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Tipperary PPN Newsletter 10 May 2017

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Highlights in this issue:

Welcome Dee!
Active Grants available to members
Upcoming Free Training Programs
Upcoming Local Events

Tipperary PPN brings you current news on funding, training, events, consultations and how to have your say in the County. 

It is not enough to be compassionate – you must act – Dalai Lama

*If your group has information you’d like to include in the newsletter make sure to send it in at least 2 weeks before the date to ensure it gets included. 

PPN Tipperary News 10 May 2017


PPN News

  1. Welcome Dee Hennessey!


  1. Public consultation on multi-modal transport – 25 May 2017


  1. Community Facilities Scheme 2017
  2. HSE National Lottery Grants
  3. Cooperation with Northern Ireland 2017 Scheme
  4. Bursary for training to become a Motivational Interviewing Trainer
  5. Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2017

Events / Training

  1. What’s on in Tipp
  2. Volunteer Ireland National Volunteer Management Conference
  3. Disability Inclusion Training offered by the Tipperary Sports Partnership
  4. Lough Derg Blueway Capacity Buildiing Workshops
  5. Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Clonmel free event
  6. upcoming Cloughjordan Ecoville events

Other News

  1. 8th Annual Street Feast – how to get involved
  2. National Heritage Week 2017 – how to get involved
  3. Consumer Panel for Mental Health Services News & Events
  4. South Tipperary Development Company Tus Programme Video & Information

Tipperary PPN Members Corner

Each month, the PPN Tipperary team attend a member event and advertise our visit here. Our space for May is open!

If you would like to be featured in the Members Corner of the newsletter contact to express an interest.

PPN News


A warm welcome to Dee Hennessy!

Dee Hennessey has recently joined the Tipperary Public Participation Network team in the role of PPN Coordinator. She brings a lot of experience, energy and enthusiasm to the role and is looking forward to meeting PPN member groups at upcoming events. Please join our secretariat and volunteers in giving her a warm welcome!



Public consultation on multi-modal transport – 25 May 2017

The European Commission is currently looking at a possible initiative to protect passengers when using multimodal transport, and is seeking views from the general public on the issue.  I have attached a link to the public consultation below should it be or interest to you or your organisation.  Please note that the consultation period ends on the 25th of May, so all questionnaires should be returned before this date.

Public consultation on a possible initiative at EU level in the field of passengers rights in multimodal transport



Community Facilities Scheme 2017

Tipperary Local Community Development Committee is seeking applications from community groups for funding under the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s Communities Facilities Scheme 2017

On 10th March 2017 the Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD, announced a new Capital grants scheme for disadvantaged urban and rural areas. The Scheme will run initially from July 2017-December 2017 and is focused on providing small-scale capital grants to help grass roots community projects get underway or take the next step towards completion.

In County Tipperary the Scheme is being administered, on behalf of the Department, by Tipperary Local Community Development Committee along with the five Municipal Districts of Tipperary County Council.

The aim of the Scheme is to enhance communities, address disadvantage and improve social cohesion at a local level by providing access to small-scale capital grants. The Scheme will offer grants up to a maximum of €1,000 per project. The maximum amount of €1,000 is small, acknowledging that there would be other grant schemes for larger works.  This would cover the cost of, for example, office equipment, project resources, research facilities or maintenance of premises, etc. for voluntary groups.

Applications are now being invited for funding under this Scheme.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 30th June 2017 at 5pm. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

It is anticipated that Municipal Districts will make their final decision to approve or deny applications at their meetings during September 2017.

The Application Form and a Scheme Guidelines Document are attached and are available for download here on Tipperary County Council’s website.

For any queries please email:

HSE National Lottery Funding Grants 

Applications are now being invited by the HSE for National Lottery Funding Grants.

This funding is distributed by the HSE each year to community based groups and voluntary organisations under the Respite Care Grant Scheme and the National Lottery Grant Scheme.

Groups and organisations involved in the provision of Health and Personal Social Services can apply for once off funding of between €500 and €10,000 for suitable projects.

The HSE is advertising in regional newspapers over the coming weeks for applications, and you may wish to share this notification among your professional or local networks.
All of the information required, including application forms, is now available on

Completed Application Forms must be returned to the local Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO).

Closing Date for Applications – 17:00 on Friday 26th May 2017.

Applicants will be advised as to the outcome of their application no later than Thursday 31.08.2017.

For more, please visit

Cooperation with Northern Ireland 2017 Scheme

During 2017 the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs will operate a Scheme of funding support, for Projects which seek to enhance, celebrate or commemorate the artistic, cultural, musical, film or heritage of the Island of Ireland on a North/South basis.

The Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs operate a Scheme of funding support, for Projects which seek to enhance, celebrate or commemorate the artistic, cultural, musical, film or heritage of the Island of Ireland on a North/South basis.

Projects funded under this scheme need to be creative and innovative and examples of projects which could be considered for funding under the scheme include, but are not limited to, projects which:

  • Promote co-operation and joint initiatives between organisations and institutions on a North/South basis;
  • Promote cultural tourism on a North/South basis;
  • Promote the provision of cultural outreach programmes on a North/South basis.

Details of this year’s scheme can be found here. Please use the application form provided here. Closing date for applications is May 19th.

Arts & Disability Ireland and the Arts Council announce details for the 2017 Arts and Disability Connect scheme

This scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work. It offers artists the opportunity to: connect with other practitioners or venues; make a change in their practice; ‘step up’ in terms of scope and scale; reach new audiences and to engage in mentoring and training.

Arts and Disability Connect has three funding strands

  • Arts and Disability Connect New Work  – 2 awards of up to €8,000 each – for more established artists with a strong track record
  • Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring – 5 awards of up to €2,000 each – for artists at all stages of career development including emerging artists
  • Arts and Disability Connect Training – 3 awards of up to €1,000 each – for artists at all stages of career development, including emerging artists

Application process and deadline:
All application forms, guidelines and information documents can be downloaded here:

A completed application form along with all supporting material must be sent to  using WeTransfer by 5pm on 4th May, 2017.

Further information:
Contact Arts & Disability Ireland at 01 850 9002 or email

Bursary for training to become a Motivational Interviewing Trainer

The National Addiction Training Programme (NATP) have a bursary of €5,000 available to support applications from individuals to take part in the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) Training New Trainers (TNT) programme that is taking place in Malahide in October 2017.

The application for the TNT is formidable and closes on May 15th. As the TNT workshop can only offer 120 places and is open to applicants from all across the world, MINT expect the training to be oversubscribed before the closing date. Please encourage all potential applicants to apply as early as possible.  Full details of the application process can be found on…

Individuals who successfully complete the TNT will be eligible to receive financial support from the NATP in return for providing some MI training free of charge in the 12 months following the TNT. The specifics of the training can be agree with the NATP and other relevant parties closer to the time.

All applicants who wish to be considered for financial support must notify the NATP in advance of submitting their TNT application to MINT. This can be done by emailing and requesting necessary financial support towards;

  • Application costs
  • TNT Workshop Fee
  • Accommodation costs

Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2017

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2017 was recently launched by the Department of Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, and is an initiative under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising our Rural Potential. The scheme is specifically targeted at towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000. A National Fund of €20m will be made available on a competitive basis for projects developed at local level. The Department have indicated that they will approve nationally up to 300 projects, to be commenced in 2017 and completed by mid 2018.

The focus of the Scheme is on rejuvenating Ireland’s rural towns and villages to make them more attractive places in which to live and work, and to increase their tourism potential.

An advert/notice will be appearing this week in the local newspapers seeking submission of Expression of Interests from interested town/village groups under the terms of this Scheme.

All expressions of interest will be assessed by the Council based on the priorities as contained in the Scheme Outline. A maximum of 15 proposals can be selected for County Tipperary, including those put forward by the Council itself, for development into detailed applications which will be submitted by the Council to the Department. It is the Department who will make the final selection and approval of projects to be funded by the Scheme.

Project proposals must include activities that will have clear positive impacts on the town or village making them more attractive places in which to live and work, and to increase their tourism potential. Extra priority will be given to projects which stimulate economic activity in the town/village and between it and neighbouring townlands.

Up to 80% of the total cost of a project can be provided for any individual project; 20% match-funding has to be provided. A town/village project application can include several linked components to support the rejuvenation of the town/village. The minimum grant which is available is €20,000 and the maximum, generally, is €100,000.

The Department’s 2017 Scheme Outline document and Expression of Interest form is attached for your information. Any interested town/village group must complete the Expression of Interest form and return it to the Community & Economic Development Section, Tipperary County Council, Ballingarrane House, Cahir Road, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary or email  no later than 12noon on Friday 26th May 2017.

Additional information and an expression of interest form are attached to this newsletter.

Events / Training

Find out what’s on in Tipp by clicking this icon:

National Volunteer Management Conference

To celebrate Sligo’s designation as European Volunteering Capital 2017, we’re taking the National Volunteer Management Conference on tour!  This year’s conference will take place on Tuesday 30th May 2017 in the Aurivo Auditorium in the Sligo Institute of Technology.

The conference provides the opportunity to spend some quality time on personal development, networking with your volunteer management colleagues and peers and participating in a host of motivating masterclasses and discussions focused on volunteer recruitment, retention, training, support and management.

