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30 local groups benefit from Community Support Fund

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€750,000 has been announced in funding support for community groups and projects across the county.

Details of who is to receive the funding was released by Kerry County Council under the Community Support Fund for 2022.

A total of 178 groups and projects, including 30 from the Killarney District, received grant aid worth €385,000 this year while a proportion of the fund, totalling €365,000, is being retained to leverage funding from other funding streams for strategic projects at Municipal District level.

The fund, which is in its eighth year, has now supported 1,778 projects to the value of €6m since its establishment in 2015.

As occurred in previous years, some of the Community Support Fund will be used this year to target strategic projects in the five Municipal Districts (MD) and to co-fund projects which are in receipt of grants from other sources.

Councillors from all five MDs met last week to decide on the allocations and unanimously welcomed the provision of support to the recipients.

Councillors congratulated all the community groups and acknowledged the tremendous voluntary work that these groups do.

Rebuilding and Reconnecting Communities

"This is a really important fund for hundreds of community and voluntary organisations and it allows them to carry out essential works and improvements in their localities," Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr. Jimmy Moloney said.

"I want to pay tribute to the staff in Kerry County Council’s Community Department as well as our Municipal District staff across the county for supporting the applications process and liaising with group who avail of the funding."

FUNDING:

Barraduff Community Field Organisation €500
Barraduff Tidy Village Group €1,000
Owneycree Angling Club Headford €500
Kilcummin Looking Good €1,300
4th July Festival Killarney €4,000
Ballydribeen Residents Association €500
Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre CLG. €1,674.92
Ballyspillane Resident's Association €500
Cannonball Ireland Killarney €2,000
Christmas in Killarney €8,000
Clann Housing Killarney €500
Destination Killarney Ltd t/a Ireland BikeFest Killarney €2,000
Gleneagle Concert Band Killarney €874.92
KASI, CLG. Killarney Immigrant Support €750
Killarney Access Group €500
Killarney Canine Club €750
Killarney Cardiac Response Unit €500
Killarney Celtic FC €500
Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce €60,000
Killarney London Reunion Association €1,124.92
Killarney Looking Good Committee €2,000
Killarney Town Twinning Association €2,000
Killarney Water Rescue €500
Spraoi Chiarrai Killarney €750
St Patrick's Festival Killarney €8,000
Wander Wild Festival Killarney €10,000
Rathmore Community Council €1,374.94
Muckross Rowing Club Killarney €500

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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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