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Louth - Event Notice
Saturday January 25 2014
02:00 PM

Sustainable Economic Development in The Local Area, The Cooley Peninsula: An Alternative to Austerity

category louth | environment | event notice author Thursday January 23, 2014 11:48author by Seán Crudden - Cooley Environmental and Health Group Report this post to the editors

14th Annual Winter Workshop

This year's Cooley Environmental and Health Group's winter workshop is planned to take place in The Strand, Omeath, on Saturday 25 January 2014 starting at 14:00. Professor Dennis Pringle is director and academic advisor of this year's workshop. However the workshop is not meant to be expert. All views and ideas are more than welcome.

Our workshop usually consists of a circle of less than 20 people who roll up their sleeves for a forthright discussion which lasts 3 or 4 hours at this time of year every year since the millennium. Will it be different this year?

We have often discussed controversial themes, including themes on the subject of mental health. But my feeling is that this year's seemingly uncontroversial theme has drawn much more negativity than usual.

Previous workshops which may have a relevance to this year's workshop were the second on "Energy," and a subsequent workshop on "Urban Sprawl." It seems to me that where people live is the one single factor which has the greatest bearing on sustainability in general.

author by Seán Crudden - Cooley Environmental and Health Grouppublication date Tue Jan 28, 2014 13:54author email sean_crudden at hotmail dot comauthor address Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co. Louthauthor phone 0879739945Report this post to the editors

At Saturday's successful, smoothly run, enjoyable winter workshop Paul Smyth was ratified as chairperson of Cooley Environmental and Health Group for 2014.

The group was founded at a public meeting in Ballymascanlon Hotel in 1994. So we're looking good for another 20.

A short report on the workshop will follow, if not today then in a few days time.

Photos available on Cooley Environmental and Health Group CEHG page on Facebook.

L - R.  Paul Smyth, Michael Corrigan.
L - R. Paul Smyth, Michael Corrigan.

author by Seán Crudden - Cooley Environmental and Health Grouppublication date Tue Jan 28, 2014 20:00author email sean_crudden at hotmail dot comauthor address Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co. Louthauthor phone 0879739945Report this post to the editors

Sustainable Economic Development in The Local Area, The Cooley Peninsula: An Alternative to Austerity?

"The Cooley Peninsula looks like a comfortable prosperous area. There are many small businesses embedded in the countryside demonstrating some native enterprise," Michael Corrigan said.

Seán Crudden opened the workshop offering sympathy to the family and friends of Nuala McAnoy and Barry Shaughnessy recently deceased. He pointed out that the day of the workshop was the exact anniversary of the murder of Detective Adrian O'Donoghoe. He also presented apologies from Joan Hardy, Suzanne Carroll, Glenda Byrne, Brendan Rafferty, Seán O'Connor.

Professor Dennis Pringle outlined in detail what is meant by "Austerity," "Sustainable," "Development." He pointed out that we were not talking about alternatives rather we meant something in addition to what is already there not something instead of what we have now. He pointed out that a local business was locally rooted but not confined to local customers.

The workshop separated into 3 groups in which all participants were asked to cast about for ideas. Reputation of Carlingford as a gourmet centre. Need for a railway track at Greenore. The Greenore port is underdeveloped. Warehousing around Greenore. Water sports. Sea-angling. Develop a visitors' centre like Bushmills at Cooley Distillery. Link with surrounding areas like Mourne and The Silent Valley to attract day-tourists. Cycling. Hill walking. More attractive rates for micro-generated electricity. School of Speech and Drama. Music. Dancing. Fleadh. A ferry between Omeath and Warrenpoint. Genealogical tourism (The Vice-President of the United States of America has relatives who are natives of Cooley). Greenway. Better broadband. Unify the whole peninsula as one. One stop shop for small businesses. Cruising on Carlingford Lough and Dundalk Bay. Upgrade commercial fishing. Cooley Whiskey, Cooley Potatoes; a market brand?

In general session the workshop considered issues like, innovation, incubation, enterprise. Educational initiatives to grow our own entrepeneurs. Leadership.

The Director of the workshop and academic advisor was Professor Dennis Pringle who is mentor of Cooley Environmental and Health Group. The Facilitator of the workshop was Mr. Dermot Mooney, outgoing chairperson of Cooley Environmental and Health Group. Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD and Seán Crudden lent assistance.

Others in attendance were: Michael Corrigan, Michael Farrelly, Kevin Hynes, Eric Hynes, Edward S. Crudden, Mrs. Anne Muldowney, Councillor Eamonn O'Boyle, FG, outgoing chairperson of Dundalk Town Council, Mrs. Christina O'Boyle.

9 of those attending stayed on and sat down to a satisfying communal meal of vegetable soup, brown bread and butter; roast beef, gravy, mash, roast potatoes, kale, carrrots and parsnips; apple tart and ice-cream; tea or coffee.

The workshop commenced at 14:15 with a break for tea at 15:30. Dinner commenced at 17:30. Seán Crudden took a few photographs of participants. A selection of these can be seen on the Cooley Environmental & Health Group CEHG page on Facebook.

Dennis Pringle, Anne Muldowney
Dennis Pringle, Anne Muldowney

Related Link: http://www.cooleyehg.webs.com
 
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