Upcoming Events: JCI Cork, Cork International Choral Festival and Cork Feminista

Here are some interesting events coming up in Cork over the next few weeks

JCI Cork – April Event: Impact Talks – Thursday 28th April, 7pm, Clarion HotelJCI Logo

Junior Chamber International (JCI) Cork is this week hosting an Impact Talks where the guests will be speaking on the topic of “If I knew then what I know now… what I would tell my younger self’.

The speakers are Cliona Murphy, Vice President Technical for PepsiCo Worldwide Flavours, who is based in Cork with global responsibility for Research & Development, Quality, Engineering, Environmental Health & Safety and Global Quality Services and Commander Peter Twomey of the Irish Naval Service and is now head of Personnel Management.

This should be a great event. Tickets are free for JCI Members and there is a small charge for non-members. Full details on the Eventbrite Page

Cork International Choral Festival April 27th – May 1st, across the City


The Cork Choral Festival takes place around the May Bank Holiday Weekend every year and there is loads happening around the city. Some are free and while others are ticketed. See the website for full programme and details.

My favourite part of the Festival is Shandon Sunrise. This year it is taking place on Sunday May 1st at 6:05am. With singing from the Clock Tower from Cathal O’Boyle and the Cork Chamber Choir to welcome in the dawn. This is a truly wonderful experience. It is followed by an ecumenical service in St Anne’s. Come along to this FREE event! More details here.

Cork Feminista – Coffee Connections – An International Women’s Breakfast –  Monday May 9th, 10am, The Haven Cafe 

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Coffee Connections is a womens breakfast event hosted by Cork Feminista & Love and Care for People. Come along to share coffee and stories with women from diverse backgrounds in Cork. Feel free to bring a breakfast dish to share if you like! More details see the Facebook Event

Have an event you want to share? Send me an email stephen@stephenspillane.com

Cork Pride AGM and Preparing for Marriage Equality Referendum – Cork

Two events of interest to the LGBT Community are coming up in Cork.

pride15The first is the Cork LGBT Pride AGM.

Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback with us in the Cork Pride 2014 Survey, your options and suggestions are greatly appreciated and will help us ensure that the festival is one the whole Cork community can be proud of.

If you would like to get involved more with Cork Pride, we are hosting our AGM on the 19th of January at 7pm in the Cork Gay Community Development offices at 8 North Mall, Cork City, for directions please see https://goo.gl/maps/yaOrx

This is the first of two meetings. At this meeting Officer reports will be presented and those who wish to get involved can get a better idea of the roles.


The second “Preparing for Marriage Equality Referendum – Cork” is organised by GayCork.com and Fine Gael LGBT. It takes place on February 5th at 8pm on in the Gresham Metropole Hotel.

Panel Speakers:

* Minister for Justice & Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD
* Dr Conor O’Mahony, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UCC
* Laura Harmon, President USI (Union Students Ireland)
* Brian Sheehan, Director of GLEN

The aim of this public meeting is to encourage people of Cork to become involved in building a winning referendum campaign.

This is of course very important for us who want a Yes Vote in May!


Wave Change

Are you aged between 18-25? Do want to see Social Change in Ireland? Do  you want to change something in Irish Society?

Check out Wave Change. Wave Change is a new programme being launched by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland for 18-25 year-olds who believe that they have a role to play in building the Ireland we all want to live in and who want to have a stronger voice in society.  The programme provides training, development, seed funding and networking opportunities to help make this a reality.

They are kicking off the programme in November 2011 with Wave Change Weekends in Cork (November 12&13), Dublin (November 26&27) and Galway in mid-January 2012.

If you like what happens at the weekend you can apply to join a group of 30 for a 10 month programme beginning in February 2012. Which will include:

  • A series of 5 skills-based training weekends from February 2012 in areas as wide-ranging as journalism and social media, lobbying and advocacy,  research & evaluation, idea generation and project planning, with support from expert practitioners  working in the field
  • Coaching in individual and group-focused development
  • Support and advice in setting up an idea,  project or campaign
  • Seed funding to help launch a Wave Change idea
  • Individual networking and development opportunities on issues of interest chosen by the participants

Applications for the Cork Weekend close on October 21st. If you want to take part in the 10 month programme, you must attend one of the weekends.

Today I met with Linda and Fiona of Wave Change and it sounds like an interesting idea. The Programme would be major benefit for anyone interested or working in social change in Ireland. These skills are crucial for young people who want to make changes to Irish Society!

So what are you waiting for? Check out their website, WaveChange.ie and apply!

They are also on Facebook and Twitter!

