SECAD Noticeboard review of 2012 Happy Christmas

SECAD Noticeboard review of 2012 Happy Christmas

SECAD Noticeboard Review of the year 2012




Ryan Howard SECAD CEO

“2012 was a very active and productive year for everyone at South and East Cork Area Development and during the twelve months there has been some great developments such as the launch of our new website, the opening of our new ‘Mentor & Training Centre’ the implementation of the ‘Care & Repair’ service, our work with bike repair for Africa, working with the ‘Men’s Shed’ group and the continued good work with Tús under the SECAD umbrella, plus the ‘Rural Transport Programme’ continues to serve the communities of the region . Enterprise is forever developing and training is on-going in so many areas, plus the supports that are in place here for groups, such as entrepreneurs and ‘one-to-one’ consultations are as important as ever. I want to thank the Board members at SECAD for their support throughout the year and I would like to thank the East Cork Journal for their continued coverage of our ‘SECAD Noticeboard’ over the last eight months and for this Christmas edition of the paper we will take a quick snapshot look back over some of our activities in 2012. Finally I would like to wish everyone a very peaceful Christmas and a very successful 2013”.





Through its work in the South and East Cork region, South & East Area Cork Development (SECAD) has supported over 250 enterprises, creating 600 jobs in the last 3 years and continuously encouraging enterprise and business development in the Region.


Diversification in rural development has never been more critical. SECAD has put an increasing emphasis on supporting established micro enterprises, agri-entrepreneurs and those thinking of setting up a business.  The region has benefited enormously from this investment and a thriving business culture has been nurtured and developed in South and East Cork as a result.


Minister Simon Coveney officially opens ‘Rumley’s Open Farm’


Ivan Rumley like many other forward thinking business people had a great vision to open ‘Rumley’s Open Farm’. From his earliest visits to SECAD right up until the official opening of Rumley’s Open Farm on the 7th of August Ivan had the full support of the dedicated and professional SECAD staff that worked with Ivan and helped him to eventually secure funding through SECAD for his ‘Agribusiness’ venture.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Coveney T.D. said, “I am delighted to officially open Rumley’s Open Farm, which is a model for rural development today. The evolution from working farm to farm shop and café and now this incredible mile long trail of family fun and education, from play areas and tractor rides to the huge variety of creatures, great and small, makes this open farm a wonderful example of rural development and a thriving agribusiness.”










“The open farm has something for everyone”, explained Ivan Rumley.  “Both adults and children will learn a lot when they spend some time on this farm.  We wanted learning to be fun and engaging, and the rides and play areas for children ensure that there is a huge variety of fun to be had here in this beautiful rural setting.  Food produced on the farm is sold in the

farm shop, and prepared in the farm café so it really is a unique experience visiting this farm”, he added.

The farm, located close to the Bandon Road roundabout, is open 7 days a week.  More information is available at


Farm Fresh Foods Carrigtwohill

SECAD grant aided Farm Fresh Foods in Carrigtwohill and this business is a prime example of the great business enterprises out there in the South and East Cork area.

The Twomey family set-up their purpose-built production facility on the family home in Fahydorgan, Carrigtwohill.

John Twomey originally started growing vegetables on the family farm and supplying to local outlets and the city markets. From here he went on to set up Farm Fresh Butchers where he continues to sell his freshly grown vegetables from his own shop. The business has now gone full circle by returning to its original base, the family farm, where for over the past decade the Twomey’s have been making salads from the finest locally sourced vegetables.






Pa Twomey (son) now manages Farm Fresh Foods. His products are distributed to retailers including a select range of super Values and Centra stores. He also supplies fresh salads to the catering trade


Annie’s Roasts

Annie’s Roasts is another company that has achieved success following SECAD support.  Having grown up on a farm where her mother reared chickens and turkeys, Annie Murphy wanted to establish a related food business.  She received a SECAD grant towards the purchase of a rotisserie and other equipment such as fridges, heated display, signage and training which enabled Annie to sell her free range chicken and duck, roasted freshly, at farmers markets and festivals throughout Munster.







Annie Murphy of ‘Annie’s Roast’



Happy Days Artisan Ice Cream

Happy Days Artisan Ice Cream is a stellar example of agri-diversification, and continues to develop and grow employment in the region.


Frustrated by the lack of a reliable source of good quality ice-cream for use in smoothies, snacks and desserts that were served in their café, Little Italy, Jim Byrne and his daughter Finola set about researching ice creams in the Irish market.  They were disappointed to find out that most ice cream producers and distributors that supply the Irish catering and restaurant trade did not use local ingredients in their ice cream.













Now Happy Days Artisan Ice Cream is made each morning using local milk and cream from family-run farms across Cork.  The Byrne’s ice cream is made from 100% fresh natural milk and cream that is 100% local, and bursting with the dairy goodness from Cork’s happiest cows.   In just two years, Happy Day’s ice cream is available in retail outlets and on dessert menus of cafes and restaurants across Cork and throughout Ireland, and the company is now employing over 10 people.


