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Community Centres Investment Fund gives 26 local community groups funding in Ballyhoura area



Community Centres Investment Fund – Kilbehenny Community Centre is one of the projects that have secured funding.

The funding allocations go to local groups for the upgrade and development of Community Centres

Local communities across the Ballyhoura area have this week received great news on funding allocations under the Community Centres Investment Fund.

The Board of Ballyhoura Development has welcomed the funding allocations to local groups for the upgrade and development of Community Centres. Mary Laffan, Chairperson of Ballyhoura Development, welcomed the announcement, “Community spaces are central to life in communities across the area, offering places for people of all ages to meet up, socialise, work and recreate. It is heart-warming to see so many local groups benefit from the Community Centres fund, and it is a testament to the work of local volunteers and local voluntary groups.”

Making the announcement, Minister Humphreys said, “I want to support these great local facilities, and that’s why I launched the new Community Centre Investment Fund earlier this year. I want to congratulate all of the successful groups who are receiving funding, which I know will benefit local communities for years to come.”





The Community Centre Investment Fund will support a range of local groups to carry out refurbishments and improvements of their local community facilities. Projects supported include upgrades and improvements to heating systems, windows and doors, kitchen facilities, lighting systems, stage areas, toilet facilities and disability access. All groups are aiming to provide additional or better services for local communities.

Welcoming the funding allocations, Minister of State, Joe O’Brien said, “There has been huge interest in the fund, which has received a large number of applications, and the increased funding we have secured in the Budget will ensure that the new fund has the biggest impact possible in local communities nationwide.”

Successful communities across the Ballyhoura area include: Ballyhea Parish, Dromina Community Council, Kildorrery Community Development Company, Mitchelstown Parish Church, Mitchelstown Scout Group, Ballinvreena Community Centre, Bruff Heritage Group, Caherdavin Residents Association, Cappamore Development Association, CARI Foundation, Colmanswell Community Centre, Croom Community Development Association, Doon Community Centre Limited, Fedamore Community Centre, Glenbrohane Community Association, Glenroe/Ballyorgan Community Council, Herbertstown Development Association, Hospital Family Resource Centre, Kilbehenny Community Centre CLG, Kilcornan Community Council, Kilfinane Community Council, Kilfinane Community Projects, Lough Gur Development Co-op, Meanus Social and Community Club, Murroe Community Council, and Pallasgreen-Templebraden Community Council.

Ballyhoura Development is a community-led Local Development Company, and a registered charity, which works with communities, families, individuals and businesses in the Ballyhoura region of East Limerick and North Cork. The company has successfully managed, coordinated and implemented a wide range of national and European projects and programmes since its establishment in 1989, and currently delivers over 30 programmes, focussing on three key aims of Community, Economic and Environmental Development.

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