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Walk and Talk – Exercise for Mental Health

Walk and talk, connect with others and Nature…

The Green Ribbon mental health awareness campaign takes place in May.  As part of the campaign, Mental Health Ireland has teamed up with the Irish Farming Association, a founding partner of the See Change campaign, and Coillte Outdoors to organise a programme of national Let’s Talk & Walk Forest Walks to promote the Green Ribbon.

MHI Green Ribbon Walk Limerick

MHI Green Ribbon Walk Limerick

The walks are family friendly in duration and route and led by a forest ranger and volunteers.

The dates for this year’s #talkandwalk events are:

Avondale – Co. Wicklow

Sunday, May 17th 2015 @ 3.00pm

 

Martha Mitchell

Mobile 087 64233118

Email: martha.mitchell07@gmail.com

 

Portumna – Co. Galway

Sunday, May 3rd 2015 @ 3.00pm

 

Maura Canning

Mobile 087 6478771

Email: mauracanning@gmail.com

 

Killaclohane  – Co. Kerry

Monday, May 4th 2015 @ 3.00pm

 

Bernadette O’Driscoll

Mobile: 087 2353710

Email: bernadette.odriscoll@gmail.com

Ards Forest Park – Co. Donegal

Sunday, May 24th 2015 @ 3pm

 

Lisa McMongle

Mobile: 087 9328002

Email: lisammcmonagle@gmail.com

So pencil the date in your diary, and round up friends, colleagues and family for fun in the forest, walking, talking and promoting mental health.

For more information on events, see contacts above, or: info@mentalhealthireland.ie

Green Ribbon Positive Mental Health Changing minds about mental health one conversation at a time

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Time to Write

WritingIElogo New Year, fresh impetus…time to start writing that novel, memoir, story, book to change the world? Maybe a story has been prodding at you to write it down, or there’s an unfinished work at the back of a drawer or hard drive…? Head over to www.writing.ie the supportive home for those drawn to put pen to paper or whatever your cyber flavour of writing instrument may be. You’ll find tips, encouragement, news of competitions of all sorts, interviews, and even somewhere to advertise your literary progeny. And of course, you can simply write for the wonderful sake of writing, the catharsis of poetic clarity…whatever floats your literary boat, www.writing.ie  makes the writer’s world a little less lonely, a sort of cyber Cafe des Artistes, open all hours.

Writing.ie logo

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Time to Tidy

Two daffodils against a red brick wall

2 Spring Ladies

Spring is springing up everywhere, crocuses and daffs are reminding us that the Winter is behind us and Summer is in our semi-distant future…tidy town committees and volunteers are dusting off spades and trowels.

Garden Tools

Ready for Action

Maybe you’ve thought about pitching in? Well now is the time to make contact. The time you sow now will bring much reward to yourself, the team you join, and of course all those who stroll past the flowered creations that cheer city, town, and village streets. It’s not all about winning prizes, every flowering basket or bucket causes at least an inner smile to those passing by.

Make contact with your local Tidy Town team, or contact Tidy Towns or maybe start your own!

flowers

 

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The Bracelet of Hope – Andy Morgan Foundation

“I miss him, but it’s OK”, a ten year old picked up the pieces after her Dad died by suicide, and is now helping others who had similar experiences to pick up and go on. Alex Morgan together with family and friends have set up the Andy Morgan Foundation to raise awareness and funds to help prevent suicide, and support those left behind.

Andy Morgan Foundation Logo

Give Life a Chance

Yes life can go on, and no one is asking you to take more than one day at a time. The foundation organizes bracelet making in schools to raise awareness and funds, a small token around the wrist but a large reminder that life is about coming together and community. Yes, we can go on.
https://www.facebook.com/theandymorganfoundation

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The Alpha Project

Photo of Nana at The Alpha Project Stand

Nana – Alpha Lady

The Alpha Project is an ethnic minority youth empowerment initiative. The aim is to empower disadvantaged ethnic minority students in Ireland to attain excellence in their careers regardless of their social, economic or educational background.

According to the Central Statistics Office in 2010 only 24% of students from disadvantaged area were admitted into third level institutions. The Alpha Project seeks to ensure that ethnic minorities who find themselves in those circumstance do not become part of this statistic. There is a risk of losing capable people to underachievement due to their social background and The Alpha Project seeks to deal with this problem.

Image showing arrow and text Tours this way

Free Tours

The Alpha Project will hold free experiential tours for secondary school students visiting different types of industries.  At these tours employees from culturally diverse backgrounds will speak to them about the work they do and their career journey. This will hopefully instill confidence in the students so they can come to the realisation and say “if someone like that can attain excellence in their career, so can I”

To summarie the Alpha Project will benefits students, companies and Ireland because tackling these issues will ensure minorities are not liabilities but assets to Ireland.

That’s the Alpha Project! Reach out if you’re interested in any way.

Website: thealphaproject.co

Twitter: @alphaProj

Facebook: The Alpha Project

Email: hello@thealphaproject.co 

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Spare Some Bone Marrow?

