The Sirius Arts Centre just sent in news of a series of photographic exhibitions by both Irish and international Artists which they will be holding in association with a number of arts organisations.
These exhibitions are being brought together to celebrate the opening of ‘ALL MY LOVIN’ which opens in the Crawford Art Gallery on Thursday 3 of February at 6:00pm For a full list of exhibitions please the Sirius Arts Centre web site and click on the ‘All My Lovin’ Banner. Openings to include Prisoner of Damp Patches – works by April Gertler at Basement Project Space. Running now until 10 February 2011 Camden Quay, Cork
Stag and Deer Season Two present photographs by Maeve O’Neill Winthrop Arcade, Cork running now until Wednesday 9 February
7:00 Pat the Picket in the Camden Palace Hotel Photographs by Doug Dubois and the costumes and effects of Pat Allen 1953 – 2010Running until 25 February
To celebrate the creative energy of artists living and working in the Cork area Sirius Arts Centre is once again inviting artists to exhibit in a unique group exhibition. Admission is open to artists over the age of 18, working in a variety of materials, there is a submission charge of €10 per artist.
The AST Rehabilitation Clinic in Cork has just announced plans for a major international expansion into Saudi Arabia. Adrian and Suzanne Tanzer recently returned from the Middle East with the blueprint for this exciting new development. AST will be responsible for the establishment and management of a chain of state wide clinics for the Saudi Arabian rehabilitation programme. They will also be assisting with recruitment for physiotherapy and occupational personnel at the hospital ‘Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City,’ just north of Riyadh.
AST have formed a partnership with Mr Kussay Al-Rammah. Mr Al-Rammah has studied in the USA and is the former CEO of the medical division of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned national oil company and the largest oil corporation in the world. Oil companies in Saudi provide hospitals and medical facilities for their employees. He was previously responsible for all medical management, plus health and safety administration for the corporation. The medical infrastructure is only beginning to develop in Saudi Arabia and Kussay is a man with a vision to bring a first class health care system to the entire Arabian Peninsula.
The importance of an informative web site played a major role in this exciting development for AST. An email arrived in the inbox of info at astphysiotherapy.com last year from Kussay Al-Rammah with a business proposal. How many of us would have binned that mail as thrash?
Speaking on his return to Cork, Adrian Tanzer described how AST would be operating the new Saudi venture. “Initially, four treatment centres, catering for up to 300 patients per day, will be set up in different communities around the peninsula. These will be located in the provinces of Ad Damman in the Eastern Region, Riyadh in central Ar Riyad region, Jeddah in Makkah and Ha’il to the north.” Adrian went on to note, “With his well established connections in Saudi Arabia, our partner, Kussay Al-Rammah, will act as the liaison between AST and the relevant authorities, such as health boards and the planning authorities. Kussay’s role will be to source appropriate properties for the clinics and to obtain the necessary planning permissions, etc. AST, on the other hand, will be responsible for the recruitment and training of staff for the new clinics and the Humanitarian City. In partnership with Sven Conrad, MD of Secona Conrad GmbH, they will also be responsible for the design layout of the clinics the provision of all medical equipment.”
Adrian and Suzanne were overwhelmed by the friendliness of their new Saudi associates. The reality of their visit was not at all like what they had been told to expect. They really enjoyed being invited into the homes of their new friends and experienced traditional foods and the family culture of the region – an unusual gesture for Westerners in Saudi. Adrian’s enthusiasm for this development is contagious and he is adamant that concepts such as these should be embraced by other Irish businesses to expand abroad during these difficult times in Ireland.
As well as excursions to see the historical sites of Saudi with Mr. Al-Rammah, Adrian and Suzanne visited three rehabilitation clinics in Ad-Dammam, ranging from a private clinic, to semi private and to a public clinic. They were also invited by the Dr. Abdulaziz A. Al Shamekh, CEO of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City to visit the hospital complex. “Treatments at the Humanitarian City were at the same level of quality as in Europe,” noted Adrian. “This complex was stunning; it is a non-profit 400 bed hospital supported by the King, and at one million square metres, is the biggest private hospital in the world!” While at the complex, Adrian met the executive Director of Clinical Affairs, Abdullah H. Bin Zarah, Mazen H. Al- Humaidan and Engr. Hamad A. Aloumi, the Director of Support Services and Abdul Rahman. Humanitarian City will be one of the biggest referrals for the new AST Rehabilitation Clinics.
