KEY figures from community groups and organisations in County Limerick got the opportunity to share their ideas for the future at Ballyhoura 2020, a community networking and information event, organised by Ballyhoura Development.
Since early 2013, Ballyhoura Development has been seeking the views of communities and groups through a series of consultations on what enhancements, ideas and projects could be strategically developed to benefit communities throughout the area.
The outcome of the consultations will also enable Ballyhoura Development to compile a relevant and strategic funding submission for the next Rural Development Programme (LEADER) and Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) for the period 2014 to 2020.
“Feedback common to all of the consultation events was that community groups and organisations value opportunities to network locally, not only with their peers, but also with the various agencies that have the potential to support a range of developments in their communities,” explained David O’Grady, development officer, Ballyhoura Development Ltd.
At Ballyhoura 2020 which took place at Knocklong Community Centre on Saturday, keynote speakers addressed some of the main themes that emerged from the consultations and it is hoped to inspire communities into new and innovative ways of addressing community challenges. Keynote speakers included Dermot Carroll, member of Knocklong Development Association, and Amanda Slattery, tourism and heritage officer, Ballyhoura Development Ltd. There was also a panel discussion with question and answers The event also provided an opportunity for local organisations to meet and showcase the range of services they offer.
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