Paul Giblin Oarsman Needs Bone Marrow

Paul Giblin Oarsman – Needs Your Bone Marrow

Stephen Fry recently tweeted about Paul Giblin, a brilliant oarsman, (they’re all brilliant going out training on those wet or frosty morns) who desperately needs a drop of bone marrow to keep him rowing along…could it be yours? Imagine while your turning over for another cosy sleep one morning, your marrow could be out there rowing across a windy Galway bay having replenished Paul’s body...http://marrowmatch.eu/ 

Happy Rowers - Paul Giblin and Friends Cheer

Happy Rowers – Paul Giblin and Friends Cheer

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So Much Support for SuperGav

SuperGav

A stunning example of a tsunami of support is being shown for 4 yr old SuperGav, better known as Gavin Glynn, when he is not superheroing. His nickname comes from his rapid recovery from some very invasive treatment (think embedded hot plates and wires) in Switzerland for the cancer that threatens his young life. He was “out of the bed” sooner than most patients in similar circumstances. Now he needs something even bigger, only available in the U.S., and this is where the support kicks in…$400,000 is needed. You can find out about the amazing (sometimes crazy) things people are doing to get the bobs in the bank: http://www.teamgavinglynn.ie. Every little gesture helps: on Sunday in glorious sunshine, Raheny GAA were at the Dublin Kite Festival on Dollier strand, collecting for SuperGav. Fair play to all!
Text GAVIN to 50300 to donate €4

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So Much Support for SuperGav

SuperGav

A stunning example of a tsunami of support is being shown for 4 yr old SuperGav, better known as Gavin Glynn, when he is not superheroing. His nickname comes from his rapid recovery from some very invasive treatment (think embedded hot plates and wires) in Switzerland for the cancer that threatens his young life. He was “out of the bed” sooner than most patients in similar circumstances. Now he needs something even bigger, only available in the U.S., and this is where the support kicks in…$400,000 is needed. You can find out about the amazing (sometimes crazy) things people are doing to get the bobs in the bank: http://www.teamgavinglynn.ie. Every little gesture helps: on Sunday in glorious sunshine, Raheny GAA were at the Dublin Kite Festival on Dollier strand, collecting for SuperGav. Fair play to all!
Text GAVIN to 50300 to donate €4

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Small Fish, Big Heart

Having received the warmest of welcomes when he arrived in Galway from France, Sébastien Locteau was keen to return the warmth in at least one of the ways he could. By jumping into the cold green sea!

Small Human Fish, Large Heart

“A human in the open ocean, is like a small fish”, he says.

Not one for holding back at getting crazy things done, Sébastien has run marathons, partaken in triathlons, and an odd swim or two – some of them very odd! But nothing like his latest target, swimming the Wild Atlantic bay that rocks and rolls between Clare and Salthill. Not just for the kudos, though, Sébastien has those who have suffered even more than a long cold swim in mind, those who are on a tough mudder of a journey through the foul weather of cancer.

Having had serious health issues himself, he was lucky enough to have a doctor who knew the need to run, and who said to Sébastien, I know that “you can’t” won’t work for you. Now back on his feet, Sébastien will do whatever he can for those who today cannot, in the hope that one day they can.

On Saturday 22nd July, Sébastien will tackle the Galway Bay Swim, to raise funds for Cancer Care West

Your support, no matter how small will be deeply appreciated. And if you are around Salthill on Saturday, come along and cheer them home to shore.

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Sailing Alive

We had World Suicide Prevention day this week, and everyday is a good day to help someone get through a dark cloud.

The boaters and yachters at Clontarf Yacht Club have selected 19th September to show their support for preventing suicide by organizing a Sail Against Suicide day.

Sail Against Suicide Poster 2015

The aim of Events Against Suicide is to draw on the combined goodwill of communities all over the island of Ireland to use their skills and creativity to spread the  message
it’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help
The aim is to raise awareness across the 32 counties through a range of local, community-led events.

To do their part the Clontarf Yachters are having a race with lots and lots of orange on the boats, and a marque with music and food for the afternoon – BBQ Burgers and more.

Sail Against Suicide Sign Outside Clontarf Yacht Club Clontarf  Yacht Club

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Positivity Guaranteed

Three days of workshops, uplifting speakers, resources and fun activities for the young and those who offer them care and guidance in October @ the RDS in Dublin.

ZeminarLogo

Zeminar will bring all those focused on the development and well-being of young people in Ireland to one place. Those aged between 15 and 19, their parents, teachers, mentors and coaches will learn and enjoy in a variety of ways hooking up with some of the best and most innovative organisations on this island.

Attendees will leave the event with new knowledge to help them live happier, safer, and more fulfilling lives.

ZeminarPoster

Speakers taking to the main stage include: Bressie, Peter McVerry; The Parents of Donal Walsh; Mark Little of Storyful; Jamie Heaslip; David Gillick; Maria Walsh/Former Rose of Tralee; Dr. Rhona Mahony/Master of Holles St.; Dermot Whelan/Today FM; Senator Lynn Ruane; Ian Power/Spunout; Doug Leddin – to name but a few.

Website

@zeminarevent

 

 

 

 

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Positive Pedal Power

Breifne Earley Close Up

Breifne Earley Up Close and Personal Against Suicide

 

We all have dark days, some darker than others. And for some the days can be beyond darkness…but there is always a way back to brighter days…and Breifne Earley is one of many who found such a way. Put simply: “It’s OK not to feel OK”. Depression and suicidal thoughts are treatable. Breifne says:
I was able to turn the direction of my life around simply by asking for assistance from my friends, family & colleagues. The support was then, and has been since, absolutely astounding.

