Credit Union Opens Applications For Lauri Healy Community Fund

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Pictured at the Tralee Credit Union AGM in December where a new Lauri Healy Community Project Fund was announced were, front row: Tom Lawlor, Chairman, Lauri Healy’s wife Marie, Denis Foley (Founding Director), Mary O’Brien. Back Row: Anne Courtney, Mary Golden, Fintan Ryan (CEO) Una Buckley, Gerard Pierse, Una Glazier Farmer, Dermot Healy (Lauri Healy’s son) and John O’Connor. Photo By : Domnick Walsh

TRALEE Credit Union is inviting applications from community projects for funding from a special fund named after a founding member of the union in town.

At Tralee Credit Union’s AGM in December, the Board of Directors announced the approval of a fund of €260,000 to be shared with the community over the next four years.

Mr Tom Lawlor Chairman announced that in addition to its “normal” sponsorships amounting to €25,000 and the annual education fund of €10,000, it is committed to approving €30,000 each year to support significant community projects.

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The fund, named as the Lauri Healy Community Project Fund, amounting to €120,000 is in honour of founder director Lauri Healy and will support community based projects over the next four years.

Sean Roche Chairman of the Lauri Healy Community Project Fund Committee said; “The Project Fund will assist in making a significant contribution to community based projects and initiatives within our common bond throughout Tralee, Castleisland and Killorglin. We are now accepting funding applications and welcome applications from groups and organisations.”

Lauri Healy was one of Tralee Credit Union’s founding directors when it was set up in 1968.

Lauri was a strong believer in the credit union message and ideals. “People Helping People” grounded in credit union’s co-operative values was at the heart of Lauri’s commitment to the movement.

By working together through co-operation, people could achieve far more together than individually on their own.

A board of director for over 30 years with Tralee Credit Union, Lauri served with Chapter 23 (Kerry and Mid West credit unions) for as many years supporting the development of other credit unions and served as a board member of the Irish League Of Credit Unions where he helped shape the movement in its early days.

Closing date for receipt of the first round of applications this year is Friday 31st of March 2017. Applications Forms are available to download on our website www.traleecu.ie or to collect at our offices in Tralee, Castleisland and Killorglin.

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