As part of Cork County Council and Cork Foundation Diaspora Strategy, we are delighted to announce Cork Foundation inaugural photo exhibition. This is part of a year long strategy with Cork County Council, linking with Corks diaspora.
The exhibition will take place October 26th at Cork County Council , and the exhibition will run for a week in Cork County Council main foyer.
We are calling Cork people at home and abroad to submit their photos, highlighting what Cork means to you.
What does Cork really mean to you?
The photos must be sent in jpeg format because they are being submitted by email and be no less than 300 ppi. They must also be submitted by the 21st of August to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If you would like to hear more about this inaugural photographic competition, you can email me at laura.Hallissey@corkfoundation.com
One of Cork Foundation main aims is to reach out to the Cork Diaspora, and give them an opportunity to give back to their parish, community and town in Cork. By investing in social enterprises we are making a substantial difference to communities across Cork.
Thank you to Dukes Coffee who recently hosted a fundraiser on behalf of Cork Foundation.
Dukes coffee kindly hosted the Cork Foundation in a fundraising drive on Friday 7th June raising awareness and fundraising for projects in Cork City and County. Through online and offline donations over €750.00 was raised on the day.
“The aim of this campaign is to get people active and talking about the importance of social enterprises for the community. Our key aim is to get people giving and by texting FRIEND to 50300 , a €4 donation will be given to social enterprises projects across the county” said Chairperson Cork Foundation Aine Collins.
We are connecting with the Cork Business community to create awareness and provide funding models for worthy social enterprises across Cork City and County.
Do you or your organisation want to Give back to Cork.
Contact our team today and we would be delighted with any help that you can give to Cork Foundation.
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Cork Foundation, connecting with the Cork network globally to support Cork Community locally have secured new offices with Republic of Work.
As of this week we have moved offices to Republic of Work No:12 South Mall.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Amarenco Solar who we have partnered with since last April for hosting the Cork Foundation in their Cork office over the last year.
Amarenco Solar is the Cork based independent power company that builds, operates and invests in solar photovoltaic plants. They have been at the forefront of delivering energy to their customers in an environmentally friendly and responsible way. Amarenco Solar have also been truly committed to giving back to local communities and to empowering other businesses in Cork City and County to get involved. It has been a pleasure to work alongside them and we thank them for their generosity.
We would also like to especially thank CEO of Amarenco Solar, John Mullins who is also a board member of The Cork Foundation for his continued support. His vision and initiative made a huge difference to the organisation and to the lives of people in Cork. We look forward to maintaining this special relationship into the future.
“We will be eternally grateful for John and his team at Amarenco Solar, for being a major part of the Cork Foundation story. As part of Amarenco Solar Corporate Social Responsibility strategy they have provided office space and support, this has helped the foundation to build and grow, and in turn deliver for communities and social enterprises in Cork” said Padraic Vallely CEO Cork Foundation.
Cork Foundation – Live Crowd Funding Event
Connecting Cork Social Enterprises with Funders
A recent innovative live Crowd Funding Event held by the Cork Foundation raised a total of over €12,000 which was distributed amongst four Cork Social Enterprises. The event consisted of a mix of potential donors and Cork business leaders, who were presented with a pitch by each of the four participating social enterprises, after which many of the invited guests pledged their donations to the organisation they felt most connected with.
The Cork Foundation which was set up to connect Cork people globally and locally to make a difference for Cork by supporting Cork Social Enterprises issued a call out in advance of the innovative event to social enterprises and received a remarkable fifty applications. A selection criterion for all social enterprises for this fundraising activity was that they had to be supporting sustainable jobs and making life better for people living in Cork – something that is vital for any Social Enterprise that the Cork Foundation supports. After careful consideration four organisations were chosen; Helium Arts, the Field of Dreams, First Light and Shine Ireland.
Helium Arts is a national children’s arts and health organisation, which endeavors to bring art, creativity and play to children and teenagers in hospitals and healthcare settings across Ireland. A total of €1,100 was donated by donors on the night.
The largest donation of €3,931 was contributed to the Field of Dreams. The Field of Dreams is an offshoot of Down Syndrome Cork, which supports approximately 360 families across Cork Region. The Field of Dreams strives to provide a safe environment where the nurturing of each participant’s personal growth and independent living.
