A tradition going back 150 years was severed with the appointment of Ms Una Griffin as Principal to guide the fortunes of C.B.S Secondary School Charleville to succeed former Principal Maurice Keohane, who has taken up a similar post at Midleton, Co. Cork C.B.S.

Ms Griffin joins Deputy Principal Tracey Groome, who was appointed to this position in succession to Timmy O’Callaghan, who retired last June, to give the school its first ever all female management team since it was founded in 1866.  For Una Griffin it was a return to Charleville as she was on the staff at the CBS from 2005 to 2012 when she left to take up the position of Deputy Principal at St. Mary’s Secondary School in Mallow.

“I look forward to working with the staff, board of management, students and parents of CBS Charleville in supporting the education of our students.  It is a privilege to take up the role of Principal in such a fine school with a long tradition in the town.  I will continue to build on the hard work and dedication to education established by the Christian Brothers in Charleville and that continues under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools trust,” said Ms Griffin, who is a native of Cork City.

Both ladies come well qualified to their respective positions as Ms Griffin holds a BA Degree (1998) and Higher Diploma in Education (1999) as well as a Master’s in Education from UCC (2002), a Postgraduate Diploma in School Planning from NUIG in 2007 and Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership from NUIM in 2010.

Tracy Groome, prior to coming to Charleville to replace Deputy-Principal Timmy O’Callaghan following his retirement, was a member of the teaching staff in De La Salle School Macroom from 2001 to 2016.  She also served a 3 year secondment to Waterford School Completion Project with DES.  She holds a Post graduate Diploma in Cooperative Learning from TCD and a Master’s in Educational Leadership also from TCD.

The Irish Christian Brothers first came to Charleville in 1866 when they were invited to the town by the then parish priest Very Rev. Fr. T.W. Croke in 1846.  The school was built with  money donated by local people and took two years to build.  It opened with a staff of four Christian Brothers to accept pupils on the 4th April 1866 when over 200 boys enrolled on the first day.

Over the years CBS Secondary School Charleville has acquired a deserved reputation as a centre for consistent academic excellence claiming many famous personages as past alumni, including former founder of the Fianna Fail Party,  Taoiseach and President of Ireland Eamon de Valera, Dr. Michael Mortell, former President of University College Cork, to mention but two.  Today the school has 325 students and a staff of 27.

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Ditch Your Carbon Cup Print. Charleville C.B.S Secondary School T.Y Group 2017


As part of our Transition Year Programme at Charleville CBS, a number of students are involved in the “Ditch Your Carbon Cup Print” Young Social Innovators project.

The Social Innovation Action Programme for Senior Cycle is a youth-led, team based, action focused programme that enables young people to look at social issues they care about and take positive action to make a difference. Working in teams, social innovators are challenged to identify a social issue affecting them, their communities or wider society and to come up with and implement creative solutions. Each year, thousands of young people, throughout Ireland tackle issues such as health, equality, poverty, safety, and the environment.

“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 will organize a “Ditch Your Carbon Cup Print’ (DYCCP) week in the town of Charleville later in the year. It is hoped that, during the 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 sough 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 endevour 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, Norway 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. The students are currently researching the availability/design of a collapsible, compact, totally sealed recyclable cup. Their research, in this field, has led them to three guys in the United States who have designed a reusable, collapsible cup, which is extremely convenient when on the go.  The students hope that such a cup or similar will be available in Charleville during the designated DYCCP week.

The work is ongoing and the students would really appreciate the support of the local people in ensuring that their project is a success. People can help by; participate in the surveys and by taking a reusable cup to their favourite coffee/beverage outlet during the designated, ‘Ditch Your Carbon Cup Print’ week in Charleville. The date for this week will be announced shortly. Details, news and updates on the project are available on the following:

Twitter account @ DitchYourCCP

School website:

Why not share your thoughts, ideas and any suggestions with the students, contact:


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A delegation from Charleville Heritage Society travelled to Fishguard in Wales over the Christmas period to further discuss the feasibility of twinning the local society with that of the Croesgoch Heritage Society, which is located in the village just outside of Fishguard in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Contact has been made with Martin Roberts the chairman of the Croesgoch group last October and the visit of PJ McCarthy,  Michael Donegan and Michael McGrath was a follow-up to those discussions.  The mutual reaction was that such an arrangement would be beneficial to both organisations as both have a lot in common, such as that both are located in intensive farming areas, albeit Charleville is inland, while Croesgoch is primarily adjacent to the Pembrokeshire coast.  The close-by village of Abereiddy’s Blue Lagoon is the location for a heat of the Red Bull World Cliff Diving Series, which occurs in September of this year.

