Kerry PPN Newsletter issue 39. 3/9/21

The TidyTowns Handbook is published by the TidyTowns Unit of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for the use of community groups intending to participate in the National TidyTowns Competition. It aims to inform work activities in innovative and environmentally sensitive ways.


It will also be useful to all community and voluntary groups working to manage and improve their local areas who wish to use the broad-based TidyTowns environmental programme to assist their efforts.


The Handbook is structured into four main sections

  • Getting Started
  • Projects in Your Area
  • The Project and Judging Categories
  • Making Action Happen

If you are planning to get a Group together or are aiming to build on your Group’s achievements to date, The TidyTowns Unit of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government will provide you with any additional information you require about the TidyTowns movement, its aims and objectives and the conditions for entry into the annual National TidyTowns Competition.


In line with our new sustainable approach, we will not be printing the Handbook, it has been divided into nine separate sections, a general information section and then a section devoted to each of the eight competition categories.


To view the sections of the Handbook, please visit the TidyTowns website at the following link;  from here you can download and save the sections or you can print them off if you wish.


This information is also available at   which also includes archive videos and publications.

The Unit can be contacted at 01 888 3948 or 053 911 7347 or by email at

Invite To NBI Tralee and Killarney Kiosk

National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on behalf of the Government, would like to let you know that we will be hosting pop-up information stands in Kerry.



Dates: Thursday 9th, Friday 10th September

Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm each day

Location: Supervalu Tralee


Dates: Saturday 11th September

Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm each day

Location: Tesco Deer Park Killarney


These events aim to give the people of Kerry an opportunity to learn more about the NBP, when high-speed fibre broadband is coming to Kerry and how they can get connected. The NBI team will be on-hand to register people for future updates and notifications on when high-speed fibre broadband is coming.

Introduction to Community Development

facilitated by Margaret Finch.


Course details:

Start date: Monday 27th September, 2021

Time: 7-9 pm.

Venue: Microsoft Teams (learners will be supported to access online platform)


This is an excellent opportunity for volunteers or adults who are thinking about returning to study to get a taster of what an accredited course would include. It is an opportunity for volunteers, committee members to get an introduction to the theory of Community Development.

Course details and registration are available on  course code is 326938.


Michelle Anne Houlihan, Communtiy Education Facilitator.

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces over €4.2 million in funding for schools, sports clubs, playgrounds and community organisations


  • 104 projects to benefit from funding under CLÁR Programme
  • Huge focus on young people and developing our outdoor amenities


Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Monday 30th August) announced over €4.2 million in funding to support our schools, playgrounds, infrastructure projects and community organisations across Rural Ireland.


The funding comes under Department of Rural and Community Development’s CLÁR Programme, which is a key part of Our Rural Future, the Government’s five-year strategy to revitalise our rural towns and villages.


The announcement will see 104 projects supported in rural communities, under Measures 1 & 2 of the CLÁR 2021 programme.


Further announcements under the CLÁR programme will be made by Minister Humphreys in the coming weeks.  


Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:


“The CLÁR Programme 2021 puts our young people at the fore. From investing in our schools, playgrounds, outdoor amenities and other projects – we are demonstrating the value and appreciation we have for the leaders of the future.


“If the Pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that our young people are our shining lights. “Investing in them is an investment in our future – that’s what today’s announcement is all about.


Since the CLÁR Programme was reintroduced in 2016, it has provided funding of over €38m to over 1,600 projects under various measures.


This year, Measure 1 of the Programme will provide almost €2 million in support for projects in 52 communities.


The projects will provide and improve safety infrastructure such as footpaths, public lighting, traffic calming measures and car parking facilities. This measure also continues to support projects that help adapt the environs of schools and community facilities to help meet challenges arising from the pandemic.


Measure 2 funds outdoor community recreation facilities and this year funding of over €2.2 million will be provided in support of 52 projects across communities throughout the country. This measure includes supports for the development of new and enhanced community spaces including supports for playgrounds and Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs).


Example of successful projects announced today include:


Kerry: Kilgarvan GAA Hurling & Football Club: Installation of bicycle racks, outdoor bowling area, picnic area, parking infrastructure, disability parking and biodiversity landscaping: €50,000


The full list of projects is available at the following link:

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys approves almost €750,000 for mobility and cancer care transport services in Rural Ireland


  • 14 vehicles to be purchased under the 2021 CLÁR programme

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Thursday, September 2nd) announced the provision of €747,000 to fund 14 vehicles for community-based organisations providing vital services in rural areas.


