North Kerry, West Limerick: Smart Villages, Stronger Communities – Make Your Voice Heard!

The ‘North Kerry, West Limerick: Smart Villages, Stronger Communities’ project is an initiative jointly led by North, East and West Kerry Development (NEWKD) and West Limerick Resources (WLR) in association with KPMG Future Analytics and University College Dublin. The project addresses the unique challenges facing Ireland’s rural regions today. With support under the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2014-2020, this project aims to unlock innovative new solutions for the sustainable growth and development of rural communities within the North Kerry – West Limerick region.

The next community workshops are scheduled to be held in person in Kerry and Limerick this coming April and May 2022, and will include:

  • Community Workshop 4: Becoming a ‘Smart Village’ – The Role of ICT and New Technologies (May 10, 7pm-8:30pm, Listowel, Co. Kerry)

Residents of the participating communities are encouraged to register online at and attend each of the community workshops and play an active role in shaping the future of the North Kerry – West Limerick region. For further information please contact Aimee Grigg 069 62222 or email [email protected]

Book your place for Wild Work in Broadford and Abbeyfeale.

Join us for a FREE Introduction to Wild Work training programme, where you will explore biodiversity in the Irish landscape. Our trainers will bring you into nature to experience West Limerick wild spaces first-hand. Here you can learn through seeing, touching and interacting with the natural world.

The course has 6 sessions that will run on the same day at the same time over 12 weeks.
Training starts Friday May 13, in Broadford (10.00am – 12.00pm) and in Abbeyfeale Thursday, May 12, (2.00pm – 4.00pm). Applications will close as soon as the spots are filled, so get your interest in ASAP by visiting
No previous experience or qualifications are required to take part.
Any questions contact Maeve or Caitriona in West Limerick Resources [email protected]

LEADER OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS:  The LEADER Transition and EURI Programmes are now open for applications for eligible community and enterprise projects.  Grant aid for capital works is currently available to all at a rate of 75% to a maximum €200,000 however funding is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Funding is also available for eligible training and A&D projects.  Please note conventional retail, agriculture, childcare, healthcare and on-going running costs are among the areas ineligible for LEADER funding.  For more information or to discuss your ideas please contact one of our development officers:  Caitriona Scully (Enterprise, Tourism and Food Projects) – [email protected]  or Aimee Grigg (Community Projects) [email protected]

SICAP – Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme: The SICAP team is looking forward to hearing from individuals and groups across West Limerick who feel that they could benefit from our support. If you would like more information on the programme and the supports available, please email SICAP Co-Ordinator Dearbhla on [email protected].

FREE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SMALL BUSINESS START-UPS Tuesday, May 10 from 10am to 4pm at the Longcourt House Hotel. This interactive training workshop delivered by Sandra Hennessy of BeDynamic will be tailored to the suit the types of businesses attending. Sandra is a recognised and award-winning training facilitator having won Best Digital Marketing Training Provider in 2020,2021 & 2022.  Training is suited to small business owners who already have a basic knowledge of Social Media platforms and may include topics such as Facebook for Business, LinkedIn, Instagram and TikTok.   Participants must set-up the Social Media Accounts relevant to them in advance of the training and must bring a fully charged Laptop with them on the day.

Pre-booking is essential by contacting Brenda Heath on 069 66297 or by email to [email protected]

Priority will be given to those who have been supported by SICAP at West Limerick Resources to start their business or to unemployed individuals who are thinking about starting a new business.

SICAP RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (RES) / YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (YES):  If you are currently unemployed or work part-time, the Employment Service offers 1:1 support and career planning around education, training, and employment opportunities.  To find out more contact Finn 087 759 1951 or email [email protected],  Eddie 087 653 5156 or email [email protected]

SICAP SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Support Officer Brenda Heath 087 766 9952 or email [email protected]

WEST LIMERICK JOBS: Follow for daily posts on job vacancies and training opportunities throughout West Limerick.

SICAP FAMILY SUPPORTS: For free support and guidance for parents and caregivers contact Mary O’Connor 087 938 2883 or email [email protected],  Stefanie Jaeger Liston 087 398 2925 or [email protected]

SICAP LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS: West Limerick Resources provides ongoing support to Local Community Groups in the West Limerick area. Should your group require any support, guidance, or training contact Damien on 087 904 2477

SOCIAL INCLUSION AND COMMUNITY ACTIVATION PROGRAMME (SICAP):  The SICAP initiatives are funded by West Limerick Resources CLG under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022, which is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.


Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day-to-day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Eadaoin, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or email her [email protected]


As Part of Rathkeale Pre Social Cohesion Project Lillian Doolan has been appointed as

Community Support Officer. Lillian is available by appointment to Help and Support all Rathkeale Residents with Information on Rights and Entitlements in the following areas:


This is a Free, Confidential, and impartial Service              

Appointment Times: Mon to Wednesday 9.30 to 4.30 (Closed 1pm to 2pm)

Call, Email, Text, or WhatsApp  [email protected] 0873986814

THE JOB CLUB:  We work with ‘job ready’ people who seek training and advice on job seeking skills and is open to unemployed people of all ages.  It is a free and confidential service to help you plan, actively seek and secure realistic work opportunities by providing individual or group support and guidance sessions in all areas relating to looking for a job, particularly the preparation of CVs, cover letters and interview techniques. The Job Club is funded and contracted by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.  For further information please contact Helen, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 069 77664/087 147 2330 or email [email protected] or Nicole on 087 095 7653 or email [email protected]

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