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SECAD Noticeboard August Week 1

SECAD Noticeboard August Week 1

Knocknamanagh Old School is a remarkable place

The Old School building in Tracton was on the brink of demolition as it stood overlooking the village, but there was a group in the Tracton Community that had different ideas and thanks to the initial drive from a group called the Knocknamanagh Old School Tracton (KOST) got the building back from the edge, to the wonderful facility it is today.

“The building had no land, it stood on its own so there had to be a purchase of land and locally the people from KOST and the community made donations to the fund raiser to save the school and locally we had some very generous anonymous donations from people in the community” said Bridget Twomey Chairperson of Tracton Community Council.

SECAD Tús Participants Ann Novak and Peter Murphy with Chairperson Of the Tracton Community Council Bridget Twomey, Knocknamanagh Old School Administrator Linda Rauch and SECAD Tús Supervisor Mark O'Connell (Pic Joe Dilworth)


Initially Knocknamanagh Old School received financial support from the National Lottery, West Cork Leader and Cork County Council.

Then in 2011 the Knocknamanagh Old School project received a massive boost when they were awarded €150,000 from South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) through the Rural Development (Leader) Funds.

Lisa Rauch is the administrator and she told us “The recent extension that opened is just part of an ongoing development here at Knocknamanagh, we want to be part of the community and we are proud to say that we are nominated to enter in the ‘Pride of Place Competition’ which is an all-island competition which is directed towards recognising improvements by local communities to create civic pride in their area. We want to be the place that all groups in the community come to and avail of our facilities”.


The Knocknamanagh Old School is a revelation and is definitely worth a visit. For local groups, clubs, associations or school groups the facilities are second to none.


In 2012 the SECAD Tús Initiative also agreed to support cost by allocating two participants to support the upkeep and maintenance of the building


Peter Murphy and Ann Novak SECAD Tús Participants at the school and work on maintaining the excellent standard on show. The SECAD Tús initiative is a project that the Knocknamanagh Old School has really benefited from and they are delighted with Peter and Ann’s contribution.

For more information on this remarkable story go to www.tractoncommunity.ie and check out the Facebook pages or email kostoffice@gmail.com or call the Administrator on


Crosshaven Pitch and Putt Club is going strong

“Unbelievable” “A fantastic help to us” “An excellent standard of workmanship” and “We are happy and delighted with the SECAD Tús initiative” are just some of the comments from Michael Desmond, the Chairperson at Crosshaven Pitch and Putt Club in relation to their SECAD Tús Participant Frank Mahon on his placement at the Club and the SECAD Tús placement initiative in general.

Michael said “We spend between €15,000 to €18,000 per year on the upkeep of the course, so it is expensive, but we think it is worth it. We have Frank (Mahon) doing great work here from SECAD on the Tús Programme and he is great, his work is fantastic and it is a huge help to us here at the club. Before Frank came to us, I along with other members had to cut the grass, maintain the greens and do the general green keeping work ourselves, but since we have Frank with us it has taken a lot of pressure off us”.


Michael Desmond Chairman of Crosshaven Pitch and Putt with SECAD Tús Participant Frank Mahon

Michael Desmond Chairman of Crosshaven Pitch and Putt with SECAD Tús

Participant and local man Frank Mahon. (Pic. Joe Dilworth)

Crosshaven Pitch and Putt is an open club with Green Fee’s at an extremely low €5 per day and has very cheap membership rates, Adult €75 including registration, Student €40 and Juvenile €25. If you want any further information on Crosshaven Pitch and Putt Club ring Michael Desmond on 0872386421.


Care and Repair Reminder!

Just a reminder that South and East Cork Area Development have started the ‘South and East Cork Care and Repair Programme’ in association with Age Action Ireland and SECAD Tús.

The first of these Care and Repair projects has been launched is the Midleton area of East Cork In the Midleton area there will be a delivery of free services to over 65’s in the Midleton Parish.


Ryan Howard SECAD CEO and Tús Supervisor and Care and Repair foreman Joe Dilworth unveil the latest information on the South and East Cork Area Development 'Care & Repair Programme' (Pic Derek Kiely)

If you are:

  • Over 65 years of Age or have a Disability
  • Living in Midleton Parish
  • And have a small repair job you need doing, the costs only include the materials and a small donation, this is a vitally important service that can be available to you.



There is a dedicated land line phone number for the Midleton Care and Repair project 021-462 1190 and the office at SECAD will answer your queries and listen to your requests.



On the SECAD website which can be found at www.secad.ie we offer fantastic information from many sections including, Tourism, Jobseekers, Enterprise, Training, Rural Transport and Community for example.

Here is a small sample of information that is freely available via our website, where this week we take a snap shot look at Rights and Entitlements for People who are Unemployed.

There are many sources of information about your rights and entitlements. To simplify matters this section choses a few which will cover most of your rights and entitlements in relation to employment, unemployment and social welfare.

Citizens Information Centre’s

Citizens Information is an Irish Government website provided by the Citizens Information Board. The site provides public service information for Ireland. It is the most comprehensive site covering all aspects of employment, social welfare, unemployment and related areas.

This link takes you into the employment section.

The Department of Social Protection

The Department of Social Protection has a range of benefits available to people who are unemployed.

The application forms for Jobseeker’s Allowance and Benefit can be accessed through the Useful Links box. Follow the link below.


There is a dedicated land line phone number 021-462 1190 and the office at SECAD will answer your queries and listen to your requests.



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