The Kerry Tourism Industry Federation has welcomed the allocation of €4.5 million to Kerry County Council from the €50 million National Community Recognition Fund.
The funding will be allocated to community projects in areas where communities have welcomed families and citizens from Ukraine and other countries.
The aim is to support the development of facilities and projects that will be used in the future by all members of the community.
Projects range from large-scale multi-purpose sports facilities, upgrades to community centres, equipment for sports clubs, outdoor walkways, playgrounds, community buses and equipment for festivals.
Pat O’Leary, Chairperson of the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation, said in welcoming the people of Ukraine, the people of Kerry have demonstrated that basic human kindness is at the heart of a great community.
“Kerry is known worldwide for its beautiful landscapes, clean air, pristine waters and welcoming and friendly people. It is ranked 13th in the world on the Global Destination Sustainability Index,” he said.
“The tourism industry works effectively with both private and public partners to promote Kerry as the premier place in Ireland not just to visit but also to work and live,” Mr O’Leary added.
“This government funding is welcomed as a recognition of the contribution made by the people of Kerry, including the hospitality sector, in integrating our new residents,” he added.
The Killarney projects approved for funding under the Community Recognition Fund are the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club (€992,022), Killarney Immigrant Support Group (€250,000), Christmas in Killarney Festival (€40,000) and Ballyspillane Community and Family Resource Centre (€22,000).
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