Funding of €10,000 for community events as part of Kerry's 'The Big Hello' Weekend 2019

Fifteen diverse and engaging events in different parts of the county will attract thousands of participants as part of ‘The Big Hello!’ Healthy Kerry Community Weekend 2019 which takes places over this May Bank Holiday Weekend.

Funding of €10,000 has been allocated to community and voluntary groups around the county to enable them to host events which will help people to get know all members of their community, to reconnect with neighbours and have a community celebration that is open and inclusive.

The nationwide initiative, which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, aims to strengthen community ties and tackle social isolation.  Events will be centred around food, environment, wellbeing or culture.

Funding of €10,000 was recently allocated to Kerry events by the department and the Kerry Local Community and Development Committee (LCDC) invited applications for funding from community groups.

The LCDC agreed that the Healthy Kerry Committee along with representatives from Udarás na Gaeltachta and the Public Participation Network (PPN) would oversee the administration of the fund. This committee themed the 2019 Healthy Kerry Community Weekend as ‘Wellbeing Across the Ages.’

The following events will be held in Kerry over the weekend:

1 Tralee Chamber Alliance


Saturday 4th May, 10am-5pm. The Square Tralee


Kids aerobics class, over 50s set dancing and live music & dancing for all.


2 Kerry Public Participation Network


Saturday-Monday 4-6th May. Various locations around Co. Kerry


Street Feasts.


3 Tarbert Development Association


Saturday 4th May, 11am. Tarbert Bridewell. Cuckoo Walking Festival.


4 Knocknagoshel Over 55’s Social Club & Women’s Group CLG


Saturday 4th May, 11am.  Knocknagoshel Community Centre


Intergenerational Day.


5 Kenmare Marketing & Events Group


Monday 6th May, 10am. Kenmare, Peninsula lands, by the Pier.


2k, 5k and 10k community walk, “Grow your own Fruit/Veg” workshop and a summer foods BBQ demo by Karen Coakley.


6 KASI CLG – Killarney Immigrant Support Centre


Sunday 5th May, 1.30-4pm. KASI Community Garden, Roonery Road Ballycasheen, Killarney Co. Kerry.


Launch of food market.


7 Listowel Community Centre


Sunday 5th May, 10.30am. Listowel Community Centre


A feast with a range of activities for people of all ages and abilities.


8 Ballinskelligs Community Care


Sunday 5th May, 12.30pm. Ballinskelligs Cool Siúl – A 5k family friendly walk/run/jog.


9 Lauragh Community Council


Sunday 5th May, 12 noon. Lauragh Community Centre


Street Feast event with food, music, games, competitions and raffles.


10 Killarney Looking Good – Mountain Meitheal


Sunday 5th May, 9am-2pm. Lochlein Killarney


Social event along with clearing long-overgrown trails in the Killarney National Park.


11 Lixnaw Men’s Shed


Monday 6th May, 2pm. Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Lixnaw.


Lixnaw Pollinator Project open day


12 Killarney Celtic Football Club


Saturday 4th May, 1-4pm & Sunday 11am-2pm. Killarney Celtic Ballydribbeen


Clean, paint, brighten Ballydribbeen area.


13 Valentia Sports, Gym & Community Centre


Monday 6th May, 12-4pm. Chapeltown Community Centre


A taster event to showcase the range of local activities from yoga to aromatherapy to sensory theatre and fitness testing.


14 Castleisland Members Golf Club


Saturday-Monday 4th-6th May, 8am-4pm daily. Castleisland Golf Club.


Golf Classic open day.


15 Knocknagoshel Sports & Recreational Association CLG


Saturday 4th May, 10am-1pm.  Knocknagoshel Gym


Gym open day.



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