IF YOU’VE rediscovered the joys of knitting or the delicate art of crocheting and would like to learn more than Munster’s first Yarn Festival is the place for you.
Set against the rugged beauty of the aptly named Sheep’s Head Peninsula, the Yarn Festival which gets underway on Saturday May 16 will see knitters and yarn crafters from across the country gathering for a weekend of workshops at various locations from Durrus to Ahakista and Kilcrohane on the Peninsula.
“We will have something for everybody at every level. From beginners knitting workshops or crochet to felt making, if its got yarn in it we’ve got it,” the Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival organiser Niamh Egerton said.
With classes for beginners to the more confident, the two day festival will also include workshops for those interested in Tunisian lace crochet as well as the Japanese art of knitting, Amigurumi, and closer to home there will be a workshop where you can learn about Carrickmacross lace making.
“We will also have very special felt making classes and hand spinning workshops. The festival will see classes dotted across the Peninsula taking in the wonderful landscape and the welcoming community spirit here on the Sheep’s Head. We are all looking forward to a great weekend,” Niamh added.
Workshop places start at €20 and for more information or to book a workshop log on to www.sheepsheadyarnfestival.weebly.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’ve had a lot of enquires and bookings for the festival ready and with the number of knitters and crafters here on the Peninsula we are all looking forward to a very enjoyable weekend of creativity, design and learning,” Niamh concluded.
NEW figures from the CSO confirm the number of people in the Cork area signing on has fallen by 4,337 in the past year indicating that the recovery is slowly starting to be felt locally.
The Central Statistics Office figures show that the unemployment rate fell once again in January to 10.5%. This is down almost two thirds since the crisis peak of 15.1% three years ago. There are now 358,672 people on the Live Register nationally. This represents a 10% year-on-year decrease.
A further breakdown of local figures in West Cork reveals that things are moving in the right direction as Bandon recorded an decrease of 191, Kinsale 132, Skibbereen 122 and Clonakilty 110.
Local Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “It’s encouraging to see that the numbers on the Live Register are down on last years figures and they clearly show the progress we are making in getting people off the Live Register and into work.
“Unemployment does not fall without a concerted effort by government and local organisations. Through programmes such as JobBridge, Tús and Springboard we are ensuring that jobseekers have access to training and work experience, that helps boost their job skills and their chances of gaining employment.
“Supporting the creation of jobs and the building of a sustainable economy has been a key priority for me and this Government since day one,” he said.
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Everybody interested in participating in camp or any other form of volunteering within the organization must have full Garda clearance. Many applicants were disappointed last year with late applications resulting in not having time to process their Garda clearance.
Volunteering in camps such as CoAction’s summer camp or Saturday Club (one Saturday per month September-May) can be very beneficial to second and third level students contemplating a career in nursing, teaching, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social studies, etc.
Adults are also most welcome.
Minimum age for applicants is 16 years old by January 2015. Completed application, reference forms and Garda clearance forms must be returned to the volunteer coordinator by February 27th.
If you require further information contact the volunteer coordinator in the Bantry centre on 027 54027 / 027 50114 / 086 043 0310 or e-mail email@example.com.