Cork City Centre goes for Purple

Application being prepared to achieve Purple Flag status for Cork City centre

 Cork Chamber is pleased to announce that Cork City is in the process of applying for the prestigious Purple Flag award with a planned application being submitted in July 2015. The Purple Flag is an international accreditation awarded to city and town centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy. The awarding of a flag symbolises that a location offers an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out. The Purple Flag application process has brought together a multitude of stakeholders through the Cork City Centre Forum partnering together to ensure the successful awarding to Cork City centre, with Cork Chamber coordinating and funding the application on behalf of the Cork City centre area.


The Purple Flag is an accreditation similar to that of the Blue Flag for beaches, and is likened to a “gold standard” award for cities and town centres. The application process requires a comprehensive set of standards, management processes and good practice procedures to be in place with regard to city or town management with the award specifically focusing on the safety, appeal, movement within and management of the city centre between the hours of 5pm to 5am.


Gillian Keating, Chair of the Cork City Centre Forum, highlights the award as “a great opportunity to work together for the further promotion and betterment of our vibrant and ever changing city centre area. The awarding of a Purple Flag to Cork City will further secure our footing as a city that is looking to the future, thinking innovatively and working together to ensure a strong, energetic, entertaining and adaptable city for the future.  The cities that achieve Purple Flag status are those that are safe, vibrant, appealing, well managed and that offer a positive experience to customers visiting the city centre during the evening and night time”.


Michelle O’Sullivan, Purple Flag Coordinator at Cork Chamber, added that “the achievement of Purple Flag status for the city will work to positively enhance and promote our city centre as an excellent place to visit and spend time. It will act as a strong marketing and promotion tool to those operating in and around the city centre area reinforcing Corks standing as a great city.  It is important to bear in mind that this award is ultimately for the users of Cork City centre. We want to work to create a location that is inclusive, where people want to visit time and time again, where the diversity of the city offering is such that there is something for everyone, where people will feel safe and secure, and in a location that strengthens our civic pride. We live in a great city, and the gold standard associated with the Purple Flag award will be our instantly recognisable mark of excellence”.


As part of the application process, users of Cork City centre will be asked to complete a short opinion survey. Volunteers will be taking to the city centre streets on Friday the 8th of May and will be asking for opinions with regard to Cork City as a location for an evening and/ or night out. Respondents will enter a competition to win one of four excellent prizes with dinner for two at Kudos restaurant in the Clarion Hotel, a pair of tickets to the Long Table Dinner taking place on June 14th as part of Cork Midsummer Festival, a €100 voucher for Vibes and Scribes, and a chance to win VIP tickets to the opening night of Pulses of Tradition taking place in the Triskel Christchurch on the 4th June, being up for grabs. The survey will also be available publicly via the Cork City website www.cork.ieand the Cork Chamber website  For more information on the Purple Flag for Cork City please contact Cork Chamber on 021 453 0132 or email:


Cork Chamber is the leading business organisation in Cork supporting and representing the interests of close to 1,100 businesses employing 100,000 people in the region. Cork Chamber has a mandate to develop and promote policy recommendations that create an enabling business environment and support the region’s economic development.



Auction of Antique & High Class Furniture etc.

On Saturday April 25th at 12 noon on the Premises

For The Sister Provincial

AuctionerTo Include: Reg Mah 4 Door Library Bookcase & Others, Vic Dining Tables & Chairs, Vic Pedestal Desk, Vic Hall Tables & Chairs, Pianos, Ornate Hall Stand, Vic Armchairs, Recliner Chair, Tub Chairs, Vic Sideboards, Davenport, Vic Breakfast Tables,  Card Table, Inl China Cabinet,  Occ Tables & Chairs, Wicker Armchairs, Chaise Longue, Office Furniture, Safe,  Vic Serving Table, 3 Piece Suites, Mah Whatnot, Church Pews & Kneelers, Statues & Religious Pictures, Steel Lockers, Large Selection of Plated Silver, Brass, Glass, China & Prints. Nilfisk Floor Washer, Rlectric Organ, Catering Food Mixer, Electric Meat Slicers, Sewing Machines.  Over 450 Lots.

auctionView Friday April 24th 2 P.M. to 7 P.M. also Day of Sale from 10.30 A.M.

N.B.  This Sale also includes Items from Convent of Mercy, Buttevant, Mallow, St, Maries of the Isle Cork & Convent of Mercy,Rosslare, Co. Wexford.

No Children Allowed To View or Auction.

Admission By Catalogue.

AuctionP.J.O’Gorman M.I.P.A.V. Charleville.   Phone: 063/81407.


Let’s Talk Business Online Trading Vouchers
 E Centre, Charleville
Date: Monday 20th April 2015

Online Trading Vouchers business promotion

This FREE training seminar is the first step in applying for the Online Trading Voucher. Applicants will be informed of the purpose of the scheme and how best to use and get value from the voucher to support your online trading proposition.

Online registration essential.
What will be covered:

Customers finding your business online

Covering basic SEO, Mobile friendly website, selling products & services online, e-Commerce

How to find new customers online

Pay per click advertising, Google Vs Facebook, targeting demographics, increasing traffic & online engagement

Using your E-Voucher wisely

How to identify individual needs of each participating business and increase the return on investment


Book Online, Follow Link below



Free Information Events: Governance and Reporting Supports for Community and Social Enterprise Organisations

BALLYHOURA DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES ITS COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE INITIATIVE with two free information sessions for directors, officers, managers and committee members working in, or on, community, voluntary and charitable organisation or social enterprises with responsibility for ensuring that good governance and best practice is core to their organisation and who wish to develop a better understanding of the difference between inputs, outputs and outcomes in a planning and reporting model.