Under the 2021 CLÁR programme, the funding will support organisations that provide free transport for cancer patients so that they can attend medical appointments.


The vehicles will also be used to assist people who are wheelchair-bound or have other mobility issues.


They will also be used to transport people to day care centres to give respite to family members who are caring for loved ones.


The 14 vehicles will be spread across 10 counties including Kerry, Cork, Galway, Meath and Roscommon.


Announcing the funding today, Minister Humphreys said:


“This funding will ensure some of the most vulnerable people in our communities can access vital supports or attend medical appointments.

AIC Bursary 2021: Collaborative Arts and

Community Development


We are delighted to announce our second Artist in the Community Scheme bursary award in 2021.  Would you help us to circulate this opportunity among your networks and via your channels?  Details below:


Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary 2021: Collaborative Arts and Community Development

This bursary is offered in partnership with Irish Local Development Network, themed on Collaborative Arts and Community Development.  The AIC Bursary Award 2021: Collaborative Arts and Community Development specifically aims to support an individual professional artist working in collaborative socially engaged arts practice. The purpose of the award is to support and nurture professional arts practice.  The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday the 18th of October.  Full details of the award, as well as the application procedure, are available at .  The bursary is funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create.


On Tuesday 7th September, Create will host an information event for artists in relation to this bursary. In this information session Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement, will outline the Bursary, answering any questions you might have about making an application. She will be joined by Siobhán Power who is representing the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN).  The focus of discussion will frame the context of this Bursary, the application process and how a Bursary could help facilitate and support experiment, research and professional development. Artist Marielle MacLeman, previous Bursary recipient (Collaborative Arts in Health Contexts, 2018), will speak to her experience and the role the Bursary played in the development of her practice.


To register, visit


I’m emailing you on behalf of my colleague Keelin Murray, our Communications and Publishing Manager who is currently on leave.  If you have any questions relating to the announcement, please contact me at directly or email


Many thanks,


Book your spot:

Hosted by Wexford Environmental Network and the Irish Environmental Network, this free event will offer inspiration for your own projects and a solid idea of where you can start and who you can work with to achieve your own edible community.

Wexford Environmental Network will introduce their new initiative ENViTE, an edible network of villages and towns in Eire. We will hear from Transition Towns Kinsale about their Edible Trail, a 2km walk through the town which takes in edible areas. We will learn about forest gardening from horticulturalist Siobhán Lavelle of Coole Eco-Community.

Join us to hear from these inspiring speakers and to meet others who are working on edible projects in Ireland.

See the full schedule, read more about our speakers, and book your spot through this link:

If you have any questions please email This event is open to everyone, so please share with friends and family.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Catherine O’Toole

Cycle Against Suicide – World Suicide Prevention Day

On average one person dies by suicide each day in Ireland.   Every suicide destroys families and communities.  It leaves immense uncertainty, guilt, regret and profound feelings of loss.  Cycle Against Suicide, an organisation dedicated to greater public awareness, is working hard to save lives and lessen the huge toll suicide places on families and communities through its evidence-based programmes and events.


This World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th,  Cycle Against Suicide will host its ‘Bike4Life One Day-One Goal’ campaign:


We would be so grateful if your office could help us promote this event into your local community by sharing details.


Should you wish to discuss any element of the above, please do not hesitate to come back to me.


Kind regards,


Caroline Lafferty

Chief Executive Officer

Cycle Against Suicide 
Break The Cycle

Phone: + 353 87 246 5526 


On behalf of the young people that produced, ‘I’m still me and I still need you,’ I’m delighted to invite you to the first screening and official launch of their film. ‘I’m still me and I still need you’ is a short film about inclusion and the importance of supporting someone who identifies as being a part of the LGBTI+ community.


Please RSVP to this email address by Friday 10th September 2021. A zoom link will then be sent to you.


This project is supported by the LGBTI+ Community Services Fund 2020 through the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Anam Cara Bereavement Information and Support Evening


We also wanted to inform you about an upcoming Bereavement Support and Information Online event for parents.


