Féile na nÚll – The Apple Festival, 21st Sept, 2019

Due to recent bereavement this event is postponed. A new date will be announced soon.


From 11am I WeCreate I Cloughjordan Ecovillage
11.00 – 13.30 – Finding Signs of Hope Amid Climate Despair – €15 – WeCreate
Keynote by Peadar Kirby and discussion with members of Cloughjordan Ecovillage
11.00 – 16.00 – Apple Pressing with Night Orchard – WeCreate Foyer
11.00 – 16.00 – Connect 4 Resilience and Little Green Disco – WeCreate Foyer
11.00 – 14.00 – Apple Bake Contest – Open for entries from 11am to 14.00 – Winners announced at 15.45 12.30 – 14.00 – Community Farm Talk & Tour / Plant Sale – Farm Education Tunnel
13.30 – 14.00 – Community Amphitheatre – An Introduction by Cloughjordan Arts
14.00 – 15.00 – An introduction to Digital Fabrication – WeCreate FabLab
15.00 – 16.00 – Ecovillage Tour – Leaving from Sheelagh na Gig Bookshop (Cloughjordan Main Street)
16.00 – 17.00 – The History of the Ecovillage – WeCreate Classroom
16.00 – 17.30 – A Walk on the Wild Side with Mary Reynolds – €10 – limited places tickets Sheelagh na Gig Bookshop
19.00 – Late – SpeakEATsy – A convivial meal and evening conversation (limited places – info & booking at (

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Elements of Change Festival, Sat 29th June 2019

This family-friendly festival weaves a spectrum of elements together for a unique programme of events. From scheduled workshops to Open Space, from walks and talks to collaboratively walking our talk and from musical treats to revolutionary feats – counter the culture of passive audience and bring this community festival to life!

Come on the train (the programme matches the timetable) and bring the whole family for this inspiring event – there will be programmes for all ages! This festival focuses on communal collaboration and as a participant of the festival you are the community!

Be part of the discussions, offer a workshop in Open Space slots, let your children inspire you with their own programme, bring an instrument or talent, get involved in a meitheal, host your own conversation cafe, mingle in the diversity of the festival and then share your insights!

“If we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late; if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little; but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.” -Rob Hopkins, Transition Towns Movement

Let’s come together to rethink what actually sustains our communities and what these diverse elements of change can look like.
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About | Programme and special events | Keynote speakers and performances  | Ticketing & what to bring


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“Change” in the context of our modern way of life is not a new conclusion, and sustainable living has long been the pursuit of individuals and communities in response to the challenges we face. Many movements are calling for rapid change to ensure a harmonius future… though what that future could look like needs to be as inspiring as the movements that take us there!
For a community to sustain itself in meaningful, nourishing ways – to foster wellbeing, collaboration and creativity while coming together as a force for positive change – calls for a broader understanding of what it means to be a ‘sustainable community’. It takes much more than a low-impact lifestyle (although low-impact living is still a core element), it takes a healthy culture, a sense of belonging, personal and communal wellbeing, play, shared work and celebration and more to actually create and sustain a community, a network or a movement of people.

To make the shift from ego-system thinking to eco-system living, we’re calling for us all to come together and to not just build collective resilience, regenerative cultures and purposeful livelihoods… but to celebrate what’s involved in creating that! We want to reimagine a world and culture that helps us respond creatively and appropriately to the threats of climate change, food insecurity, biodiversity and species extinction, mental and physical health epidemics, fossil fuel energy dependence, the housing crisis etc…

Not to lose sight of the dire situation or urgency of action that’s needed but this is a once-in-a-species opportunity for massive systems change – to reimagine a holistically sustainable future! Let’s not let a good crisis go to waste.

“Art is not a mirror held up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it.” -Bertolt Brecht.


Watch the programme : HERE


Rob Hopkins | Lorna Gold | Kiruu | Mel White | Branwen | Mark Boyle | Earthman Bob | Extinction Rebellion | Ita Didge & Drums | Nicantsaoi | Weave
and more…

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Rob Hopkins is an activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He is best known as the founder and figurehead of the Transition movement, which he initiated in 2005. Rob will join us for a community conversation on the amphitheatre as we discuss the movements of our times and how we can collectively reimagine what we’re moving toward.

Lorna Gold is a Scottish-Irish academic, climate campaigner, author of Climate Generation and also a mother of two boys. Deeply concerned about our children’s future, Lorna has been heavily involved in the #SchoolStrike4Climate and #FridaysForFuture movement.

Mark Boyle is an Irish activist living without money in a cosy wood cabin on a smallholding in east Galway, completely off-grid, since 2008. Indeed there’s no running water, no electricity and no gas. He doesn’t have any internet, neither mobile phone. He has discovered “an elemental life”, governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons. He says his decision to ditch technology “has not been about saving the world, but about savouring it”.

