Creative Arts

Rise Up: The power of the arts to inspire change

Wednesday 18th May

Cloughjordan Arts in association with Cultivate

10am – 5pm WeCreate Workspace

A one day symposium on the role of the artist in times of transition. The focus will be on 1916 and the power of the arts and creativity today to change our sense of what is possible in the world. Hosted by Cultivate in partnership with Cloughjordan Arts.

For more details and booking contact Davie at


Serious Sourdough

Saturday 14th May

10am – 6pm Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread school

€120 incl. lunch

This course builds on our Sourdough Course. It will expand on those techniques already learned and introduce you to a new range of possibilities for working with natural fermentation.

It is suitable for home and professional bakers alike who already have some experience baking sourdough breads, as well as professional pastry chefs who wish to broaden their repertoire.


Housing Ourselves Co-operatively

11 May 2016

Cloughjordan CoHousing in association with Cultivate
10am – 5pm – WeCreate Workspace

New models of housing will be  needed in order to ensure homes for people on  lower incomes and to contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change. Following on from last year’s ‘Housing Ourselves Co-operatively’ held in October 2015, this event will comprise of a series of discussions with keynote presentations from people involved in the various aspects of developing Co-Housing schemes. Cloughjordan Co-Housing has been working on designing and financing a Co-Housing scheme in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. We would like to share our progress as well as progress being achieved by other groups in Ireland on the various aspects and elements entailed in making Co-Housing a reality. The event aims to bring together those interested in setting up a co-housing project, community development and housing agencies, planners, architects and social finance organisations to look at making Co-Housing a reality in Ireland.
For full details and booking see or contact Davie at


Permaculture Design Course FETAC (QQI) L5

Held over three weekends in Spring 2016:

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April

Saturday 7th  & Sunday 8th May

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May

Cultivate Course at WeCreate Workspace

€350: booking deposit €75.

This QQI L5 registered Permaculture Design Course provides participants with a balanced combination of theory and outdoor practical place-based learning. The course emphasises both ecological and social permaculture covering topics such as perennial plants, agro-forestry, soil health and new ways of thinking about land management. A lively, participatory and thought-provoking experience is guaranteed.

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


Revolutionary Vision 1916 and 2016: Thomas MacDonagh’s Legacy

Fís Réabhlóide 1916 agus 2016: Oidhreacht Thomás MhicDhonnacha

Sunday 1st May

15.30  Bilingual Tour of the Ecovillage leaving from Sheelagh na Gig on Cloughjordan Main Street
16.30  Presentation in the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre

The weekend is  a celebration of the heritage and culture of Cloughjordan and legacy of Thomas MacDonagh. In this bilingual talk, Professor Peadar Kirby will compare the vision that motivated Thomas MacDonagh and his comrades with the vision that motivates the promoters of the ecovillage today. He will examine the lessons we can learn from the life and work of Thomas MacDonagh.

Sa chaint dátheangach seo, déanfaidh an tOllamh Peadar Kirby comparáid idir an fhís a spreag Tomás MacDonnacha agus a chomrádaithe céad bliain ó sin agus an fhís a spreagann lucht an éiceaphobail sa lá atá inniu ann. Scrúdóidh sé na ceachtanna is féidir linn a fhoghlaim óna shaol agus a shaothair.

For more information on the full weekend programmel please contact the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre


An Enquiry into A New Story for Humanity

Saturday 30th April

Cloughjordan Ecovillage – 19.00-22.00 – Venue TBA

This feature length film offers a gateway into the evolutionary consciousness that will propel us as a species to recognise and embody our interdependence in harmony with the planet and in partnership with all life. Featuring Satish Kumar, Elisabet Sahtouris, Charles Eisenstein and many more.


Learning Journey To Cloughjordan Ecovillage for Community Groups Based in County Tipperary

Thursday 28th April

Cultivate in association with Tipperary County Council

A unique experience for PPN members, who will visit Cloughjordan Ecovillage to see the many environmental features, and explore how we improve participation in the development of sustainable communities and the local economy.

To book a free place contact Corena Ward, Tipperary PPN Coordinator,


Learning Journey To Cloughjordan Ecovillage
For Community Groups Based in County Limerick

Wednesday  27th April

Cultivate in association with Limerick County Council

This unique experience for PPN members will visit Cloughjordan Ecovillage to see the many environmental features, and to explore

how we improve participation in the development of sustainable communities and the local economy.

