This is Just the Beginning

Prophetic words “This is just the beginning” was a comment on a post I shared on facebook about the water crisis in Cape Town. You can read The Guardian article here. They are calling this a one in 384 year drought. It’s another step in the climate changed direction. Also on my facebook feed this morning wasContinue reading “This is Just the Beginning”

Lisdoonvarna Sustainable Economy Vision

In September 2017 the Transition Year students at Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna embarked on a project to show what a sustainable local economy might look like in a thriving Lisdoonvarna. They took a one day trip to Cloughjordan Ecovillage where they had a tour of the local bakery, visited the community farm, ate localContinue reading “Lisdoonvarna Sustainable Economy Vision”

Lisdoonvarna Heritage Week 2017

Here’s a link to a collage with photos of how our 16 events over 8 days of heritage week went. – Lisdoonvarna Heritage Week 2017 at the Spa Wells –  Despite all of the rain we had a great time! Here is a link to a report about the week LHW17 report Thank you to everyoneContinue reading “Lisdoonvarna Heritage Week 2017”

Local Food in Lisdoonvarna

“We are passionate about people working together for a world where we all share responsibility for the future wellbeing of our planet and ourselves. We aim to provide access to good local food for all” taken from Incredible Edible Todmorden website Lots of activity at this time of year in a tourist destination. All the hustle andContinue reading “Local Food in Lisdoonvarna”

Meeting Minister Naughten

On Tuesday May 2nd 2017 at 2pm I sat in my car at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, linked into Leinster House for a meeting with Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment via mobile phone. If you know how the Irish system works you will appreciate the achievement in this. Thank you to my colleaguesContinue reading “Meeting Minister Naughten”

For €395 You Too Can Discuss Homelessness but thankfully the reduced rate is €295! Plus VAT of course

Just as they do in energy, healthcare, education etc there is a “Social Housing Summit” purporting to cover: “Planning, Building & Delivering Our Social Housing Needs  This event will be of real interest to all housing specialists, local authorities, consultants, social workers, housing agencies, government departments, regulators, universities, suppliers and manufacturers to the sector. A one-day conferenceContinue reading “For €395 You Too Can Discuss Homelessness but thankfully the reduced rate is €295! Plus VAT of course”

Get a Job!

Today I had an appointment with Intreo, a government department that “offers practical, tailored employment services and supports for jobseekers” It’s a one stop shop to get you off welfare and back to work. I was concerned that there may be pressure put on me to get a job or go back to education but thankfully that wasn’t theContinue reading “Get a Job!”

Proposal for Comprehensive Public Participation in Irelands National Energy Transition Plan

As some of you will know I have spent the past number of years advocating for the People’s Energy Charter request for comprehensive public participation in Ireland’s National Energy Transition Plan. A brief synopsis of the outcome is here and more in-depth report on my work is here. The questions everybody asks are “What isContinue reading “Proposal for Comprehensive Public Participation in Irelands National Energy Transition Plan”

Brief Update on Transition in Ireland

My latest blog was written for the Transition Network ‘International’ series – an insight into national transition hubs. I detailed the work and achievements of the People’s Energy Charter. You can read it here. Meanwhile I am contemplating where to next. At a recent event in Cloughjordan Eco Village about 40 people were exploring how to accelerateContinue reading “Brief Update on Transition in Ireland”