Public Consultation on Universal Periodic Review

United Nations Human Rights Council logo.
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I got this via email, and for those interested in the UN Human Right Council or Human Rights in Ireland should definitely attend these  meetings. I am going to try and attend the Cork meeting and will try and tweet from it.

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter T.D. and the Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch T.D. are inviting members of the public and organisations to take part in public consultation meetings to discuss Ireland’s human rights record as part of the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.

A series of public meetings will be held around the country as follows:

DUBLIN, Monday 16/05/2011, 7-10 pm.
St. Andrew’s Resource Centre, 114 Pearse St., Dublin 2

ATHLONE, Wednesday 18/05/2011, 7-10 pm.
Douglas Hyde theatre, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone

KILKENNY, Friday 20/05/2011, 7-10 pm
The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle

LIMERICK, Monday 23/05/2011, 7-10 pm
Room 310, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick

SLIGO, Wednesday 25/05/2011, 7-10 pm
Room A0006, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ash Lane, Sligo

CORK, Friday 27/05/2011, 7-10 pm
Boole 1, University College Cork, College Road, Cork

DUBLIN, Monday 30/05/2011, 7-10 pm
Axis Ballymun Theatre, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9

An interdepartmental working group chaired by the Department of Justice and Equality is preparing Ireland’s National Report on our domestic human rights situation for the United Nations Human Rights Council UPR process. The National Report, which must be submitted to the UN by Monday, 4 July 2011, will be informed by consultation with and submissions from individuals and organisations, and the Department is keen to give the widest possible range of organisations and members of the public the opportunity to make submissions on issues of importance in the area of human rights in Ireland.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is one of the major innovations of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (established in 2006), whereby the domestic human rights records of all 192 UN Member States are reviewed every four years. 48 countries are reviewed each year, starting in 2008, with 16 reviews taking place in each of the thrice yearly UPR Working Group sessions. Ireland’s first review under the UPR process will take place on 6 October 2011.

For more information about the UPR process, guidance on how to prepare a submission and to make a submission, please visit our website, www.upr.ie

An Evening With Kevin Rafter

kevinrafterI have seen posters for this around Cork, and I think a few readers may be interested.

Thurs 11th Feb :: 8pm :: Jurys Western Road

Following the success of our recent non-fiction evenings at Jurys, we have invited Kevin Rafter, writer, broadcaster and lecturer to give his assessment of Ireland present and future against the background of his new book Party at the Crossroads, which tells the remarkable story of the Fine Gael comeback and provides an authoritative assessment of Irish politics.

Kevin Rafter has held several senior editorial positions in Irish media organisations and is currently head of the department of film and media at the National Film School at IADT, Dun Laoghaire. He continues to write and broadcast, and is also a columnist with the Sunday Times.

Tickets: €5
Available at Triskel Box Office :: (021) 427 2022

It should be an interesting evening. Tickets can also be gotten on the Triskel Website

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Fine Gael Ard Fheis 2009

I got my invite to Ard Fheis in the post today, sadly no Media Accreditation. (Might give a ring tomorrow.) The time table of the Ard Fheis is as follows

Friday April 3rd

7:00pm Opening Ceremony

7:30pm Leaders Address

8:00pm Sessions: European and Foreign Affairs, Defence

Saturday 4th April

9:30am – 1:00pm (Televised 11:00am – 1:00pm) Sessions: Health and Employment. Keynote speech on Economy by Deputy Leader Richard Bruton TD

2:00pm-6:00pm Sessions: Justice, Education, Regional Development and Agriculture

7:00pm Leaders Address (Televised from 8:30pm -9:00pm)

Entertainment from 11pm

I’m looking forward to Ard Fheis and am heading up with the UCC Gang, should be an experience. This will be my second and below I have included a vlog experiment I did after the last Ard Fheis I was at back in 2007 with a few thoughts and things.

Say hello if you see me at Ard Fheis, Ill be the one tweeting from my phone!

A great night out for €10

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Last night I went to my first Magic: The Gathering Draft Night in UCC. It is organised by WARPS. This was quite an experience for me, actually meeting more Magic players, it was great. We actually got to play with Conflux cards which were only on sale from today so it was really cool.

How much does it cost? €10 for 3three booster packs! (these retail in Cork at €4 each and at €4.50 each in Dublin) so it is a bit of a money saver and you get to play people!

Two of the lads were great for me to play against as they showed me where I was going wrong. So I learned alot. They do this every Thursday so I am very tempted to go every week!

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the release event for the Conflux set. It is starting at 11am. It will be really cool. You get 6 boosters (3 Conflux and 3 Shards of Alara) and some land or you get 3 Conflux boosters and a Shards of Alara Tournament pack and you then have to make a deck from that. I will be better at that then I was at drafting I think.

How Drafting works.

