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Hi Ivan, Here is an update on the relocation of Clonakilty Market. Contact me if you have any questions.
Thanks for your support

Clonakilty Market
Every Friday (rain or shine)
(9am – 2pm)

As of Friday, 23 Oct 2009 Clonakilty Market, which has become a pleasant weekly feature of Clonakilty town life, will temporarily relocate to an area a short distance from where they have been trading since April 2009. The laneway, Recorders Alley, which connects Pearse Street to the Kent Street car park will be the temporary location for the Friday market.
The move follows the request by the council after a vote in August that traders vacate the Credit Union carpark. Since then the traders have investigated four possible temporary locations for the market. A lot of goodwill was expressed to rehouse the market and following meetings between Tommy O’Donovan of O’Donovans Hotel and market traders it was agreed that the proposed location would be most suitable.
Following the unanimous August vote which voted in favour a finding a suitable permantent location for the market, councillors and town officials will now proceed with their investigations. The current council fully supports the market and Mayor Anthony McDermott has stated publically that it is something that he would like to have fully resolved within the tenure of his mayorship. It is hoped that the process might take shorter than the 12 months as outlined by Town Hall officials at that meeting.

The market has enjoyed great success and public support since trading began in April. A wide range of goods on offer include locally grown organic produce, plants, flowers, oven baked pizzas, cheeses, breads, baking goods, dressings, meats, olives and much more. All vendors provide high quality foods, much of it organic, that have been grown, produced or sourced by small producers across the country. All are registered with the governing health agencies and the market currently provides employment for 30 people. Some of the fare on offer include:

Fruit & Vegetables
Mediterranean Fare
Gluten-free products
Fresh Flowers
Soups and Relishes
Local artisan produce
Chutneys and Pickles
Coffee and Teas
Smoked Fish
Thai Grill
and more

If you are interested in trading at the market please contact Gerald Kelleher at 087-6775600. All traders must be registered with their governing bodies. Spaces are now quite limited but the Market will operate a waiting list so please make contact if interested.


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The Slow Food West Cork Annual Summer Picnic at Lough Hyne is on Sunday August 30th

A revival of the Somerville and Ross tradition of climbing up the hill overlooking Lough Hyne and enjoying a scrumptious picnic while gazing at the spectacular view!

Last year the rain prevented the climb, but we are assured that the skies will have stopped crying by the end of the month and this year we will enjoy the walk and the view.

The packed picnics this year are being prepared by Susan Fehily of the River Lane Cafe in Ballineen and full details and order form can be found on the West Cork page of the SlowFoodIreland website. Orders MUST be in by Wednesday August 26th/

We look forward to seeing you there!

West Cork Slow Food Convivium
Co. Cork

Web Site: http://www.slowfoodireland.com
Twitter: @SlowFoodIreland

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This news just in from Alison Wickham at Sustainable Clonakilty:

Hi everyone
It is the Council’s intention to request the Gardai to prevent next Friday’s Clonakilty Market taking place. Should this happen it may many months again before this facility is returned to the town.

People, as individuals, may wish to turn up at the Credit Union car park early on Friday to show their interest in the market continuing,

All the best,


Alison Wickham

Secretary, Sustclon Ltd

E: sustainableclon@gmail.com W: www.sustainableclon.com

Ph 023 883 5241

If you have a chance to vote in the local elections in June in Clonakilty town please use your opportunity to question the candidates about where they stand on the market issue.

See also: http://bakingemporiumltd.wordpress.com/2009/04/04/baking-emporium-ltd-clonakilty-market/

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The first of the four part series of the Slow Food MasterClasses series in Urru, Bandon was a great success.
We had a great night with over 20 attendees covering chef (Good Things Cafe)
to Slow Foodies to experienced domestic cooks and new mums. We even had our
first guy via twitter! Proof of the pudding is in the eating and that vast
majority of those who only came for one night last night have signed up for
next week again!

The next one is tomorrow night, Tuesday March 10th, 7.30pm at Urru Cluinary Store, Bandon.

The subject will be Pork in all it’s splendour!

There are a couple of spaces available, so please call Ruth on 023 8854731 or email to slowfoodwestcork@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing you there!

West Cork Slow Food Convivium
Co. Cork

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Martin Carey, Craft Butcher, Bandon

Martin Carey, Craft Butcher, Bandon

Picked up this from the Cork City Slow Food blog. Sounds brilliant and it’s in Bandon too!!
Slow Food West Cork Convivium, Urru Culinary Store, Dan Maloney Meat Centre and Martin Carey Butchers all of Bandon have joined together to provide a unique opportunity to give a masterclass by meat and culinary experts.
Visit the site for full details:

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If I was to bare my guilt ridden soul to the watching world, they would no doubt spot the cherry tomatoes and batons of raw carrot on the middle shelf that were left there by my children. Healthy eating begins at home, and the beginning was fine – they couldn’t speak, didn’t know they had a choice and generally trusted our judgement. But for my seven year old twins that has changed and though we struggle on with vegetable offerings, they are generally declined. I know we’re not alone and that crudités for lunch are enjoyed by but a few children beyond senior infants. But I also know that this is a problem of food culture in Ireland – it’s cultural, not universal and not biological, it doesn’t have to be this way. And thankfully, healthy eating by children is also one negative aspect of our food culture around which there is a huge resolve to change. This week I visited Scoil Náisiúnta an Chroí Naofa in Glounthaune near Cork to get feedback on a new initiative called Taste Buds, from Safefood and ourselves at West Cork LEADER Co-Op. In the process I learned a lot about how a determined school can approach this challenge.

