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€228,000 presented to 101 community groups from Limerick and Kerry

22 Mar 2021

101 community groups from Limerick and Kerry shared in Community and COVID-19 response funding of over €228,000 in 2020.

This latest presentation takes the company’s contribution in the area to date to over €2.2 million (€2,210,726)

The latest round of funding commenced in August 2020 when we launched a Schools COVID-19 response fund to support local schools around Athea, Dromada, Rathcahill and Tournafulla wind farms in Limerick and Lenamore in Co. Kerry.  The funding was made immediately available, to enable schools open safely in compliance with COVID-19 measures in September.

21 schools were awarded funding to the tune of €57,191 for the rollout of COVID-19 response measures.

The remaining Local Community Fund which is operated by SSE Airtricity on behalf of SSE Renewables, was opened soon after and 80 groups were awarded funding totalling €171,573. Applications focused on rebuilding communities in the months ahead post COVID-19. In recognition of the impact of the pandemic on many community organisations, the funds in 2020 were repurposed to support running costs as groups were unable to generate the funds to cover these costs while Covid restrictions were in place.

Athea Tidy Towns in Co. Limerick is putting this year’s funding towards surfacing the Galey river walkway in Athea Village.

Henry Moran, Chairman of Athea Tidy Towns, said: “In 2020 Athea Tidy Towns purchased some land to develop a River Walk along the River Galey in Athea Village. This project has been affectionately known as ‘our lockdown project’ as volunteers came together socially distant to assist with construction of the walkway and to plant a variety of native hedging, trees and a community stage. The SSE Airtricity community funding will enable us to further enhance the Athea Tidy Towns River walk by laying a permanent surface to make the area safer for users and suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.”

Brosna GAA in Co Kerry is using the funding to continue helping the community during this COVID-19 pandemic.

John Sheehan, Chairperson of Brosna GAA, commented: “The contribution from SSE Airtricity Community Fund will allow us to continue supporting the elderly, house bound and vulnerable members of the community in this time of uncertainty. We partnered with Kerry County Council who in conjunction with the Dept of Rural and Community Development are operating Kerry County Council Community Support Hub. It is important to ensure everyone knows there is help and support readily available at the other end of a phone”.

Helen Broderick - Chairperson Tournafulla Sustainable Living Community said: “Tournafulla Sustainable Living’s aim is to keep our community and our area alive and viable. We have done much to accomplish this in the past, thanks to SSE community funding. We know that much work will need to be done to develop the site and garden, but interest is great, and volunteers are willing. This gives people a chance to work safely outdoors, and to keep engaged with the community, young and old.”

 Anne Reynolds, Community Development Officer, said: “SSE Airtricity is really proud to be making a difference in communities across West Limerick and North Kerry. We’ve been presenting communities here with funding since 2008 and this latest presentation brings our total funding in the area to over €2.2 million. Through the financial assistance of over €228,764 awarded from Athea, Dromada, Lenamore, Rathcahill and Tournafulla wind farms within the last few months 80 community groups and 21 schools were able to deliver a range of community support reliefs. Measures supported include delivery of food for vulnerable families, meals on wheels to the elderly and those isolating/shielding, and medical deliveries to those unable to leave the house.  These were lifesaving services that where valued by each and every member of the community.  Likewise, for those shielding and to support with home schooling broadband was funded to allow communications to be maintained throughout.  Importantly, funding was provided to allow community groups to purchase the necessary PPE to be able to provide the COVID-19 response measures and provide that level of safety to the volunteers.”

Full list of groups being supported:

The following groups in West Limerick and North Kerry received funding from this year’s COVID-19 Response Community Fund for a variety of COVID-19 measures, energy-efficient and sustainable projects.

Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights

Abbeyfeale Community Alert

Abbeyfeale Community Leisure Ltd.

Abbeyfeale Folk Theatre

Abbeyfeale Men’s Shed

Abbeyfeale United

Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns

Ardagh Community Leisure

Ardagh District Recreational & Sporting Co.

Athea Gun & Conservation Club

Athea Craft Club

Athea Kids Art Group

Athea Community Council

Athea GAA

Athea Library

Athea Parish

Athea Tidy Towns

Ballylongford Christmas Lights Group

Ballylongford GAA Club

Ballylongford Community Hall

Ballylongford Tidy Towns

Ballylongford  Playground Committee

Ballyhahill Development Association

Brosna GAA

Brothers of Charity Foynes

Carrigkerry Sports Association

Con Colbert Hall

Cob Road Animal & Bird Trails

Desmond Complex

Duagh Sports & Leisure

Failte Isteach Gach Duine Moyvane

Father Casey’s GAA

Gerald Griffin National School

Glin Day Care Centre

Glin Men’s Shed

Glin GAA

Glin Development Association

Glin Pier Swimming Club

Glin Rovers

Glantine FC

Killeedy Comhaltas

Killeedy Community Alert Hall Management Committee

Killeedy Camogie Club

Killeedy Defibrillator Group

Killeedy Hall Management Committee

Killeedy Youth Club

Kantoher Development Group

Knockanure Community Centre

Knockdown Vintage Club

Knocknagoshel Over 55’s Social Club & Women’s Group

Lenamore Rovers

Loughill Community Development

Lyreacrompane Heritage Centre

Moyvane Development Association

Loch Ghe Wren Boys

Moyvane Knockanure Parish

Moyvane Ladies Football Club

Moyvane Sports Hall

Mullaghareik Walking Trails

Newcastle West GAA

North Kerry Heart Start

Scoil Naomh Mhuire Ballyhahill

Scoil Padraig, Knocknasna,

St. Kieran’s GAA

St. Senan’s District Community Alert

Tarbert Bridewell CLG

Tarbert Development Association

Tarbert GAA

Templeglantine Community Council CLG

Templeglantine GAA

Templeglantine Parish Finances

Tournafulla Camogie Club

Tournafulla Comhaltas

Tournafulla Community Council

Tournafulla Development Association

Tournafulla GAA

Tournafulla Mountcollins Finance Committee

Tournafulla Sustainable Living Organisation

Tournafulla Village Tidy Towns

West Limerick Singing Club

West Limerick North Kerry Schools’ COVID-19 Response Fund recipients:

Athea National School

Gaelscoil O ‘Dohair

Gerald Griffin National School

Glengurt National School

Killoughteen National School

Kilmeedy National School

Knocknasna National School

Lenamore National School

Meenakilly National School

Monagea National School

Murhur National School Moyvane

Scoil Corp Chríost, Knockanure,

Scoil Naomh ide Ashford

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál

St. Bridgids National School, Duagh

St Fergus National School

St. Oliver’s National School, Ballylongford

Tarbert Comprehensive School

Tarbert National School

Templeglantine National School

Temple Og Preschool