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Week Ending 11th April

Sunday 11th April 2021 – Second Sunday of Easter

Anniversary:

Liam O‘Rourke – Glenaholisha. 

Ballylanders Parish Finances:

  • Many thanks for your generosity towards the Parish Finances.  We manage to lodge some money most weeks. 
  • Please remember the Trocaire collection for the poor. 
  • Income in 2020 was very seriously down on the previous year and next year looks the same.  This is the case in most Parishes.  The diocese has engaged a fundraiser company to run an online parish lottery, while the diocese overseas the overall project each parish will have its own jackpot and benefit directly from local contributions.  The parish lottery will begin at €500 euros and accumulate to a maximum of €5,000 euros.  Further details later.

10am Sunday Mass On Facebook:

10am Mass on Sunday will be available on Facebook.

Church Post Box:

There is a Post Box in the Church Porch.  It is checked every day please feel welcome to use it.

Masses On Television Radio and Online:

Daily and Weekly Masses are available on RTE One (Sundays at 11am) and RTE News TV Channel (Daily Monday to Friday at 10.30am and Sundays (If there is no Mass on RTE 1 Sunday Mornings at 11am then it is on at 2pm or 2.15pm on RTE News TV Channel), RTE Radio 1 Extra (Sundays at 11am) , Radio Maria Ireland (Daily Monday to Sunday check times in notice below) and EWTN Television and Radio (Daily Monday to Sunday check times) and Online at www.churchservices.tv  You can access Masses and religious services from County Limerick and all over Ireland by using www.churchservices.tv

RADIO MARIA IRELAND:

RADIO MARIA IRELAND is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station.  Daily 10am Holy Mass, Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – all commercial free – Listen via TV on Saorview – Channel 210; Download our FREE APP – “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on www.radiomaria.ie  Please join our growing faith family!

Totus Tuus Magazine:

Due to the Covid 19 Outbreak Totus Tuus magazine is now being delivered straight to your door.  If you would like to start receiving Totus Tuus to your home then please phone Fiona at 086 – 876 0058.

Parish Notice / SeniorLine:

If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine.  We are Ireland’s national confidential service for older people.  We are open every day of the year from 10am-10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen and support.  We would love to hear from you.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People:

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19.  Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.  The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

We Reflect Campaign | Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line:

Many people have experienced the death of someone they love during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It may have been a COVID-related death or a death from other causes.  In the face of such loss, our Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line, in partnership with the HSE, is there to provide connection, comfort and support for anyone grieving in these exceptional times.  A national Freephone service 1800 80 70 77, available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday

Ballylanders Parent & Toddler Group:

The Ballylanders Parent & Toddler Group will hopefully re-open on this coming Tuesday 13th April 2021 at 10am, at The Ballylanders Day Care Centre.  For further information and details please contact Parent Support Worker Michelle Stack on (086) 8888105.

Ballylanders Newsletter:

Please note that the Ballylanders Newsletter is available every Thursday afternoon online at www.ballylanders.com   A new Newsletter will be added there every Thursday.  It is also available on the Ballylanders Community Facebook. A special thank you to Ballylanders Community Facebook, for providing us the opportunity to show our Ballylanders Newsletter, on their Facebook Page every week. 

Defibrillator Upgrade:

Work is underway towards replacing the Defibrillator and the storage box in the village.  The new Defibrillator will be charged off the mains electricity.   The storage box will have a keypad locking mechanism and the Eircode will be inscribed on the front.  When a caller rings 999 they will be asked for the Eircode, given the combination to open the box and they will receive assistance over the phone as to what to do until the ambulance arrives.  The cost is €2,650.00 approximately including vat.  Defibrillator Pads for the machine cost €94.00 to replace after every use or every 2 years.  If you have any fundraising ideas or would like to help with this initiative please do not hesitate to contact the committee on 087 – 6647670.  Thank you.

A Go Fund Me Page Has Been Set Up For The Defibrillator Replacement:

A Go Fund me page had been set up for the Defibrillator replacement.  Hello I thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe, https://gf.me/u/yvxpjs.   Even a small donation it could help Juliette McSweeney reach their fundraising goal.  And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.  Thanks for having a look! 

Update on Covid-19 Vaccination Programme:

Information received on Thursday 1st April 2021 at 11.07am.