Work has already commenced on the project and AST have begun to recruit medical staff for both the new clinics and the Humanitarian City Hospital. Personnel will be recruited from Ireland, Europe and North America. In addition to pre-paid tickets, successful candidates will have free accommodation in the specially planned estates for Westerners in Riyadh. Adrian will be returning to Saudi in January to check out the premises for the first clinic which AST plan to open next March/April.
AST continue to provide rehabilitation and physiotherapy therapies at their clinic in Rushbrooke in Cobh and have now gained world wide recognition for their standards of excellence.
We are located on Wilmount Avenue, Carrignafoy in Cobh, County Cork. At one point of time, the property and the avenue was dominated by a Castle, known as Wilmount Castle.
The castle had two towers that were surmounted by 4 lions. We were told that these may have been cast by Edwin Henry Landseer, better known for his lions in Trafalgar Square. One of these lions still remains.
Recently, Anne McSweeney from Cobh completed some research on the castle that we would like to share:
“Ever since I was a child the ruins of Wilmount Castle held a fascination for me. I used to explore inside its walls with my friends and admire the beautiful stone lions and pick bunches of bluebells which grew abundantly there in the 1950’s and even later in the early sixties when my husband and I were courting.
I felt sad when the Castle was demolished in 1962 even though a very fine modern house Castlebeg was built on the site by the late Jack O’Gorman (father of Paddy O’Gorman of TV fame) and is now the property of the Mulcahy family.
Recently I came across some old photos of Cobh taken from the sea and lo and behold there was (my Castle) standing proudly in all its glory; lording it over the eastern side of the town, flag flapping in the breeze. I was curious to find out who built it and who lived in it and came up with the following info :
Wilmount Castle was built in 1852 for the Seymour family. Captain William Deane Seymour, a prosperous Shipping Agent, Town Commissioner and Consul to various countries and Justice of the Peace with many business interests, too numerous to mention, lived in the castle with his wife Catherine. A force to be reckoned with was W.D., as he was known locally.
He owned some steamships including Arran Castle and Fanny and also shared ownership of a sailing ship with his brother Henry Seymour. William Deane represented the Inman Line for many years in Cobh and was author of “Journal of a Voyage round the World” and “ A Tour in Syria and Palestine” etc.
Captain Seymour is also credited with the building of both Athenian Terrace and St. Maur’s Terrace
‘Connect’s’ first event on Thursday, 25th November – really did link business and charity in a meaningful way
The first Connect Event did exactly what it set out to do, which was to unite business and charity in a meaningful way to the mutual benefit of both. ‘Connect’ held its first business speed networking event on Thursday, 25th November, in aid of the Cork Simon Community, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island.
A cross section of Cork business representatives attended the event to contribute to the good cause, and importantly, to make new business connections. Well know Cork personality, PJ Coogan, was MC on the night and did a fantastic job of organising the agenda for the event. Following some informal networking, Katie Browne commenced the proceedings with a short talk on the on-going work, challenges and successes of Cork Simon. This was followed by two 60 second elevator pitches, one by Eamonn Leahy, of Expo Organizers, and the other from marketer Denis Finnegan. Finally the serious business of the night got underway with 45 minutes of speed networking. Thanks to PJ, everyone moved smoothly around the tables for their consecutive 3 minute meetings (although some were hard to move on!).
Organisers behind ‘Connect’ are Gwenda Hughes of Dragon Marketing, Margot Mulcahy, MD at MDMpr; Allan Cuthbert, MD at Financial Wellbeing; Odette Norman of Stormlight; and professional photographer, Diane Cusack. ‘Connect’ works both online and offline and you can join the group on LinkedIn (Connect, Linking Business & Charity), Facebook (Connect Cork) and follow us on Twitter. The group vision is to hold a number of events annually in support of a variety of charities. All proceeds raised on the night went directly to Cork Simon, the nominated charity for the first event.