Your Local Action Group for North, East and West Kerry

Kerry RuralBiz Idea Competition 2014

 Prize Fund and Equipment Grants to the value of €18,500 available

 In Partnership with South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd,

 North and East Kerry Development Ltd, Farmers Journal, Teagasc & Radio Kerry.

 Best Innovation Prize of €4,000

 Towards the Overall County Winners Project

 (Sponsored by the Kerry Local Enterprise Office)

Application Forms available shortly.


Thank You

Dear Community Member,

On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of North & East Kerry Development, I would like to thank you for your support and attendance at our recent public meetings held in Tralee, Listowel, Castleisland and Dingle. We were overwhelmed by the numbers (up to 500 people) who attended representing every parish and community in the NEKD geographic area, and I thank those who spoke so positively and passionately in support of the Company and its services.

The suggestions, actions and strategies proposed at the meetings in Kerry are central to the ongoing campaign in defence of the work and the sector. The public meetings held in Kerry have been replicated throughout the Country and similar concerns and voices of support have been echoed.

The role of Local Development Companies has been highlighted as important to our communities, and those in decision-making positions have been left with no doubt that a community-led approach is vital for the continued survival of our community and voluntary organisation and for the continuation of volunteer activity.

In the coming months, further decisions will be made about the future role of Local Development Companies, and further demonstrations of support may be necessary.

In the meantime, NEKD will continue to work to deliver all our programmes to ensure that the community is well served, particularly those most in need of our services.

We will continue to work closely with communities in keeping you informed of developments and updates.

Is mise le meas,

Eamonn O Reilly, CEO, NEKD

communities letter


NEKD Youth Achievement Awards Night 27th June 2014

The second annual NEKD Youth Achievement Awards Night hosted by NEKD Castleisland Youth Group.

The event will take place on Friday 27th June in NEKD Offices Crageen Casstleisland at 7pm. Special guest speaker on the night to be announced.

After the success of last year's event which was hosted by X-istance Youth café in Listowel this year promises to be a great night of recognition and celebration of young people we work with.

Throughout the year NEKD has worked with and supported a lot of young people and we feel it is very important to recognise and encourage the good work that they do in their communities.

We hope you can join us on the night.  Poster youth awards 2014

RSVP by Friday 20th June via email.

please check this link out on our facebook page

Mental Health Awareness Week

The Ballyduff Community of Excellence in Promoting Mental Health and Well being are hosting a Night Just for Men.

That's right ladies, just for men. It promises to be a night packed with interesting speakers, information stands and lots of free food!

Speakers include:
Jim Breen, Galway Businessman from RTE's Secret Millionaire and the man behind the hugely successful community event Cycle Against Suicide.
Conor Cusack, former senior Cork hurler, who now devotes much of his time to highlighting mental health and speaks about his own experience.
Weeshie Fogarty, the well known former Gaelic footballer and now host of Terrace Talk on Monday evenings at Radio Kerry.
Brian Purcell, Ballyduff native, Radio Kerry presenter of the breakfast show and former apprentice star.
Also, Ger Lowe, Community Drugs Worker, Mike O'Halloran on well being, and Pat O'Mahony representing Kerry Men's Sheds.

So come along and be inspired.

Ballyduff Community Centre on Thursday 26th June at 8.30pm. Free Admission and a bite to eat...what more could you want!

Supported by NEKD, Bud's Family Resource Centre and ESB Electric Aid Ireland.

Tús Community Work Placement Initiative Applications

Tús is a community work placement initiative providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people since 2011.

The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are provided by community and voluntary organisations

in both urban and rural areas. The Tús initiative is managed by North and East Kerry Development

for the Department of Social Protection, which has overall responsibility for the programme.

Tus Brochure 

Tus Application Form



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