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Holly McKeever Cairns is a woman on a mission to build a more resilient West Cork. To end the cycle of boom, bust, emigrate. To invest in small farms and businesses. To bring our young people back home.

A farmer and small business owner from the Turk Head peninsula, Holly grew up with the Ilen River estuary on one side, and Roaring Water Bay on the other. She lived and worked abroad for many years in Greece, Spain, UK, USA and Malta, before moving back home to work in the family farm and business, Brown Envelope Seeds.

Holly has a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and how we can work to ensure food security for future generations. She believes that the answer lies in increased support for small farmers, small business and entrepreneurs.

Now 28, Holly grew up in Aughadown. She attended Lisheen National school and Schull Community College. She graduated from UCC with a first class honours with a Master of Science in Organic Horticulture. As part of her studies, she researched the methods and importance of plant adaptation in the face of unpredictable climates.

Holly has worked with adults with severe neurological and physical disabilities and teenagers with autism. She has spent time volunteering in Calcutta, Cape Town and Romania.

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2 days ago

Cllr Holly Cairns

Big congratulations to Adrian Buckley and his limousin who came first in the September bull class at Carbery Show today.
The first Carbery Show took place in 1836. I love attending and meeting other young farmers like Adrian and Avril Helen from Kilgarriffe Holsteins who has recently moved to Leitrim and is making butter from her jersey herd.
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Big congratulations to Adrian Buckley and his limousin who came first in the September bull class at Carbery Show today. 
The first Carbery Show took place in 1836. I love attending and meeting other young farmers like Adrian and Avril Helen from Kilgarriffe Holsteins who has recently moved to Leitrim and is making butter from her jersey herd.

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Well done Adrian 👏

Thanks Holly!👍

Suits you Holly

Wudnt doubt ya Adrian Buckley 🙂 congrats lad.

Geoffrey Wycherley hard luck yesterday 🤔

David Walsh he wouldn't let you walk him at all 🤔

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1 week ago

Cllr Holly Cairns

Thank you all for the support, it means so much.
It was a bit surreal to be opening the West Cork Literary festival last night, I have so many memories of Sam, Autumn, Liam and myself at it over the years, the festival was a backdrop to our childhood.
Unfortunately I looked more like an aspiring rapper than the deputy Lord Mayor in the bling.
Mary Robinson was inspirational - Everyone, go buy her book, ‘Climate Justice’.
There are so many more great events at this year’s festival, book here: www.westcorkmusic.ie/literary-festival/
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Thank you all for the support, it means so much. 
It was a bit surreal to be opening the West Cork Literary festival last night, I have so many memories of Sam, Autumn, Liam and myself at it over the years, the festival was a backdrop to our childhood. 
Unfortunately I looked more like an aspiring rapper than the deputy Lord Mayor in the bling. 
Mary Robinson was inspirational - Everyone, go buy her book, ‘Climate Justice’. 
There are so many more great events at this year’s festival, book here: https://www.westcorkmusic.ie/literary-festival/

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Love the bit of Bling looking great Holly keep up the good work

Looking fab Holly.Well done ...again.x

Great opening speech Deputy Mayor Holly What An enjoyable evening Mary Robinson was amazing 😉

Loved your speech and the bit of bling suited you x

No, you look as lovely as always xx

Wow you look amazing Holly...you are a star!!

Looking good Holly x

You did great! Xx

Swing that Bling Holly! You are outstanding 🤘

You look great and good to see doing civic duties

Couldn't be there but will buy the book. Of our times for sure.

Very proud ❤️

You look elegant and sophisticated, the old fella next to you on the other hand.. 😉

Perfect! 😊

Looking great Holly Cairns x

Holly, youre a star 💥💥

❤️

Holly u r ah grr woman in gov thanks 😙

You do not look like rapper, you look the part

Great opening speech Deputy Mayor Holly What An enjoyable evening Mary Robinson was amazing 😉

Looking good holly and clem 💋💋

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1 month ago

Cllr Holly Cairns

Sam, my much-loved stepbrother, passed away yesterday in Cambodia. I am on the way out there and will be slow to respond to messages etc. for the next while. x Holly ... See MoreSee Less

Sam, my much-loved stepbrother, passed away yesterday in Cambodia. I am on the way out there and will be slow to respond to messages etc. for the next while. x Holly

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Holly, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I can only imagine what an extremely difficult time you and your family must be going through. Liam

So sorry for your loss, thinking of you all x

So sorry for your loss Holly, please pass on my condolences to all your family.

