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Griffins 5th Annual Charity Cycle 2017



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The Cycle For Charity 2016 raised €3154 for Cork Simon and One Ethiopia

This year will you get on your bike to help  raise well needed funds for Two Great Charities

This is Griffins Fifth Annual Cycle in aid of Cork Simon Community and One Man's Ethiopia.  Griffins has organised 2 Cycles in the scenic Dripsey area to suit all levels of Cyclist.

Granny Griffins will have complimentary Soup and Homemade Brown Bread in Griffins  for all Cyclists participating in the event on arrival back to Griffins. All Costs including Ambulances, labour, administration and catering for this event is covered by Griffins. So every Penny raised on the day will be going directly to the charities.


Cycle begins at 10 am on Sunday October 8th at Griffins of Dripsey

Registration starts at 9 am

Pre register or for Maps please  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

or text 087 9517574 with  CYCLE, your name, route


Route for (86km)  Advanced Cycle https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25405910

Route For (60km)  Intermediate Cycle https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25405960


Each Steward along the route will have Water and Food, Also there will be a Food stop half ways. The back to Griffins to enjoy complimentary soup and Brown bread,


One Man's Ethiopia , Gerald Mc Sweeney works in Ethiopia for 3 months every year, providing badly needed help for the homeless, poor and dying people of Addi's Abba. Gerald will actually be In Ethiopia  on the 8th of October working with variuos families, Helping them to create a Home, Schooling and a Living to ensure they will become self sufficient and able to work their way out of homelessness in  Addis Ababa (Capital and largest city in Ethiopia)


Cork Simon Community :  Those working on the front lines of Cork's homelessness crisis

Take a Moment to watch this video By the Simon Community. This is why we are asking you to support this Charity Cycle.





Cork Simon Community works in solidarity with men and women who are homeless in Cork, offering housing and support in their journey back to independent or supported living. Each year Cork Simon supports over 1,200 people, providing accommodation, a daily soup run, access to health services, housing support, training and employment opportunities, addiction supports and connections to the community, to enable people to move out of homelessness. Now more than ever, as the housing and homelessness crisis continues, your support of Cork Simon is needed and greatly appreciated.

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Please Vote JCI Web 2017
If you  can take a moment to Vote For Griffins  in the National Friendly Business Awards  in the Eco Friendly Category 
It is easy and takes less than 30 seconds just click here https://www.jciireland.ie/fba-voting/
(By the way you can vote every 24hrs)
Winners of Cork JCI Eco Friendly Business 2017


Griffins are proud to announce that we have won Corks Eco friendliest business with JCI Ireland. As a result we are now in the running for Ireland's Eco friendliest business. 
This is judged by both judges and the public. If you believe Griffins deserves your vote, we wold love if you could take a moment and give us your vote.
It is easy and takes less than 30 seconds just click here https://www.jciireland.ie/fba-voting/
If you would like to Hear more about our eco Friendly Projects 
I have listed a few of these below
Plant Flowers and The Bees Will Follow. 
BEE friendly
This is our strong message across all branding and through out our  Events 
With Many Open days, talks  and other excellent events, Griffins has advised many tidy town groups, residential communities and gardeners to  always  use  bee friendly shrubs  plants and gardening techniques in each of their projects.  

Griffins always thrive to be the best while protecting our environment,. This year we have worked hard to promote Bee friendly gardening. With their work with Muintir na Tire and Cork County council, Many Schools through out Cork County  have created bee friendly gardens as part of the Cork School Garden competition as well to learn the benefits of upclyling, art and our Heritage while gardening. 
Through Griffin's Slug Club, our kids gardening club, The children of Cork learn all about the importance of bees and pollinators to our environment. Kids enjoy upcycling by using many old products as containers. All kids love to plant up their old wellies and school bags with bee friendly bulbs and plants. Reduce, reuse, recycle is a strong message through out Griffins. With a rebate system, Griffins reward customers to return old plastic plant pots which are reused in Our nursery, Local schools and gardening clubs. 

 Coffee Cup 2017
Compostable Cup
But our latest project has got our biggest response. This year Griffins and Down 2 Earth Materials  has designed a Compostable Takeaway Coffee Cup for all our customers.
Did you know In Ireland we throw away 100 million standard disposable cups each year.If an item is ‘Biodegradable,’ it will biodegrade, but the length of time it will take for this item to fully break down is not specified – It could take 1000 years for something that is ‘biodegradable’ to fully decompose.
If an item is ‘Compostable,’ it means that this item will biodegrade into nutrient-rich soil within a 180 day timeline – It will certifiably break down into soil within 8-12 weeks when commercially composted.

