Lower Aghada Pier Development Group gear up for a weekend of celebration!
Minister for Agriculture and Marine Mr Simon Coveney will officially open the Lower Aghada Pier on Saturday the 14th of July in a weekend of fun planned by the Lower Aghada Pier Development Group (LAPDG).
For over 20 years now the LAPDG has worked tirelessly to save their beloved pier in Lower Aghada and develop the grounds surrounding the entrance, plus a car parking area and a new pontoon.
Committee member Jimmy O’Reilly said “Last August we acquired Kornelijus from SECAD on the Tús placement and he has made a fantastic difference, building a fantastic wall and his hard work on maintaining our green areas is evident for anyone to see on arrival to the pier. This project has now passed to a second generation as sons and daughters work alongside their parents to save the pier”.
The pier itself was in critical danger of collapse at one point, but for the intervention of Cork County Council and the Port of Cork Authority. Mr O’Reilly added “Paul Farnan Harbour Master and his deputy Paul O’Regan have been fantastic with their support and Cork County Council through the County Manager Martin O’Riordan has been brilliant, we wouldn’t have made it this far without these people supporting us in the LAPDG”.
Now a weekend of celebration is planned in Lower Aghada as Minister Coveney opens the pier of Saturday the 14th of July and a family fun day is planned for Sunday the 15th. The LAPDG has been hugely successful in fund-raising in the area with LAPDG vice chairman Liam Wall stating “We have raised and re-invested €38,000 so far and we have a large group of dedicated volunteers who work really hard and of course now we have our Tús worker Kornelijus who is doing a fantastic job. We are very proud of our new pontoon and I want to thank the entire community for their support and everyone who contributed so far, but we still have plenty to do and the resurfacing of our car park area is one of our new targets”.
The Big Switchover is coming soon
Community organisations in 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. While most people are expected to get around to it, 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 and possibly live alone.
Veronica Gubbins is the Digital Outreach Champion for East Cork, working with Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd., and is co-ordinating the Programme with co-operation from South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD). She is engaging with 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 are identifying people who might have difficulty making the switch and will assist them to do so.
Veronica said that she believed that a huge community effort is needed. “We need to make sure that people are not afraid of this change, that they can see the benefits, such as getting a clearer picture, and that they know how easy it is to make the switch. We need people to get involved in every parish in the county, volunteers in organisations who already know the people in their own communities that may need help and are in a position to reach them. We’re going to work hard right up to 24th October, relying on the deeply ingrained Irish tradition of caring for our neighbours. We need to make sure that nobody gets left behind in East Cork”.
The Community Outreach Switchover Programme is being run in every county and is a partnership between The Wheel, an umbrella body for the community and voluntary sector, and the leading voice for rural Ireland, Irish Rural Link, with funding from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd. was selected to roll out the local switchover information campaign following a competitive process earlier this year on the basis of working in conjunction with SECAD to access harder to reach groups in the east Cork area.
Veronica continued: “Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd and SECAD are delighted to be involved in the programme. Television is an important part of people’s lives, particularly those who are living alone or more isolated. I’d love to hear from people and organisations who would like to get involved in this exciting effort. We know there are lots of people out there who care. This programme is based on providing simple and clear information to the target group, giving them practical help without having to get technical”.
If you’re interested in getting involved or would like further information, contact Veronica Gubbins at 025/33411 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editor re Digital Switchover
- 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 athttp://www.goingdigital.ie/, 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). orhttp://www.goingdigital.ie/
- The Wheel is a national representative and support body for community, voluntary and charity organisations. Contact Dónall Geoghegan, Director of the Switchover Programme, at 087-222-5691.
- Irish Rural Link is the national network representing rural communities. Contact Séamus Boland, Director, at 086-249-1153
- For information on the wider Digital Switchover efforts, contact Enda Gallagher at the Press Office, Dept. Communications (01) 6782441 / 087 6937580 or email: email@example.com
For all further information with SECAD check out www.secad.ie