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Catalyst Cobh AGM – Date for Your Diary

Catalyst Cobh Women in Business networking group are busy preparing for another wonderful AGM which will take place on Tuesday, 16 April at 6.30 pm in Trade Winds, Cobh.

Everyone who attended last year will remember a most enjoyable evening spent out at the Naval Base in Haulbowline.  Lt Cmdr Roberta O’Brien hosted the event and Roberta is the first women to take command of an Irish naval vessel.  Highlights of the evening included a tour of the naval vessel and the trip around the harbour on the way back in the naval launch.

This year, the event will take on dry land and we will be in the presence of another remarkable Irish women.  The Steering Group have not released the name of the guest speaker but it will be a most memorable evening so make sure to mark it in your diaries today in order not to miss out.


For Catalyst Cobh members this event is free to attend.  For those who wish to join Catalyst Cobh you are welcome to attend and pay the annual subscription of €25 on the night.  For ladies who wish to go along for one night only, there is a €10 fee which covers this year’s mystery trip (very short but lots of fun) and some light refreshments.


For more information and to register for the event, please contact Chairwoman, Anne Moroney at abond12@eircom.net


Cork Lifelong Learning Festival see’s East Cork Music Project Officially Launched

 The 10th ‘Cork Lifelong Learning Festival’ was a fantastic success as it ran from the 18th of March until last Sunday the 24th of March and the East Cork Music Project based in Ballinacurra Business Park on the Whitegate Road, just outside Midleton got its official opening as Mayor of Midleton Town Council, Cllr Ted Murphy cut the ribbon on a fantastic, creative and welcoming facility that has so much to offer.

The Co-ordinator of the East Music Project was there to give everyone a guided tour of the facility that includes Music and general meeting areas, sound proofed rooms, a creative art studio, an IT Computer room and various other areas where people can relax and let their creative juices flow.


Mayor of Midleton Town Council Cllr Ted Murphy is joined by Clare Seymour and members of the East Cork Music Project at the official opening in the Ballinacurra Business Park.

Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services were granted approximately €3,700 for the purchase of equipment for the East Cork Music Project.

This equipment includes four desktop computers, 3 audio interfaces, 3 midi keyboards and associated software for the project




The focus of the training will be on capacity building and support; core skills development; providing a formal education platform; building entrepreneurial capability; industry focused up-skilling and re-skilling; and engagement with employers in line with current labour activation policy.

This project plans to have an impact on the wider community as the participants will work towards developing a music and arts festival for the community.  They will perform and exhibit their work which will enhance integration and participation at many levels while at the same time increase human capital in an innovative way.


Project Aims:

The purpose of the East Cork Music Project is to provide high quality music and arts training; to engage people who have not benefited from mainstream education with the aim of building capacity and skills through the medium of music and arts education.


The East Cork Music Project will aim to

  develop training and development programmes that will meet the needs of the community, create progression opportunities while  focusing  on combating disadvantage and promoting social inclusion

 increase participation and integration

  provide a music and arts centre in the region

 create employment


Target Group(s) / Market:

The East Cork Music Project is targeted at young people; early school leavers; people with disabilities; local community and businesses; funding agencies; employers

The need for this enterprise has been recognised as there is currently no coordinated music and arts education services in the region.  Evidence based practice and research has shown that this approach is highly successful as a vehicle to deliver social and development education, a requirement that has been highlighted in a recent report  

CDYS will play a role in the recruitment of participants on the courses delivered by East Cork Music Project.






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