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Ballyhoura International Women's Day 2023

Let's all fully #EmbraceEquity!


On the 8th of March - International Women's Day, Ballyhoura Development invites all women to join us at the Deebert House Hotel in Kilmallock for a celebration of all the women that are forging change in our communities.

Equality versus Equity - join us to find out what's the difference. #IWD2023

Equity isn't just nice to have; its a must-have. A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's DNA. It is critical to understand the difference between equity and equality.

What's involved?

Technology is way too important for women to be excluded from its development and use. Join us to hear how Ballyhoura Development offers supports to break down these barriers.

Enjoy the following activities and refreshments on the day:

  • Grounding exercises,

  • Minding your well-being,

  • Laughter Yoga,

  • Information session on energy-saving hacks for the home,

  • Women’s programme information session,

  • Inclusive digital technologies and education session.

Refreshments will be served, and plenty of time to network and catch up with women living across the Ballyhoura area. After a fantastic morning of celebrating women, you will have an opportunity to sit back with a cup of tea later that evening in the comfort of your home and join the International Women's Day Evening Zoom Event:

Future Skills for Sustainability for Female Entrepreneurs.

When & Where:

On the 8th of March at 9:45am at the Deebert House Hotel in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick.
You can reserve your ticket below or contact the Ballyhoura Development office in Mitchelstown at 025-85213 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Places are limited - book early to avoid disappointment!

Please click on the link to the website to book your tickets or call 025-85213 - Ballyhoura International Women's Day 2023 (

Kindest regards,

Laura Moloney McCarthy.

Laura Moloney McCarthy – Development Officer
Ballyhoura Development CLG, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork P67 XY80
Direct: 086 3959361 Reception: 025 85213 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: 063 91330
Company No: 190417 Charitable Status No: CHY10671

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Parent/Guardian Webinar Series - Friendships - Tuesday 14th March 7.30pm

In this 1 hour webinar you will:

Consider the impact friendships can have on your child's mental health.

Explore ways in which you can support your child to build positive friendships.

Learn supportive strategies to navigate conversations about friendships with your child

Facilitated by Emma Prunty and Amy McRoy, Jigsaw

Sign up at




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Many thanks to Tammy Darcy from The Shona Foundation for facilitating a workshop on "Building self-esteem, building resilience and developing relationships" with our 2nd Year students on Tuesday 21st February. It was exceptionally informative and thoroughly enjoyed by all of our students!
Below is an email from the Shona Foundation sent as a follow up email today and is addressed to parents.

Dear Parents,

Yesterday we carried out a workshop with the young people in Scoil Pól, and we hope that through our unique, honest and open approach, we have lit a spark of change. We know through listening to these incredible students, that they need support to face the challenges that today’s society places on them, and working with you, together we can help deliver that support.
My name is Tammy Darcy, and I am the Founder and CEO of The Shona Project ( and we work to nurture the self-esteem of young people, while educating, empowering and inspiring them to embrace their abilities.
As we are all aware, teenagers in Ireland face a specific set of challenges including the societal pressure to look perfect, which leads to low self-esteem, mental health issues and often results in their potential not being realised. 1-3 young people in Ireland struggle with anxiety or depression.
Our workshop is focused on ensuring Irish teenagers have the skills, tools and self-esteem they need to achieve their potential. During the hour and a half, I spent getting to know your child, we worked on the following:

  • Influence: The people we surround ourselves with and how they influence how we feel about ourselves and the young person we become, being in tune with our values, and holding them firm, even when trying to fit in.

  • Kindness: When we don’t know how to channel sadness, anger or frustration in a positive way, that’s when we take it out on others.

  • Mindset: It’s not what happens to us that defines us, it’s how we respond to it. We’ve spoken a lot about resilience and responsibility today, and we’ve all set goals for ourselves that we can work towards. Ask your child to explain the E+R=O equation to you, you might find it useful!

We work on breaking down barriers and believe through early intervention we can avoid the possible downhill spiral many young teens in Ireland unfortunately face. But we only have a short time with them, so your role as the parent/guardian cannot be underestimated and you can and should continue these conversations with your child once they come home from school.

