Future Energy Policy For Ireland – Free Public Consultation

energy energy2Brandon House Hotel, New Ross, Co. Wexford

February 27th      9.30am – 1.30pm


9.30 –                  Registration Tea & Coffee

10.00 – Welcome Billy Murphy Chairperson IRL

10.05 – Introduction by the Chair: Seamus Boland CEO Irish Rural Link

10.15  –               Ken Spratt, Assistant Secretary, DCENR

10.30 –                Dr. Brian O’Gallachoir, Principal Investigator in Energy Policy and Modelling, UCC

10.50  –               Questions & Answers

11.10 – Tea & Coffee

11.30 –                Brendan Hennessey, Membership Liaison Officer, Social Justice and Policy, St. Vincent de Paul

11.45 –               Break out groups to consider questions

12.45 –               Plenary

1.15  –                 Conclusion with general discussion and questions chaired by                                                   Seamus Boland

1.30 –                  Lunch


Speakers Profiles:

Ken Spratt is the Assistant Secretary General leading the Energy function at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. He is Ireland’s Director General for Energy matters at EU and international fora, including being a member of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency. Since 1986 he has served in five government departments, including Social Protection, Environment & Local Government, Finance, and as a Diplomat at the Irish Embassy in Washington DC. He has an MSc in Innovation Management (UUJ & LYIT), a graduate of the DIT (Personnel Management), and the IPA (Economics).

Dr. Brian Ó Gallachóir is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Engineering in University College Cork and Principal Investigator in Energy Policy and Modelling in UCC’s Environmental Research Institute. He has 24 years research experience in energy engineering, since starting a PhD in ocean wave energy hydrodynamics in 1990. Brian was instrumental in establishing energy engineering as a new discipline within UCC and is Director of the MEngSc Programme in Sustainable Energy. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journal and conference papers, reports and book chapters and is currently editing a book on energy systems modelling. Brian was elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme of International Energy Agency (IEA ETSAP).

Brendan Hennessy- Brendan Hennessy is Membership Liaison Officer for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s (SVP) social justice and policy team.  Brendan’s work involves gathering information from SVP’s volunteer conferences and using that information to inform SVP’s social justice positions.  Brendan represents SVP on the policy areas of energy and water.

 This Free Public Consultation will be Web Streamed and all comments will be recorded.

To Book a place: Telephone Maria 090 6482744 or email: maria@irishrurallink.ie  For more www.irishrurallink.ie

Askamore Community Text Alert

Wording of Community Text Alert sign

€5 fee for continuing to receive text alerts is now due.

Please put €5 per phone in envelope with name / number & give to any member of Askamore Community Council by Monday March 16th. List of Council names as below:

Ballynancoran, Donishall, Ballytarsna, Askabeg, Bolinrush:

Aileen Kavanagh, Jim Martin, Willie Murphy, Brian Buttle

Askamore, Kiltilihane, Munny:

Paddy Byrne, Seán Byrne, James Tomkins, Stacy Gilbert

Ballyconran, Brideswell – Little & Big, Castlewhite, Knocknamota:

Joe Kenny, Davy Donohoe, Mick Dee, PJ Nolan

Burrow, Drummond, Motabower, Knockshaunfin, Park, Ballyellis:

Owen Doyle, Larry Butler, Enda Morris

Paula Mulroe

Kilrush-Askamore Coiste na n-Óg

Under-10 hurling training will commence on Saturday February 21st @ 11:00am and then they will participate in the Castletown Indoor Hurling Tournament, which takes place over three Sundays, March 1st, 15th and 22nd @ 6:00pm.

Under-12 hurling indoor in Castletown on Friday February 20th (3 matches) please be there no later than 6:00pm.

The first game of the championship for the Minor Footballers will take place on Sunday March 1st against Macamore Gaels @ 11:00am in Ballyroebuck.

Kilrush-Askamore Coiste na n-Óg

Registration night for Coiste na n-Óg takes place on Friday 13th February in the club house, from 7:00-8:30pm. We look forward to seeing all our players and parents on the night.

New players always welcome. If any new players are registering, please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

U-14 hurlers are back in action again in the Castletown indoor tournament on Saturday 14th February, first game starts at 6:00pm.

U-12 hurlers are also out in Castletown on Friday night 20th February.

Gardening Group meeting tomorrow night

gardening 3 gardening 1Everyone is welcome to come to our Gardening and Grow It Yourself Group which meets once a month in the Schoolhouse Bar in Askamore – tomorrow night @ 8pm

Betty (Lancaster) Kehoe will guide the group in choosing and ordering seeds to plant for the coming spring – all organic seeds. People can choose to order as a group and save money on their order. Come along and bring a friend. €4 nightly. Refreshments served.


Set Dancing – upcoming events

Classes weekly in Askamore Activity Centre on Wednesdays, 8.30 – 10.30 pm (note time change) with Paddy Wade – €8 nightly. Everyone welcome. Beginners always welcome.

Set Dance Party

Donard Community Hall

Friday, Feb 13th – 9 – 1 am

Music By: Syl & Liz

In Aid of Day Care, Alzheimer Units and Patient Comfort Fund at Baltinglass Hospital

Enquiries: 087 6949025 – €10 including supper


Siamsa Charman Céílí

Riverbank Hotel, Wexford

Sunday March 22nd, 3 pm

Music by Ger Murphy & Ken Cotter