NN#13 Urban Farming, How to Help Quaranteenagers and more…
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NN#13 Urban Farming, How to Help Quaranteenagers and more…

Hello to all of our lovely Neighbourhood Networkers!

We hope you all enjoyed yourself over the weekend, the first weekend in Phase 3. We’re very busy bees this week, working on something new and very exciting for Neighbourhood Network. Keep an eye on our social media during the week for more on this!

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What’s in #NN13:

  • Community Boost Webinar with SpunOut.ie
  • Get Your Film Fix from Home
  • Heartwarming Letters Helping to Ease Loneliness
  • Lockdown lock-in with The Irish Whiskey Museum
  • Urban Farmers: Cork’s First Rooftop Farm
  • Well Being Course to Help Quaranteenagers
  • My Mind Offering Free Online Counselling Sessions
  • Raise a Mug for Tea-at-3!

Community Boost Webinar with SpunOut.ie


We’re hosting our sixth Live Community Boost webinar next week, Tuesday July 14th at 8pm. The amazing Ian Power, CEO of Spun Out will be joining us to talk about the wellbeing of our communities in this post-lockdown era.

All are welcome to attend and no interaction is necessary, you can just listen in with the option to type a question into the chat section which will then be asked by the moderator. You also do not have to have attended the first event. Grab a cuppa and some cake or a bun and join us for this meetup!

Get Your Film Fix


Irish and International Films and Documentaries at Home – When it comes to cultural things to do, film is high on the list. A couple of the top places to get your cultural film fix are:

  • Irish Film Institute – From films and documentaries to advertisements. The IFI has a wealth of film on Irish history, culture and entertainment. You can access these via their IFI Player here.
  • Volta offers the best in brand new Irish cinema including recent releases and the best of The Lighthouse Cinema. Check out their video on demand site here.
  • ‘1844 Times Projects’ More than a Barbershop – More than a barbershop is an award-winning short documentary that captures a small and special corner of Dublin. Based on the barber shop Abner Brown in Rathmines, the film tells how a passion for music turned a local barbershop into a music scene icon.

Abner Brown has played host to hundreds of acts over the years from Mundy to Michael Stipe. The later a visitor to the last time he was in Dublin. Launched in 2016, the film has showed at 22 film festivals around the world and won numerous awards. Directed by Xandru Fernández Ramírez and Fernando Otero Perandones, More Than A Barbershop is available to watch here on vimeo.

Children send heartwarming letters and drawings to the elderly to help ease loneliness during lockdown


Drawings, paintings, cards and letters have been sent in from local primary & secondary school children to reduce patient isolation among patients at St Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown during #COVID19.

“The idea [was] that each patient would receive a card providing an opportunity for positive engagement, to reduce isolation and increase well being… having a connection to the community may alleviate feelings of isolation”. For more on this wonderful story, click here.

Interested in a Lockdown Lock-In?


Friday nights in just got a whole lot tastier now that the Irish Whiskey Museum has launched a series of online tastings called The Whiskey Lock-In. What better way to toast the end of a long week than with your very own lock-in from lockdown?

Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm, the tastings will be lead by one of the museum’s experts who will not only walk you through their specially curated premium whiskey, they will also provide the background to the drinks. The live premium whiskey tastings will include four carefully curated and ‘delivered to your door’ miniature whiskeys. To book, visit their website here.

Urban Farmers: Cork’s First Rooftop Farm


The Covid-19 pandemic gave Brian McCarthy and Thay Carlos more time on their hands, so they started a unique project — a farm on top of a 6,800 sq foot rooftop overlooking the Coal Quay. Since starting their project, Cork Rooftop Farm has captured local people’s imagination.

It is unique to Ireland, and Brian hopes to demonstrate the possibilities for urban agriculture in Cork city, adding to other projects under the banner of Greening Up Cork. Cork Rooftop Farm is showing cities that they can have productive spaces, it’s just a question of finding the opportunity and putting the work in.

As the Covid restrictions are being lifted, Brian and Thay are inviting visitors to check out their rooftop farm, which are now home to Cork’s first rooftop chickens. The fresh produce grown on the site will also be sold to locals.

For more on these urban farmers progress, check out their twice-weekly podcast here or follow their journey on Instagram and Facebook.

Online Well Being Course to Help Quaranteenagers

A new Irish wellbeing education start-up Project One Sky has created online courses for teenagers to help with their wellbeing during the covid pandemic. Project One Sky’s courses are delivered interactively online and uses a variety of teaching methods, such as quizzes and games, all of which help to engage teens.

The courses are accessed via the company’s website and cover physical, psychological and social wellbeing and can be participated in by individuals or schools. A new version of the course has been launched to guide teens through the Covid-19 pandemic and the company’s courses will be rolled out to all secondary school students from September. For more on this, take a look here.

Free online counselling sessions: COVID-19 Project

MyMind provide fast and easy access to counselling and psychotherapy face to face and online. MyMind is now delivering free online counselling appointments for people all over Ireland. If you have been directly affected by Covid-19, you may be eligible.

For more information take a look at their website here.

Raise a Mug for Tea at 3

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for Tea At Three last Saturday at 3pm. We hope you all had a great afternoon! Join us again this Saturday for a fun check-in with our neighbours. Head to this page: streetfeast.ie/tea-at-3/ to register for your very own free tea resources!

We would love to hear about how you’re enjoying your community get togethers! We received some lovely feedback from Fiona in Kinsale, who has found that Tea-at-3 has helped her to connect with neighbours she had never met before.

Nominate Your Neighbour

We would love to hear your stories and profiles of some of the amazing Neighbourhood Networkers doing great work in your communities.

Would you like to nominate a wonderful neighbour? Fill this short form out and we’ll be in touch!

We’ve designed Neighbourhood Network – a tool to help support the people all over the country who are responding to their community’s call. Register your existing group or sign up as a volunteer/coordinator here!

We hope you have a wonderful week, stay safe and mind each other from a distance!

All the best,

Neighbourhood Network