Check out the full programme in the conference brochure.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone working in the field of Volunteer Management
  • Anyone who manages volunteers as part of their role
  • Senior Managers and CEOs of organisations that involve volunteers
  • Anyone with a general interest in volunteer management

What will I get?
Early bird tickets are just €63 and for that you get:

  • A host of great masterclasses to choose from
  • A hot lunch
  • Ample opportunity for networking with plenty of refreshment

Pricing and registration
Tickets can be purchased online. Last year’s conference sold out so we encourage early booking to avoid disappointment. Registration begins at 8.45am.

  • Early Bird € 63
  • Standard Rate € 68

Disability Inclusion Training offered by the Tipperary Sports Partnership

Tipperary Sports Partnership are running a Disability Inclusion Training course in association with the CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre in Thurles Presentation Sports Complex on Saturday 20th May from 10am – 4:00pm.

This course is designed to give coaches, volunteers, development officers etc. ideas and inspiration to adapt their physical activity & sports sessions to include people with disabilities. All bookings are taken online at  Please use the following code when booking:TIPP2017

The course costs €45. The closing date for booking is Wednesday 17th May @ 5pm.

Bank of Ireland sponsors Enterprise Town Clonmel Event (free)

Bank Of Ireland is sponsoring Enterprise Town Clonmel which will take place on May 19th and May 20th in Loreto Sports Hall on Raheen road. I know you will want to partake in this exciting Free Event.
BOI Enterprise Town is “The bringing together of the whole community of Clonmel under one roof and showcasing all that is good about our town and hinterland”  It includes – Business and Enterprise, Community and Schools.

We supply tables – All you have to do is Complete attached Registration form ,scan back to me or return to BOI Parnell street and  Turn Up !!!!  Bring along any Advertising , merchandising , Pop Up Stand that you may have. It presents excellent opportunity for you to network and promote your business/ club, society/ organisation . In addition we have full programme which will attract members of the public which will further enhance networking opportunity and recruitment of new members for your organisation.
I do not have Programme as yet as Town Committee and myself are at planning stage . However, I can confirm the following  —-

Friday to include:

Ø  Business Expo 120 – 150 local Businesses will take part
Ø  Business Panel Discussion – 4 Local Businesses will be interviewed by Mary Kennedy, RTE.
Ø  Networking – Mary Kennedy walk around to chat to exhibitors, opportunity to take photo for Social Media.
Ø  Presentation of Enterprise Awards to local schools
Ø  Junk Kouture – Taste of Fashion
Ø  Dance Performance – Dayl Cronin and dance students from On Your Toes Dance Academy
Ø  Clonmel Rugby Male Choir
Ø  Music and Entertainment

SATURDAY to include:

Ø  Senior Sports Panel Discussion ( well known sportspeople – across all Sport disciplines)
Ø  Junior Sports Panel Discussion
Ø  South Est Taekwon Do Kubz Display
Ø  Music and Entertainment
Ø  Family day with Activities for Children- Face Painting , Uncle Mikes mobile Zoo and more—
Ø  Clonmel Rowing Club – Rowathon to raise funds for South East Autism Soft Play Playground and Suir Dragon Paddlers – Bank Of Ireland will match fund up to E1000.
Ø  All Clubs inc sport , societies , Organisations and some business people exhibiting.

Please find Link/youtube clips above from other Enterprise events around the country will give you overview of what to expect.
Feel free to pass on copy of Application form and link to your friends , business associates ,or anyone may be involved in Clubs including sports clubs, societies etc.

Once you have registered we will forward weekly update via email and you will also find further information on Facebook from next week.

Venue:  Loreto Secondary school sports hall
Time:     Friday Busines Expo  6pm – 9pm
Saturday- Sports / Community  10am – 1pm

A registration form for the event is attached to this newsletter.

Upcoming Cloughjordan Ecoville Events

Cloughjordan Ecovillage and Cultivate present….

13.30 – 15.00 – SUNDAY 21st MAY 2017 
Starting at the Community Amphitheatre

A walk and walk with ecologist and RTE’s “EcoEye” presenter Anja Murray
Anja Murray will begin this session with a talk held in the stunning new outdoor Community Amphitheatre in Cloughjordan ecovillage. This will be followed by a guided tour of the biodiversity and tourism elements of the project. Participants should be prepared for an outdoor event, waterproofs and sturdy shoes are recommended. Cloughjordan Ecovillage has been recognised as one of Europe’s most successful projects modelling the transition to a low-carbon society. It features a biodiversity trail, allotments for growing food, a community farm and apiary, research gardens and a community woodlands. Also the new Brefne-Beara Walkway (BBW), Ireland’s first Heritage National Waymarked Trail linking the Beara peninsula with Leitrim, comes through the Ecovillage.

