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Friday 25 July 2014

Community unity to the fore

Kevin Hughes

Published 18/09/2013|17:17

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THERE were celebrations in Farranfore this week after the local development association picked up a special award in the national Get Involved initiative which lauds community projects, all backed by local newspapers.

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THERE were celebrations in Farranfore this week after the local development association picked up a special award in the national Get Involved initiative which lauds community projects, all backed by local newspapers.

Representatives make the trip to Dublin on Thursday included Farranfore Development Association's Vice Chairman Richard Sherwood, Secretary Alacoque Daly and John O'Donoghue (also of Tidy Towns). They were joined there by Iarnrod Eireann Kerry Manager Catherine Cahill, as well as Kevin Hughes and John Feerick from The Kerryman which had backed the project in the inaugural competition.

Following the presentations at the Ashling Hotel close to Heuston, it was off to Áras an Uachtaráin where President Michael D Higgins personally congratulated the entrants and addressed all involved.

"All projects here today make a true and positive difference," President Higgins stated before praising the Farranfore for a project that "looks to the far reaching effects of community participation and unity by creating a rewarding space that all can enjoy".

Afterwards Farranfore Development Association Chairman Dan Ahern said the win was reward for the work carried out to date on the project.

"We have come a long way in the last two years, from forming a comprehensive plan to a strategy for putting it into action," Dan stated.

"There are a lot of people who need thanked along the way, including North and East Kerry Development Partnership who backed us in the beginning with the funding, Tom O'Leary Associates who carried out the development plan and Ian McGregor who formed the biodiversity action plan.

"We also want to thank Brian Shanahan, Martin Brosnan, Timmy O'Sullivan and the many volunteers involved, as well as Catherine (Cahill) of Iarnrod Éireann for their participation in the effort," Dan continued

"It has been a steep learning curve to date but it's a very worthwhile project and so we will continue full steam ahead," Dan added.

Kerryman

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