Communities get €4.4m for hosting refugees and asylum seekers

Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club

Six projects in Killarney are to share over €1.3 million as part of a grants package for Kerry totalling €4.4 million announced today by the government.

The Community Recognition Fund allocations are to support Kerry communities who are welcoming people from Ukraine and other countries.

In total, €50 million is being made available to communities across Ireland to refurbish sports clubs, upgrade playgrounds, parks and walkways as well as enhance school or parish facilities that are open to the wider community after hours or on weekends.

The major initiative, the first of its kind, is designed to specifically support communities across the country that have welcomed and are hosting refugees and asylum seekers.

In total Kerry County Council will receive €4,404,073 million to enhance services and facilities that will be used by all members of the community.

The Killarney Stars Special Olympics Club is to receive €992,022 to develop a social and leisure activity hall for sport and fitness of special needs athletes on a site earmarked in the Ballydribbeen area, immediately adjacent to Killarney Celtic’s home grounds.

Members of Killarney Asylum Seekers Initiative (KASI)

The Killarney Immigrant Support Centre (KASI) which provides an essential service to refugees and asylum seekers seeking support, is to get €250,000 for office and room refurbishments.

The annual Christmas in Killarney festival has been allocated €40,000 up provide additional street lighting while the Ballyspillane Community and Family Resource Centre will get €22,000 to transform storage space into a new consultation therapy and meeting room with ancillary works included.

In Listry, meanwhile, the GAA club is to receive €20,000 to upgrade an existing walking track while Listry Community Council will get €20,000 to upgrade an outdoor play area.

The public conveniences at Rossbeigh Beach will be upgraded

Payments to organisaions and groups elsewhere in the county include:

  • Ballybunion Community Forum – Public lighting and resurfacing of pathways by the sea to allow for full sensory walks: €78,230
  • Ballybunion Development Committee – Upgrade existing playground for children through purchase of new equipment and replenishing rubber play surface: €81,579
  • Tarbert Bridewell CLG – Repairs to existing community not-for-profit café/museum: €18,090
  • Inter Kenmare FC – Floodlights and Fencing to allow community to participate in sports 12 months of the year: €143,375
  • Inbhear Scéine Gaels Ladies FC – Floodlights and walkway around pitch: €112,492
  • St Brendan’s Trust in co-operation with local community – Community hall for Dingle: €171,009
  • Tralee Boxing Club – Facility to facilitate Tralee International Resource Centre, Tralee Boxing Club and other community services: €1,003,653
  • Scoil Mhuire Killorglin – New running/walking track to benefit whole community: €79,258
  • Southwest Kerry Family Resource Centre, Caherciveen – Renovate and extend to meet current demand on services: €271,946
  • IRD Waterville CLG – Public toilets and community office refurbishment: €40,000
  • Caherciveen Social Services – Extend and refurbish daycare centre for elderly people: €50,000
  • Glenbeigh Community Council – Upgrade public conveniences at Rossbeigh Blue Flag Beach: €61,419
  • Portmagee Community Centre – Refurbishment of community centre: €72,000
  • Coiste Forbartha na Seilge – Refurbish Ballinskelligs community hall to benefit all: €28,000
  • Ballybunion Community Wildcats Basketball Club – Arena and training upgrades: €40,000
  • Tarbert Bridewell CLG -– Invest and upgrade building as a community hub: €40,000
  • Killorglin Rowing Club – New rowing boats offering water-based training to individuals but mainly children and younger adults: €15,000
  • Cracow Park Sports & Leisure Development, Kenmare – Equipment and development of socialising place for everyone to meet and greet: €10,00
  • Caherdaniel Parish Hall Committee – Gazebos and tables for parish hall to hold English classes and a country market: €5,000
  • Kenmare Shamrocks GAA Club – Refurbishment of sports hall roof and equipment: €30,000
  • Kilgarvan GAA Hurling & Football Club – Viewing stand and access footpath: €20,000
  • Castlemaine Playground Committee – Development of playground: €40,000
  • Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne (CFCD) – Upgrade multi-use games area: €30,000
  • Callinafercy Rowing Club – Purchase of safety boat, oars and life jackets: €10,000
  • Banna Sea and Rescue – New inshore lifeboat: €30,000
  • Tralee Pitch and Putt and Sports Club – Upgrade of derelict tennis court adjacent to clubhouse: €40,000
  • Transition Kerry – Refurbishment of three allotments sites: €10,000
  • Castlemaine Family Resource Centre – Replace portacabin to allow support service to grow with increase in demand: €50,000
  • Áiseanna na hÓige, Dingle – Convert green area to safe green play area: 215,000
  • Kerry Community Transport Local Link Kerry – Purchase 46 poles and with information boards for 25 towns and villages to showcase public transport timetables: €30,00
  • Killorglin Family Resource Centre – Refurbishment of downtown hub and update sensory garden: €55,000
  • Kenmare Family Resource Centre – Purchase site as phase one of two phase project to build in order to be able to provide a better service to more people: €50,000
  • North East West Kerry Development – Equipment for activities to fund sports activities, yoga, art classes, art therapy and cooking classes: €10,000
  • Tralee International Resource Centre – Office/room refurbishment as more to support community for English classes, meetings and activities: €48,383.

News of the allocation have been enthusiastically welcomed by government party representatives Mayor of Killarney Cllr Niall Kelleher, Cllr Michael Cahill, Minister for Education Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin. Be wise and advertise where it’s seen. Email: or Call 087-2229761