Tidy Towns Update August 2017


There was a great response to our flag day on Friday, 18th August.  Contributions amounted to €1395 .We thank all those who contributed so generously and assure you your money is making a difference. Thank you also to our volunteers who manned the tables on the day.


To those traders in town who responded so generously to our letter appeal, we are very grateful. Your contributions make it possible for us to take on projects which make Charleville a more attractive place in which to shop and conduct business. Some receipts have already been issued and the remainder will shortly be distributed.


Many of our projects involve the use of equipment and CPH have consistently supported us in this regard. Your assistance, which is so generoulsy given, is acknowledged and greatly appreciated


Thank you to the Vale Star who have helped us reach a wide audience by their willingness to publish all the notes and articles we submit to them.

We also thank Charleville Chamber for including our notes on their website.

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Charleville Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic 2017

Charleville Golf Club ambassador David O’Sullivan, James Foley, Sales Director Cavanagh’s Charleville and P. J. McCarthy, President Charleville Chamber with the Ford Mondeo car that could be won for a hole-in-one at the 16th in the forthcoming Charlevilel Chamber Golf Classic at the club on the 26th May next.

Charleville Chamber of Commerce will be running a Golf Classic in conjunction with Cavanaghs of Charleville and Charleville Golf Club on Thursday 25th and Friday May 26th at Charleville Golf Club.

Charleville Chamber is a voluntary local body, the members of which are elected annually and give up their free time to promote Charleville as a location for commercial, retail and industrial activity and as a residential centre. We are currently working on projects such as CCTV Installation in the town, Renovation of Moatville House, Engineering Cluster and Promotion of local businesses. The management of these projects requires a certain amount of finance hence our need to become involved in fund raising activities.

The format for the Golf Classic will be a ‘Champagne Scramble’ with teams of 3 taking part. The price of a team is €180 which includes tea/coffee and scone on arrival, snack bag for the round ahead and carvery dinner and dessert on completion of the round.

Prizes include 14 Four Balls at some of Ireland’s best Golf courses including Castlemartyr Resort, Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, Glasson Country House Golf Club, Dooks Golf Club, Rosslare Golf Club, Kinsale Golf Club and Dingle Golf Club.

There will be 4 Ball prizes for

Best Ladies Team

Best Seniors Team

Longest Drive (Men & Women)

Nearest to Pin (Men & Women)

The Star Attraction will be an amazing prize of a Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi ST-Line x Car to the value of €31,000 from Cavanaghs of Charleville for a lucky golfer who gets a hole in one on the par 3 16th hole.

There will be ancillary prizes of

3 Night Holiday in Marriott Praia del Ray, Portugal

2 Night Golf Trip for 4 people to Marriott Forest of Arden

For a Hole in 1 on the other two Par 3’s on the course.

There is also the opportunity for any businesses to become a sponsor for the event with your company name appearing on an 8 X 4 display on the day. Any company that would be interested in becoming a sponsor can contact Sean on 063 33133.

It promises to be a great occasion so get practicing your swing.

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Tidy Towns Clean Up Weekend

Charleville Tidy Towns is appealing to all residents of Charleville to come out this weekend (5th – 7th May) to clean up the area where they live. We hope that residents associations will get involved and encourage everybody to take part in their own neighbourhood.  We would like to see residents of all housing estates, residents of all approach roads as well as residents of all streets, lanes and roads in the town itself to take pride in the appearance of their own patch and have their own locality spic and span. We are aware that some areas have already done a clean-up and we thank them.

We are making a special appeal to all organisations and associations, especially those bodies engaged with young people, i.e. the GAA, Camogie, Soccer, Rugby, Scouts to encourage their members to turn out in force to ensure their grounds and surrounds are litter free.

Charleville Tidy Towns will facilitate the clean up by having a supply of bags available. Please contact Councillor Ian Doyle (087 6644654) for same.  Cork County Council will ensure all litter will be collected as soon as possible after the clean-up is completed.

