Anam Cara Kerry and West Cork Parent Evening
Hope all is well. With the summer well and truly under way we wanted to take the time to thank you for your continued support throughout this time.
We had planned to continue our meetings right throughout the summer but on reflection we have decided to take a break in August. I think everyone needs this pause and we will feel the better for it! After our July meeting we will be taking August off and returning in September.
With that in mind the next online parent meeting for Kerry and West Cork. This meeting will take place Tuesday 27th July at 7pm. This meeting is hosted by Alve Bevan.
If you know any bereaved parents who would like to join this meeting please get them to contact us on 085 288 8888 or email@example.com. As always Anam Cara offer their services free of charge for as long as needed.
Take care and stay safe
Contact Number Office 01 4045378 & NI 02895213120
Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address www.anamcara.ie
Munster No Surviving Children
Hope all is well. With the summer well and truly under way we wanted to take the time to thank you for your continued support throughout this time.
We had planned to continue our meetings right throughout the summer but on reflection we have decided to take a break in August. I think everyone needs this pause and we will feel the better for it! After our July meeting we will be taking August off and returning in September. .
With that in mind our next meeting for Munster parents living with no surviving children is taking place on Thursday 29th July at 7pm via Zoom. This meeting is hosted by Helen Murphy.
It gives these parents who are grieving the loss of their only child a space in which to connect with other parents who are sadly on the same journey. During a recent survey one parent from this group said;
“I can honestly say that I never felt more at ease than in the company of this group of parents who have also experienced the death of their only child, There was no judgement and no one was afraid to talk of their children’s lives and deaths for fear of upsetting the other”
If you know any bereaved parents living with no surviving children who would like to join this meeting please get them to contact us on 085 288 8888 or email@example.com. As always Anam Cara offer their services free of charge for as long as needed.
Take care and stay safe
TidyTowns Waters and Communities Special Award 2021
The TidyTowns Waters and Communities Special Award is now open for applications with a closing date of Friday 23 July 2021.
The Waters and Communities Special Award runs in conjunction with the SuperValu TidyTowns competition. It was first introduced in 2017 and is now a regular feature in the TidyTowns calendar.
The competition did not happen in 2020 because of Covid-19. We are now inviting you to tell us how your community group showed an appreciation for your water environment and water heritage during the pandemic. We are especially interested in innovative water related initiatives around your local rivers, lakes, streams, canals, or coast. Examples of community initiatives include clean ups; provision or upgrading of public amenities; conservation of biodiversity and heritage; promotion of angling; local education and awareness raising projects; etc.
Applications received will be assessed by a panel of judges appointed by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland, and the Local Authority Waters Programme. The judges will assess each application under the following headings:
1. Awareness raising (15 Marks)
2. Community involvement (20 Marks)
3. Stakeholder engagement (15 Marks)
4. Project benefits (40 Marks)
5. Lessons learned and plans for the future (10 Marks)
The Waters and Communities Special Award is open to any community group to apply. It is sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland, and the Local Authority Waters Programme. The award has a total prize fund of €7,000 divided across four regions in line with the main TidyTowns competition. The overall winner will receive €2,000 for their community group.
To read about previous winners of the Waters and Communities Special Awards see: https://www.catchments.ie/?s=waters+and+communities+award
The Application form and details of other special awards are available on the TidyTowns website: www.tidytowns.ie
We wish you the best of luck and we look forward to reading your entry.
Kerry Library Summer Stars 2021:
All children throughout Kerry are invited to join the 2021 Children’s Summer Stars reading adventure that runs until 31 August.
Summer Stars is non-competitive, and every child is encouraged to participate in and complete the programme – and it is completely free!
Children are invited to visit their local Kerry Library and collect a Summer Stars reading challenge card to track their reading throughout the Summer.
There are several activities organised by local libraries including:
Weekly Fun Challenges
Each local library runs weekly challenges for children to take part in, from weekly trivia questions to colouring competitions, etc.
