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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Carer’s Support Grant

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Q: I have recently become a full-time carer for my mother. What is the Carer’s Support Grant and can I get it?

A: The Carer's Support Grant is an annual payment for full-time carers, paid by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) usually on the first Thursday in June each year. The grant for 2021 is €1,850. It is paid automatically to people getting Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance. Other carers may qualify for the grant.

To qualify, you must be over 16 and:

• Caring for a person who needs help due to age, illness or disability
• Have cared for the person full-time for at least six months, to include the first Thursday in June
• Live with the person or be contactable immediately if you live elsewhere
• Live full-time in Ireland and do not live in a medical facility

You won’t qualify if you are working, studying or training more than 18.5 hours a week, getting a jobseeker’s payment or signing on for credits during the six-month caring period.

Q: How do I apply and where?

A: If you already get Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance, you get the Carer’s Support Grant automatically in June 2022. If you do not get one of these payments, you can still qualify and should fill out one application form for each person you care for.

You can also pick up a form from your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office or Citizens Information Centre.

You can apply for a Carer's Support Grant for any given year from April of that year until December 31 of the following year.

Read more about the Carer’s Support Grant on citizensinformation.ie or you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. The telephone lines are staffed from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Alternatively, you can email tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie.
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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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