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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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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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