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SECAD Noticeboard September 2012 Week 1

SECAD Noticeboard September 2012 Week 1

Minister Coveney opens Rumley’s Open Farm

Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine Simon Coveney, T.D. recently officially opened Rumley’s Open Farm in Waterfall, Cork.

Rumley’s Open Farm is a completely working open farm, which has been developed by farmer and animal lover, Ivan Rumley and his partner Sandie.  The 20 acre farm is now home to over 200 animals, ranging from chickens and pheasants, Angus beef, pigs and sheep to lama’s, camels, emu, prairie dogs and other more unusual animals.  A number of animals on Rumley’s farm cannot be seen anywhere else in Ireland.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Coveney T.D. said, “I am delighted to officially open Rumleys 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.”

More than 10 jobs have been created by the opening of Rumleys Open Farm, which was funded by South and East Cork Area Development organisation, SECAD.

“In the last year, SECAD has funded a number of significant projects that add enormous value to the South and East Cork area, from a tourism and community perspective.  Attractions such as Movie Junction, the Titanic Experience and Rumleys Open Farm have all created an impressive number of jobs in rural areas, and stimulate sustainable rural development businesses”, said Ryan Howard, CEO SECAD.

Minister Coveney meets some of the residents at Rumleys

Rumley’s Open Farm is the brainchild of Ivan Rumley who has a keen interest in all sorts of animals for over 20 years.  In reality the working farm could easily be mistaken for a zoo, such is the variety of animals at Rumleys.

“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 www.rumleysfarm.ie


Carrigaline Tidy Towns plan for the future!

It wasn’t too long ago when Carrigaline was just a sleepy little village, now Carrigaline is a thriving town which has exploded in population and size making it a real satellite town of Cork City.

Expansion of the town and its surrounding area has been huge  and with the influx of people into the areaand building developments as well as many other factors, an like this can have its benefits and its disadvantages.

One of the most positive groups to come out of the development of the South Cork town is the Carrigaline Tidy Towns Group. They  are needed more than ever to ensure future development and maintenance of ‘Green Areas’, keeping the town tidy and working closely with Cork County Council to ensure that Carrigaline shows off its best  attractions to all who visit.

Maura Allen is the Chairperson of the Carrigaline Tidy Towns Group and is more than happy with the SECAD Tús Initiative which see’s two  Tús Participants, John Fitzgerald and Stuart Moon working with the Carrigaline Tidy Towns Group.

“It is working well and as Tús is a new idea we are enjoying it  and the two lads are doing great work with us. We are very strong on the information we want to deliver gets into the schools and the local schools have responded brilliantly”



Maura Allen Chairperson of Carrigaline Tidy Towns shows future plans to SECAD Tús Supervisors Mark O’Connell and Derek Kiely (Picture Joe Dilworth)

Maura Allen Chairperson of Carrigaline Tidy Towns shows future plans to SECAD Tús Supervisors Mark O’Connell and Derek Kiely (Picture Joe Dilworth)

Carrigaline Tidy Towns has a fantastic newsletter which is full of very handy information on various items including the new Heritage Trail planned for the town, which is already in Phase 2.

For all further information on Carrigaline Tidy Towns check out their website at www.carrigalinetidytowns.com, follow them on Facebook or Twitter @CarrigalineTT




Catalyst Network  kicks off Autumn Networking Events at Fota House!

It’s that time of year again!  Preparations are being made for the Autumn programme of networking events and we will be kicking off with a special event in Fota House that the Catalyst Cobh Steering Group have been working on over the Summer.

The evening will begin with some group speed networking.  Groups of six will introduce themselves and their businesses to everyone around the table.  We have done this in Youghal and Carrigaline and it was great fun and very beneficial.

Catalyst Cobh member, Margot Mulcahy will give a presentation on Online Sales & Marketing – planning a web site and tips on how to analyse your existing site, etc.

The evening will conclude with a tour of Fota House and the Catalyst Cobh Steering Group has suggested that people might car pool for this event. Please contact Anne Moroney at abond12@eircom.net to let her know if you need transport .


The Magnificent Fota House, the venue for the 12th of September event

The event is free for members of the Catalyst Cobh Group except for car parking which will be €3 per car.

Cost for non-members is €10 plus €3 for parking.  However, if you would like to take out an annual membership of €25, this event and all other events for the next 12 months will be included in your subscription.

It would be very helpful if you could register in advance with Anne Moroney at abond12@eircom.net.

Three local businesses will be profiled  and we would also encourage everyone to bring along their own flyers, business cards and other promotional material.

It promises to be another special evening as anyone who went on the trip to the Naval Base in Haulbowline will agree.

Date : Wednesday, 12th September, Venue: Fota House, Registration: 6.00pm.

Topic: Online Sales & Marketing – planning a web site and tips on how to analyse your existing site, etc

Registration: Anne Moroney at abond12@eircom.net


SECAD Diploma in Rural Development Distance Learning

South and East Cork Area Development Ltd (SECAD) is offering up to 10 bursaries for eligible candidates to undertake the Diploma in Rural Development course offered by the National University of Ireland. The programme will be delivered primarily by distance learning with five workshops throughout the year, one each in UCC, UCD, NUI Galway & NUI Maynooth.  Full details of this programme and on line application forms can be obtained at: www.ucc.ie/en/rural-development.  Candidates will be selected on the basis of the information supplied in the application form and by attending an informal interview if necessary.  Bursaries for successful candidates based in the SECAD area will be funded through the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

An information evening will be held on Tuesday 11th September at 6.30pm at SECAD offices, Knockgriffin, Midleton.  Closing date for receipt of completed applications will be Friday 14th September 2012.

For further information on the bursaries, please see www.secad.ie or phone 021 4613432 or email noconnell@secad.ie.



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