SECAD Weekly Noticeboard

SECAD Weekly Noticeboard

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership and SECAD to assist in Digital Switchover

Community organisations in South and East Cork are gearing up to assist older and more isolated people to make the switch to digital television.  As the analogue signal for receiving TV will be switched off on 24th October, viewers who use an aerial will need to check if they need to upgrade their TV equipment so they will continue to receive TV after that date.  A new Community Outreach programme is targeting people who, for whatever reason, are less likely to make the change in time.  These people may be older, live in more isolated areas or possibly live alone.

Veronica Gubbins is the Digital Outreach Champion for East Cork, working with Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd., who are co-ordinating the Programme with co-operation from South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD). She will involve a wide range of organisations in the area to help create greater awareness and understanding of the Digital Switchover in local communities across the east of the county.  Volunteers from these organisations will identify people who might have difficulty making the switch and will assist them to do so.

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  • Anyone who currently relies on an aerial to watch TV – approximately 250,000 households across Ireland – will need to take action before 24th October 2012 to retain access to TV services. Guidance on the Digital Switchover is available at, through LoCall 1890 940 980 (English language) and 1890 940 970 (Irish language). Information booklets are also available in post offices and Citizen Information Centres throughout the county and an updated booklet will be sent to all households in the country later in the summer.
  • Oct 24th 2012 is the official date of the completion of Digital Switchover in Ireland
  • Information on digital switchover is available on 1890 940 980 (English language) and 1890 940 970 (Irish language). or



Goody bags and good business!

The Cobh Catalyst Women in Business Networking Group organised a trip over to the Naval Base in Haulbowline for their first AGM last week.  It was a lovely evening and the trip over to the island gave everyone a chance to enjoy the splendid views of Cobh and the harbour area.  The group was met off the launch by Lt. Cmdr. Roberta O’Brien who acted as hostess for the event.

In 2008, Lt. Cmdr. O’Brien became Ireland’s first female commander of a naval vessel and was chosen as the overall Cork Woman of the Year last November at the inaugural C Women of the Year Awards.  Roberta organized a very interesting tour of the L.E. RÓISÍN for the group which was followed by a presentation on the work carried out and the services provided by the Irish Naval Service.

Before the tour, chairperson, Anne Moroney, extended a warm welcome to the 40 business women from the Cobh and Harbour area and paid special tribute to the members of the steering group, Sally Donegan, Kathleen Geary, Mary Mc Caffrey and Avril Quinn for their outstanding work during the year.  Anne also thanked Sinead Conroy of SECAD who is also a member of the steering group for all of her input and support. SECAD provides funding through the Equality for Women Initiative and are partners with Cobh & Harbour Chamber in the Catalyst project.

Lt Commander Roberta O’Brien with a group of Cobh business women at the recent Cobh Catalyst women in business networking group AGM.

Lt Commander Roberta O’Brien with a group of Cobh business women at the recent Cobh Catalyst women in business networking group AGM. or 021 4813612


21st Century Communications

21st Century Communications such as Facebook Twitter and Linkedin



Introductory Training Course in Social Media kicks off in Midleton.

Festival organisers, volunteers and committee members from all over the SECAD region attended training courses in Social Media in Midleton last week.

This is the beginning of a series of training opportunities that SECAD is offering festival producers and volunteers in the region as part of the 100 Festivals initiative.

Festivals participating included Ceoltas Youghal, First Cut Youth Film Festival, Midleton Food and Drink Festival, Midleton Arts Project, Midleton Arts Festival, Glounthaune Events, Cork Week, Cork Summer Show, Youghal For All, Youghal Tourism, Carrigaline Business Association, Carrigaline St Patrick’s Festival, Cork Orienteering Events, Youghal Heritage Festival, Youghal Residence Association and Youghal SEDG.

The training was carried out by Moray Bresnihan, creator and founder of a hugely popular online arts co-operative for festivals and artists; it also runs an arts network and skills exchange with thousands of members.

The training was provided with support from South and East Cork Area Development Ltd through the Rural Development Programme (funded through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the National Development Plan).

If you would like to participate in the festival training programme or receive more information, please contact Rose-Anne Kidney at


Get Clicking!

The six categories featured in the SECAD Photography Competition with the ‘European Network for Rural Development’ include Rural Environment, Rural Employment, Rural Youth, Rural People, Rural Diversity and The Spirit of LEADER. Competition entries can feature any aspect of rural life in South and East Cork, from a setting sun over Youghal Bay or the ploughing of fields in Carrigtwohill.

The options within this competition are endless and with so many wonderful locations, people and rural areas within the region of South and East Cork it should be a fantastic.

All entries can be emailed to and there will be no infringement on copyright.  Photos can be sent with a watermark, but if selected to go forward the photo has to be made freely available to SECAD to use as they wish within the regulations of the competition. SECAD may also display the 18 pictures selected at future events.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday the 16th of May, Good Luck! Winning pictures will have to be either sent or re-sent on announcement at a minimum size of 500MD, 300 dpi resolution.


Walking tall at Fota with Tús Participant Frank O’Brien

Tús provides short-term quality and suitable working opportunities for people who are unemployed while at the same time carrying out beneficial work within communities. South and East Cork Area Development are the implementing body for Tús in the South and East Cork area and are working closely with communities and the unemployed to ensure that the programme runs successfully at local level. Overall responsibility for The Tús Community Workplace Initiative rests with the Department of Social Protection.

One of the newest participants in the East Cork area is Frank O’Brien and he works at Fota Wildlife Park, where his duties are varied. One thing for sure Frank will have a tremendous variety in his work, from feeding Giraffe’s to looking after Cheetah’s.

Walking tall at Fota with Tús Participant Frank O’Brien








You would be amazed where Tús operates!

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