Rural Rejigs – a report

A huge thank you to everyone who came to Rural Rejigs in Corofin on Saturday 9th December. A special thank you to; our speakers Michael McCaughan, Leonard Cleary, Gloria Callinan, Dr. Mark Garavan, Stefanie Jaegar, Sinead Mercier, Oonagh O’Dwyer, Cillian Murphy & Eoin McCuirc; our musicians Katie Theasby and Raed Said; our discussion facilitators Eve Campbell & William Hederman; but most especially to organisers Sarah Clancy and Monica McKenna.

Gloria Callinan – LEADER Programme Co-ordinator Clare


Cillian Murphy – Loop Head Tourism


Dr. Mark Garavan


Stefanie Jaeger – Social Farming


Sinead Mercier – Green Party researcher


Sinead Mercier, Theresa O’Donoghue and Stefanie Jaeger


FoodCloud co-founder Eoin MacCuirc and Journalist Michael McCaughan


Participants had the chance to hear new ideas as well as reflect on the knowledge their communities already contain.  It was stimulating, encouraging and challenging while also being a celebration of the tireless work already being done in rural communities.  The Hive Mind discussion groups gave the participants a chance to network and share how they will sustain themselves in their work for positive change.

Hive Mind Discussion groups


Hive Mind discussion groups


Hive Mind discussion groups


Hive Mind feedback sheets


The arts vital place in community was highlighted with a stunning performance by local woman Katie Theasby and Jerusalem born musician Raed Said, while Brian Flemming gave a children’s drumming workshop.

Katie Theasby and Raed Said


Listening to Raed Said


At the end of the day Eve Campbell and William Hederman facilitated a feedback session that didn’t want to end.

William on mic duty

Organiser Sarah Clancy


‘Best conference I have ever been to’ D.H.

‘What an absolutely brilliant day this was, thanks to all involved for pulling all the stops out, … One of the most thought provoking events I’ve ever been to – please can we have some more of the same?’ J.M.

‘I thought the day, stimulating, challenging. Well done Sarah and team.’ R.H.

‘What I saw was really interesting. Including the musicians was inspired. Great work’ A.M.H.


Join us for Rural Rejigs in Corofin Community Hall Saturday 9th December

Clare Public Participation Network and Clare Local Development Company invite you to Rural Rejigs- a day of ideas and discussions on how our communities can thrive. 

Clare PPN Rural Rejig

When: Saturday December 9th 2017

Where: Corofin Community Hall

What time: 09.30 – 5.00 pm

Tickets are free and you can register at this link:

Please note that children are most welcome and there will be childcare and activities for children during the day but please book a child ticket at the link above for each child. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Clare Public Participation Network and Clare Local Development Company are holding a community think- in this Saturday December 9th in Corofin Community Hall.  The day which is free of charge and open to the public will provide an opportunity for people from all over Clare to discuss and learn from each other’s efforts in building vibrant thriving communities. There will also be invited guest speakers from organisations such as award winning start up social enterprise FoodCloud, Social Farming Ireland, Loop Head Tourism, Wild Kitchen, Feasta, Clare County Council, the Leader Programme in Clare and others.

The day’s events will be chaired by Clare based journalist and author Michael McCaughan, who during his time as the Latin American Correspondent for the Irish Times and Guardian Newspapers reported extensively on communities’ efforts to organise themselves in places such as Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico. There will also be music from internationally renowned Palestinian percussionist Raed Said who will discuss the role of art and culture in communities under pressure.

Speaking on the plans for the day Clare PPN Coordinator Sarah Clancy said;

‘Very often people involved in community development don’t get a chance to get together to think or plan, we have to keep reacting, keep chasing funding and deadlines and trying to provide services on a shoestring.  Even though community groups and activists are vital to the survival of all that is good about rural Ireland they are under a lot of pressure now and Clare PPN wants this day to be a break from that- a day at the end of the year to regroup, to think, and to imagine what is possible for us to achieve working together in County Clare.

Clare PPN and Clare Local Development Company invite everyone with an interest in building sustainable thriving and inclusive communities to come and join us in Corofin on Saturday. The only request we have is that attendees come with open minds and a willingness to share their experiences and to listen to others.

Lovely vegetarian lunch will be provided by Moonbear Catering and childcare and activities will be available.

Guest speakers joining us include: 

  • Micheal McCaughan, Journalist and author
  • Stephanie Jaeger of Social Farming Ireland
  • Dr Mark Garavan, Applied Social Care Lecturer GMIT
  • Oonagh O’Dwyer – Wild Kitchen
  • Eoin MacCuirc Founding Director of award winning social enterprise FoodCloud
  • Cillian Murphy, Loop Head Tourism
  • Raed Said- Master Percussionist from Palestine
  • Leonard Cleary- Acting Director of Rural Development Clare County Council
  • Gloria Callinan, Clare Local Development Company

Programme for the day: 

Plenary Meeting of Clare PPN

Clare Public Participation Network invites all member groups to its county level plenary meeting.

Clare Public Participation Network is holding its second Plenary Meeting of 2017 to which all member groups are invited to send one or more representatives. This will take place on November 30th at 7.30pm in the Civic Offices Waterpark House, Drumbiggle, Ennis. At this meeting member groups of Clare PPN will have the opportunity to plan the organisation’s activities for the year ahead as well as asking any questions they wish about the work to date.

