Free Seminars for SME’s in Cork

Looking for some help with your business?

SECAD are running free seminars this week aimed at:

  • Transport Providers
  • Anyone serving food
  • Anyone who needs help with Managing Online Relationships with customers

The free seminars will be held in the Carrigaline Court Hotel, the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire and the Old Imperial Hotel in Youghal.

The seminars are aimed at existing companies and sole traders, entrepreneurs and startups and developed specifically to boost business in the hospitality and food sectors.  From taxi driving to jam making, the seminars are designed to help create and grow business opportunities in South and East Cork.

Exploring Tourism Opportunities for Transport Providers

This seminar will highlight the potential of the tourism and heritage sector and will provide transport providers with a greater understanding of the potential of tourism for expanding their business.

Food Compliance for Beginners – Where to start?

An introductory overview will be provided to inform food businesses and producers about what they need to do and who to contact before preparing and serving food to the public.  We all know the importance of food safety, so this seminar is an absolute necessity for a new food businesses or producers and also tourism providers dealing with food.

Managing Online Relationships with your Customers

An online presence for businesses is now essential.  Participants will learn how to use online media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube to maximise representation in the online sphere and to deal with challenging reviews/feedback.

The schedule for the seminars is as follows:

Managing Online Relationships with your Customers

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Monday, 24th November          Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire

Wednesday, 26th November        Carrigaline Court Hotel

Thursday, 27th November             Old Imperial Hotel, Youghal

 

Food Compliance for Beginners – Where to start?

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Monday, 24th November          Carrigaline Court Hotel

Tuesday, 25th November           Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire

Wednesday, 26th November    Old Imperial Hotel, Youghal

 

Exploring Tourism Opportunities for Transport Providers

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

 Monday, 24th November          Old Imperial Hotel, Youghal

Tuesday, 25th November           Carrigaline Court Hotel

Wednesday, 26th November        Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire

For further information and to book your place contact Edel or Ross at SECAD at 021 4613432.

Special Needs Trust Planning Workshop for Parents

Is your special needs child receiving their full range of entitlements? Are you claiming all your tax credits? Have you made proper provisions for their well being after you have passed away?

An information meeting, addressing the challenges facing parents of children with special needs is being held on Saturday 27th of September at 10.30 am to 12.00 pm at the Silver Springs Hotel, Cork. The key focus of the workshop will be the importance of establishing a Trust for a special needs child and how to fund the Trust from entitlements.

The workshop is open to all parents whose children have special needs.

The “Special Needs Trust Planning Workshop” is being led by Allan Cuthbert, the founder of “Financial Wellbeing,” a company dedicated to ensuring that a child has their full range of entitlements and can maintain a good quality of life after their parents have passed away.

The workshop will also cover;

  • Financial & legal challenges facing your special child
  • Discover rarely claimed entitlements & tax credits
  • Information on Ward of Court & wills
  • How to choose the right Guardians and Trustees
  • When to set up a Special Needs Trust How to fund a Trust from entitlements
  • Why you need to write a Letter of Wishes

Strategies to create a brighter financial future

Allan has a niece with Down Syndrome, “I was shocked to discover how hard it was for parents to access information that is vital for the wellbeing of their child, Alan noted. “I decided that I wanted to make a difference and so I set up Financial Wellbeing in 2008. I have dedicated myself to helping ensure a better quality of life for children with special needs and for their families.”

Allan is a regular radio presenter on financial issues regarding disability. He writes for 38 different charities, parents association and organisations. In the last six months, he has also given over twenty presentations on Special Needs Trust Planning to various charities aroundIreland.

This is a free event (normally costing €60), but spaces are limited and pre-booking is essential. Please call Dolores on 086 023 6995 or email dolores@financialwellbeing.ie to secure your place.

Check www.financialwellbeing.ie for more information.

