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What Transition Town do you belong to?
FADA Transition Newbridge
What are your main interests / skills / experience?
I have been working with FADA and following a steep learning curve for 2.5 years. Developing a wide range of skills. Learning about; permaculture, to grow, cook and preserve seasonal food, design posters, learning to connect with people and organisations and draw groups together on collaborative projects festivals, co-ops, community gardens etc. My interests are infact everything that will pave the way for the smoothest transition possible given the enourmity of the task.
More information about my group's work...
FADA is looking at resourceful ways to draw the wider community in a non threatening and inclusive way into learning about the issues and becoming active. Headings - Community, Food Security, Finance and Energy.

"Feile na Samhna" (a community harvest festival) is one way we are testing and so far it seems to be working in a slow ground up way, we have also initiated a local producers food co-op (which FADA volunteers and members of the co-op manage) also we are researching ways to warm the comunity into the logic of local currencies. We have also established a demonstration community garden and on the energy front are working to set up a warmer homes scheme and working with transition year students to start the process of creating an energy audit for the town. It has been a slow and at times a fustrating process but baby steps are adding up.

Difficulties we experience are to act more talk less, find enough time on a voluntary timetable to administrate the organisation, source finance and to realise the many fantastic ideas that are germed.

One energy that is sustaining us is that we have a laugh and a bit of social time outside of efficient agenda driven meetings.
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Some inspiration on Local Currencies

Posted on December 7, 2011 at 21:24 1 Comment

I listened to this and recommend a listen Listen Here

Occupy Wall Street has directed our attention to the extreme concentration of wealth resulting from decades of policy designed to trickle down prosperity. Through using a single type of bank debt currency, we allocate our labor and resources to benefit a global elite instead of our communities. Can we engage our local leaders and municipal…


Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 22:21 7 Comments


"Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not

Date posted: 15 August 2011

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An Italian radio program's story about Iceland’s on-going revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world. Americans may…


Iceland to elect citizens' panel to rewrite constitution

Posted on December 1, 2010 at 20:42 0 Comments

If you haven't got a dream.....!

Iceland to elect citizens' panel to rewrite constitution

Election will select up to 31 citizens to form constitutional assembly in direct democracy experiment


Recharge your inspiration batteries

Posted on July 25, 2010 at 10:00 2 Comments

Come one come all recharge your inspiration batteries at the All Island Gathering

Now more than ever, with another major credit contraction immanent that stands to…


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At 11:13 on January 4, 2011, Peadar Lynch said…

Hi Kate,

Thanks for your message, I think we might have met before at an event in
Cultivate?  I think you used to work with Theresa Carter and she will
be helping me to facilitate some of the community resilience course. 
I am originally from Abbeyleix but I'm living in Dublin and help with a
transition in Dublin 12.  One of my goals in holding the course in
Abbeyleix is that they would form a Transition group.  Let me know the date
I'll pass it onto anyone who's interested.


At 22:25 on March 10, 2010, Brooke Redmond said…
Hi Kate.
Thanks so much for your note. It is great to learn about your work. A colleague is traveling to Ireland this month so I've forwarded your note to her in case she is traveling through Newbridge so that perhaps she can connect with you and your work.
I hope you keep me informed about your work and I will be sure to keep you top of mind as you are my only Ireland contact at this point!
At 23:15 on December 28, 2009, Andy Wilson said…
Hi Kate,

Really sorry to hear that its going to be awkward for you to attend the summit. I fully appreciate that its very difficult to frame things around a young family. So far at least, we don't have any provision for child care at the event, and I'm not sure how possible that would be at the Co. Cavan venue. Would there be any way you could make it for one day?

Re feedback, its a little sparse on the ground so far. I will be asking for more feedback and submissions directly after the New Year as I feel strongly we must have some material in front of us before we can have productive discussions. But maybe that is being too prescriptive? Its hard to know.

On being at low ebb: its the time of year that's in it, especially after Copenhagen. Burn out is all too easy when there is seemingly so much to be done. But we can only do what we can do, and must acknowledge and accept that. Also, sometimes it just makes sense, for whatever reason, to be 'not doing', but looking after yourself and those around you so that you are ready to go again when the time is right.

In spite of my (very) negative expectations of Copenhagen, I still found myself both angry and despairing over the outcome, or rather the lack of it. Its hard to comprehend that world leaders can be so blind to the consequences of global warming. But I guess we just have to get on with our own stuff, and support each other as best we can in these tough times.
At 20:48 on November 19, 2009, Andy Wilson said…
Hi Kate,

As I'm sure you know I am doing a workshop for Fada on the 6th December.

I don't know how feasible this is, but I'd be into meeting up with yourself and other interested members of Fada in relation to the proposed mini summit in January, after the workshop.

Best wishes,

At 17:48 on October 11, 2009, Steve Allin said…
Hi Kate , Steve Allin of TTKenmare on the Kenmare YOURO would do for a title. I'll perfect my soapbox style if I can. Can I appear early in the day as I would like to return home that evening to be with my kids for hallows eve.
But bed & board for the night before would be very much appreciated.
At 12:26 on September 22, 2009, Steve Allin said…
HI Kate yes that's still ok . Glad to see someones really organized out there . We will have finished the Youro scheme by then and I will have a synopsis of this for you. Been very busy with hemp stuf recently so TTK has taken a back seat but the winter will be time to get it rolling again.
At 13:05 on September 2, 2009, Siobhan Heapes said…
Hi Kate, great to hear from you...this is a nice network to be part of....only just discovered it. Only just back from TEFL in Spain, tryin to get re-grounded, but the water keeps washing me away...haha....BdHob has a new TT initiative, but I'm not really swinging yet myself - got work and accomm to find....What's new in Kildara/Fada? Chat soon, I hope, S
At 23:28 on August 13, 2009, charlie easterfield said…
Hi Kate, good to hear from you, my phone number is 071 91's usually on answermachine, but if you leave a number I'll phone you...or try my mobile, 087 310 39 29....look forward to hearing from you! xx
At 19:24 on June 8, 2009, Steve Allin said…
Hi Kate October might be possible and by then my Symposium will be over and the YOURO project will have finished so I hope to have a positive report, so pencil me in for that.
At 20:25 on May 27, 2009, Lily de Sylva said…
Brilliant, thanks Kate... oh, and it's Lily! de Sylva is my surname ;)



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