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Cloughjordan centre ‘Gets Involved’!

THE Makery, Cloughjordan Community Craft Centre, has been chosen as the Nenagh Guardian’s ‘Get Involved’ project for 2015. The Cloughjordan centre was one of three applicants to this year’s Get Involved programme, whereby loans are provided to community organisations, charities and social enterprises.

Some of the fine artistic creations on display
Some of the fine artistic creations on display

These are loans that may not be available to such groups commercially. The funding is provided by Clann Credo, the social investment fund, which is supporting this Local Newspaper initiative along with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) as main sponsor. Situated in the heart of Cloughjordan on the Main Street, The Makery, Cloughjordan Community Craft Centre, was founded in 2012 as a community venue that promotes arts and crafts as meaningful activities by providing space and equipment for a range of creative pursuits.

Exciting craft workshops for children and adults, beginners and experienced crafters, will run until Christmas. You can also drop in on Mondays and Tuesdays for that perfect handmade gift or a delicious slice of cake. Since its opening, we have adjusted to the ongoing needs of the community. Initially providing food catering for craft class participants in The Makery, we now see the need and potential for a full time café for the wider community.

Craft workshop underway at The Makery in Cloughjordan
Craft workshop underway at The Makery in Cloughjordan

While reviewing our footfall in the last three years, we have come to realise that Cloughjordan is a town of many communities. For us, it has become clear that we need a space for everyone to come together socially under one roof. After visiting ‘The Cottage, Loughmore’, our vision for the future includes a larger social space that attracts all ages and offers lots of possibilities such as a weekly youth night, children’s cooking classes, our ongoing craft classes and selfdevelopment workshops.

This will include a café and shop that sells local arts and crafts, craft supplies and local artisan foods. The café will offer comforting traditional food as well as the current favourites made with as many local ingredients as possible. Furthermore, we are in the process of restructuring The Makery into a co-operative model similar to the Cottage and the East Clare Community Co-Op.

This will allow everyone to feel they are part of it and can contribute if they wish. In October and November, we will be asking our community for the types of things people would like to see. Please look out for us! So, come and meet us over a cup of tea, join one of the many craft classes or just come in for a nosy on Mondays and Tuesdays. You can find us on our website www. and follow our exciting transformation on Facebook cloughjordanmakery.

Second place in the Get Involved Community Initiative Awards 2014 went to Energy Communities Tipperary in association with the Nenagh Guardian. Pictured at the awards ceremony in Athlone were representatives of the co-op receiving their award and cheque for €1,000 from Duncan Stewart, Architect and TV producer and Brian Motherway, Chief Executive SEAI (sponsor). Front row from left: Duncan Stewart, Alan Madden, Jackie Hogan and Garry Cotter (Editor, Nenagh Guardian). Back row: David Ryan (General Manager, Nenagh Guardian), Gearoid Fitzgibbon (North Tipperary Leader Partnership), Con Harrington, Noel Byrne and Brian Motherway. PhotograPh: adrian donohoe

Great North Tipp response for ‘Get Involved’ initiative

The Nenagh Guardian has  received a wonderful response  to the 2015 Get Involved  Initiative, which is sponsored by  Sustainable Energy Authority of  Ireland (SEAI) and supported by Clann  Credo, the social investment fund.  So far, The Guardian has received  three excellent applications from  groups in the region: Comincha Forest  Walk; Cloughjordan Co-operative  Food Incubator and The Makery  Cloughjordan Community Craft  Centre.  Get Involved 2014 saw communities  all over Ireland partner with their local  newspaper to bring about positive  change in the area. People formed  groups and undertook a wide range of  meaningful sustainable projects with  the winning projects sharing a prize  fund of €7,000. These projects aim  to create sustainable employment in  their region as well as enhance their  local community.  In Get Involved 2014, the Guardian  championed a project by Energy  Communities Tipperary, which  scooped second prize in the national  awards at a ceremony in Athlone.  Energy Communities Tipperary is a  local community-run energy retrofit  scheme, which was initiated in North  Tipperary and has run in a number of  parishes since 2010. North Tipperary  Leader Partnership (NTLP) has been  involved with this project since the  outset.  Following the success of last year’s  competition, SEAI are once again  the main sponsors and are kindly  supported by Clann Credo, who  will sponsor a new category, the  Community Impact Prize this time  round. Clann Credo provides loans to  community organisations, charities  and social enterprises, that may not be  available to such groups commercially.  The overall year prize fund has also  been increase this year to €12,000.  Below are details of the three projects  the Guardian has received.


