Kerry PPN Community Newsletter. Issue 76. 27/05/22

Kerry PPN Community Newsletter Issue 76 27th May 2022

To Kerry PPN members,

Contents of this newsletter include,

  1. Street Feast Kerry 2022 Launch
  2. PPN Stakeholder Training
  3. Bealtaine2022 Festival, Kerry Library
  4. Cruinniú na nÓg Kerry 2022
  5. Listowel Writers’ Week 1st-5th June
  6. 2022 Community Safety Innovation Fund – Funding Call
  7. Our Rural Future:: Minister Humphreys launches new funding stream to support Local Authorities to purchase vacant & derelict buildings which can be converted for community use
  8. SDG updates – Consultation, Stakeholder Forum, Junior Art Competition
  9. National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards 2022
  10. The Certified Proud Fund is now accepting applications for the 2022 grant round
  11. Kerry PPN Environment Linkage Group
  12. Bee Survey Workshops 28th May and 4th June
  13. Dig Tralee, exciting new community archaeology project
  14. Master’s Thesis PPN Survey
  15. Kerry PPN YouTube videos
  16. Calendar of Kerry County Council meetings for 2022
  17. Be prepared, prepare your household.
Caroline and Eamon,

Kerry PPN Development officer and Support Worker

Press Release May 2022


For the first time in three years the neighbours and communities Kerry will be able to celebrate together in person at Street Feast 2022. This year’s celebrations are supported by Kerry PPN and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Registrations for Street Feast are now open, and organisers are aiming for 1200 feasts with 100,000 people participating around the country on Sunday 26th June.

Street Feast is Ireland’s National Day of Lunches and one of Ireland’s most successful community initiatives for over a decade. The aim of Street Feast is to build neighbourhood and community networks and tackle isolation. In 2019 1000 feasts took place, this year Street Feast is aiming to grow that to 1200 and the organisers feel there is a real hunger for this type of event since Covid:

Sam Bishop, founder of Street Feast: “Since the last Street Feast three years ago after over years of restrictions and lockdowns our notion of community has altered immeasurably. For some it was an opportunity to bond with neighbours as lockdown restrictions kept us at home more than ever before. Neighbours and community were never more important, and people realised the value of local connections.

This year Street Feast wants to celebrate those strengthened community connections and create a space for people to re-engage safely with their neighbours”

96% of Street Feast participants in 2019 said their sense of belonging to the neighbourhood increased after that feast and 97% said their neighbourhood was friendlier after the event. 81% of participants made plans for more community projects since the feast.

“Numerous studies have shown that social isolation is a risk factor for loneliness which itself is associated with an increased risk of poor health, low wellbeing and mortality. Street Feast has huge benefits in terms of reducing social isolation and creating a sense of belonging. We are calling on more people to get involved this year and celebrate these connections by feasting together in person”

This year Street Feast is teaming up with ChangeX and the Lego World of Play initiative to launch 200 Playful Street Feast Packs. Each pack contains games and activities and more to bring a fresh playful energy to your street and involve people of all ages in the festivities. These packs will be available in addition to the standard Street Feast pack that each host receives when they register which include bunting, invitations, posters and all the information needed to have a brilliant Street Feast!

For further details and to register and obtain a Street Feast pack log onto , @streetfeast,

For further information please contact: Ger Hennessy

Resident PR Tel: 087 2872249/E:

PPN Stakeholder Training

An online only self-paced training videos programme for PPN stakeholders has been developed with SJI. Registrations for the online only training is now open. Social Justice Ireland is providing this training on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The online only training covers the following:

  • An Introduction to the PPNs (2 Modules)
  • Local Government Budgets
  • PPNs and Local Government
  • Effective Participation in Consultations
  • Effective Facilitation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Measuring Outcomes and Impacts
This is online only and is intended for self-directed learning at the learner’s own pace. Social Justice Ireland will provide some support via the webform on each Module page. There are no scheduled classes as part of this training.

This training is available to the following PPN Stakeholders:

  • PPN Workers
  • PPN Secretariat Members
  • PPN Representatives
  • Local Authority Staff
  • Elected Councillors
To register, please complete the Registration Form at the following link…
The programme is also available online at the following links:

After a two year break, Listowel Writers’ Week is back with an action packed programme from 1st-5th June

For an overview of the programme go to

There are a limited number of full programmes available at the display stand in Reception at County Buildings

2022 Community Safety Innovation Fund – Funding Call

Community Innovation Fund – Online Information Session

When:  30th May 2022

More Details:  Community Safety Innovation Fund Webinar

Frequently Asked Questions about the Community Safety Innovation Fund

Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, T.D., has announced the launch of the Community Safety Innovation Fund (CSIF) funding call.

