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Kerry Community groups to receive over €250,000 in funding

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Six Kerry organisations are to receive €257,950 in funding under the CLÁR programme.

The funding, welcomed by Minster for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley this afternoon, is part of a new Innovation Measure designed to support communities in delivering projects that assist with issues such as rural isolation, population decline and social disadvantage.

Baile Mhuire Day Care in Tralee will receive €50,000 to develop an App designed to create an informative and supportive hub for current service users.

Living Iveragh DAC with SMARTlab Skelligs will receive €50,000 to develop a Research and Development Innovation Centre of Excellence focused on STEAM, Design Thinking, Leadership and Youth-led Innovation through practical training in design and regular youth innovation cafes.

The Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS), Cahersiveen Social Services and the University of Limerick will receive €50,000 for an initiative to address IT poverty among older residents in South Kerry.

Mid Kerry Tourism Cluster (Including Reeks District) will receive €28,500 to develop digital infrastructure and marketing.

Tureencahill Community Group will receive €29,450 to transform a handball alley into an outdoor performance area and to develop a needs analysis for the area for medium to long term planning.

Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality will receive €50,000 to establish an arts-based equality, rights and diversity programme with schools and communities.
 
“This is welcome funding that will ensure that six forward thinking community groups and organisations can continue to use pioneering technology and innovation to provide excellent care, inclusive initiatives and vital services to the people of Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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