Hacketstown Community CORE Officially Opened

It was a momentous day for Hacketstown on Friday 23rd February as its new Community CORE was officially opened. This represents a huge achievement for the members of Hacketstown Community Development Association who are eager and enthusiastic about the CORE.

The CORE building (situated in the old CRISP centre) has recently been donated to the community of Hacketstown by Carlow County Council. Hacketstown Community CORE will be a focal point for educational and recreational courses for the entire community in Hacketstown. The community hub will also act as an information point and drop-in centre as well as a meeting place for all age groups.

Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor, Councilors John Pender and Andrea Dalton, alongside representatives from Carlow County Development Partnership CLG, Carlow Volunteer Centre, Carlow PPN (Public Participation Network), St Catherine’s Community Services Centre, KCETB, and many more were present.

Speaking at the opening, CEO of Carlow County Development Partnership Mary Walsh highlighted several streams of funding and services that will be forthcoming through LEADER, SICAP and the Tús scheme, which has already been operational in Hacketstown for the past five years.  Mary also paid particular tribute to the Tús workers who assisted with the refurbishment of the centre and getting the CORE building ready for the opening day.

Chairperson of Hacketstown Community Development Association Mary Doyle was enthusiastic in her vision for the centre, "The Core means 'the centre, the  place to go to'. This is a huge achievement for the members of our Hacketstown Community Group and will act as an information point and drop-in centre as well as a meeting place for all age groups". 

Over the next few months, Carlow County Development Partnership will offer programs such as Online Safety, Nutrition Workshops, Yoga, Mindfulness, Safe Pass, Manual Handling, First Aid, Computer Training and many more.

The CORE will also be central to the Care and Repair scheme, of which there are currently 21 members catering to the home and social needs of the elderly in the Hacketstown area.


Leader Rural Development 2014-2020 call for proposals

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from Enterprises who have 10-20 full time employees who serve the domestic market only,

If you require more information please contact

Clare O’Shea

Development Officer.

Rural Development Division,

Carlow County Development Partnership Ltd.,

Main St.,

Bagenalstown,

Co Carlow.

Tel:       (059) 97 20733

Fax:      (059) 97 20737

Email: coshea@carlowdevelopment.ie


Call for Leader Proposals

Leader is looking for Proposals for Projects for the following priority Areas Hacketstown, Rathvilly, Tullow Road, Graiguecullen, and Bagenalstown


Leader Consultation with local communities

Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to see such a great turnout at the recent Leader consultation with communities at Mount Wolseley on. Facilitated by Mary Walsh CEO, the presentation included the latest statistics from the 2016 census which proved to be of great interest to all concerned.


Proposals for Festivals Targetting a National Audience Deadline

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG is currently seeking expressions of interests from Festivals which target a national audience. Deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest is the 13th of October 2017. For Further details: 


Confined call for proposals of a community nature in specific disadvantaged geographic areas.

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG

Confined call for proposals of a community nature in specific disadvantaged geographic areas.

The socio-economic profile of Carlow and the consultation process undertaken by Carlow County Development Partnership CLG for the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme identified a number of geographic areas in Carlow that required more tailored interventions to address socio-economic challenges in their communities.

These geographic areas are;

  • Rathvilly,
  • Hacketstown,
  • Graiguecullen,
  • Bagenalstown and,
  • the Tullow Road Area in Carlow Town

The aforementioned community consultation has already identified the need to provide a range of flexible and outreached actions to support the above named geographic areas including, but not limited to;

  • Completion of training needs analysis
  • Provision of training, including professional expertise & mentors to enable groups to complete local resource audits/challenges and opportunities.
  • Development of local community action plans
  • Training and development to assist community groups to successfully undertake capital projects
  • Feasibility study to identify optimal build/design or service delivery approach
  • Project management support
  • Grant aid for capital works

Capital works may attract up to 90% grant aid of eligible invoiced costs while training and mentoring may attract up to 100% grant aid of eligible invoiced costs.  Maximum Grant aid is €200,000 for capital works and training.  Research/feasibility maximum grant is €30,000.

Before we develop a programme of supports for the above geographic areas and publish a call for proposals, we want to ensure that we fully understand your needs.

In this regard, Community Groups from the above geographic areas are invited to attend a meeting on Monday, 18th of September, 2017 at 7 pm in Mount Wolseley Tullow to discuss the nature and scale of specific supports needed in their communities and which also can be addressed by the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme.

It is expected the meeting will start at 7 pm and conclude no later than 8.15 pm

At the conclusion of the meeting, those in attendance will be clear as to whether the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme can support their proposal(s) and the steps involved in accessing support.

For queries, please contact Elaine at 059  9720733


LEADER Support for Ballon Community Centre

Ballon Community Centre is a thriving hub of activities most days of the week. It boasts a spacious, modern hall complete with attractive wooden floor, which at 500 square meters, is licensed for occupancy by up to 500 people. Sports activities that are held there include athletics, badminton, basketball, bowls, fitness classes, GAA, martial arts and soccer.
The venue is perfect also for parties, dances, fairs, shows, concerts, public entertainment, conferences and much much more. Full use of the main hall, viewing area, kitchen, tables, chairs, multi media facilities and hi-tech sound system is available. .

The Centre was originally built in 1976 thanks to the voluntary work and the fundraising efforts undertaken by members of the community at that time. Since then the Centre has been a focal point of community activity and has been host to an endless number of social, family and sporting gatherings.   A complete redevelopment of the Centre was undertaken in 2013 resulting in the superb facility that exists today. The redevelopment project was made possible again thanks to years of planning, fundraising and voluntary work undertaken by members of the community. Carlow County Development Partnership is always delighted to support the energy within communities and individuals to bring about positive change in their areas and provided mentoring to the group to submit an application for funding to the LEADER Programme which resulted in substantial financial support being received under the Rural Development Programme.

 

Padraig Lalor acknowledged the support of the LEADER Programme:

"At Ballon Community Centre we are indebted to LEADER for the valuable advice and support which they provided towards the redevelopment of our Centre. Apart from offering generous financial assistance, we benefited from LEADER’s encouragement and experience as they helped us with our early plans and guided us through all stages to completion of the project. As a result, we are very fortunate to have a state of the art Community & Sports Centre which is widely used by all age groups and has had an enormously positive impact on our community.”