I spoke with Stephen Patterson and Laura Leahy, two teachers from the school who had put a bit of work into evaluating the Taste Buds teaching resource and had given a presentation at its launch in November. Scoil Náisiúnta an Chroí Naofa had worked with the resource developers to pilot the programme in 2007. Taste Buds is a resource for teachers and aims to help children enjoy learning about the origins and production of food and the importance of eating a healthy diet. It consists of eight sessions of about 40 minutes and has extension activities, teachers notes and additional information that really help teachers to work food into their teaching practice.

I found that the first thing I needed to relearn was about how teaching works these days. In my memory of primary school, when we had the maths book open we were doing maths and could expect to have it open for half an hour or so before we opened the science book and so on through English, Irish, history or whatever. Each subject was distinct and linear. But Laura explained to me that she and her colleagues now use a theme based approach that allows them to integrate the 6 subject areas comprising 11 subjects in the primary curriculum. In this way the teacher can hold the child’s interest by digger deeper into a topic, building on what they have already learned and exploring the theme from many aspects. So a theme like the Courtmacsherry whale could be used by a skilful teacher to learn about science, language, art, maths, conflict resolution and so on.

Food and nutrition is a specific part of the curriculum, being included under the subject area Social, Personal and Health Education. It comes under the strand – Taking Care of My Body but Laura explained that can be woven into various topics. “If we were learning about a country, like France for example, then the kids would be fascinated to learn about what the French eat, it’s part of the culture and they are very curious about other cultures. Then we could pick out a resource pack like Taste Buds and use it to learn more about where our food comes from around the world. It’s very well designed and the multimedia part is very good. The feedback from the children I spoke to was that it was cool and exciting and they related well to the characters. The characters and design are very age appropriate, though it would be good if we could have a younger version too. Tastebuds is best suited for 2nd to 4th class.”

I recall a recent tale from school where one of my daughter’s friends was being repeatedly taunted with “You don’t go to McDonalds!”. So I asked Stephen about the challenge for parents and teachers to encourage healthy eating in the face of peer pressure that is conservative about food and very subject to junk food advertising. “None of these things work in isolation, it has to be a whole school approach. It has to be ongoing and integrated and we can’t force children to eat things they don’t like. This year the fifth class planted potatoes in the school grounds, all these ideas help. Peer pressure can be a problem but if you have a teacher that is enthusiastic about food that will really rub off to the pupils. As teachers we talk to each other constantly, discussing the merits of each programme, sharing resources and planning, especially at the start of the year.”

School principal, Aiden O’Brien, told me more about the schools healthy lunch policy which was recently redrafted in consultation with parents. “Healthy eating must be linked to exercise; health needs to be holistic and must be reinforced at home.” The policy has been well received by parents and to my shame Laura told me that it’s quite common for her pupils to have cherry tomatoes bursting from their lunchboxes.

Since its launch in November there has been a great take up of the resource pack by schools – over 1200 have contacted Safefood to obtain the pack. Tastebuds is a follow up to an earlier West Cork LEADER Co-op initiative called foodskool.com and we are committed to an ongoing involvement with schools and parents to create a more positive relationship with food. As a rural development company we are of course keen to facilitate learning about local food and are looking at ways in which we can help children learn about what is produced all around them in West Cork or get involved in growing themselves. If you’d like to find out more about Taste Buds you can access the entire resource online at www.safefood.eu and schools can obtain a free copy of the pack at 1850 40 45 67. Let’s hope that these buds emerge as the green shoots of a more rewarding and nourishing food culture.

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Forgot to mention this before Christmas which could have saved you a lot of gift buying, but we have a fabulous calendar out this year called Beyond Landscape. It features all our own photos from around West Cork in 2008. We’ve been capturing photos for 2 years now as part of an image database. The calendar is available free of charge, just fill in the form on the West Cork LEADER Co-Op website and we’ll post you a copy. Alternatively, click here and download it as a pdf file.

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LEADER Budget at Last

Great news – we finally got word today about the new LEADER programme, an announcement by Minister Eamonn O Cuiv, preceded by a local press release by his colleague Minister Batt O’Keefe – our budget for the next five years will be €14.6M. It will be brilliant to get going on projects again – it’s now two years since we had money to commit to new project ideas. That space hasn’t been all bad of course – for one thing I don’t think I’d have had the opportunity to start this column/blog. But it is very satisfying to be able to help local projects get funding, especially when we’re involved from the early stages and it’s also great to be able to put our ideas into action through our own proposals. We don’t quite have the timeframe to launch date worked out yet, there are a number of steps yet to be completed but the announcement of the group budget is the most significant stage towards programme launch. I’ll add more here soon, perhaps a broader look at LEADER and local food, not just in West Cork but around Europe.

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