The first session is entitled Using The Governance Code: A guide for how not-for-profit & community organisations are run, directed and controlled and takes place at Coote Hall, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick on Monday, 13th April, at 8pmGood governance is a necessity in any well run not-for-profit community organisation or social enterprise, as its processes help to minimise operating risks and increase organisational effectiveness. The Governance Code was developed by the sector to provide non-profit board members and managers with a set of principles and actions with which to implement governance best practice in their organisations. The event will provide community organisations and social enterprises with an overview of what good governance means to a range of stakeholders and will in particular focus on the Five Principles of good governance which include Leading the Organisation, Controlling the Organisation, Being Transparent and Accountable, Working Effectively, and Behaving with Integrity. The session will also look at the good reasons for organisations to adopt the Governance Code and also how it should be reviewed once implemented.

The second session is “Communicating the Cause: Demonstrating Outcomes & Impacts through Annual Activity Reporting and takes place also at Coote Hall, Kilmallock, on Monday, 20th April, at 8pm.            

As many non-profit organisations are operating within tight financial constraints and ever-increasing scrutiny from the media, funders and donors, they need to be able to communicate the outcomes of their work and the impact such work has on the lives of beneficiaries and their members.  Annual Activity Reporting provides an excellent opportunity to convey an organisation’s outcomes and impact. It is not simply a charities regulation requirement. But can we get a better understanding of difference between inputs, outputs and outcomes in a planning and reporting model? This session will focus on how to create a practical monitoring system to collect outcomes and impact data; developing an Annual Activity Report that communicates impact and outcomes to a range of stakeholders including the Charities Regulatory Authority, donors, funders, members and media professionals, and how best to use easy-to-access evidence to demonstrate impact.


Partnering with Ballyhoura for these events is Caroline Egan, Managing Director of software & eLearning company CramdenTECH, who provides a wide range of SME & Non-profit supports and training in the areas of corporate & non-profit governance, business management, social enterprise development and marketing, web development.


Places are limited at these events and advance booking is required and can be done through David O’Grady at Ballyhoura Development, Charleville, on tel. 063-21008, or by email to .


These events are funded through SICAP -The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 which is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

EPA projections show that Ireland faces considerable challenges to becoming a low-carbon economy

(Article from the EPA Website)
Environmental Protection Agency figures released today show that Ireland faces considerable challenges in moving to a low carbon economy. In particular, there is a significant risk that, even under the best-case scenario, Ireland will not meet its EU 2020 targets.

Ireland’s EU target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport, agriculture, residential, waste and non-energy intensive industry by 20 per cent by 2020 (compared to emissions for 2005).  EPA projections show that:

Under the best case scenario, greenhouse gas emissions will remain relatively static up to 2020;

As a result, emissions in 2020 will be 5-12 per cent below 2005 levels and will not meet the 20 per cent reduction target.

“Today’s figures show that we are currently not on track to becoming a low-carbon economy,” said Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA.  
“We have not solved the problem of greenhouse gas emissions and this becomes an even more pressing challenge as the economy begins to improve and places further new pressures on emissions targets.”

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions profile is unique in the dominance of the agriculture sector. Emissions from the transport sector are also significant. Emissions in some sectors such as residential, waste, and services are projected to decrease between now and 2020, but emissions from the agriculture and transport sectors – even under the best case scenario – are projected to increase by 9 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively.  These figures assume that ambitious targets will be met for renewable fuel penetration, electric vehicle rollout and Food Harvest 2020.

“Recent IPCC reports are clear that climate change is already impacting on us and the natural systems on which we depend”, Laura Burke said.  “We need to reduce potential future risks by taking effective action to lower our emissions of greenhouse gases. We must invest in structural and behavioural change to enable our transition to a carbon neutral and climate resilient Ireland. These changes include the rapid decarbonisation of energy and transport and the adoption of sustainable food production, management and consumption systems”.

After 2020 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2030

For the period 2020 to 2030, greenhouse gas emissions are projected to be 11 per cent higher again than in 2020 if further policies and measures are not in place to curb the growth in carbon intensity. The EPA concludes that achieving the significant emission reductions that will underpin a competitive, low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable economy poses significant challenges for Ireland.

Speaking at the launch of the EPA projections, Dr Eimear Cotter, Senior Manager, EPA said:

“We need to translate our national commitment to a low-carbon future into action on the ground if we are to deliver the required emission reductions. This is an opportunity for Ireland to show leadership as a low-carbon economy. There are wide benefits for business and farmers, for example, which include reducing impacts and costs; managing and minimising risk more effectively and building competitive advantage through innovative products and processes.”

The EPA Projections of greenhouse gas emissions to 2030 are available in two places on the EPA website, Air Emissions and Inventories and Projections


Policy and Public Affairs Key Activities 2015

Chambers IrelandLaunch of Internationalisation Services – Eurochambres and Chamber Ireland provide a number of services to aid the efforts of SMEs hoping to expand into international markets, including trade documents, workshops, the facilitation of trade missions, networking opportunities etc. Focus on markets in countries such as China, South America, India and South East Asia. Resources are available on the Chambers Ireland website.

Promotion of Cleantech Trade Mission, this programme which is a EU joint initiative, aims at facilitating entry for EU Cleantech companies into the SE Asian market. The mission offers companies interested in both expanding their operations and trade partnership the chance to meet stakeholders and get the benefit of high quality information and couching services. The mission will take place in Singapore and Vietnam on from the 15th-19th June 2015. If you are interested please email us here @

Famine in North CorkThe Charleville Heritage Society presents “The Famine in North Cork”

This is a public lecture and will be presented by Mike Murphy based on the“Atlas of The Great Irish Famine”

This event is not too be missed and will be held Friday the 10th of April.