Online Storytime Librarians share some of their favourite picture books with young readers.
Some online workshops – next up is ‘Jovial Juggling’ on Tuesday 27 July, 11.00am.
The Kerry Library Story Trail at Tralee Town Park
Kerry Library and the Keep Well Kerry campaign have brought ‘Dee the Bee’ to Tralee Town Park this July. Families are invited to take a stroll along our story trail and discover the story of Dolores Keaveney’s ‘Dee the Bee’.
National Summer Stars Short Story Competition
Enter the national short story competition, using the following opening line:
“Of all the places in the world, I never thought I would be here”. There are three age categories: age 6-9, age 10-14, age 15-18. Each category winner will receive a Tablet and each finalist in all categories will receive a €50 voucher.
For further information on Summer Stars log onto www.kerrylibrary.ie
We are currently seeking Support Line volunteers for the following shifts throughout the week:
4pm – 7pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
1pm – 4pm Saturday & Sunday
4pm – 7pm Saturday & Sunday
Apply Now, https://www.aware.ie/
To volunteer on Aware’s Support Line, you must be:
Over 25 years of age
Available for three hours once a week
Fluent at written and spoken English
Comfortable speaking on the phone
Confident using technology and have reliable broadband (essential)
Support Line Volunteers offer a space where people can talk through concerns and explore the helpful options available to them through a phone call.
It is essential before you apply that you follow these steps:
Inform yourself about Aware and its services, particularly Support Line
Read through the Support Line volunteer role description
Read Aware’s Volunteer Statement of Commitment and consider it carefully
Only apply for your preferred service. If appropriate, you will be recommended to a different service opportunity during the recruitment process.
We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures. Read Aware’s equality and diversity policy.
Volunteers are a valuable and vital resource without which Aware could not provide its services. Read Aware’s volunteer policy.
2021 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards (PDSA)
Presidential Distinguished Service Awards 2021 – Now open for nominations
The nomination process for the 2021 Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad (PDSA) is currently open and will close on Friday, 6 August 2021.
This Award was established by the Government in 2012, to provide a system of State recognition for those living abroad.
There are six categories under which individuals can be nominated:
Irish Community Support
Arts, Culture and Sport
Business and Education
Peace, Reconciliation and Development
Science, Technology and Innovation (additional category introduced in 2016)
In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and able to satisfy the following additional requirements:
(1)have rendered distinguished service to the nation and/or its reputation abroad.
(2)have actively and demonstrably contributed to Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad in at least one of the categories listed above.
(3)have a track record of sustained support and engagement with Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad over a period of not less than 5 year or have made a sustained and distinguished service on a global or international issue of importance.
Nominations can be made by any member of the public but are submitted through the Embassy of Ireland in the country of residence of the nominee. If you know someone who meets the criteria above, please complete the 2021 Nomination Form and forward it to the relevant Embassy for the country the nominee is resident in before Friday, 6 August 2021.
Further details on eligibility and the nomination process are available , together with details of previous recipients of this Award.
Over the last 9 years, 97 remarkable recipients have received the Award. We want to ensure that the Award continues to attract worthy nominees and would therefore appreciate your assistance in publicising this Award through your networks and social media channels and would encourage you to consider nominating eligible candidates.
Irish Abroad Unit
Department of Foreign Affairs
David Ebbs|Irish Abroad Unit|Department of Foreign Affairs|80 St. Stephen’s Green|Dublin 2
LAUNCH OF ANIMAL WELFARE GRANT PROGRAMME FOR REGISTERED ANIMAL CHARITIES FOR 2021
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, this week announced the launch of the Animal Welfare Grant Programme for Registered Animal Charities for 2021, inviting applications from registered animal charities providing animal welfare services in Ireland that wish to be considered for funding in 2021.