Breifne Earley Selfie with Friends

Come on lads, keep up!

 

And now he’s pedalling around the planet to raise awareness in the Cycle Against Suicide Campaign. He has managed to stretch his funds beyond belief but needs a few extra bob to fully circumnavigate the globe. Can you help him push them pedals a little further? You can pre-order his book or DVD here.

Breifne Earley Hairy Supporters

Yer man’s flyin!

 

 

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A Hashtag Can

Hashtag Symbol   Have you entered the Twittersphere? A number of brave and creative people are jumping into Twitter and throwing a hashtag party for fun and more. So many hashtags bringing people together to share and support, and grow personally or professionally…to cite but a few examples:  #irishbizparty, #irishtechparty, #twiznight, #firstfortnight, #irishfictionfortnight…the list will continue to evolve, just as Twitter has and will.

People using the virtual space to make real-life communities that directly impact the personal and business lives of many. It’s an open invitation to throw your Twitter hat in the mix, and lend or receive some support. Get yourself a @handle, and maybe one day your hashtag can ripple through the Twittersphere and beyond.

Earth Hashtag

One little hashtag to change the world

@YesIrelandCan

 

 

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Are You a Perfect Marrow Match?

Nikkii Perfect Marrow Match

Nikki, married with two little kids, is desperately seeking a perfect marrow match. Her mother is Anglo-Burmese and her Dad is Irish. Nikki needs someone with a similar ethnic cocktail in their DNA for a drop of bone marrow to sort her out, and get her back on track and chasing her kids around the house. Anglo-Indian might also work, and maybe a sprinkling of Portuguese in your ancestors may also help.

If you think your blood stream has the relevant micro-spices, please consider registering as a bone marrow donor…who knows you could be someone’s perfect match?  http://perfecttenmatch.co.uk/my-story/

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Get Your APP Cap On

Apps4Gaps Logo Everyday more data than any one person can eat is produced all over Ireland (and the world), data that can be used to benefit us all…if only someone would come up with an app to analyse it, and grind out the gems and patterns that could help us make small and large decisions wisely…? Maybe you, and a friend or two? Oh and by the way, this BIG Data is just sitting there, freely available and accessible to all!

So Apps4Gaps is a clever competition to get people thinking and designing and building to wrestle some good from all this free data.

your idea+her idea+his idea+another idea=app

app+free data=social good

app+win Apps4Gaps=€5000  !!!

It’s a no brainer, just get your brain in gear and get thinking and creating. There are two categories, Student and Open. A few small terms and conditions, like you have to hook up with others (called a team), and design or build the app. Who knows, society could be so grateful, and you (and your team) could have €5000  to spend on something nice or your next BIG idea.

Apps4GapsMain

Apps4Gaps Competition

 http://www.apps4gaps.ie/

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Time to Write

WritingIElogo New Year, fresh impetus…time to start writing that novel, memoir, story, book to change the world? Maybe a story has been prodding at you to write it down, or there’s an unfinished work at the back of a drawer or hard drive…? Head over to www.writing.ie the supportive home for those drawn to put pen to paper or whatever your cyber flavour of writing instrument may be. You’ll find tips, encouragement, news of competitions of all sorts, interviews, and even somewhere to advertise your literary progeny. And of course, you can simply write for the wonderful sake of writing, the catharsis of poetic clarity…whatever floats your literary boat, www.writing.ie  makes the writer’s world a little less lonely, a sort of cyber Cafe des Artistes, open all hours.

Writing.ie logo

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Fading Sight – Indomitable Spirit

Seeing Disney Carol and Sara

Carol and Sara #SeeingDisney

What would you do if your sight was fading? What would you want to spend your last sight credits on? A sunset, your favourite mountain, the flowers you planted in your garden, a loved one’s smiley face? Carol wants to see things with her lovely seven year old daughter. Goal setting, target reaching, Carol decided that on each of her daughter’s birthdays they would see something special, before they could no longer see together. And this year’s target is to see Disney. As her Usher Syndrome progresses, Carol might be seeing smaller and smaller, but she continues to think big. Can you see yourself helping?

Available now via PayPal, seeingdisneycalendar@gmail.com, the 2015 #SeeingDisney fundraising calendar.

Carol Usher Syndrome Fashion Event

#SeeingDisney Fashion Event

www.facebook.com/pages/Extraordinary-Events-Ltd/1505671226347791

http://www.gofundme.com/seeingdisney  Twitter @SeeingDisney

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Spare Some Bone Marrow?

Paul Giblin Oarsman Needs Bone Marrow

Paul Giblin Oarsman – Needs Your Bone Marrow

Stephen Fry recently tweeted about Paul Giblin, a brilliant oarsman, (they’re all brilliant going out training on those wet or frosty morns) who desperately needs a drop of bone marrow to keep him rowing along…could it be yours? Imagine while your turning over for another cosy sleep one morning, your marrow could be out there rowing across a windy Galway bay having replenished Paul’s body...http://marrowmatch.eu/ 

Happy Rowers - Paul Giblin and Friends Cheer

Happy Rowers – Paul Giblin and Friends Cheer

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The Bracelet of Hope – Andy Morgan Foundation

“I miss him, but it’s OK”, a ten year old picked up the pieces after her Dad died by suicide, and is now helping others who had similar experiences to pick up and go on. Alex Morgan together with family and friends have set up the Andy Morgan Foundation to raise awareness and funds to help prevent suicide, and support those left behind.

