Wednesday 24 September 2014

Community spirit alive and well in Rockchapel

Published 11/07/2013 | 05:26

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At the presentation of the RES community fund cheque to Rockchapel National School were (from left): Fr Denis Stritch, Breeda O’Callaghan (Rockchapel Windmill Committee), RES asset manager Caroline Galbraith, school principal Eileen O’Neill, RES community relations manager Victoria Graham and pupils from Rockchapel National School.

Five organisations within the Rockchapel community have received financial support through a fund set up by renewable energy company RES.

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When RES built Taurbeg Wind Farm, near Rockchapel, in 2006 it created a special community fund to support local community groups.

IN recent weeks Caroline Galbraith, Asset Manager at Taurbeg Wind Farm, and RES Community Relations Manager Victoria Graham visited the community of Rockchapel to present this year's community fund payment of almost €9,300 to Rockchapel Windmill Committee (RWC).

Following the handover, the windmill committee then distributed cheques to the local community from the pot that has accumulated from Taurbeg Community Fund over recent years.

Rockchapel GAA Club received a cheque for €15,000, while Rockchapel National School was given a €13,000 cheque. Rockchapel Community Alert received €1,600 and Rockchapel Play School €5,000.

In addition the RWC has provided a €13,800 loan to the Rockchapel community centre committee.

Several members of the Rockchapel community attended the cheque presentations at the National School.

RES Community Relations Manager Victoria Graham said "It was heartwarming to meet so many members of the local community and hear firsthand how the Taurbeg community fund makes a real, tangible difference to the local area.

"Everyone that we met was full of enthusiasm for their community and we were very encouraged to see this to ensure best use of the fund," she added

Taurbeg is among 19 wind farms developed by RES in Northern Ireland and Ireland since the early 1990s.

RES' operations on the island of Ireland are based in Larne, Co Antrim, where it employs over 20 people.


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