Martin Roberts, a retired secondary school teacher is the driving force behind the Heritage Group and he is in much demand as a historian delivering after dinner talks and lectures to groups within a wide radius of Croesgoch.  “Our focus is on young people and we organise a local history competition titled ‘Harvesting Our Past’ among the school children, where we ask the children (aged 8 – 13 years) to complete a history project by selecting a topic such as a field, a farm, a mill or building etc., and then to research it and write up the history with assistance from their parents and grandparents so that three generations are involved.  They then submit their project, which is judged by a panel of heritage exerts.” said Martin.

The winners get a trophy and entries have also been submitted to national competition, where the entrants have also been very successful.  They have already been Highly Commended in the UK National Parks Volunteer Awards in 2013, the Age Friendly Community Awards in 2013 and were also winners of ‘The 2016 Welsh Schools Heritage Initiative.’

The Croesgoch Heritage Group was formed by a group of people interested in local history in 2006 and they meet every month in the village church hall.  They organise the exhibition of the children’s local history projects in the vestry attached to the local Baptist Church where the parents and other local people come to view the work of the children.

The village of Croesgoch (which translates from the Welsh as Red Cross) is some six miles from the port of Fishguard, which will be so familiar to the thousands of Irish emigrants from the Munster area, who travelled from the Port of Cork on the ship the ‘Innisfallen.’ when they left the country to seek employment in the U.K in the fifties and sixties.

The outcome of the meeting was that both organisations decided to enter into a twinning arrangement, which will be formalised when the Welsh delegation visits Charleville later on this year.

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Marketing Tips For Small Businesses

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Seven Marketing Tips For Small Businesses

By Avril McArdle, Digital and Marketing Manager at Sage Ireland

Word of mouth marketing1. Assume a budget of zero
So you may not have a marketing degree, a marketing department or a marketing budget. Great! This means that you can start from the best possible place in terms of thinking lean and maximising the return from any spend you do undertake. Even if you do have a marketing budget, why not give yourself three months to work on the “zero budget” plan and see how much you can achieve for no cost. Establish yourself on social media with a Facebook page and Twitter presence and start sharing content and networking. Embrace the centuries old barter system and see if you can swap services or products with your new business neighbours or contacts. Offer rewards or discounts to any customers who refers a friend or for repeat purchases. Remember the old saying that your mother probably taught you, it costs nothing to be nice.

Treat every paying customer for what they are; someone who is helping you progress your business. Appreciate their business, show them fantastic customer service and a friendly manner and let the word of mouth do the rest. Word of mouth is the biggest form of zero cost advertising and managed well it can be what really sets you up in the early months and years, especially in the digital world we now live in where word travels even further, faster.

2. ABC – Always Be Closing
The oldest sales technique in the world is known as ABC – Always Be Closing. This technique has been handed down from generation to generation of sales reps and it’s the first thing every new young, inexperienced sales rep learns on their first day on the job.  In essence, it means being always switched on, asking for the sale, looking for the opportunity or creating the need.

Always be convertingThe ABC principle can also be applied to marketing strategy.  ABC -Always Be Converting. Always be converting means you too should be always on, looking for your next customer, next sale, next person through the door or onto your website. And how you do this is by converting them from a passive consumer of your message into an actively engaged state. Every single piece of communication that your company produces and every interaction you have with your target audience and potential customers should be converting them into a paying customer. Every advert should promote your website or phone number, your shop window should have your website/phone number/opening hours clearly displayed.

