Kerry PPN Newsletter Issue. 23/4/21


Kerry PPN Newsletter                                                                                     23rd APRIL 2021

Issue 21


To Kerry PPN members,


Contents of this newsletter includes,


  1. Biodiversity Spotter Sheets, lakes, rivers and wetlands
  2. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) 28th April 2021, Eventbrite link
  3. Local Link Kerry – Dingle Daingean Uí Chúis Timetables
  4. Local Perceptions of the Natural Heritage of Iveragh – Results of a recent participatory study
  5. Alone, support services details
  6. IE Digital Town Awards 2021, Closing date extended!
  7. Generation Tech – Covid19 Tech Help for Older People
  8. Anam Cara, Munster No Surviving Children
  9. Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces €14 Million Fund to support outdoor adventure activities
  10. Muintir na Tire, Community Alert Elder Abuse Webinar
  11. Public Consultation on Good Practice Principles for Community Benefit Funds under the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme
  12. NEWKD, Reception & Frontline Office Skills
  13. Community Response Helpline


This is your Newsletter so please share it far and wide, and feel free to send us in information to share out to the community.

Caroline Toal, Kerry PPN Development officer, 087-6891105,


The Kerry PPN in partnership with Age Friendly Kerry and KCC Biodiversity section have developed a series of 6 Spotter sheets, last week, we showed you the Urban Garden, this week its, lakes rivers and wetlands. It is hoped during this time of Covid, that when you’re out, these spotter sheets will add a bit of enjoyment and distraction for you all. If your group wishes to have a copy, please contact Eamon or Caroline and we will post them out to you.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

28th April 2021,



The Kerry PPN is supporting an SDG workshop so that groups and organisations can see how to apply these 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which reflect economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development to the work that they are undertaking


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.


Learn and teach for a sustainable future – Empowering Public Participation Networks across Ireland to take action of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


The trainings will highlight the relevance of the SDGs in a local-specific context and also the potential that Development Education has in creating transformative change in communities. DP would like to extend an invitation for your PPN to be one of the six PPNs involved in this programme in 2021.



What we are offering at this training event:


A two-hour introductory workshop on the SDGs with PPN members and/or secretariat. This will be conducted using an adult education approach and interactive methods.

An information sheet for PPN websites to highlight their involvement with the SDGs.

Support throughout the year for support/resource PPN workers – information regarding opportunities etc.

All PPNs will have access to new SDG resources for their members to support their engagement throughout the year.


Cost:    There is no cost.


All PPNs will receive two hard copies of the SDG resource available and the link for the freely available download will be shared.




Local Link Kerry – Dingle Daingean Uí Chúis Timetables


TFI Local Link Kerry commenced new bus services this week back in West Kerry covering


Route 277: Dingle Daingean Uí Chúis – Fionn Trá / Ventry – Baile an Fheirtéaraigh / Ballyferriter – Dún Chaoin / Dunquin    (Monday to Sunday)


R73: Dingle Daingean Uí Chúis – Gallaras / Gallarus – An Mhuiríoch / Murreagh – An Fheothanach / Feohanagh – Baile na nGall / Ballydavid   (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday)


R74: Dingle Daingean Uí Chúis – Lios Póil / Lispole – Annascaul    (Monday & Wednesday)


The Services are fairly comprehensive in terms of days and frequencies and have been designed to allow for Door to Door collections (where possible), in rural areas as well as being timed to connect with Bus Eireann Route 275 Dingle – Tralee when a passenger is travelling to Tralee or from Tralee.


I have attached the timetables in English and Irish and I would appreciate it if you could circulate among your colleagues and contacts.


Further details can be found on or 066 7147002.


Earlier this year, 80 people took part in a detailed environmental knowledge survey of the Iveragh Peninsula.

We’d like to invite you to join us on Thursday, April 29th, at 3.30pm, in a public presentation and discussion of the findings.

  • Present insight into the results of the survey, which looked at the relationship between communities in the Iveragh and their natural environment
  • An opportunity to learn how LIVE will use the results of this survey, the voices of the community, to plan and tailor its activities.
  • Open Q&A, with researcher, Soli Levi, and her LIVE


You can register for this webinar



If you have any other questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at

ALONE is a national organisation that offer services that support older people to age safely and securely at home.

One of our services, among others, is a volunteer befriending service in which we organise a volunteer to call to the older person once a week for a cup of tea and a chat. We can also offer older people support in addressing challenging issues and finding solutions in a number of areas including housing, finance, assistive technology and healthcare needs.


ALONE welcomes referrals for people aged 60 years and over who may benefit from using our service. Our National network of fully trained staff are ready to work with older people across the County:  .


Marie Fitzgerald

Services Coordinator , Tel: 0818 222 024, Mobile: 0860353902

.IE Digital Town Awards 2021
Closing date extended!

Dear Caroline,
We have some big news regarding the upcoming .IE Digital Town Awards 2021.
The response has been fantastic, but a piece of consistent feedback we are hearing is that you would like some more time to complete your entries and really do justice to the great digital projects out there.
You asked and we listened!
The deadline for entry into the 2021 awards has been extended to Friday, 30 April at 5 pm.