It will be held in the E-Centre, Bakers Lane, Charleville at 8pm. Admission is €5.00

Pfizer to keep manufacturing at Little Island plant in Cork

Pfizer Charleville NewsPharmaceutical company Pfizer has reversed its decision to cease production at one of its manufacturing plants in Co Cork, removing a threat to around 130 jobs there.

Pfizer announced in May 2013 it planned to cease production and sell the plant at Little Island within 18 months.

That deadline was then extended to autumn of this year.

However, in a statement this morning, Pfizer said manufacturing at its Little Island plant will now continue, driven by increased demand for the cholesterol-lowering drug, Atorvastatin (Lipitor).

The company said demand for Atorvastatin is projected to increase “for the foreseeable future”, and it was therefore “important” to continue manufacturing at the Little Island plant.

The company said the commitment of the workforce in Little Island to factors such as cost reduction and greater competitiveness was also a factor in its decision.

It warned, however, that it will continue to review its supply needs.

Pfizer site leader at Little Island Seamus Fives said the plant’s employees had demonstrated the highest levels of performance, flexibility and commitment.

Cork Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the decision.

Chief Executive Conor Healy says it offers hope of further investment by the company – a major contributor to the local economy.

But he warned that key projects such as the N28 to Ringaskiddy and the upgrade of the Dunkettle Interchange have to be prioritized in order to support regional economic growth.

(This article was seen on the RTE News)

Pat McDonagh takes over the Charleville Park Hotel 


SUPERMAC’S boss Pat McDonagh has taken ownership of the Charleville Park Hotel and is planning a €1m upgrade of facilities at the hotel in the coming months.

The hotelier, who also owns the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick, finally took possession of the 91-bedroom hotel this Monday after a lengthy 12 month process since agreeing the purchase. The deal will protect jobs at the hotel, in excess of 100 in total.

Mr McDonagh, who founded the Supermac’s chain in 1978 which now has more than 100Pat McDonagh outlets nationwide, said he was “delighted to be safeguarding jobs locally which may otherwise have been lost” as a result.

“We are also most pleased that people who have events booked in the hotel can look forward to them in confidence and can be assured of receiving the finest quality hospitality and service,” he said.

“The Charleville Park Hotel has a proud history of service to the town of Charleville and the whole hinterland of North Cork and Limerick. The Hotel itself is a landmark stopping point on the journey between two great cities and is renowned as a meeting point for business, leisure and a range of community activities,” he continued.

Mr McDonagh said he would embark on a “significant investment programme” to upgrade the hotel’s facilities and was “committed to improving the service and offerings” of the Charleville Park.

“We plan to invest in excess of €1 million to upgrade the infrastructure and design features of the hotel over the coming months, making it even more comfortable for guests and visitors.”

The Charleville purchase is thought to have been for a sum close to €5m and coincided with the McDonagh family opening the Barack Obama Plaza, a €7m-plus motorway filling station at Moneygall on the Limerick to Dublin road, with visitor centre commemorating the US president’s links to the village, last year.

In May 2012, a receiver was appointed to the Charleville Park Hotel by Bank of Scotland. It had a price tag of €3.75m but was bid well above that by a number of interested parties.

It is now the third hotel owned by the McDonagh family, joining the Lough Rea Hotel in their native county Galway, and the Castletroy Park, which the former school teacher purchased in 2012.

The hotel has 91 bedrooms and five executive suites. Other facilities include a 25 metre swimming pool, a gym and a conference centre/function room.

(This article was seen in the Limerick Leader)


5th March 2015

Charleville and Cork Chamber Welcomes New Routes from Cork Airport

Charleville/Cork Chamber has welcomed the recent announcements of new routes by Flybe from Cork to Cardiff and CSA Czech Airlines from Cork to Prague and Ibiza which will further develop the region’s connectivity.

Commenting Cork Chamber Chief Executive Conor Healy said, “These new routes gives business and leisure travellers direct access to UK and Europe and is important to the development of the route network at Cork Airport”.

Mr. Healy continued, “The Chamber acknowledges the collective efforts of CSA Czech Airlines, Flybe and Cork Airport in developing these new routes which offers a greater choice to consumers and also opens up opportunities for increased business and tourism for Cork”

Charleville St Patrick’s Day Parade

St.Patrick’s Day is nearly here and we would like to invite all the clubs,organisations & st. patricks daybusinesses to take part. The parade and mass will start at 12 noon & assembly will be outside the church to parade through our main street. We would like to thank the Charleville Park Hotel who has come on bored to sponsor a prize for the BEST participants in the parade. They have also very kindly offered to have refreshments and music in the hotel afterwards. This is our opportunity to work together & show our great community spirit. For more information please contact Ian Doyle (063) 81239

Cork County Council Environment Department Announcement

cork county councilThe Cork County Council Environment Department has got in touch with us here at the Chamber to inform all the business that they are currently undertaking an inspection of the Producer Responsibility Initiatives (PRI) currently in operation in Cork County. In the coming months, PRI Advisors will be visiting local businesses and companies to report on the level of compliance with current waste management requirements regarding the following kinds of waste (depending upon the type of business and what it is involved with)

1) Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE);

2) Industrial or auto batteries;

3) Tyres;

4) Food waste;

5) Vehicle repairs/servicing and end of life vehicles;

6) Plastic bags;

7) Farm plastics;

Businesses will be required to answer a number of questions regarding their current waste disposal procedures.  Basically we would like to pre inform companies in the area of our arrival over the coming months. We will be gathering some information and advising them of possible methods of waste disposal.