First Light, offers support and information, and promotes research into the sudden, unexpected, often unexplained deaths of infants and young children. The generous donation of €1,387.50 obtained by First Light will contribute to helping those who are suffering from bereavement, through offering support from appropriately trained professionals.
The final Social Enterprise to benefit from this innovative approach to funding was Shine, an organisation founded in 2011 and since then has worked with hundreds of families of autistic children across Cork city and county to secure assessments, therapies, services and appropriate education for their children. This worthy charity received €1,804 which will aid the funding of the provision of these services.
These generous donations are greatly appreciated by both the participating social enterprise/charity and the Cork Foundation. Theses contributes enrich lives of many families throughout the Cork Region. For further information on the work of the Cork Foundation and how to support their work please visit www.corkfoundation.com.
Leah Flemming, First Light, Aine Collins, Chairperson Cork Foundation, Sheelah Moloney, Helium Arts, Colette Quinn, Shine Centre for Autism and Meg Halloran, Down Syndrome Cork pictured at the presentation of cheques from the live crowding event where €12,000 was pledged for non profit support from businesses in Cork.
Photo Joleen Cronin
For further comment you can contact Padraic at 0851261085 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Murphy’s Brewery – Corks History of Giving Back
The Evening Echo, Tanora, Spiced Beef and Roy Keane are among some of the gems and people that spring to mind at the mention of Cork.
The familiar chant of “Echo” throughout the streets of Cork City calling the people of Cork to buy their leading newspaper is one of the many charming quirks that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Tanora and Spiced Beef and their exclusivity to Cork may well be some of the many factors that contribute to the fact that Corkonians all agree that their County is quite simply the best in Ireland and undoubtedly Roy Keane can be credited with putting Cork on some level of international recognition.
However it is one Cork family and their incredible work in Cork business dating back as far as 1743 which greatly encapsulates and reflects the potential in Cork – both in business and giving back. These two qualities are recognised by the Cork Foundation as already having a massive existence in Cork but also as a great opportunity to spur economic growth and development in Cork when put together.
The Murphy’s Family and their contribution to Cork and its people is a story to be told and used to inspire others to follow a similar path. This is a tale with plenty of twists and turns but with the common thread of a hard working philanthropic family dedicated to their city.
Hurling differences aside Cork owes its beloved Murphys Stout to a Kilkenny man, Nicholas O’ Murphy who left The Marble City sometime between 1709 and 1711 and settled in the Rebel County. Although it took another century and 5 generations of Murphy’s before brewing began – there is a trait hidden within the branches of the Murphy family tree; the desire and willingness to give back to the City. It is clear and comforting to see this philosophy is still alive and well among business and people in Cork today.
Long before they entered the brewing business the Murphy family were first wealthy land owners. Nicholas’ grandson Jeremiah entered the leather trade and kick-started the family’s success in Cork business. Jeremiahs sons owned many ships in Cork and traded as far away as America and India creating huge business opportunities for an ever growing Cork. However, the business move the four brothers are most remembered for is the purchasing of a building in Midleton in 1825 in which they established a distillery – James Murphy and Co. This period in the family’s history does not just mark the beginning of their work in the brewing business but also their drive to improve the city in which they worked.
Jeremiahs children were known throughout Cork for their charitableness. Upon his death, James Murphy one of the four brothers was described as “venerable in respect, courtly in manner, kind and tender to the distressed” in the Cork Examiner, being credited with always being a primary financial donator in any attempt to build chapels, convents and schools around Cork throughout his life.
Investing in education and other initiatives to help the less fortunate communities of Cork at the time was a trait James shared with his siblings. The only daughter of the family, Mary Anne Murphy after being widowed quite early in her life, devoted most of her time to the “education of the poor girls of Blackrock parish”. Effects of this generation of the Murphy’s charitableness continues to trickle down into today’s society. The youngest of the four brothers – Nicholas contributed huge financial donations to the building of the Convent of Mercy,St Marie’s of the Isle in Cork while one of Nicholas’ sons – John Nicholas later became Mayor of Cork and founded one of Corks best known charities; St Vincent de Paul.