Charleville is a wonderful place in which to live. It is our town and our responsibility to make it as pleasant as possible a place to live in, work in and play in. Let’s show our pride in our town by taking part in the clean up this weekend.


The anti-litter challenge, run by Cork county Council starts on Monday, 8th May. There will be three judging periods, 8 -17 May, 22 – 31 May and 6 -14 June. During these dates, adjudicators will visit and judge our streets, residential areas, green areas and school/service areas according to the presence/absence of litter. We appeal to everyone to be conscious of disposing of their litter in the bins provided and their cigarette butts in the appropriate receptacles. We appeal to residents of all estates to keep their roadways and green areas litter free. We appeal especially to the owners of licenced premises, fast food outlets and bookmakers to be vigilant and spend a few minutes each morning to ensure the footpaths outside their premises are litter and cigarette but free.


As reported in the Vale Star on 13th April, the Fermoy Municipal District Streetscape, Painting& Signage Scheme was launched recently. Tenants or owners of buildings can avail of a grant of up to 50% of the cost of painting the facades along the street. Dulux has also committed to giving a 20% reduction on the cost of the paint. Charleville Tidy Towns volunteers have visited many of the businesses in the town, mainly on Main St, and distributed brochures and application forms. If we have missed out on your business please contact Cork County Council Office on the Cork Road to obtain your application form. Closing date for receipt of applications in 12th May.





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Charleville C.B.S. ‘Ditch Your Cabon Cup Print’ project celebrates a double success story!

(Back Row L-R: Conor Buckley, Paul Drinan, Brian Clifford, Eamonn O’Sullivan

Front Row L-R: Luke Moore, Jack Twomey, Thomas Foley)

The project  ‘Ditch Your Carbon Cup Print’ was announced by Young Social Innovators as the 2017 Winner of Make our world Greener Challenge. As the winner of one of the eleven YSI Challenges, the project is also in the running for the overall Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards and is invited to present to a panel of judges at this year’s ceremony on May 11th in the Convention Centre Dublin.

The project has also qualified for the national Final of the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalists Awards.

The ECO-UNESCO Young environmentalist Awards is Ireland’s biggest all-island celebration of youth ECO-Action. Since 1999, the ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards has recognised and rewarded the environmental actions of thousands of young people 12 and 18 who are working to protect, conserve and enhance our environment through local environmental action projects, making a difference to their lives and the lives of others locally and globally

Three students from the project team recently travelled to the semi-final stage of the competition at the Munster ECO-Den. They impressed a panel of expert judges by pitching their eco-action project to secure a place in the Final, which takes place on May 23rd at the Mansion House in Dublin. There was great excitement at Charleville C.B.S when the project was shortlisted for the Eco Unesco Final, where they will join over 80 other groups from around Ireland.

Project summary

‘Ditch Your Carbon Cup Print’ is an environmental project. The main aim of the project is to reduce Carbon Emissions (C02) locally and nationally by encouraging people to bring their own reusable cup and ditch the disposable paper cup when getting a take out beverage in garages and coffee outlets throughout the country. To kick-start the idea, the students have organised a ‘Ditch Your Carbon Cup Print’ (DYCCP) week in Charleville, May 15th -19th. It is hoped that, during this designated week, people will get a discount on a beverage when they bring their own reusable cup when buying a take out beverage from shops and garages in the town. To ensure the success of the designated DYCCP week the students sought the help, support and advise of the Charleville Chamber of Commerce. Mr. P.J. McCarthy and Mr. Sean Fitzgibbon from the Chamber offered invaluable advice and encouragement to the students. The Chamber will mentor the students in this Endeavour and lend its support to the project. The students described their meeting with the Chamber as; ‘educational, insightful, a good learning curve and reported that their confidence in the work of the project had grown.

The students intend to collect relevant data for their project by conducting a survey in the town, before and during the designated ‘DYCCP’ week. The survey will address people’s attitude to: the environment, CO2 emissions, the use of the disposable paper cup versus the use of a reusable cup and the environmental cost to the planet.