Jerry White Charleville Heritage Society

The first event organised by Charleville Heritage Society which took place at the E Centre, Baker’s Road, Charleville on last Friday night was an outstanding success with excellent positive feedback from the those who were present. A capacity attendance at the enterprise centre’s meeting room heard military historian Jerry White deliver an enthralling talk on the Great War and how it affected the people of Cork City and County.

Mr. White outlined the reasons why men from the county and city enlisted in the British Army for the “glory of Ireland,” the impact the war had on the women of the area and the many families, who were subject to the knock on the door with the telegram informing them of the death of their loved one in the fighting. He made special reference to some of the soldiers from the Charleville town and locality who perished in the various battles in the war and where they were buried.

_MG_3098Mr. White was introduced by Society chairman Cllr. Ian Doyle who said that this was the first event of the recently formed sub-committee of Charleville Chamber following the success of the Archbishop Mannix Weekend in 2013 and the Eliza Lynch Weekend in 2014. “We hope to have an event each month and we will be remembering Jacobite poet Sean Clarach Mac Domhnaill over the last weekend in May. In our mid-September weekend we will recall Professor Daniel A. Binchy, the first Irish Minister to Germany from 1929 to 1932 and our first outing will be to Kilkenny Castle,” he said. Mr. Doyle also said that the Society was open to everybody and he invited as many as possible to become members.

Mementos of some of the soldiers who died in the war were brought to the event and were Charleville  on view on the night and a list of the deceased soldiers was also displayed and proved of tremendous interest to the attendance. That list of locals who fell in the fighting was extracted from those recorded in the book ‘A Great Sacrifice’ which was co-written by Jerry White and Brendan O’Shea.


There will be another talk in March and the content and date of the event will be _MG_3074announced in the coming weeks.  The members of the Society are chairman, Cllr Ian Doyle, hon. Secretary; Michael McGrath, treasurer Michael Donegan with Ms Kerry Corkery, P. J. McCarthy, Tommy Kavanagh and Richard Barry.

Charleville Awards Night

Charleville Chamber of Commerce would like to present to you clips of the Charleville Awards night featuring the winners from small/medium sized business category, large business category, services excellence in customer service and much more.

Charleville Chamber of Commerce would like to show you a video of Timmy Fitzgerald receiving his award for the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award at our award night in November. The achievements he has made in this town are massive. He will be sadly missed as he played a huge part in the community.

Just click on the picture below

Awards Tim


Charleville Chamber would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of Timmy Fitzgerald who passed away on Sunday following a short illness which he bore with great strength.
Timmy was the very worthy recipient of our Outstanding Individual Achievement Award at our Award night in November.
In 1973, at the tender age of 14, Timmy started work in Golden Vale and his achievement since were colossal. It is fair to say that Tim’s constructive and responsible approach to trade union representation has resulted in many millions of Euro’s being invested in the Kerry Plant in the Kilmallock Road. To say that we have a lot to be thankful to Tim for is an understatement.

As a passionate soccer fan Tim was Chairman of Charleville AFC for 23 years before stepping down at the last AGM; he was Chairman of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland and was also a member of the 12 member board of management of the FAI. Both of these roles are prestigious and well earned by Tim. In all his roles he advocated steady progress and always believed in taking the long view. An example of taking the long view was the decision of Charleville AFC to be part of a community organisation that has built the absolutely fabulous new all-weather facilities in Moatville. That decision was due in no small way to Tim’s foresight His achievements at a personal level have earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues, his friends and most definitely his family and none more so than his mother Josie.
Timmy was known and respected by people of influence such as John Delaney and Jack O’Connor and many others but first and foremost his allegiance was to his native Colmanswell and to his adoptive town of Charleville.
Timmy is survived by mother Josie, brothers John, Pat, Martin, Colie and Jason and sisters Margaret, Siobhan and Vera. He was predeceased by father Tadhg.
He will be sadly missed. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

Timmy Fitzgerald receiving his award from Aine Collins

Timmy Fitzgerald receiving his award from Aine Collins

Team Dave Riordan Malin to Mizen Cycle

Dave riordan

The Team Dave Riordan Malin to Mizen Cycle will take place on 10th August 2014. All proceeds will be going to a worthy cause.Have a read through this article and find the positive effect Dave Riordan had on so many lives. Please support this worthy cause. Team Dave Riordan was set-up in February 2011 by family and friends in memory of the late Dave Riordan.David was born, raised and lived his entire life in Cregane, Charleville Co limerick. His interests in life were his family,GAA especially limerick hurling,shooting, horse racing. He loved point to points, he was a regular concert goer, having travelled to see the Rolling Stones on three occasions and went to Punchestown in 2009 to see AC/DC perform…

David was most content when he was walking in the local fields with his 4 gun dogs or drinking a pint with his many friends. Why Team Dave Riordan Cycling Club was set up:

In 2010 when Dave was fighting his battle with cancer two of his brothers Brian and Maurice decided to cycle the ring of Kerry to raise money for cancer.
Watching Dave fight his battle inspired both of them to become healthier and use their energy in a more positive fashion and never to take it for granted.
Both completed the Ring of Kerry in July that year raising €7500 for cancer in the process and the first person to congratulate them was Dave.
He vowed he would be cycling with them the following year and by then had already started his training.