The Minister spoke of his commitment to the Programme for Government priorities in relation to animal welfare:
“Animal welfare is a high priority for my Department and considerable resources and funding are provided to address the issue. The Programme for Government contains an undertaking to provide additional funding to support animal welfare in the coming years to which I am fully committed.”
Further details, including Application Form, are available at: Funding to Animal Welfare Organisations
Application forms are also available via email from: firstname.lastname@example.org
All applicants must be registered with the Charities Regulator.
Applicants are invited to submit applications to:
The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is
23rd July 2021.
Support & Befriending
ALONE Support & Befriending Service
ALONE’s Support & Befriending service provides companionship to older people who would like extra social contact through a weekly volunteer visit or telephone call.
The service is designed to alleviate the negative impacts loneliness has on mental and physical health. Volunteers are trained and supported by professional staff. If the older person’s needs change, staff also work with them to coordinate the additional supports they need to age at home.
Who is ALONE’s Support & Befriending Service for?
For anyone who is over 60 and has limited social contact or feels particularly isolated and lonely.
The Role of the Support & Befriending Volunteer
- Provide companionship by visiting or calling at least once a week
- Provide small practical supports where necessary and appropriate
- Volunteers are not there to support with home help or care assistants’ tasks
- All our volunteers are trained, Garda vetted and supported by experienced mentors
The Steps Involved
An ALONE Support Coordinator will then call to the older person’s home to carry out a full assessment.
- The Support & Befriending Service is explained in detail
- When a suitable volunteer becomes available the older person and volunteer will be introduced by a member of ALONE staff
- Once the older person and the volunteer are happy with the match they will arrange future visiting times between themselves
- ALONE carries out regular check in-phone calls to ensure visits are going well
- All volunteers receive training and are supported through a mentoring system
Befriending Network Ireland
Further information on Befriending services nationwide is available here.
Make a referral
Make a referral online here
Congratulations to all the successful applicants in County Kerry
Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces €8.8 million in funding under the Connected Hubs Scheme
- 117 remote working projects across every region to benefit
- Grants ranging from €10,000 to €250,000 for existing hubs & Broadband Connection Points (BCPs)
- Funding will assist in the development of the National Hub Network – a key action of Our Rural Future
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (July 22nd, 2021) announced over €8.8 million in funding under the Connected Hubs Scheme – a key deliverable of Our Rural Future.
The funding will enable existing hubs and broadband connection points to enhance and add capacity to remote working infrastructure in every region across Ireland.
Grants will also fund measures to assist hubs to deal with COVID related challenges.
The funding will benefit 117 projects and will support a wide range of relevant works nationwide, including the expansion of existing hubs, installation of privacy booths, access control and security systems, the conversion of existing open plan space to modular offices, and provision of enhanced audio visual, networking and conferencing facilities.
This investment will support the ongoing development of the recently launched National Hub Network – connectedhubs.ie – which already has more than 100 hubs using the platform and 380 hubs mapped.
The supports delivered through this network will help build on the fantastic asset Ireland already has in its connected working ecosystem.
Included in the funding announced by the Minister is;
- €2.8m to develop remote working infrastructure in the Eastern and Midland region
- €3m to develop remote working infrastructure in the North-West region
- €3m to develop remote working infrastructure in the Southern region
Announcing the successful projects in Carlow today, Minister Humphreys said:
“Our Rural Future recognises hubs as ideal locations for people to work remotely, as well as acting as key economic assets for towns and villages.
“The increased shift to remote working as a result of the pandemic has provided a golden opportunity for a greater regional distribution of jobs to support a better work life balance for many people.
“This opportunity is reflected in Our Rural Future and in policy initiatives across the whole of Government, such as Making Remote Work, the National Remote Working strategy.
“The investment announced today will provide an increased number of families and individuals with the option to live and work in our rural communities. Remote working from hubs and Broadband Connection Points benefitting from this funding will also support local economies and assist in reducing our carbon emissions.”