To book a free place contact Sinead McDonnell – Environmental Awareness Officer, Limerick County Council   


Learning Journey To Cloughjordan Ecovillage
For Community Groups Based in Clare

Tuesday 26th April

Cultivate in association with Clare County Council

This unique experience for PPN members will visit Cloughjordan Ecovillage to see the many environmental features, and to explore how we improve participation in the development of sustainable communities and the local economy.

To book a free place contact Cepta McDonagh – Environment Section, Clare County Council,


Farm Members Meeting followed by Food Sovereignty Lunch

Sunday 24th April
Midday at Django’s Hostel in the Ecovillage


Food Sovereignty Proclamation Meal (#FoodSov)

Sunday 24th April

Time and venue TBC

Meet, eat and tweet: “a fair, eco friendly, local meal” hosted as part of the #FoodSov social media movement in support of The Irish Food Sovereignty Proclamation; how we value our local food, our agriculture systems and our communities and how we want to change them for the better.

For more information:


Sourdough Course

Saturday 23rd April

11am – 5.45pm

Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread school

€95 incl. lunch

You will gain an understanding of how to blend flours and flavours and refresh your sourdough starters. Using temperature and various fermentation techniques, you will learn how to work with the subtle and complex textures, flavours and forms of your breads.

You will bring home with you a selection of breads, fresh sourdough starter and the confidence to bake real bread at home!


Measuring our Ecological Footprint: Planning to reduce our impact

Thursday 21st April

7.30 WeCreate Workspace


This session will discuss ways we can together reduce our EF, drawing on the lessons of the previous session. Vincent will offer some ideas as to what we could do. The objective is to elaborate a plan to reduce our EF and to decide on when we are going to measure it again with a view to finding evidence of our success.


Unconsciously Awake
An 8 week course in Lucid Dreaming and Mindful Sleeping

Beginning Thursday 21st April

Donation-based, 11am – 12.15pm, Thursdays, Venue TBC

An introductory course to explore lucid dreaming and bring curiosity & awareness to the subtleties of sleep. (A lucid dream is a dream in which you realise you’re dreaming while actually sound asleep) Learn to remember your dreams, extend some awareness into the usual unconscious ‘black out’ period of sleeping and make some use of the third of our day we usually switch off for.  

Using these practices of the night, we can bring a rich curiosity to going to sleep and use this state to explore the depths of our unconscious mind for learning, self growth and, of course, fun! – Allowing the night to be of more benefit to our waking lives than simply getting a good night’s sleep.

For more details or simply interested in lucid dreaming, contact Aaron 087 7661667


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 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.

Cloughjordan EF compared

Ecovillage has an ecological footprint of 2 global hectares

Cloughjordan Ecovillage has an ecological footprint of 2 global hectares (gHa), the lowest of any community recorded in Ireland. The results, based on the first complete survey of ecovillage residents carried out last April and May, were presented at a meeting on November 24th by Dr Vincent Carragher of the Tipperary Energy Agency (TEA). This compares very favourably with estimates of other urban settlements in Ireland and of international estimates of Irish people’s average ecological footprint. A survey of 79 Irish settlements found an ecological footprint (EF) of 4.3 gHa.

The measure estimates the amount of global hectares required to sustain the lifestyle patterns analysed. It has been estimated that 1.8 gHa is the limit that the planet can sustain for any individual. The ecological footprint is an international measure of pressure on the environment. It measures stresses on natural resources and on ecosystems due to people’s patterns of consumption and mobility. The survey completed by ecovillage residents covered energy, waste, transport, water and food.

Analysis of the data was undertaken by the TEA and the response rate of 94% of households was far higher than has been achieved by similar surveys in other communities. Dr Carragher showed how the ecovillage footprint compares with others in Ireland. Along with the average of 4.3 gHa for 79 settlements, a commuter community surveyed had an EF of 3.9 gHa. Ballina, Co. Tipperary, having introduced a four-year planned campaign to reduce its footprint, ended up with an EF of 2.9 gHa.

As a measure of our footprint on the ecosystem, the EF calculates the carbon intensity of our activities, in other words how much ’embodied energy’ there is in them. So, for example, the calculation of an EF based on car usage doesn’t only take into account the emissions from the use of the car but also from the building of the roads infrastructure required for car use, the manufacture of the car and its destruction or recycling when its useful life comes to an end.

