Exit strategy for Cobh Tús Participants
We have just run another Tús Careers and Education Village Training Programme and this time the participants were the Tús workers in the Cobh area. This group are doing great work in Elton Pitch & Putt Cobh, The Park Road Centre, Springfield Ramblers FC, Mount Crozier, Cobh Youth Services and Cobh (Great Island) Community Centre. This course, the Tús Careers and Education Village is all about giving the Tús workers information and support around Career, Education and Training opportunities after the Tús programme.
Tús Supervisor Derek Kiely with the Cobh Tús Participants in Cobh recently
The Cobh participants really engaged with the training programme; Liam, Ursula, David, Patrick, Mary, Janet, Jolenta, Eilish and Gareth all explained their very interesting work experience to date and worked on designing their CVs and Cover Letters. The group also did a lot of preparation work on interview skills and how to present yourself in the best possible way at an interview. They listened to various speakers; Don Quinn MD of The Resources.ie Group gave a very interesting presentation on Change and some very practical advice to set yourself up for success, Mark O’Connell Tús Supervisor spoke about his own experience of being unemployed and the many positives of the Tús Programme and finally Roisin O’Grady Adult Guidance Counsellor provided an in-depth presentation on Education and Training opportunities.
The Tús Careers and Education Village is provided to Tús participants by SECAD and the Course Trainer is Avril Quinn, HR Consultant & Career Coach. A fantastic group with bright futures ahead and we wish them the very best with the next chapter whatever it may bring!
Kathryn wows at the Ploughing Championships
Midleton based artist, Kathryn Smyth pulled on her wellingtons recently to promote a range of her fun and funky stand-out pieces of jewellery at the National Ploughing Championships in New Ross. Using precious metals such as 9ct gold and sterling silver, often teamed with colourful and unusual semi-precious gemstones, the sculptor produces a variety of unique work ranging from jewellery (or mini-sculpture!) to larger bronze pieces. Her work is easily identifiable to discerning collectors because of its three-dimensional, free-flowing and organic style. Her main influence, she says, is nature and her rural East Cork surroundings.
Kathryn Smyth & Úna Kavanagh with Seán Kelly at the ploughing championships
Kathryn Smyth Sculpture was one of four businesses grant aided by South & East Cork Development Ltd to showcase and trade at the popular LEADER Food & Craft Marquee at the National Ploughing Championships. The overall event saw crowds of 187,000 people over its three day duration. Kathryn feels “the exposure was great, and it was wonderful to meet so many people excited about the chance to commission a unique, affordable piece of art. I am still getting great feedback.”
Coming from a ‘Fine Art’ background, Kathryn’s studio is conveniently located beside her home and farm in White Rock outside Midleton from where she regularly has private consultations with customers.
Kathryn works in many different mediums including metal, wood, clay, wax, plaster, glass and stone so one day she might be modelling wax or clay, the next carving stone, casting with plaster or manipulating metal wire with pliers.
SECAD to hold public meeting to promote new heritage projects in the area.
People living in the South and East Cork Area are invited to attend two public talks on Tuesday November 27th which are being held to encourage community groups and individuals to take part in two upcoming Heritage programmes which will commence in the area in 2013. The Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) and Historic Graves Survey and Training projects are both fantastic opportunities for communities to gather valuable historic information under the guidance of professionals.
Meeting Times are as follows:
Midleton Park Hotel 3.30 – 5.30 on the 27th Nov
Carrigaline Court Hotel 7.30 – 9.30 on the 27th Nov.
The Ireland XO Project is an Irish government sponsored initiative established to connect people of Irish heritage abroad with the Irish parish community from where their ancestors emigrated in Ireland. We are looking for community members from all parishes across South and East Cork to take part in genealogical training and research and to locate their parish’s diaospra across the world.
The Historic Graves project is a community focused grassroots heritage project. Local community groups are trained in low-cost high-tech field survey of historic graveyards and recording of their own oral histories. They build a multi-media online record of the historic graves in their own areas and unite to form a national resource.
“We are thrilled to have John Tierney from historicgraves.ie and Henry Healy (Barack Obama’s distant cousin) from Ireland XO to speak at the meetings so an interesting session is guaranteed” saidGrace Fox- Ireland XO Animator with SECAD
The events are free of charge and open to all.
For further information or to book a place at either of these meetings, please contact Grace Foxin SECAD at 021 4613432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org