In September of that year while out for pint with his friends and work colleagues Francie O’Shea, Pat Cullen and Conor Howard, Dave informed the boys of his plans to cycle the ring of Kerry and challenged them to cycle it with him, a plan which they thought to be very amusing at the time!
David sadly lost his battle with cancer on the 15th of December of that year.
On day of his burial Pat, Conor and Francie vowed to cycle the ring of Kerry in his memory.Hence Team Dave Riordan was founded. They joined both Maurice and Brian in February 2011 when the training began and then it really took off with 41 people completing the Ring of Kerry in July of that year in memory of David. Team Dave Riordan consisted of David’s brothers ,friends and work colleagues or Team Dave Riordan Cycling Club as they have become known, raised €30,000 approx for Recovery Haven, the post cancer therapy centre in Tralee that year.

The team has quickly established itself as a group of leisurely cyclist who enjoy a good social side also with the ability to make a difference by organising and participating in my charity events. To date, the team has been involved in raising over €130,000 for different charities and this is something the team is very proud of and hope they will continue to do so in the years ahead. With this in mind the Dave Riordan Cycle Club was established and affiliated with cycling Ireland in February of this year. They currently have 32 members in the club and are based out of the Colmanswell Community house where they meet Wednesday evenings for a training spin at 7pm and on Sunday mornings at 9am outside the Ballyagran GAA grounds. The chairman of the club is Maurice Riordan,Secretary is Pat Cullen Treasurer is Conor Howard, Child Protection Officer is Brian Riordan and finally the President is Francie O’Shea . Club Purpose:

The aim of the club is to promote the enjoyment of leisurely cycling while enjoying the countryside we cycle in. We also aim to put the many miles we cycle to good use by participating and collecting for as many local charities as possible wherever and whenever possible . Most importantly we aim to enjoy ourselves and have good fun along the way…
In conclusion, the passing of Dave Riordan at the young age of 47 was a devastating blow to his family friends and work colleagues. Before he died he inspired us to get off our backsides and use the good energy we have to positive effect. As a result of this the Team Dave Riordan club has evolved to what it is today.The family, friends and work colleagues of Dave who may not have known each other well when he died, have now become team-mates and good friends and together will always make David’s name live on.
While he is gone he will never be forgotten. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Eliza Lynch Memorial Weekend

Eliza lynch

Eliza Alicia Lynch was born and baprtised in Charleville, County Cork. Little is known about her early life but she was Christened in the parochial hall on chapel St. She emigrated at the age of ten with her family to Paris to escape the Great Irish Famine. On 3 June 1850, she married Xavier Quatrefages, a French officer who was shortly afterwards posted to Algeria. She accompanied him, but at eighteen years of age, due to deteriorating health, she returned to Paris to live with her mother in the Strafford household. Courtesy of a few fortuitous introductions, she later entered the elite circle surrounding Princess Mathilde Bonaparte and quickly set herself up as a courtesan.She was described as possessing a Junoesque figure, golden blonde hair and a provocative smile. It was perhaps those very qualities that appealed to a visiting South American a year after her return to France. It was 1854 when Eliza Lynch met Francisco Solano López, son of Carlos Antonio López, president of Paraguay, at that time one of the wealthiest small southern nations in the continental Americas.

The young General López, in training with the Napoleonic army, kept his country’s interests above all as fundamental reasons for his European journey. However, Lynch and López would begin a relationship which led her to return with him during that same year to Paraguay. Once in Paraguay, Eliza Lynch became López’s partner, bearing him six children in total. The eldest of them, Juan Francisco “Panchito” López was born in Asuncion in 1855. The last child she would bear from López, Leopoldo, born in 1867, was born in the midst of the Paraguayan War and would soon after die of dysentery due to the poor conditions in the front. After C.A. López died in 1862, he left his son, F.S. López, as his successor as president. She then became the de facto first lady, as she and López never actually married. Eliza Lynch would spend the next 15 years as the most powerful woman in the country. While she never married López, her marriage to Quatrefages was annulled on the grounds that it did not fulfill the legal obligations for it to be considered a lawful marriage (he had not received permission to marry from his commanding officer, and they had no children together). This is supported by his remarriage in 1857, a marriage from which he had children.
She arguably is considered to be the reason Lopez was so ambitious. However, in a book she wrote in 1876 while in Buenos Aires titled “Exposición. Protesta que hace Elisa A. Lynch”, she states that she had actually no knowledge of and did not meddle in political affairs, rather dedicating her time during the war to helping the wounded and the innumerable families which followed López wherever he went.

Battle of Cerro Cora

Lynch followed López during the entire war and led a group of women, composed of the soldiers’ wives, daughters, and others, who supported the soldiers called “Las Residentas”. It was in this role that she came to be in Cerro Cora on 1 March 1870 when López was finally killed. After the Brazilian forces killed López, they headed towards the civilians in order to capture them. López and Lynch’s eldest son Juan Francisco, who had been promoted to Colonel during the war and was 15 years old, was with her. The Brazilian officers told him to surrender, and upon replying “Un coronel Paraguayo nunca se rinde” (A Paraguayan Colonel never surrenders) he was shot and killed by the allied soldiers. At this, Lynch, after jumping and covering her son’s body, exclaimed “Esta es la civilizacion que han prometido?” (Is this the civilization you have promised?) (making a reference to the allies’ claim that they intended to free Paraguay from a tyrant and deliver freedom and civilization to the nation). She then buried both López and her son with her bare hands before being taken as prisoner.