Mel White

Earthman Bob is a communication designer, visual artist and spoken word poet. He works on awareness campaigns, political messaging, and branding exercises in order to help organizations that are engaged with environmental cause. He regularly performs spoken word pieces from the perspective of an astronaut, to engage with the environmental crisis from a literal and metaphorical higher perspective.

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement promoting civil disobedience in order to minimize the human extinction and ecological collapse. The Irish committee includes national and local affinity groups that are standing up peacefully for urgent action on climate and in order to avoid biodiversity loss. They act organizing walks, talks and meetings : anyone, from anywhere, at anytime can join the movement, as long as they are non-violent protesters and they cohere to Extinction Rebellion values.


Kiruu is a multi instrumentalist and singer who combines styles, languages, and influences from East Africa, Europe, and beyond, creating an eclectic sound with an interactive element. Currently his music career includes not only concerts and recording, but also workshops and educational activities, festivals and social projects in East Africa, Ireland, and Spain.

Branwen Kavanagh is a multidisciplinary artist who strives to realise her artistic visions through breaking apart the frameworks that limit, define and divide art forms. She employs the varied practices of performance art, composition/song writing/sound art, poetry, theatre making, object making and puppetry in a unified and atypical manner in order to create what she calls the ‘living whole’ which stems from Wagner’s idea of the Gesamkunstwerk or ‘complete work of art’.

Ita Didge is a didgeridoo and world instruments artist based in Ireland Co. Clare. He holds didgeridoo and beatbox workshops for all ages and groups and uses a live Drum & Didge set in order to offer exhilarating experience of sound and dance.

Nicantsaoi is a folk singer-songwriter from Cloughjordan. A staunch member of the Slow Music Movement for over 20 years, she had been slowly writing songs and playing guitar and dabbling with software like Reason, Cubase, and more recently Pro-tools making some cool electronic sounds over the many moons.

Tickets and what to bring:

Accelerating change : Imagining the Transition with Rob Hopkins : limited to 40 places. This will be a late-breakfast session, coffee and cakes provided, beginning at 10am for a meet and greet and keynote presentation. This also includes the regular festival ticket.

Under 16yrs – Free

Festival Ticket – €12

Family : two adults with children – €20

Accelerating change : Imagining the Transition with Rob Hopkins & festival ticket – €35

Zero waste, sustainable transport and a local economy are all core values so we strongly encourage you bring your own crockery and to come by train (or car-pool if you must drive – limited parking available) and enjoy the delicious food on offer from our ecosystem of growers, chefs and artisan bakers!

The programme allows for arrivals and departures on the train so please consider leaving the car at home.

If you have ideas of other ways (great or small) that you would like to get involved then get in touch with

Tickets Incl. 23% VAT (Under 16yrs free)
Festival Ticket €12.00 EUR
Family Ticket (2 Adults + Children) €20.00 EUR
‘Accelerating Change’ with Rob Hopkins €35.00 EUR

Buy your tickets : HERE

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Feeding Ourselves 2019 conference – 23rd March 2019



WHERE: WeCreate Workspace & Cloughjordan Community Farm, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary, Ireland


Feeding Ourselves is the annual conference that brings together agro-ecological farmers, community food advocates and anyone with an interest in good food, good farming and community revitalisation.

The focus this year is on you! This year we want our annual gathering to be all about the participants and our collective contributions – WE are the people we need to hear from!

This is the event for you if you want to help with or are interested in:

  • Rural revitalisation
  • Community supported agriculture
  • Regenerative soil practices
  • Threats and opportunities of digitisation on agriculture and rural spaces
  • Climate disruption
  • The Common Agriculture Policy
  • Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

Discover how a cooperative approach can strengthen and build more resilient and sustainable food systems, while at the same time supporting our communities and local economies.

Case Studies, presentations and breakout discussions will be held on topics such as, Community Supported Agriculture, Food Hubs and other local supply and distribution systems.

Make a weekend of it and stay over. There will be film screenings, a convivial community meal with compelling conversations, and music on the Saturday night. On the Sunday, there will be an open day with walks and activities on Cloughjordan Community Farm.

If you want to create and support jobs in your area, help secure your food supply, are part of a community that wants to strengthen its local economy, or are a grower looking for a rewarding and potentially profitable way of supplementing your income, come to Cloughjordan where we’ll plan it all together.

Organised by Cultivate and Cloughjordan Community farm, with funding support from NOTS, UCC’s Centre for Co-operative Studies, ARC2020, GROW Observatory, Night Orchard, Food Sovereignty Ireland, and CSA Ireland.