Full details of the 117 projects approved for funding by the Minister under the Connected Hubs Scheme are available on https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/64df6-connected-hubs-fund/
ConnectedHubs.ie is a part of the Our Rural Future initiative by the Department of Rural and Community Development. The project is being delivered by the Western Development Commission.
I attach, for your information, copy of public notice for the Part 8 – Weather-Proofed and Outdoor Dining Infrastructure at Kenmare Place, Killarney which will be published in this week’s edition of the Kerryman – Wednesday, 21st July 2021.
Plans and particulars (including Video Demo, Drawings, Determination Statements, Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Report and Habitats Directive – Appropriate Assessment Screening Report) are available on the Kerry County Council website (www.kerrycoco.ie) as follows:
http://www.kerrycoco.ie/public-consultations/ (Have your Say)
If you require a hard copy of the documentation please contact Ann-Marie Crean, Roads, Transportation and Marine on 066 7183588.
Submissions and observations with respect to the proposed development, may be made in writing, clearly marked Part 8 – Outdoor Dining – Kenmare Place, Killarney and sent to the Administrative Officer, Kerry County Council, Roads, Transportation and Marine Department, Room 115, Áras an Chontae, Rathass, Tralee, Co. Kerry or e-mail email@example.com
Submission and observations must be received by 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 1st September 2021.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Ann-Marie Crean on (066) 7183588.
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Innealtóir Sinsireacht |Senior Engineer
Comhairle Contae Ciarraí | Kerry County Council
22, July 2021
Minister O’Brien & Minister Ryan announce the successful applicants under the €3 million Pilot Bike and E-Bike Upcycling Initiative.
Following the recent introduction by the Department of Rural and Community Development, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, of a pilot initiative to develop a scheme for the provision of high quality up-cycled bicycles and e-bikes, the successful applicants for the initiative have now been chosen.
The pilot fund will be administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development as part of its Community Services Programme, with funding of up to €3m provided by the Department of Transport over a three year period.
The pilot will support a number of social enterprises in 2021 and will, depending on the level of success of the pilot, seek to bring additional organisations into the initiative in 2022.
Fourteen applications were received and the five applicants approved for support under this pilot initiative are:
- The Rediscovery Centre & Rothar Velo in Dublin 9.
- Frontline Bikes/ Frontline Make Change in Dublin 8.
- Treo Port Lairge CLG (aka Renew Enterprises) in Waterford.
- The Life Cycle Consortium in Galway – Westside Resource Centre and An Mheitheal Rothar.
- Sign & Cycle in Cork – Cork Community Cycles & Deaf Enterprises.
Minister O’Brien said:
“I would like to thank all those who submitted applications under this pilot initiative and I welcome the geographical spread of the successful organisations.
The successful projects were chosen because they are very innovative and outline a model that has the potential for replication on a nationwide basis, thereby supporting the Programme for Government commitment to widening the eligibility of the Bike to Work Scheme to ensure that bikes are more accessible to those in our society who are most disadvantaged or marginalised. It is envisaged that the pilot projects will also provide training and employment and will help reduce the number of bikes going to landfill. These outcomes combined with the wider environmental and health benefits of increased bike use ensure that this pilot is a vitally important scheme and one I very much hope to build on over the coming years.”
Minister Ryan, whose Department will provide the funding for this pilot initiative, said:
“Bikes will get a second life, and the people building them will provide a vital service in their communities with these pilot projects. The demand for bicycles, parts and maintenance far exceeds supply in many places around the country. This scheme keeps valuable materials in circulation, builds local expertise, and will shorten the turnaround time for those who have come to rely on the bicycle as a convenient way of getting around.”
Minister O’Brien concluded:
“I am looking forward to assessing the impact of these innovative pilot projects over the following three years, not only on the environmental impact but also in relation to the training and employment opportunities that will arise from this initiative. I wish the five successful applicants every success in their endeavours.”