Carrigdhoun 23/09/2007

Cllr. Marcia D’Alton writes …

Flower Festival at Sacred Heart Church, Monkstown

Since 1871, the Sacred Heart Church has stood on the side of the Monkstown hills, watching over Cork Harbour.  This coming weekend, 28th – 30th September, the Sacred Heart Church is celebrating 136 years of a pivotal role in the life of the Monkstown community by hosting the Monkstown Heritage Flower Festival…

Carrigdhoun 09/04/2007

Cllr. Marcia D’Alton writes …

Resurfacing of Monkstown village

It is great to see that the surface of the R610 through Monkstown village has finally been renewed.  As was promised by Cork County Council, this resurfacing followed the laying of the broadband fibre optic cable.

However, it is terribly disappointing that traffic calming measures did not accompany the resurfacing of the village.  Traffic calming in Monkstown village has been promised by the Carrigaline Area Office of Cork County Council for the past three years…

 

Carrigdhoun 04/09/2007

Cllr. Marcia D’Alton writes …

Proposed biodiesel processing plant in Ringaskiddy

A partnership of Bioverda and South Coast Transport proposes to construct a biodiesel processing plant at the former ADM site in Ringaskiddy.  It is anticipated that the planning application will be lodged in the next two weeks.

Bioverda, is the bioenergy subsidiary of NTR.  It has two core divisions, one dealing with biofuels (biodiesel and bioethanol) and the other dealing with bioenergy (biomass, landfill gas and anaerobic digestion).  Bioverda already operates two large biodiesel facilities in Germany…

Carrigdhoun 30/07/2007

Cllr. Marcia D’Alton writes …

Public meeting with ECAD

On Thursday 19th July, Passage West Town Council invited ECAD (East Cork Area Development) to host a public meeting to impart information in relation to funding opportunities under the LEADER and the Local Development Social Inclusion Programmes.  ECAD is the umbrella organisation for distribution of funds from both programmes in this area of County Cork.  Over 20 representatives of community, development and sporting groups in Passage West and Monsktown attended at the Passage West Soccer Club to see how the available funding could potentially serve their needs…

Carrigdhoun 23/07/2007

Cllr. Marcia D’Alton writes …

ECAD meeting in Passage West

On Thursday evening last, ECAD (East Cork Area Development) held a public meeting in Passage West to explain funding opportunities for groups and organisations in the Passage West and Monkstown area.  Hosted by Suzanne Kearney of ECAD and assisted by Bill Thorne of Exodia Consultants, attendees representing all interest groups in the towns understood €425 million to be available nationally through the LEADER and the Local Development Social  Inclusion Programme over the next six years…

Carrigdhoun 09/07/2007

Cllr. Marcia D’Alton writes …

Port of Cork plans to move all port operations to Ringaskiddy

On Thursday, 21st June, the Port of Cork hosted an open day at the Ferry Terminal, Ringaskiddy, where the public had a final opportunity to view and comment on the Port’s proposals for development of its facilities at Ringaskiddy before the plans are submitted to the planning authority for approval. The Port of Cork has been preparing this move of all its operations to the Lower Harbour for the past five years and more…

 

Carrigdhoun 18/06/2007

Cllr. Marcia D’Alton writes …

Presentation on behalf of Passage West to Marymount Hospice

Angela Sweeney, local author and historian, presented a cheque to the value of €20,000 to Marymount Hospice at the Passage West Town Hall on 23rd May last.  The large sum of money presented to Marymount Hospice was raised from the sales of the book “A Penny for Your Thoughts: A slice of life from Passage West”.  The book was written and collated in its entirety by Angela.  The publishers, editor and advertising agent all volunteered their services free of charge, while the fundraising for the printing was raised by community sponsorship.  The bookshops through which it was distributed took no profit and so the entire purchase cost of “A Penny for Your Thoughts” went directly to Marymount Hospice…

 

Carrigdhoun 12/05/2007

Cllr. Marcia D’Alton writes …

Pollution of watercourse entering Monkstown Creek

For some time, Passage West Town Council has been concerned about pollution of the small river which enters Monkstown Creek at Raffeen Bridge.  Passage West Town Council voiced this concern to Cork County Council some two years ago but, in the absence of any improvement, it has now asked the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the potential cause of this pollution.  Monkstown Creek is a designated proposed Natural Heritage Area by virtue of being a valuable feeding ground for migratory waders and having a nationally significant population of breeding cormorants…

Independent Councillor in the Ballincollig-Carrigaline Municipal District of County Cork