Diaspora Training Day/ Photographic Exhibition Launch

The Cork Foundation, which connects Cork networks globally to support Cork people locally have undertaken a year-long Diaspora strategy with Cork County Council.

As part of the partnership between Cork County Council and Cork Foundation , the aim is to get communities active and engaged  with their diaspora. The training sessions took place The Council Chambers in Cork County Council. This was the third training session which has been run in the last few months. Over 100 parishes and communities have now successfully engaged in this training across Cork County.

Diaspora, Cork Foundation, Tim Lucey, Laura Colleran Ireland Reaching Out, Declan Hurley, Padraic Vallelly, Cork County Council,
From left to Right Laura Colloran, Ireland Reaching Out, Cork County Manager Tim Lecey, Cork County Mayor Declan Hurley and Padraic Vallelly, Cork Foundation

Also announced on the day was the launch of an international photographic exhibition, which will take place in October , at Cork County Hall. Applications are open to Cork people at home and abroad, and the showcase will take place in Cork County Hall in October.

Applications now open under three headings-
·              Community activism,
·              What does Cork really mean to you?
·              Cork in days gone by.
If you would like to hear more about this inaugural photographic competition, you can email me at
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley said, “The Cork County Community Diaspora is a joint initiative between Cork County Council &Cork Foundation and we are looking forward to play an active role in reaching out and connecting with our international diaspora.”

Áine Collins, Chairperson of Cork Foundation expressed great enthusiasm with this partnership between Cork Foundation and Cork County Council ‘This is a great opportunity to connect our Irish – Cork community abroad and at home.  Our Irish community abroad is a National asset which we are delighted to be connecting to their ancestral place.’

Laura Colleran, Project Manager Ireland Reaching Out, who presented details on the opportunities available to the Diaspora through the IrelandXo website went on to say, “ We are really excited to be partnering with Cork County Council and Cork Foundation on this great initiative. It is fantastic to see Cork leading the way in Diaspora and Community Development.”

 Tim Lucey, Cork County Mayor, Declan Hurley, Padraic Vallelly, Cork Foundation, Cork County Council


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