In the course of their research, the students have formed links with like-minded people involved in similar projects in countries such as USA, Denmark and Sweden. One of the perceived problems with bringing your own reusable cup for a take out beverage is the inconvenience of the standard available reusable cups. During the ‘DYYCP’ week, it is hoped that a compact, collapsible, totally sealed, reusable cup, which is extremely convenient when on- the –go, will be available to purchase in Charleville. The school will approach local businesses for sponsorship, which under the C.S.R. (Corporate Social Responsibility) scheme might consider donating funds to ensure the success of the ‘DYCCP’ week. Business can benefit from such sponsorship in a number of ways:

  • Recognition and Public Relations exercise.
  • They are contributing to the Education of the students in Charleville (experientaial model of learning) and educational initiatives such as Homework Club, CodeBro’s Coding Club, Social and Scientific Project work.
  • They can include their contribution in their C.S.R. scheme.

The work is ongoing and the students are relying on the support of the local people in ensuring that their project is a success. People can help the students in this initiative in a number of ways by:

  • participating in the surveys conducted before and during the designated ‘Ditch Your Carbon Cup Print’ week.
  • taking a reusable cup for their daily take-out beverage to their favourite coffee/beverage outlet during the designated week.
  • buying the new compact, collapsible, totally sealed, reusable cup.The proceeds of which will go to the school for educational initiatives, such as: homework club, CodeBro’s club, social and scientific project (B.T. Young Scientist, Young Social Innovators, Eco Unesco Young Environmentalist Awards etc)
  • Providing sponsorship under the C.S.R.scheme.

Pending the success of this week the students will build on the project and advance it further. The ‘Ditch Your Carbon Cup Print’ week will provide a model, which will be presented to the Department of the Environment and the EPA for consideration to be rolled out nationally. Such a campaign would be established as an annual designated week/fortnight held throughout the towns and villages of Ireland. We envisage that once established, nationally, the initiative will be lead by local TY students. Charleville C.B.S. will provide schools interested in participating with a ‘DYCCP’ Education Pack, which will enable them to organise, host and evaluate their local  ‘Ditch Your Carbon Cup Print’ week.

The group are calling on the support of the public to vote for their project for the ‘People’s Choice Award 2017’, an award decided by online public poll. Voting is open from 2nd until 15th of May on www.ecounesco.ie and the winner will be announced at the Final.




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Importance of Networking



NETWORKING is the single most powerful marketing tactic to accelerate and sustain success for any individual or organization! –

Networking is about making connections and building enduring, mutually beneficial relationships.

Ultimately, it’s not about who you know … but WHO KNOWS YOU!!

Ask any senior executive, politician, community leader or successful salesperson which single skill or habit helped them excel in their career – an overwhelming majority will respond with one simple word… Networking.

We are constantly bombarded with advertisements, emails, status updates, special offers, and sales pitches creating a cluttered message. Personal relationships enable you and your organization to stand out, rise above the noise and remain top of mind.

Relationships are the catalyst for success.
People do business with those they like and trust.
Serve as a resource, help others succeed.

Networking provides the most productive, most proficient and most enduring tactic to build relationships.

To succeed you must continually connect with new people, cultivate emerging relationships and leverage your network.


-Learn dynamics within your industry
-Establish your business contacts
-Get “plugged in” to your community
-Seek new career opportunities

-Facilitate win-win relationships
-Create your referral networks
-Accelerate your professional development
-Develop knowledge resources

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St Josephs Foundation Job Shadow Day


Over 1000 jobseekers and employers set to team up for Job Shadow Day 2017

The Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE) is pleased to announce the tenth annual Job Shadow Day (Wednesday 26th April) and will see hundreds of people with disabilities take the opportunity to shadow a workplace mentor as he or she goes about a normal working day.

Job Shadow Day is designed to give people with disabilities the unique opportunity to get a close up look at the world of work for one day in April each year, to discover and learn about the skills and education required to compete and succeed in the work place.

Job Shadow Day brings people with disabilities and local employers together to highlight the valuable contribution people with disabilities can, and do make in the workplace. Last year, close to 800 individuals with a disability shadowed at over 500 employment sites in Ireland, with 55 securing a permanent job placement as a direct result.

