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November 10, 2009
What We’re Working On This Week

This week, we’re busy working on events for Diageo Ireland’s Corporate Social Responsibility team and Comhar Sustainable Development Council.


Gay Byrne will return to the area in which he grew up tomorrow to join long-term residents of Dublin 8 in celebrating their memories of life in the shadow of the Guinness brewery. Mr. Byrne will join local residents at an event in the Guinness Storehouse to celebrate the ‘Memoirs of Guinness’ project, which came about when local history groups from Dublin 8 approached Diageo to say they would like to get involved in the Guinness 250 celebrations.

As a result, the history groups – which are mostly comprised of older people from Dublin 8 – worked with Diageo and the learning team from The Digital Hub to produce a series of podcasts documenting their memories of growing up in the vicinity of the famous Guinness brewery. On the podcasts, the groups share their memories of playing in the grounds of the brewery and attending Christmas parties in the ‘Beano’ (Iveagh Play Centre) on Bull Alley Street. They also reminisce about the free healthcare services provided by Guinness; the role that women played in the day-to-day running of the brewery, and the prestige that was attached to gaining employment within the company.

The four history groups involved in the ‘Memoirs of Guinness’ project are from D8CEC (Dublin 8 Community Education Centre, based on James’s Street), St. Nicholas of Myra (based on Francis Street), Dolphin’s Barn and Bluebell.

Comhar Sustainable Development Council

Comhar SDC is hosting an all-island conference on biodiversity tomorrow in the National Botanic Gardens. The conference will be officially opened by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley TD.

The event will focus on how to develop Ireland’s green infrastructure – comprising green spaces, urban centres and rural areas – and a piece of new research on green infrastructure will be presented to conference delegates.

A number of leading experts on biodiversity and urban / rural planning will speak at the event, including: Gerry Sheeran, President, Irish Planning Institute; Russell Elliott, Countryside Council for Wales, and Cliona O’Brien, Heritage Council.

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