Monday, July 30, 2007

Solar Water Heating Workshop at the Gyreum

Solar Water Heating Workshop at the Gyreum
22-23 September
Workshop provider: Andy Wilson
This two day workshop will look at all aspects of DIY Solar Water Heating. Working solar panels will be constructed from old domestic radiators and other scrap materials. Although a DIY solar panel costs very little and is relatively easy to make, the finished product is of a high standard and capable of heating water to 80 Celsius or more. Even in the winter months a DIY solar panel can be used to pre-warm water heated by more conventional means.
Between the various practical sessions constructing the panels and incorporating them into simple plumbing circuits, there will be a number of short presentations covering site assessment, system sizing, plumbing configurations, thermal storage, integration with other heat sources, insulation, and safety considerations.
This is a hands-on workshop with a limited number of places so that all participants get plenty of opportunity to get fully involved in panel construction and installation. While it will not be possible for participants to make their own solar panel from scratch during the workshop, participants are welcome to bring their own materials and work on them when time permits.
For further information on the course content, contact Andy directly at 098 26281 or email
Bookings should be made through the Gyreum.
Andy Wilson is editor of Sustainability magazine and works part time as a sustainable building and renewable energy consultant. He has a particular interest in low cost, low environmental impact projects which are able to reuse and recycle waste materials.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Rural Business Women's Network

Anke Morgenroth of Bear Essentials in Bawnboy along with the support of ‘WIN Ireland’ and ‘West Cavan and Fermanagh Economic Development Project is hosting a Networking Event.

This is a great opportunity to bring local businesses, from West Cavan, Fermanagh and Leitrim, together to support and learn from each other's experiences as well as to promote the businesses in the region.

If you are thinking about going into business this will also be a great opportunity for you to find out what is available, get feedback and build up your confidence in going forward.

Format for the evening:

· Showcase of local businesses. NB: this is open to all business sectors, from manufacturing to retail as well as accommodation providers, consultants or other professionals.
· Brief demonstrations from local businesses.
· Presentation of networking initiative including the benefits of networking
· Speed networking – (This will give you the opportunity to meet with other women, and exchange details)
· Discussion groups on the barriers for business women in the region, the gaps and how can we adapt the WIN model to the needs of women in West Cavan.

Venue: Silver Bear Centre
Bear Essentials
Bawnboy, Co. Cavan

Time 7.30 – 10.00 pm

Date: 20th of August 2007

Cost: Free to attend
€10 to showcase business

To register or for further information please contact:

Eilish McLaughlin
Cavan County Enterprise Board
The Market House, Blacklion
087 7630315

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Network News

We have been a little quiet on the Networking side of things for the last while mainly due to the fact that people are busy and we have tried not add to your work load at this time of year .This is just a general email out to you all re: some things of interest.

Firstly I am away on annual leave from today July 25th until September 3rd... Ollie is also away until August 10th so all queries to Olga for anything urgent.

Workshop on Community Participation in Countryside Management coming up in see attached file. First come first serve.

This is the link to the latest edition of the Greenbox Times

Hug the Bundle is delighted to report that Fermanagh District Council has implemented an incentive scheme to promote the use of real nappies. Every new mother living in the Fermanagh area is to receive a £30 voucher towards a starter pack of real nappies. The voucher can be collected when registering a birth at the Town Hall in Enniskillen. Please pass on the word and make sure if you are eligible to collect your pack. The following article provides more information on the scheme.

Teresa O Hare may be in contact with you in the next while; she is carrying out a network analysis and will be approaching network members with a comprehensive questionnaire. please , please respond to it , your opinion is very important in the shaping of the network for the future.

Reminder to you all - keep sending us information about your businesses so that we can post it up on the blog.