However, all the above mentioned philanthropy and charitable acts performed by the Murphy family are some of the lesser known marks they left on the city of Cork – predominantly brought to public knowledge by Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil and Donal Ó Drisceoil in their book “The Murphy’s Story”. Undoubtedly the most well-known and still existing mark left by the family and their business ventures is the Lady’s Well Brewery on Leitrim Street in Cork City.
Now the Heineken Brewery, Lady’s Well Brewery, founded by James J Murphy in 1856, which moved business from the Midleton distillery – founded by his grandfather and granduncles to the city. Under the direction of James J Murphy, output in Lady’s Well Brewery grew to 100,000 barrels per year before his death in 1897, remarkable growth for the time.
And while the company grew and expanded the famiy’s income increased significantly and their philanthropic nature continued to grow in accordance. James J Murphy continued to donate large sums of money to various hospitals, orphanages, churches and initiatives around Cork to help those who were struggling.
The newspapers at the time of his death in 1897 described a man who was “a giant in the commercial, and a prince in the charitable world”.
The physical signs of charitableness and philanthropy left behind by the Murphy family can be seen in various spots around Cork City yet ultimately their philosophy and work ethic has continued on and is seen throughout businesses in Cork.
Cork today is physically a much different landscape, the population has soared, technology has provided Cork with all it needs to compete on the national and international stage and more and more people are in a position to help. 2017 is as opportune a year as any to begin following the mind-set of the Murphy family and encourage and inspire other successful Cork businesses to leave their mark on Cork City and County, and perhaps time for Cork as a whole to adopt the motto of the Murphy family : “Fortis et Hospitalis – Strength and Hospitality”.
Deputy Mayor of the County Cork Cllr Kevin Conway, today launched the Pilot Community Diaspora Initiative. This is a joint initiative between Cork County Council, Cork Foundation and the National Diaspora Programme ‘Ireland Reaching Out which aims to connect Cork parishes with their global Diaspora, creating visibility for their locality while building relationships with descendants of these communities from all over the world.
Speaking at the launch, Deputy Mayor Conway said ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for our Cork parishes to discover their descendants, encourage them to visit while also significantly increasing international awareness of these towns in the first instance. I am delighted to see Cork County Council supporting the Cork Foundation and Ireland Reaching Out with the launch of this innovating and exciting enterprise.’
A number of pilot parishes have confirmed their participation in the Community Diaspora, including Belgooley/Riverstick, Blarney, Castlemartyr, Castletownshend, Clonakilty, Drimoleague, Drinagh, Killeagh/Inch, Passage West, Millstreet, Skibbereen. The Community Diaspora Initiative will build upon the experiences of the pilot parishes and roll out the opportunity for all Cork County parishes to get involved, offering everyone the prospect of tracing their ancestral home.
Áine Collins, Chairperson of Cork Foundation expressed great enthusiasm with this partnership between Cork Foundation, Cork County Council and Ireland Reaching Out, ‘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.’
Mike Feerick, Founder and Chairperson of Ireland Reaching Out, who was also in attendance and spoke at the event said, ‘The Cork Diaspora is Ireland largest Diaspora. More people left our shores from the County of Cork. As a result, Cork has a larger Diaspora today than any other County. As Ireland Reaching Out develops as the National Diaspora Programme, getting it active on the ground in Cork is hugely important. We are delighted to partner with Cork County Council and the Cork Foundation. Together with can achieve something extraordinary.’
Nicola Radley, Senior Executive Officer Cork County Council also spoke about this exciting and innovative partnership with the Cork Foundation and Ireland Reaching Out, ‘We have a very strong record, and place huge importance, in citizen engagement and facilitating our citizens. We now very much look forward to engaging with Corkonians the world over. Our intention is to first engage with each of our pilot communities and to, in time replicate their success in each and every community in County Cork
Deputy Mayor Conway went on to say, ‘With so many Cork County parishes already included in the Community Diaspora I am in no doubt sure that this will be a highly successful and engaging project that will deliver real and lasting benefits, to the people of Cork and to our Cork Diaspora. Parishes from North and South across the County are represented enabling the Cork Diaspora to trace their home parishes and we will offer all a Cork Céad Míle Fáilte!’
