Wednesday, May 25, 2011

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MOST POPULAR IN GALWAY - Google "Fact"

Is Community Development on the slippery slope in Ireland today?
It appears there is most interest in "community development" in Galway, with Cork and Limerick following next, followed oddly by the capital Dublin.
However, if 'Google Analytics' is any kind of reliable guide (and we're not saying it is) the relative slide in Irish interest in the concept of community development may be a cause for concern.
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According to Google's chart here people are not looking it up online as much as before

Monday, May 23, 2011

OBAMA, TRAVELLERS & 'CHANGING IRELAND'

US President Barack Obama started out as a community worker and he's here in Ireland today! His people hailed from Offaly.
Many see him as a true hero and an inspiration to members of minorities everywhere, others see him as a puppet of the military-industrial complex and Wall Street. The truth includes elements of both perspectives and some more.
However, it is due to his background as a community worker that we decided to feature him in Spring 2009 on our front cover after he was elected US President.


Obama is known to have an interest (to quote Jesse Jackson among others who know him well) in the issue of Traveller rights in Ireland and it was in connection with a Traveller story that we published his photo.
For the record, click here for a link to the full PDF edition of the Obama edition.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Supporting local businesses - A RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TASTER!

The Local and Community Development Programme is one of around a dozen programmes administered by Local Development Companies (aka Partnerships) around the country.
One of the better-known programmes is LEADER (or to use call it by its proper title, the Rural Development Programme). 
Here's just one example, from Kerry, of how the North East Kerry Development used funding from the Rural Development Programme to make a real difference for a small business in Ballybunion that employs eight seasonal staff.
NOTE: The upcoming edition of 'Changing Ireland' out this June will include a 2-page feature on the RDP. As well as supporting small local businesses, the RDP also funds projects that engage in community development, tourism interests and heritage work.

ONE OF OUR BEST FILMS YET: Claiming Our Future UPDATE!

'Changing Ireland' has produced a 5 minute film from the CLAIMING OUR FUTURE day in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary when nearly 40 people worked on ideas to make local authorities more inclusive of the demands of citizens. One councillor described the present set-up as "absolute bull." One of our best videos yet!
North Tipperary Leader Partnership supported the event in Nenagh under Goal 4 of the Local and Community Development Programme which aims to get people from local communities involved in decision-making that effects their lives.
For more info/background, see our earlier blog posting live from the event and prior to the day. You can read the Tipperary Star's report here.

YOUTH TRAINING IN CO. TIPPERARY - 1ST IN EUROPE (possibly)

This project, which targets young men and early-school leavers, is supported by the North Tipperary Leader Partnership which is part of Ireland's national Local and Community Development Programme.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

LIVE-BLOGGING FROM CITIZENS' FORUM IN NENAGH

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Live-blogging from the Civic Centre in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary today... It's the venue for a Citizens' Forum for making local Government better. Sounds like another talking shop - not so.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Activists learning from old hands, through Spunout

Activists in Ireland are now learning from old hands, through Spunout.
The youth organisation is organising its 2nd 'Academy for Activists' which will be held in June. You can read full details in their press release here.
Among those leading the learning will be Sarah Clancy (pictured).

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dóchas - EU's extreme poverty work is crucial

BY BRENDAN MEEHAN
The coming months will be pivotal in terms of global poverty and how Europe collectively handles the problem, says Dóchas, the umbrella organisation for Irish NGOs.

It stressed the point at its 18th AGM held in Dublin City Council's Civic Offices on May 5 and if you want a quick (2 min) and light-hearted insight into the issues, check out this video:

The “Guaranteed Irish?” conferance focused heavily on Irish leadership in International development cooperation.

KIRBY & HARRIS TO STIR THE CITIZENRY IN PREMIER COUNTY

Peadar Kirby and Clodagh Harris - two experts on democracy from Limerick and Cork respectively - will be the guest speakers at a Citizens' Forum in Nenagh on Saturday, May 14th.
North Tipperary Leader Partnership is supporting the initiative which is one of a number of such events taking place around the country under the 'Claiming Our Future' banner.
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The forum which is being held in Nenagh Arts Centre from 1.45pm - 5pm.