Description: The group wishes to  revive, rejuvenate and add some new  walkways throughout the Cominchas  Forest, which leads up to some  spectacular views of Lough Derg and is  close to Coolbawn Quay.  Plan: There are existing casual  walking trails in the Cominchas Forest  based on existing forest roads which  are not specific walking experiences.  These trails were initiated in  collaboration with Coillte in 1998  by Terryglass Kilbarron Enterprise  Group, a local community group,  and are popular with people in the  community. There is a need now to  develop a ‘circular’ trail, which will  open up the ecology and aspects of  the site to those with an interest in  health, recreation and tourism. This  project will serve as a resource for the  local community from an educational  and health perspective and also as a  resource for the growing number of  holidaymakers who choose to visit this  unspoilt destination.  Team: Ten volunteers  Planned Benefit: This project  will afford an opportunity for  local volunteering groups to work  together in the establishment of  the walk. The project will bring  together Coillte, landowners, farmers,  environmentalists, sustainable  tourism interests all with a shared  interest in the resource that is the  Cominchas Woodland. The creation  of a circular woodland walk which will  have health benefits for its users, it will  allow space for recreation, education  and will also create a resource available  to those wishing for an eco-tourism  experience based on a panoramic vista  of Lough Derg and the surrounding  counties.


Description: A number of small  scale agriculture and food initiatives  in the Cloughjordan area are coming  together to initiate a co-operative food  incubator to add value to what they  can grow locally through processing,  packaging and shared marketing.  Plan: There are lots of small-scale  food producers in the area that  could have more of an impact by cooperating.  Utilising an empty bay in  the North Tipperary Green Enterprise  Park, and the technology of the digital  fabrication lab there, we aim to attract  new enterprise to the area and create  livelihoods, while playing a role in the  rural regeneration of the county. An  objective is to build a business case for  the hub, increase the financial viability  of the individual business entities.  We aim to develop a replicable and  scalable co-operative model that can  be implemented in any community.  Team: Gregg Allen of the North  Tipperary Green Enterprise Centre  Ltd, Cloughjordan will lead on the  formation of a new co-operative  with a number of other stakeholders.  All together there will be 15 people  involved with the scope for many  more.  Planned Benefit: The benefits to the  local community are the potential of  increased livelihoods and ensuring  the viability of small businesses in  the region. This project can play a  part in the regeneration of the area  and attract people to the region. The  co-operative nature of the project will  build increased community cohesion  and identity. It will support the local  economy.


Description: The Makery  Cloughjordan Community Craft  Centre is in the heart of Cloughjordan  on the Main Street. It was founded  in 2012 as a community venue  that promotes arts and crafts as  meaningful activity by providing  affordable space and equipment for a  range of creative pursuits.  Plan: The Makery is a multi-purpose  space open to everyone in the  community. People access it according  to their needs and likes as we offer arts  and crafts for all ages and abilities,  classes for personal growth and  tutoring for specific crafts to sell. It is  a much needed social meeting place  during the day-time and provides the  space for people to sell their wares. The  Honesty Café at the Makery provides  employment, café style food when all  other premises in Cloughjordan are  closed and whenever possible it uses  locally sourced produce.  Team: Six dedicated volunteers.  Planned Benefit: The Makery can  act as a catalyst for cohesion of social  groups and businesses within the  community of Cloughjordan. It can  also act as a meeting space between  existing residents and new members  to the area as they learn how to live  together in this unique town. This  could lead to new businesses in  the community, a healthier social  environment as well as strengthen the  local economy.  Further updates will follow on the  projects in the coming months.