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.
For meetings in previous years, please select one of the following links:
For reports on the Annual Workshops please select the Workshops link.
For information on the Cancer Conference follow the Cancer link.
No meetings are currently scheduled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The minutes are always carefully scrutinised before being accepted
Nominations were received for each of the major Committee positions. Jonathan Larkin was re-elected Chairperson, whilst Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes was re-elected Treasurer. Aine O'Reilly was elected Treasurer, whilst the outgoing Treasurer, Sean Crudden, was elected to a new position combining the former positions of Vice Chairperson and Public Relations Officer.
The dates for future meetings were provisionally agreed as follows:
Sunday, 26th April @ 10am
Sunday, 14th June @ 10am
Sunday, 13th September @ 10am
Sunday, 15th November @ 10am
Sunday, 17th January @ 10am
Saturday, 23rd January @ 2pm (2021 Winter Workshop)
The main item on the agenda, as is always the case in the first meeting of the new year, was to finalise the details for the Winter Workshop, to be held next Saturday (25th January). Jonathon Larkin, Sean Crudden and Dessie Hynes reported that they had appeared on Dundalk FM radio to publicise the event. Although difficult to gauge in the absence of feedback, they felt the programme had gone well. Dennis Pringle is to prepare a flyer that could be distributed to further publicise the event.
It is hoped to begin the workshop with up to five keynote speakers, although there is still a degree of uncertainty about three of them. It is hoped to get firm commitments from each of them during the week. After a break for tea/coffee and biscuits, it is planned to break those attending into a number of discussion groups. Four possible topics, linked to changes in our central foci over the past twenty years, were identified. After each group reports back on their deliberations, the floor will be opened up for a general discussion.
Further refreshments will then be provided for this wishing to avail of them.