The open call for Community Safety Innovation Funding will run until 8 June 2022. €2 million has been made available to support the development of community safety through innovative, local community-based initiatives

The Community Safety Innovation Fund will:

  • Allow proceeds of crime to be directed into community projects to support community safety.
  • Ensure that the most appropriate proposals to improve community safety will access the funding they need.
  • Encourage the development of innovative ways in which to improve community safety from those people who best understand local community safety needs.
  • Allow best practice on community safety and youth justice to be shared with other partnerships and communities nationally as new proposals are developed.
  • Reflect and highlight the success of An Garda Síochána and the Criminal Assets Bureau in seizing the proceeds from criminal activity.
This could include activities intended to
  • tackle crime or reduce the fear of crime; improve community safety and feelings of safety
  • support the creation of safe and resilient communities.
  • reduce reoffending.
  • divert vulnerable individuals away from engagement in criminal behaviour.
There is also potential from Year 2 onwards to hold a competition for ‘Best Community Safety Project’ in a manner similar to the Tidy Towns competition (e.g. Best Community Safety Project at county, provincial or national level). The format of any such competition will be determined following an evaluation of Year 1 of the fund.

Size of Grants

Grants will be in the range of €20,000 – €150,000.

Call for applications

Applications will be invited from community safety initiatives as well as groups co-funded with local authorities, NGOs and community organisations working on issues relevant to community safety and youth justice. Applications may be submitted by individual organisations, or by a consortium involving two or more organisations where the lead partner is a community organisation, not-for-profit, social enterprise or similar with a remit relevant to community safety and/or youth justice. Applications with innovative approaches to be especially considered.

Information Webinar

An online information webinar will be held on 30th May 2022 for anyone interested in submitting an application.  Register to attend here:  Community Safety Innovation Fund Webinar


Completed Application Forms must be returned online by 5pm on 8 June 2022 to
Our Rural Future:

Minister Humphreys launches new funding stream to support Local Authorities to purchase vacant & derelict buildings which can be converted for community use

– New Building Acquisition Measure supports the purchase of vacant or derelict buildings for development as community facilities

– Local Authorities encouraged to engage with Community Groups, Town Teams and Local Chambers to identify suitable properties

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced a new funding stream to support Local Authorities to purchase vacant buildings which can be converted and developed for community use.

The funding, which is being made available under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, aims to support the continued regeneration of our rural towns and villages so that they are attractive, vibrant places for people to live and work.

Announcing the launch of the scheme, Minister Humphreys said:

Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious policy for rural development, prioritises the regeneration and repopulation of our rural towns and villages – we want our towns to be attractive places where people want to live, work, socialise and raise a family.

“I am providing specific funding to Local Authorities this year to identify and purchase vacant and derelict buildings in rural towns and villages so that these can be taken into public ownership and converted for community use and the public good.

“Under the new Building Acquisition Measure up to €400,000 will be available per local authority this year. I am encouraging Local Authorities to engage with communities, identify suitable properties, come up with a proposal for their future use and apply to my Department for the funding.

“There are former bank buildings which could easily be converted into remote working hubs. Equally we know there are many community groups and voluntary organisations who need a space for local events and activities so let’s renovate and repurpose some of our old town centre buildings to accommodate them.

Priority will be afforded to projects that align with the objectives of “Our Rural Future” with a focus on:

– Purchase of vacant properties/sites for community use

– Enabling vacant and derelict buildings to be repurposed as community spaces / digital hubs

– Developing vacant sites in towns and villages into parks, green spaces and recreational amenities

– Development of Outdoor Dining Spaces/Plazas in town centres

The Scheme typically funds rural towns and villages with a population of up to 10,000 people.

Larger rural towns with a population of up to 15,000 people may be eligible where the application is particularly strong and the project will have a significant impact on the town in question.

Full details of the Scheme will be published on the Department’s website in the coming days.

Today’s announcement forms part of the Our Rural Future Work Programme for 2022, which continues the focus on the renewal of our towns and villages and the continued expansion of our remote working hubs under the platform.

The Work Programme is available here.

