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CORK COUNTY COUNCIL’S COMMUNITY MUNICIPAL DISTRICT GRANT SCHEME 2016 Municipal District funding is available as financial support to community groups and local organisations wishing to undertake development projects in their area, to support festivals, and for local communities to work with Cork County Council on projects that enhance the area in which the group is active. There are three distinct funding Schemes which are the Capital Fund Scheme; Community Contracts and the Amenity Fund Scheme. A number of heritage projects will in principle fall under these schemes. Past examples of successful projects include PA equipment for heritage groups; cleaning of heritage monuments, restoration of stone walls, conservation works to buildings, heritage/tourist signage and plaques, walking trails, contribution to festivals, erection of memorials, etc. For further information on these grant schemes please visit the following link – Municipal District Grants. Note that the Closing date for receipt of Completed Applications is 4pm Friday 5th February 2016. _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ HERITAGE COUNCIL GRANT SCHEME 2016 Heritage is at the heart of many a community and with the recent announcement by the Heritage Council that there is to be a Heritage in Community Grant Scheme for 2016, heritage groups all over the Country will be looking at the various heritage projects and initiatives they hope to undertake in their community this year. It is anticipated that this funding will be announced in February and the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council are at hand to provide and support and advice to potential applicants from Cork. _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ TOURISM STRATEGY LAUNCHED FOR CORK A Tourism Strategy for Cork City and County was launched yesterday, on Tuesday 26th January, in Cork Airport. The Cork Region currently receives close to 18% of those who visit Ireland and the aim is to grow this to 25% over the coming years. Cork has a lot to be proud of in terms of its tourism offering, particularly given the wonderful heritage that the county possesses – people and place combined. To see the Strategy in full click here _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2016 CENTENARY UPDATE REGARDING THE COUNTY OF CORK 2016, the Centenary Year, is in full swing and numerous events are taking place on a weekly basis in commemoration of 1916. The County of Cork will see over 300 centenary related events over the course of this year and there are some very nice events planned indeed. One of the main events will be a State Ceremonial Event to take place in Cork on Easter Monday, March 28th 2016. For a full list of events taking place visit www.ireland.ie and to see the programmes for Cork, both City and County. Cork County Council’s 2016 Office has also developed a chronological calendar of events for the County, which is available to view by clicking County Cork Calendar of Events for 2016  . This calendar is updated regularly and there will be a sizeable update taking place next week. As one can see from the array of events taking place, it is with great thanks to the Community Groups of the County that such an amount and variety of events is scheduled. Anyone looking to add their event to the programme please do get in touch by emailing david.foley@corkcoco.ie. For those groups who have already been in touch, many of whom have applied for the 1916 Centenary Fund last year, please note that Cork County Council will be in touch shortly with respect to specific details. In the meantime if groups could check the accuracy of their details in the Programme and correspond with David Foley that would be greatly appreciated. For all of those looking to undertake additional events, please note that an additional round of funding for potential applicants undertaking 1916 related events and projects is currently being looked into and it is hoped that there will be more news in this regard shortly. _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ CELEBRATING CORK PAST EXHIBITION 2016 DATE CONFIRMED For a number of years now a most wonderful event takes place in the City Hall each year, entitled the “Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition”. It is a day for the City and County’s hard-working Heritage and Historical Societies to highlight and showcase the heritage they preserve and protect locally to other like-minded groups and indeed to the hundreds of visitors who attend on the day. This year the exhibition will take place on Friday, 30th September 2016, and the Committee will be working hard over the coming months to ensure that this will be the best year yet. More information to follow in the coming months but for now, certainly Save The Date. _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ CITY ONLINE HERITAGE CALENDAR A City Heritage Calendar of events will shortly go online featuring details of all of the heritage related events taking place around the City. If you and your heritage society/organisation have any events planned for the upcoming year regarding heritage and Cork City, email richardtcooke@yahoo.com with the details. For details of all County events taking place click here and if you would like to have an event listed for the County email cork.heritage@corkcoco.ie. _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ECOLOGICAL PAPERS Atkins has recently published a collection of papers that focuses on ecological obligations and the European Commission’s strategy for no net loss of biodiversity. “New challenges for biodiversity require robust ecological methodologies and innovative solutions and mitigation measures to ensure built development and infrastructure projects are delivered taking full account of environmental issues”. Atkins has kindly made these papers available for all to see and there is a great wealth of information there including details of a Little Egret study in Cork and further papers on Badgers, Otters, High Nature Value Farming and indeed the Economic Value of Ecosystem Services. The collection of papers (entitled ‘From Regeneration to Roman Snails’) is available to view by clicking here. _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ HERITAGE OF COUNTY CORK PUBLICATION SERIES dc73b029-667b-46b5-b6dc-a135bf4854e6Cork County Council’s Heritage Unit has recently completed a publication entitled “Heritage Churches of County Cork”. The book contains a wealth of information on the heritage churches surrounding us in County Cork and forms the 3rd in the Heritage of County Cork Series, a series which was shortlisted in 2015 for the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. The publication was officially launched on Wednesday 9th December 2015 by the Mayor of the County Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea with Chief Executive Tim Lucey also in attendance. The churches publication, including those previously undertaken on the houses and bridges of the County, are available from a number of bookshops and newsagents throughout the County as well as online thanks to Terri Kearney and the Skibbereen Heritage Centre -(http://www.skibbheritage.com/Shop.htm)