Coming up

Next Network meeting is on Wednesday 5th of September in Inishbeg Cottages in Blaney in Fermanagh 8.00pm

Eu flower training scheduled to start within the next two weeks. We have had a lot of interest in this and have signed up 13 people so far…

Greenbox standards training notice of select tender list has gone up on the server, tenders expected back during August and training scheduled to start September (Free)

Ecotourism certificate training to be delivered in the autumn after a suitable organization has been identified.

Canoe Courses

Carratraw Canoe Centre introductory courses cover skills from the level 1 (1 day course) & level 2 (2 day course) skills awards in general purpose kayaks.

The courses are run at Carratraw Bridge on the edge of Lough Erne, lovely clean water on a secluded river making it an ideal location to enjoy the thrill of learning a new skill.
Excellent qualified instructors that are enthusiastic and experienced to ensure you are safe, learn the fundamental techniques, and the simple safety rules that will help you enjoy a lifetime of water activities.

Our introductory courses provide all the equipment you need – kayak, paddle, wetsuit, waterproof paddle jacket, buoyancy aid and helmet. Changing facilities are available at Carratraw Canoe Centre.

Senior Courses
Level I Kayak Proficiency Skills Course
Monday 30th July,2007
Wednesday 1st August,2007

Level 2 Kayak Proficiency Skills Course (day 1)
Tuesday 31st July,2007
(2nd day to be arranged)
Thursday 2nd August, 2007
(2nd day to be arranged)

A limited number of places are still available on the above courses.
The commencement of the above and other courses will depend on the level of interest in each particular course. The above Senior Courses are suitable for persons over the age of 16.

Contact Details:

Carrawtraw Canoe Centre
Butlers Bridge,
Co. Cavan
Phone No: +353(0)872905752

Well folks that are about it have a nice ecotourism summer!
See you all in the autumn.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Green Guide

Check out The National Geographic Green Guide for everything from Green Home Makeover to testing your Eco-IQ.
A very interesting and informative website. Olga

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Courses Happening in the Area

Cheese making at Corleggy in 2007:

5th august
12th august

This is a day long course where students bring their own 10liter bucket and make their own hard cheese of one kg.We are using raw milk and during the course of making the cheese we will have coffee and lunch. the course starts at 11 am and finishes at 5pm.
After about three month we will all meet again to taste each others cheeses which will have been matured under each students individual conditions.The making of the cheese takes place in the yard and it is a
good opportunity to learn and meet new people at the same time.


Silke Cropp

Corleggy cheeses

Grow with The Organic Centre

is the theme for this year’s Garden Day at The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim on Sunday 22nd of July from 11am -5pm.

Every garden can be run organically, from the smallest to the largest, whatever the location and everyone young and old, can grow organic vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. It is now widely accepted that organic growing produces healthy nutritious food.

On Garden Day we want to encourage everyone to grow organically and we will show how to do it successfully.

Walks, talks, workshops and displays will deal with best practice, rotation, seed sowing, protected cropping, composting, growing herbs and fruit, slug control, pest and disease control. Staff and students of the centre will be on hand during the day to give advice.
One of the main features of the day will be a presentation on community gardening as a critical link between small scale family gardening and commercial growing.

The Eco shop and the Grass Roof Café will be open all day.
For more information call 071-9854338,


Interesting Funding Opportunity

Hi everybody,

There is a new financial incentive available from The Leitrim Head Start Award for more information contact the email address below .
Expressions of interest should be emailed in before July 31st 2007. A full application pack will be circulated to all those who applied in August.It is worth €33000 to a new business.An evaluation panel will select the best new business in the Autumn.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Hi Everyone

This is a very good site for all things eco. It is especially good for getting your eco products delivered to your door.

Check it out!


Monday, July 9, 2007

Dear All

This is a site that you may be interested in visiting:

Their mission:

Sustainable Travel International (STI) is a global leader in sustainable tourism development. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization’s mission is to promote sustainable development and responsible travel by providing programs that enable consumers, businesses and travel-related organizations to contribute to the environmental, socio-cultural and economic values of the places they visit, and the planet at large.