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Over €35,000 allocated to Killarney community groups

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By Sean Moriarty

A total of 18 Killarney-based community groups will share €35,498 thanks to funding released this week under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).

The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and has provided a total of €155,358 for 82 different projects in Kerry in 2020.

The range of projects supported include upgrading of CCTV equipment, purchase of IT equipment for community usage, adaptations or equipment needed as a result of COVID-19, improvements works to create safe outdoor recreation spaces, accessibility projects, provision of comfortable, safe meeting spaces for older people both indoor and outdoor.

Residents of Ballyspillane were amongst the biggest winners in the scheme with the Community and Family Resource Centre getting €4,000 and the Ballyspillane Resident's Association an additional €3,000. The Muckross Community Association also received €3,000.

Killarney Arts Working Group will receive €5,000.

Both the Fossa Community and Development Association and Ballydribeen Residents Association are in line for €1,000 each.

Killarney Looking Good Committee received a total of €4,500 under two different applications, while Clann Housing and Killarney Lions Club each netted €1,000 under the scheme.

Killarney Men's Shed got €1,700 and Social Action Group Rathmore will get €2,098.

Sporting organisations to benefit from the grants include the Barraduff Community Field Organisation (€1,000), Glenflesk GAA (€4,000), Killarney Celtic Football Club (€500), Muckross Rowing Club (€700) and Killarney Valley Athletic Club (€1,000).

The funding is being administered by the Community Department in Kerry County Council in co-operation with the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).

Cllr Niall Kelleher’s term as chair of the LCDC came to an end on Wednesday but his last job before handing over the role to the next chair was to announce this year’s round of funding.

“There are many very worthwhile community groups that will benefit from this,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “These are volunteer groups – and the contribution of the volunteers is important.”

Cllr Marie Moloney has also welcomed the funding.

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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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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 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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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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