Coachford Greenway Set to Benefit Cork Tourism

Inniscarra’s Coachford Greenway was officially opened this past Friday, October 31. It is expected that the official opening of the trail will play a big part in bringing an influx of tourists to Cork. The Greenway, which stretches for 2.8km, is the final touch in the development of Inniscarra Lake as a major attraction for…

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Community of Lombardstown welcomes completion of €40k upgrade to local housing estates

Baile Glas and Gort Na Coille housing estates in Lombardstown are gleaming this week with the completion of a €40,000 facelift to their estates and green areas. The enhancement works which included the upgrading of the green area, refurbishment of pathways, extra tree and shrub planting, improvement to the car parking area, provision of additional…

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Hails Blackwater Outdoor Activities Success

It has been almost three years since Blackwater Outdoor Activities opened their doors in Castletownroche offering an array of fun filled outdoor adventure activities. The company, who are based in Blackwater Castle, have a range of activities that now includes archery, zip line, obstacle course, laser clay pigeon shooting, zorbing and karting. One of the…

Ballynoe Agri Services – Inspect 4

An enterprising graduate has followed her family’s entrepreneurial footsteps after designing a specialist machine to help farmers tend to their herd. Maeve O’Keeffe’s parents Eddie and Linda set up Ballynoe Agri Services  15 years ago, and starting out with a small light engineering business before diversifying into biomass energy with a wood chip depot. Maeve…

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership congratulates Neilus Murphy on NPA/Toplink Innovation Award

At last week’s National Ploughing Championships, Neilus Murphy from Coolagown, near Fermoy, Co Cork, won the highly prestigious NPA/Toplink Innovation Award for his “GrazeMate Drover” fence opening device against competition from 32 other innovators and entrepreneurs. Grazemate Drover is a new, easy-to-use labour saving device for farmers that allows the user to open or close…

Investing in Our Rural Future Facilitating the Role of Volunteers Conference

Investing in Our Rural Future Facilitating the Role of Volunteers – 18th October 2013, Portlaoise, Co Laois Working with colleagues in the Department of the Environment and counterparts in Northern Ireland, this conference seeks to stimulate increased energy and enthusiasm for community led local development in advance of the new Rural Development Programme. The conference keynote…

Clancy Street Park

Renovation works to Clancy St/Redmond St Park and playground have recently broken ground. Contractors V-Plant are undertaking these works which will see an upgraded playground including new equipment, extensive landscaping of the grounds to include a dry stream, the construction of new seating and paving areas and the moving of one entrance from Mary Potter Crescent to Redmond St.…

Are you in Survival Mode or do you want more from your Business?

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership has engaged the services of business coaches, Do Business Smarter, to provide a Training Programme for Owners of Small Businesses, in the Blarney area. Participants will learn the knowledge, skills, real world strategies, and tactics that work for small businesses and that will achieve superior results. The training programme will take place over 7 sessions, during…

Minister Hogan releases €90 million funding under the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan T.D, (24 April 2013), announced the release of €90 million funding for the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013. Minister Hogan said “I am pleased to announce that following a thorough examination of project activity at all stages in the Local…

Minister Deenihan Funding of Heritage Projects under the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht,. Jimmy Deenihan TD, has today (1st February 2013) announced the introduction of a new measure developed by his Department in co-operation with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to fund local heritage projects through the Rural Development Programme. The new scheme makes LEADER funding available…

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Business Marketing Skills Course Places Available

Following the successful delivery of their Business Marketing Skills courses, Avondhu Blackwater Partnership have announced that places are available for the Blarney course, due to start next week. The courses, designed to enhance the Marketing efforts of businesses in the Avondhu Blackwater region are free of charge, take place over 8 weeks and provide dedicated…

Politicians Turn out in Force to Hear Concerns of Local Development Companies

TDs and Senators from all over Ireland turned out in force for an event in Dublin on Wednesday, 23rd January in Buswells Hotel, attended by representatives from ILDN’s 50 member local development companies The aim of the ILDN event was to highlight concerns amongst local development companies about how proposed local government reforms could impact…

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Marketing Course 2013 Places Available: http://wp.me/pqEOi-uK

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership’s Business Marketing Skills courses are due to return in January 2013 and we are now accepting Applications for places on the programme. To date over 14 new positions have been created by employers who have participated in the training, in addition to those who have seen surges in their sales and revenues…

Business Owners, are you in Survival Mode or do you want more from your Business?

Business conditions are tough at the moment. The rules of success are the same but the game has changed. Avondhu Blackwater Partnership has engaged the services of Do Business Smarter to provide a Business Growth Programme for Micro-Enterprises in the North Cork area. Participants will learn the knowledge, skills, strategies, and tactics, and will have…

Are you interested in Rural Development and would like to pursue a third level qualification?

Applications are now invited for the Diploma and Bachelor of Science in Rural Development by Distance Learning starting in Autumn 2012: University College Dublin in association with University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Galway and National University of Ireland, Maynooth have developed a collaborative taught programme for people interested in a Diploma and/or Degree…

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Welcome the opening of “The Farm”

Following the successful launch by Joanne O’Riordan, of The Farm in Grenagh last week, Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Chairman Sean Hegarty welcomed the project coming to fruition. Avondhu Blackwater Partnership were able to contribute almost €200,000 towards the tourism and heritage project which seeks to showcase the 1950-1970’s era in rural Ireland, and in particular the…