This event is organised by the Education Group at Cloughjordan Ecovillage

15.00 – 16.30 – SUNDAY 21st MAY 2017 – WeCreate Enterprise Centre, Cloughjordan Ecovillage 

Presentation by writer & journalist Lenny Antonelli followed by a panel discussion and reflections with broadcaster Duncan Stewart.

‘Rewildling’ aims to end intensive human management of habitats and allow them to re-generate naturally. This could mean the creation of large new areas of native woodland and forest, and new wetlands on cutaway bog, offering significant economic opportunities in marginalised rural areas. In this TED style talk writer and journalist Lenny Antonelli will look at what rewilding is and how it differs from traditional habitat conservation. He will explore its potential to create new eco-tourism enterprises in rewilded areas, based around walking, hiking, mountain biking, nature-watching and other adventure activities, as well as local craft and food industries centred around local nature and wildlife.

The panel discussion will explore the opportunities of developing sustainable eco-tourism enterprises centred on ‘rewilding’ project areas, with a particular focus on the midlands.
Facilitated by Davie Philip the panel includes Lenny, Anja, Ricky Whelan, a director of the Abbeyleix Bog Project and others to be announced.

Broadcaster Duncan Stewart will close the session with his reflections on ‘rewilding’.

This event is organised by Cultivate Living and Learning

For further details, directions or to book a place at these events contact Davie at or on 0505 56061

These are free events are supported by Notice Nature and the Irish Environmental Network, and held in association with the Cloughjordan Community Development Committee’s 2017 National Biodiversity Week Programme. For more details contact or see For the full programme of this year’s Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week see 

Other News

8th Annual Street Feast


Street Feast 2016

Join us for Street Feast!

Feast with your neighbours on Sunday 11th June

We’re inviting you to take part in and spread the word about this year’s Street Feast, the national day of street parties and community celebrations. It’s being hosted by neighbours and community groups all over Ireland this 11th June. It’s a perfect excuse to share good food, meet your neighbours and have a bit of craic.

We’re inviting you to encourage your members to get involved.

Free Packs

Once again we’re posting out free party packs to Street Feast hosts. Each helpful pack contains a handy guide to help make your feast a success, as well as posters, invitations, balloons and bunting to get the party started! To get your pack you need to register your feast on our website and make sure to request a pack when registering.

It’s easy!

It’s a simple idea. Street Feasts can be held anywhere; on the pavement, in a laneway or a local park. They can be any size, from 10 to 100 people. Everyone is invited to bring something to contribute, be it a tasty dish, some chairs or a musical instrument.

Check out what happened last year when 120,000 neighbours took part!

Finally, please spread the word

This is a people-powered initiative – we need your help to spread the word about Street Feast. Please forward this email to your friends, neighbours and network and inspire them to take part.

To get more inspiration, information, or to join the party, check out
Street Feast 2017


National Heritage Week 

We’re preparing for National Heritage Week 2017 which will take place from 19-27 August and we’re making this the year we help more people learn about and enjoy Ireland’s nature.

We are encouraging environmental, social inclusion and voluntary groups across Ireland to take part as event organisers and participants.  Heritage Week is the largest cultural event in Ireland with almost 1,000 organisations and individuals involved in hosting over 1,800 unique events in 2016.  The week attracts an annual audience of approximately 430,000 people.

Please find here our 100 Event Ideas Booklet (also available as Gaeilge).

Consumer Panel for Mental Health Services News & Events

South Tipperary Development Company Tus Programme

Tús is a national activation initiative for people who are unemployed and on the Live Register. Tús is designed to provide short term working opportunities for unemployed people while at the same time supporting and adding value to the broad range of services delivered by community and voluntary bodies.  The Tús Programme is delivered in South Tipperary by the South Tipperary Development Company on behalf of the Department of Social Protection. We currently have an allocation of 200 placements which are fully filled and successfully operational, benefiting both the individuals and their host organisations. We are however accepting applications from groups from across South Tipperary as we continue to seek opportunities for our participants.

This is an unique opportunity for organisations to access the broad range of skills, talents and experience which our clients possess. We are inviting applications on an on going basis from community, voluntary, not for profit groups to provide quality work placement opportunities.

There is no application process for unemployed people to take part in the Tús Programme.  Participants are randomly selected, contacted by DSP and offered the opportunity to participate on the Programme.

Please find below a link to a video that South Tipperary Development Company has produced in order to capture the experience of participants on the Tús Programme.

We hope you enjoy watching it and welcome any comments/feedback.

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