 (click for map)
  • Wednesday, 19th June in Knocknaheeny Youth Centre, Harbour View Rd, Knocknaheeny (Adjacent to Supervalu Knocknaheeny) at 19:00 (click for map)

Each session will last maximum one hour. The meeting will cover general information on the grant programme, the application process, common mistakes made in filling out the application, what is eligible and ineligible and what is needed to meet all requirements if your application is successful. 

To secure your place reply to and indicate which information session you would like to attend.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 28th June at 4pm.
Environment and Nature Fund
Deadline: Friday 28 June, 16:00

Grants will support community groups who wish to carry out ecological studies in their local areas with a view to developing a Community Biodiversity Plan. It is expected that studies will be carried out by qualified ecologists between February 2020 and November 2020, with final CBPs to be submitted by funded community groups to The Community Foundation for Ireland by March 2021.

Priority will be given to projects that focus heavily on engaging the wider community and demonstrate an intention and capacity to work closely with local landowners/ managers and with their chosen ecologist to produce a coherent, accessible and achievable Community Biodiversity Plan.

A resource pack will be provided to all successful applicants and will include a directory of ecologists who have been trained and briefed by The Community Foundation for Ireland in relation to the scheme, its proposed methodologies and its intended outcomes. These ecologists have agreed to a daily rate for their work of €330 exclusive of VAT and inclusive of travel and subsistence.

Opening Date for applications                    17 May 2019
Closing Date for applications                      28 June 2019
Grants will be made by                                 End September 2019
Studies should be carried out                     Feb 2020 – Nov 2020
Progress Report due                                      Early December 2020
Community Biodiversity Plan due             March 2021              
Grantee Learning Event                                March 2021

Strand 1: Grants of up to €5,000 for community groups to work with an ecologist to classify their local habitats, assess their condition and extent, map them, and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity

Strand 2: Grants of up to €7,500 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with one or two land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their condition and extent, map them and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity

Strand 3: Grants of up to €10,000 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with three to five land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their condition and extent, map them and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity.
For more information and to apply online, visit
Contact or Tel 01 874 7354 for questions and queries
Closing Date: Friday 28 June, 16:00
Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme
Deadline: Friday 28 June, 14:00

Does your Youth Group have a good idea for a youth arts project but needs funding to work with an artist?

The National Youth Council of Ireland ('NYCI') is inviting applications for the 2019/20 Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme. Grants of up to €5,000 are available, supporting innovative partnerships between artists and youth groups.

There are two strands to the Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme:
  1. Youth Arts Explorer Grants - up to €1,500 for those starting out
  2. Artist and Youth Work Residency Grants - up to €5,000 for those with a little more experience.
or contact or 01 425 5952
Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme award for Recent Graduates

Deadline: Monday 29 July 2019

Recent Graduate artists are defined as those of any age, who have graduated from an undergraduate degree programme in the arts in the past three years and are interested in developing or exploring, or are establishing a professional career in collaborative arts practice.

This award specifically targets emerging artists / practitioners who have completed their undergraduate degree and who are not in postgraduate studies at the time of the award. The maximum award is €2,500 of which a maximum of €750 is specifically to cover the cost of engaging a mentor. The time frame should be no longer than 5 months.

The AIC scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.

Projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts, for example healthcare contexts, prisons, community development organisations. |

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