Life after the war, and death

After being taken prisoner she was taken on board a ship called the Princesa (Princess) to Asuncion, where she was banished from the nation by the newly established provisional government, constituted by Paraguayans who had fought in favour of the allied forces and against López’s army. She returned to Europe with her remaining children; and after five years, and under promises of the then-elected Paraguayan president Juan Bautista Gill that she would be respected, she decided to return to Paraguay to settle there and try to claim her former property. Upon arrival, however, she was tried and banished from the country permanently by President Gill. It was during these events that she wrote her book. Eliza Lynch died in obscurity in Paris on 27 July 1886. Over one hundred years later, her body was exhumed and brought back to Paraguay where the dictator General Alfredo Stroessner proclaimed her a national heroine. Her remains are now located in the national cemetery “Cementerio de la Recoleta”.

Legacy and historical perception

Some people, particularly in Britain, believe that Eliza Lynch was responsible in inducing Francisco Solano López to start the Paraguayan War and that she provoked him to carry on the futile and bloody war against Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil. During her time as First Lady, Eliza Lynch educated Paraguayan society in many European customs and was largely responsible for the introduction of social events and clubs. She is considered a prominent figure of the war for her support of the troops and her willingness to remain with López until the bitter end. Lynch is known as Madam or Madama Lynch in Paraguay due to her European origins, the fact that she never married López, and the implications of her past as a courtesan.

Eliza Lynch in literature

A sympathetic biography which discovers her birthplace is “The Lives of Eliza Lynch” by Michael Lillis and Ronan Fanning (2009). “Calumnia” La historia de Elisa Lynch y la guerra de la triple alianza by Michael Lillis y Ronan Fanning.

Charleville Half Marathon – September 21st 2014

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This race is in its third year and is organised by North Cork AC. The Charleville race is located roughly halfway between Cork and Limerick. It attracted mostly runners from both cities last year but due to the positive reputation which it gained last year, there are likely to be more entrants from further afield this year. Charleville is approx 40kms or a 35-40 minute drive from Limerick city and approx 60kms and a 50-55 minute drive from Cork city. Excellent Course Besides the central location, one of the main attractions of this race is the fact that it is a reasonably flat and fast course. The 2013 edition will also see Road closures being put in place. (Pending Cork and Limerick Co. Council approval of permits.)

Excellent Time of Year

Ideal for anyone wanting to try for a personal best time or wanting to get a good indication of their fitness level heading into the Dublin City Marathon at the end of October. Other races promote themselves as being ‘fast’ only for runners to turn up and find plenty of hills and drags. The clue to how flat this course is can be seen in the course maps. You can see the grey and white line which shows the route of the Cork to Dublin railway line. Laid in the mid 19th century, these routes were chosen to allow steam powered trains to run on…i.e. no steep hills. Looking at the Ordnance Survey map of the area, the few contour lines that are present are well spaced out so it would certainly seem to fit the bill as a fast course. In 2011 there was a relay event included as part of the race but the organisers have decided not to go ahead with it in past year and this year due to the relative lack of interest shown in this aspect of the race in 2011 and also the cost was a prohibiting factor.

Proceeds of the Race

This is a completely voluntary effort and the proceeds of the race go to two worthy causes. The proceeds of the race go back into the development of the host athletics club which caters for all age groups in their activities. The organisers are also making a donation towards St. Josephs Foundation, Charleville. They are hosting the race at their facility and they have built a 200m running track which a number of the local athletic clubs use. It will also be the warm-up area for the Half marathon and changing rooms will be in the GAA Hall next door. There will be Chip timing from Champion chip again this year with a Half way split matt to give participants a good indication of how they are going during the race and also to give an indication afterwards of how they paced the race.

Entry Fees

The entry fees are as follows…
€35 Early Bird Individual Entry Fee until August 1st €40 Individual Entry Fee after August 1st @ 1pm until September 4th @ 1pm
€45 Late Entry Fee from Sept 5th @ 1pm until Sept 19th @ 3pm online
Special Hotel Entry Fee @ Charleville Park Hotel of €40 on Saturday 20th Sept from 3pm to 9pm
No Race Day entry available in 2014
You can enter online for the Half-Marathon here until 19th September Entry Forms More info from the organisers…

• Genuinely Flat Course all the way with just one bridge. Designed to yield fast times and personal bests in response to lack of fast courses in Ireland.
• AAI Permit approved and accurately measured course (Only stand alone Half-marathon with AIMS accreditation in Ireland)
• Final race of 7 races in the Ballyhoura Cork Summer Series of Road Races in North Cork Region.
• Organised by: North Cork AC in conjunction with St. Josephs Foundation
• Special Elite Athlete places available with accomodation and meals – sub 70 men and sub 80 women contact Michael on 086 3168954
• Top 8 cash prizes for Senior Men and Women
• First prize in all Masters categories and second prize is being considered pending sponsorship.

Referral Partners Networking Group

referral partners

Referral Partners meet every Thursday morning in the Charleville e-Centre, Bakers Road Charleville at 7:15am.The meeting kicks off @7:30am sharp. Visitors are welcome and a visit can be arranged by contacting the group PRO – Larry O’Donoghue by emailing him or calling him on 087 0524740.

The weekly meetings kick off with an opportunity for open networking where you can meet the members and visitors. The meeting then moves onto a education slot where each week a different learning topic is presented and discussed by the group.

Each member is given 60 seconds to introduce their business and specify what type of referrals they are looking for that week. One member is then given 10 minutes to introduce their business in more detail.

The meeting then finishes with the Positive Contribution which can be any one of the following: a referral, a one to one, a visitor or a piece of business advice. Membership of the group is open to the public as long as your business is not currently represented by a member of Referral Partners.