After having a takeaway coffee or tea from Griffins of Dripsey,  you now can reuse this Compostable cup as a Plant Pot or simply Compost it in your brown bin. (even the lid is 100% compostable). If you don't have time to plant it, why not  give it to a local school , Mens shed or gardening club, They would love to reuse it at a Seed Pot. On the Back of each cup you will find instructions on how to use the cup as a plant or seed pot. 

Here at Griffins, we  are always thriving to help reduce our Environmental footprints, respect and love Nature. 

On Friday the 5th August The dripsey valley was filled with the magical voices of the High Hopes choir. 

 High hopes choir blog
A few weeks prior Griffins entered a competition on Today fm to win a BBQ for your staff with Hellmanns and Off the Charts. When the team at Griffins saw this, They decided to try to win in and donate the BBQ to the wonderful Penny Dinners and High hopes choir.  A thank you to all the volunteers and the team that do Magical work in Cork in bringing awareness to Homelessness and Producing quality Free meals everyday for so many people in cork
 Margarets interviewblog
After Wining the Competition, Margaret Contacted Caitriona in penny Dinners with the great news. Fergal darcy and Today fm are bring the off the charts show to Griffins in Dripsey. They will working with Hellmanns to put on a beautiful BBQ  and all this will be for Cork Penny Dinners and the High Hopes. 
What an event it was. The Grilltopia arrived with food for over 100 people. Fergal Darcy and co produced a show of fun , love and song. The High hopes choir with members from cork , Dublin and Waterford arrived to entertain the nation with their magical voices. Bringing hope and awareness to Homelessness in Cork. 
Fergal and Ed fell in love with Griffins hot lips and of Course Granny Griffins scones. Tasting them live on air they too agree that they are the best scone in Ireland. 
Best scones blog 
After the show, High hopes heard exciting news that they will be travelling to Dublin to record an album with Aslan in the next few weeks. Christy Dignam is a true friend and fan of the High Hope Choir. 
Margaret Griffin would love to thank all involved , Creating a Joyful Afternoon for Cork Penny Dinners. The team from Today Fm, Hellmanns and Grilltopia were Kind hearted and Loving. An afternoon of great laughs, Emotional stories, Heart warming Singing and Music followed with exciting news for High Hopes choir. Thank you everyone. 
Grilltopia blog

High Hopes Concert 2017 Money Raised



A Magical Night of Music Raised over €5000 For Cork Penny Dinners and The Inniscarra Historical Society.
On Friday 11th August. Inniscarra Historical  Society Hosted an evening of Music at Griffins Garden centre, Dripsey. What an array of music. The performers included The Cork High Hopes, St Senans Choir, Berrings Choir. John Murphy on Uilleann Pipes, Peter O Riordan, and Sean White. 
This was a sell out event with over 300 people attending the Concert.  Each performer Brought a different style of Music and Song to Griffins . Awareness of Homelessness , Despair, Mental Health, Addictions, Suicide was raised through some very well chosen songs and it was emotional to end the night with everyone joining in a magnificent rendition of The Banks of my own lovely Lee. All the Performers came together and with the Audience the Beautiful Lee Valley was filled The Banks of my own lovely Lee. 

€5000 euros was raised,€2500 for the Heritage Group for their new book 'Changing Times' and €2500 for Cork Penny Dinners plus a private donation of €500 bringing it to a massive €3000.
Margaret Griffin Would like to Thank each and every single performer, Volunteer and the audience for Coming together and Creating a magical event while spreading a strong message Through the Power of Song and music.  
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Cork School Garden Competition Launched

The Cork Schools Garden Competition was officially Launched today by Dr.Mary Stack of Cork County Council Environmental Awareness and Research Unit at Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey.
The competition which is organised by Muintir na Tire is now in its fourth year has gone from strength to strength with over 40 entries last year.

Dr Stack said that awareness and the promotion of upcycling and biodiversity are key elements of the Councils Environmental strategy going forward to 2020 and that the Cork School Garden competition  fits all the boxes with regard to the environment


Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer Cork County Council said the competition gave students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. He stressed the importance of every one doing their bit to protect our native bees by providing a place for them in our gardens both at home and in school. 


Deputy County Mayor Councillor Kevin Conway praised the co-operation between Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire, Cork County Council and Griffins Garden Centre in organising the competition. He said the aims of the Cork Schools Competition' in supporting pupils, teachers in County Cork to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colour into their school garden/grounds was bearing fruit as many schools around County Cork were now developing gardens to grow vegetables and flowers.


Mr Sean Holland Chairman of the Organising Team thanked Cork County Council and thanked Miriam and Margaret of Griffins Garden Centre for hosting the launch. Miriam said if schools need any advice they would be willing to help.


Teachers and pupils from Scoil Chroi Iasa Blarney and Aghabullogue National School were on hand to help Mickey Mouse with the launch. Mickey Mouse was keen to point out chemicals, pesticides and herbicides endangered all small animals and that natural methods were better for our environment.

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