Newsletter – February 2023

Support CECAS & Climate Action in West Cork – GoFundMe Launched!

Green Skibbereen is excited to be launching a GoFundMe fundraiser to help meet CECAS’s capital investment costs for 2023. This will help increase our capacity for hosting events and enhance our financial sustainability for the coming years.

The €5,000 we hope to raise here – with your help – will go towards investment in areas of catering and event hosting. We’re not financially sustainable yet, but we will get there, and 2023 is looking very good so far. We would be hugely grateful for any support you can give. Click here to donate!

‘Low-Carbon Homes for the Future’ – Wednesday February 8th!

CECAS is delighted to host this event initiated by local charity Carbery Housing Association as part of the ‘RED WoLF’ EU-funded project, which is installing a cutting edge low-carbon heating system in a number of homes in Cork. Come along to find out more about this new system and meet the other partners in the project who will be visiting from the UK, France and Luxembourg. For updates, email:

New Prospective Board Members – Update

Green Skibbereen is looking to expand its board of directors in 2023 and in early January we invited expressions of interest from anyone with a passion for sustainability and knowledge and skills that they feel could contribute to Green Skibbereen’s mission to make CECAS a regional centre for raising awareness and sharing information about climate action and sustainability. The call for directors closes today, thanks to everyone who has expressed an interest in joining the board, we are overwhelmed by the calibre of the applicants and will be in touch with you all soon.

Book now! An Introduction to Scything – Sat 10th of June, 10am-6pm, €75pp (lunch included)

Do you hate the noise of strimmers? Want to find a quieter, more efficient and easier way to keep on top of vegetation in gardens, fields, near water and in woodlands? The ancient craft of scything is making a comeback and offers a great way to care for outdoor spaces without fossil fuels, leaving no pollution, wildlife-friendly and making virtually no noise – plus it’s a great way to keep fit.

This one-day course delivered by Christopher Hayes & Susanne Raven.

Friends of Myross Wood, Saturday February 18th 

Our next friends’ work party of 2023 will be on Saturday the 18th, we hope to see you then. Email for more information.

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop, Sunday March 5th, 1pm-5pm

A half day practical outdoor workshop to learn the basics of pruning mature trees to improve the crop and protect the tree’s health, with Rob Jarrett. If you joined us last year, come along again and see the progress that has been made. Please bring gardening gloves, secateurs/loppers if you have them and suitable outdoor footwear. Tea and cake provided. Free event and voluntary donation will be welcome but numbers are restricted to 10 so register quickly to avoid missing out! Email to register or if you have a question for us.

CECAS Meeting Rooms now on!

We are delighted to announce that a limited number of our meeting rooms and workspaces are now available to book on a daily basis via the National Connected Hubs website, which you can access via the new ‘venue hire’ page on our website. Register for their voucher scheme at: and get your first 3 days for free! Suitable for sole traders, remote workers, artists and wellness practitioners in need of a small and affordable space of their own. Join our vibrant creative & sustainable community! Email for details.

Composting For Life with Donal O’Leary, Sunday 19 March & Saturday April 29, 10am – 3pm

This popular course is ideal for everyone who has an outdoor space whether large or small, rural or urban and will help us make the most of our space, improve soil condition and fertility and manage garden and food waste sustainably. Would also make a fabulous gift for the gardener in your life! €50pp (includes lunch)/unwaged €30. Email to book.

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