COMMUNITY and voluntary groups from across county Limerick have received a funding windfall from energy company Airtricity, after a total of €100,000 in grants were presented to parish committees, GAA clubs and local services.
At an event in the Con Colbert hall in Athea, 14 groups close to Airtricity’s wind farms in Tournafulla and Dromada received the money as part of the company’s community fund programme.
Energy-efficient projects that will go ahead after receiving grants include new windows and doors at Templeglantine community hall; new insulation at Athea NS, and the Con Colbert hall; and new windows at the Abbeyfeale and District Search and Rescue centre.
Grants have also been awarded for an energy-efficiency upgrade of Templeglantine NS; double-glazed windows for the community hall in Castlemahon; and a rainwater harvesting system for the Desmond Complex in Newcastle West.
There will also be new energy efficient pitch lighting for Monagea GAA club; composters for the ‘green acres’ project undertaken by the West Limerick CDP project in Abbeyfeale and solar-powered lighting for the Athea Foroige youth club.
Meanwhile, Cullen-Lattin FC, St Michael’s Day Care Centre in Cappamore and Kilcommon Community Council received a total of €7,000 due to their proximity to their Knockastanna Wind Farm in the hills of Doon.