I am sorry to hear about your loss. Much love from me too

Thinking of you Holly. Keep strong. No matter what life throws it you everything will be OK. Sending love and thoughts to your family. As well as dear Zoe xxxxx

So sorry to hear the terrible news... Sending you and the family thoughts and love....

Sorry to hear of your loss Holly...RIP Sam

So sorry for your loss Holly. We will be thinking of you and your family at this very sad time. Take care

Condolences Holly. Safe travels to you

So so sorry for your loss, such tradegy, my heart and thoughts are with you and your family ❤️ xxx

Am so very sorry for your loss Holly , my deepest condolences to you and your family .. 🙁

Oh I’m sooo sorry for your loss. Good luck with your journey there& big hugs to you and your family x

I am so sorry for your loss Holly my deepest condolences to you and all the family and his huge amount of friend

So sorry for your loss Holly. Sending lots of love to you all xxx

So sorry to hear such sad news. Sympathies to you and your family. Cxxx

Thinking of you and your family in my prayers at this time!

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending u my prayers Holly

So very sorry Holly my deepest sympathy.

Sorry for your loss Holly, Our thoughts are with you xx

Oh holly so sorry to hear your news. Sending you and your family hugs xxx

Very sorry to hear that Holly,my condolences to you and all the family

So sorry to hear that Holly. Take care of yourself. Tim

Condolences Holly, thats just awful. Hope you and your family are ok? Mind yourself!! Xx

Such tragic news, he was such a lovely lad. Thoughts with you all, please give my best to all of the family x

Hugs and kisses Holly. Sorry for your loss <3

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1 month ago

Cllr Holly Cairns

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Well done holly, lots of candles in the house, mc,

Sponsors? 😉

That’s actually a great pic.

I can’t see the number to making appointments for dinner 😂😂😂😂😂😂

Over-representation of Howard Deane sales there I think...

The saxophone players number would always be handy!! I remember when you put this up

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1 month ago

Cllr Holly Cairns

10/6/19 - Day 2 on Cork County Council:

Today we held our first municipal district meeting (MDC). The municipal district is made up of the nine Cllrs elected in the Bantry and Skibbereen-Clonakilty LEAs.

The first item on the agenda was the election of a chairperson for year one. In the last council term, we had five male chairs. Continuing with this ancient tradition, FF nominated Joe Carroll for the first year of the new MDC. SF’s Paul Hayes called for better gender balance and fairer representation of the different parties – in support of this, he nominated me for the Chair and FG’s Katie Murphy seconded this.

It came down to one vote (of course!) and I lost out to Joe Carroll. Then we had the vote for Deputy Vice Chair. I nominated Karen Coakley from FG (up the mná), but again we were defeated by one vote (I have a feeling people are going to start calling me 'One Vote Holly' but for the record I prefer 'Vote Holly 1').

On a more progressive note… During this meeting I got a chance to raise some issues that were raised at the doors affecting Turk Head pier. There are 10 people fishing from there and many people commute from it to Heir and Sherkin islands. There isn’t a slip and it’s almost impossible to turn a car there. I was informed that a list of piers is being drawn up at the moment.

I am going to push for Turk Head Pier to be prioritised because livelihoods depend on small trawlers off Turk Head and this type of fishing is exactly the kind we need to be supporting and promoting – these smaller fishermen have no voice and lack the basic amenities to sustain their livelhoods.

After the MDC, we had a full council meeting. Independent Marcia D’alton put forward a motion “That Cork County Council would create a new post for a Tree Protection Officer whose function it would be to be available to advise both local authority staff and the public on tree planting, preservation, maintenance and cutting as appropriate.”

