The Irish public are expected to recycle over 60,900 tonnes of packaging this Easter.
It comes as no surprise that Easter eggs remain the gift of choice for 62% of people, but 35% plan to buy alternative gifts for others this year.
This is to remind all Team Green members that cardboard boxes, plastic moulds, chocolate trays, clean tin foil and egg boxes that come with the delicious chocolate Easter treats can be placed in the recycling bin clean, dry, and loose.
Play your part in helping Ireland reach 50% of all plastic recycled by 2025 and place all plastic in the recycling bin.


City Library Crafters is a craft club held in Cork City Library the second and fourth Friday of each month from 11.00am – 12.30 pm. It is open to everyone.
It embraces a variety of crafts from knitting to patchwork and crochet to cross stitch. Bring a project to work on or pop in for a craft chat and some inspiration.
All are welcome!


On Sunday morning 23 Volunteers including a new Volunteer gathered for the weekly litter pick. They were joined by 4 Transition Year students. Because of the large numbers we covered a great area and had a very busy morning.
We collected 12 bags of Litter, 1 bicycle, 1 scooter plus 1 bag Green Waste from Leo Murphy Terrace.
During the week our Volunteers carried out their usual litter picks and collected 2 bags of Litter, 1 bags of Cans and 1 bag of Glass.
After the work we all enjoyed lovely complimentary Easter treats at The Plaza.


Denis took the 4 Transition Year Students to prepare the ground for planting some fruit trees as part of the DC s for Bees initiative at West gate Foundation.


On Monday morning some of our Team were busy putting up some bird nesting boxes in Westgate Foundation.
Hopefully some residents will arrive shortly.
Also, on Monday Thomas cleaned the kerbside in Coolroe Meadows. What a difference it has made in a short space of time.


Our Team tackled areas both in front of and behind the Beech Hedging in Prospect Lawn on Tuesday. These are some before and after photos of the briars and bind weed that were removed.


On Tuesday 28th March ‘The Dementia Inclusive Community’ badge and national awareness campaign was launched.
The new dementia inclusive community symbol has been developed with people with dementia at its heart. The campaign, which is led by the HSE, working with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI), Age Friendly Ireland, the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre, Age & Opportunity and Healthy Ireland, aims to create an Ireland that embraces and includes people living with dementia, and displays solidarity with them and their families.
By understanding together, we can all make a difference and help people in our communities to stay connected and included. Anyone wishing to join the campaign, can find out more, review training and order promotional materials at


Home Instead has launched its annual ‘Essential Guide to Ageing Well’.The Guidebook has been developed through Home Instead’s years of experience in the home care sector in Ireland and around the world.
The Essential Guide to Ageing Well 2023 is a comprehensive resource for ageing in Ireland and covers a range of important topics to help people prepare and plan for the future now whether as older people, carers or family members.
Featuring contributions from Mary Butler TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People; Professor Ian Robertson, Founding Director of the Global Brain Health Institute and author of How Confidence Works; and supported by Total Health Pharmacy and Haven Pharmacy, the guidebook is available free-of-charge to anyone interested in ageing well.
To view or download a copy, visit


Mayfield library has purchased premium quality playing cards for the enjoyment of its ’45 Club’! The ‘Whisky Lover’ set was commissioned on Wednesday, March 22 in an enjoyable morning of cards during which all players were victorious.
Hope to see everyone again next Wednesday. New members are more than welcome. Unfortunately, no whisky or gin can be served at the games!! The Mayfield Library ‘45 Club’ meets each Wednesday at 11.00 am.


Cork City Libraries can deliver to you at home, we can deliver to nursing homes in the city area too!
With Library Link you can access Cork City Libraries vast wealth of reading material! Just email or call (021) 492 4900 to register.
Alternatively ask at your local Cork City Libraries branch if you, or someone you know, might benefit from this service. It’s easy to sign up and it is free.


