News and upcoming events

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Dark Skies Event in the Ecovillage

On Saturday 4th November 2017 a FULL MOON story telling event was held by the ‘Dark Sky Group’ in the new Skybowl Garden in the Ecovillage. We would like to thank the performers on the night: Bee Leitner, Mel White, Andrew Lummis and Nigel Quinlan who ended the story telling with a rollicking tale. Many thanks to John Flannery, our guest Astronomer, who travelled from Dublin for the event and was a font of information, technical and legendary, on our skies.. as well as donating two lovely astronomy books to the Raffle.

Special kudos to the children and young people who also read their own stories or found legends to read.. your courage and inventiveness were much appreciated and ye well deserved your prizes!! Thanks too to all the willing helpers on the night!

We look forward to the next Dark Sky gathering – to be announced here soon!
Dark Sky Group

View a selection of pictures by Eoin Campbell below;

 

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Soil Salon

The Soil Salon Convergence Event @ WeCreate Cloughjordan Ecovillage, 30 September 2017

Features citizen soil scientist, David Beacher and the Cloughjordan community farm’s own Kevin Dudley.

This afternoon event is aimed at food growers, farmers and other people interested in soil and agroecology. It will introduce the GROW Observatory is an EU-wide project supporting the emergence of a citizens’ movement to share knowledge and help monitor our European soils. The salon will develop the capacity of Irish citizens to understand soil and to better steward land and includes presentations by Devyn Olson-Sawyer and Ben Whelan of the GROW Observatory and representatives of the People4Soil campaign.

Saturday 30 September 2017, 14.00 – 16.30

WeCreate, Cloughjordan Community Farm

Speakeatsy

SpeakEATsy @ Cloughjordan Ecovillage, 23 September 2017

A convivial evening meal with spoken word, music and compelling conversations, this happening is far more than the sum of its parts: it’s a confluence of influences and inspirations delivering a full sensory and intellectual workout!
A deep discussion will be held with Easkey Britton, a big-wave surfer who is using her passion for the ocean to create social change and connection across cultures, and Fergal Smith (pictured), a professional surfer who has returned to the land to start a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm near Lahinch. Live acoustic music, slam poetry and global beats from DJs complete the aesthetic. Book early as this one books out!

Buy your SpeakEATsy Tickets online now! – click here

See this one minute snippet for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTg4DBJoGkk

An evening with food at it’s core – bring a dish to share and tickets are €15. For an evening feast and a night out from cooking then come along for only €25.
For booking see Cultivate.ie – http://www.cultivate.ie/convergence-festival

Consider coming earlier for a full day out and enjoy the Sustainable Community Fair & Apple Festival in Cloughjordan Ecovillage! –https://www.facebook.com/events/1464660213611098

This event is part of Convergence, Cultivate’s sustainable living festival (see cultivate.ie for full programme), and is a fundraiser for Cloughjordan Community Farm.

SpeakEATsy – 23rd September 2017, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, 7.30pm

Buy SpeakEATsy Tickets online here
Feile na Null

Féile na nÚll Apple Festival, Sustainable Community Fair @ Cloughjordan Ecovillage, 23 September 2017

From 11am there will be a Little Food Fair with stalls from Night Orchard, Wildfire Pizza, Back Lane BBQ, Lime Tree, Walnut Books and Harmony Gardens.  Throughout the day there is apple pressing – bring your own apples! There will be a apple bake contest and activities for all the family. Some of the highlights are a workshop on our relationship to money and a preview of local playwright Joanna Ryan-Purcall’s adaptation of Children of Lir on the Community Amphitheatre. (see the full schedule below)
11.00 – Opening – Celebrating Sustainable Community (WeCreate)
A short introduction to the European Day for Sustainable Communities and our Féile na nÚll
11.00 – The Little Food Fair (Outside WeCreate)
On going throughout the day with delicious local food from local producers
11.00 – Apple Pressing (Outside WeCreate)

Ongoing throughout the day. Bring your apples for mashing and pressing. Up to 15kg pressed for free.