National Organic Training Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education & Skills. Therefore, the fees for this event have been reduced.

Please note when you register your booking through NOTS, there is a drop down menu for you to select your ticket type.

  • €65 – Full day Sat & Sat Evening Event
  • €50 – Saturday Day Ticket (including Lunch)
  • €40 – Sat Day Ticket (excludes Lunch & Evening Event)
  • €15 – Saturday Evening Event: “In Our Hands: Seeding Change”

The above are the NOTS funded rates and are only available through PAID advance bookings.

Please note, if you do not wish to recieve the NOTS funding rates, full prices will apply on the day at Cloughjordan. ( See below)

  • €87 – Full day Sat & Sat Evening Event
  • €67 – Saturday Day Ticket (including Lunch)
  • €53 – Sat Day Ticket (excludes Lunch & Evening Event)
  • €20 – Saturday Evening Event: “In Our Hands: Seeding Change”

Farm Meal, Film and Conversation. Saturday 23rd March 19.00 – 22.00

Join us for a convivial evening celebration of small scale farming and community food production in the context of climate disruption.

We stand on the brink, the future is uncertain, but the seeds of a better food system are quite simply … In Our Hands!

All change begins with a story and In Our Hands is the story of the farmers who, through hope, and hard-graft are refusing to be victims of history.

This evening get together after the Feeding Ourselves conference will include a screening of a documentary by the UK Landworkers’ Alliance and Black Bark Films, telling the inspiring story of real life farmers taking on the might of the industrial food system and taking back control of their lives, the land and their communities. This will be followed by a Community Farm meal, singing and poetry, and a compelling conversation with farmers and activists from the Extinction Rebellion movement.

  • 19:00-20.00 Film
  • 20.00-21.00 Shared Meal
  • 21.00-23.00 Conversation with Talamh Beo and Extinction Rebellion.

We stand on a brink, but the future is still In Our Hands



Very affordable accommodation is available in Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

To book Django’s Eco-Hostel see or call +353 87 256 9348.

FARM FLICKS. SYMPHONY FOR THE SOIL – Friday 23rd MARCH – 20.10 – Please note, this event is not supported through NOTS. Please book directly with Cultivate. For further information see or contact

Committee on Climate Action

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on climate action visited Cloughjordan Ecovillage

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on climate action visited Cloughjordan Ecovillage recently as part of a wider field trip to explore the energy transition in Tipperary. The committee has been charged with coming up with proposals based on the 13 recommendations of the Citizens Assembly on climate change.
On a tour of the ecovillage resident Iva Pocock explained how low carbon living regenerates rural communities. At the vegetable collection point for Cloughjordan Community Farm, Ireland’s first community-supported farm, which has 70 members from the ecovillage and wider community, Iva told the politicians: “With the right support and funding every town and village in Ireland could have such a farm. Community-supported farms provide healthy, organic food, guarantee farmers’ incomes and nurture the soil.”

The visitors were shown how building within town boundaries supports a low-carbon society. “Our kids walk to school, we walk to the pub,” said Iva. “By building close to the shops and amenities we are encouraged and able to walk or cycle.” The strong culture of sharing, including lifts, was highlighted and the politicians’ attention drawn to the blocks placed on car-sharing by the insurance industry. “There are many creative car-sharing clubs across the continent of Europe but they seem to be hindered here in Ireland due to a conservative, restrictive industry,” said Iva, who encouraged the Committee to quiz the insurance industry as to what it is doing to facilitate low-carbon living.

Fellow tour guide Pa Finucane explained how the ecovillage is an educational charity which welcomes thousands of visitors every year, many of whom stay overnight.
The visiting TDs and Senator also heard how vital broadband is for low-carbon living. “It allows people to get away from carbon-intensive commuting and gives them the opportunity to work from home, even a couple of days a week,” said Iva. “Flexible, shared workspaces are also essential for a low-carbon future, as demonstrated by the ecovillage’s enterprise centre.”

The Joint Oireachtas Committee members who visited were  Sean Sherlock (Lab), Tom Neville (FG), Brian Stanley (SF), Thomas Pringle (Independent), John Lahart (FF) and Senator Ian Marshall, plus a number of researchers for other Committee members.

Before arriving in Cloughjordan they were given a tour of energy retrofitting projects carried out by Tipperary Energy Agency, a leading social enterprise focussed on the energy transition. Examples included a retrofitted home in Nenagh, Nenagh Leisure Centre, Ireland’s most energy efficient municipal swimming pool and sauna, and a refurbished school.