The Adult Literacy for Life (ALL) Strategy was launched in September 2021 and set out an ambitious 10-year strategy to transform adult literacy, numeracy and digital literacy in Ireland. It takes a whole of society approach to creating awareness of the importance of literacy and is a key step in achieving Ireland’s goal of a fully inclusive and equitable society and economy. The Strategy aims to ensure that every adult has the necessary literacy, numeracy and digital literacy to fully engage in society and realise their potential.
The ALL Strategy makes a number of commitments – Increasing the number of learners engaging with literacy and language support by 20,000 over the first half of the strategy’s lifetime. Reduce the number of adults in Ireland with unmet literacy needs, from 18% to 7%. Reduce the number of adults in Ireland with unmet numeracy needs from 25% to 12%; and Reduce the share of adults in Ireland without basic digital skills from 47% to 20%.
One of the specific objectives of the ALL Strategy is a themed call for proposals focused on collaborative and innovative proposals in adult literacy, numeracy and/or digital literacy that address unmet needs, with particular emphasis on certain cohorts identified in the strategy.
Therefore, applications are required to come from at least two separate entities with one lead applicant submitting the application. The call is being managed by SOLAS which has overall responsibility for the All National Programme Office. The ALL Strategy is overseen by a Cross-Government Implementation Group.
For 2023, there is an open call for proposals that public and non-profit organisations will submit directly to SOLAS. However, applicants are advised to consult with the Regional Literacy Coordinators in their area. The role of the Regional Literacy Coordinators (RLCs) is to work with stakeholders at a local level, as well as colleagues across the education, health, community development and local government support services. The aim is to embed the required systems-based approach to addressing unmet literacy needs. Cross-society partnerships and collaboration are essential for the successful implementation of the ALL Strategy.
It should be noted that any proposed projects should have no adverse impact on existing services or provision funded through SOLAS, Education and Training Boards and/or other state agencies. It must not duplicate existing services.
For 2023, the total funding available under the fund is €1 million. The maximum grant awarded to any application will be €50,000. There is no minimum amount that may be applied for. The amount of the grant awarded will be dependent on the nature and quality of the proposal. Eligible costs will include direct costs and programme costs and indirect overhead costs. Indirect costs should not exceed 10% of the direct cost of the project.
Organisations are invited to make an application under the criteria set out in the guidelines.
Successful applicants will receive 80% of the grant on confirmation of project approval. The remaining 20% will issue upon receipt of a final project report. This will include a Balancing Statement which will reflect actual spend and will be used to recoup any unspent money.
Where the lead applicant onward grants, it should ensure that it receives an invoice from any partner organisation which details the costs incurred by that partner.
The ALL Strategy Collaboration and Innovation Fund applications will be screened in the first instance by SOLAS to ensure they meet the criteria set out in this funding call. Proposals that meet the criteria will then be considered by an independent expert panel. Applicants must have clearly identified and demonstrated the need for their project proposals.
The criteria and scoring under which every application will be assessed is as outlined as follows. The maximum marks available is 160. Please note that the ALL Strategy is a national strategy and consideration will be given to a balanced geographical spread. Applicants should also be aware that there is a limit on the amount of funding for 2023 and this may impact the level of funding successful applicants receive.
Funding applications must be submitted in electronic form directly to SOLAS to
Applications must be received by 5 pm on 14th April 2023. Applications received after this date cannot be accepted.


Delivering Sustainable Urban Forests
The UCC Arboretum group at University College Cork will host a one-day symposium on “Delivering Sustainable Urban Forests”. Thursday 27th April 2023 In-person at University College Cork, Ireland.
This one-day symposium will examine the various roles of urban trees and green infrastructure in creating vibrant, healthy and sustainable cities and towns. It will examine the biodiversity, climate, cultural and health benefits associated with urban forests and showcase relevant research and activities.
Trees play important roles in the sustainable city and these roles will be explored through the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The practical aspects of planting and protecting trees in the urban space will be examined and delegates will hear from projects working in this space.
This symposium will be in-person at University College Cork and will be free to attend. The workshop is organised by the UCC Arboretum and it is partly supported by Science Foundation Ireland through the ‘Tree Explorers’ project.
Confirmed Speakers Include:
  • Darach Lupton, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland.
  • Kieron Doick, Urban Forest Research Group, Forest Research, UK.
  • Jenni Simkin, LUKE Natural Resources Institute, Finland.
  • Thomas Kane, Cork City Council, Ireland.
  • Annalisa Setti, University College Cork, Ireland.
  • David Bosonnet, Brady Shipman Martin, Cork.
  • Maria Kirrane, University College Cork.
Register for FREE event as places are limited. Register
For further information:
Or email Emma Hutchinson