 

Top Junior golfer in with a chance to win a trip to Germanny

AST Junior Golf Trophy

AST Junior Golf Trophy to take place on 20th August

Free Trip to Germany for Top Junior Golfer!

 Ireland’s next Rory McIlroy could possibly be in action at Cobh Golf Club on Wednesday, August 20th, when the region’s top young players compete for the AST Junior Golf Trophy. This unique event was launched last year and features a team of 5 players from the top local clubs with the four best scores on each hole to count for the team total. In 2013, the Cobh Golf Club team of Peter Milner, Jack Murphy, Liam Doyle, Zack Devlin and Josh O’Callaghan used their local knowledge to narrowly edge out Youghal and Fota Island for top honours.

 

In addition to the team event, there is a very special prize for the best individual competitor who wins an all expense paid trip for two to Germany – and a place in the Junior Championship, which is being staged at the prestigious Buchholz-Nordheide Golf Club in Hamburg.

 

AST Junior Golf Trophy
The 2013 Winners of the AST Golf Trophy – Cobh Golf Club Juniors

This years’ tournament in Cobh will be followed by a prize ceremony and BBQ, which proved to be a great hit with all the competitors last time around. The winning club will hold the AST Perpetual Trophy for the year, while their players will each receive a replica of the cup. There are golf vouchers for the best placed teams and a prize for the longest drive.  There is also a very special award for the closest to the pin at Cobh’s 10th hole with its spectacular island green.

Some excellent young golfing talent will be on display and supporters from the participating clubs are most welcome. Who knows, you may be viewing a star of the future.

Clubs interested in entering a team should contact Tony Hughes on 087-2604544 or Cobh Golf Club on 021-4812399.

Great Golf Courses to play near the 2014 Irish Open venue at Fota Island

With the 2014 Irish Open returning to Cork from the 19th to the 22nd of June, golf is very much to the fore around ‘Ireland’s Second Capital’ with a wonderfully diverse selection of courses to choose from.

Clubhouse  at Fota Island Resort
Clubhouse at Fota Island Resort

Fota Island is obviously in the spotlight, and with most of the mainline European Tour players committing to the event, it is a rare opportunity to see the likes of major winners Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington on Irish soil. For Padraig, Fota holds many fond memories as he won the Irish Amateur Open there in 1995. So too, for current Ryder Cup Captain, Paul McGinley, who took the Irish PGA Championship at Fota in 1997.

Just down the road, and close to Fota Island, is the venerable ‘Grand Dame’ of golf in the region, Cork Golf Club, commonly known as ‘Little Island.’ Its origins date back to 1888 with a 9 hole layout at a nearby hillside. In 1897, some local gentry moored their yachts near an abandoned quarry and decided it would make an ideal setting for a golf course. In 1924, no less a person than Alister MacKenzie, the famed creator of Augusta National, redesigned the course. He used the steep chasms around the old quarry and the costal setting to magnificent effect. Soon Cork became host to the major amateur and professional events, including the Irish Open, the Irish PGA Championship and the Irish Close Championship.

Many of the great players of yesteryear trod the scenic layout including Harry Vardon, Henry Cotton, Christy O’Connor, Snr. and Cork’s own, Jimmy Bruen. In 1983, the late Severiano Ballesteros came to Little Island and played an exhibition match against the long hitting local, Liam Higgins. However it was Seve’s drive on the 11th hole that caught the spotlight, travelling 332 metres, which was unheard prior to our modern equipment. A Spanish chestnut tree was planted on the spot where his drive came to rest and is a major feature on the hole today.

In 2009 a decision was made to upgrade Cork Golf Club. The brief of maintaining the essence and character of MacKenzie’s design while bringing the layout to modern standards.  The contract was giving to the world renowned firm of Hawtree Golf Course Architects, who specialise in MacKenzie course restoration. The project took three winters to complete but resulted in a course that is now as challenging as it is scenic.