Andy Morgan Foundation Logo

Give Life a Chance

Yes life can go on, and no one is asking you to take more than one day at a time. The foundation organizes bracelet making in schools to raise awareness and funds, a small token around the wrist but a large reminder that life is about coming together and community. Yes, we can go on.
https://www.facebook.com/theandymorganfoundation

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Accessible Affordable Mental Health Care – MyMind

MyMind Krystian Fikert Logo

Originally from Poland, Krystian Fikert came to Ireland in 2004 with a degree in Clinical Psychology. On seeing the difficulties faced by people seeking mental health services, Krystian set up an affordable and accessible psychotherapeutic service. By drastically reducing admin costs, and giving clients rapid access to counsellors and psychotherapists, MyMind allowed people to quickly talk to a mental health professional, and so avoid the prohibitive costs of private services or the long waiting lists of the public sector.

Key Moment

A key moment in the development of MyMind came in 2009 when Krystian was recognised by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland as an emerging social entrepreneur. This recognition gave Krystian access to a wide network of business supports that helped develop MyMind. In 2010, MyMind was awarded funding by ESB Electric Aid and The One Foundation, and became a recipient of the David Manley Award for social enterprise. In the same year, MyMind first received support from the HSE, through the National Office for Suicide Prevention.

With the help of all of these partners, MyMind grew each year, supporting more and more clients. From impacting 398 lives in 2009, by 2011 it was reaching 2,032 people.

Elevator Award

The support from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland continued in 2011, when Krystian became an awardee of the Elevator Award which provides social entrepreneurs in the early stages of a project with funding, support and training to enable them to develop and scale their idea and maximise their impact. This helped MyMind reach even more clients. A new centre opened in Dublin’s Northside to accommodate demand, while the centre on Dublin’s Southside saw an ever increasing number of appointments.

Grants from the Arthur Guinness Fund and collaboration with BoehringerIngelheim propelled MyMind’s growth in 2012 as its social enterprise approach to the provision of mental health services became increasingly well known.

Online Services

MyMind Online Services

The addition of web-based mental health support through the innovative MyMind Online platform vastly increased its ability to reach more and more clients. People can access individual counselling services via video conference, and free of charge online consultations.

Beyond Dublin

MyMind expanded outside Dublin when Minister Kathleen Lynch opened the Cork centre in 2013. Crucial to the most recent expansion of MyMind has been Krystian winning the SEI Impact Award in 2013, which helps entrepreneurs already delivering an effective solution to some of Ireland’s greatest social and environmental challenges to scale their organisations. Since the Impact Award, MyMind has opened a new centre in Limerick and the number of appointments has grown to 1,200 a month in October 2014.

Future Goals

MyMind’s goals for the next two years involve maximising the potential of existing services, expanding its network of services and reaching financial breakeven by 2016. To date, MyMind has been able to generate 73% of its own finances, and with the growth of its services is on track to meet the goal of self-sustainability in two years time.

Mental Health in the Workplace

MyMind at Work

The most recent addition to MyMind’s services is MyMind at Work, which seeks to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace through talks, seminars and workshops. In 2014, over 15 companies used MyMind at Work to help employees develop emotional resilience, a number that is sure to grow in 2015.

From its origins in a community centre in North Dublin, MyMind has grown to four locations across Ireland, with a thriving online support service and a workplace program impacting over 14,000 lives to date.

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Mind Your Mind

So many great groups now offering support services to ensure we all take good care of our mentals. Here are just a few: mymind.org, spunout.ieheadstrong.ie, and great counsellors available to match the fact that so many are now prepared to engage and work at clearing the mental clutter to living a better, healthier life. Check out a great film by Jigsaw Meath: http://youtu.be/p5qAhBlcMB0

Plan To Protect Your Mental Health

Path to Your Happy Mentals

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Electrons, Neurons, and a Lotta Grey Matter

Yes we can…host tourists, events, and every kind of digital…

HostInIreland

Host in Ireland, a marketing initiative created to drive interest in hosting digital assets in Ireland, will host From Electrons to Neurons, Why Hosting Matters to Ireland. The half-day event, co-located with DataCentres Ireland and Cloud & IT Security Ireland, will be held November 11, 2014 from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM @ the RDS.  http://hostinireland.com/ …Ireland: your data HQ, when it comes to your data, we mean business

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Brave New Pioneers of an Ancient Tradition

Teenagers writing and performing their poetry, who’d’ve thunk it? Stephen Murray did, a Poetry Slam Champ himself, he got the bright idea to find young poetic voices from around Ireland and have them compete in an International Slam Fest in Atlanta in July 2015, and feature on the HBO TV show Brave New Voices.

Brave New Voices - Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray – Instigator & Mentor

After competing and winning in an All Ireland contest, the fantastic four have been selected, and are rearing to go do their thing…they just need a little funding help from all you poetry lovers out there, or indeed anyone who wishes to support these verbally brilliant young performance artists.

