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Micheal collins - Challenging Times: Community Endeavour in the Mizen Peninsula

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Micheal gave an insightful account of the challenges facing the Mizen Head community and showed some of the successful projects they have delivered through local fundraising and public funding.

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Micheal collins - Challenging Times: Community Endeavour in the Mizen Peninsula

  1. 1. Challenging Times:Community Endeavour in the Mizen Peninsula Rural Development Conference 30th November 2012 Michael Collins Chairperson Goleen & District Community Council
  2. 2. Introduction Community Activism. Mizen Peninsula. Positives. Negatives. Possibilities for the Future.
  3. 3. My Back Round From a young age I have always been involved in community activities. At present I belong to 24 different groups. From my experiences in these groups I hope to inform you about some of the problems & possible solutions.
  4. 4. Goleen and District Community Council West Cork Community Alliance Cork County Community Voluntary ForumLowertown Development Association Schull IFA Schull Community Alert Schull School Board of ManagementFriends Of Schull Hospital Jerry Carey Walk CommitteeSchull Agriculture Show Committee Goleen Parish Steering Committee Goleen Community Care CommitteeSt Josephs Young Priest Society Kielhangel Graveyard action groupLowertown Tidy Towns Special Scenic Landscape CommitteeWest Cork Rural Transport West Cork Development PartnershipCitizens Info Cork County Joint Policing CommitteeGoleen Festival Committee Castlepoint Pier users association McLeainMemorial Committee Schull Water Action Group
  5. 5. Goleen & District Community Council
  6. 6. History GDCC GDCC was formed in 1999. Thecouncil was set up in response to a growing awareness of the lack of services & the need discuss local issues. 16 community councillors are elected
  7. 7. Mizen Peninsula
  8. 8. Population DED 1911 2002 2006 201118,312 Crookhaven 779 250 239 23018,313 Dunbeacon 588 213 211 19918,314 Dunmanus 664 197 240 23818,315 Goleen 709 260 239 25618,318 Schull 1412 1068 1033 98718,317 Lowertown 468 206 222 24718,319 Toormore 575 214 205 183 Total 5195 2408 2389 2340
  9. 9. Positives Community Spirit. Local Business. Tourism.
  10. 10. Community Spirit
  11. 11. Rural Transport
  12. 12. Local Companies
  13. 13. Gubbeen Farmhouse Products
  14. 14. Mizen Vision
  15. 15. Skeaghanore Duck
  16. 16. Tourism
  17. 17. Schull Community Hospital
  18. 18. Schull Community College
  19. 19. Scoil Mhuire National School
  20. 20. Households with Broadband access 2006 under 3%
  21. 21. Households with Broadband access 2011 about 60%
  22. 22. Negatives Diminishing Services Unemployment Population decline
  23. 23. Bank Closures
  24. 24. In 2011 percentage of the population 65+ in Irelandwas 11.6% while parts of West Cork were over 20%
  25. 25. Possibilities for the future Human Resources. Tourism. Energy & IT.
  26. 26. Mizen Tourism Co-op Society
  27. 27. Tourism Wild Atlantic Way
  28. 28. Energy.Oil accounts for just over half ofprimary energy consumption inIreland (52% in 2009) and 60%of total energy imports. Community Wind power In Mizen Peninsula
  29. 29. Source Airo Maps http://www.airo.ie/ CSO http://www.cso.ie/en/index.html Ceramicx Ireland http://www.ceramicx.com GDCC http://www.goleen.info/ Gubbeen Farmhouse Products http://www.gubbeen.com/ Skeaghanore Duck http://www.skeaghanoreduck.ie/ Mizen Head Visitor Centre http://www.mizenhead.ie/ WCDP http://www.wcdp.ie
  30. 30. Thank You

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