After a tour of the ecovillage Committee members had a late lunch in the local cooperative Middle Country Cafe and presentations from three other Tipperary entities which have been vital to creating the county’s pioneering low-carbon ecosystem: Limerick Institute of Technology, Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative and Community Power.
Media coverage of the visit included an article and video by the Irish Times.
Committee on Climate Action
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Feile na n’Ull, Apple Festival – 22nd September 2018

The 3rd annual Apple Festival and Community Fair takes place in the ecovillage at Cloughjordan. This festival, which coincides with the European Day of Sustainable Communities, celebrates the yield of apples, those that tend to the trees, who work the land and those who create delicious food.

The day features a number of talks, workshops and activities that are open to the public.

Highlights include delicious local food stalls, an apple baking contest, tours around the ecovillage, its orchards of heritage apples and a Heritage Day highlighting working animals and seed saving on the community farm.

It has been a great year for apples and at Féile na nÚll there will be a chance to get them juiced. Bring your apples for mashing and pressing and, if you have an apple pie or tart recipe you are proud of, consider entering the Apple Bake contest.

In the evening there will be a celebratory shared meal and open mic night for the Cloughjordan Community Farm 10th Anniversary Birthday! Bring a dish to share and an instrument to play!

This exciting programme of special events kicks off at 11am in and around the WeCreate enterprise centre, which is located off the Shinrone Road entrance to ecovillage.


11.00 – Opening
Stalls and apple pressing open outside WeCreate.
Entries for Apple Bake Contest can be checked in from 11 until 3.30.
From 11 until 4 – Community Farm Heritage Day – Working Animals on Farms
Joining Cloughjordan Community Farm’s Pat Malone and his working horses are Eamonn and Geraldine McDonagh (Bovine demonstration), Harry and Mona Bartlelink (Horses and potato harvesting)


11.30 – Workshop – WeCreate Classroom
We Need To Talk About Basic Income.
A basic income is a payment from the state to every resident on an individual basis, without any means test or work requirement. It would be sufficient to live a frugal but decent lifestyle without supplementary income from paid work and will play a central role in a modern, flexible economy. Delivered by FEASTA and Basic Income Ireland.


13.00 – Exhibit – WeCreate Main Space
Introduction and exhibit on the Sustainable Development Goals
A short presentation by Davie Philip of Cultivate on the 2030 Agenda and local projects addressing the global goals.


13.30 – Introduction to Seed Saving – Cloughjordan Community Farm
A short practical workshop on the importance of saving seed with Kevin Dudley.


14.30 – FabLab Introduction – WeCreate
Visit the WeCreate FabLab and hear what it is all about with Ben Whelan. A fab lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication, which is typically equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools with the aim to make “almost anything”.


15.00 – Ecovillage Presentation and Food Tour – WeCreate Main Space
The story of Cloughjordan Ecovillage presented by members of the Ecovillage Education group followed by a tour of the allotments and RED Gardens (Research gardens), the apple tree walk, the Stop Food Waste composting area, the community farm and community woodlands.


16.00 – Apple Bake Judging


16.30 – Music from local singer songwriter ‘Nicantsaoi’ celebrating the release of her new single “The Apple Walk” 
17.30 – Closing – winners of the Apple Bake announced.
19.30 – Shared Meal in WeCreate celebrating the Community Farm’s 10th Birthday. 
Bring a dish to share and an instrument to play!



Inspiring People

Finding Solutions-Inspiring People, Thurs 16th August, 7.30pm, WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Lessons from the Amazon – A Talk with Nicola Peel followed by conversation with Iva Pocock

Nicola Peel has worked in the Ecuadorian Amazon for 18 years. She has helped find solutions to oil spills and turning waste into a useful resource.

Iva Pocock is a journalist living in Cloughjordan who works with community led initiatives in response to climate change.

Free admission (donations welcome)

Thurs 16th August, 7.30pm – 9.00pm, WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

An EcoLearn Event at Cloughjordan Ecovillage

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ECOLearn – Better Ways of Living, 23rd August 2018, Wecreate Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Join us for an inspiring conversation with Sinéad Cullen : artist and environmental architect and John Shiel : Narara Ecovillage, Australia. Followed by a conversation led by Davie Philip.

Thursday August 23rd 2018 I 7.30pm – 9.00pm

WeCreate Workspace I Cloughjordan Ecovillage


Sinéad Cullen has a passion to learn how we build and sustain resilient creative communities. This inspired her to start a journey in October 2016 that led her through Europe and to Colombia where she spent time in 19 communities. Her experience has given her an insight into how communities are answering the call for us all to bring more of our creativity into the world, and are creating and inspiring ! better ways of living.,



John Sheil is an ecovillage pioneer from Australia who has visited many sustainable communities and is currently based in Narara Ecovillage located north of Sydney. John is the Chairman of Permaculture Hunter and the co-leader of Beyond Zero Emission (Newcastle), an award-winning climate change solutions think tank. He is the founder of EnviroSustain, a Building Ecology business that minimises energy, water and waste in buildings.