Brave New Voices Team Ireland

Brave New Team Ireland

Some samples of their artistry below, where poetry does not lie quietly on the page but stands up vibrantly, and each crunchy syllable grabs you by the poetics. People of Atlanta, you is in for a treat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxf1XukYqJg – Seasons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ9LyO62Uu8 – Pitchfork Branches

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9u9KoJ60cA – All Mothers and Fathers Matter

Donate here. Corporate sponsor sincerely sought. Contact Captain Melisa melissakavanaghteamireland@gmail.com

Contact: @TeamIrelandBNV    https://www.facebook.com/teamireland

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A Good Hair Day – @SavingGracy

Savving Grace Photo with Curls Next time you’re having a bad hair day, when you can’t straighten those curls, or tong in some waves (and that’s just the guys), think of ten year old Gracy and her hair buddy Aoibheann.

Grace has lost all her lovely curls due to a rare form of cancer, and Aoibheann is fundraising by having her own hair cut, and donating her lovely locks to the Little Princess Trust who make wigs for kids affected by cancer.

Saving Gracie - Aoibheann and Grace

From one Princess to another

There are lots of events planned, from jumping out of planes, to running in the muck, to getting a kind haircut…and there’s even a song to download….all help and support gracefully accepted.

Savving Grace Logo

www.savinggrace.ie

   Twiteroos @SavingGracy

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Food and Fun in Kerry

Listowel Food Fair Logo 2015  The oldest food fair in Ireland takes place in June, with the freshest food ideas and a whole lot more.

Outdoor foody fun from barbeques to food foraging on The Cow’s Lawn, to a food trail through the old heritage town of Listowel, on the Wild Atlantic Way. Are you ready to taste some fun…?

At the launch of the 21st Listowel Food Fair on Thursday which takes place 18-21 June in Listowel. The highlights of this year's festival are a tribute to Kathy Buckley, cook to three US Presidents (Coolidge, Hoover and Roosevelt), the inaugural All Ireland Craft Beer Competition,  a food duel, the Best Emerging Artisan Producer Awards and the All Ireland Food Photography Competition. Full details:  www.listowelfoodfair.ie  Photo: Don MacMonagle Further info: Sharon Noonan 087 099 5741

A Bunch of Fresh Chefs

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Magical Bog

bog-week-poster-2015  From dancing to walkabouts, from landscape to Art, the Conamara Bog Week has something magical for all ages and imaginations. Celebrating it’s 31st birthday this year, it goes from fun to more fun, and is a must for anyone breezing through the area, for some magic and folklore to bring home.

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Dub Lit Fest – Help it Happen

International Literary Festival Dublin W.B.Yeats 9 days,  29 venues, over 90 authors…the International Literature Festival Dublin turns Dublin into a literary festive hub from the 16th to 24th of May. Can you help? Volunteers needed for all sorts of roles, from ticketing in venues, dealing with customers, audience research, brochure distribution, and many more.  Volunteering at these events will be as rewarding and interesting as the inspiring events themselves.

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Volunteer @ International Literary Festival Dublin

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Walk and Talk – Exercise for Mental Health

Walk and talk, connect with others and Nature…

The Green Ribbon mental health awareness campaign takes place in May.  As part of the campaign, Mental Health Ireland has teamed up with the Irish Farming Association, a founding partner of the See Change campaign, and Coillte Outdoors to organise a programme of national Let’s Talk & Walk Forest Walks to promote the Green Ribbon.

MHI Green Ribbon Walk Limerick

MHI Green Ribbon Walk Limerick

The walks are family friendly in duration and route and led by a forest ranger and volunteers.

The dates for this year’s #talkandwalk events are:

Avondale – Co. Wicklow

Sunday, May 17th 2015 @ 3.00pm

 

Martha Mitchell

Mobile 087 64233118

Email: martha.mitchell07@gmail.com

 

Portumna – Co. Galway

Sunday, May 3rd 2015 @ 3.00pm

 

Maura Canning

Mobile 087 6478771

Email: mauracanning@gmail.com

 

Killaclohane  – Co. Kerry

Monday, May 4th 2015 @ 3.00pm

 

Bernadette O’Driscoll

Mobile: 087 2353710

Email: bernadette.odriscoll@gmail.com

Ards Forest Park – Co. Donegal

Sunday, May 24th 2015 @ 3pm

 

Lisa McMongle

Mobile: 087 9328002

Email: lisammcmonagle@gmail.com

So pencil the date in your diary, and round up friends, colleagues and family for fun in the forest, walking, talking and promoting mental health.

For more information on events, see contacts above, or: info@mentalhealthireland.ie

Green Ribbon Positive Mental Health Changing minds about mental health one conversation at a time

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Positive Pedal Power

Breifne Earley Close Up

Breifne Earley Up Close and Personal Against Suicide

 

We all have dark days, some darker than others. And for some the days can be beyond darkness…but there is always a way back to brighter days…and Breifne Earley is one of many who found such a way. Put simply: “It’s OK not to feel OK”. Depression and suicidal thoughts are treatable. Breifne says:
I was able to turn the direction of my life around simply by asking for assistance from my friends, family & colleagues. The support was then, and has been since, absolutely astounding.

Breifne Earley Selfie with Friends

Come on lads, keep up!

 

And now he’s pedalling around the planet to raise awareness in the Cycle Against Suicide Campaign. He has managed to stretch his funds beyond belief but needs a few extra bob to fully circumnavigate the globe. Can you help him push them pedals a little further? You can pre-order his book or DVD here.