If you do deliveries make sure to brand your vehicle and display a call to action. If you have a social media presence make sure to put the “find us on Facebook” on every possible piece of collateral you can. If you are investing in paid advertising like print or radio then make sure to offer a discount or special offer when customers mention where they heard your advert.

Use the ABC technique to think like a salesman and ensure that every piece of marketing activity you produce assists you in also producing a sale lead and analysing where that sale originated from. This means that not only are you focusing on producing results driven marketing but that you actually know what is working for your business and you can then focus your budgets and your energies accordingly.

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3. Look after your star salesperson – your website
Your website is your hardest working sales person, the only member of your team who works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your website is your shop front and is busy providing information on your company long after the shutters have been pulled down for the day. You need to remember that your website is your window to the world and it needs to represent your brand and reflect the tone of voice, design and look of your offline business so ensure consistency of service.

Measure Website AnalyticsThe first and most important rule of managing your business website it to keep it up to date. Don’t rely on a “build it and they will come” strategy for your website. You need to put in some work to drive traffic and keep people engaged. Up skill by doing some digital marketing courses with your local enterprise board, a night course or online tutorials.

Pay per click (PPC) advertising is cost effective and measurable and is also a great tool for targeting the low hanging fruit i.e. the people who are actually searching for information on products or services that you can provide. You can assign a daily budget, no matter how small, and you only pay when someone clicks on your ad and visits your website so there is a guaranteed result from the spend. Google offer a step by step guide to to help you set up an adwords account with them, find out more here.

Learn the basics such as how to measure site analytics so you can measure the traffic and visits to your site and report on it over time so you can measure seasonality and busy periods. Make sure to keep content updated and fresh, especially references to pricing or stock lists and seasonality.

Many small businesses adopt the strategy of developing a Facebook business page as their company website while they are in start-up mode as they may not yet have the resources or budget to develop a fully functioning website. This is a low cost option and can work really well but you need to remember to stay active and involved. Update your content, respond promptly to queries, thank customers for feedback and use images to promote your products/stock/offers.

4. Reward customer loyalty
CRM and Customer LoyaltyCustomer relationship management (CRM) is a marketing strategy that has been around for decades and is one which big organisations use very successfully to better understand their customers’ needs and behaviours in order to give them what they want. Advances in technology have made CRM systems even easier to use and more affordable and can really provide endless amounts of data. To bring it back to basics for a small business, the basic ethos of CRM is all about knowing and understanding your customers.

From the minute you start your business, you should have a customer loyalty programme in place. In its most basic form, this can take the shape of a coffee shop offering a loyalty card which gets stamped with every coffee you buy, buy six and get the seventh free. This principle should apply to every business, giving something back for a big order or repeat business is a way of showing your customers how much you appreciate their business and justifies why they should come back to you instead of a competitor next time (and there are many competitors out there who will take your customers business only too willingly). Everyone loves getting something for nothing, whether it’s a discount or a free coffee or an upgrade and it will make your customers feel good about spending their money with you.

To start taking your customer loyalty and CRM programme to the next level, you can start thinking like a bigger business and use data and technology to manage the process. Recording customer’s details and asking them to opt in to SMS offers or your email newsletter means you can start to measure the frequency of their business with you and how often they spend and what offers or incentives they respond well to so you can start to tailor your programme and segment your customer base by spend/frequency of business/location etc.

5. Collaborate with your customers
A good idea is always a good idea, even if it isn’t your own. A successful business person will always jump at a good idea and make it happen. This is why it’s so important to listen to your customers and really listen to what they are saying. There is no point having feedback forms or score cards if you have no intentions to ever act on the feedback. That’s why it’s also important to be hands on if you are running a small business, being present during the busy times and being there shoulder to shoulder with your staff and customers on the shop floor so that you can meet and greet and ask for feedback.

Responding to customer complaintsSometimes the really obvious things get missed because you are too close to your business and looking at it from an owner/manager point of view. By shifting your focus and thinking like a customer by listening to them and most importantly, ASKING them for their suggestions then you really are in the best place possible to start giving your customers what they really want and now what you think/assume/hope they want.

