Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, was today (Wednesday 15 May) joined by Government colleagues and members of rural communities from Cork and Kerry at a #RuralOpportunity event in Castletownroche Community Centre, Castletownroche, Co Cork.
The event focused on raising awareness of the wide variety of Government supports available to rural areas throughout the region. It also provided advice on how to access Project Ireland 2040 funding for rural, or community, projects.
Minister Ring was joined at the event by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, TD and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD.
Voluntary and community groups from Cork and Kerry, that have an interest in accessing Government supports, were invited to attend.
The audience heard from a number of individuals, from the region, about how funding has enabled them to deliver projects that benefited their communities:
Speaking at the event, Minister Ring said that the case studies presented at the event were inspirational:
Minister Ring continued:
The Tánaiste said:
Minister Humphreys said:
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Rural Opportunity themes
In particular, the themes which the campaign will cover include:
Background on case studies of projects featured at the Castletownroche Rural Opportunity event
These events will hear from representatives of local rural communities who have successfully availed of supports and delivered a programme or project in their locality. These projects have made a positive impact in terms of community development and resilience, enterprise or job development, tourism development, etc.
Anne Condon, Festival Co-Ordinator at the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival in Waterville, Co Kerry
The Charlie Chaplin film festival is a themed comedy festival which was established in 2011 and run by the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival committee. The group are constantly seeking ways of innovating and growing the festival which provides a considerable economic boost to the Waterville area. In the beginning and every subsequent year it has been grown and developed by a committee of volunteers and has become very successful. The festival is run at the end of August each year and raises the profile of the Wild Atlantic Way and of South Kerry. It is unique in terms of its connection to Charlie Chaplin. The festival consists of a film competition, which takes place each year, but also has events and entertainment to suit all ages. The festival has received support from the LEADER Programme.
Denis Withers, Denis Withers, Secretary of the Banteer Community Sportsfield
This project is located in the village of Banteer, North West Cork. The site is 13 miles from Mallow and 4 miles from Kanturk. The population of Banteer village is 356. However, the surrounding hinterland includes approx. 30,000 people.
This Banteer amenity project was developed with the support of IRD Duhallow over the last 3 years and the necessary design, planning approvals, costing and justifications were concluded. The need for such a facility in this rural part of Cork was a key driver for the project. The project itself will see the development of a multipurpose flood lit regulation sized Astro turf facility in the village of Banteer, which will be available for use by all sports throughout the year. It will be developed on the existing second grass pitch area at Banteer Community Sportsfield and Park. The facility will include an all-weather facility, spectator area and sports pavilion which will encompass changing areas/museum/exhibitor area /café area and a communal area for events and meetings.
This project will provide an all year round recreational facility for the catchment area and the Dunhallow region of Cork and Kerry, and will contribute to the local economy and healthy living. The project has received funding of €1,410,000 from IRD Duhallow CLG and €1,128,000, under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund from the Department of Rural and Community Development under Project Ireland 2040.
Colm Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Heating Solutions
Firebird has over 35 years manufacturing experience in the heating industry, developing some of the most renowned products on the market. The company employs roughly 150 people and is based in Baile Mhic Íre, Co. Cork. ‘Firebird – An Rogha is Fearr’ has received assistance from Údarás na Gaeltachta in the following areas: Research, Development & Innovation; Marketing & Training; Lean Manufacturing and for Capital Equipment.