Breifne Earley Hairy Supporters

Yer man’s flyin!

 

 

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Time to Tidy

Two daffodils against a red brick wall

2 Spring Ladies

Spring is springing up everywhere, crocuses and daffs are reminding us that the Winter is behind us and Summer is in our semi-distant future…tidy town committees and volunteers are dusting off spades and trowels.

Garden Tools

Ready for Action

Maybe you’ve thought about pitching in? Well now is the time to make contact. The time you sow now will bring much reward to yourself, the team you join, and of course all those who stroll past the flowered creations that cheer city, town, and village streets. It’s not all about winning prizes, every flowering basket or bucket causes at least an inner smile to those passing by.

Make contact with your local Tidy Town team, or contact Tidy Towns or maybe start your own!

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Got some time and energy to spare? The good food people over at Foodcloud need volunteers to help rescue unwanted food, and get it to those who need it, and maybe a few little jobs in between…so if you like to roll up your sleeves and maybe wear a funny hat or tee-shirt, they would love to hear from you.

And just to show how professional they are over there, you’ll even get training…next session takes place on Wednesday 25th of February, and is the last one for a while! Email niamh@foodcloud.ie

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One Man Found a Dog

One evening, Joe Molloy was followed home from the shops by a cheeky Jack Russell.

Lost Jack Russell

Jack the Lad

Now Joe was fond of dogs, he already shared his home with two canines, but they weren’t interested in a new four-legged lodger in the house. In fact were dead set against it. So Joe needed to find Jack’s owner and fast.  Enter the Internet. Joe a keen Website developer himself, realised the only way to spread the word, especially outside office hours, was via the Web and social media. And so the birth of Lost and Found Pets Ireland, which helps owners report or find their missing hairy or furry friends.

Lost and Found Pets Ireland Logo You enter your pets info which feeds out to Twitter, and you can even generate a poster to print and pin to trees, lampposts, or the local postman.

Another great example of people coming together online to bring solace in the non-virtual world where cats and dogs bring fun and mayhem to the human idea of order.

Cat and Human Reunited

Amanda and Bella reunited thanks to the on and offline community “What do you mean say cheese? I say milk, or even chicken!”

 

 

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One Man Found a Dog

One evening, Joe Molloy was followed home from the shops by a cheeky Jack Russell.

Lost Jack Russell

Jack the Lad

Now Joe was fond of dogs, he already shared his home with two canines, but they weren’t interested in a new four-legged lodger in the house. In fact were dead set against it. So Joe needed to find Jack’s owner and fast.  Enter the Internet. Joe a keen Website developer himself, realised the only way to spread the word, especially outside office hours, was via the Web and social media. And so the birth of Lost and Found Pets Ireland, which helps owners report or find their missing hairy or furry friends.

Lost and Found Pets Ireland Logo You enter your pets info which feeds out to Twitter, and you can even generate a poster to print and pin to trees, lampposts, or the local postman.

Another great example of people coming together online to bring solace in the non-virtual world where cats and dogs bring fun and mayhem to the human idea of order.

Cat and Human Reunited

Amanda and Bella reunited thanks to the on and offline community “What do you mean say cheese? I say milk, or even chicken!”

 

 

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New St Gardens – Edel Tobin Shares Her Experience

Edel Tobin was the first to look at the New Street derelict site and see something else. She kindly offers some words about the experience:

The New Street Gardens Project is about using a derelict disused space and reenergizing it and reusing it for a new purpose. We wanted to build a garden in this space and we wanted a garden built by the people for the people. And on June 20th 2014 we achieved this vision when the gardens were officially opened by President Michael D. Higgins. From this date forwards the gardens have been open 24 hours to the public.

New St Gardens Plaque and Sky Sign

Plaque and Sky Sign

The garden build took 12 weeks which involved organizing a huge team of volunteers to ensure completion. However, work on New Street Gardens began months before this- way back in November 2013. Meetings were held with the Waterford Council who held the lease on the New Street site and who I asked to partner the project. At this stage also, John Haggis joined forces with me and we met numerous times around suitable site designs, funding applications and also with our architect and the planning section of the council. Once our site plan had been approved and funding assured from the Arts office we knew we could move onto the next stage-organising and planning the garden build.

I met with Mount Congreve Garden Nurseries who agreed to sponsor the planting and Ballybeg Horticultural Group who offered a team of 6 men to build the garden 2 days of the week. Ballybeg Horticultural Group also advised on the different materials needed for the build and also the best companies to approach. When I asked, all of these companies sponsored most of the materials and if not they provided them at a fraction of the cost. Then in March we began the garden build.

The 12 week garden build was the result of a massive outpouring of community support towards the project. The Ballybeg Horticultural Group provided a team for 2 days a week and they were joined by another group, U-Casadh Horticultural Group. However, it was the pedestrians passing by and the call out for volunteer tradesmen and gardeners on our Facebook page which astounded us most. Everyday people came in to lend a hand from all walks of life. And the momentum that the project built in the city was overwhelming. Every help that could be asked for from all the sections of the council was given. It really was a garden project built by the people of Waterford. And we believe this to be the main incentive for keeping the garden safe in the future for the community to be able to use and enjoy.

