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Something New from Something Old Award

We are delighted to annouce the winners of this year's competition are...

Mahon Youthreach

A big congratulations from  all of us. Hope you enjoy the iPad for a long time to come!!!


Mahon youthreach. winners of the wastematchers.com competition


Mahon Youthreach Group, pictured left with their art teacher Beth Egan, Catherine Costello from wastematchers.com, Mary Stack from Cork County Council and Jarlath Feeney from the Cork Independent.  The winning team were: Julieanne McDonagh; Helena Duffy; Nathan Adams; Kelly Carroll; Carmel O’Leary with their project Tin Town.

The creative group constructed a model village, using everyday items – such as jam jars, egg cartons, plastic bottles, teabags, cocktail sticks and various cardboard boxes - that used to be recycled or dumped at their Youthreach Centre in Ringmahon House. The Tin Town project became a community affair with people in the area helping out to gather the bits and pieces needed. Tin Town’s hinterland includes Jarmaica, Paper Valley and Junk Junction. It has its own charter and its own inhabitants – the Dumpties!





The calibre of entries was really high in this first time competition. High praise also goes to runners up Youthreach Macroom for their ‘Dress for Less’ fashion project, Youthreach Knocknaheeny for their fantastic enlightening chandelier project, CDYS Southside Goulds Gang’s ‘Plastic Antarctic’ and YMCA Step Ballincollig for their garden project.

Environmental Awareness Officer with Cork County Council Dr Mary Stack says of the initiative “we have been working with schools for a long time on various environmental initiatives so it’s great to see the Youthreach Centres getting on board and their enthusiasm for competitions like this one. Hopefully it will help spread some awareness about the importance of protecting our environment and sites like wastematchers.com”.

The team at wastematchers.com would like to extend their congratulations to the group at Mahon Youthreach who has won an iPad for their centre as a prize for this competition.

Mahon Youthreach. Wastematchers.com competition


About the Cork County Council and www.wastematchers.com ‘Something New from Something Old’ competition 


The www.wastematchers.com ‘Something New from Something Old’ competition is open to all youth groups and youth clubs in Cork. The aim of the competition and award is to raise awareness about waste minimisation, re-use and up-cycling through creativity, learning and fun!

We are looking for groups to use their imagination to create something new, from old or recycled materials. You’ll find lots of stuff on this website and also from family, friends, schools and local businesses. The winning group will receive an iPad.

The rules are simple! Create something new from something old. This could be anything from redecorating a room in your centre or club using second hand items to making an animal or bird shelter from reclaimed wood. It could be a piece of art such as a monument or a sign, a garden, new clothes from already worn clothing, accessories, fabric and bits and bobs. The choice is yours.

Put your imagination to work and have fun!

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Redecorating the youth centreTeens at work


Crafty hand warmers

Hammers, nails, scissors



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