Davie Philip has been active promoting sustainable community in Ireland since 1996. He is based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage and facilitates groups working on collaborative approaches to help their localities flourish through the Community Resilience Programme at Cultivate! Living and Learning.

Free admission (donations welcome)

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Feeding Ourselves: Rural Revitalisation through a Cooperative Approach to Farming and Food – 26th & 27th May 2018

Join us for the Feeding Ourselves gathering!  See Full Schedule

This is the annual coming together of small farmers, community food advocates and anyone with an interest in good food, good farming and rural revitalisation.
This year’s focus is on community supported agriculture, cooperation, regenerative agriculture, citizen science, better agri-food policies and other people and planet friendly practices such as social farming and high nature value farming.

Saturday 26th: Feeding Ourselves Conference (Venue: WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage)
Farm Flicks in the evening: Farming on Crisis
Sunday 27th: Events include: Community Gardens Ireland Gathering | Briefing on the new EU Organic Regulation | Restoring Biological Diversity, Strengthening our Resilience (see pdf for full details)

Book here: Through NOTS (National Organic Training Skillnet)

With Ella McSweeney (RTE, BBC) Hannes Lorenzen (European Parliament, ARC2020) Pavlos Georgiadis (GROW Observatory Greece, Kannabio Hemp Co-operative), Helen Doherty (Social Farming Ireland), Clifford Guest (LIT), Aideen McGloin (Social Farming Researcher), Davie Philip (Cultivate), Fergal Anderson (Leaf and Root), Devyn Olson-Sawyer (Cultivate), Seamus Boland (National Rural Network), Oliver Moore (ARC2020, UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies) Noreen Byrne (UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies), Bruce Darrell (RED Gardens) Pippa Hackett (Green Party), Thomas O’Connor (Mana Organic), Róisín Nic Cóil (CSA Ireland), Pat Malone (Cloughjordan CSA), Tamara MacGinty (Cloughjordan CSA), Mimi Pierson (Crawford’s Farm), Julie Lockett (Riot Rye Bakehouse & Breadschool), Joanne Butler (CG Ireland), Kevin Dudley (Cloughjordan CSA), Judith Hitchman (URGENCY), Ben Whelan (GROW, Cultivate), Wendy Bailey (Cluckjordan Eggs / Cloughjordan CSA), Nathalie Markiefka & Sinead Moran (Foodture) and hopefully you!!! Organised by Cultivate and Cloughjordan Community farm, with support from NOTS, UCC’s Centre for Co-operative Studies, ARC2020, GROW Observatory, Social Farming Ireland, Night Orchard, Food Sovereignty Ireland, and CSA Ireland.

See Full Schedule here

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Restoring Biological Diversity, Strengthening our Resilience – Sunday 27th May 2018

A talk and conversation with Pádraic Fogarty, author of ‘Whittled Away’, on the Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre.

15.00: Tour of Ecovillage leaving from Sheelagh na Gig bookshop on Main Street

16.00: Talk in the Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre

A tour of the ecovillage followed by a talk in the new Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre with Pádraic Fogarty, author of ‘Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature’.

A public conversation with Pádraic on how communities can play a part in restoring biological diversity and strengthening resilience will follow the talk.

This event, organised by Sustainable Projects Ireland and Cloughjordan Arts, will explore the Convention on Biological Diversity and encourage actions by communities which lead to the regeneration of nature.

Gather at Sheelagh na Gig Bookshop for the tour or at the Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre at 4pm. In the case of adverse weather this event will take place in WeCreate Workspace.

This is a free event held as part of the National Biodiversity Week supported by IEN and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Included Convergence 2018 and in the 2018 Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week Festival



ECOlearn – An Ecovillage Experience – Saturday 2nd June 2018, Wecreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

The Ecovillage is located in the heart of Cloughjordan, a small rural town in Co. Tipperary. It is a vibrant, sustainable neighbourhood currently home to 100 adults and 35 children living in 55 low-energy homes with a renewable energy heating system, edible landscapes, community gardens, and allotments.

Among the ecosystem of organisations based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage are Cloughjordan Community Farm, one of Ireland’s most developed Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects, and Cloughjordan Community Arts, which operates an amphitheatre within the ecovillage. Cloughjordan Co-Housing is planning a co-housing development within the ecovillage offering low-cost and low-energy homes with shared services and Django’s Ecohostel provides accomodation. The WeCreate green enterprise centre which incorporates a fab lab and co-working space is home to Cultivate. Riot Rye Bakehouse and Bread School offers delicious wood fired, sourdough bread and very popular courses on real bread. The RED Gardens are researching the most effective way to grow food. These enterprises cooperate to enhance their businesses and model a form of resilient economic and social regeneration.

