Wednesday 17 January 2018

Community news: Charleville

Students from St. Mary's Secondary School, Charleville will represent North and West Cork in the national final of the Student Enterprise Awards.

St Mary's students won the regional final of the Cork North and West Schools Enterprise Programme, which was held at the County Hall Cork. The competition is part of the National Student Enterprise Awards in which over 17,000 students from all over Ireland take part each year.

The final will be held at Croke Park on May 3 when the girls, Rachel Lynch, Niamh Kavanagh, Jennifer Moloney and Katie Quirke, will exhibit their mini-company Grass Girls.

Their product is a very novel and innovative idea of gender tags for calves. The tags are transparent stickers which enable farmers to easily distinguish male and female calves at first glance. The high quality transparent stickers may be placed over the number tag on the calf, thus a pink transparent sticker denotes a heifer calf and blue for a bull.

Their very unique and worthwhile idea won them great acclaim in the North Cork Enterprise Regional finals when they competed against over 60 companies and were awarded 'Best Overall Senior Company in Mallow GAA Complex last month.

The girls received invaluable support from Cormac Tagging, who are one of only two agents in the country involved in tagging. The Grass Girls products are now promoted on their website for their true usefulness and high quality.

All at St. Mary's Secondary School Charleville are delighted that their TY team will represent Cork County in Croke Park in the national final of the Schools Enterprise Programme. The young students are to be congratulated on their achievement as are their teachers and all involved in the project.

Summer of theatre coming at Schoolyard

Following on from the ending of the North Cork Drama Festival at the community hall, Charleville local audiences can look forward to a season of summer theatre at the Schoolyard Theatre.

Members of the Shoestring Theatre Company are presently in rehearsal for a run of the side-splitting comedy 'The Real McCoy' by Tommy Marron, which will be directed by Kevin O'Shea. The cast includes Eilish Casey, who plays Madge, Calre Normoyle (Maura), Martin Hennessy (Martin), Catherine Woods (Nora O'Horo), Caroline O'Flynn (Cora O'Hora), Ciaran McCarthy (Fr. McCoy) and Ger Liston (Tom).

All the foregoing are seasoned actors, assuring us that this forthcoming production will be well up to the standard of previous Shoestring productions. Dates of performances will be published when to hand and will be well in advance of the opening night.

Another attraction coming up in September will be two one man shows, 'A Night in November' by Marie Jones and 'After Sarah Miles' by Mick Mulcahy. Both of these will feature William Lyons.

It will be remembered that William Lyons's performance in 'A Night in November' won him the best actor award in many festivals throughout the country when he played for the Shoestring entry on the festival circuit in 2008/9, culminating in his winningthe best actor award at the All-Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone.

Charleville gets full focus of council scheme

The launch of the Fermoy Municipal District Streetscape, Painting, Signage and Improvement Scheme took place at Charleville Library on Tuesday morning of this week.

The launch took place in the presence of Mary Hayes, senior executive officer of the Municipal District Operations and Rural Development Directorate; Pauline Moriarty, Municipal District Officer, Deirdre O'Keeffe, chairperson, Fermoy Municipal District; Cllr. Ian Doyle, John and Aine McHamhon, Liz O'Gorman-O'Brien, Sam and Margaret Young,Eddie O'Shea, of O'Shea's Hardware, Charleville, Pat O'Connor and Kelly Lyons of AIB, Charleville and Donal O'Carroll, Area Engineer.

Launching the scheme in Charleville, Ms O'Keeffe said that the existing scheme was updated to aid the council in tackling dereliction where each municipal district has identified a particular town where it would place a particular emphasis on dereliction during 2017. Charleville was chosen for 2017.

The purpose of this proposal was not to suggest that any particular town or area was worse than others, but to try and take a proactive approach and look at measures that might lead to an improvement in a town or a particular part of it.

"The proposed approach is to go beyond the Derelict Sights Act, 1990 and to look at what practical measures could be implemented that would assist in improving the built fabric of our towns. Given the number of towns across Cork County it was considered giving particular attention to one town that resources could be utilised to their maximum effect," said Ms O'Keeffe.

The scheme includes a range of measures for tackling dereliction, including streetscape painting, shop signage. Financial assistance will be provided to assist property owners, local tidy towns groups and/or communities to improve the overall appearance of buildings.

Advice and limited financial assistance will be given to encourage more traditional type shop fronts and move away from garish plastic signs.

The councill will also increase its activity in the identification of properties that come under the definition of dereliction. The negative effect that dereliction can have on an entire town cannot be understated.

Owners and the council, working together, can make significant improvements that will have more that just economic benefits but also help to restore pride in how towns look.

Anyone interested in availing of this scheme should contact their local Municipal District Office for details of the scheme being rolled out in their district. The closing date for Fermoy Municipal District is May 12, 2017.


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