Everybody is encouraged to open their doors to ability and inclusion. Previous high profile participants who have hosted a ‘shadow’ for the day are: An Taoiseach, Norah Casey, Ray D’Arcy, Ryan Tubridy, Feargal Quinn, Padraig O’Ceidigh, Neven Maguire, Brendan O’Connor, Ken Doherty.

Sean Gallagher, entrepreneur and business writer: “I would encourage all employers to get involved with IASE Job Shadow Day 2017 and to embrace a positive belief in the workplace abilities and talents of people with disabilities. As someone who has faced many challenges in business and life, I am very aware of the many challenges people with disabilities have to overcome.”

“Research continues to show that a diverse workforce leads to increased productivity, innovation and improved business performance. Supported employment only works because it makes good business sense.”

Senator David Norris: “Having participated in Job Shadow Day I know how important it is both for the individual taking part but also for highlighting the fact that a person with a disability can make a significant contribution to the work place. I encourage as many employers and job seekers as possible to take part in this year’s Job Shadow Day 26th April 2017.”

Peter Furlong, Chairman, IASE: “This event has grown, year on year, since it started in 2007. It’s been a real success in capturing people’s attention and bringing people from all walks of life together to celebrate and promote the very worthwhile contribution people with disabilities make to the workplace.  Having had people the calibre of Norah Casey (Harmonia), Orla Moran (Irish Jobs.ie), An Taoiseach Enda Kenny amongst others champion this initiative is an endorsement of the business case of employment for people with disabilities.

“We want to build on this success and keep on breaking down barriers to the workplace which, despite much progress in recent years, still remains a significant issue for people with disabilities.”

This truly is a great opportunity to promote inclusive business and employment.

Employers and job seekers interested in participating in Job Shadow Day 2017 are invited to register their interest at www.iase.ie

Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE)

The IASE is the only organisation in Ireland whose unique sole function is the promotion of employment for people with disabilities. The IASE believes that everyone should experience the dignity & purpose of a job and works to inspire organisations to transform people’s lives through supported employment.

IASE Job Shadow Day

On Wednesday 26th April 2017, hundreds of individuals with disabilities throughout Ireland will be afforded a unique opportunity to shadow a workplace mentor as he or she goes through a normal working day at hundreds of employment sites/companies throughout Ireland.
































































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3 Winning Improvements for your Facebook Business Page

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What an amazing asset your Facebook Business Page is for your small business!  Consider it a ‘mini website’ if you like; indeed there are businesses who do not have a website and therefore it is, in that case, your sole or major online presence. Forget for a moment that we now see fewer of our posts appearing in the newsfeed and that we must pay for Facebook Ads to gain visibility. At its very basic, Facebook is a presence online for your business, which is editable without any coding skills, frequently updatable, which carries all your important business information that your customer may need: phone number, opening hours, location. And yes, it’s entirely free! Your business on Facebook can be viewed by anyone anywhere in the world. It’s pretty cool when you think about it.

But are you making the most of this free platform? In this article I’m going to show you three easy ways to improve your Facebook Page, so read on to discover how to improve your effectiveness on your Facebook Business Page.

#1 Optimise your Cover Image for the Mobile Environment

Irish examiner facebook page on a mobile deviceWhen I recently attended a Facebook event in Dublin I learned that one of the major shifts Facebook is seeing is the shift from desktop to mobile. This coupled with the fact that mobile phone usage in Ireland is the highest in the Western World and that Facebook estimates that upwards of 80% of people now use Facebook on mobile, means that you must be designing for mobile now. In short, mobile is now more important than desktop.

Luckily, your Facebook Business Page is already mobile friendly. But is your cover image optimised for mobile? This really matters because your Facebook cover image is one of the largest pieces of ‘screen space’ you have above the fold anywhere on the internet. So read on to make sure you know how to optimise it for mobile.

guinness world records page on FacebookWith the new pages layout the cover image is not interfered with by Facebook in populating buttons or text over it. Therefore you have the ideal opportunity to send a strong message to your audience.