Remember there are 14 awards in a number of categories with a total prize fund of €100,000.

Full details available here  

If you have any questions regarding your own application, please don’t hesitate to ask me.
Kind regards,
Alan Finneran | Business Development,, T: +353 (1) 2365 430 | M: +353 (0) 87 6928379


Generation Tech – Covid19 Tech Help for Older People


I think this free service would be highly beneficial for many in the Kerry area. I would love the chance to promote this free service to the people in the area.


We are a group of dedicated volunteers who are offering a free tech support service to those 65+. As many older people are cocooning at this time, it is important for them to stay in touch with their loved ones. e.g a video call with family can make a huge difference and really help to lift the spirits! Technology can be daunting for many and we are here to make the experience less difficult. All technical questions are welcome. No question is too big or too small.


We provide support to the older community countrywide and our helpline can be reached on 01-9633288. Our lines are open from 8-8 every day.

We can be found on Twitter @Covid19_tech and Facebook too.

For any media or general enquiries, Please contact us on

It is also worth mentioning that we are still looking for more volunteers who are free to sign-up from our website at


What can we help with? 

Tablets, Phones, PCs, software, other hardware, and facilities such as Alexa, Google Assistant, broadband, Skype routers, Wi-Fi and as any other IT issues.

Who can avail of the service?

Anyone aged 65+ on the island of Ireland can access our service.

How much does it cost?

This is a completely free service; all time is donated by volunteers free of charge.

Are callers protected?

This is a free service, and as such, no-one will be asked for any personal details such as access to their bank details, cards etc. We will be making the call distribution random and all calls are recorded. The Twitter feed is also logged. During a help session, it may be necessary to install a support tool, but that can be uninstalled, and we encourage the caller to do so, immediately after the call.


You can view information about our service on our website here: If you would like to discuss this further, we would be happy to organise a discussion with you.



Alison O’Neill







Anam Cara, Munster No Surviving Children


Hope you are doing well as we motor through April and some easing of restrictions. We really do hope this is the beginning of a return to a more normal life!


I wanted to let you know that our next meeting for Munster parents living with no surviving children is taking place on Thursday 29th April at 7pm via Zoom. This meeting is hosted by Helen Murphy.


It gives these parents who are grieving the loss of their only child a space in which to connect with other parents who are sadly on the same journey. During a recent survey one parent from this group said;

“I can honestly say that I never felt more at ease than in the company of this group of parents who have also experienced the death of their only child, There was no judgement and no one was afraid to talk of their children’s lives and deaths for fear of upsetting the other”

If you know any bereaved parents living with no surviving children who would like to join this meeting please get them to contact us on 085 288 8888 or As always Anam Cara offer their services free of charge for as long as needed.

Take care and stay safe



Contact Number   Office 01 4045378 & NI 02895213120Email Address       l.milligan@anamcara.ieWeb Address




Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces

€14 Million Fund to support outdoor adventure activities


Fund to develop recreational activities at mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, beaches and bogs

Investment will support Tidal Pools, Floating Boardwalks, Mountain Trails, Forest Walks, Greenways & Blueways

Focus on supporting adventure activities such as kayaking, mountaineering, surfing, paragliding and outdoor swimming


The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today opened a called for applications for €14 million in funding for outdoor recreation projects and investment that will support the adventure tourism sector in rural communities.


The funding, which is being provided under the Outdoor Recreation and Infrastructure Scheme, will support the key objectives of Our Rural Future – the Government’s ambitious new policy for Rural Ireland.


The focus of the funding is to develop rural Ireland’s unique natural amenities and support outdoor pursuits and adventure activities such as hiking/mountaineering, cycling, horse-riding, canoeing/kayaking, swimming, surfing, sailing, rock-climbing, fishing, paragliding and hang-gliding.


The fund will provide for significant investment in the development of outdoor trails, walkways, cycleways, blueways, tidal pools, floating boardwalks and bridleways.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider opportunities to develop recreational amenities and increase public access and enjoyment of rural Ireland’s mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, beaches and bogs.


Today’s funding announcement is aimed at supporting outdoor recreation tourism, a growing tourism sector internationally, which has the potential to have major economic spin-off benefits for rural towns and villages as well as improving the health and well-being of rural communities.


Projects applications will be accepted from Local Authorities under the following Measures:


Measure 1 for small scale projects requiring funding of up to €20,000,

Measure 2 for medium scale projects with funding of up to €200,000,

Measure 3 for large scale projects seeking funding of up to €500,000, and

Project Development Measure funding of up to €50,000 for development costs for strategic large-scale projects.


For more information about the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme visit



Muintir na Tire Community Alert Elder Abuse webinar


During the Covid19 lockdowns we have seen a huge decrease in the amount of burglaries and robberies in our districts.

However, criminals are still making people suffer, and you probably are aware that there is a significant increase in calls to the Gardaí about different forms of Abuse as well as phone and internet scams.


