O’Donovan Waste Disposal Announces New Partnership with London GAA

Great news for O’Donovan Waste Disposal, they have just announced that they have committed to a two-year sponsorship agreement with the London GAA County Board. The sponsorship deal will cover both the London Senior football and hurling teams.  ‘O’Donovan are thrilled to back London GAA for the next two years and look forward to working closely with their senior management and the team.’

Launching the new strip London will wear over the next two years, Michael O’Donovan, Chairman said: “As a London Irish company, we look for family and community sponsorship’s to link with our customers and to help build our brand. With multitudes of London GAA supporters and such exciting times ahead, we are delighted to announce this partnership. We are looking forward to a very successful association with London GAA. We would like to wish the London Senior teams in both hurling and football all the luck over the next few years and all at O’Donovan will be cheering you on!!”

John Lacey, Chairman of London County Board, said: “The association with London GAA is a high-profile sporting opportunity, and we are delighted to find partners that share our values and are committed to our teams, clubs and supporters. Irish Waste Disposal is a strong Irish business, with the same commitment to succeed as our players,”




Connecting Rural Communities

The Cork Foundation, who connect with the Cork network globally, to support Cork people locally are delighted to become a strategic partner with Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen. This exciting new venture, who opened their doors in August of 2016, is located in the South West of Ireland. The Ludgate Hub utilises the digital age for job creation and innovation. Ludgate aims to facilitate up to 75 people in a creative co-working environment with a long-term objective of creating 500 jobs for this rural area in Cork. The idea is to harness all the talent that West Cork and our international diaspora has to offer.

It is a glowing example of the type of innovation occurring in rural communities. Similarly, to Cork Foundation Ludgate are focused on engaging with the Irish Diaspora and in facilitating job growth in West Cork. They aim to do this using digital technology. We are all aware that due to the advancement in technology, the world we live in has gotten smaller. The Ludgate Hub aims to bring jobs back to West Cork and connectivity appears to be the key to this initiative. Ludgate hopes to be a blueprint for other rural towns. Their vision is to make rural areas in Cork a hotspot for technology start-ups.

Cork Foundation are excited to work together with Ludgate Hub to help foster the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in West Cork. By partnering with Ludgate, this reinforces Cork Foundations focus on creating jobs, empowering the community and giving back to Cork.

Chairperson of Cork Foundation Aine Collins stated at the announcement: “This is a very exciting initiative for Cork Foundation, and we are calling on Cork people around the world to support this unique and inspiring project”

Adrienne Harrington, CEO of the Ludgate Hub stated ‘We at Ludgate are delighted to partner with the Cork Foundation, an organisation that shares many of the same values. This new relationship will allow Cork people, living both in Ireland and abroad to support the work that we are doing at Ludgate in a very real way.’

CEO of Cork Foundation, Padraic Vallely stated. “This is a prime example of the projects that Cork Foundation support, a community which is creating jobs, but also giving back to the community. We look forward to engaging and exploring all these possibilities with Ludgate.”

If you would like to find out any other information about the Ludgate Hub log onto their website or contact one of the Cork Foundation team, we would be happy to assist you.




Home and Away Diaspora Exhibition Takes Off to Cork Airport

Cork Foundations inaugural photographic Exhibition, Cork Home and Away has moved location. It is now on display in Cork Airport so that more visitors to our shores can see the beautiful sights of Cork. To celebrate this move we hosted a drinks reception on Wednesday 22nd of November at Cork Airport.

The County Mayor Declan Hurley and the Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald were both in attendance. As was Cork Foundation CEO Padraic Valelly.

“We are delighted to partner with Cork Foundation as part of our Diaspora strategy. It has been an exciting year so far, we have held four Diaspora training sessions and trained over 100 people. We have also helped to bring an extra 500,000 euro into our local communities. We are excited to see what next year has in store and we hope that more and more people will reconnect with their Cork routes”, Commented Declan Hurley, Cork County Mayor.

“It is great to see the impact that Cork Foundation is having on the local Community. It is so important that funds go back into local projects in Cork and continue to help to grow social enterprise in both Cork City and County”, Commented Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald.

Cork Foundations main aim is to connect Cork network globally to support Cork people locally. We are thrilled that we can help to show case all that Cork has to offer through these wonderful images of Cork city and county. We hope that the many visitors to Cork will enjoy them as much as we have.