Cork Golf Club 11th Green
Cork Golf Club 11th Green

Moving past Little Island and Fota Island, one comes to the Great Island, home of Cobh Golf Club. Here, architect, Martin Hawtree, has sculpted a demanding tract on a hillside overlooking the waters of Marino Point, Cobh. The 12th hole features an island green which is as visual as it is intimidating.

The area is home to some little hidden gems with Water Rock, Youghal and East Cork Golf Clubs. Water Rock is a delightful Paddy Merrigan design. There are some lovely holes, none more so than the challenging par three 12th, appropriately named ‘Swan Lake’ – get the picture? Many of the holes at Youghal overlook the bay. It is sometimes had to concentrate on the game in such a visual setting. Be warned, East Cork’s front nine is hilly, but the back nine is a delight!

Cork’s newest addition, Castlemartyr, is also located nearby. With its luxury hotel, it is very much in the manner of the Fota Island Resort. Ron Kirby’s layout is designed as an inland links and it certainly has that feel. Ron did a lot of work with Jack Nicklaus over the years and had quite an input into the Old Head of Kinsale’s final configuration, also not too far away. He deserves top marks for Castlemartyr.

Spoilt for choice? I’d say so. Stay in the East Cork region and you are minutes from four hidden gems, an inland links and two of the finest championship courses in the south of Ireland. There are great deals to be had everywhere, especially for open days, and should be on every visitor’s itinerary. I’d call them ‘The Magnificent Seven’!

 

Jack Kavanagh’s quest to walk

You’re a 19 year old university student – a trained life guard and windsurfing instructor. You drive into a wave. Your head strikes a sandbank. Your body goes numb. You are paralysed from the neck down. Your name is Jack Kavanagh.

How cruel a twist of fate it was that a favourite pastime would change his life utterly? But Jack is not the type to give up. In his own words he said, “Every morning I wake up and I say to myself ‘yes or no’”. Jack’s answer is an emphatic ‘Yes’.

After months of gruelling physiotherapy, Jack learned to breathe on his own without a respirator. Next, he regained limited use of his arms and wrists. He even travelled to England and tried an experimental robotic suit to help him walk on his own. Finally, he has returned to his Pharmacy studies, staying in a specially adapted room. He has confounded his doctors with his progress to-date, but he doesn’t want to stop there. Jack is a fighter.

Jack requires round the clock care and assistance, as he is still paralysed from the chest down and he needs funds to continue his recovery. The robotic suit costs €100,000 and people everywhere are helping. Jack was a keen rugby player and the Irish squad have rowed in to help.  Jack was on hand at Dublin Airport to welcome home the 6 Nation’s Champions. You can help too by making a donation to the Jack Kavanagh Fund (details below).

Jack’s Cork roots run deep and Cork is now pitching in to help his recovery. His mum, Elmarie Kavanagh (nee Barry), is from Bishops Road in Cobh and Elmarie’s father was the first Manager of the Cork Savings Bank. Jack’s aunt, Grace Reidy (nee Barry), is heading to California to represent Ireland in the over 45’s tennis tournament and his grandmother, June Barry, represented Ireland in over 60’s tennis and is a past President of Fota Island Golf Club.

 The Jack Kavanagh Golf Classic will be held at Fota Island Golf Resort (Home to the 2014 Irish Open) on Friday, May 2nd. Entry Fee is €300 for a team of 3 and the golf will be followed by a Race Night in the Clubhouse for which sponsors are urgently required for Races (€200) – Owners, Trainers and Jockeys €25. A raffle featuring great prizes including an original painting by the renowned Cork artist, Philip Gray will also shortly be taking place.

Those who can’t make these events and wish to contribute, can send their donation to the Jack Kavanagh Fund, Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath

Account Number: 22317025   Sort Code: 903437 or visit www.jackkavanaghtrust.com

 For the Golf Time Sheet, contact Anne O’Hourihane (087-2353759) or Mary Daunt (087-2511124). For Tee Box or Green Sponsorship or for a Race Night donation, contact Tom Egan (087-2896738) or Keith O’Hourihane (087-9888934).

Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Free Seminar For Parents of Children with Special Needs next Wednesday

Being a parent of a child with special needs brings great joy, love and challenges. Unfortunately, many parents are not fully aware of the serious financial and legal implications for a son or daughter with special needs.

There is a fre information meeting addressing these challenges facing parents. The seminar is designed for parents whose child is under the age of 18 and is on Wednesday evening, January 22nd from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Silver Springs Hotel.

The “Special Needs Trust Planning Workshop” is being led by Allan Cuthbert, the founder of “Financial Wellbeing”, a company dedicated to assimilating all the difficult to find information on various special needs grants, tax, financial and legal implications into an easy to understand format.

The theme of the evening is the need to establish a Special Needs Trust to ensure that a child doesn’t lose their entitlements and can maintain their quality of life after their parents have passed away.

It will also detail rarely claimed entitlements and tax credits. Allan will present information on special needs Wills and how to choose the right Guardians and Trustees. He will also explain the need to write a “Letter of Wishes.”

 

The key focus of the evening will be the importance of establishing a Trust for a special needs child and how to fund the Trust from entitlements.

Allan has a niece with Down syndrome and it shocked him how hard it was for parents to access information that is vital for the wellbeing of their child. “I decided that I wanted to make a difference and so I set up Financial Wellbeing in 2008. I have dedicated myself to helping ensure a better quality of life for children with special needs and their families.”

Allan is a regular radio presenter on financial issues regarding disability. He writes for 38 different charities, parents association and organisations. In the last 6-months he has also given over 20 presentations on Special Needs Trust Planning to various charities around Ireland.

Spaces are limited and pre-booking is essential. Call Dolores on 021 482 3635 or email dolores@financialwellbeing.ie to secure your place. Check www.financialwellbeing.ie for more information.

Surviving Christmas with Alcohol & Substance Misuse in the Family

Tabor Lodge announce details of their programme to help families cope over Christmas

Nobody wants to be the cause of spoiling Christmas, but it can be a time of upset and unhappiness for families who are affected by the alcohol and substance misuse of a family member.

La Verna Hall in Grattan Street Tabor Lodge will host a series of Drop-in and Information Evenings to give families an opportunity to think out how they would like Christmas to be and help avert trouble. Some simple guidance will be presented that can go a long way in improving the experience of the festive season for all concerned. All are welcome to the sessions which are scheduled for successive Fridays on December 6th, 13th and 20th from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm.

Kathleen Greaney, Tabor Lodge’s Family Counsellor, will lead these sessions, “These meetings will help families explore their options. In the days leading up to Christmas, it may be possible for a family to agree a plan about consumption of alcohol, not attending events if under the influence, making sure alcohol free drinks are available and so on.. An open respectful approach that calls a spade a spade can meet with goodwill and cooperation. A family may feel helpless to intervene, but if handled firmly and sensitively, a successful result can be achieved.”

Mick Devine is the Clinical Director of Tabor Lodge Addiction and Housing Services. He noted that families face into Christmas with some trepidation if a family member is prone to alcohol or substance misuse. They know from bitter experience that Christmas is far from a time of peace and goodwill to all. It is rather a time of upset and unhappiness as alcohol misuse spirals out of control. Mick pointed out, “Families are caught in a bind. They want to include all family members in the celebrations but they dread the prospect of a drunken scene that leads to upset for all, especially children. This can lead to tension and division between family members. But there need not be tears and frustration. The occasion need not be marred. I urge families to come to our sessions and transform this Christmas for the better.”

Surviving Christmas with alcohol abuse in the family
Mick Devine and Kathleen Greaney announcing details of the Tabor Lodge programme

Tabor Lodge Addiction and Housing Services Limited has provided treatment for those affected by alcohol and drug misuse as well as gambling and eating disorder in Cork since 1989. Services are also provided for families. Contact 021 4887110 or www.taborlodge.ie. Contact Mick Devine on 086 23 11 469 with further queries.