Heart Of Munster Networking Group


The Heart of Munster Networking Group is a non-profit making networking and business support group where business people in Charleville and the surrounding areas have an opportunity to meet fortnightly with like-minded people to promote and grow their business. The group consists of sole traders, trades people, small to medium sized businesses and professional services.
The objectives of the group are to promote, support and help each other to grow our businesses through exchanging genuine recommendations, to share knowledge and expertise to better serve our customers, to raise the profile of our companies thus reaching a wider target market, to develop and grow new business relationships and to continually update our knowledge and self-development in order for us to conduct our business in the most professional way possible.
The Networking Group encourages the exchange of information, ideas and business referrals, which in turn will promote the success of each career professional in the group.

A History of Charleville Show


The Charleville Show 2014 was held on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of June. It was a hugely successful event with an estimated 50000 extra people visiting the town for the occasion.
Here is a brief history of the show, which highlights how it has become such a major attraction over the years.

A Brief History of Charleville Show

Charleville Show was founded in 1979, the driving force behind this venture was the late Canon Donal O’Driscoll. He called a meeting of a small number of interested people together, they met at Cronins Hotel in November 1978. He put forward a number of reasons why Charleville should have its own show. A lot of negative opinions were voiced on the night, as there was no tradition of a show in Charleville or the surrounding areas. Jerry Lyons clearly remembers him saying “Forget about Tradition – Charleville is the centre of one of the best agricultural areas in the country and should have a show” After a long discussion it was agreed to support the idea and a date was fixed for the first formal meeting to form the show society. This meeting was held soon afterwards, and in addition to the original group that met, a number of good prospective members turned up to the initial meeting. The officers for the first show were elected at this meeting with Dr. O’Driscoll unanimously appointed as Chairman and the late William Biggane as Vice Chairman, Maura Sheehan was appointed as Secretary, Dan Murphy was appointed Treasurer and Pat O’Riordan was appointed P.R.O.
In 1982 Jim O’Callaghan succeeded Maura Sheehan as secretary, and he is still a hard working secretary today. The first task of the newly elected committee was to acquire a site for the show. The Late Mrs. Joan Binchy very kindly offered the use of her lands to hold the show. A date was then secured from the Irish Shows Association which was the last weekend in June 1979. This weekend became the traditional weekend of the show. Good support was forthcoming from existing shows in surrounding areas such as Paddy Luke Ryan from Cappamore Show, gave great guidance to the committee on their first venture.

A good cross section of interests were represented on the general committee such as the late Jim Berkery from Kilmallock and the Late William Fitzgerald from Effin. The show got off to a good start when the first schedule was issued and circulated; this resulted in good entries in all classes, which vindicated Dr. O’ Driscolls prediction. This was particularly evident in the Dairy section where there was very good entries in the premier classes including the All Ireland Maverick Junior Cow. In the horse and pony section very big entries were received from all over Munster. The central location of Charleville was attractive to a wide range of exhibitors. It must be stated that the success of the show was also due to the very generous sponsorship which was forthcoming with Golden Vale as the main sponsors, and also the goodwill of the traders in the town. The amount of voluntary help that was forthcoming for the first show was very encouraging. The preparation of the ground entailed all manual labour and there was no shortage of same.

On the night before the show the weather was very unfavourable, the site became a quagmire, as late as 12.00 o clock on the Friday night the committee was undecided whether to go ahead with the show or not. Dr. O’Driscoll called a meeting of a small number of the committee who were still on the grounds, and against all the adverse conditions it was decided to proceed. Great difficulties were experienced on the first morning of the show getting exhibitors into the field, despite all this the programme went ahead according to plan. Thankfully, on the Sunday the sun shone all day and there were great drying conditions, by early afternoon the grounds had completely dried up and the Sunday programme was a great success.

A number of novel attractions including sulky racing which was a new experience for the locals and proved to be the highlight of the show. Also in the early years there were Tug o War competitions and Sheaf tossing. Charleville Show was the first to introduce a musical programme for the Sunday afternoon, very well known acts such as the Bairds, The Dublin City Ramblers, Louise Morrissey, Kathy Durkin, Johnny Barrett to name but a few were very attractive performances at the show. Over the years the show committee introduced Novel Attractions such as Lawn Mower Racing, Formula One Cars, Saving The Hay, Exhibitions of Rare Breed Animals, and from the start there was a vintage section which has grown from year to year. The visit of the Duchess of York in 1993 drew widespread publicity and she proved to be a major attraction. The Famine Pageant was the best novel attraction presented by the show, it was initiated by the Late Michael McCarthy (The Hiker) from Buttevant. The purchase of the permanent grounds in Ballyhea in 1991 was a major achievement for the show committee. In order to help meet the cost of this investment a new share register was opened at £100.00 per shareholder. The most gratifying aspect of the shareholding drive was the excellent support we got locally and also from a very widespread area. Over the years a lot of development has been carried out in the new grounds and as can be seen today would match any show grounds in the country.

Charleville Show today boasts it is the largest two day show in the country, it is also fortunate as members retired there have always been very enthusiastic member ready to take their place. Six members of the present committee were members of the first committee, and they are Jack Binchy, Dick Bradley, Ian Doyle, Nora Leahy, Jerry Lyons and Pat O’Riordan. This bodes well for the future of the show, and its success can be contributed to the fact that all the members give their time and efforts on a voluntary basis. It is a Labour of Love for everybody involved.