It’s also really important to have a complaints policy, no matter how small your business. You are never going to have 100% of your customers 100% happy 100% of the time so you need to be able to respond quickly and effectively to any complaint and surprise and delight them with your response. This means you can turn the situation right around and they leave with a higher level of satisfaction and a greater respect for you as the business owner/manager for caring about their custom and wanting to keep them as a customer.

Small business networking6. Work the room
When you are running a small business you need to network, network, network. Becoming part of a community of business owners in your area will help you keep on top of local issues and enable you to get involved. Join communities on LinkedIn so you can connect with similar business owners and share successes and challenges.  Remember the tip about ABC (always be converting) and remember that as the business owner you have a huge part to play in that. Always have business cards or flyers on you to promote your business.

Encourage your friends and family to be advocates for your business and promote it to their networks and think about publicity and promotion opportunities. Big organisations spend a lot of money on experienced marketing and PR teams and agencies but on a smaller scale, all you need is confidence, persistence and a bit of creative thinking. Look after your local media whether that’s the community newsletter, local newspaper or radio station. Get involved in community events and celebrations like festivals and think about giving something back through CSR activities like supporting the local school or charity.

Customer Testimonials7. Blow your own trumpet
Only you can really drive the success of your business and when it comes to the serious business of turnover and cash flow, it really is not the time to hide your light under a bushel and hope that everyone notices what a great job you are doing. You need to tell everyone what a great job you are doing! You cannot be the shy and retiring type when it comes to promoting your business. Seek out testimonials from happy customers and then shout about it, publish them on your website or your shop window or on your social media channels.

Enter awards and shout about it when you are shortlisted or even better, a winner. Never turn down the opportunity to talk about your business, whether that is a speaking engagement at the local chamber of commerce or local school. You never know where your next customer will come from or who you might inspire along the way with your journey or advice. Remember to also share your successes with your team and let them help blow the trumpet too. They will value being part of a company that has just broken even or landed a big deal or celebrated their first year in business. Remember to mark every milestone on your business journey and to shout about it as much as possible.

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Charleville Tidy Towns Update



250 native Irish bluebell bulbs were planted by pupils of CBS Primary School, Charleville on Monday, 21st November in the site behind the graveyard opposite O’Shea’s Hardware. The pupils were assisted by Mr. O’Sullivan, Principal, Ms Casey and Mr. Neenan of CBS and Charleville Tidy Towns volunteers.

The bulb planting represents another step in the development of what we hope will become a little urban woodland. The trees on this site were relocated from the “Charlene, the Cow” site on the Limerick Road in April. Now bluebell bulbs have been planted around the trees and we look forward to seeing them bloom in Spring. Well done and thank you to the boys of 5th class. Your behaviour is exemplary, you are a credit to your parents and teachers. It was our pleasure to work with you. Our compliments and thanks to Mr. O’Sullivan, Ms.Casey and Mr. Neenan.


Charleville Tidy Towns is a voluntary organisation made up of volunteers from the community, working in, with and for the community. We are greatly assisted by Cork County Council, and Tus, without whose help many of the projects we undertake would not be possible. We try to get as many groups as possible within the community involved in our endeavours to improve the environment for all who live and/or work in Charleville and to make it as attractive as possible for visitors. We would be delighted to meet anybody interested in Tidy Towns on Saturday, 3rd December, when we will have a stand in St. Mary’s Secondary School Hall during the Enterprise Town weekend.


Charleville Lions Club are this year again organising a walk/run on St. Stephen’s Day as they have done for the past number of years. This is a valuable fundraiser for Charleville Tidy Towns. We are very grateful to Charleville Lions Club, to John Brady who maps out the route, to the many North Cork A.C. athletes and all runners/walkers who participate. Charleville Lions Club provide refreshments for all in the Scout Hall afterwards and it has proved to be a very enjoyable occasion and an opportunity to stretch the legs, get some fresh air and meet and greet friends who may be home for Christmas. We look forward to a big turnout on St. Stephen’s Day.

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Musica Fusion School Of Music


musica-fusion-logoMy name is Susie Butler and I am the owner and Principal of the Musica Fusion School of Music.  I have a degree in Business Studies but my passion has always been music so combining them both provided me with the opportunity to set up the school.

