Highlights of Energy Fest 2011

The event kicked off with a great Friday night out at Shanley’s Music Bar where an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the rousing music of Acapellabella, Steven Housden, Gavin Moore, Les Clague and his brilliant daughter, Eve, on the Saxophone, Fionnuala Harkin plus Derek, a Shanley’s regular on piano.  Justin Grounds also contributed his versatile musical talents, as well as acting as a very personable and humorous compere for the gig.  Raffle tickets sold well and winners seemed pleased with their prizes of garden goods courtesy of the Clonakilty Garden Centre or Energy Monitors donated by Airtricity. Our big thanks to Justin and all the hard-working musicians who donated their time and gave us all a marvellous night’s entertainment, as well as the superb organisation of the event by Allison Roberts.

On Saturday the Energy Fair was held in the great hall at the Waterfront thanks to the generosity of Bob & Maria Hilliard of Hillback Developments.  This is the second time that this venue has been made available to the group. Lighting for the venue was provided by West Cork Electrical.  The following people/organisations were exhibiting their products and answering questions:


Kevin Brophy, Radiator heat boosters:http://www.radbooster.com/

Donagh O’Loghlin, Ecoplumber: www.eco-plumb.ie

Tom Crowley, Crowley Carbon: www.crowleycarbon.com

Liam Deasy, Future Generation Solar:  www.ghsolarireland.com

Xavier Dubuisson, Solar without Frontiers: www.solarwithoutfrontiers.com/

West Cork Building Supplies:

Clogheen Industrial Estate , Clonakilty, Co Cork

 023 883 4249

023 883 4239

John Murphy, Renewable Heating Systems: www.johncmurphy.ie

Tim O’Donovan, Tim O’Donovan Construction Ltd,  Email: timotei@eircom.net

Housewrap: www.housewrap.biz

Francis Thoma, Cellulose insulation: http://ecocel.ie/

John O’Leary, Building Energy Surveyor: email:  johnoleary@hotmail.com

Refreshments by:

Shane Kelleher, “The Barista Boy”: shane.kelleher@gmail.com

Heather Shorten, Cakes: Phone 086 322 5041


Children’s Competition Winners

First prize winner, Mollie, with her 'tree' feeder.

Bird Feeder

While there were only two entrants for the “birdfeeder made from recycled materials”, we were thrilled at the highly imaginative and attractive entries. It was very difficult to choose a winner.

Mollie Walsh, won First Prize for her “pretend tree” bird feeder made from scraps of broken outdoor furniture and the like, plus natural greenery.  The “tree” usually lives  in her new, currently tree-less garden.  What a great idea to provide some cover for the hungry birds!







Oisin, second prize winner, with his sisters.




Oisin O’Sullivan, Kilbree was second for his innovative and artistic birdfeeder and bird bath made from a disused tricycle, hurley, umbrella and small laundry detergent bags for nuts etc.









Recycled/up-cycled clothing

Jane O'Brien



This competition was won with an old T-shirt being updated with bows made from scraps of fashionable lace into a very attractive new design that is right on trend with its black and white theme.











Raffle prize winners at Energy Fair

F O’Donovan x 2

X Dubuisson

D McCarthy

T Crowley x 2

D Simmons

C O’Suilleabhain

Congratulations to all winners!

The Sunday ‘Tweed’ cycle ride to Inchydoney and back was enjoyed by a good crowd of  people.  the best tweed outfits were won by the Horan family.  The gorgeous photograph was taken by Cionnaith O’Suilleabhain.




And finally a big thank you to our sponsors,

all those who came to our events or helped at them

and participated in the great community spirit and enjoyable atmosphere at them all!

Airtricty Energy Meters

If you would like to borrow an Airtricty energy meter for a month to monitor your own energy expenditure, please contact Alison Wickham at sustainableclon@gmail.com