Padraic Vallely, CEO Cork Foundation commented ‘We are delighted to partner with Cork County Council on this unique volunteer driven Diaspora strategy. This is a fantastic chance to reach out to the Irish community abroad and promote the parishes of Cork County, the stories and the heritage in each parish. If you want to get your parish involved, please contact email@example.com
Further information is available at www.IrelandXo.com
4 charities supported at Cork Foundations live crowdfunding event
Over €12,000 pledged to the causes.
The Cork Foundation, the first foundation which connects Cork People globally and helps Cork people locally held a unique fundraising event, a live crowdfunding for non profits on 24th November in the Vertigo Room , Cork County Council.
The Cork Foundation once again joined forces with Philanthropy Ireland to reaffirm its motto of “Cork people helping Cork people”. Both organisations who have worked together in the past to encourage businesses and individuals to give something back to Cork and support the City and County’s many worthy charities were this time joined by the Funding Network.
On the night, there was over €12,000 pledged to the four organisations who were pitching for funding.
More than 50 applications were received by the Cork Foundation from charities wishing to pitch their projects to potential donors on the evening. After reviewing all the applications four charities were chosen to present on the night.
The room full of potential donors and Cork business leaders, overlooking Cork City were introduced to each of the four organisations and the people they help. Field Of Dreams introduced us to their proposed project in Curraheen which aims to give invaluable, practical life skills to the many young people in Cork with Down Syndrome. FirstLight displayed how any amount of available support could help them with their task of aiding Cork parents who have lost a child. Helium Arts showed how they have been using the arts to improve the lives of thousands of Cork teenagers living with Chronic illness and Shine introduced their project aimed at giving much needed support Cork parents with autistic children.
Cork Foundation CEO Padraic Vallely started the evening off by encouraging everyone in the room to continue giving something back to Cork through connections, time or financial donations.
The event was about raising awareness and funds for four great organisations who are making a substantial difference in their chosen field.
“The Cork Foundation is about giving back for Cork, and we want to connect with individuals and businesses who want to give back to Cork.”
Eilish Murray , Executive Director Philanthropy Ireland said “ We were delighted to be involved with the event, promoting giving and also making a difference to the community. The event provided an opportunity to highlight Philanthropy by enabling people to participate in an alternative and innovative model of giving. Philanthropy is for everyone.”
Mr Vallely concluded urging all attendees to get involved and to give back through the Cork Foundation, empowering individuals and businesses to give back to the community.
If you would like to donate to these great causes or continue to support Cork Foundation please visit http://www.corkfoundation.com/donate/
Amarenco Solar announce new partnership with The Cork Foundation
28th September, 2016: Amarenco Solar are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Cork Foundation. Amarenco Solar is the Cork-based independent power company that builds, operates and invests in solar photovoltaic plants. Amarenco is a fast growing company across European markets.
The Cork Foundation is dedicated to supporting long-term growth across Cork City & County through sustainable job creation by funding and supporting social enterprises and charitable organisations. The Cork Foundation is very pleased to work so closely with a successful business, having such a positive long-term effect on our environment.
Amarenco Solar are ensuring their corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagement is truly local by hosting Cork Foundation staff in their offices.
CEO of Amarenco Solar, John Mullins, a board member of The Cork Foundation said: “This initiative presents both organisations with a great opportunity to make a real difference in Cork. We are proud to implement our first CSR initiative at Amarenco Solar and it is great to work alongside The Cork Foundation. It is all about giving back to Cork communities and we want to empower other businesses in Cork City and County to get involved.”
CEO of the Cork Foundation, Pádraic Vallely said: “At the core of the Cork Foundation we are about Cork people helping Cork people – this has been epitomised by Amarenco providing us with our office space. With our offices now located on Anglesea Street, we are confident that with a strong base/foundations under us, it will spur us on to the next level. Amarenco have had incredible success in a relatively short period of time with their work in renewable energy, this gives us great hope for the possible effects of our partnership on the wider Cork Community”.
It is hoped that this partnership may inspire and encourage other business leaders in Cork to see the importance and benefits of giving back. Corporate Social Responsibility is a wonderful opportunity for brands to connect and invest in community around them.