Or, to take another example, calculating the EF of a heavy meat eater not only includes the emissions generated by the animals themselves but also the emissions from the growing of the grain that they are fed and that is often transported over long distances before it gets fed to them thereby embodying many carbon miles.

Obviously, the calculations can only be approximations but the development of the EF as a globally used measure has had to develop formulae for such calculations. Based on these, our ecological footprint is the sum of the carbon intensity of the various activities it is based upon – car transport, air travel, water usage, energy usage, waste and food.

The Living Planet Report estimated ecological footprints for every country in the world. Though using a methodology somewhat different from that used by TEA in Cloughjordan, the 2012 LPR report found the average Irish person has an EF of 6.2 gHa while the EU has an average of 4.7 gHa. The 2014 LPR estimated that Ireland has the 14th highest EF in the world.

The EF is also used to calculate how many planets would be needed to support our current patterns of consumption. The Living Planet Report estimates that humanity as a whole would need one and a half planets today and if we keep living as we do now, almost three planets by 2050. By contrast living as we do in the ecovillage requires 1.1 planets at the moment. This compares to the 2.3 planets that would be required for the 79 Irish settlements surveyed or the 3.4 planets that would be required on the basis of the Living Planet Report’s measure of the Irish footprint.

Though we may have the lowest EF recorded in Ireland and one very close to the 1.8 gHa that is the maximum each member of humanity has, the ecovillage is now challenged to reduce our EF to at least 1.8 gHa if not more. I plan in the New Year therefore to put a process in place that will allow us learn more fully the lessons of the 2014 survey (the areas where we are strong and those where we are weak and why) and put in place a plan systematically to reduce our EF.

Knowing our EF, therefore, is only the first step in a long process of moving towards a low-carbon society living within the boundaries of the planetary ecosystem. In this way, the ecovillage is modeling how the whole of society (both in Ireland and elsewhere) can move towards living sustainably for the decades ahead.

The following pie charts give a comparison between Cloughjordan’s EF and those of a range of other Irish towns and communities, taken from the existing literature. There is much to be learnt from examining them.Cloughjordan EF compared


Pride of Place

Cloughjordan has won first prize in the Eco-Initiative category of the Price of Place competition, announced in Ennis on November 16th 2014. In their citation, the judges said: ‘The judges were expecting something special from this community and they were not disappointed. The judges were well aware of the Eco-Village project having visited it previously and always wondered how the new village and old village would work together. They were extremely impressed with what they saw and the positive impact both have on one another. They were particularly impressed with the involvement of the businesses in the area, the heritage, environmental and art communities, the appearance of the village and the sense of confidence and positivity in Cloughjordan, which must now be a watchword for best practice in an Eco community.’



Cloughjordan’s Eco Neighbourhood Wins International Award in China

Cloughjordan’s Ecovillage, or ‘eco-neighbourhood’, won First Prize at the International Awards for Liveable Communities in China on the 1st December 2013.

The prestigious LivCom International Awards are devoted to championing and rewarding sustainable development, quality of life and environmental best practice in communities around the world.

LivCom Awards 2013  Project Awards Winners Cloughjordan Eco Village

After three intensive days evaluating more than 60 finalists from around 30 countries, the judges reported that the standards being achieved by communities around the world were higher than ever.

The Ecovillage was entered in the category ‘Socio-Economic Projects’, which saw them compete against 21 international projects. The Project Awards recognise innovative projects which demonstrate sustainability and environmental awareness, and have a positive impact on the local community and environment.

The Ecovillage was nominated by North Tipperary County Council to take part in this competition in recognition of their outstanding efforts in the IPB National ‘Pride of Place’ All Island Competition, which is organised by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with Local Authorities across the country

A video on the eco-neighbourhood, which was made with Nicholas Ryan-Purcell was included in the presentation. This has been watched over 1500 times on You Tube


Radical Local Food Systems

Explore the possibilities and issues involved in localising most of the food systems for individuals and communities in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Ireland’s leading eco neighbourhood. Using a combination of presentations, tours, workshops and practical components – addressing food security issues, planning for a full diet, CSA and alternate market strategies, production of vegetable, meat, milk, dairy, grains – you may be surprised by the ways we can produce a whole diet locally and resiliently.

Date: 20th June  |  Level: Intermediate  |  Age: Adult  |  Duration: Day
Price: €50 if you book by July 1st / €70 thereafter.
Hosted by: The Ecovillage