Over €325,000 In LEADER Funding For Kerry Projects

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THE Government has allocated €325,866 in funding to Kerry projects/clubs under the new LEADER Transition Programme.

In this tranche of funding, North and East Kerry Development (NEWKD), receives €89,881 as part of a transnational co-operation project with Finland aimed at supporting rurally-based cosmetic companies in both countries whose products utilise natural extracts, sourced regionally.

Spa Killarney GAA Club is awarded €26,261 to develop a walking track around the GAA pitch while Beaufort GAA Club receives €31,555 to upgrade the floodlights at the GAA pitches.

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Kilgarvan community playground is awarded €100,000 to develop and enhance the local play area.

Pinewood Residents Association, Killarney is awarded €78,169 to construct a community leisure and recreational area including an exercise play area for adults and kids, a central court area and a raised-bed sensory garden.

LEADER is a rural development programme co-funded by the EU which operates a locally-led approach to meeting the needs of local communities and businesses.

The programme aims to support job creation, foster entrepreneurship and encourage rural communities to build on their existing strengths and assets.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Education and Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry, Norma Foley said: “LEADER is a vital source of funding for community-led projects across the county. This funding will support locally-led projects, GAA clubs and enterprises, enriching local communities by developing outdoor amenities and creating jobs in rural areas.”

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