This meeting is also open to the general public and will include an introduction to the purpose and work of the network by Sarah Clancy the PPN’s Coordinator.  There will be an opportunity for those attending to get together and hear from some of the community activists who were elected to represent them on Clare County Council’s policy making committees. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Marie Therese Carroll who is a member of the secretariat that organises the PPN’s activities in Clare called on community groups to join the PPN:  ‘Every day our County Council makes decisions that will affect our lives in the county both immediately and in the future. It is vital that the people who live in Clare use every avenue available to them to make their views known. The PPN allows us to put community people at the tables where policies are formed’ 

Groups wishing to join the PPN can register online on Clare PPN’s

Enquiries about anything to do with Clare PPN can be directed to or 087 1617375.

Clare PPN is a network of community, voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups from Clare. It exists to facilitate the formal participation by the community sector in Clare County Council’s decision making structures. It is funded jointly by the Department Rural and Community Development and Clare County Council but is autonomous and its activities are directed by its members through an elected secretariat.

Gala screening of Sanctuary the award winning movie


The Clare Leader Forum in partnership with the Clare Public Participation Network are delighted to invite you to join us for a gala screening of the award winning film ‘Sanctuary’.

Sanctuary has travelled the festival circuit, being screened in cinemas around Ireland while achieving critical acclaim and numerous awards. Based on the original screenplay by Galway based playwright Christian O’Reilly Sanctuary takes on the emotional and challenging topic of love. The movie moves beyond the fear, hype and politics that polarises people based upon their disability and instead aims to generate an informed social commentary through a delightfully funny, smart dialogue.

To celebrate International Day of Disabled Persons on December 3rd we are excited to share this courageous film with you. Join us in Glor Theatre from 3pm for the movie screening followed by an afternoon of discussion, music, celebration and entertainment.

Tickets are on sale from Glor Theatre Box Office at a price of €5.00 per adult, (children go free). They can be purchased by either phoning Glor directly on (065) 684 3103 or calling in to the Theatre. Alternatively tickets can be purchased at the door on the day.  Tickets include access to the post movie celebration, seasonal refreshments and entertainment.

The Clare PPN and Clare Leader Forum have arranged child care and entertainment for younger children for the duration of the movie screening. Any children availing of this facility MUST BE PREBOOKED in advance by emailing and providing their names, ages, and the name and contact telephone number for the person who will be responsible for them for the duration of the event.

Want to provide some administrative support to Clare PPN?

Clare PPN is seeking expressions of interest for the provision of administrative support services:

Clare PPN is a network of community and voluntary groups in County Clare and is seeking expressions of interest for an administrative support contract from now until December 2017.

We require administrative and other services approximately 2 days per week until year end.

Skills required:

  • High level of computer literacy.
  • Accounting/bookkeeping for a small organisation.
  • Communications- online, newsletter and direct telephone contact.
  • Managing databases.
  • Must be familiar with data protection good practice.


The successful person should be a self-starter with a friendly, positive manner and have a high level of spoken and written English. They must have skills in accounting or bookkeeping for small organisations.  They should be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in all of the above and be of good character and must be available on a flexible basis for between 14 and 20 days up to December 2017.  Clare PPN can offer flexibility as regards the schedule of days which the contractor will work and flexibility about the place of work.   Clare PPN is an equal opportunities organisation and welcomes expressions of interest from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities who meet the skill requirements.  This contract will be offered on a self employed basis.


How to submit an expression of interest:

Please email on or before Thursday 19thOctober 2017 with  following information:

  • Please detail how you meet the skill requirements listed above.
  • A brief summary of previous experience.
  • Your price per day for this contract- for the purposes of this contract a ‘day’ is understood to comprise of 7.5 working hours. Please ensure that your quote includes VAT if it applies to you or your business.
  • Contact details for two referees for whom you have carried out similar work.

Please feel free to give Sarah a call on 087-1617375 during office hours if you have any questions about this contract.

You can find out more about Clare PPN here

National Conference for PPN members to take place in Sligo on October 19th 2017



The first National PPN Conference will be held on Thursday 19th October 2017 in the Clayton Hotel, Sligo.  It is being hosted by Sligo PPN in conjunction with the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD).

Who should attend?

The Conference is targeted at PPN Secretariats, PPN Members, Resource Workers, Volunteers, Elected Members, Local Authority staff supporting the PPN structure, Partnership / Local Development Companies and LCDCs.


Development of PPNs; Statements of Wellbeing; Developing Policies and Models of Best Practice.  The Conference will also provide excellent opportunities for networking and reviewing the strengths, challenges, opportunities and threats encountered to date. 

Conference Programme / Speakers

The conference will focus on the progression of PPNs at local and national level, how they can influence policy, develop collaborations between PPNs and Local Government and strategising and building for the future. 

There will be input from the DRCD, breakout sessions giving voice to individual input on issues around Social, Economic, Democratic and Environmental themes and an overview of PPN Models of Best Practice. 

Inspirational guest speakers on the day will include Mr John Lonergan, Former Prison Governor and Management Expert; Mr Michael Ewing, Co-ordinator of the Environmental Pillar. 


 To encourage participation and access there is no conference fee applying  


Queries to Sligo PPN Office on 071 9114430;