Midleton Tidy Towns and Supervalu Store Midleton are co-osting an environmentally friendly shopping event.
The event is being supported by on the day by Sinéad Ní Mhainnín, Galway County Council and Pauline McDonogh, Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Management Office.
WHERE: Supervalu Store Midleton & (Library)
TIME: Time 2-6 pm & 6-8 (Library)
DATE: Thursday 11th April
What is happening at this event?
• Display of the traditional old fashioned household cleaning products that
• grandma used.
• Discussion on their use & effectiveness.
• Benefits to the public: Saves you money
• Benefits to everyone: Reduces the pollution impact of chemicals entering our
Bring along your completed survey form from Midleton Tidy Towns or fill one out at the counter on the day and your could win one of 6 shopping vouchers for €50.
For more information, contact
Dr Mary Stack, Cork County Council
Tel: 021 4532722
Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan 2013 will be hosted for the first time by Castletroy CCÉ in the University of Limerick. Munster Fleadh 2013 promises to be a unique Munster Fleadh as it will be the first time it will be held in an enclosed campus environment. The organising committee headed up by Cathaoirleach na Fleidhe Niall Keegan and Runaí na Fleidhe Majella Bartley are working hard to organise an action-packed programme of events for the Fleadh. These will include a wide selection of outdoor and indoor concerts, céilithe, workshops, competitions, and street sessions.
The organising committee for the Fleadh are working closely with the Limerick, Clare, Kerry Regional Waste Management Office to green the event. Planned activities include:
- Source Segregation & prevention of waste
- The use of a uniquely designed App to keep participants informed of ways they can help green the event
- The promotion of tap water
- Energy & water conservation measures in the campus accommodation
- A Shuttle bus around the campus as well as the promotion of smarter travel.
It is anticipated that the event will attract up to 12,000 people, 3000 of which will be competing so its a big challenge to green the fleadh but everyone involved is willing to give it a go.
For more information on the greening of this event contact:
Pauline McDonogh, Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Management Office
Tel: 087 2755538; 061 496844
Elemental Arts & Culture Festival 2013, a three-day event, taking place from Friday 13th September to Sunday 15th September 2013 in Limerick City. It will include puppetry, music, short films screening by Behind the Scenes, site specific theatre work, Forgotten Skills at the Hunt Museum, eco-workshops, street performers, to name just some.
Elemental has committed to work closely with Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste management Office, under the Green Your Festival Programme of the LAPN, & Limerick City Council to reduce its impact in 2013 and subsequent years.
The Festival has signed a Green Charter: “We, the Elemental Festival Team, are committed to protecting and enhancing our environment. To this end, we are actively promoting the use of cleaner transport options, litter minimisation and segregation, upcycling, reducing water and energy usage and sourcing sustainable materials. Our tree pledge commits us to planting native broadleaf trees in the Limerick area each year as a tangible way of enhancing our environment. Further to the ethos of Elemental, we are committed to promoting Fairtrade and organic wherever possible to highlight how wise local decisions can have a positive global impact. Components of the festival schedule are deliberately designed to promote sustainability and biodiversity in a fun, inclusive way.”
More information about Elemental 2013 will be posted on www.greenyourfestival.ie in the coming months. See also:
The LAPN Plenary 2013 held in Buswell’s Hotel in Dublin on February 20th, and 21st, was a great success with over 20 local authorities, the EPA, Clean Technology Centre and other agencies represented.
A series of presentations were given with a lot of discussion. The Tour du Table where all the local authorities outlined their resource efficiency work for 2012 and plans for 2013 showed the huge range or projects being carried out across the country. The Green Fleadh video was shown also, giving a taste of the great work on Cavan County Council in the last few years, greening that huge event.
Other presentations (click to download)
The Knights of Westfest, now in it’s third year has established itself as a truly unique Irish festival, set amid the backdrop of the amazing Desmond Castle in the largest town in the County Limerick, Newcastle West.
It takes place from the 11th-15th September 2013.
Great music, food, entertainment, fashion, craft …and a little bit of magic!
The ‘Taste of WestFest’ is a two-day food fair which brings everything from live cooking demonstrations and teddy bears’ picnics to demos and exhibitions from artisan producers from across the country.
