Mak­ing Net­work con­nec­tions

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Cork County Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Net­work (PPN) held its ple­nary meet­ing of 2018 at the Oriel House Ho­tel in Ballincol­lig.

The PPN sec­re­tar­iat mem­bers wel­comed a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity groups and in­di­vid­u­als from across the county.

Es­tab­lished in 2015, Cork County PPN is a net­work of over 900 com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary, so­cial in­clu­sion and en­vi­ron­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions, from youth groups to ac­tive re­tire­ment as­so­ci­a­tions and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Work­shops were held around the three pil­lars of com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary, so­cial in­clu­sion, and en­vi­ron­ment where PPN mem­bers dis­cussed a num­ber of is­sues cur­rently fac­ing com­mu­nity groups.

Guest speak­ers Des Croft on and Dr John McNama- ra, joined by Dr Ed­ward Ho­gan, also held a panel dis­cus­sion on the top­ics of stress and post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

Speak­ing at the meet­ing, Donal Howard Cork County PPN Sec­re­tar­iat com­mented: “It’s great to see such a high turnout from the var­i­ous sec­tors here at our ple­nary meet­ing of the PPN.

“The work­shops are a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for us, as the PPN steer­ing com­mit­tee, to hear the is­sues, chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties fac­ing the com­mu­nity groups we rep­re­sent across Cork county.

“On be­half of the Sec­re­tar­iat, I’d like to thank all those who con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of this ple­nary as well as our pan­el­lists for their time in join­ing us.

“I would also en­cour­age any com­mu­nity groups not reg­is­tered with us to visit our web­site www.cork­coun­typpn.com for more in­for­ma­tion and links on how to reg­is­ter.”

Pic­ture: David Keane

Diar­muid Cronin, PPN, chat­ting with guest speak­ers Des Crofton and Dr John McNa­mara, Tea­gasc health and safety spe­cial­ist, at the Cork County Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Net­work (PPN) ple­nary meet­ing 2018, at the Oriel House Ho­tel, Ballincol­lig.

Pic­ture: David Keane

Dan Boyle of the CHASE Monkstown plan­ning SPC, Mamie Bowen of CHASE Monkstown and Con Hayes of the Lusi­ta­nia Mu­seum, Old Head, at­tend­ing the Cork County Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Net­work (PPN) ple­nary meet­ing 2018, at the Oriel House Ho­tel, Ballincol­lig.

Pic­ture: David Keane

Norma Kerins, Togher Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion and Co­lette O’Con­nor, St Michael’s Cen­tre, Ban­don, at­tend­ing the Cork County Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Net­work (PPN) ple­nary meet­ing 2018, at the Oriel House Ho­tel, Ballincol­lig.

Pic­ture: David Keane

Paddy Crow­ley and John Neary of Ballincol­lig Men’s Shed, at­tend­ing the Cork County Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Net­work (PPN) ple­nary meet­ing 2018, at the Oriel House Ho­tel, Ballincol­lig.

Pic­ture: David Keane

Nora O’Riordan and Teresa Cot­ter of Croi Na Laoi, Inchigeela, at­tend­ing the Cork County Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Net­work (PPN) ple­nary meet­ing 2018, at the Oriel House Ho­tel, Ballincol­lig.

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