While the ecovillage has faced many major challenges, both internal and external, it has been able to use these to learn the skills of building resilience. As we face the uncertain years and decades ahead, the lessons offered by the ecovillage are going to become ever more significant throughout the wider society.

Places are limited to book or for further information contact
Cost: €35 with €5 reduction if you travel by train.

Saturday 2nd June – 11.00 – 16.30

WeCreate Workspace in Cloughjordan Ecovillage
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Housing Ourselves: A cooperative approach to regenerating, redesigning and reimagining housing – Saturday 9th June 2018, WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Exploring new models of housing, smaller homes and more liveable neighbourhoods for healthier and more sustainable local communities.

In an era of housing crises, ecological deterioration and social fragmentation, the need for more sociable, affordable and sustainable housing is vital. Co-housing has become mainstream in many European countries but is relatively new to Ireland. Groups across the country are coming together around a shared desire for a deeper sense of belonging, neighbourliness and mutual support that contemporary housing options lack.

Housing Ourselves is an annual event bringing together those interested in co-housing, sustainable community advocates, housing agencies, planners, architects and social finance organisations to progress making co-housing a reality in Ireland. Housing Ourselves 18 will explore the cultural barriers, discuss options for financing and introduce new approaches to constructing co-housing neighbourhoods. It will also facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills amongst emerging projects with the aim of creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities.

Speakers Include – Fiona Dunkin (Co-operative Housing Ireland) Hugh Brennan (Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance) Peadar Kirby (Cloughjordan Ecovillage) Ruari-Santiago McBride (Cloughjordan Co-Housing) Caelan Bristow (De Wett Studio) Mike Haslam (Haslam & Co Architects) Ebanie Powell (e.powell design) Tim Crowley (Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance) Donal Traynor (Community Finance Ireland) Kim O’Shea (Limerick University) Fox Keohane and Eldon Hillard (Irish Community Living Network) Davie Philip and Aaron Bailey (Cultivate).

This event is part of Convergence, Cultivate’s annual sustainable living festival; a fortnight of events, inspiring stories and compelling conversations for a healthy, low-carbon society. See the full Converegence schedule for more events across Ireland.
For more info or to discuss ideas for collaborating please email



PAST EVENT: SpeakEatsy: A Convivial Evening – Sat 7th April 2018

Complementary beer from the award winning White Gypsy Brewery.
A delicious shared Community Farm meal by Night Orchard
Spoken word poetry from Mel White and Dave Rock
Live music from Nicantsaoi(aka Maggie McEntee) and Roj Light Conversation with US community activist Brittney Johnson
Pressure Drop DJs to finish

Saturday 7th April | 19.00 till late | €25 seated meal and evening entertainment (booking essential) | €15 evening entertainment from 20.30 (with food available to purchase)

‘SpeakEATsy’ is a unique evening of music, poetry, food and conversation that is so much more than the sum of its parts. Book in for a delicious shared meal with Community Farm and local produce by Night Orchard. At this SpeakEATsy there will be complimentary beer from the award winning White Gypsy Brewery. Resident poet Mel White, winner of the Cuirt Literary Festival Poetry Slam, will share some of her new work and dynamic spoken word artist and creativity facilitator Dave Rock will enthral and entertain us. There will be music from singer songwriter Maggie McEntee and some new tracks from the frontman Roger Whelan from the Dublin based band The RoJ LiGht. A public conversation will also take place with US community activist Brittney Johnson and Pressure Drop DJs to finish.

SpeakEATsy is an experience – a happening – the core components are food; art; spoken word poetry; live musicians; a facilitated conversation with notable thinkers, writers or activists; and leading edge DJs to finish. Food, conversation and music are great ways to bring people together – SpeakEATsy emerged from a novel take on these simple ingredients and the desire to cultivate community.


Book tickets online here..

Artof Facilitation

The Art of Facilitation, Tues 27th February 2018, 10am – 5pm @ WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

This training is for people working with established or emerging community groups, organisations and co-operative initiatives and for anyone interested in convening better meetings, working with groups, hosting events and designing and delivering courses in a more participative way. Adult and community educators, trainers, hosts and facilitators who want to develop their skills and ways of working to enable them to have impact as we transition to a more values-based and collaborative economy, will benefit from attending this course.

10am – 5pm, Tuesday 27th February 2018
(note: 10am start, though learning material will not be covered until 11am to accommodate those arriving by train)
Course fee €50 (€40 Concession) Includes a delicious local lunch.
To book see


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!
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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 @ 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!