As a musician, I have gigged with various bands and classical ensembles since I was 16 and have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to travel with my music.  As a music educator, I teach classical, acoustic, electric and bass guitar.  I also teach double bass and I am one of 2 double bassists to play with the University of Limerick Orchestra.

Musica Fusion School of Music was established in September 2015 and has gone from strength to strength, due in no small part, to the quality of our teachers.  Our teachers come from the Irish World Academy of Music in the University of Limerick, Cork School of Music and the locality which is rich in both traditional Irish and Classical music.

Our school offers tuition in a host of different instruments throughout the year, and during the summer months we have many summer camps on offer. We have individual tuition in every instrument from tuba to cello to drums! We cater for students of all ages and can cater for special needs students also.

Having so many different instruments on offer to the public has been a huge challenge in the business as I had to employ multi -talented teachers which are not always easy to come across.  However, I’m proud to say that we have teachers who are not only performers but wonderful educators.  Two of our teachers regularly perform with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and all of them have performed to a very high level.

We have achieved a lot in such a short period of time but it has involved a lot of work!  Although I only teach about 15 hrs a week, the running of the school and the administrative duties keep me very busy!  Perhaps one of the things I am most proud of is our Orchestra.

The Musica Fusion Orchestra started in October 2015 at the Musica Fusion School of Music in Charleville.  It is a free orchestra open to all music students and musicians in Charleville and the surrounding areas.

To date the Orchestra has almost 55 members, children and adults from the age of 4 upwards.  We have members of the school, their parents, students from other music teachers in the area and adults who have played before and wanted to get back into it in a fun and challenging manner.

This year, we have 2 orchestras, a junior and senior.  We rehearse every Friday evening from 5.30 to 7 at the Musica Fusion School.  To date we have done 3 concerts, one of which was a fund raiser for Limerick Animal Welfare which raised €625.

Charleville has never had an orchestra before and we intend to build this orchestra from strength to strength and make Charleville a hub for all the up and coming classical musicians in our town!! Our conductor Sophie Butler, has already taken the orchestra to quite a high standard!  This year we have been invited to perform at the Coole Music Festival in Gort, among other events!

Our orchestra consists of the following instruments at the moment; violins, violas, cellos, double bass, trombones, clarinets, flautists and percussionists.

The orchestra is a present funded by Musica Fusion School of Music who pay the conductor and the insurance and provide the rehearsal space.  The school has also provided the following instruments to the orchestra – trombones, flutes, clarinets, double basses and cellos.  In conjunction with Ballyhoura Development, we also purchased a xylophone for the orchestra.

But, in order to grow, we need the help of some of the local businesses and are hoping to persuade some of them to sponsor an instrument or two! In particular, we have a lot of percussion players in the area who would love to join if we had some orchestral percussion.  Unfortunately, the budget for purchasing instruments has long gone so we need help!  This is one of the big challenges I face.  I want the orchestra to be as inclusive as possible.

The school offers a number of programs that are not available in most other music schools for example: Learn with your child initiative, the instrument bank (which allows students to borrow instruments from the school, especially those that are too expensive to buy like cellos and double basses), free ensemble activity for every student whether its rock band, jazz band, trad band, orchestra or choir. And of course I am most proud of our Little Musicas program.

Little Musicas is program designed to provide a gentle introduction to music by introducing the music concepts in a fun way.  By the end of the 12 week course, the older students, 4/5 year olds should be ready to start on their instrument of choice with a good basic grounding of rhythm and musical concepts.  The parents will also have learnt, or re learnt, in some cases some of the basics and be a valuable help to their child when they start proper lessons.  Last year’s Little Musicas have all began their instrumental musical journey on cello, violin, piano, drums and recorder! The school operates a free lesson term for all parents so, parents can learn the instrument alongside them.

We are the first music school in the country to use the “Coloured Notes Program”, which is program designed to make sight reading music more accessible for dyslexic students.  This program was designed by my 15 year old daughter and won 2nd place in the BT young scientist competition.  Other music schools have already started to implement this program.

Our Music Scholarship program is underway, so far we have 8 businesses on board.  Hopefully in the future more businesses will join up and help us provide free instrumental lessons for those who need it.