There was cross party support for this (there’s always one or two of course)

I added that I support the motion and that it was great to see such support for it and that I hoped it would continue for motions like it and that Cork County Council should lead the way on protecting our landscapes and environment.

We have a full day of training tomorrow - thank god!
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10/6/19 - Day 2 on Cork County Council:

Today we held our first municipal district meeting (MDC). The municipal district is made up of the nine Cllrs elected in the Bantry and Skibbereen-Clonakilty LEAs.

The first item on the agenda was the election of a chairperson for year one. In the last council term, we had five male chairs. Continuing with this ancient tradition, FF nominated Joe Carroll for the first year of the new MDC. SF’s Paul Hayes called for better gender balance and fairer representation of the different parties – in support of this, he nominated me for the Chair and FG’s Katie Murphy seconded this.

It came down to one vote (of course!) and I lost out to Joe Carroll. Then we had the vote for Deputy Vice Chair. I nominated Karen Coakley from FG (up the mná), but again we were defeated by one vote (I have a feeling people are going to start calling me One Vote Holly but for the record I prefer Vote Holly 1).

On a more progressive note… During this meeting I got a chance to raise some issues that were raised at the doors affecting Turk Head pier. There are 10 people fishing from there and many people commute from it to Heir and Sherkin islands. There isn’t a slip and it’s almost impossible to turn a car there. I was informed that a list of piers is being drawn up at the moment. 

I am going to push for Turk Head Pier to be prioritised because livelihoods depend on small trawlers off Turk Head and this type of fishing is exactly the kind we need to be supporting and promoting – these smaller fishermen have no voice and lack the basic amenities to sustain their livelhoods. 

After the MDC, we had a full council meeting. Independent Marcia D’alton put forward a motion “That Cork County Council would create a new post for a Tree Protection Officer whose function it would be to be available to advise both local authority staff and the public on tree planting, preservation, maintenance and cutting as appropriate.” 

There was cross party support for this (there’s always one or two of course)

I added that I support the motion and that it was great to see such support for it and that I hoped it would continue for motions like it and that Cork County Council should lead the way on protecting our landscapes and environment. 

We have a full day of training tomorrow - thank god!

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thanks for the updates Holly. It's great! How otherwise do we know what goes on up there.

Holly THANK YOU! It is SO good to get the info.

Keep us posted. Thank you.

Great updates - and good for our trees!

Thanks for the transparency Holly. It’s refreshing.

Thanks for the update, particularly pleased on the TPO post support. 👋👋👋

Thanks for the ongoing insight, Holly, this is the only place we can get it!

Great work councilor 👍

Thanks for the recent detailed posts Holly. It’s good to hear from the inside as to how things work! Keep it up!

Great Holly Transparency.

Loving the updates. Thanks Holly.

Thank you Holly, from us on Sherkin.

Great to read Holly. Xx

Hi Holly, thanks for the posts it makes interesting reading !

Love the bit about a Tree Protection officer!

Perhaps you can enlighten me as to which councillors were part of the group of five and who made up the group of four.

Next time Holly you will get it,,keep up the good work.

Surely this is a first- reporting on the goings on within the council.Some of your colleagues wont approve Holly. They like to keep everything secret. Dont let them silence you, You are a breath of fresh air.

Thank you for the update....a real insight in to the workings of the Council...and a Tree Protection Officer...good move...

If Holly McKeever only lost by one vote why was she not elected Vice Chair? 🐧

Keep it up.

Turk head pier badly in need of an upgrade. It’s outright dangerous in the winter.., thanks Holly!

Beaten by 1 vote? That's recount territory!

Why do others get their title of Cllr but not you?

Conall Buggy

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Congratulations to Adrian Buckley & his limousin who came first in the September bull class at Carbery Show.
The first Carbery Show was in 1836 - I love attending and meeting other young farmers like Adrian & Avril Helen from who is now making butter from her jersey herd.

Delighted to give copy of Queer Republic of Cork to @HollyLeahCairns tonight at launch of @corkpride Great chat about Stonewall and @CorkLGBThistory with @Corkcoco Lord Mayor @Chrisosullmcc

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