Database of Clare craftspeople being compiled

Database of Clare craftspeople being compiled


The Southern Region Waste Management Office is currently compiling a database of Clare craftspeople skilled in the area of repairing, reimagining and repurposing old items, from which they will engage key personnel for Reuse Month 2017.

The success of last year’s inaugural event means that even more people than ever are required to facilitate workshops and teach classes as part of Reuse Month 2017 this October.

Reuse Month 2017 is part of a nationwide initiative to change attitudes to old and disused objects, while encouraging people to repurpose, donate, sell or repair items and keep them out of landfill sites.

Irish people currently reuse less than 2% of old bulky goods including furniture, with the majority of the remaining 98% going to landfill.

Ireland has an obligation under the Waste Framework Directive to recycle 50% of household waste by 2020, and a regional target of recycling 50% managed Municipal Solid Waste by 2020 has also been set. Households across the country will therefore have to reduce their waste and increase their rate of recycling by an average of 5% in the next three years.

Pauline McDonogh Waste Prevention Officer with the SRWMO said, “Repurposing, reusing and reimagining uses for old goods is a fun, cost effective and interesting way to meet those targets and reduce our waste.”

“2016 saw Ireland’s first national Reuse Month coordinated by the three Regional Waste Management Offices and are were delighted with the reaction we received,” said Ms McDonogh.

“Here in the Southern Region our 10 local authorities ,along with Environmental Groups such as Cork Environmental Forum (CEF), VOICE, local community groups & organisations hosted workshops, fashion shows, up-cycling and recycling events, cookery demos, clothes swaps and generally got engaged in a glorious month of activities.

“Each local authority, including Clare County Council hosted a programme of events  including workshops, talks, and demonstrations that promoted all aspects of Reuse Month. Their aim was to inspire citizens to actively engage in reuse at a practical level, and it seems to have worked,” she added.

“Demand for this year’s event is high and we require even more facilitators and tutors  to sign up before the end of August. We are currently putting together a database of interested personnel.

“Clare is very fortunate as it has a significant number of skilled artists, craftspeople and handymen and women that can find new uses for old furniture, clothes, jewellery, bicycles and every day items, and we really want to hear from them,” said the SRWMO Waste Prevention Officer.

“We want to engage these people to share their skill and knowledge with others through workshops, classes and presentations during Reuse Month this October,” she added.

Applicants need to be passionate about their chosen interest for example art, furniture, textiles, jewellery, or mechanics.

To apply to become part of the data base interested parties are asked to email for an application form before the end of August. The form will allow entrants to indicate their area of expertise, location, costs and other details.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.