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Cork Foundation’s Diaspora Photographic Exhibition arrives in Cobh

Cork Foundation’s Diaspora Photographic Exhibition has moved to Cobh. Thanks to the Port of Cork, all through the month of August people visiting Cobh will be treated to some beautiful shots of Cork City and County. Thank you to all those who came along including some of the photographers, to help us to celebrate our exhibitions new home.

The exhibition is part of Cork Foundations Diaspora strategy in partnership with Cork County Council. The Foundation aims to strengthen the connection between people who have left Ireland. To mark the launch of the exhibition we hosted a reception last Tuesday 31st of July at Cobh Maritime.

Opening of Cork Foundation’s Diaspora Photographic Exhibition at Cobh Maritime Centre
Picture: Niamh Whitty/OSM Photo

Cork Foundation CEO Aine Collins says, We would like to thank Minister David Stanton and everyone at the Port of Cork for joining us on the day. We are very proud of the exhibition and we hope that those visiting our shores will enjoy it too.  

Minister of State in the Department of Justice and Equality David Stanton says, “I am delighted to help support Cork Foundation in their endeavor to reinforce the connection of those who leave Ireland, to their Irish roots. This exhibition allows visitors to rediscover what they love about Cork.”

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Diaspora Photographic Exhibition Prize Giving

Cork Foundation were delighted to present the winners of our Cork Home and Away Diaspora Photographic Exhibition competition with their prizes on Monday 26th of February. The chosen five will now go on display in one of Bank of Ireland branches in Midleton, Glanmire or Little Island. The exhibition which was housed in Cork Airport during the lead up to Christmas, was part of our Diaspora strategy with Cork County Council. The purpose of this partnership is to highlight opportunities in local communities throughout Cork. Deputy Mayor Cllr Ian Doyle and Chairperson of Cork Foundation Aine Collins were both in attendance.

Cork Foundations main aim is to connect Cork network globally to support Cork people locally. We were fortunate enough to receive over 200 submissions and from that 75 were chosen to be put on display in both the County Council Offices and Cork Airport over the last few months. From this, five photos and three photographers were chosen as the overall winners of the competition, Martin Duggan, Kaumal Baig and Lorna MacDonald. Our hope is that the exhibition strengthens our connection to Cork by showing what Cork really means to people both at home and abroad.

In speaking of the Exhibition Prize Giving, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley commented; “The Cork County Community Diaspora is a joint initiative between Cork County Council and Cork Foundation and one which has been wonderfully successful. It has provided a fantastic opportunity for Cork parishes to discover their descendants, encourage them to visit while also significantly increasing international awareness of these locations in the first instance.  As Mayor it gives me great pride to see people find their roots in Ireland and especially in Cork. “  

Cork Foundation would like to thank Cork County Council, Cork Airport, Bank of Ireland, Photographer Michael O’Sullivan and of course all the photographers who contributed to making the exhibition a wonderful success.

Chairperson Aine Collins and Deputy Mayor Cllr Ian Doyle pictured with winner Kaumal Baig (centre) at the Prize Giving for our Diaspora Photographic Exhibition in partnership with Cork county Council at Republic of Work, South Mall, Cork
Picture: Michael O’Sullivan/OSM Photo

Cork Foundation would like to congratulate the three winners of our Diaspora Photographic Exhibition Competition for their wonderful contribution. We at the foundation want to reach out even further to our Cork Diaspora and help to connect them with their Cork routes. This exhibition was a great opportunity to do just that. Commented Aine Collins, Chairperson of Cork Foundation.

Cork Foundation are delighted to partner with Cork County Council and looking forward to develop and strengthen our diaspora strategy throughout 2018/2019.” Commented Padraic Vallely, CEO Cork Foundation.

 

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Home and Away Diaspora Photographic Exhibition

Cork Foundation was delighted, as part of our Diaspora strategy with Cork County Council, to host our inaugural photographic exhibition competition, Cork Home and Away on Thursday 26th of October in Cork County Council Offices.

COO Padraic Vallely who was in attendance commented, “We are delighted to be partnering with Cork County Council on this unique event. It is so important to reach out to Cork people at home and away, and connect and link back with their Cork heritage.”

Cork Foundations main aim is to connect Cork network globally to support Cork people locally and their was no better way than to show case all the talent that Cork has to offer. Even when people leave our shores they still keep these images of the most iconic places in Cork with them and we wanted to celebrate that at this event. It was a great opportunity to find out what Cork really means to people.