The Cork Foundation is about Cork people and those with an affinity to Cork. It has been wonderful to partner with Cork County Council as they share our vision for Cork. We want to connect even more people with their Cork routes and help to give back to Cork in a meaningful way,” Commented Cork Foundation CEO Padraic Valelly.

We would like to thank Cork Airport for allowing us to continue displaying our photographic exhibition to the people of Cork. We would also like to thank Bank of Ireland and photographer Michael O’Sullivan for helping us with our prize giving and of course to all the photographers who submitted their beautiful photographs.


Hack for Good 2- Breaking News

We are delighted to announce that CPL have come in as key note sponsor for our upcoming #HackforGood event taking place in partnership with Republic of Work, 12 South Mall, Cork, Friday 13th October from 8am-8pm.

Cpl is a recognised leader in workforce solutions, specialist recruitment, managed services and outsourcing. They are passionate about ‘giving back’ and about technology, with over 50 specialist recruiters placing top technology talent in organisations every day. We feel Cpl are a natural fit for the promotion and roll out of our HackforGood campaign.

The five projects chosen to take part in HackforGood Part II are:

  • Equine Assisted Learning aims to facilitate children and adults to become emotionally resilient and self- aware through Equine Assisted Learning
  • Mna Feasa is a women’s domestic violence project established in 1991
  • S.H.A.R.E – S.H.A.R.E provides support to the elderly of Cork city by providing accommodation and friendship.
  • Surf To Heal East Cork  Surf2Heal East Cork is a local non-profit organisation which provides Summer surf camps for young children aged 4-18 with Autism.
  • Togher Family Centre  Togher Family Centre is a voluntary, community-based project located in the heart of Deanrock Estate, Togher, Cork.

 There is still time to register your interest and give back to worthy projects from Cork. We need you to offer your time and services if you have the following skillsets:

  • Web Designers,
  • Web Developers,
  • Graphic Designers,
  • IT Experts,
  • Communication & Digital marketing experts,
  • Photographers and Videographers

If you would like to give back for Cork, email


Hack for Good, CPL, Republic of Work, Cork Foundation, Mna Feasa, SHARE, equine, Togher Family Centre,Surf to Heal,


Cork Life Centre – Student Profile William

William had a rocky beginning in mainstream education. He joined the Life Centre in 2014 as a 3rd year student, two years ago. He is eagerly anticipating his return in September. He described his relationship with the centre as “too strong, it is unbelievable – it’s not just another school this is a family. It has changed my life as well as my families.”

In 2008 After budget cuts, the Cork Life Centre lost all funding from the department of education. However, the centre has still managed to grow and continue to help all the students that pass through its doors. “The donations we receive benefit the students and the teachers so much.” Last year William went to Calcutta in India to help street children, an opportunity he may not have had if he had stayed in a mainstream school. “I am so grateful, it is hard to talk about and explain the experience but it has completely changed my outlook on life, the children have so little but are still so grateful for everything they have.”

The 17 year old is determined to sit his leaving certificate and has aspirations about becoming professionally involved with mixed martial arts. At the tender age of 17 William has already won 6 national titles in MMA and Jiu-jitsu and is currently preparing for the World and European Championships next year.

The Cork Life Centre works to provide services to those students who felt distant from the mainstream education system and to give young people across Cork a second chance at succeeding in a school environment. Deputy director Rachel Lucey says “the developments which have been made as a result of the funding from the Cork Foundation have been consistent and have helped to improve the lives of so many young people throughout Cork city and county.” The centre wants to see their students get a step closer to their aspirations and dreams.



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 or

If you would like to hear more about this inaugural photographic competition, you can email me at

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.


Cork Foundation, Cork County Council , Diaspora, Photographic Exhibition, Cork Home and Away


Thank You Amarenco Solar

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. 

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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.  


CSR Partnership launch with Amerenco Solar and Cork Foundation
John Mullins, CEO Amarenco Solar and Padraic Vallely CEO Cork Foundation at recent Corporate Social Responsibility Partnership

“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. 


Connecting Cork Social Enterprises with Funders

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.

Cork Foundation, Field of Dreams, Shine, First Light, Helium Arts


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

JC260417 REPRO FREE 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

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


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