Highlights

The highlights have been so numerous it’s hard to single them out. First was finalizing the site plan and knowing exactly what we wanted the garden to look like was very exciting. That was the first time I knew the garden could be built because I could see what we needed to do to build it. Secondly, when the first sod of green grass was laid that was momentous as it really saw the green space emerging out of the dereliction. Another highlight was when the first plants from Mount Congreve Gardens arrived and gave structure to the garden. Another was when we reached our FUNDIT target of €10,000-all of this support from the community. But I suppose the ultimate highlight has to be the day that President Michael D. Higgins arrived to open the WIKed festival and the garden.

President and Mrs Higgins

President and Mrs Higgins

The President’s speech was about regeneration and how delighted he was to be opening a festival in a beautiful garden space created out of dereliction. He also spoke about how impressive it was that the garden was built by volunteers and that it should shine as a wonderful positive light in Waterford and beyond. I think it’s safe to say that everyone of us volunteers present that day would have to consider this the main highlight of the project to date.

And there is more to come in New Street Gardens. So far the gardens are being maintained and watered thanks to a rota of volunteers. The gardens to date are being used and not abused which is brilliant. Everyday sees families and individuals coming into the garden to enjoy the space. Now what we are concentrating on is finishing the stage to get ready for live performances, building an outdoor cinema facility and putting on a free summer programme of events. These will include workshops every Saturday and Sunday, music, theatre, film, spoken word and more every weekend. It truly has become a garden with a festival feel and a garden which is being enjoyed by the community and we hope will continue to be enjoyed for a long time to come.

http://www.newstreetgardens.com/  https://www.facebook.com/newstreetgardens

 

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Mind Your Mind

So many great groups now offering support services to ensure we all take good care of our mentals. Here are just a few: mymind.org, spunout.ieheadstrong.ie, and great counsellors available to match the fact that so many are now prepared to engage and work at clearing the mental clutter to living a better, healthier life. Check out a great film by Jigsaw Meath: http://youtu.be/p5qAhBlcMB0

Plan To Protect Your Mental Health

Path to Your Happy Mentals

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Mentors Corner

People who have managed or worked on various projects kindly offer to share their experiences, and in some cases offer mentoring to those considering or starting similar projects.

If you have worked on a project, your shared experience will be much appreciated. Your contact details can be kept private or made public as you wish.

If you are considering, or up to your ears in a project and would like some support, feel free to contact us, as someone may be able to offer some words of guidance or more…

Currently available to mentor:

Krystian Fikert of MyMind

John Evoy of Men’s Sheds

Christophe Lombardi

Contact

 

Magical Bog

bog-week-poster-2015  From dancing to walkabouts, from landscape to Art, the Conamara Bog Week has something magical for all ages and imaginations. Celebrating it’s 31st birthday this year, it goes from fun to more fun, and is a must for anyone breezing through the area, for some magic and folklore to bring home.

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Magical Bog

bog-week-poster-2015  From dancing to walkabouts, from landscape to Art, the Conamara Bog Week has something magical for all ages and imaginations. Celebrating it’s 31st birthday this year, it goes from fun to more fun, and is a must for anyone breezing through the area, for some magic and folklore to bring home.

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Let There Be Living Light

Mark Pollock is blind and paralysed, but only in body. He sees very clearly, and his vision and undaunted spirit energize others to get up and get going, and even run in the dark! All this to help find a cure for spinal cord injuries, so that he and so many others around the world may get to get up and go again.

RunInTheDarkRunners

Wednesday, November 12th, thousands pull on their running shoes and flashing armbands (to be seen of course) and hit the roads of 30 cities around the world. All these runners and joggers are part of a living (and loving) light flowing through the streets. What about getting your running shoes on? Or offer a volunteering hand? www.runinthedark.org/

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IrelandCan!

Welcome to IrelandCan.com a new website to honour individuals, communities, innovation, great ideas, and start-ups all around Ireland. We will be sharing stories that embody a positive spirit of can-do getting-it-done at home in Ireland and across the globe.

Whether it’s a community coming together to revive their village, an individual getting well, a person or two or three or more who found a new way of making a living, or a simple act of kindness that made a big difference, we want to hear about them, and group them together here…

Whatever the tale, yours or a neighbour’s, we would love to hear from you.

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Heart and Sole

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Man’s got Soul!

Eamonn Keaveney is currently walking around Ireland to raise funds for Pieta House. Fair play to him you’ll say…you might say a bit more when you hear he’s taking this very long stroll, barefoot! And then you might have a gasp or two when you see the cut of his feet. His sister, Maureen, one of his many supporters shares a few thoughts…

When Eamonn first came up with the idea, most of us didn’t believe him and here he is on day 94 of his epic journey. He is walking just over 2,000km around Ireland in his bare feet – for two reasons. He’d read about the longest barefoot journey in the Guinness Book of Records and he thought to himself “I’m going to break that”.

A good friend of his died by suicide and this made him decide to fundraise for Pieta House, and help raise awareness of suicide and self-harm along the way. With little preparation, no diet plans or support team, except for his family at home, he packed a tent and other essential items in a rucksack.

IMG_20160506_211146He’s been extremely fortunate as he has only had to camp three times so far. Many followers and businesses kindly offered him a place to stay along the way. People have literally spent hours driving around looking for him, bringing him picnics, ice creams or snacks and love to stop and have a chat with him. People are curious when they see him on the road and offer him lifts or shoes!