I am delighted with the way the first year has gone for the business, it has certainly surpassed my expectations however it was a very difficult business to get off the ground.  We did not qualify for any start up grants, web grants, instrument grants etc.… so everything I have in the business I had to invest in myself with the exception of the xylophone for the orchestra which was purchased in part by Ballyhoura Development. Even the web site was designed by our family (my 12 year old niece and my husband).  It will take a long time to break even but I feel I am on the right track and I am enjoying every moment of it.

Here we are, one year on, we have grown from 4 teachers to 10 teachers and our numbers have quadrupled! Our Scholarship program is up and running, we have a choir, 2 orchestras, 8 rock bands, a trad group, a guitar orchestra, a jazz band and 4 classical chamber groups! The energy and enthusiasm of the teachers is amazing!

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John Donegan elected Chairperson of Cork Regional Chambers




Cork Regional Chambers elects Mr. John Donegan as Chair

At its Annual General Meeting held on Thursday October 6th in Mallow, Cork Regional Chambers elected Mr. John Donegan of Charleville Chamber as Chair for the coming year

Speaking after his election to the position of Chair, Mr. Donegan expressed his thanks to outgoing Chair Ms. Maura Hunter of Mallow Chamber and to the Chamber members for their nomination. Mr. Donegan added, ‘I am looking forward to my term as Chair of the Cork Regional Chambers network and specifically to working with the other Chambers in the Cork region over the next twelve months on issues and priorities which are of shared importance to the region.’

In concluding, Mr. Donegan commented that, ‘the Cork Regional Chamber movement works to promote, develop and coordinate on issues and developments that are of regional economic importance, working to affect positively the economic growth of the Cork region and I look forward to continuing this work to support the promotion of the Cork region’.

Mr. Donegan is Managing Director of Berkshire Financial Planning Ltd, based in Charleville.

John is a graduate of the Cranfield School of Management in Entrepreneurship. He has over 30 years experience in the business development, marketing and financial sectors. He has held posts of responsibility in many voluntary and professional organisations; including Charleville Chamber of Commerce; Ballincollig Business Enterprise Board and Milford Community Development Association.

The Cork Regional Chambers consists of Cork, Mallow, Cobh & Harbour, Charleville, Clonakilty, Kanturk, Midleton & Area and Youghal Chamber.  Representatives from these Chambers meet regularly to discuss and move forward issues of common interest in the region.

For further information please contact:

John Donegan, Incoming Cork Regional Chambers Chair, 086 8138672, E:


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Charleville Tidy Towns 2016 Adjudication Report

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The Tidy Towns results were published last week. Charleville was awarded five marks more in 2016 than in 2015. While it is good to be making progress it was a little disappointing that the number of projects undertaken and the huge input by so many groups and volunteers was not better reflected in the marks awarded.

Throughout the summer it has been encouraging to hear so many comments on how well the town is looking and indeed we did win “Most Improved” in the towns section of the Anti Litter Campaign run by Cork County Council. Great credit has to go to John Moloney and his staff in this regard. Keeping our streets litter free is just one aspect of the Tidy Towns competition. A special word of thanks to all the Tus workers who have done and continue to do great work and are central to all our projects.

If we are to achieve a significant increase in our marks we need the support of the whole community – a small number of volunteers cannot do this on their own.  We acknowledge and appreciate the support of groups such as the Charleville Lions Club,  Kerry Group, Cork County Council and the Flower Club. We thank the business community for their financial support and everybody who supported our flag day in August. Please continue with your support as it is vital to our efforts to showcase Charleville in the best possible light.  Together we can make a difference.

