Welcome to the Home Page of the Cooley Environmental and Health Group

The Cooley Environmental and Health Group was founded at a meeting in 1994 driven by concerns about the implications of the Sellafield nuclear plant for the health of the residents in the Cooley peninsula and beyond. Since then its concerns have broadened to encompass a broad range of environmental and health issues. A short history of the Group, along with details of its composition, constitution and sponsors is provided on the About Us and Constitution pages.

A summary of the discussions at Committee meetings and other meetings is provided on the Meetings page. However, since 2001 the major event in the Group's calendar has been the Annual Winter Workshops.

The 2020 Winter Workshop was the 20th run by the Cooley and Environmental Health Group, so to mark the occasion the theme for the 2020 was: The Environment and Health 20 Years On. A full account of this may be viewed here, whilst a full list of the previous Workshops may be viewed here. Links to reports on the more recent ones may be viewed from the Workshops page. Further details on the 2021 Workshop will be provided on the Workshops page as they become known. Please note that the Workshops are open to everyone, so if you have any views about the selected topic, or would just like to hear what others think, please come along. Car parking is available at the back of the Hotel. Admission is free and tea and biscuits will be provided.

The issue of Sellafield still remains a concern for the Group. Although the Cancer Conference in 2004 concluded that there was little evidence to suggest that health of people in Cooley was adverse bely affected by Sellafield in the past, the threat of a major industrial accident still remains a live issue. However, Sellafield is not the only issue addressed by the Group. The text of submissions made by the Group on behalf of the people in Cooley on other issues may be viewed in the Submissions page.

The Committee has discussed the possibility of developing a mapping project, to provide an on-line atlas depicting various features of environmental and health-related interest in the Cooley peninsula. This is still at an early stage, but further details are available on the Map Project page. The Map Project page also contains a link to a separate page providing links to health-related maps on other sites.

We are always interested in hearing your views, not only about the web-site but also issues relating to health or the environment, so please feel free to contact us using the facility on the Contact Us page if there is an issue you feel we should address.

Although not listed on the menu bar above, the site also contains a page on the history of Local Government in Ireland with some useful links which were intended to provide background to the 2015 Workshop but are still relevant.

At some point in the future we hope to include more photographs, of both people and places, mostly taken by our resident photographer, Se├ín Crudden. We also hope to include a Guestbook where you can post feedback for others to read.
Please note that our business meetings which are normally held every second month or so in the Strand Hotel, Omeath are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Please consider coming along. However, unfortunately all meetings are currently postponed because of  Covid-19 restrictions. Details of the next meeting will be announced here in due course.
For major breaking news relating to either Cooley or the Cooley Environmental and Health Group please follow the Recent News link
Cooley Environmental and Health Group,
Secretary: Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD, 
5 Anglesea Terrace, Greenore, Co Louth, Ireland.
Phone : +353 (0) 42 9373525, +353 (0) 42 93 71310
Our Sponsors: The Cooley Environmental and Health Group would gratefully like to acknowledge the financial support provided by our sponsors. Please follow the Sponsors link for details of our sponsors.