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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.
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Consider coming earlier for a full day out and enjoy the Sustainable Community Fair & Apple Festival in Cloughjordan Ecovillage! –

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

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

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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

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


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


13.30 – 15.00 – Starting at the Community Amphitheatre 


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 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 For the full programme of this year’s Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week see

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

Cloughjordan Amphitheatre Project 2016 on Facebook


Cloughjordan Community Amphitheater

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


Earth Hour

Saturday 25th March, 8:30pm

Django’s EcoHostel

Coordinated by WWF, the event is held worldwide annually to encourage individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to tackling climate change. At Cloughjordan Ecovillage we will be observing Earth Hour at Django’s. In the candlelight we will be playing music, sharing stories, poems and reflections.

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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
  • 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!


Feeding Ourselves: Soil, Community Farming, Regeneration & Diversification

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April

WeCreate Centre

Celebrate the soil beneath our feet, the food it provides for our communities, and the agroecological farmers and growers who work the land.

Featuring a soil symposium – including an introduction to a fascinating new citizen science project called GROW Observatory – with dedicated sessions on community gardens, sustainable farm diversification, community supported agriculture and the land workers alliance. We’ll highlight inspiring examples of regenerative (agri)-culture activism – from farm hack to food policy councils.

Speakers and contributors include Naomi van der Velden (British Permaculture Association), Kate Carmody (Organic Hemp Farmer Kerry) and David Beecher (Citizen Soil Scientist) plus many more.

If you are a grower, see food as a commons, interested in Permaculture or land-based livelihoods, this event is for you.

For full details and booking see Cultivate.

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The Little Food Fair

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April

WeCreate Centre

An outdoor food market at the WeCreate Centre in the Ecovillage with produce and information from local producers: Wildfire Pizza, The Night Orchard, Riot Rye, Cloughjordan Community farm, Middle Country Cafe Co-op, Crawford’s Farm, and Harmony Gardens (NextGen Cloughjordan).  This is part of the Feeding Ourselves conference but open to everyone.

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Saturday 8th April

7:30pm till late. WeCreate Centre

A convivial evening of food, art, music, poetry and dancing. Experience a tasty and thoughtful meander into a world where music and poetry, farming and food, arts and nourishment weave together seamlessly. This unique event includes a meal, music, spoken word and a public conversation in a convivial community setting.

For full details and booking see Cultivate.

Thomas MacDonagh Centre in Cloughjordan Village.  Photograph: Bridget Delaney

Creative Rebellion: Artistic Consciousness at the time of MacDonagh

Sunday 30th April

3pm. Heritage Centre.

Explore the power of the arts and creativity to challenge injustice and transform society. Introduced by Peadar Kirby, this presentation by Dr. Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin and Dr. Angus Mitchell from the University of Limerick will reflect on the role of the artist and on the importance of culture in the Rising of 1916.

Followed by a tour through Cloughjordan Ecovillage to the new Community Amphitheatre, which will offer the opportunity to link the arts with the great challenges of our times, for social justice and environmental sustainability.

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Biodiversity Weeks Events

Sunday 21st May

In the middle of May as part of the national Biodiversity Week there will be a programme of events in Cloughjordan. On Sunday 21st there will be a tour of the biodiversity aspects of Cloughjordan Ecovillage and a presentation on Rewilding, the mass restoration of ecosystems and an opportunity to reverse the destruction of the natural world.


Art of Facilitation: Effective Tools for Cultivating Collaboration and Engagement in Groups, Communities, and Co-operative Initiatives.

Tuesday 23rd May

10am – 5pm. WeCreate Workspace

Develop your competencies in facilitating groups and using new tools to host transformational conversations in your community or organisation. This full-day course will provide participants with processes to better host meetings, enable dialogue, facilitate participative events, and cultivate flourishing communities. This event will examine the changing role of the facilitator as a catalyst for change, and is aimed at those that have no background in facilitation as well as those who are experienced seeking to enrich their skill-set. Hosted by Chris Chapman, Davie Philip and Aaron Bailey.

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A Day of Peace: A World Beyond War (TBC)

Saturday 8th July

WeCreate Centre

If we abolish war, humanity can not only survive and better address the climate crisis and other dangers, but will be able to create a better life for everyone. The reallocation of resources away from war promises a world whose advantages are beyond easy imagination. Some $2 trillion a year, roughly half from the United States and half from the rest of the world, is devoted to war and war preparation. Those funds could transform global efforts to create sustainable energy, agricultural, economic, health, and education systems. Redirection of war funding could save many times the lives that are taken by spending it on war.
Talks, workshops, screenings will take place in the WeCreate Centre, organised by World Beyond War with Shannonwatch, The Galway Alliance Against War & Cloughjordan to Palestine.
Full schedule and further details to be confirmed.


Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Friday 11th – Sunday 20th August

Organised by Cultivate, hosted in association with Cloughjordan Community Farm and the Ecovillage Education Group at the WeCreate Centre.

This 10-day Permaculture Design Certificate Course is accredited by the Permaculture Association.

Each year we invite special guest tutors to share their expertise, and 2017 sees the return of Albert Bates, the founder of the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee, past president of Global Ecovillage Network and author of 16 books on ecology and the future and Aranya, leading UK Permaculture teacher and designer and author of Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide. Aranya will be coming to us online; he hosted one of last years most popular, inspiring and interactive sessions on design.

The setting for this immersive course is Cloughjordan Ecovillage, one of Ireland’s leading examples of an ecosystem of innovation. it includes over 50 eco-homes, community woodlands, renewable energy production, a wood-fired bakery, research gardens and a community farm.

For more information, see

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Global Green at the Electric Picnic

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September

Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois, Ireland.

This pop-up ecovillage is a diverse community of cultural creatives, activists, artists, musicians, foodies, hackers, social entrepreneurs and slam poets, brought together by Cultivate, supported by an alliance of learning providers from Cloughjordan Ecovillage and across Ireland. This dynamic and green edge of the Electric Picnic showcases new musical acts, offers the most authentic food on site and hosts discussions on radical ideas for a community-led future that works.  The theme of Global Green in 2017 is ‘Making the transition to a resilient and low carbon society’ and will be highlighting the work of Cloughjordan Ecovillage. For more information see

Celebrating with our Members, Friends and Supporters

Sustainable Earth Fair

Saturday 23rd September

As part of a new European Day of Sustainable Communities and the national Convergence festival, this fair will highlight the sustainability features of this award winning ‘ecosystem of innovation’. It will feature talks, discussions, stalls, a farm and enterprise centre open day and tours of the project.

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

Building resilient communities


Street Feast

Sunday 12th June

Market Square, Cloughjordan Ecovillage,

1.30pm onwards

Come and join the community of Cloughjordan for a pop-up bring & share community meal! Or “Street Feast”!

Open to absolutely everyone, no limit on numbers – the more people, the more food. the more food there is, the more people we need there to eat it. Simple – the more, the merrier. For those new to Bring & Share: simply bring a dish for lunch, a dessert, or an edible of some kind along with yourself and instantly we have a diverse menu for all to enjoy.

The meal will be in the market square in the Ecovillage, from 1.30pm onwards.

Please bring enough plates and cutlery for yourselves & musicians, feel free to bring instruments!


Applied Permaculture Course

Held over two weekends:

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June

Cultivate Course in WeCreate Workspace

This advanced course is for those that have previously taken a PDC or FETAC introduction course and is an excellent bridge for those seeking to complete a Diploma in Permaculture.

For more details and booking contact Philippa at or on 0505 56060


Creative Arts

Voices Rising: An incendiary evening of stories, songs, poems and conversation.

Saturday 28th May at 8pm

This is a Cloughjordan Arts event in Birr Theatre & Arts Centre.


Notorious troubadour Fergus Costello, champion spoken-word poet Cormac Lally (Scene of the Rhyme), and activist-rapper Temper-Mental MissElayneous (Connected, RTE 2) share the stage in a show that mixes poetry, storytelling, humour and music with revolutionary passion! Music and additional stories will also be included by Cloughjordan based performers.

A fundraiser for the Community amphitheater project in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Box office hours: Monday – Friday – 1pm-5.30pm – 057 9122911



Biodiversity and Livelihoods in Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Sunday 22nd May

12.30pm – 2.30pm, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Starting from WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Cloughjordan, County Tipperary

RTE’s “EcoEye” presenter Anja Murray will give a presentation and lead a tour of the biodiversity elements of Cloughjordan Ecovillage. The focus of this session will be Biodiversity and Livelihoods, the theme of the national Biodiversity Week. Anja Murray is an environmental policy analyst and ecologist. She has long been an environmental advocate and has been active in highlighting the importance of protecting our natural environment, wildlife and ecosystems. This is a free event held in association with the Cloughjordan Community Development Committee’s 2016 National Biodiversity Week Programme, Supported by Notice Nature and the Irish Environmental Network.  

For more details contact or see

For the full programme of this year’s Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week see


Bees and Honey

Saturday 21st May

Cloughjordan Community Apiary

Learn about bees and honey production at our community apiary; an initiative to build capacity and demonstrates best practice in beekeeping in Cloughjordan.

To book your place please call Tara 087 743 4117 or Veronica 086 085 1576