€227,000 windfall for local communities in west Limerick

Norma Prendiville

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€227,000 windfall for local communities in west Limerick

The SSE Limerick Fund presentations took place recently in Muintir na Tire Halla Inse Ban in Templeglantine Picture: Liam Burke Press 22

SCHOOLS and local halls, anglers and soccer players, GAA clubs and rugby clubs are among the 45 local groups who walked away with a share of the €227,000 community fund handed over by SSE Airtricity in West Limerick last week.

The money, the company says, is the biggest ever handed over to community groups in the vicinity of its windfarms at Tournafulla, Rathcahill, Dromada and Athea. And it brings to €1.2m, the total allocated in West Limerick and North Kerry since 2008.

Seven national schools and one Montessori school received grants at a presentation of cheques in Templeglantine. Templeglantine Community Council,  and Abbeyfeale Community Council both received cheques as did a number of community alert schemes.

The Sustainable Living Group in Tournafulla also received an award which they hope will help them get a new project off the ground. As the group’s chairperson Helen Broderick, explained: “In 2013, we conducted a survey about local needs and we discovered that the community was in favour of setting up a café. The village has no shops or post office, all having closed during the recession.”

But now Tournafulla GAA club has  agreed to let the group use the kitchen space in their new clubhouse which is currently under construction.  

“The funding from SSE Airtricity will allow us to install a commercial kitchen, which will be a major boost for the community,” Ms Broderick said.

Their plan for the space will be to run a community cafe but also to allow small local food enterprises to use the facilities.

“We’re delighted to once again be awarding funding to so many forward-thinking community projects,” said Anne Reynolds, SSE Airtricity Community Development Officer, said, citing the installation of a rainwater-harvesting system at  the Abbeyfeale United club

A great many projects funded this year focused on energy efficiency, Ms Reynolds said, among them the installation of LED lights in one national school. “As always, it’s fantastic to see so much of the money going towards projects that improve energy efficiency, which helps reduce heating bills and ultimately leads to a greener and more sustainable environment for the whole community,” she said.

SSE Airtricity’s Tournafulla, Rathcahill, Dromada and Athea Wind Farms in West Limerick have a combined capacity of over 100MW capable of powering over 50,000 homes.

The following groups in West Limerick and North Kerry received funding from this year’s SSE Airtricity Community Fund for a variety of energy efficient and sustainable projects.Con Colbert Hall, Athea; Glengurt NS, Tournafulla; St Ita’s AFC Killeedy; Duagh Sports and Leisure; Scoil Ide, Raheenagh;Athea NS; Templeglantine Community Council; Abbeyfeale United AFC; Killeedy Hall Committee; Templeglantine Tidy Towns; Community Alert in Tournafulla and Abbeyfeale; Templeglantine GAA and Camogie; Athea Library Restoration; Glenquin Montessori; Athea GAA; Killoughteen NS; Gaelscoil O’Dobhair, Newcastle West; Knocknasna NS, Abbeyfeale; Scoil Ide, Ashford; Duagh NS; Ballylongford NS; Gerald Griffins GAA, Ballyhahill;  Tournafulla GAA; Glin GAA; Killeedy GAA; Abbeyfeale RFC;Newcastle West Rovers; Monagea Hall; Ardagh Hall; Athea Trout Fishing; Abbeyfeale Anglers; Tournafulla Sustainable Living; Knockanure Development Association and Reilig Ide, Abbeyfeale.