Environment group secures national Get Involved Award

Transition kerry wins third prize in national competition

Transition Kerry were joint third place in the Get Involved Community Initiative Awards in assocation with the The Kerryman newspaper.
Transition Kerry were joint third place in the Get Involved Community Initiative Awards in assocation with the The Kerryman newspaper.

Dónal Nolan

Transition Kerry, a group that is leading the way in creating a greener future for the county, secured a major achievement this week when they were awarded third prize in the national Get Involved competition.

With over 900 members right across the county, Transition Kerry (TK) is working hard to begin weaning Kerry off its dependence on imported fossil fuels and encourage more sustainable economic practices from an environmental point of view - by championing locally-owned renewable energy projects, organic farming and planting initiatives and much, much more.

TK was The Kerryman's entry in the national Get Involved Awards, a competition set-up through local newspaper groups to encourage the work of community groups working to establish sustainable futures across the land.

Gleann na nGealt organic farmer and TK leader Thomas O'Connor was delighted to collect a cheque for €500 in the third prize at the awards held in Athlone on Wednesday last.

Architect and Eco Eye presenter Duncan Stewart and CEO of awards sponsors Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Brian Motherway presented Thomas and The Kerryman's Dónal Nolan with the prize.

"I'm very happy with the recognition and Get Involved was a great project to take part in giving us a chance through The Kerryman to connect with more communities across Kerry," Thomas said.

The award comes as TK organise a public meeting on the future of the Kerry environment at the IT, Tralee's north campus on Thursday, March 5, next from 7.30pm.

"We think it's an important time to inspire our communities to imagine the future they want to live in and to get involved in making this happen," he added.

"The movement recognises that the skills and supports needed to build sustainable and resilient communities exist within our communities and all we need to do is unleash the collective creativity," Thomas said as he also put out the call to more community groups to come forward and engage with the work of the group.

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