We understand it is hard to find the right words to start these conversations, and a part of our goal here at The Shona Project is to create an eco-system for the young people of Ireland to thrive. So, we wanted to give you some tips and talking points to encourage positive and healthy conversations. 
Tip 1: Don’t say you need a chat. This will heighten their insecurity and anxiety. Just ask them how their day went, or how they feel about a certain topic. Avoid the sneak attack.
Tip 2: Eye contact can be difficult when having important or deep conversations. Why not go for a drive or a walk? This way, you are beside your child, rather than face to face.

Tip 3: Kids don’t need you to solve all their problems. If you do, they will never know what they are capable of. As parents, our number one goal is to listen, and to validate how they’re feeling. When young people struggle, they feel like it’s their failure. Use terms like “that is tough”, “I hear you”, “This is not a normal situation, be gentle with yourself while you work through it.” Work together to come up with solutions, but always hear them first.
We hope that these ideas and tips are useful and may have helped you and your child with additional tools to encourage positive conversations and communication. We share the goal of wanting them to grow into a strong, resilient and confident young person.

Tammy has also recently published a book that you might like to stock in your library. You've Got This! is a positive and empowering guide designed to help girls find their place in the world and grab life with both hands. Full of practical information on handling the challenges of the teenage years with a healthy mindset, it covers topics like finding your friendship tribe, handling peer pressure, healthy body image, periods, love, sex and relationships, exam pressure and navigating the online world. You've Got This! is a supportive companion that will boost self-esteem, inspire positive thinking and build resilience while encouraging you to see the amazing potential in yourself. You can purchase this book on our website for €15.95 via this link ->
We are currently developing tools and workshops for parents, carers, coaches, and teachers – if you are interested in learning more about our work, the SHINE Festival, our future projects, how we might help you and your child, or indeed how you might support us, why not visit our website or social media channels to continue the conversation or sign up to our newsletter here ( to stay up to date with all things Shona while we also share our recommendations for books, music, podcasts, TV shows, movies, self-care items, and everything in between.
“It’s important for young people to feel like they matter, that their opinions matter, that their achievements matter - the Shona Project gives young people that platform to equality, positive representation and making their voices heard” - Katie, Youth Ambassador for The Shona Project
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Tammy Darcy the founder of the Shona Foundation with our Shona ambassadors- Heather Hove and Nicola Hennessy. Our third Shona ambassador is Eva Duggan (not in photo)

Well done to the u19 Girls Basketball who received their medal and trophy from Jason Killenn last week! Captain Linnea Hove accepted the trophy on behalf of the team. A fantastic achievement for the school and we’re so proud of the girls for a great season so far! Munster Semi Final bound next week.

Well done to the u16 Girls who also received their medals after a blazing display in their Regional Final.


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Regional Basketball Champions


Our Fashion Show committee have been busy bees all week preparing for our Fashion Show on Friday 24th Feb! The tickets are flying out the door so be sure to secure yours by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We are looking forward to seeing everyone! This show is in aid of our multipurpose arena.

Where:Bulgaden, Castle V35 YW50
When: Friday February 24th. Doors open 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:30pm

Tickets are €15 which includes a free swag bag on the night for the first 150 people to arrive. There will be fabulous local shops featuring on stage and a pop up shop exhibition on the night also! 
This fashion show is run in collaboration with the Holman Lee agency and we look forward to welcoming everyone. 

We will have some fantastic raffle prizes on the night and separate to the main raffle we also have tickets for a Munster rugby game and an Irish rugby game. We are so excited to welcome you all to our fashion show fundraiser, raising much needed funds for our multipurpose arena.



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Scoil Pól Truck, Tractor and Vintage Run

What a fantastic turnout we had on the 18th December 2022 for our first ever Christmas Truck, Tractor & Vintage Run! The fun, the colour, the effort, the buzz was second to none! A huge thank you to our wonderful students, staff and parents who made the evening the success it was. Thank you to all the participants for making such an effort with your vehicles and for travelling to Scoil Pól yesterday evening. Thank you to Richard O'Donoghue for leading it out and for your support and thanks to you all for coming out to greet us and waving at us along the route! We loved seeing you all! Thank you for your generosity and donations!
Thank you to Fogartys Life Pharmacy Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, Clancys Bar Bruff, Deebert House Hotel and Harry Murphy for kindly donating raffle prizes and vouchers!
Thank you to Mollys Restaurant for the lovely hot food and Sheehy's Centra Kilfinane for the selection of sandwiches!
All proceeds raised going to our planned Multi- Purpose Arena. A very Merry Christmas to you all and thank you again!

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