Sadhbh’s Experience

Sadhbh’s Experience

At the start of this year’s Age Action, Computer and Device Classes the students from Ursulines were asked to write about their experiences. The first student to submit her piece on her experiences was Sadhbh Casey.

A Unique Opportunity

In transition year our school was given a unique opportunity to team up with and work alongside Age Action. It is an organisation that helps to integrate the young and older members of our community. Our task as tutors was to meet every Monday afternoon for six weeks with Age Action and our learners at St. Michael’s Credit Union. We would spend time with our learners, teaching them the IT skills they wanted to learn. Each person brought along the device they wanted to learn about, such as smartphones, laptops or tablets. For us, they are everyday things but for many members of the older generation, they’re simply mind-boggling devices.

We proceeded to teach them new skills every week like sending emails, booking flights and even shopping online. When each of us was assigned a partner on the first day we were a little nervous but as time went on it became just like chatting with friends. What we saw as a small thing to do was often a much bigger deal for the learner but it was great to share our knowledge. This experience was unforgettable and definitely life-changing for the older people who’ve learned new skills. Technology is becoming so important that it is key that not only young people grow with it!

We would like to thank Sadhb for expressing her experiences of being part of the Age Action classes. Also a big thank you to the volunteers, leaners and other tutors for making the classes so educational but also enjoyable.


Raffle in Support of Dylan

Raffle in Support of Dylan

Dylan Mc Carthy is a 16 year old from Mahon, who was born with a condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). This is an inherited condition that affects the body’s connective tissues. Connective tissue is responsible for supporting and structuring our skin, blood vessels, bones, and organs. This is a progressive condition that is caused by a defect in collagen production. Which means that Dylan has no collagen in his ligaments, therefore, he dislocates his joints on a regular basis and unfortunately, this is happening more regularly. As you can imagine this is extremely painful and the more often it happens the more pain Dylan is in.

Dylan loves sports and especially athletics where he competes in the discus, javelin and shot putt. To date, Dylan has represented Ireland twice at international competitions in Prague and Holland. Taking home the silver medal on both occasions in the shot putt. Dylan has also won several awards in Ireland for his sporting achievements, including coming second in the overall athlete of the year in 2016’s Grand Prix season. Dylan has been training for an upcoming International competition in Portugal this coming December.


Up to the end of 2016 athletics season, Dylan competed as a standing athlete but by the start of 2017, his condition had deteriorated. He is now in a wheelchair full time and has to compete as a seated athlete. As a result, different equipment has to be sourced to ensure Dylan can keep competing in the sports he loves to the best of his ability as a seated athlete. Recently Dylan has received his own personalised throwing frame that is built specifically for him along with other equipment, including a special protective case for the frame. All of these expenses add up and make it difficult for Dylan’s parents Sandra and Michael Mc Marthy to cover the costs.

We’re proud to be involved in helping this young man to fulfill his love of sports and to represent Ireland on the international stage. Raffle tickets will be available from St. Michael’s on Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd of September to help raise money to cover the costs. The prize is for a fantastic hamper!



Jimmy Brohan

Jimmy Brohan

With the opening of the Rockies Hurling Alleys this weekend we took a look at the man they’re named after, Jimmy Brohan. Jimmy was a founding member of St. Michael’s Credit Union. In the beginning, we only had a temporary office at the Confraternity Hall.

Jimmy was an extremely active member of St. Michaels and served on the Board of Directors and as a volunteer from 1969 onwards.  As you can see below in our Annual Report from 1974 Jimmy served as the Vice Chair. For many years Jimmy could be found on a Friday serving his fellow members at the counter as well as fulfilling his other duties. Today Jimmy is still coming into the credit union he helped to found and chatting with staff who always enjoy seeing him.

Our partnership with the Rockies Academy is another demonstration of local organisations working together to best serve our members. The naming of the hurling alleys after Jimmy is a fitting tribute to a club legend, a man of the community and one of the great Cork corner backs. We would like to thank the Rockies for the invitation to the Opening Ceremony this Saturday at 11.30 am. Our Chair Person; Declan Lynch will be saying a few words and presenting the cheque to the Rockies Academy. More details on the opening ceremony can be found here; Rockies.

