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Welcome to the Community & Enterprise Directorate

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Jim O'DonovanWelcome to the Community and Enterprise Directorate. The Directorate of Community and Enterprise has responsibility for the following functions:

It is primarily concerned with the integration of local public services in order to improve the effectiveness of public service delivery, the avoidance of duplication and the identification of service gaps. Of particular concern is responsiveness to local needs and increased participation by local communities and other stakeholders in policy formulation.

The directorate depends on the co-operation of other directorates/departments within the City Council, other public agencies, community and voluntary organisations and business organisations to achieve its objectives. In this context a variety of projects are being progressed under the Community and Enterprise remit.

Lord Mayor’s Community and Voluntary Awards

These awards continue to recognise groups who, through their commitment to voluntary and community activity have played a significant role in enhancing the quality of life within their communities.

Cork City Learning Forum

Established as a sub group of the City Development Board, the Cork City Learning Forum is actively engaged in developing the learning culture in the city  through a number of successful initiatives.

  •  Cork Lifelong Learning Festival  the only event of its kind which showcases and celebrates learning from the cradle to post-retirement, and caters for all abilities and interests – from leisure activities to the gaining of formal qualifications. All events during festival week are free.
  • Discovery’ Science Festival: held annually and linked to Science Week Ireland, aims to showcase science as an exciting subject that leads to a variety of interestring career opportunities.
  • Ongoing research, collaboration and networking.

Junior Achievement Programme

This volunteer programme delivers the Junior Achievement modules, ‘Our City’, ‘Our Nation’, ‘Our Community’, ‘Our Region’ and for the first time an Irish programme entitled ‘Ár gCathair’, in schools around Cork City.  

North City Environmental Enhancement Action Plan

The improvement of the public realm and physical environment of the city’s northern sector is continuing. As part of the plan, funding was allocated for Car Parking and Tree Planting with a view to facilitating environmental improvements and making areas more attractive for residents and local communities.

Cork City Marathon Monday, 4th June 2012

Cork City Marathon is one of the city's premier annual events. It took place on Bank Holiday Monday 4th  June 2012. With up to 10,000 runners, walkers and taking part, the marathon is one of the biggest participation events of the sporting calendar. The marathon incorporates the increasingly popular Team Relay Event for teams of up to 5 members, with stages between 3 and 7 miles long, the relay makes this the marathon for everyone!

Cork City Marathon, City Hall, Cork

Tel. +353 (0)21-4924170



Community and Enterprise Contact Details

 Name Phone Fax

Jim O'Donovan, Director of Services

492 4596 492 4074
Con O'Donnell 
Administrative Officer
492 4101 492 4074
Mary Barrett, 
Administrative Officer
492 4104 492 4074
Ursula Ramsell
Staff Officer
492 4703 492 4074
Paul McGuirk,
RAPID Co-ordinator
492 4773 492 4074
Norma Murphy,
RAPID Co-ordinator
492 4099 492 4074
Sandra Cogan Williamson,
RAPID Co-ordinator
492 4772 492 4074

Nuala Stewart,
RAPID Co-ordinator

492 4774

492 4074

Susan Skelly
Assistant Staff Officer, RAPID

492 4596

492 4074
Tony Power
Social Inclusion Officer

492 4060

492 4074
Maria Minguella,
Social Inclusion Analyst

492 4061

492 4074
Marcela Whelan
Development Worker
492 4044 492 4074

Alan Cournane,
Clerical Officer


492 4074

Contact Details:

Community & Enterprise Directorate,
Cork City Council,
City Hall,

Tel: +353 21 4924596
Fax: +353 21 4924074


RAPID Office,
Cork City Council,
City Hall,