The Strand Hotel, Omeath - home for most of our meetings


Meetings of the Cooley Environmental and Health Group, are held every two months or so, usually in the Strand Hotel, Omeath. Summaries of this year's meetings appear below with the most recent appearing towards the top of the page.

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For reports on the Annual Workshops please select the Workshops link.

For information on the Cancer Conference follow the Cancer link.

The meetings of the Cooley Environmental and Health Group are open to all. If you would like to become involved in our activities, please come along. You will be very welcome.

The next general meeting will be a special Seminar to held on Sunday, 14th April, 2019 at 11am in the Strand Hotel, Omeath. Refreshments will be provided beforehand at 10am. The topic for the Seminar is: 'Nuclear Power: The Renewed Threat To The Cooley Environment'.

The minutes are always carefully scrutinised before being accepted

Report on Cooley Environment and Health Group Meeting (AGM), Sunday 17th February 2019
The AGM of the Cooley Environmental and Health Group was held at its February meeting. Sean Crudden provided a detailed breakdown on the Group's finances over the past year. These remain in a healthy state. We have a small reserve fund, sufficient to meet unanticipated contingencies, which was supplemented this year by a small excess of income over expenditure. It was felt that we were now sufficiently secure to consider a modest expansion of our activities. To this end it was agreed that we might experiment with hosting a Sunday morning Seminar at our next meeting (to be held on 14th April). In the light of some recent developments, it was decided the topic should be: 'Nuclear Power: The Renewed Threat To The Cooley Environment'. The seminar will begin at 11am and refreshments will be provided for attendees at 10am.

The Chairman, Jonathan Larkin, formally stood down the current committee and called for nominations for the Executive positions. Jonathan Larkin was re-elected Chairperson, Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes was re-elected Honorary Secretary, and Sean Crudden was re-elected Treasurer. It was decided to leave the positions of Vice Chairperson and Public Relations Officer open for the present, although a couple of very suitable candidates are to be approached. The Honorary Treasurer reported that he might need to step down later in the year. Hopefully this may not come to pass, but as a precaution it was decided that we should create a new position of Assistant Treasurer to allow a successor to be trained in. There was consensus agreement on the ideal candidate. The Chairman is to 'head hunt' our preferred choice before the next meeting.
Report on Cooley Environment and Health Group Meeting, Sunday 20th January 2019
This, the final meeting before the 2019 Workshop, was chaired by Jonathan Larkin. The main item on today's agenda was to finalise the details for the Workshop to be held next Saturday on the topic: The Health and Environmental Impact of Brexit on the Local Area. Sean Crudden reported that we had received funding from the Louth Local Enterprise Office. Glenda Byrne, Manager of the Strandfield Cafe and Flower Market has been earmarked as the principal speaker. It is hoped she will provide a personal perspective on the concerns facing local businesses in the current climate of uncertainty. Other speakers include Dr Dennis Pringle, who will attempt to summarise the current state of play and the possible scenarios that might arise. It is hoped that Eamonn O'Boyle, a very loyal supporter of the Workshop will be able to contribute from a political perspective. Other possible speakers were also discussed.

After the initial presentations, it planned to split the workshop into 3 groups to discuss possible Health implications, Environmental implications, and implications for cross-border movement and travel, before reporting back to a concluding round table session.