It’s such a pity in this example from the Irish Examiner, of an otherwise very pleasing image, that we’ve lost some of the essential text they want us to read. Notice that some of the text here is too small to be effective on mobile.

The Guinness World Records Facebook page got it just right. The old adage ‘Less is More’ was never truer than it is in respect of Facebook cover images. As you can see large text with few words will be far more effective. I like to recommend a size of 828 x 475 pixels for the Facebook cover. This will look well on both mobile and desktop.

So take a look at your Facebook Page on mobile and see if it measures up.

Optimise your cover image on Facebook for the mobile environment. Mobile is now more important on social.CLICK TO TWEET

#2 Turn on (and use) Audience Optimisation

Imagine if you could get to serve posts to the precise fans on your page that are interested in the particular product or service you’re offering (and not show it to those who are not interested). Well, in fact, you can! Take the example of a Pharmacy Page and a new nail varnish that the manufacturer is aiming at females under 25. It’s all the rage. The new brand has already done much of the legwork in advertising to their target audience across multiple platforms. All this Pharmacy needs to do is to let their fans know that they carry the brand in order to raise awareness and increase sales. A post like this will be of no interest to the 52 year old diabetic male who liked the page because the Pharmacy also posts health care tips weekly. What this functionality on Facebook will do is allow you to show this post to females under 25 only, thereby increasing engagement among this audience and eliminating friction among the rest.

Turn on audience optimisation for your posts on Facebook to reach the right people on your page.CLICK TO TWEET

“Sounds great”, I hear you say. “But how?”

Pages with 5000 fans or more have this feature enabled by default. In my experience however, many small businesses do not have sizable pages like this and therefore they need to go to the settings to turn it on. You will know at a glance if you have it available to you by looking at the icons on the window where you start a new update.

no audience optioisation

The example above does not have the feature enabled and the one below does. You’ll know by the extra ‘target’ icon.

audience optimisation enabled

If you have not enabled it before now, here’s how you do it. On desktop or laptop navigate to your ‘Settings’ on the top right of your Business Page. Ensure you are on the ‘General’ tab and look for ‘Audience Optimization for Posts’ or ‘News Feed Audience and Visibility for Posts’. That’s right; Facebook has titled it 2 different things in the Pages that I manage.

how to enable audience optimisation


Click edit, put a check in the checkbox and save.


enable audience optimisation

Use this tactic on larger pages as it won’t work well on a Page with a small following because there won’t be enough fans to segment. You’d want at least a few hundred fans on the page for this tool to work well.

#3 Invite people who have Liked A Post to Like Your Page

This is a great growth hack for your page which is often overlooked by small business owners. Not using is it such a lost opportunity. If someone has seen your post in the Newsfeed and reacted favourably to it, then it’s reasonable to assume that they have liked the piece of content you shared and are probably therefore interested in your business. However, some of these people have not liked your Page and will not see your future content. You’ll wonder how did someone see my post if they haven’t liked my page. Well, firstly, this may have been a Facebook Ad that you ran or a boosted post. It may also have been a great piece of content you posted that was liked and shared multiple times and therefore friends of your fans got to see it. They liked what they saw and therefore liked the post. These are the people that I am talking about. You will ideally want to get them on to your page.

Give people the opportunity to like your Facebook page if they have liked one of your posts.CLICK TO TWEETTo do this after you’ve had a successful post, hover over the reactions to the post and click. It will bring up this window. Click ‘invite’ on those profiles who have not already liked your page.

invite people who have liked your post

They will then get a notification on Facebook to like your page. Of course they can still choose to accept the invitation or not. The ones who will accept your invitation at this stage are those who will be valuable additions to your community.


So what to do next? Firstly, take action on these three tips, if not today, make some time in your diary to do so. Secondly, consider downloading the Checklist mentioned on this page that will give you these three tips plus ten more absolutely free. And finally, do like my Facebook Page to get more tips and updates about online marketing.