National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards 2022

With live events cancelled all around the world during the Covid pandemic, we are thrilled to announce that the National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards are back and we are looking forward to our first live awards event since 2019.   Each year a local authority hosts the awards and we are delighted that Clare County Council are hosting the National Awards event for 2022 on 27th October in Dromoland Castle, County Clare.

The primary aim of these awards is to recognise and reward achievement in age friendly initiatives around Ireland.  We are calling for organisations, individuals/members of the public, agencies and communities to submit applications on projects or programmes that they consider to be age friendly, especially those initiatives that have supported older people throughout the pandemic.  To this end we would encourage you to submit at least one entry for a project/initiative in your area that you feel should be considered for recognition at the Awards.

As with previous years, eight categories of awards, aligning to the WHO themes, have been chosen as they have a meaningful impact on the lives of older people in Ireland – Age Friendly Transport, Active & Healthy Ageing, Business Innovation, Safety & Security, Communication, Community Innovation, Environment, Housing.

You will find a link below to the application form plus a link to further information on our website, can I ask you to please help us to share this information and encourage projects to enter the Awards.

Many thanks for your help and support with this year’s awards.

To apply please click on the link below:

Application Form

For more information, please visit our website, click the link below:

Sylvia McCarthy

Communications and Network Manager

Age Friendly Ireland Programme |Meath County Council
Mobile:  00353 858746269
Web: /

Twitter:   @agefriendlyirl

Believe us, we know – simply joining the Certified Proud network is only one step towards developing an inclusive society. That’s why we created The Certified Proud Fund. 40% of each business’ membership fee will go straight into this purse. No messing around here! The fund will provide support to charities, non-profit organisations and other projects with the intention of increasing the social impact the network creates. In this way, each Certified Proud member is working to foster inclusive work spaces and consumer experiences, while also giving back to the LGBTQ+ community. Best. Of. Both. Worlds!

The Certified Proud Fund is now open!

Do you have a project which makes Ireland safer for the LGBTQ+ community? Do you work for an organisation which promotes LGBTQ+ visibility? Do you help provide services to vulnerable members of the community?

The Certified Proud Fund is now accepting applications for the 2022 grant round. The fund is open to all charities, non-profit organisations and projects that work towards the betterment of LGBTQ+ people.  We want to hear from all corners of the community! So, whether you are a charity working with vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community or a queer sports club, the Certified Proud Fund is for you!

Applications must be made online by clicking the button below and the deadline for applying is June 11th, 2022, at 5pm.

Our Funding Principles

  • Projects which promote of LGBTQ+ rights, equality and inclusivity will be considered for funding
  • Applications can apply for funding between €500 – €5,000
  • All costs associated with an applying project can be funded (wages, utilities etc.)
  • Funds must be spent within 12 months of being granted
  • Each grantee must provide an impact report once funds are spent
  • Successful applicants must be willing to take part in promotional activities relating to their grant.
For more information or any questions, please email

Dear Irish Colleagues,
The deadline for Step 1 proposals is 15th June 2022 at 11am Irish time; still some time to fine tune your ideas!Want to check the basics?

– Take a look at our priority area “factsheets” available here

– Review our FAQ page, for quick answers to eligibility, co-financing and other common questions.

– The template for Step 1 application form and the assessment criteria are available here

– Watch back our webinar and accompanying slides:

1. What is the Interreg North-West Europe Programme about? (10′)
2. What can the NWE Programme do for you? (34′)
3. Who can apply?  (10′)
4. What makes a good project? (25′)
5. How does the application process work? (20′)
6. How to get started?  (15′)

Still looking for partners?

– Why not check out our online community forum and browse the uploaded project ideas that are looking for partners? -> Browse project ideas

– Similarly, you could upload a profile for your organisation and people might reach out to you, and if you had an idea of your own you could add it to the forum too.

– Sign up to the Irish partners mailing list here, don’t forget to add your key words.

Finalising your project proposal?

– Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me as the Irish National Contact Point, I can give you feedback and answer questions from Irish applicants (either Lead or partners) by phone or email.

– I strongly recommend that you download our programme manual which can answer detailed queries on eligibility, budget design, partner types etc.

– The template for Step 1 application formand the assessment criteria are available here, final submission must be done online via the JEMs system.

– Remember to register on JEMs so that you are ready for the final submission.

– A helpdesk for technical support specifically dedicated                to  Jems can be reached via email (

– The user guidance is available here.