These companies are just a sample of the enterprises that SECAD is actively working to support from inception to business development, creating jobs in the region and encouraging a culture of entrepreneurialism and sustainable job creation.  Mentoring and training in the area of financial and business management, strategic marketing, and social media are also provided by SECAD to develop enterprise skills and knowledge.


“We are passionate about rural development in this Region,” says Ryan Howard, CEO SECAD.  “Our team has expanded to meet the needs of the ambitious and successful entrepreneurs.  Nurturing a new culture of enterprise in the Region has reaped enormous rewards, and the businesses here are developing, growing and sustaining employment in the region”.


SECAD funding is provided under the EU Initiative for Rural Development, and combines EU funding and Irish Exchequer funding to create sustainable job creation and business development in rural areas.   Over €1.5 million was distributed in grant aid over the last year.

SECAD Noticeboard Review of the year 2012


AIR² Programme – Supporting the Development of Micro-business and Self-employment


In late 2011, SECAD adapted its enterprise start-up course to develop a programme that would suit the needs and circumstances of people who are unemployed and in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection (DSP).  The new course became the AIR² Programme which stands for Am I Right, Am I Ready.


On 30th May 2012, the Youghal participants of the AIR² Business Start-Up Programme were formally awarded their FETAC level V business certificates


Stage Two of the AIR Programme consists of seven three hour training modules which explore in detail all elements of business development and planning.  The participants look at the how to go about setting up a business in terms of registering the business name and registering with Revenue.  They look at why it is important to carry out basic market research and how to develop a marketing plan.

In addition each participant will have access to 10 hours of mentoring from experts in areas such as sales & marketing, financial management, taxation, law, web design, internet technology.  Participants who complete Stage Two are also offered the opportunity to receive a FETAC qualification.

The next round of programmes will be starting in February 2013.  If you would like to know more about the AIR2 Programme or to book your place, please contact Sinéad at 021-4613432 or





Care & Repair

Back on the 9th of October SECAD had the official launch of the Midleton Care & Repair Service at the offices of SECAD at the Midleton Enterprise Centre.

David Stanton TD officially launched this fantastic service helping over 65’s and people with disabilities in the Midleton Area.

The ‘Care & Repair Programme’ is supported by a dedicated Garda vetted team from within SECAD and incorporating Garda vetted workers from the Tús Initiative.

The Midleton Care and Repair service has a dedicated phone line 021-4621190 where all calls will be logged and then the dedicated Care & Repair team will call to assess the job.

The service is available to the over 65’s or any person with a physical disability.

Users of the service are asked to pay for materials and a small donation if they can afford to.

Now as Christmas approaches there have been 73 calls and jobs completed, helping 54 clients as the service just goes from strength to strength.

Joan McCarthy, the very first client for the SECAD Midleton Parish ‘Care & Repair’ service




SECAD Green Your Community Training Programme



A major training initiative which was rolled out to community groups in South and East Cork using RDP funding in 2012 was the Green Your Community Training programme.  This programme was launched by Minister Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food on 24th February at Little Island.  Over 40 communities were represented at the launch.  Speakers on the day included Mary Stack from Cork County Council, Jim Wilson, a well-known wildlife expert and John Kelly from Invasive Species Ireland. The aim of the launch event was to inform all relevant community groups about the upcoming training programme, provide them with an opportunity to register and also facilitate networking with other community groups and stakeholders.






Throughout the training programme, the SECAD Green Your Community website served as an online resource for all groups involved in the training project.  The website includes examples of best practice, case studies, links to online resources, examples and instructions for the completion of surveys and lists.  The website acted as an educational tool for those participating in the programme with course

notes and downloadable resources for individuals and community groups and provided a gallery of images of SECAD group activities.  All resources from the training programme can be viewed by all on








SECAD investing in Communities


In 2012, SECAD has continued to support communities in the South and East Cork area.  This has taken place through mentoring to assist communities such as Ballinora Community Association to develop a community survey and plan.  Village Enhancement and Public Realm Plan


Rural Development Programme funding has been allocated to a range of new community facilities in the area.  Clonmult Old Schoolhouse has now been extended to provide a modern spacious Community Resource Centre available for use by the whole community, while development at Ringaskiddy Community Centre include installation of new stage lighting and a new heating system.  Funding for enhancement work at Carrigaline for a range of projects included a sculpture and mosaic to enhance the old railway wall on the Crosshaven road.   New facilities funded by SECAD through the Rural Development Programme, such as Ballintotis Community Centre and Knocknamanagh Old Schoolhouse continue to expand the range of activities which are provided from these community facilities.  In 2012, SECAD was delighted to nominate Tracton Community Council for the Pride


Under the Conservation measure, the Rural Development Programme has funded publications such as Kilcredan National School 40th anniversary publication (prepared by

Ballymacoda Ladysbridge Community Council) and the Scoil Chlochair Mhuire Past Times 1937-2012 (prepared by Parents Association, Scoil Chlochair Mhuire, Carrigtwohill)


SECAD Noticeboard Review of the year 2012

November the 9th was an historic day for South and East Cork Area Development as the brand new ‘Training and Mentoring Centre’ was officially opened by Minister Simon Coveney.

The installation of a brand new hi-tec computer training room as well as meeting room facilities and a multi-purpose training room too for groups, entrepreneurs and organisations is a clear indication of the progress that is being made by the regions local development company.

The official opening was an opportunity to showcase the brand new SECAD addition to the original building at the Owenacurra Business Park in Knockgriffin in Midleton.






Also present on the day were David Stanton TD, Sandra McClellan TD, Mayor of Cork County Barbara Murray and Mayor of Midleton Town Council Ted Murphy.

Speaking during the day Chairman of the Board of Directors at SECAD John Horgan said “The facilities here now are second to none. We can see the benefits that groups are getting from the use of those facilities, be it training or development groups using our rooms here.

We are very much part of the community here at SECAD and as we stretch from Crosshaven to Midleton and from Midleton to Youghal we want to reach all parts of that community”.

Minister Simon Coveney said “Places like SECAD are an example of what can be achieved in the areas of Rural Development and in the areas of business and enterprise. I have to compliment Ryan and his team for the excellent professional way they go about their business here at SECAD and I am delighted to be here today to open what are excellent facilities”.



Catalyst Business Network for Women in South & East Cork

SECAD’s Catalyst Business Network for Women was set up in January 2011 with the aim of providing training, mentoring and networking opportunities for women who are starting out or want to grow their business.


The funding for this initiative was provided through the Equality for Women Measure 2010-2013, which is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013 and the Department of Justice and Equality


The funding was made available to promote gender equality and acknowledges that women are under-represented across a range of areas, for example, in well-paid employment, as entrepreneurs and in decision-making roles, while they are over-represented in lower-paid and part-time employment, as well as being at greater risk of living in poverty at all stages in their life cycle.



The SECAD Catalyst Project provides opportunities for women to build connections with other business women and aspiring entrepreneurs in their own area and throughout South and East Cork.  It also provides learning opportunities to help members to start or grow their businesses.


One of the most serious challenges for many women in business is the lack of business management skills.  Training was provided for women who were considering self-employment and also for women who are already in business.


Two courses were targeted at the aspiring entrepreneurs.  The “Could you be your own Boss?” course was aimed at helping the participants to decide whether they were suited to self-employment.  The second course was “Starting an online Business”.  Research had indicated that many women experienced difficulties in juggling home demands and work demands and a growing number were exploring the possibility of setting up an online business to help cope with these demands.  This course also attracted women who were already in business and looking to increase the volume of their online business.



In addition to the training programmes, the participants also had access to the SECAD mentor panel.  SECAD has established a panel of skilled and experienced Mentors, who have extensive experience in supporting small businesses in areas such as sales and marketing, financial management, taxation, legal, etc.


All our networking and training events are open to women in business and women who would like to start their own business.  If you would like to know more about the Catalyst Programme, please contact Sinéad at 021-4613432 or




SECAD Trails

Since William O Halloran started his role as Outdoor Recreation Animator for SECAD last August, he has been busy spreading the word about the SECAD trail initiative and helping out many inspiring community groups to develop trails.

All trails being developed by SECAD are being done through the National Trails Office framework, which ensures that top quality, safe and enjoyable trails will be developed in our region. Over the coming years you can expect the South and East Cork area to become one of the best places to live and visit in terms of enjoying the great outdoors.

Some of the more memorable moments in the last few months include:

The trail planning and development course for community trail groups run by the National Trails Office in Ballintotis on behalf of SECAD.

A number of key events have been held over the last few months

– National Trails Day at the Templebreedy Walkway in Crosshaven, which was funded by SECAD

– The trail planning and development course for community trail groups run by the National Trails Office in Ballintotis on behalf of SECAD

“I’ve had many enjoyable walks with community groups exploring potential walking trails. I’ve been all over South and East Cork and have to say that the landscape we have in this region is beautiful, enjoyable, unspoilt and full of surprises. It is important that all of our trails are developed in a way that will benefit everyone connected to recreation in South and East Cork and this includes landowners, wildlife, outdoor recreation companies, local attractions, accommodation providers, restaurants, all users of the trail and everyone else in our communities” said William.

Some examples of routes that are being developed and planned.

  • Aghada community council are hoping to developing a 20km coastal      walking path from Roche’s Point to Ballycotton.


  • Ballinora are developing a multi access walking and cycling trail      in Ballinora.




  • The Trail Group in Ballincollig are developing a looped walking      trail connecting Ballincollig regional park to Ballincollig town.


  • Crosshaven have already developed a route around Templebreedy and      are hoping to add other looped and linear walking trails.


Other communities that have expressed an interest in trail development include:

Rochestown, Little Island, Mogeely, Ringaskiddy, Saleen, Shanagarry, Togher and

Youghal, Fountainstown, Tracton, Monkstown, Passage, Ladysbridge, Killeagh, Glounthane, Douglas, Ballygarvan, Cobh, Castlemartyr and Carrigaline.






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