11.15 – Opening of the Apple Bake Off (WeCreate)
Contestants can leave their entries from this time until 16.00 – note there is a €2 entry fee.
11.30 – Our Relationship with Money (1.5 hour workshop in WeCreate Classroom) NEED TO PROMOTE SEPARATELY
Sustainable communities often have a different way of working with money, but how might the personal relationship we have with money now be getting in our way?  In this interactive, engaging workshop, money coach, Karen McAllister, will introduce 8 money archetypes and with the help of facilitator, Chris Chapman, will explore their relevance to those of us working towards more sustainable communities and the potential for us to approach our relationship with money differently. We are inviting people to ‘pay from the heart’ for this workshop – come along and find out what that means! For more details on mindful money coaching, please see http://themindfulmoneycoach.com/

12.30 – Pony Rides (ongoing)

12.30 – Apple Identification – A tour of the orchard of heritage apples.

13.00 – Real Bread – Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School (WeCreate – 20mins)

13.30 – ECOLEARN – Ecovillage Presentation and Tour (WeCreate Main Space followed by a walk around the project – 1.5 hours)

15.00 – Fab Lab Tour (WeCreate 15mins)
15.00 – Composting Demonstration (Leaving from WeCreate to Compost Demo area – 30 mins)
15.30 –  A performance of Children of Lir (Amphitheatre – 30 minutes – if raining in WeCreate)
This short physical theatre adaptation of the Irish classic story where four children are transformed into swans and cursed to roam the oceans for nine hundred years. This play explores separation and coming together, identity, exile, loss and transitioning.

15.45 – Cloughjordan Community Farm Walk (Leaving from the front of WeCreate)

16.00 – Apples and Local Food Culture (Amphitheatre – 30 minutes – if raining in WeCreate)
A discussion on apples as a core element in a bioregional approach to resilient communities.

17.00 – Apple Bake Off – announcing the winners (WeCreate)

 

That evening from 7.30 there will also be a SpeakEATsy. This is a shared meal, music, spoken word and a public conversation with professional surfer turned organic farmer Fergal Smith. Booking can be made here

 

Biodiversity Events

NATURE & COMMUNITY | REWILDING, 21 May 2017

ECOLearn-Biodiversity2017A talk with ecologist and RTE’s “EcoEye” presenter Anja Murray will be held in the stunning location of the new outdoor Community Amphitheatre in Cloughjordan ecovillage. This will be followed by a guided tour of the biodiversity and tourism elements of the project. Participants should be prepared for an outdoor event, waterproofs and sturdy shoes are recommended. Cloughjordan Ecovillage has been recognised as one of Europe’s most successful projects modelling the transition to a low-carbon society. It features a biodiversity trail, allotments for growing food, a community farm and apiary, research gardens and a community woodlands. Also the new Brefne-Beara Walkway (BBW), Ireland’s first Heritage National Waymarked Trail linking the Beara peninsula with Leitrim, comes through the Ecovillage.

This event is organised by the Education Group at Cloughjordan Ecovillage

NATURE & COMMUNITY

13.30 – 15.00 – Starting at the Community Amphitheatre 


RURAL REGENERATION & ECO-TOURISM TALK & PANEL DISCUSSION

15.00 – 16.30 – WeCreate Enterprise Centre – FREE EVENT

‘Rewildling’ aims to end intensive human management of habitats and allow them to re-generate naturally. This could mean the creation of large new areas of native woodland and forest, and new wetlands on cutaway bog, offering significant economic opportunities in marginalised rural areas. In this TED style talk writer and journalist Lenny Antonelli will look at what rewilding is and how it differs from traditional habitat conservation. He will explore its potential to create new eco-tourism enterprises in rewilded areas, based around walking, hiking, mountain biking, nature-watching and other adventure activities, as well as local craft and food industries centred around local nature and wildlife.

The panel discussion will explore the opportunities of developing sustainable eco-tourism enterprises centred on ‘rewilding’ project areas, with a particular focus on the midlands. The panel will include Lenny, Anja, Ricky Whelan, a director of the Abbeyleix Bog Project and others. Broadcaster Duncan Stewart will close the session with his reflections on ‘rewilding’.

