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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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!

flowers

 

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Extra Food+Hungry Folk+Your Time=Fulfilment

Food Cloud Logo

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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Author Archives: irelandc

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! “A human in … Continue reading

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Crisis Response Volunteers

The Community Crisis Response Team are on call from 5pm to 6am each day, every day. They respond to those in mental distress who make contact directly, or when alerted by a concerned passer-by, a friend or family member.   Team members … Continue reading

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Heart and Sole

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 … Continue reading

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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. Zeminar will bring all those focused on the development and well-being of young people in … Continue reading

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Gardening Communities

Social community gardening has been growing in popularity over recent years for many reasons but if you haven’t discovered this enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours outdoors, you might be wondering what these kind of gardens are, and … Continue reading

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Haring Around Town

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 … Continue reading

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Food for Thoughtfulness

Each year the Galway Simon Community give out food hampers to their clients, which is made possible by donations they receive from the public. This year they estimate that they will be giving hampers to over 200 families in Galway. … Continue reading

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The Alpha Project

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 … Continue reading

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Brave New Mentor

We are delighted to welcome a new mentor to our panel of those who seek to encourage and guide anyone who intends to dive into a new venture. Don’t let the pics scare you, Christophe is a man who seeks … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Author Archives: irelandc

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 … Continue reading

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A Good Hair Day – @SavingGracy

 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 … Continue reading

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Food and Fun in Kerry

  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 … Continue reading

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Magical Bog

  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 … Continue reading

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Dub Lit Fest – Help it Happen

 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Positive Pedal Power

  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 … Continue reading

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Time to Tidy

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. Maybe you’ve thought about pitching in? … Continue reading

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Extra Food+Hungry Folk+Your Time=Fulfilment

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 … Continue reading

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One Man Found a Dog

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

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Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Alpha Project

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 … Continue reading

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Brave New Mentor

We are delighted to welcome a new mentor to our panel of those who seek to encourage and guide anyone who intends to dive into a new venture. Don’t let the pics scare you, Christophe is a man who seeks … Continue reading

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Monthly Archives: September 2015

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 … Continue reading

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Monthly Archives: September 2015

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 … Continue reading

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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Food and Fun in Kerry

  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 … Continue reading

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Magical Bog

  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 … Continue reading

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Monthly Archives: June 2015

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 … Continue reading

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A Good Hair Day – @SavingGracy

 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 … Continue reading

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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Dub Lit Fest – Help it Happen

 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Positive Pedal Power

  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 … Continue reading

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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Extra Food+Hungry Folk+Your Time=Fulfilment

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 … Continue reading

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One Man Found a Dog

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

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Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Hashtag Can

   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 … Continue reading

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Are You a 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 … Continue reading

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Get Your APP Cap On

 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 … Continue reading

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Time to Write

 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 … Continue reading

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