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On Saturday 11th March, 50 students from the Musica Fusion School of Music Orchestra in Charleville headed off to Galway to perform at the “Coole Music Festival”.  Five Orchestras from around the country were chosen to perform at their 10th anniversary concert.  The School’s two orchestras, junior (ages 4 – 11) and senior (aged 12 to adult) performed together, playing a varied 15 minutes program to a captivated audience.  They performed pieces by Tchaikovsky and Strauss as well as delighting the audience with works by John Williams and Ennio Morricone.  Entry to the festival was sponsored by Da Vinci Creative.

It’s been a wonderful 2017 so far for these orchestras.  The Musica Fusion Junior Orchestra, won the Junior Conducted Ensemble competition in St. Mary’s Cathedral at the Feile Luimni in January.

The Orchestra is free and open to all members of the public who play an orchestral instrument (grade 2 and above).  At present the Junior Orchestra rehearse on Fridays from 5.45pm to 6.15pm and the Senior Orchestra rehearses on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm.


Musica Fusion School will be moving in a few weeks to its new premises at the Pavillion Cinema and fund raising will begin in earnest for the orchestra.  Because the orchestra has grown so much, presently 65 members, they can no longer perform in any of the local venues so they will be fundraising to build a large stage in the upstairs of their new school where they can rehearse and perform.  They also need new instruments so as to be more inclusive of students from outside the school.  If anyone would like to sponsor the Orchestra or contribute to the fund raising effort, please contact the school musicafusionschool@gmail.com.  Videos of their concert performances can be seen on facebook (musica fusion school).

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Charleville Chamber Golf Classic

Cavanagh’s of Charleville, the well-known and biggest Ford Main Dealership outside of Dublin, will mark the Ford 100 centenary in Charleville by being the main sponsor of a fund raising Golf Classic in aid of Charleville Chamber, to be held over the weekend of 26th May next at Charleville Golf Club.

The event was launched at Charleville Golf Club last Thursday in the presence of Cavanagh’s of Charleville managing director Martin Condon, Cavanagh’s sales manager.  James Foley, the golf professional at Charleville Golf Club, Mark Collins and the President of Charleville Chamber, P.J. McCarthy.

Launching the golf classic Mr. Condon said that all at Cavanagh’s of Charleville were delighted to be associated with the upcoming event as they recognised the important work that Charleville Chamber was doing for the town of Charleville.

“Cavanagh’s Garage has been in Charleville over forty years and in that time we have seen our business grow and make a significant financial contribution to the local economy through the employment we have generated.

“It is hugely important that we have a business oriented and proactive body like the Chamber working to attract more business and facilities into the town., thus helping the townspeople and those living in its hinterland to prosper from the employment generated by local entrepreneurs and business people.  We are delighted to be in a position to support them in this endeavour”, he said.

Welcoming his comments the President of the Chamber, PJ McCarthy said that Cavanagh’s Garage had provided valuable employment opportunities for many people since they set up business in Charleville, where they currently have 65 employees on their payroll.  “Cavanagh’s of Charleville have won numerous national awards recognising the excellent customer care service they provide and the commitment and dedication of their staff.   They look after and value their customers and reap the rewards accordingly, and they set the bar for other industries in the town and area.  We are delighted they are our main sponsor for our golf classic especially in this year when the Ford Motor Company are celebrating the centenary of their foundation.

“Charleville Chamber continues to seek to put in place the conditions to attract more inward investment into Charleville and to create a safe and pleasant environment in which to live, work and play.  We have a great relationship with the traders and businesses of the town, and the past weekend has seen the close of the tendering process for the erection of a CCTV system where cameras will be placed strategically throughout the town to ensure the safety of traders, shoppers and motorists.  The system will be monitored at the local Garda Station and will become operational in the coming weeks,” said Mr. McCarthy.

Teams in the golf classic will consist of three golfers competing in the champagne scramble competition at a cost of €180 per team.  This also includes refreshments before the start of the game and a meal afterwards as well as a goody bag and the chance to win a top of the range Ford car at a par three feature hole.

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Charleville E Centre Facilities

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