For further details or to book a place contact Davie at learning@thevillage.ie or on 0505 56061

These are free events are supported by Notice Nature and the Irish Environmental Network, and held in association with the Cloughjordan Community Development Committee’s 2017 National Biodiversity Week Programme. For more details see www.thevillage.ie For the full programme of this year’s Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week see www.cloughjordan.ie

This event is organised by Cultivate Living and Learning.

Both events are FREE events!

Download PDF file: ECOLearn-Biodiversity2017

President Higgans profile

President Higgins opens the ecovillage amphitheatre – “It would make anyone’s heart lift!”

President Higgans addressing the audience at Cloughjordan Community-Amphitheatre launch

President Michael D Higgins addressing the audience at Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre launch.

Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre was officially opened by President Michael D Higgins on the eve of Earth Day 2017.

 

In a rousing speech to the gathered crowd of 350 people the President praised the latest development in the Cloughjordan ecovillage as “a work of vision, of reimaging.”

 

With seating capacity for 250 people, the amphitheatre is a new multi-purpose performance space designed to stage a diverse range of cultural events, from youth, amateur and professional drama to music concerts, educational talks, screenings and recitals.

 

President Higgins said it is an “important space of artistic learning and sharing” in the vision of the Cloughjordan native, Thomas MacDonagh, the teacher, revolutionary and poet who was one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation.

 

The amphitheatre is built into a mound at the northern end of the Cloughjordan ecovillage, and is sculpted from the Tipperary landscape using permaculture design principles.

 

It incorporates a commemorative inscription, from Francis Ledwidge’s poem Lament for Thomas MacDonagh, crafted by local artists Lian Callaghan and Thomas Wollen.

 

The President and his wife Sabine were welcomed to the amphitheatre by ecovillage resident Prof Peadar Kirby and a guard of honour by the local Scout group. The opening included performances by local musicians – Rigs and Jeels; Weave; and Angela De Burca and Deirdre O’Leary – and a reading of Ledwidge’s lament by local resident Patrick Bergin.

 

Michelle Drysdale, a descendent of MacDonagh’s, also addressed the crowd. She described the amphitheatre as “stunning” and a truly fitting tribute to her great-grandfather.

 

“I know that he would have been proud of it and the community effort that made it happen,” she said.

 

President address at CA AmphitheatrePresident Higgins said he was honoured to hear MacDonagh’s relative speak and that MacDonagh understood that “you must be able to have a kind of integrity of imagination such as will allow . . . all of the passions of the heart.”

 

He lauded the founders of the ecovillage who came together some 20 years ago in the Central Hotel in Dublin “to share their dreams of what might be – a more ethical and sustainable life, lived in a community which isn’t easy and can have difficulties.”

 

“It’s the first anniversary of the Paris Agreement, and one of the things that strikes one, and particularly at my stage of life, is that very often you can look back at whole reams of words that really are quite distracting unless they are turned into reality.

 

“But here in the ecovillage so much is being turned into practical achievements,” he said.

 

He noted that the ecovillage is not alone, that it has a wonderful and important relationship with its surrounding communities and that there is an international ecovillage movement.

 

He quoted the mission of the Global Ecovillage Network: “A world of empowered people and communities designing pathways to a sustainable future while building bridges of hope and international solidarity.”

 

“These are inspiring words translated into new ways of living here in Cloughjordan . . . about how we might live together not continually recoiling from one level of anxiety or another, but living with joy,” he said.

“As I formally open this amphitheatre I want to say, may its example flow out, may people discover the courage and the joy of being able to live together and be able to do so.”

The main designer and driver of the amphitheatre project, Mick Canny, concluded the speeches. He expressed his delight at the launch, said he hoped the amphitheatre would live up to the challenge of “reimagining” and thanked all those involved, in particular the philanthropic JVM Trench Trust, which has committed to supporting the project for the first three years of operation.

 

The amphitheatre is not yet finished, said Canny, and donations are always welcome.

