Category Archives: 2014

Donegal Democrat Get Involved

Donegal News 2014 Project Description

Errigal College of Windyhall (Letterkenny) has stepped up to the challenge of partaking in the national ‘Get involved’ initiative, which is promoted locally by the Donegal News.

The help required is for the public at large to donate their old unwanted bicycles, in any condition, which will be recycled by their pupils and made use of by their pupils.

How did the project originate?

After completing a Sky Sports challenge, staff at Errigal College realised that a lot of children don’t own a bike and in some cases have never owned a bike.

Phased plan of project

  • Errigal College public request for any old/new unused bikes (may not necessarily be working but maybe stored away in sheds etc)
  • Collect as many as possible for September
  • Then, as a module, have the School’s transition year class build and repair the bikes from what is available.
  • Aim is to have a ‘rent a bike’ scheme in the school, allowing the kids to have the use of a bike for a deposit of 10 Euro for one month and if the bike comes back the way they got it, they get the 10 Euro back
  • Any bicycle, which is not suitable for repair, will be recycled and the money earned will help buy some essentials like repair kits etc.
  • This project will run for the school year but the intention is it will become an ongoing project continuing as a module in transition year.

During the project:

The project, which is aimed towards ecotourism and resource efficiency, ties in with the School’s green ethos and pushes a healthy agenda as children are encouraged to cycle to school or become more active.

Long term community benefits:

  • Involve students in a positive initiative with obvious resultant benefits;
  • Encourage the School, in its entirety, to be more aware of green issues and student health;
  • Engage the wider community with the School;
  • Ensure students understand the economic benefits of running a scheme of this nature & also appreciate the level of care required when owning a bike;
  • The scheme to be adopted & implemented on a national scale.

Who is or will be involved  in the project

Transition year students and leaving cert applied students (30 in total), 6 teachers and parents. Classes will be timetabled back to back so students have a choice of maintenance and art, as well as enterprise and horticulture.

Some pictures from the Drogheda Independent Get Involved Project

The clubhouse at Marian Park, Drogheda which has been completed – as
of October 2014 – and it now being used by the community.

The eco friendly, state-of-the-art clubhouse at Drogheda Town FC

Long serving members at the demolition of the old clubhouse, Jimmy
Maguire, Joe Furness and Mick Toner.

At the demolition of the old clubhouse, Jimmy Maguire, Joe Furne

An image of the plans for the new schoolboys pitches in Drogheda – as
of present October 2014 – work is ongoing on preparing the car park
area and secure fencing.
The site was a barren parcel of land near the M1 containing builders
rubble from the construction of the motorway.


The new clubhouse at Marian Park.


Images of the new schoolboys pitches  and how they’ve developed.


An overview of the Drogheda Town club 2014


FAI chief executive John Delaney at the launch of the project.

CEO of FAI John Delaney and Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell turning

The car park area at the new schoolboys pitches for Drogheda Town FC.
The area has been cleared in preparation for surfacing. October 2014.



The former dumping area for rubble from the nearby M1 has now been
transformed into playing pitches for Drogheda Town FC. The pitches
will soon be ready for playing on. A number of green friendly
additions are being planned for the area, including tree planting and
picnic benches for families. October 2014.




NEW Street garden in the heart of Waterford city

NEW Street garden in the heart of Waterford city has transformed and given a new lease of life to a derelict site once earmarked for a major retail and hotel development. A terrace of beautifully maintained houses owned mainly by elderly residents were purchased as part of the landbank for the potential development but sadly the development company fell victim to the recession.The houses on a section of the site fell into disrepair and following a spate of anti-social behaviour they were demolished by Waterford City Council. Last January weeds, broken bottles, cans and other litter fought for space on the site.

That was until city based teacher, Edel Tobin – a woman who never takes no for an answer – came up with the idea of a community garden – developed by the community and for the community with everything from labour, expertise and materials provided for little or no cost.

When asked the City Council partnered the project, support was given by staff of the internationally renowned Mount Congreve Gardens, unemployed people involved in the Ballybeg Community Garden project a couple of miles away offered their help as did local retailers, craftsmen such as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, tillers, amateur gardeners, pensioners, children and artists.

Some items had to be purchased and money had to be raised to facilitate a summer programme of activities and the people of Waterford were not found wanting when they raised €10,000 through a Fundit campaign.

GIY also staunchly supported the project and encouraged the development of a herb garden which was planted and is being cared for by city primary school children.

Over a period of six months the site was transformed. Recycles goods such as lampstands, old tyres and broken tiles were given a new lease of life to enhance the community/entertainment space which was formally opened by President Michael D. Higgins on June 20 last.

New Street garden is now an oasis of tranquility in the city centre, with a huge stage it is a venue for live music, it is an open air cinema, it is a garden, it is a venue for major festivals such as Waterford Spraoi, the Harvest and Imagine festivals, an art space, a learning space and above all it belongs to the people of Waterford.

New Street Garden has given hope for renewal, it has instilled pride in everyone involved and amazed spectators and it is a constant reminder there is a use for everything and that good can come from adversity.