Tuesday 15 October 2019

Community news: Macroom Matters

Transition Year students of St Mary’s, Macroom, who attended the ‘IWISH’ science fair
Transition Year students of St Mary’s, Macroom, who attended the ‘IWISH’ science fair

Last Thursday the Transition Year students of St. Mary's attended the I WISH science fair. The main aim of the event was to empower women to take up jobs related to STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and maths).

Currently only 25 per cent of people working in STEM jobs are women. One of the speakers at the convention, Caroline O'Driscoll (I WISH Co-Founder), revealed how in her niece's class there is only one girl - out of a class of 50 students - studying physics for the Leaving Certificate.

She labelled this "heartbreaking" as she believes women have a lot more potential, adding that the stereotypes that existed when she was our age still live on today. Caroline believes that girls are sometimes scared to do something out of the ordinary and pursue what they want to pursue as a career because it's not seen as "the norm".

There were many speakers on the day, all women, who were promoting the idea of empowering women in science, including Gillian Keating, Kathy Chou and Ruth Buckley. Each speaker had a different experience with science and their own unique story to tell. After the speakers had finished, the students were allowed to go and visit the exhibition where science, technology and engineering companies gave an insight into what goes on in their industries. And there were free items too provided by each company, all of which were gladly accepted.

The Transition Year students agreed that the conference was both empowering and insightful. While listening to all of the wonderful female speakers, it became clear that more women should be working in STEM jobs. Whether you want to be an engineer, accountant or scientist, there is an opportunity for each and every student out there, including us women.

By Daniella Morey and Emma Deasy


Lions’ Valentine’s gift for Cancer Connect

Macroom Lions held a Valentine's Ball in The Castle Hotel on Saturday night, with music by the Hatricks and some great spot prizes were sponsored by local business as well as some very generous personal donations.

Macroom Lions are hoping to raise over €3,000 for Cancer Connect and will still accept donations up to the handover of funds raised.

Cancer Connect has been in operation since 2011. Cancer Connect is a free, flexible and confidential service, that runs five days a week to Cork hospitals. The service is operated entirely by volunteer drivers.

During this short period the service has grown considerably and is now firmly established as a vital support for the many people who avail of the services to get to the Cork Hospitals for either Radiotherapy or Chemotherapy treatment. To date, over 11,500 passenger journeys have been recorded.

To donate please contact any member of Macroom Lions Club or drop it into reception at the Castle Hotel, marked for Macroom Lions Club fundraiser.

The funds raised will go towards keeping the invaluable Cancer Connect service operating. Cancer Connect are always looking for drivers who could help with their service, even helping out once a month could make a huge difference to those dealing with cancer.


Fundraiser in aid of MND

Just over €3,200 has been raised in Macroom towards a hugely successful national fundraiser, Walk While You Can, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Research Motor Neurone.

A cheque presentation will be made next week by Nora (O'Connell) Casey. Nora previously told The Corkman that she was so taken by the plight of motor neurone sufferer, Fr Tony Coote, that she felt she had to do something.

Fr Coote is regarded as an extremely charismatic priest in Dublin's Mount Merrion parish and he was diagnosed with MND in March last year.

He then decided to raise awareness and funds for sufferers by walking the length of Ireland.

He was determined to turn his experience into a "positive force for future generations of MND suffers" and so came up with the idea of walking 535 kilometres under the banner, 'Walk While You Can'.

He began the walk in Letterkenny in Donegal on July 10 and it all ended on August 6 in Ballydehob in West Cork. The effort has, to date, raised over €450,000.

In Macroom, a cheque for €3,210 will be presented on Saturday, February 23, at Murray's Hall, Railway View at 8pm.