 

View or download a PDF transcript of the presidents speech – click here

 

For further information please see

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Cloughjordan Community Amphitheater

CA Board with President Michael Higgans  Mick Canney address at the Cloughjordan Amphitheatre Launch

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EcoLearn: An EcoVillage Experience

Saturday 1st April, 11am – 5pm

WeCreate Centre.

A taste of life in our community for those interested in building, living, and working in sustainable communities. This ECOLearn Experience Event Includes:

  • An overview of the history and vision of the Ecovillage
  • A guided tour highlighting the project’s community features
  • A visit inside high performance homes and a chance to meet some of the residents
  • A visit to the community farm, and green enterprise centre
  • Practical advice about living in this multi-award winning community
  • Useful information to take away about buying and building in the Ecovillage 

Consider staying over as very affordable accommodation in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Django’s Eco-Hostel. Book online or call +353 87 256 9348.

Booking info

  • Places are limited to book or for further information contact learning@thevillage.ie
  • Cost: €30 with €5 reduction if you travel by train!

Schedule allows travel by train from the Dublin area and return on the same day. The rail fare from Dublin is cheaper if booked 3 days in advance and the venue is 15 minutes walk from the station!

Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre

The New Cloughjordan Amphitheatre

The Cloughjordan Amphitheatre is a new multi-purpose performance space designed to stage a diverse range of cultural events from professional and community theatre and music to performance poetry, film screenings and educational workshops. The amphitheatre will be formally opened on June 21st by President Michael D Higgins.

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The amphitheatre is being developed by Cloughjordan Arts and was conceived as a 1916 Centenary project.  The poet, dramatist and signatory to the Proclamation of Independence, Thomas MacDonagh (a native of Cloughjordan) will be honoured in an artwork to be installed at the site.  This space will allow us to carry on the work of cultural engagement and social empowerment that MacDonagh and his colleagues were engaged in – the reimagining of Ireland.

The facility itself is located within a large subsoil mound created during the excavation and construction phase of the Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Utilising this otherwise problematic mound of earth allows us to deliver a first-class venue for a modest investment and with minimal environmental impact. This ‘permaculture’ design methodology focuses on re-use and repurposing, on using local materials, and the skills of local craftspeople. Construction is well advanced. The major earth shaping and the installation of stage and seating tiers is now complete.

Initial funding was received from the 2016 Special Projects Office of the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Tipperary County Council, the JVM Trench Trust, and through local fundraising. Cloughjordan Arts are continuing to fundraise and need your help. Every donation, no matter how small, will help us to complete and fit-out the facility.

For full details see Cloughjordan Arts

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Cloughjordan Ecovillage identified as leading European project showing way to low-carbon future

MILESECURE-2050 project aims at understanding and overcoming the political, economical and behavioural traits and trends that led Europe to its difficulties in reducing fossil fuel consumption, and in diversifying its energy balance at rates which guarantee European energy security at the horizon 2050, reduce the threat of climate change, and diminish the risk of an energy gap in the coming decades The EU-funded academic consortium examined over 1,700 European low-energy projects. A total of 90 were identified in 19 countries, two of which were located in Ireland. Sustainable Clonakilty and Sustainable Projects Ireland’s Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

Of the 90 ‘anticipatory experiences’ initially identified, 23 were selected for a more detailed examination on the basis of criteria including the success of the project, ‘in terms of social recognition and excellent results from an energy and environmental point of view’. Among those selected was Cloughjordan Ecovillage, the only Irish project selected. One way of selecting the 23 most successful projects was through analysing tweeting about the 90 projects. These were analysed both quantitatively and qualitatively. This shows Cloughjordan ecovillage to be in the top ten of the 90 European projects for the total number of tweets about it, the followers of those tweeting, the original content of the tweets, how positive they are, and the global reach of those tweeting and reading the tweets (see full details in documents 2.1 and 2.2 on www.milesecure2050.eu). Milesecure’s research identifies Cloughjordan Ecovillage as one of Europe’s leading ‘anticipatory experiences’ of the transition towards a low-carbon society with important lessons for EU policy.