No matter how long it’s been when people leave Ireland, first, second, third generation, they still see themselves as Irish. This exhibition gives people the opportunity to celebrate their Cork roots”  Commented Aine Collins, Chairperson of Cork Foundation.

The Mayor of Cork County also commented: “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.”

To find out more about how you can engage with our Diaspora strategy please contact one of the team.

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Cork Home and Away

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 info@corkfoundation.com or diaspora@corkfoundation.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.

 

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Diaspora Training Launched across Cork County

 

Cork County Community Diaspora Initiative welcomes more community involvement

 

The Cork Foundation,  which connects Cork people globally to help Cork people locally recently held a number of diaspora training sessions. 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 in The Avondhu Blackwater Partnership in Castletownroche and The Council Chambers in Cork County Council.This followed from the very successful launch of the Pilot Community Diaspora Initiative which aimed 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.

 

Further training sessions for the Cork County Community Diaspora training took place recently and welcomed a new collection of communities including Kilworth, Castletownroche, Fermoy, Lombardstown, Mitchelstown, Blarney, Drimoleague, Youghal, Ballycotton, Inch, Drinagh, Passage West, Castlemartyr, Mourneabbey, Ballydehob and Innishannon.

In welcoming representatives of a number of communities to County Hall, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Seamus McGrath said, “The Cork County Community Diaspora is a joint initiative between Cork County Council, Cork Foundation and the National Diaspora Programme ‘Ireland Reaching Out’ and will provide an a fantastic opportunity for Cork parishes to discover their descendants, encourage them to visit while also significantly increasing international awareness of these locations in the first instance.”

Cork County Mayor Seamus McGrath Padraic Vallely Cork Foundation

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.’

 

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.  We want to connect with parishes across the island of Ireland and get communities to engage with their diaspora. It is fantastic to see Cork leading the way in Diaspora and Community Development.”

 

Padraic Vallely, CEO Cork Foundation was delighted with the response to the initiative so far, “Following on from our launch in November 2016, we are delighted to host two further training days, open to all parishes across the county. We have had a very strong response , with parishes from all across Cork county, looking forward to engage with their diaspora. Following on from these training days, we aim to liaise with the relevant parishes, and help them reach out to Cork Community abroad.”

If you or your community would like to get involved in this community training, contact support@corkfoundation.com

Click here to register with Ireland Reaching XO System: www.irelandxo.com

Nicola Radley, Padraic Vallely, County Mayor Seamus McGrath, Ireland Reaching Out, Cork Foundation

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The International Competitive Fund

Do you have a great business idea from anywhere in the world?

 New Enterprise Ireland Fund Offers €50k seed money to plant and grow your start-up in Ireland.

Enterprise Ireland is opening a new seed fund offering €50k seed investments for mobile start-up companies, from anywhere in the world, to locate in Ireland in return for an equity stake.

The International Competitive Start Fund (CSF) is a competition open to globally ambitious start-ups from anywhere in the world.

Under the competitive fund, up to 10 winners will receive €50k seed funding as well as top-class business development support from Enterprise Ireland.

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Applications to the fund will be accepted online from August 24th to September 7th.

The best 20 applicants will be invited and sponsored to pitch in Cork, Ireland on November 18 at The Global Startup Gathering, a celebration of the global start-up community.

Full details on the fund and eligibility criteria are available here

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. It works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. In 2015, Enterprise Ireland invested in 217 start-ups 35 of those were international start-ups.

Ireland is a thriving and rapidly-growing haven for high potential start-up companies and multi-national corporations alike including:Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 15.42.54

  • 9 of the world’s top 10 medical technology companies, such as Boston Scientific and Medtronic.
  • 8 of the top pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer and Amgen.
  • 3 of the top 5 games companies, such as EA and Activision.
  • 9 out of 10 world-leading technology and internet companies such as Facebook and Google.
  • 15 of the top 20 world-leading Life Science companies for like Abbott Laboratories and Allergan.
  • Over 50% of the world’s leading Financial Services firms like JP Morgan Chase and HSBC among others.

Ireland has a strong, educated, English speaking workforce who are adaptable and flexible. It is situated on the edge of mainland Europe, which makes it ideal for exporting and importing. Companies who run operations in

Ireland can greatly benefit from the low corporation tax of 12.5%.

 

For more information see: https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/funding-supports/Company/HPSU-Funding/Competitive-Start-Fund-Overseas.html

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