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Measure a journey not in miles but in friends made on the way

He’s received so many lovely messages of support, thanks, and encouragement on a daily basis and is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.  

We are thrilled that so far, as well as avoiding major accident or injury during his walk, Eamonn’s donation link has raised over €16,000, far beyond the €1,000 euro target our humble brother originally set. He is so down to earth, a very relaxed fellow. Nothing is ever too much trouble. He has stayed up many nights, talking to supporters even though he has been ready to collapse from exhaustion after a long days walk, but he never complains. He has undertaken such a selfless act in trying to help others. He’s an inspiration and we are so very proud of him.

We expect Eamonn to complete his journey and arrive home in Claremorris to a hero’s welcome on August 12th. I’m sure he will have many amazing stories to tell. Hopefully, he will make it into The Guinness World Book of records as he broke the record on July 13th. It would be lovely to get him a copy at Christmas. He has had the pleasure of seeing our beautiful country, meeting some of the nicest people and in turn leaving footprints in their hearts.IMG_20160709_140449

We wish him well on the last legs of his journey…if you catch sight of him, remember to offer him encouragement or snacks, but please no shoes!

Donate here

Tweet all about him  @baringmysoles

 

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Haring Around Town

Hare wearing colourful sunglasses

If you look him in the eye long enough, he’ll wink!

Every year the Jack and Jill lot do something a bit hair brained to promote awareness of their cause, and of course raise a few bob. Their antics usually raise a few eyebrows, and lots of smiles and laughter. This year is no different. A hare treasure trail around Dublin to find amazingly beautiful works of hare-inspired Art. Each one worth at least a viewing, or maybe more. You or your organisation can adopt one of these artistic treasures. Others are currently up for auction, and of course all proceeds go to providing care to very ill kids. According to the Jack and Jillers:

Through ‘Hares on the March’ we intend to keep people of all ages entertained whilst they walk around Dublin city centre finding, appreciating and enjoying the wonderful pieces of art that have been created by our superbly talented artists from all over Ireland and the UK.

Sandra Schone is one of the incredible artists who created these marvellous hares, and she shares some of her thoughts on this inspiring experience:

They had me at Alice in Wonderland! Two Teaspoons of Wishful Thinking

When I read the project brief, I knew it was for me! Being an aspiring illustrator with a quirky style, a lot of imagination and a supporter of any good cause, I knew I wanted to be part of this artsy fundraising initiative organised by the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

Their “Hares on the March” Campaign 2016, which is a follow on from the success of the Pigs on Parade, The Cow Parade and The Egg Hunt, is a unique art display in the city that will make you stop and look twice.

Sandra feeds the Hare a Carrot

Sandra meets and greets her Hare

 

I was thrilled when Monsieur Hare, the most unusual “canvas” I have ever worked with, moved in with me in October last year for about four weeks after being selected to become one of the 110 artists for this project. 

 

Jack and Jill Foundation. Hares on the March.What was my motivation and inspiration behind my “ImagineHareium” (No.88)? When I draw, I lose myself in my own wonderland, a whole new world, a divergent dimension. I forget everything else, nothing else matters and all my worries evaporate. The underlying theme of my life’s work is inspired by the fairy tales of my childhood: the magic in every moment of life, the beauty of nature and enchanting encounters.

Jack and Jill Foundation. Hares on the March.  The Hare is a symbol for many things; madness, genius, elusive, a luck charm, good fortune, protective powers, magical powers, union of opposites, full of mystery and contradiction as well as a royal animal. It is iconic in Irish society, taking pride of place on the coinage over the years. The hare is also associated with the Celtic Dawn Goddess, Easter, the moon, dawn and transformation…and they go mad in March, apparently.

The question I put to the audience is “Can we travel back to our childhood, and re-awaken that sense of wonder we possessed when we were younger and free to imagine whatever we liked?”

Hare Back Side

I want to invite people to discover their inner Alice by following the imagery around the hare, inventing their own story of what they see. For me I think, anything is possible at any age, with any limitation that we may be born with. We should nourish love, trust, friendship, and be true to ourselves, then we can face what we are destined to do in – our reality, our dream, our own wonderland.

“ImagineHareium” #88 is currently residing at the Conrad Hotel, Dublin, opposite The National Concert Hall, from 22 Jan to 29 February.

The other hares can be tracked down at 52 venues around Dublin city. The Hare Trail invites everyone to go on a hunt around town to find the 110 beautiful hares. A map and entry form can be downloaded from the website: www.haresonthemarch.ie There will be a prize draw on 16 March. So go hunting!

Things you can do:

Auction: Take part here: https://galabid.com/auction/hares The auction will close Mon, 21 March.

Adopt a Hare: Choose a hare. Put your name, mission & logo on the plinth.  Then put your hare on permanent display in your boardroom, canteen or reception area.

Individual Sponsorship: Choose a hare to be associated with by displaying your name, mission & logo on its plinth for the entire duration of the project. .

Links:

The Hare Trail: www.haresonthemarch.ie

Hare Auction: https://galabid.com/auction/hares

Jack & Jill: www.jackandjill.ie

Sandra’s oeuvre:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sandra-Schoene-Illustrations-Paintings

Jack and Jill Foundation. Hares on the March.

Jack and Jill Foundation. Hares on the March.

Twitter/ Instagram: @schoenesan

 

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