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Almost €7k awarded to local projects

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By Michelle Crean

 

Funding of €6,970 has been awarded to community groups in Killarney under the first round of the Community Enhancement Programme for 2020.

Kilcummin Looking Good are to receive €750, Kerry Parents & Friends Association Killarney €1,000, Kerry Parents & Friends Association Online Education Provision Team are to get €1,000, Ballydribeen Residents Association Killarney €1,000, Social Action Group, Rathmore CLG €1,500, Killarney Men's Shed €470, Killarney Water Rescue €750, while Killarney Celtic Football Club will receive €500.

The programme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Overall in Kerry €62,000 has been awarded to 72 groups under the first round of the Community Enhancement Programme for 2020.

Chairperson of the Local Community Development Committee, Cllr Niall Kelleher, said that the range of projects supported include COVID-19 capital related expenditure, hand hygiene and safety measures at public amenities, purchase of IT equipment for community usage and to facilitate training for older people, improvements works to create safe outdoor recreation spaces, accessibility projects, home maintenance programmes, provision of comfortable, safe meeting spaces for older people.

“This financial support for community and voluntary organisations across the county is most welcome and will complement grants provided under a range of other programmes. This kind of support is more essential than ever in a year in which community groups have made an immense contribution to the local response effort on COVID-19,” he said.

A second round of funding has been made available by the Department under the Community Enhancement Programme. Over €155,000 is available and the closing date for applications is this coming Monday (September 21). Full details of the application process are available on the Council’s website www.kerrycoco.ie.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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