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Significant funding announced for Killarney Skate Park

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By Michelle Crean

Funding to the tune of €133,188 for Killarney Skate Park has been announced today (Friday) under the latest round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).

Locals were delighted with news of funding for their clubs including some who received quite a significant amount to help enhance their facilities.

It was part of an announcement made today that over €5.5 million in funding has been made available to 83 Kerry sports clubs and organisations under the latest round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).

Beaufort GAA Club will get €134,145 for their All Weather Surface, Killarney Rugby Football Club €123,594 to enhance their clubhouse and changing rooms, Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre will get €121,483, Muckross Rowing Club Ltd €97,715 for Participation, Equipment and 'Green' coaching, while Spa GAA Club will have €96,346 to build dressing rooms and buy verti drainer, gym ware.

Firies GAA is to receive €81,809, and Fossa GAA Club will have €78,377 funding for dressing rooms, floodlights and renewable energy.

Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra received €52,878 for replacement of gym wooden floor, Killarney Legion GAA Club can now undertake field maintenance and optimisation with an added €50,258.

Kilcummin GAA Club will be able to enhance their pitch lighting, walkway surfacing and scoreboard with €49,739 in funding.

Meanwhile Killarney Athletic AFC Girls received €45,172 for a new soccer training pitch, Gneeveguilla GAA Club can work on pitch development with €44,840, Listry GAA Club is to receive €46,050, Barraduff Community Field Org Ltd can now upgrade their walking track, LED lights, fencing and dugouts with €36,649, Dr Crokes GAA can also upgrade their facilities with the allocation of €28,806, while Killarney Celtic FC can add sports equipment and a lighting upgrade with €28,566.

Funding is provided to assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and Education and Training Boards and schools to develop high quality, accessible, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.

Priority funding is also made available to support the needs of disadvantaged areas and groups (such as people with disabilities) in the provision of sports facilities while enhancing and improving grounds and facilities nationwide.

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“I’m delighted to welcome this funding which will provide vital funding for the development of local sports clubs and organisations across Kerry," Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley said.

"Throughout the past two years our nation's sports men and women both on a local and national stage lifted the spirit of the country when we need it the most. Whether that was our Olympians, rugby stars, or the heroic on field performances of our county and club teams, the return from Government investment in sport has never been tangible. On a local level this funding will also benefit participants of all levels and abilities ensuring that the health benefits associated with sports participation can be enjoyed by everyone in their local community.”

Deputy Mayor of Kerry and Cathaoirleach of Kenmare Municipal District, Fianna Fáil’s Michael Cahill also welcomed the news.

“These funds are utilised by local organisations and sports bodies to provide facilities in their localities that they see as vital and that they would otherwise find great difficulty in funding. There are state-of-the-art sports-halls, walkways, playing fields etc in parishes throughout Ireland that have been funded through the Sports Capital Grant over many years now and it has proven to be a fabulously successful scheme in providing funding for initiatives locally. I will take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers in local organisations who put in the hard work to progress these initiatives on behalf of their local areas and to Minister Jack Chambers and his Department for providing the monies from National Lottery funding.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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