Adjudication Report

Centre: Charleville Ref: 734
County: Cork(North) Mark: 262
Category: D Date(s): 14/07/20


Community Involvement &  Planning 60 (max) 37(2015) 38(2016)
Built Environment and Streetscape 50 37 38
Landscaping and Open Spaces 50 29 31
Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities 50 25 25
Sustainable Waste and Resource Management 50 16 16
Tidiness and Litter Control 90 48 49
Residential Streets & Housing Areas 50 29 29
Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes 50 36 36
TOTAL MARK 450 257 262

Community Involvement & Planning / Rannpháirtíocht an Phobail & Pleanáil:

It is a pleasant task to welcome Charleville to this year’s Tidy Towns Competition. We see from your application that this is your 13th entry and we trust it will be a fortunate one. Your population of 3,650 places you in the category of small towns. We are most impressed at the number and diversity of those agencies and individuals that have given you support over the past twelve months. Your liaison with the local schools is especially praiseworthy. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí. Thank you for your informative town map, with the numbered index of sites and projects. We also liked the historic map for the town prepared by Cork County Council.

Built Environment and Streetscape / An Timpeallacht Thógtha agus Sráid-dreacha:

Charleville gains a lot from its agricultural catchment area and the Kerry Group campus looked impressive for its scale and its well-kept grounds. The industrial estate is neat and tidy, although it could benefit from some softening from tree planting.

We saw the newly-opened Amber filling station and we hope the old site will be redeveloped in due course. St Joseph’s Foundation campus is a great community resource. St Mary’s secondary school is a fine building, within an extensive campus that also incorporates St. Joseph’s and St. Anne’s. This is good planning, having the schools clustered together. We saw the new roof being put on the rear of the national school. The post office looked well. The ESB  substation still deserves screening and the Garda station looked a little unkept.

The Second Wind Bar looked attractive.

Landscaping and Open Spaces / Tírdhreachú agus Spásanna Oscailte:

We found a lot of landscaping that was praiseworthy. We understand what you have to say regarding the fountain. It is a prominent feature and has a certain sculptural quality, even when the water is not flowing. The 1916 remembrance park was commended. We really liked the colour scheme on the newly repainted pavilion. Well done. We commend the attractive garden and bed planting at De Valera Place. The

De Valera plaque is nicely incised in black and gold. We also admired the restored war memorial.

The entrance to the graveyard was neat and tidy. A cherry tree there is under pressure and there are a few dead trees there that should be removed or replaced. At the park we admired the extensive playground. It is a great community resource.

The lavender planting opposite the church caught our eye. It is commended also for being sustainable and for contributing to local biodiversity. We commend the tree and shrub planting at the Aldi store.

Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities / Fiadhúlra, Gnáthóga agus Taitneamhachtaí Nádúrtha:

You are making good progress in this category, especially with the park project.

We were delighted to see the oak tree planting at Meadow Vale, especially on account of the biodiversity that oaks offer, harbouring and nourishing a great variety of birds and insects. We saw an array of ox-eye daisies along the Newmarket road. We look forward to seeing the wildlife information panels that are being prepared by the transition year students.

Sustainable Waste and Resource Management / Bainistiú Acmhainní agus Dramhaíola Inbhuanaithe:

We commend your initiatives in re-use of paper and grass clippings as mulching for the trees, and the prevention of food waste is a great project too.

We commend you for the two charity shops where local people can re-use and recycle items while the charities themselves benefit. It is a win/win outcome. The emphasis now is on the avoidance of waste in the first instance. You will see from the waste pyramid diagram that recycling is the fourth most preferred options, after avoidance, reducing and re-use.

This is topic where guidance can be sought from the County Council.

Tidiness and Litter Control / Slachtmhaireacht agus Rialú Bruscair:

Your work on the control of kerbside weeds deserves praise. The support of the Council in abating the build-up of roadside silt will surely assist your efforts. We commend the way you have encouraged participation by local schoolchildren in your projects.

Residential Streets & Housing Areas / Sráideanna Cónaithe & Ceantair Tithíochta:

Clancy Terrace impressed us and we noted the interesting historic connections those houses have. Meadow Vale estate is well kept and we noted its Garden City type layout. Glen Haven has some imposing houses and the estate was litter-free. Holy Cross Place was well-presented, and its pieta on the island site had been freshly painted. At both Kennedy Place and Oliver Plunkett Place we came across discarded containers from fast food outlets.

Granary Court, on Baker’s Lane, shows a fine restoration of a lovely stone-built building. The four cottages, painted in white and green, are a credit to the residents. Well done. Oakfield benefits from the trees (copper beech and silver birch).

Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes / Bóithre Isteach, Sráideanna & Lánaí:

The ‘Welcome to County Cork’ sign on the Kilmallock Road needs cleaning and clearing. The name sign on the

Newmarket Road was clear and bright.

We saw how limestone kerbstones are a notable feature of the town. They are a heritage item and we were delighted to see so many of them well-maintained.

Concluding Remarks:

We commend you for taking on board all of the comments made by last year’s adjudicator, and for your implementation programme. We look forward to a return visit to the town.

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Derek Curtin Ltd Construction

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Derek Curtin Ltd. is a Charleville based construction company with over 25 years’ experience in the building and construction trade. The company is SEAI registered, C2 registered and fully insured. When local Charleville man Derek Curtin finished his apprenticeship as a plasterer he went straight out to work on his own as a sole trader. 10 years ago he set up Derek Curtin Ltd. and things have gone from strength to strength. Based in the Ballypierce area of Charleville, they are renowned for their high quality work and attention to detail. Derek has 4 direct employees and sub contracts to engineers, plasterers, block layers, plumbers, electricians, painters/decorators, cleaners and architects. All the tradesmen are fully qualified and insured.


Derek Curtin Ltd.’s complete list of building services include;

  1. New House Builds
  2. Extensions
  3. Renovations
  4. Attic Conversions
  5. Conservatories
  6. SEAI Grant Work
  7. Renewable Energy
  8. County Council Grant Work
    (disabled persons grant, essential repairs grant, mobility aid grant)

The company specialises in Council Grant Work. They work closely with local councils and provide the following services

  1. Housing Adaptation Grant (up to €30,000)
  2. Mobility Aids Grant (up to €6,000)
  3. Housing Aid for Older People Grant (up to €10,500)

Insurance Claim Assessment

They offer a complete service in dealing with insurance claims companies and assessors. They specialise in processing insurance claims and restoring your property to the same level prior to the damage. Their assessor can advise on your claim, prepare estimates and negotiate settlements with your insurance company. They deal with all types of losses including;

  1. Water damage (burst pipes, pipe leaks, storm, flood)
  2. Fire and smoke damage
  3. Accidental damage
  4. Subsidence

Renewable Energy

There are many options available to homeowners to make use of renewable energy resources in the home. Renewable energy has many benefits, such as reducing energy costs, our reliance on fossil fuels and our impact on the environment. For homeowners, the most practical renewable energy options relate to space heating and domestic hot water which account for over 70% of household energy consumption.

The following Renewable Energy options are available;

  1. Passive Solar Design
  2. Wood Fuel
  3. Heat Pumps
  4. Solar Panels


Derek Curtin Ltd. is situated in Charleville, right in the heart of Munster. Derek sees this as a huge positive as they can take on jobs anywhere in the province without too much travel time being involved. They are currently very busy, and were even busy during the recession which stands to the reputation they have built up over the last 25 years. Over the years they have been happy to move with the times and new regulations, with health and safety being a major priority within the company. The company hopes to expand again in the not so distant future.

Derek Curtin Ltd. is the company to go to for all your residential and commercial construction services. You can contact Derek on 087 2932330.

For full information on the company, visit the website at

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  • Revamp of the Garden of Remembrance.
  • Hanging baskets on the Main Street in Summer.
  • Relocation of trees from “Charlene” site to site behind the graveyard.
  • Wildflowers at Mannix College.
  • Wildflowers behind Canon Burke Place.
  • The continuous maintenance of the area behind the Library.
  • Revamp of Circle near Amber on the Cork Road.
  • Painting of wall and flowerboxes and maintenance of garden opposite the church


These projects involve significant expense and we would appreciate any contributions which you can give on Friday to allow us to continue our work of improving the environment and image of Charleville. We have further plans and projects to enhance the image of Charleville for 2017.

Our annual flag day is an opportunity for the people of Charleville to support the work which this organisation is involved in. As well as the projects listed above we do clean ups on a weekly basis from April to September as well as participate in the National An Taisce Spring Clean in April. Thank you in advance for your support.

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