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30 local groups benefit from Community Support Fund




€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.

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"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."


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



Killarney and District Motor Club members honoured by Motorsport Ireland

By Cormac Casey Several members of Killarney and District Motor Club were honoured at the Motorsport Ireland awards lunch in Dublin on Wednesday. The highlight of the event is the […]




By Cormac Casey

Several members of Killarney and District Motor Club were honoured at the Motorsport Ireland awards lunch in Dublin on Wednesday.

The highlight of the event is the announcement of the sport’s top awards.

Kilkenny’s Jack Brennan (19) was named Young Rally Driver of the Year, while Wexford native Jack Byrne was named Young Racing Driver of the Year and the International Driver of the Year award went to recently crowned FIA Junior World Rally Champion, William Creighton.

Muckross-based co-driver Noel O’Sullivan was presented with his Irish Tarmac Rally Championship winning trophy.

This year saw the introduction of the Motorsport Ireland President’s Awards which celebrate the achievements of  clubs and organisations.

Killarney and District Motor Club won in the innovation category for their work with their KDMC 2 initiative thanks to the efforts of the club’s vice chairman Mike O’Shea.

Rally Rescue teams were also recognised and the club’s Mike Cleary picked up an award for his role he played in what was a difficult year for rescue crew operators.

Tom O’Riordan, who looks after ambulance procurement on the club’s events, was presented with an FIA Volunteer Pin by Motorsport Ireland President Aiden Harper.

Killarney Advertiser Journalist Sean Moriarty was presented with an award for best use of of PR and media in 2023.


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Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest ‘thank you’ event at Brehon

Participation in the 2023 Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest has grown by more than 100% since 2020 with 98% of those who gave feedback saying they would attend similar […]




Participation in the 2023 Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest has grown by more than 100% since 2020 with 98% of those who gave feedback saying they would attend similar events again in 2024.

Feedback from more than 100 people who attended this year’s Fest events from 7th to 14th October was positive with 91% stating they were satisfied.
The Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest is held annually over the course of a week to highlight World Mental Health Day on October 10.
It aims to raise awareness of the available supports and services in Kerry as well as empower people to engage with the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ through offering a dynamic and interactive programme of events.
99% percent of respondents, most of whom identified as female, said they would recommend the Fest to friends next year. Some key notes for improvement included a request for more events with wider variety throughout the county.
The Chair of the Interagency Steering Group, John Drummey from Kerry Mental Health Association, said: “We wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to event organisers, community groups, businesses, funders and partners that facilitated the Fest’s dynamic and interactive programme of events in 2023. We are encouraged to see such growth in numbers attending the Fest events with a 50% increase from 2022. We are already making plans for the Fest from 5 to 12t October 2024 and we are looking forward to building on this year’s successes. That said, there is always room for improvement and we would welcome suggestions for new events and activities.”
Many of the event organisers attended a ‘thank-you’ event at the Brehon Hotel, Killarney, courtesy of the Kerry Volunteer Centre to coincide with the annual International Volunteer Day, December 5.
The Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest was organised by an interagency steering group made up of local agencies that support wellbeing in our community.
The organising committee is a collaboration between Connecting for Life Kerry, Healthy Kerry, Kerry County Council, Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership, the HSE, NEWKD, SKDP, Kerry Mental Health Association, Jigsaw Kerry, Munster Technological University/Kerry, KDYS, Kerry Volunteer Centre and Family Resource Centres throughout the county.

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