Results of Clough survey
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.
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.
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. cloughjordanmakery.com and follow our exciting transformation on Facebook cloughjordanmakery.
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.
COMINCHAS FOREST WALK
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.
CLOUGHJORDAN CO-OPERATIVE FOOD INCUBATOR
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.
THE MAKERY CLOUGHJORDAN COMMUNITY CRAFT CENTRE
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.