Welcome to Kerry PPN

The Kerry PPN is the main link through which the Local Authority connects with the Environmental, Social Inclusion, Community and Voluntary Organisations and allows community participation in policy-making structures and committees of Council.

What is the Kerry Public Participation Network?

Kerry Public Participation Network has been established to enable people and community groups in Co Kerry to have a say on issues that concern them. These Public Participation Networks (PPNs) are new structures for public engagement and participation in Local Government in each Local Authority area. 


How does my group get involved?

Kerry Public Participation Network is the best way your group or community can become involved in shaping the future of Co Kerry. Membership of the PPN provides opportunities for better representation, networking, information sharing and input into policy development Read more

How do I register my group?

Registration is easy. Simply click here and complete the Registration Form. There is no charge. Registered groups receive regular updates, information on funding opportunities and also benefit from the group insurance scheme.

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Allocations under Community Support Fund 2019


Kerry County Council has announced details of the allocation of €750,000 in funding support for community groups and projects across the county under the Community Support Fund for 2019.  A total of 246 groups and projects received grant aid worth €388,000 this year while a proportion of the fund, totalling €362,000, is being retained to secure and leverage funding from other funding streams for strategic projects across the Municipal Districts.


The fund, which is in its fifth year, has supported 1,500 projects since 2015 to the value of €3.75 m since its establishment. As occurred in previous years, some of the Community Support Fund will be used this year to target strategic projects in the four municipal districts and to co-fund projects which are in receipt of grants from other sources.
Councillors in the four Municipal Districts met on Tuesday to decide on the allocations and unanimously welcomed the provision of support to the recipients. Councillors congratulated all the community groups and acknowledged the tremendous voluntary work that these groups do. Full details of the allocations in each of the four Municipal Districts are attached.
Allocations on a countywide basis were made as follows:
  • Cork Kerry Link Bus – transport bus for patients availing of cancer treatment service: €6,000
  • Fleadh Cheoil Chiarrai 2019 – To fund a programme of events during the festival which will be hosted in Milltown from 19th – 23rd June 2019 – €5,000
  • Kerry’s Older People’s Council – To support the activities of Kerry’s Older People’s Council which was established under Kerry’s Age Friendly Strategy – €3,000
  • Kerry Climate Action Network– To support the cost of hosting a Community Environmental and Climate Action Expo in Kerry in Autumn 2019 – €2,000
Over the past two years, over €3 million was leveraged from other grant sources as a result of the strategic allocation of resources under the Community Support Fund.
For 2019, the fund will target funding under five categories of support:
  • Growing and Sustaining Communities
  • Community Tidy Towns Initiatives and Amenity Projects
  • Community Sport and Physical Activity Programmes
  • Community Economic Innovation
  • Community Based Tourism, Festivals and Events
Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley, said: ‘Since the Community Support Fund was established in 2015, a very significant sum of €3.75m has been invested by Kerry County Council in community projects and initiatives around the county. This is indicative of the council’s strong and ongoing support for the work being done by community and voluntary organisations all over the county to build vibrant, sustainable communities and the value of that work in Kerry.’
‘The Community Support Fund has targeted funding towards a very wide range of community-based projects and has provided support to community councils, chamber alliances, tidy towns groups and other organisations in a very progressive and structured way. The retention of part of the fund to help to leverage funding from other sources and to co-fund projects with other funding streams has proven to be an enormous success in recent years and will be successful again, I hope, in 2019.’

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 Invitation to Voluntary Community Groups to submit Entries for the 2019 Awards 


The objective of the Kerry Community Awards is to recognise the work of the community and voluntary sector that seeks to improve the Social, Economic, Cultural and Environmental quality of life in our local communities, both urban and rural.


Kerry Community Awards are open to all community and voluntary groups based in the county, regardless of size or location.

Groups must assist, support or enrich their community in some way, either socially or economically.  Judges will consider a wide range of factors when assessing entries and significant focus will be placed on impact on the community and innovative approaches.







Application forms are available from:

The Community Department, Kerry County Council, County Buildings, Tralee, Co. Kerry and online




Forms also available from:-

  • Kerry County Council Branch Libraries and Area Offices
  • Your Credit Union office in Kerry
  • The Kerryman Office 
  • Local Development Company Offices
  • Online at www.kerryppn.ie
  • Completed entries should be returned by post or email:

Post to: Kerry Community Awards, C/o Community Department,
  Kerry County Council, County Buildings, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Email: kerrycommunityawards@kerrycoco.ie

The closing date for receipt of applications is on or before 5.00 p.m. Friday 22 February 2019



The awards will be presented at an awards ceremony in the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney, to be held on Thursday 16th May, 2019

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Sports First Aid Courses


 Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership – Upcoming Safe Guarding – Sports First Aid Courses in Kerry 

Location: Tralee – John Mitchel’s GAA


Safe Guarding 1 – Thursday – February 28th

Link: ​https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safeguarding-1-child-welfare-and-protection-workshop-tralee-tickets-54982962521


Safe Guarding 1 – Wednesday – March 20th

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safeguarding-1-child-welfare-and-protection-workshop-tralee-tickets-55024096554


First Aid Training – Thursday – March 14th + March 21st

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sports-first-aid-march-14th-march-21st-tickets-54982345676

Safe Guarding 1 – Thursday – June 20th

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safeguarding-1-child-welfare-and-protection-workshop-tralee-tickets-54981791017


Location: Listowel – Listowel Community Centre


Safe Guarding 1 – Tuesday –  April 30th

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safeguarding-1-child-welfare-and-protection-workshop-listowel-tickets-54981000653


Location: Killarney – Killarney Fire Station


Safe Guarding 1 – Tuesday – February 12

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safeguarding-1-child-welfare-and-protection-workshop-killarney-tickets-54931017151


Safe Guarding 2 – Tuesday – March 12th

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safeguarding-2-club-childrens-officer-workshop-tickets-54965223463


Safe Guarding 3 – Wednesday April – 10th

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safeguarding-3-designated-liaison-person-workshop-tralee-tickets-54965415036


Safe Guarding 1 – Tuesday – May 21st

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safeguarding-1-child-welfare-and-protection-workshop-killarney-tickets-54965531384

​Location: Caherciveen – Colaiste na Sceilge, Cahersiveen Community Wellbeing Hub

Safe Guarding 1 – Tuesday  – April 16th

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safeguarding-1-child-welfare-and-protection-workshop-caherciveen-tickets-55152651064

Municipal Districts