Things To Do St. Patrick’s Weekend

Things To Do St. Patrick’s Weekend

1. The Parade (Free)

The St. Patrick’s day parade is a great event for people of all ages! This year’s parade kicks off at 1 pm and will run from the South Mall to the Grand Parade, along St. Patrick’s Street and finishes at Merchant’s Quay. There is local involvement from the Rockies  club and Blackrock Rowing Club in the parade.

The parade is celebrating the theme of Cork – A City of Community, Culture & Commerce, it is sure to be a carnival of colour, music,  pageantry and comic fun! Rachel Allen is the parade’s Grand Marshal and will lead it along the route.


2. Music (Free)

The Lee Sessions are holding a number of trad sessions across the city on St. Patrick’s Day. Starting early and continuing late into the night in various pubs in the city;

1pm                 The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St) 

2.30pm            The Long Valley (Winthrop St)

3.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

5pm                 The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)

5pm                 Counihans (Pembroke St)

5.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

6pm                 Corner House (Coburg St)

6pm                 Charlie’s (Union Quay)

6pm                 The Rock Bar (Gillabbey St)

7.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

9.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

10pm               An Spailpín Fánach (South Main St)

10pm               The Gables (Douglas St)

Each of these trad sessions is free but they are sure to be very busy so arriving early is advised.

3. Pop Up Patrick’s Market (Saturday & Sunday)

The market will be open from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The market will be in Emmet Place over the weekend where you will find the country’s best street food, local Cork favourites such as O’Flynn’s, The Crepe Man, Sultan, Barracuda Barbeque, Wok Roll and Knockout Pizza. There will also be some tasty treats on offer too with Mini Donuts, Churros, Waffles, Clonakilty Ice Cream and Marco’s Freshly made Crisps. There will be a number of superb craft stalls to browse around at the market.

4. Children’s Activities

The Glucksman at UCC (Free); Have a children’s workshop creating artwork that responds to the classic storybook Peter Pan as part of the Big Picture Exhibition in March 2017.

Blackrock Castle Observatory; Planetarium Shows, Tours and Exhibition, Fri 17-Sun 19, 10 am -5 pm, (€4.50/€5.50/€6.50). Visit Blackrock Castle Observatory for Planetarium Shows, Castle Tower Tours and science exhibition Cosmos at the Castle!

It is sure to be a great day out whatever you choose to do! We wish all our members a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Volunteer With St. Michaels

Volunteer With St. Michaels

St. Michael’s Credit Union is looking for volunteers to get involved in a number of areas. Volunteering is a great way for members to develop professionally and personally with a credit union that has been part of the community for over 50 years.

The credit union movement is built upon the efforts of thousands of volunteers across the country who give their time and skills to their credit unions in the spirit of cooperation. St. Michael’s Credit Union has a team of volunteers that enables us to function proactively and positively in the local community. It is important that these skills are passed on to new volunteers so that the credit union can continue to develop.

Many of the roles in our credit union are staffed by members, for members. These volunteers sit on the various Committees and our Board of Directors, so they are fundamental to our past, present and future. Volunteering is mutually beneficial to both the volunteer and credit union.

Benefits of Volunteering

People can develop both personally and professionally by volunteering with St. Michael’s Credit Union. The benefits volunteering include:

  • Gaining skills and experience in a senior role of a professional financial service provider
  • The opportunity to avail of education and training
  • Personal development
  • Meet new people from the community
  • Work on developmental and business projects
  • Give something back to the community

The credit union committees offer an excellent starting point for new volunteers. These committees provide experience, learning and an active role within the credit union. Once a volunteer has served the credit union at committee level for a period of time, and training needs have been identified and addressed, you can move into a director or supervisor position.

Reasons to Volunteer

There are a vast variety of reasons why people volunteer. We’ve listed a few below:

  • Learn new skills
  • Volunteering is something that members enjoy doing
  • Develop new interests
  • Increase employability
  • Use professional skills
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Sense of achievement
  • To make a difference in the community
  • They hold the organisation and its ethos in high esteem

How to Apply

The Irish credit union movement currently has 9,250 volunteers involved. There is a mixed age range of those who are volunteering with St. Michaels. To get involved please contact us and please quote “VOLUNTEER” through one of the following methods;

You can download our volunteering form here.





