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The Ireland Funds’ Reconnection Fund supports charity Learning Hub Limerick



The Ireland Funds’ Reconnection Fund has chosen Learning Hub Limerick as one of 22 charitable organisations to receive a combined total of €500,000 funding.

The Reconnection Fund aims to support young Irish people at an educational and social disadvantage

The Ireland Funds global philanthropic network has recently established The Ireland Funds Reconnection Fund, which will help serve the most socially and economically disadvantaged groups impacted by Covid-19. A total of €500,000 in support will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of 22 charitable organisations across Ireland and the Learning Hub Limerick, based in County Limerick, will be one of those receiving vital funding.

Learning Hub Limerick works in partnership with parents, education providers, statutory agencies and the wider Limerick community to provide a safe, welcoming and inspiring learning environment where young people can reach their true potential.




The Ireland Funds Reconnection Fund aims to support young people who continue to be isolated from school and social activities, individuals with mental health issues separated from support structures and marginalised groups with pre-existing social issues exacerbated by the pandemic.

The Ireland Funds Reconnection Fund has been allocated to 22 causes across the island of Ireland, with four projects receiving €50,000, eight receiving €25,000 and ten receiving €10,000 to address the disconnection

Caitriona Fottrell, President and CEO of The Ireland Funds, said: “Many communities have been deeply affected over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through The Ireland Funds Reconnection Fund, the organisations that support these communities will be strengthened to increase their capacity to respond to current and future needs.”

Caitriona Fottrell added: “Our strong relationships with a network of non-profit organisations at the front-line of reconnecting communities has been central to strategically distributing funds to those in need. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our donors around the world who have generously contributed to this initiative.”

James Blake, CEO of Learning Hub Limerick said: “During 2021, Learning Hub Limerick improved its facilities to meet the needs of the community. Demand for all classes, including music, art, sports and gardening courses is up on pre-pandemic levels. Support from The Ireland Funds will ensure Learning Hub Limerick can play a part in everyone’s return to ‘normal’, supporting the physical and mental health of the community as well as the redressing any loss in education levels during the pandemic.”

Other organisations to receive support include the 174 Trust, Abbey Theatre, Barnardos, Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Community Law and Mediation, Conway Education Centre (CEC), Cork Life Centre, COPE Galway, Craigavon Travellers Support Committee, Cross Care, Early Learning Initiative, Helium Arts, Irish Refugee Council, Learning Hub Limerick, Making Connections, Speedwell Trust, 50808, Threshold, Travellers of North Cork, Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID), University of Atypical and the WAVE Trauma Centre.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.