This event is taking place on Thursday 16th September at 7pm. Our guest speaker for the evening is Peter McCartan, a qualified Senior Medical Social Worker and Registered Systemic Family Therapist who has worked extensively with families who have experienced the death of their child.


Peter will open the evening with a short talk on parental grief. He will cover the different circumstances of death, whether expected or sudden. He will also talk about the impact a death of son or daughter on grieving parents and surviving siblings, along with the complex issues grieving parents must face, highlighting what is normal in the process.


After Peter’s talk, there will be an opportunity for parents to talk to our Anam Cara Facilitators and volunteer parents.


This would be an appropriate event for any bereaved parents you are in contact with. In particular parents who have been recently bereaved or have not received any bereavement support since the death of their son or daughter.


This is a parent only event and they can reserve their place on this Eventbrite link

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us on any of the numbers below


Kind Regard



Contact Number: RoI Office 00 353 1 4045378/085 2888 888 or NI 02895213120

Email Address:

Web Address:

Join us for an interactive talk for parents and teachers about helping children deal with the difficulties of the digital age with Dr Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist.


Colman is the resident Psychotherapist on The Ray Darcy Show on RTE Radio One and a weekly columnist with The Irish Examiner and is the host of the Asking for a Parent podcast.


Talk: ‘Child Online: Navigating the difficulties of the digital age’ with Dr. Colman Noctor

Wednesday, 8 September at 7.00pm on Zoom.

The talk will last approximately 40 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session.


Places are limited. Register through the link on Kerry Library website, 

National Campaign 1 – 14 September – The One Step Up Information and Referral Service


Education is transformative and empowering for individuals, their families and communities, with wide ranging benefits for society as a whole. Education opens doors, builds self-confidence, increases job satisfaction and employability, creates life opportunities, improves health, plays a vital role in personal development, generates and maintains social cohesion and solidarity, as well as much more.


AONTAS, the national adult learning organisation, believes in building a more equitable lifelong learning system in Ireland where all learners, particularly in adult and community education can thrive. Simply put, every adult should be able to access quality education throughout their lives regardless of their social background or financial circumstances. Given the impact of the ongoing pandemic on so many areas of life, such as mental health, social isolation, (un)employment and so on, more people are considering returning to education to improve their wellbeing and overall situation. AONTAS is therefore running a national campaign from 1 – 14 September 2021 to raise awareness about options for returning to education as an adult. During the campaign we would be grateful if you could promote our work, re-share and like our social media posts, and inform those in your networks about, so they can find out more about their education options and find their learning pathway.


I am writing to advise you of the MOVE Ireland Choices Program which is available in your area and asking you to share these details with colleagues who may be working with clients who would benefit from attending the service.


MOVE Ireland is a national organisation  which provides a group intervention programme for men who are abusive in their intimate relationships.

Partners and ex partners are also supported in line with good practice . We have been providing our current programme entitled CHOICES in Tralee since 2017


This program is open for men who are willing to accept responsibility for the abuse in their relationships and show a willingness to change.

On the MOVE Choices Program 23 weekly group sessions along with 10 individual sessions are offered which includes assessment. The group program is broken into modules each module taking a few weeks to complete.


The group is supported by two facilitators who work both individually and in the group with each man weekly  to support them get the most out of their entry to the programme


Men have testified  that  “MOVE saved my life and marriage , helped me see the man I had become and to understand why I act in this way”   “ it has really affected positively my thinking and reaction processes not only to my wife and family but others as well”


Currently there here are vacancies on the group programme run weekly in Tralee on a Wednesday evening and we welcome all enquires  and new referrals .


I would be happy to speak  with  you on the phone or  meet with you or your organisation or attend a team meeting to inform you of the MOVE Ireland Choices Program .

Also if you are considering a person for referral I would be happy to respond to any enquiry re same


Referral forms are available on our MOVE Ireland website both for agencies and self-referrals.  I also take self-referrals over the phone .

Thanking you and looking forward to hearing from you  . Maura Fennell Coordinator MOVE Ireland  South West .    086 4149613  , email –

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West Region (29 Sept, 20 Oct & 17th Nov) –



We look forward to seeing you all on our screens very soon.


Stay Safe and Take Care,

Áine & All at DFI