Searching for the past in Cobh

Anyone know about Charleston House in Cobh?

I recently received an email from David Dunn, who lives in the UK. He is researching his family, who lived at Queenstown and Passage West in the period between 1845 and 1922.They lived for a number of years at Carrignafoy. If anyone can shed some light on this it would be great!

This is what David had to say:

“The story in my family history is that in the period from 1903 until around 1910, they may have lived in a gate lodge which was part of Charleston House. My current research shows a Census return for 1911, with Charleston House listed along with Wilmount, Easthill House, Brien(?) House, Seaview House, and Mount Crozier – which suggests to me that all these properties were pretty close together.

I have also recently found a Streetview image of what appears to be the Charleston Gate Lodge, situated in Carrignafoy Avenue, but I cannot find any information regarding Charleston House, other than some references in Guy’s Postal Directories, for some people who once lived there. I am assuming that Charleston House must have been demolished at some time, or possibly had a change of name. I think that it may have been situated in the area of Carrignafoy that has recently undergone major redevelopment.

 My ‘wider’ Irish family includes McSweeny’s, Mannix’s, McCarthy’s, and O’Sullivans – many of whom lived fairly close to the area I am trying to pinpoint, at The Mall, down at the waterfront. My grandmother, Maryanne Mannix lived at a pub in The Mall, and had an interest (with the McCarthy’s and the Sullivan’s) in a haberdashery and lace shop opposite the current Tourist Information building at Westbourne Place. The shop is still there, on the left side of a double fronted entrance, with apartments above. Maryanne Married Henry Dunne, a shipwright who worked at Rushbrooke, Haulbowline and Queen Victoria yards.

It would be really nice to be able to find out more about Charleston House and the gate lodge, because it forms an important part of my family history.

 When I visited Cobh with my wife many years ago, I went to the ‘Holy Ground’ area, where I met a very nice man by the name of Willy Carr, who had a shop in a part of his house in The Mall. He recalled that the Mannix sisters once lived a few houses along from him. I notice on Streetview, that Willy Carr’s shop still appears to be there, althhough I have also read the sad news that he had to give up his business, because of a violant robbery (again) a short time ago.

My ‘wider’ Irish family includes McSweeny’s, Mannix’s, McCarthy’s, and O’Sullivans – many of whom lived fairly close to the area I am trying to pinpoint, at The Mall, down at the waterfront. My grandmother, Maryanne Mannix lived at a pub in The Mall, and had an interest (with the McCarthy’s and the Sullivan’s) in a haberdashery and lace shop opposite the current Tourist Information building at Westbourne Place. The shop is still there, on the left side of a double fronted entrance, with apartments above. Maryanne Married Henry Dunne, a shipwright who worked at Rushbrooke, Haulbowline and Queen Victoria yards. 

It would be really nice to be able to find out more about Charleston House and the gate lodge, because it forms an important part of my family history.

 When I visited Cobh with my wife many years ago, I went to the ‘Holy Ground’ area, where I met a very nice man by the name of Willy Carr, who had a shop in a part of his house in The Mall. He recalled that the Mannix sisters once lived a few houses along from him. I notice on Streetview, that Willy Carr’s shop still appears to be there, although I have also read the sad news that he had to give up his business, because of a violent robbery (again) a short  time ago.”

More recently David wrote:

“I have just found Crozier House on Google Earth – and Charleston Lodge and Seaview House on Google Maps. The latter two are next to each other, and Charleston Lodge is on a bend in the road on Carrignafoy Avenue (grid 51 51 16 32N   and 8 17 16 05W.”

I have just found a set of maps that show Charleston House and Gate Lodge – both are old Ordnance Survey maps, 6″ and 25″.

