MINDSCAPE Summit: Nature based solutions for Campus & Community Well-Being

Location: Clarisford Park, Killaloe
Date: Saturday 14th October 2017
Register:Sign up Here

“Nature provides both the greatest threat and the greatest opportunity for our communities, campuses and cities.”

Join a range of international experts on 14th October to examine how future planning around greenways and blueways can offer nature based solutions for physical and psychological wellness


MINDSCAPE explores the fusion of mind and landscape, and how our emotions map to places. Our unique relationship to nature, our connectivity to forests, rivers, parks, trees and waterscapes will be discussed in terms of cutting-edge research and innovative practice. We address the opportunities that interacting with nature can have for health, well-being and increased environmental awareness, with lessons for policy-makers, practitioners and those engaged in the promotion of outdoor activity.

What is the theme? The theme of this inaugural event is Well-Being for Healthy Campuses and Healthy Communities’ and it aims to share and discuss practice and innovation in this space with particular experiences drawn from case studies, world leading research and personal narratives.

Who Should Go? All are invited to attend, and MINDSCAPE will be of particular interest to researchers, policymakers, students in environmental, well-being and outdoor activity sectors, those in sport bodies and physical activity promotion, members of NGOs and agencies interested in health, well-being, nature and our environment.

The conference will also include a series of presentations from practice based experience in engaging with citizen led science and communities followed by a panel and audience led discussion on addressing benefits, challenges and needs for such engagement. A range of fora will be employed to maximise the interactions including our outstanding keynotes, workshops, Table-Top discussions, Walk n’Talks, and Elevator Pitches from different stakeholders.

Schedule –   Click Here

Killaloe Ballina Community Survey

Please take 2 mins to complete your Community Survey HERE
To gain an understanding of the health and well-being of our community Killaloe/Ballina, Clarisford Park + Community Sports Hub carry out an annual physical activity and wellbeing community survey.

This information provides us with an insight into what physical or wellbeing programmes are needed within our community, it would be great if you could please take 2 minutes of your time to complete our community-based survey. All information is confidential and is anonymous.


Launch of Healthy Killaloe Ballina

Healthy Killaloe Ballina report was officially launched in Clarisford Park, Killaloe, Co. Clare on Friday 21st July.

Speaking at the launch, Director Clarisford Park and Chair Healthy Ireland, Keith Wood spoke about community  leadership and initiative as a conduit for change in health and wellbeing at a local level. He welcomed the support from Healthy Ireland, Sport Ireland, Clare Sports Partnership and the work of Nollaig O’Sullivan, Exercise Psychologist in producing a template that will best serve communities and groups across the country. He concluded that the launch is a ‘celebration of the community of Killaloe Ballina, the partnerships and togetherness that have formed throughout the process and an acknowledgement of the power of community coming together to deliver a legacy project with far reaching impacts into the future.’

Exercise Psychologist and Community Sports Hub Coordinator, Nollaig O’Sullivan stated that the ‘The Healthy Killaloe Ballina initiative is about embracing what communities have to offer, creating a community awareness of the valuable assets in their locality, whether it be facilities, local sports groups, natural resources or individuals in the pursuit of health and wellbeing was key.

Research carried out over a 2-year period assessed the baseline health and wellbeing levels of the community prior to the implementation of physical activity and wellbeing programmes with built in psychological aspects targeted at specific groups and needs within the community.

People from Killaloe Ballina with a specialism in health and wellbeing were encouraged to participate and help create and deliver health and wellbeing programmes to improve and enhance the long term healthy lifestyle behaviour of people at all stages of life in the community.

The collaborative approach to community engagement was highlighted by John Sweeney, Clare Sports Partnership who acknowledged that ‘the important key is building and creating partnerships, this can promote funding, expertise, recruitment of community members and use of local facilities.

Through the establishment of community based health promotion and wellbeing the Healthy Killaloe Ballina initiative serves as a model of best practice and as a blueprint for the creation of like minded healthy communities that can be rolled out across the island of Ireland

Fiona Donovan from Healthy Cities and Counties Network  concluded that seeing first-hand the impact of the Healthy Killaloe Ballina Initiative over the past 24 months ‘has brought people of all ages together to pursue health and wellbeing as a common goal, building on community spirit, cooperation and collaboration’ This is truly what a Healthy Community should strive to be.

Please email Nollaig@ClarisfordPark.ie if you would like a copy of the Healthy Killaloe Ballina Report

Clarisford Park Launch Video

If you ever need a reminder as to what it means to be part of a community, take a few minutes to watch this snapshot of the Official Launch of Clarisford Park last September.

Remember….’This is your Park‘ – Keith Wood

Psychological Skills Workshops for Coaches

FREE Psychological Skills Workshops for Coaches
Clarisford Park, Saturday 11th February 12.00 to 1.15pm
Accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Nollaig O’ Sullivan will deliver the psychological skills workshop focusing on Effective Goal Setting and Effective Communication Skills.
RTE/TG4 GAA and Sports Reporter Maire Treasa Ni Cheallaigh, who completed her Masters in Sport and Exercise psychology in University of Limerick will be attending in which she will speak about her research on “The Lived Experiences of elite male athletes in Gaelic games. This research was recently highlighted by Joe Brolly in the Irish Independent, findings from this research are very interesting and applicable to all sporting domains
DEADLINE for registering places for coaches is Thursday 9th Feb. There is LIMITED SPACES. Please e-mail nollaig@clarisfordpark.ie to register your place.