The Knights of Westfest comprises:
- Limerick for The Gathering 2013 Music Festival
- Street Entertainment
- Knights of Desmond Family Funday
- All Ireland Donkey Derby
- Taste of Westfest
Work already underway with the organising committee to make the event cleaner & greener in 2013. Targets for this year include:
- Preventing waste at the food festival & family events
- Promoting the use of compostable & reusable crockery, glasses etc
- Better segregation of waste
- Water conservation for permanent facilities such as cafes, restaurants & bars in the Square Newcastle West
- Sustainable transport to & from the festival
Further information about the Greening of The Knights of Westfest will be available on www.greenyourfestival.ie this year. See also:
The School year ended on a festive note for the winning children in Mayo County Council’s Christmas Decoration Competition. Cllr. Cyril Burke Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council presented prizes to the winners of the recycled Christmas tree decoration competition at an awards ceremony held in County buildings last week.
Light switches, old plastic bottles, old CDs, egg shells, bottle top and corks were just a few of the materials used to make the Christmas decorations which are on display in Aras an Chontae until the new year. Hundreds of children around the County participated in the competition for primary school pupils, which aims to get children and their parents thinking about how to reuse and recycle materials that might otherwise be thrown away.
Speaking at the awards ceremony Sharon Cameron, Environment Awareness Officer with Mayo County Council said “Every year, I enjoy so much receiving the Christmas decorations from the school children and I am constantly amazed at their creativity – turning every type of waste into beautiful decorations – it really shows us all how much we needlessly throw away. This year we have received a beautiful array of decorations including Cribs, miniature Christmas trees and lots of Santa decorations. Visitors to County Buildings in the last week have being enjoying the display and there have been lots of compliments for all the children who took part”
Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Cyril Burke who presented the prizes to the winning children added his congratulations “It is great to see the creativity of the young people and it gives us great hope for the adults that they will become; I congratulate the children and their parents and teachers for making such a great effort in participating in this competition”
This year the parents of the children were presented with a copy of the “Stop Food Waste, 12 days of Christmas” booklet which is packed full of ideas on how to use them Christmas leftovers and help to reduce food waste.
Five County winners were chosen this year and many more children received special merit awards. The winning children in the 2012 competition were:
- Laoise Geraghty, St. Colmcille’s NS, Westport
- Nathen Blanquier, Behy NS, Ballina
- Amy Gaynard, Mountpleasant NS, Ballyglass, Claremorris
- Ciara Varley, St. Feichin’s NS, Cross
- Ewan Cafolla, Breaffy NS, Ballina
Congratulations and Christmas Wishes to all who participated.
Here are pictures of some of the fabulous and inventive decorations. Click on each to see a higher resolution photo:
In Cavan the County Council has produced an advertisement to be published in the Anglo Celt newspaper, in support of a Green Christmas and food waste prevention.
Limerick City and County Councils have produced a factsheet to promote a green Christmas with a lot of information about food waste prevention, recycling and other initiatives locally.
To see the Cavan advert click here
The Great Limerick Run 2013 is going green! Scheduled for May 5th 2013, this event will see 10,000 runners take to the streets of Limerick cheered on by 30,000 spectators. Greening the run will focus on preventing waste, using compostable disposable products, encouraging smarter travel to and from the event, choosing tap water to prevent waste and encouraging healthy eating and the prevention of food waste during the training period before the run. This initiative is part of the Green Your Festival progamme of LAPN.
From early January there will be a newly created page on the website: www.greatlimerickrun.com with greening tips for all runners and supporters. Other complementary events to the Great Limerick Run will include greening the Run Expo which will be held at the University Arena on 3rd and 4th of May and the Children’s run also at the Arena on May 4th.
For more information on The Green Your Festival Programme all over Ireland go to www.greenyourfestival.ie
For more information about greening the Great Limerick Run contact:
Pauline McDonogh, Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Management Office
Tel: 087 2755538; 061 496844
Limerick City Council and the Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Management Office have been working with a housing estate in the city to raise awareness about household hazardous waste & to see how difficult it would be to get residents to switch some of their products to more environmentally friendly options.
The project involved awareness raising and training of householders about how to reduce their consumption of hazardous materials and the prevention of subsequent waste, by using more environmentally friendly cleaning options in the home.
Limerick City Council and the Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Management Office used their household hazardous waste guide as a springboard for this work.
The project was facilitated by a Tidy Towns committee and Limerick City Council now plans to roll it out to as many Tidy Town groups as they can in 2013.
The workshops are targeted at small to medium size businesses that produce food waste. The workshops provide advice on how to improve their efficiency in reducing the food waste produced and give practical examples showing how much can be saved through food waste control.
The first event was held in Cobh on November 27th last, and 30 companies attended. The next one will take place tomorrow 4th December, at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty, from 10.30am until 12noon.
Coleman Kelly of Cork County Council will talk on the food waste regulations 2009.
Colum Gibson of Clean Technology Cork will talk on reducing waste costs in food Business.
For further information contact: Miriam Kiely, Cork County Council. by email Miriam.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 087 2046098.