Wishing you all the best of luck,
Kind regards

National Contact Point, Ireland

                                      DATE FOR DIARY

The Kerry PPN Environment Linkage Group are delighted to hold their next meeting at the Tralee Bay Wetland Eco and Activity Park in Tralee on Wednesday 29th June.

This is the first in person network meeting. To give everyone an opportunity to have a chat, we will have a meet and greet from 6.30- 7pm with tea and sandwiches, followed by the meeting 7 – 9 pm.

The team at the Wetlands have kindly offered to give Eco tours to anyone who wishes from 5.30-6.30

                                          All welcome

Discover Pollinators and their flowers at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park at 10 am on Saturday 28th of May and 4th of June.

At these workshops we will be looking at wildflowers, our different types of pollinators and how you can create pollinator friendly habitats and monitor who is visiting these habitats you created.

Ideal for novices in both plants and insect species identification.

Places are limited so we ask that you reserve your place(s) online through our website

Kind Regards,
Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park,
Páirc Eiceolaíochta & Ghníomhaíochta Bhogach Bhá Thrá Lí
Ballyard Road,
Wild Atlantic Way,
Co Kerry
Phone: 066 7126700

Wanted: enthusiastic volunteers to work on an exciting archaeology project at Knockanacuig, Tralee

–   Excavation dates: July 4–15

–   Open to all over 18 years of age

–   No experience required, training and equipment provided

–  A choice of work slots available: three, five, or ten days

–  Information night 31st May at 7 pm in Kerins O’ Rahillys GAA Club

– Closing date for expressions of interest: June 10

Summer 2022 will see the start of Dig Tralee, a major archaeological excavation at Knockanacuig, the site of a prehistoric hillfort on the western side of the town. The aim of the project is to explore this ancient monument and uncover what role it might have played in the origins of Tralee. The dig will be led by a team of professional archaeologists with support from community volunteers.

We’re looking for people who have an interest in archaeology and history, like working outdoors and are keen to learn new skills by working alongside experts. They must also be happy to engage with a film crew who will be making a record of the project.

Take a moment to read through this leaflet to fully appraise yourself about the project and what your participation would entail:

If you’d like to be part of the quest email us with your mobile number before June 10 and let us know for how many days – three, five, or ten – you will be available:

Dig Tralee- Information Night 31st May

Lend a hand to dig the land with Dig Tralee!

Are you interested in archaeology and history, like working outdoors, and are keen to learn new skills by working alongside experts? If so, come along to Kerins O’Rahillys Clubhouse on Tuesday 31 May at 7.00pm to find out more about how to get involved in Dig Tralee. This is a community archaeology project that aims to explore the hillfort site at Knockanacuig, on the outskirts of Tralee and uncover what role it might have played in the origins of the town.

Knockanacuig hillfort was once an enclosure of significant size and height that commanded a view of the surrounding area for miles around, possibly around 2,500 years old or perhaps even older. This could well be where the town of Tralee began, long before the Normans arrived and established an urban centre. But now, as the modern town encroaches on all sides, the landscape context in which the monument sits is being lost bit by bit. Dig Tralee provides an opportunity to find out more about the site, to reinstate its prominence in the history of the town, and to connect people today with the town’s earliest inhabitants.

The project is an initiative of Kerry County Council, who will be responsible for the excavation, and Kerry County Museum, who will take charge of the community engagement. If you can’t make it to the information session on 31 May, get in touch with Kerry County Museum by phone 066 712 7777; email or check out or the Museum’s social media accounts to find out more.

• Date – 31st May 2022

• Venue –Kerins O’Rahillys Clubhouse

• Time 7:00pm

Kind Regards,



Kerry County Museum,

Ashe Memorial Hall,

Denny Street,


Co. Kerry


An analysis of the Irish Public Participation Network as a model of participatory democracy and an assessment of its effectiveness in terms of enabling climate action policy change and direct climate action at local government level

Good afternoon,

I’m a DCU Master’s student in Climate Change, Policy, Media & Society and I’m in the process of completing my thesis which has the following title:

‘To analyse the Irish Public Participation Network as a model of participatory democracy and to assess its effectiveness in terms of enabling climate action policy change and direct climate action at local government level’

I’d really appreciate it if you could circulate the survey below as I’m trying to collate as many responses as possible. The survey is relevant to Reps, members of PPN groups and also PPN staff.

I’m also happy to answer any queries at this email address,

kind regards