Charleville GAA

Charleville GAA

CHARLEVILLE GAA was founded in 1888 and has competed in all grades of hurling since. The club won its first North Cork Junior hurling title in 1945 beating Ballyhooly in the final, and lost to Duhallow in the county semi-final, played at Kanturk by two points. They won the county Intermediate hurling title in 1946, beating Cloughduv in the final, and beat Newtown in the 1947 final played at Buttevant. The club played in the Senior Championship from 1948 to 1952 and reached one county semi-final. Charleville played Intermediate from 1953 onwards, losing the county final to Glen Rovers in 1958. They reverted to the junior grade in 1960 and won the Avondhu title in 1970 beating Liscarroll in the final but losing to Courcey Rovers in the county semi-final. They then went on to defeat Ballyhea in the 1974 Avondhu final but lost to Watergrasshill in the county final played at Castletownroche and refereed by current county secretary Frank Murphy.

The next Avondhu title was secured in 1986 defeating Clyda Rovers but losing to Barryroe in the county quarter-final after a replay. In 2002 we beat Dromina in the Avondhu final and lost to Courcey Rovers 2-09 to 2-07 in an epic county final. Charleville then heroically defended their title successfully in 2002 again defeating Dromina, before losing out to Ballinhassig in the county quarter-final. Charleville lost Avondhu finals in 1983, 1984, 1995, 1998 and 2006.They then contested the 2007 County Junior Final Losing out to Barryroe on a scoreline of 2-19 to 2-13. Charleville last won the North Cork Championship final in 2008 by defeating Castletownroche but lost to Tullylease in the County First round the same year. In 2010 the town won the Minor A Hurling County Championship and followed that up with winning the North Cork U21 A Hurling Championship in 2011. The history of the club and indeed the entire town was re-written this year when Charleville won the North Cork U21 A Hurling Championship and followed that up with winning the County Junior Hurling Championship for the First Time in the Clubs History. This victory was followed up by a truly magnificent Munster Junior Final win and a runner-up spot in the Junior All Ireland Club Championship.
These are arguably the club’s greatest achievements to date. Club Facilities.
The club has three playing pitches, one with floodlights. Charleville GAA recently upgraded our Clubhouse and completed our new new spectator stand. We are currently involved in a combined project with the Local CBS School to build a sports hall which can be used for all year round training. This commenced in December 2011 and a fantastic facility was opened in 2013..
Charleville GAA are proudly sponsored by Cavanagh’s of Charleville, for their Adult teams and Lee’s Centra who sponsor the Juvenile Club.


Munster Junior Hurling Champions 2011.
Cork Intermediate Hurling Championship Winners 1914, 1946, 1947
County Junior Hurling Championship Winners 2011
Cork Junior Hurling Championship Runners-Up 1974, 2001, 2007
Cork Junior B Football Championship Winners 1998 Runners-Up 2010, 2011
Cork Under-21 Football Championship Runners-Up 1998
Cork Minor A Hurling Championship Winners 1994, 2010
North Cork Junior Hurling Championship Winners 1945, 1970, 1974, 1986, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008 Runners-Up 1927, 1973, 1977, 1983, 1984, 1995, 1998, 2006 ,2011.
North Cork Junior Football Championship Runners-Up 1926, 1934, 1936, 1937
North Cork U21 A Hurling Champions 2011.

Local man gets Elected

Ian Doyle

As thousands of people flocked to their local polling stations on Friday the 23rd May 2014, one man in the Charleville area was on the verge of making history. That man was Ian Doyle. Ian is the first Charleville Fianna Fail candidate to ever be elected. Although technically he was elected in the Fermoy constituency, the people of Charleville are so happy to have such a genuinely hard-working candidate to represent us after such a long time. Ian has been operating a coal and agri business in Charleville for many years now and has been a hugely popular figure in the local area. People believe what Ian says and that he will deliver on his promises.

Ian has always worked hard on a voluntary basis to help local people and assist in local initiatives such as the organisation of the Charleville Agricultural show and helping the less fortunate with St. Vincent De Paul. Charleville Chamber of Commerce does not support any political party over another but we do love Charleville and are 100% behind Ian Doyle to represent our area. We are sure that he is the right man for the job.

An Post Ras – 21st May 2014

An post ras

The An Post Ras had a finishing stage in Charleville on the 21st of May 2014. This brought over 1000 extra people to the town due to participants, entourage and spectators. The event turned out to be excellent exposure for the town of Charleville. All of the shops participated in the festivities of the race by decorating their shop windows in a bicycle theme. The shops on the Main St also opened late and had many special offers in-store. There was entertainment by street performers, the wobbly circus on the day. They provided an excellent spectacle for the crowd during the preparations for the finishing stage, especially for the children. They did stilt walking, juggling and fire displays on the day and created a real carnival atmosphere for everyone of all ages and sizes to enjoy.

The participants arrived and crossed the finishing line at an incredibly quick pace, greeted by hundreds of cheering spectators. The presentations made to all winners was by local girls Laura Dundon who was the Miss an Post Ras on the day. Further entertainment was to be provided by Voice of Ireland winner 2013 Keith Hanley but due to technical difficulties he could not perform. Keith was as disappointed as anyone that he could not perform but he was there for hours on the day, chatting with fans and the biggest county radio station in the country: 96 FM who set up a stand at the finishing line also. The event was a huge success in terms of how the race went, interaction between the crowd and street performers and the participation of the local businesses in making the event a successful one.

The Charleville Chamber of Commerce was at the heart of the organisation and running of the event. We ran an art competition for the local primary schools and picked five winners on the day and presented them with prizes. The race was also featured on the news which further enhances the reputation of Charleville. Without the Charleville Chamber, there would have been no race and no exposure for the town; further evidence that we are central to the successful running of local events and community initiatives.

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