Your Local Action Group for North, East and West Kerry

NEKD's Response to news stories on Radio Kerry recently

 In Castleisland NEKD rents its premises in Crageens from a company called Sliabh na gCaiseal. The Board and CEO are satisfied – following advices received at the time of occupying the premises and also more recently – that Sliabh na gCaiseal is a separate legal entity. According to Chairperson of NEKD, Bernard Collins, the advice received by the board states that NEKD has no responsibility to cover losses incurred by Sliabh Na gCaiseal. NEKD cannot comment on the situation or the affairs of another company. 

 The premises accommodate NEKD’s offices and projects. It is worth noting that other tenants such as Pieta House, the Boxing Club, and other local community-based projects also use the premises. 

 Furthermore NEKD is confident that it will continue in its commitment to delivery the services and programmes that our local communities demand of us. 

 North Kerry IT Network Limited was a company formed in 2001, which was well before NEKD was established in 2009. This was a separate company and independent of NEKD.

Volunteering and Skills Development Course 2014

Kerry Education and Training Board will be delivering a four week training course at Rahoonane Community Centre.

The course will be aimed at individuals working - 

- in the Community,

- on Residents Associations,

- in Community and Family Resource Centres, and

- on Boards of Management.

The Course will include - 

- Roles and responsibilities of organisations

- Communication and Organisational Skills

- Estate Plan Development

- Community Safety

Please contact Rahoonane Community Centre on 066- 7185248 before the 25th April 2014 to book your place.

Times and dates for the course will be decided to facilitate the participants.

Information Evening

Build An Online Business Information Evening

If you want to create an online business, this information evening is for you.
North East Kerry Development in conjunction with In-Tuition Learning and Development are offering a limited number of fully funded places on a ten day Build an Online Business programme.
Day/Dates: Thursdays starting 8 May 2014
Times: 9.30 - 4.30pm
Venue: Tralee Institute of Technology - Room L105, Ground Floor, Solas Building
This proven training programme follows a learning by doing approach. After 10 days you will end the programme with a website that you have built yourself and the knowledge and skills required to develop an online business.
You will learn about SEO, digital marketing, building a website using Wordpress, social media and ecommerce in this highly comprehensive programme. All training materials and tools for building your online business will be available online as well as in the classroom sessions.
Our friendly and professional tutors have a jargon-free approach and strive to create a great learning experience. Our class sizes are small to maximise tutor/student interaction.
Attendance at this information evening is a pre-requisite for obtaining a place on our ten day programme.
If you have any questions please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 091 770873.

book your place here

New Project

A new NEKD project in conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul has just been launched.

St. Vincent de Paul and NEKD are currently developing a Food Bank Project, which
will allow all the main supermarkets in Kerry donate out-of-date or damaged food
which can be redistributed to families and individuals.

Recent research shows that 16,000 people are suffering from food poverty in County
Kerry and it is estimated that 1 in 5 children go to school hungry.

Robert  Carey, NEKD said that the food bank has two benefits: it helps feed thousands of
hungry people in Kerry... and allows large supermarkets and suppliers find a cheaper way of dealing with waste and damaged food.

To see the full article on this project check out today's Kerry's Eye Newspaper!  Congrats to all involved.

if you wish to hear Robert speaking on Radio Kerry about this new project please use the following link :



West Kerry Communities reject privatisation of community sector

Some 40 vocal and animated community activists living, working and volunteering in west Kerry attended a special meeting called by NEKD in Benners Hotel on Tuesday 8th April. The audience included business people from Dingle Chamber, community members from across the peninsula, and members of sporting and tourism organisations. NEKD's Eamonn O'Reilly outlined how NEKDs work is threatened by Government –led proposed changes to funding for the next round of LEADER and Local Community Development programmes. Just as important are proposed changes to the structures which will govern future funding streams leading to attendees voicing concerns ABOUT THE LEVEL OF COMMUNITY DECISION MAKING IN funding allocations. The current rural based, bottom-up approach through which NEKD has delivered the LEADER and LCDP programmes has been acknowledged as a very successful...why change it? Attendees wanted assurances that a locally based community organisation should continue to deliver these programmes..fears were expressed that this new process is top-down, and will not support rural based communities, who live on the periphery, Chairman on the night Richie Williams proposal to reject the Government - led changes was unanimously seconded by all, and local politicians will be hearing more about this campaign as elections near politicians of all shades will be asked to reject this move away from community involvement in decision making.

NEKD has three future community meetings...

Thurs 10th 8pm in Manor West Hotel Tralee

Tuesday 15th 8pm River Island Hotel Castleisland

and Wed 16th 8pm in Family Resource Centre Listowel

All welcome !!

More info from any NEKD office Tralee 066 7180190, Castleisland 066 7142576, Listowel 068 23429, Dingle 066 7142788.


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