Elder Abuse, it may not be spoken about but unfortunately, it still is the Elephant in the room.

Many of you will remember attending meetings where we discussed Elder Abuse in all its complexities, a few years ago, awareness was raised then, and a number of unfortunate situations were brought to the attention of Gardaí and the HSE.

Whether caused by a bully who feels self-empowered and enjoys making peoples life hell, or a more insidious deceitful individual interaction, Elder Abuse is still a problem.

The ethos of Community Alert is Safety and Security for everybody in our community, we do have a duty to know about and understand the problem.


Therefore I am asking you to please find the time at 7.30pm on the 4th of May to listen into our webinar when Lorna O’Neill and Darragh Bergin representing the HSE, and the Cork Kerry and Limerick Safeguarding team explain the situation and speak to us about how they deal with it day to day.

Our Gardaí are essential safeguarding partners to us in the community and to the HSE dealing with abuse, so Lorna and Darragh will be joined by Inspector Ian O’Callaghan on the panel.


It is normal practice that people register in advance to be given a connection to any webinar.

The Muintir na Tire website provides this registration for the event.

I am providing two Options.


Firstly for speed and convenience a direct link to the registration;   this will bring you straight there.


Open Muintir Website.

Click on the Search tab.


Read more on Elder Abuse blog dated March 9th



After registering you will receive emails with a connecting link and a reminder.

I look forward to your questions and response.

Best regards,

Diarmuid Cronin.

Community Alert Development Office

Southern Region.

086 – 8567770

021 – 7339011





Public Consultation on Good Practice Principles for Community Benefit Funds under the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme

Submissions closed 24 May 2021


Consultation is open

The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) is a key policy initiative to deliver on the Government’s Climate Action Plan commitment to fueling our economy with 70% renewable electricity by 2030. A key emphasis of the new scheme is that communities should benefit directly from all the renewable electricity projects being supported in the scheme.


An important feature of RESS is that all projects must establish a Community Benefit Fund to be used for the wider environmental, social and economic well-being of the local community.

We are publishing a set of Good Practice Principles to ensure successful operation and delivery of these Funds, and we are looking for feedback on this draft guidance through this consultation.

The draft guidance consists of two documents, a guidance handbook and accompanying appendices, this material includes a list of consultation questions for you to consider.


Feedback is welcome from all interested parties on any aspect of the draft document.

Please ensure that your submission includes:

entity or individual details, address and email address

the section of the consultation document which the issue or comment relates to

a suggestion on what amendments should be made to the section to improve the guidance

The closing date for submissions is 5.30pm 24 May 2021

Submissions should be sent by email to or by post to:

Community Benefit Fund Consultation

Electricity Policy Division

Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

29-31 Adelaide Road

Dublin, Ireland, D02 X285



Reception & Frontline Office Skills 

North, East and West Kerry Development

Course Outline

Professional skills required by a receptionist to operate in a busy front line position

Customer Care and confidentiality

Understand different systems, eg: phones, emails and multi-tasking.

Demonstrate a professional attitude to colleagues and clients

Learn to use a range of equipment used in a reception area


Assessment – Ongoing throughout the Course

Certification:  Certificate of Attendance

Course Duration: TBC. (these courses usually run for a 12-week period, session 2.5 hours, this can be discussed and reduced downwards depending on the requirements of NEWKD


Suggested Content: (Flexible)


  • Examine the skills, functions /responsibilities of a receptionist /front line office representative · Outline the products, services, key policies, structures and personnel of an organisation
  • Explore the range of telecommunications network equipment used in a reception and or front office context
  • Source information from the internet, reservation systems, postal services, call and or courier logs & messaging service
  • Explain a range of telephone communications terms
  • Outline aspects of safety and health at work legislation pertaining to working within a reception
  • Identify the process for the flow of information to and from an organisation and sources of reference / information within an organisation
  • Plan a reception layout and describe office equipment in the reception area
  • Apply a range of communication skills including personal, interpersonal and technological proficiencies using effective tone, pitch, use of voice and body language
  • Operate a range of equipment in the reception area to include a telecommunications system, an intercom, pager, a computerise data entry system, electronic diary, photocopier, scanner etc
  • Produce reception materials to include notices, inventory of equipment, stock requisitions, petty cash system, diary, post log, visitors log and telephone messages
  • Deal with pressurized reception related circumstances requiring fast and efficient comeback Present a range of documents including order form, invoices and processing travel expenses.

Ms. Ger Brosnan

Development Officer

Rahoonane Community Centre



Co. Kerry

V92 D9HF



Rahoonane Community Centre 066 7185248







Kerry Public Participation Network

Development Officer

Caroline Toal,    Telephone:   087-6891105 Or Email:  


Kerry Public Participation Network

Support Worker

Eamon O’Keeffe –


Kerry PPN Voice, there is so much going on all around the county,

please let us know what’s happening in your area so we can share it with all the groups.

Email us your news to Caroline or Eamon




Kerry County Council, Community Response Number 1800 808 809


HSE Advice Line: Callsave 1850 24 1850

Call from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday