SECAD Noticeboard Week 1 December 2012

SECAD Noticeboard Week 1 December 2012

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South and East Cork Area Development host successful Heritage talks

On last Tuesday November the 27th, two very engaging and successful public meetings were held in both Midleton and Carrigaline. These events were organised to inform community members in the SECAD area about two very interesting heritage initiatives which would be starting in the New Year.

The first initiative is the Historic Graveyards Project which hopes to systematically survey the headstones in the historic graveyards in the SECAD area. John Tierney from historic graves spoke at the event and gave a very engaging talk about the work that has already been carried out across the country and as close as the Whitegate and Aghada Parish.

The project begins with interested community groups taking part in survey training which outlines the range of techniques used when reading a headstone. Once the information is gathered it will be published to a free website – thus providing a valuable resource for people engaged in genealogical research both at home and abroad.  John also gave some fascinating examples of headstone art which they have uncovered in various graveyards, all of which forms part of the training.

Grace Fox (SECAD) Michael Walley, Board Member at SECAD, Henry Healy (Ireland Reaching Out) and John Tierney (Historic Graves)

Henry Healy also gave a very informative talk on the Ireland Reaching Out (IrelandXO) Initiative. Ireland Reaching Out is a genealogy project which works in a slightly different way – through “reverse genealogy”. instead of waiting for someone who is tracing their family tree to connect themselves back to the parish where their forefathers came from, the local people use their knowledge and expertise to figure out who left the parish and where they went.

This provides the local people with an opportunity to reach out and connect with their own diaospra and creates lifelong links with those living overseas and their ancestral home.

Henry spoke about the success of the pilot project in Galway which culminated in 30 of their diaospra visiting the area for a week of welcomes. Some of those who came had never been to Ireland and some didn’t even know that they had irish heritage prior to Ireland XO contacting them!

The Ireland reaching Out Initiative will also begin in the SECAD area in the new year and will commence with a training course for community members who wish to take part.

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to these talks. If anyone was unable to attend the talks and would like more information or to take part in either of these upcoming training courses, please contact Grace Fox in SECAD on (021) 4613432 or at



Grow your own business training is going well at SECAD

Pictured here are some of the SECAD “Grow Your Business” training group who are currently involved in developing new business ideas and driving their businesses forward. This SECAD programme is being facilitated by Neil O Brien of Quantum Business Solutions, a qualified accountant with vast experience in business training and consultancy and a strong interest in concepts like Zero Cost Marketing. The programme is running in the SECAD Training and Mentoring Centre in Midleton which was officially opened this November by Minister Simon Coveney following a €250,000 redesign. This investment shows SECAD’s commitment to supporting Entrepreneurs and Business People in getting started or accelerating their business success.

SECAD currently have five business training programmes running with circa 70 people participating. These programmes are; Start Your Own Business, Grow Your Business, Pitch Your Business and Generate Sales, How to do Market Research, Social Media and Online Marketing.

These programmes, along with other new business programmes, will be available to new participants in early 2013. If you are interested in discussing a programme please contact Liam Fitzgerald on 021 4613432 or Places on the 2013 programmes are already filling so contact Liam today to get 2013 off to a flying start!



SECAD Employment Support Service

SECAD Employment One to One Service is now drawing to a close for the end of 2012.  We are currently checking in with service users to see how they have progressed and to offer any further support.  If you have found the service beneficial in the last year and have progressed on to doing something else in education / training or employment, we would be delighted to hear about it.


Appointments are now being taken in Midleton and Youghal for Jan 2013.  As usual, appointments can be made during office hours for one to one support in Midleton at the SECAD Office on 021-4613432, or for support in Youghal through the Cumann Na Daoine office on 024-91900.

SECAD Employment Support Service provides an independent, confidential and free of charge service to the unemployed.   The Service provides assistance & guidance on options available including, redirection, return to education / training, jobseeking and self-enterprise, as well as information on any associated benefits and supports available.




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