On the 25″ map Charleston is shown immediately next to Willmount Castle (old spelling), and the Gate Lodge is clearly shown in the same place as current day. On the 6″ map, there is no reference to Charleston, but the Gate Lodge is there! My deduction is that the Gate Lodge was part of another large house in that area, before Charleston was built – and that the Gate Lodge was retained after the former house was demolished or destroyed, to be used for the new owners???

Both of maps have modern ‘overlays’ that, when synchronised with the original maps, clearly define exactly where the buildings/roads are located. These show the precise location of Charleston House and Gate Lodge. Having said all this, there does not appear to be any detailed reference to Charleston House in any pages that have come up on Google etc.

Please let me know if you have any information on this.

Margot
 

Walk on Fire for Special Olympics Munster

Help spread the word for Special Olympics, Munster!

“Walk on Fire for Special Olympics Munster” 

Special Olympic Munster are delighted to announce that they have teamed up with Juliet Murphy Health & Fitness, Ballincollig to organise a Firewalk in aid of the Special Olympics. The event which will take place on Thursday the 12th of December promises to be an exciting challenge for all participants. €25 registration fee & €125 minimum sponsorship.

The event will include a motivational training seminar where you learn to break through your own limitations and overcome your fears. At the end of the seminar the participants walk bare foot across 20 feet of wood embers burning at 800 degrees! Fire Walking is definitely one of the most powerful metaphors for individuals and teams that demonstrates how to achieve the impossible in life and business, to be the very best in your field, and how to never miss another opportunity.

As part of the “unlocking your potential” seminar you will learn; how to tune into the real potential that exists within you, a  step-by-step program for changing belief patterns and amazing techniques for putting your life into overdrive. This is a fantastic opportunity for business people, sports stars and all those that feel like something is holding them back to overcome their fears and allow them to break down barriers while raising vital funds.

“The core government funding to Special Olympics in the Republic of Ireland has been significantly reduced between 2008 – 2012 (59%).  This is funding that we rely on to run the organisation and to maintain the standards of service that we are currently providing. Without the support of people like Juliet and those that undertake fundraising events with us we would not be able to provide on-going sports and competition to 2,400 athletes in the Munster region.

In Cork there are 1,000 athletes currently participating in twelve sports in 22 clubs throughout the city and county.

For more information or for your registration form please contact Siobhan on 021 4977192 or email Siobhan.nolan@specialolympics.ie

 

 

75th Anniversary of the handover of Spike Island

Irish History recalled

 

The 75th anniversary of the Handover of the Treaty Forts

On the 11 July 1938 the British government returned the Treaty Ports to the Irish State. Tomorrow, the 11th July 2013,  a unique event will take place on Spike Island to recall this historic occasion.

Spike Island Treaty Handover Anniversary
Spike Island

Visitors and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a 45 minute free guided tour of the island prior to the official ceremonies,  arranged by the Titanic Trail. They will also have the opportunity to stroll around the fort and on  the recently opened scenic Glacis Walk.

An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, T.D, will be visiting Spike Island  island and is scheduled to arrive a 12.10. The County Mayor, County Manager and Executive Officer, 1st Brigade will welcome An Taoiseach and they will proceed  to Mitchel Fort.

The ceremony will initially involve  an inspection of the  Guard of Honour, an official welcome, public address and the unveiling of a plaque. This will be followed by  the firing of a 25 pound gun on Fort Davis (Carlisle) followed by the raising of the National Colours, a minute’s silence and the firing of another round. A similar procedure will take place in Fort Meagher (Camden) and on the promenade in Cobh Cobh. Finally, the National Colours will be raised over Spike Island  as the national anthem is played in concurrence with a  21 gun salute from Fort Mitchel (Spike Island).
Following the official ceremonies, there will be a public consultation in Mitchel Hall, titled: ‘Historical Perspectives on the Handover of the “Treaty Forts”.  This will be facilitated by Myles Dungan and introduced by Virginia Teehan of UCC.