Shared Learning Showcase Events


The second Showcase will take place on  Wednesday, 7th October at 7.00 pm and the participating towns will include:

– Carrigaline
– Cobh
– Midleton
– Youghal


Community members and decision makers from each of  the participating towns and beyond are invited attend a very interesting programme which includes:


  • Introduction & Welcome by the Hincks Centre & CIT
  • A Video Showcase of Participating Towns
  • Aaron Jay from Emagine
    – VR & Sustainable Tourism Pre & Post Covid
  • Bernadette Guest from Waterford City & County Council
    – Heritage of Waterford Greenway: Telling the Story
  • Gráinne O’Keeffe from the Ludgate Hub, Skibbereeen
    – Ludgate: Our Story So Far & Vision Ahead
  • Final Remarks – SECAD & the Hincks Centre


Why should I attend?


This events will showcase each town’s work to date and will host speakers on a variety of topics.  Stakeholders such as funding bodies, Local Authorities, business owners, local development companies  and anyone with an interest in developing a plan for their own community are invited to listen to the participants and hear their views and experiences about their involvement in the process.


Event Ebook


This ebook provides a short summary of the programme, the schedule for each of the live streamed events and information on the guest speakers. It also presents the posters produced by the participating town groups and a summary of the vision/ideas.




To register for the free online events, please email

For more information on the SECAD My Town, My Plan programme, please contact or 087 9672515


Community Training Programme


My Town, My PlanDuring 2019 and 2020, SECAD invited residents from 8 towns in South and West Cork to participate in the innovative My Town, My Plan Community Training Programme.  The purpose of the programme was to build the capacity of the participants, to enable them to plan for the future of their own town.


Starting in September 2019, community members, volunteers and business owners came together from:

South Cork                          West Cork
Carrigaline                            Clonakilty
Cobh                                      Kinsale
Midleton                                Rosscarbery
Youghal                                 Skibbereen

The training workshops provided information, stimulated discussion, linked resources and developed an action plan for each area, enabling communities to look at opportunities with fresh eyes and to build links for future collaboration.


The Workshops


Hincks Centre Logo
The training was delivered through the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence, part of the School of Business at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).


Approximately 12 training and discussion sessions were held in each of the 8 towns, covering a wide range of topics  which included:


– Governance
– Positive Mental Health
– Funding
– Organisational Structures for Groups
– Social Inclusion
– Developing a Healthy Town Programme
– Climate Change
– Developing & Managing Community Assets
– Collaborative Working
– Incubating & Supporting the Development of Local Business & Trade


Town Plans


Each Town developed a plan  and a summary of their ideas can be seen here:

South Cork Town Ideas
West Cork Town Ideas




My Town, My Plan was funded through the LEADER Prpogramme. SECAD now looks forward to supporting these and many other communities in the South and West Cork area through LEADER programme in the coming months.


LEADER Funding Logos