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SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 Auust 2012

SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 Auust 2012

SECAD Noticeboard

SECAD Care and Repair programme has begun!

South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) care and repair service for Midleton Parish is up and running and going well with plenty interest from all areas.

The brand new care and repair office in Midleton Enterprise Park, Dwyer’s Road is almost finished. At the moment the offices are undergoing decorating work and furnishing and will be completed in the next couple of weeks and at the moment SECAD Tús participants Jason Murphy and Patrick Kirk are doing all the hard work under the supervision of SECAD Tús Supervisor Joe Dilworth.

SECAD Tús Participants Jason Murphy and Patrick Kirk with SECAD Tús Supervisor Joe Dilworth at the new SECAD Care and Repair premises at the Midleton Enterprise Park

Joe Dilworth said “Work is progressing nicely, Joe and Patrick are doing a great job here and we will have a fully functional facility operating in two weeks’ time, but that doesn’t mean we are waiting for that date to start our care and repair programme, we have already had calls and have completed some repair jobs, so we are up and running and we welcome as many calls from people that meet the criteria within the Midleton Parish to call our dedicated

SECAD Care and Repair telephone number 021-4621190”.

SECAD Tús Participants Jason Murphy and Patrick Kirk with SECAD Tús Supervisor Joe

Dilworth at the new SECAD Care and Repair premises in the Midleton Enterprise Park (Picture Mark O’Connell)


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.

Men’s Shed for Midleton.


The Midleton Men’s Shed will move into their new offices today in the SECAD Care and Repair facility in the Midleton Enterprise Park.

Midleton’s Men Shed Chairman Don Woods said “I hope we attract more members now that we have a permanent base”.

The Midleton Men’s Shed also welcomes ANY Donations of tools or work equipment!

The Men’s Shed group recently visited Gorey in Co. Wexford to learn about their experiences and gain some very valuable information and advice from the very well established Wexford group.


The Mission Statement by Men’s Shed Ireland is very clear and it states that the group’s principal purpose and mission is,to provide a safe and friendly environment where men of all ages and backgrounds can relax together, work together and socialize together.
We strive to complete projects which benefit the community whilst always respecting and supporting each man’s dignity”.

Now that the Men’s Shed is open in Midleton there is a support structure in place at the SECAD building in the Midleton Enterprise Park and further contact details will follow in two weeks’ time.

The Men’s Shed is a new project which is being initiated by SECAD in the South and East Cork area. The concept of the Men’s Shed began in Australia where there are now over 700 Men’s Sheds focused on men’s health and wellbeing. It is a space where men can socialise, share skills and work on meaningful projects in their community. Each men’s shed is autonomous and has its own rules and its own way of operating.

The sheds are a unique mix between community education and health promotion. While on a day to day basis the Sheds are a social forum and a place to share skills, there is also an emphasis on health promotion and on local employment and education services.

All men are welcome in the Shed e.g. skilled craftsmen, men who are unemployed, older men or any man who feels they would like a new social outlet. Importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have ‘a chat and a cuppa’ if that is all they’re looking for. At the same time there are usually men in the Sheds with particular skills be it carpentry, gardening, DIY or indeed any skill and these men are happy to share their skills with others.

This is a new initiative in South and East Cork and the new Sheds are just emerging.

For more information on Men’s Shed Ireland checkout www.mensshed.ie



Advice and Grant Aid.

Each week we give you an opportunity to explore the South and East Cork Area Development website www.secad.ie and if you follow the links you can research various options, services and categories.

You may be able to apply to SECAD under the Rural Development Programme for funding for your community.

The specific aim of the Rural Development Programme is to encourage the implementation of integrated, high-quality, original strategies for sustainable development designed to encourage experimenting with new ways of:

  • Basic services for the Economy and Rural      Population
  • Village Renewal and Development
  • Conservation and Upgrading of the Rural      Heritage

Please note that the RDP funding covers all of SECAD’s areas including urban areas such as Ballincollig, Midleton, Youghal, Cobh, Glanmire, Douglas, Carrigaline.

Relevant forms for applying for a community grant can be found on the SECAD website

For Further Information Please contact:
Nuala O Connell, Development Officer, SECAD on 021 4613432 or email noconnell@secad.ie



SECAD supporting area based Festivals


SECAD is a major supporter of festivals that have the capacity to attract tourists regionally, nationally & internationally and that will increase the profile of South and East Cork as a visitor destination. SECAD festival funding has supported community based festivals that have the capacity to support tourism employment and local trade and increase bed nights for the region.

SECAD has funded the collective promotion of these festivals for the past three years. Examples of festivals have included Carrigtwohill Medieval Festival, Midleton Food and Drink Festival, Youghal Family Fun, East Cork Early Music, ‘Cobh Calls’ Maritime Events (People’s Regatta, Summer Swing and Sea Angling, South of Ireland Pipe Band and Cobh Blues Experience), Sportfest, Cork Harbour Based Events including Crosshaven Traditional Sail, Monkstown Traditional Sail, Cork Harbour Open Day, the Whitegate Rowing Festival, and Carrigaline based events such as Damhsafest

In 2012, SECAD launched a new festival programmed called 100festivals.

Through this festival programme, festivals are collectively supported through a festival expert as well as via marketing initiatives such as a dedicated festival website and brochure as well as through training in social media and online marketing.

The festivals taking place in the region are diverse in every way; there is something for everybody! Agricultural events, arts, creativity, sport, food, family festivals, heritage, music, history, literature and of course our huge maritime links and lots more. Be sure to visit www.100festivals.ie

This is an initiative brought about through the support of South and East Cork Area Development Ltd(SECAD) through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the National Development Plan.










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