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Killarney receives over €120k Community Support Fund

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FUNDING ANNOUNCED: Kerry County Council Community Support Fund 2020 has been announced. Pictured are: Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Michael Gleeson, and Angela McAllen (Manager, Killarney Municipal District). The overall aim of the funding scheme is to provide flexible financial support to community groups and local organisations in Kerry who wish to undertake projects which will improve the range and quality of community projects and facilities within their areas. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

By Michelle Crean

 

52 groups across the Killarney area and surrounds received a total of €121,000 in the latest round of the Community Support Fund.

This week, Kerry County Council announced details of the allocation of €750,000 in funding support for community groups and projects across the county under the Community Support Fund for 2020.

A total of 287 groups and projects received grant aid worth €485,000 this year while a proportion of the fund, totalling €265,000, is being retained to leverage funding from other funding streams for strategic projects at Municipal District level.

The fund, which is in its sixth year, has now supported 1,500 projects since 2015 to the value of €4.5m since its establishment.

Councillors in the four Municipal Districts 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 they do.

“The Community Support Fund has targeted funding towards a very wide range of community-based projects and has provided support to community councils, chamber alliances, tidy towns groups and other organisations in a very progressive and structured way,” Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher, said. “The retention of part of the fund to help to leverage funding from other sources and to co-fund projects with other funding streams has proven to be an enormous success in recent years and will be successful again, I hope, in 2020.”

 

 

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Approved funding for Killarney Municipal District

Barradubh Men's Shed €500

Barraduff Cardiac Response Unit €900

Barraduff Tidy Village Group €1,300

Fossa Active Retirement Association €750

Irish National Sheepdog Trial 2020 Fossa €500

MEK Galaxy FC €500

Owneycree Angling Club Headford €500

Kilcummin Looking Good €1,300

Ballydribeen Resident Association €500

Ballyspillane Family Resource Centre €1,700

Ballyspillane Residents Association €1,000

Christmas in Killarney €8,000

Destination Killarney Ltd t/a Ireland Bikefest Killarney €2,500

Flesk Valley Rowing Club €700

Ireland Women's Basketball Team €500

KASI (Killarney Immigrant Support Centre) €1,200

Kerry Diocesan Youth Service Killarney €800

Kilcoolaght Residents Association €500

Killarney & District Canine Club €750

Killarney 4th July Festival €4,500

Killarney Access Group €500

Killarney Arts Working Group €1,500

Killarney Athletic AFC €500

Killarney Cardiac Response Unit €900

Killarney Celtic Football Club €500

Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce Ltd €54,500

Killarney Cycling Club €500

Killarney London Reunion Committee €1,500

Killarney Looking Good Committee €6,000

Killarney Men's Shed €500

Killarney Musical Society €1,000

Killarney Town Twinning & Sister City Association €1,500

Killarney Valley AC €500

Killarney Water Rescue €500

Killarney Young Filmmakers €500

Lissivigeen & District Community Alert €500

Mountain Biking Kerry €1,000

Muckross Rowing Club €700

Muckross Youth Club €700

Purple Flag Killarney Working Group €1,500

Spraoi Chiarrai €1,000

St Patrick's Festival Killarney €8,000

St. Paul's Basketball Club Killarney €500

Listry Community Council €900

Listry GAA €700

Rathmore Community Council €2,000

Rathmore Community Council St Patrick's Day Parade €500

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club €500

Social Action Group Rathmore CLG €2,000

SPA Killarney GAA Club €700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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