Drafting works like this: You open pack one and draft a card out of it. You then pass it to your right. You take the pack passed to you and take a card from that. When that pack is gone, you open the second pack, draft a card out and pass it left. The third pack is treated like the first. You end up with 45 cards to make a 40 card deck from.

The Launch Event will be sealed play which means you keep all the cards given to you at the start. You make a 40 card deck from it, but you are a (hopefully) allowed a sideboard with the remaining cards. You can change your deck between games during rounds but you must return the deck to its original layout at the start of each round.

I’m looking forward to the event tomorrow as it is the only launch event in Ireland!

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Steve’s Five-A-Day 5/2/09

So back into this for another bout of reading. Someone commented lately that I read too much, I think its more that I spend too much time online!

1. All Kinds of Everything reflect on the songs selected for Eurovision so far
2. Gerard O’Neil warns of the dangers of calling for “Irish for Irish Workers”
3. EurActiv points out five EU Commissioners who may run for the EU Parliament, they would be a great asset to the Parliament if elected in my opinion.
4. European Voice look at the challenges in selecting the next European Commission
5. Guido calls on Dave Cameron to give the Hugh Grant Speech

Other Stuff:
Check out Loveyourcounty.com, brilliant video and also calling for support for the hurling players protest on Saturday.

Also on Saturday is a Book Swap Day all day in Cork City Library

Saturday also sees the M:TG Conflux Release event in UCC, which I will be attending. Starts at 11am

A review of TeenCamp Ireland – Featuring Links, Pics and Videos!

Well it wasnt all fun yesterday, there was lots of learning too at TeenCamp!

From TeenCamp Ireland Jan 17th

After a welcome from Alan and Enda, the day started off with Tommy Collison giving a talk about blogging and his famlily blogging and tweeting. A really interesting talk.

From TeenCamp Ireland Jan 17th

Next up was Klara who gave a fascinating tlak on Manga and Anime. I learned alot from that talk! Have friends into it, so now can talk about it a bit more!

From TeenCamp Ireland Jan 17th

Then David Doran gave a talk on getting started. How to approach problems, jobs and ideas online. I learned alot from this talk!

From TeenCamp Ireland Jan 17th

The we had Chris D gave a talk on Gamers and gaming. It was highly entertaining and oh so true!

From TeenCamp Ireland Jan 17th

His talk ended with a bear of course! The ceiling bit was unplanned!

From TeenCamp Ireland Jan 17th

Next came the bit I enjoyed the most, everyone had to get up and introduce themselves! It was a great idea. As each person talked, their twitter was shown behind them. That was grand for most people, until it came to me and a tweet I sent from the George the previous night. Which did set someone off giggling!

From TeenCamp Ireland Jan 17th
From TeenCamp Ireland Jan 17th
From TeenCamp Ireland Jan 17th

After the introductions and food, came a conversation hosted by Darragh Doyle and myself about why you blog!

After that came a talk from Ben Kenealy about online hook-ups. See the video by Damien! Its hilari1ous!

From TeenCamp Ireland Jan 17th

After that Cian Mac Mahon gave a fascinating talk about podcasting and whats involved in it! I learned alot from that talk.

From TeenCamp Ireland Jan 17th

The day ended and I had to get the train home after a draw (it was a fix btw! :P).

It was great to put many names to faces and actually get to know people. Really looking forward to the blog awards now!

All the pictures that I took of the day are here

Also if those who gave talks are willing to put them on Slideshare, I think it would be a great idea! Let me know if you do!

Other round-ups? TheChrisD has one, as does Tommy and Daniel have ones too! If anyone else does let me know and I will update this

UPDATE: David’s roundup is here

UPDATE 2: Klara has done her round up

UPDATE 3: Girlsthoughts, Will Knott and Alan also have round ups!

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Saturday January 17th – POA*

Cork Dublin Express 1Image by LostCarPark via FlickrIm bored on the train, so decided to make up my plan for tomorrow. So the hope for tomorrow is to get up earlyish (I am going out tonight, so give me some chance) and do some shopping. I don’t see myself heading over to the IFSC for Dublin OpenCoffee Club.
After that it is either meet with Vlad (of Etre Mortal, Etre Sincere) and then onto the Pre-TeenCamp meet in Starbucks on College Green.

Then it is off to TeenCamp from 1pm to 7pm. After that, someone expects me to buy them a pint. I think it’s of Guinness. Then it is food time (not sure where yet, supermacs at the train station??? ), before the train at 21:00 from Dublin Heuston to Cork Kent.

Should arrive into Cork for 23:55 then it is home bed, not pub, as I have work on Sunday.

A good plan I think.

*POA = Plan of action

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