Or you can do it in person by calling into our office and staff will be more than happy to help.

All Ireland Art Competition

All Ireland Art Competition

The Competition

A total of 30,000 entries were received for this year’s art competition from across Ireland. The winners of one of the country’s biggest art competitions, run by the Irish League of Credit Unions, were announced at Croke Park. A huge 30,000 entries were received from 300 credit unions for the All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners by broadcasting legend Marty Whelan at the prizegiving ceremony.

The All Ireland Art Competition is now in its 33rd year and continues to be hugely popular with children and adults alike. This year’s theme ‘Dreams are made of this….’ was open to interpretation by each entrant. The theme aimed to give all entrants a wide-ranging scope to express their creativity and imagination.

St. Michael’s Credit Union Entrants

Unfortunately this year St. Michael’s didn’t have any winners at the national level but with 30,000 entries competition is fierce. Our finalists did win prizes locally and all the entrants helped to brighten up our office. With the theme of ‘Dreams are made of this….’ it brought fantastic vibrancy and colour to our banking hall. We are proud of the work that each of the young artists put into their entry and look forward to seeing all the entries next year!

The Art Competition Finalists


Thanks to all the parents and teachers that helped make the competition possible and such a success every year.

What the ILCU President Had To say

Speaking at today’s awards ceremony, ILCU President, Brian McCrory said: “This competition brings together people of all ages from every corner of Ireland and is a celebration of their diversity and creativity. The Irish League of Credit Unions will continue to support and nurture the artistic development of young and old in our local communities with this fantastic annual event, which is truly representative of the credit union movement’s spirit of community.”

 Mr McCrory continued “I am greatly impressed by the quality of the artwork on display at Croke Park today, and it has been very compelling to see how uniquely each of the artists interpreted the theme of Dreams. I would like to extend huge congratulations to each and every artist that participated.”

This Year’s National Judges

The judges for this year’s competition were: Una Sealy, RHA Gallery and RTE’s Painting the Nation, Ursula Retzlaff O’Connell, Artist, and John Walsh, Creative Director FOCUS Advertising.

Congratulations to all the national winners, there was a number of excellent artworks in each category. Having held the Schools Quiz recently we will be hoping that the teams can make it to the national level and represent St. Michael’s and their school.

Christmas Raffle

Christmas Raffle

St. Michael’s Credit Union is holding a Christmas raffle in support of the Cork Simon Community’s High Support House in Blackrock. Tickets for the raffle are €2 a ticket or €5 for 3! There are some great prizes included in the raffle with more being added from local businesses.

The Cork Simon Community’s High Support House in Blackrock is one of 5 such houses operated by the Simon Community. They provide intensive levels of round-the-clock care for 52 men and women whose health and other needs are such that they are not able to live independently. A team of experienced care workers and trained volunteers staff all five houses on a 24 hour basis.

The Simon Community has been working tirelessly to assist those who find themselves homeless.  Working in solidarity with men and women who are homeless by offering housing and support in their journey back to independent living.

The Prizes

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  • 70cl of Jameson Whiskey
  • Two Bottles of Quay Landing Chardonnay Wine
  •  A Bottle of Quay Landing Shiraz
  • A Box of Fox’s Fabulously Biscuit Selection
  • Lily O’ Brien Sticky Toffee Chocolate
  • Farmbake Whiskey Fruit Cake
  • Caffery’s Fudge
  • Thornthone Chocolate Star Collection

From local businesses;

The Blackrock Inn Lunch for Two

Shampoo Salon a Wash & Blowdry

More Prizes Added!

Castle Café: €30 Voucher

Cleopatra’s Beauty Salon File and Polish & Berkat Barbers Hot towel Shave combined to make a his and hers prize.

Meadow Grove Stores: Boxes of Chocolate

Sky, the Red Cove Inn and Mace on the Skehard road have also contributed prizes to this year’s raffle in support of the Simon Community!

Thanks to all the local businesses that have contributed prizes to this years raffle in aid of !

St. Michael’s Credit Union is a local organisation that has been part of the community for over 50 years. We wanted to organise a raffle for a local cause and to involve local businesses in the area. Staying local where possible and supporting our community.

If you’d like to make a donation to Cork Simon Community please follow this; link.