A midweek update on our Vaccination Programme.

As always, you can find the latest vaccination data on your Covid Tracker App and the COVID-19 Data Hub.  The latest figures, up to Sunday 28th are 806,541:

                Total First Doses Administered:                 580,857 (15.6% of adult population)

                Total Second Doses Administered:            225,684 (6% of adult population)

The vaccination programme is a population-based programme designed to maximise the benefits for everyone as quickly as supply will allow.  This is achieved by vaccinating those most at risk of serious illness, hospitalisation, or death, and vaccinating them first.  We now know who is most at risk.

The move to an allocation strategy focused largely on evidence of clinical risk – that is age and medical conditions – will make Ireland’s vaccination programme more efficient, more transparent and fairer.  The evidence is unequivocal that hospitalisation and death risk increases with age, while a review conducted by NIAC did not see any occupational group emerge as being at higher risk of morbidity or mortality.  I continue to engage with Cabinet colleagues in relation to this.

For example, we know from our COVID-19 data that the risk of someone aged 55-64 with COVID-19 is 70 times higher in terms of death, over 20 times higher in terms of ICU admission and 5 times higher in terms of hospitalisation when compared to the risk facing someone aged 20-34 with COVID-19.  We know that everyone in society benefits most when those most at risk are protected first.

With vaccine supply due to increase significantly, the core aim of the vaccination programme must be to continue to vaccinate the public to protect the population in the shortest timeframe. The age-based approach (set out below) will make the rollout more efficient at higher volumes of vaccination and better meets the objectives of protecting those at highest risk first.

 Group
      1.People aged 65 years and older who are residents of long-term care facilities (likely to include all staff and residents on site)
      2.Frontline healthcare workers
      3.People aged 70 and older
      4.People aged 16-69 with a medical condition that puts them at very high risk of severe disease and death
      5.People aged 65-69 whose underlying condition puts them at a high risk of severe disease and death
      6.Other people aged 65-69Key workers essential to the vaccine programme
      7.People aged 16-64 who have an underlying condition that puts them at high risk of severe disease and death
      8.Residents of long-term care facilities aged 16-64
      9.People aged 64 years and younger in the following order: 64-55 years54-45 years44-35 years34-25 years24-16 years  People aged 16-64 living or working in crowded settings*

*TBC – these cohorts will be vaccinated in parallel.

HSE Mid West Community Healthcare – A Safe Return to Health Services:

I enclose for your information a recent publication that outlines the HSE’s plan for a safe return to health services that were suspended or reduced as a result of Covid 19.

The document provides a very useful overview of the services to be resumed, the target for their safe return and some detail on the conditions and challenges that will have to be met.  All phases have been informed by clinical guidance and prioritising patient and staff safety first.

You will find a link to the document below

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/publications/serviceplans/safe-return-to-health-services-plan.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2O_Jj7LXA5UXZC2c6FwaLK7l2GtlSn73YxDhfCHDF8vy5D3F4RcIAOGLQ

Fáilte Ireland Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme:

Minister Martin and Fáilte Ireland announce new Outdoor Dining Scheme in partnership with Local Authorities

·         Grants available for tourism and hospitality businesses 

·         Funding for Local Authorities to develop permanent long-term outdoor facilities

Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin TD and Fáilte Ireland have this morning (March 31st) announced details of a new €17million Scheme for developing outdoor dining capacity nationwide. 

The Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme comprises two parts and will be delivered in partnership between Fáilte Ireland and Local Authorities across the country.  Part One of the Scheme will provide funding for individual tourism and hospitality businesses to develop and increase their own outdoor seating capacity.   Funding allocated under Part Two will enable Local Authorities to develop permanent outdoor public dining spaces in towns and urban centres, similar to those that exist in various European cities.   

The Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. is today officially launching the Scheme, which opens for initial applications on April 12th 2021. 

Announcing the Scheme Minister Catherine Martin said: 

“This Scheme has two main objectives: firstly, to enable individual tourism and hospitality businesses increase their dining and seating capacity in the short-term and secondly to enable along-term-strategy-for local authorities to develop appropriate permanent weatherproofed outdoor dining infrastructure. The aim-is-to-support-jobs-and-businesses-and-to transform appropriate outdoor spaces within our cities and towns as welcoming, vibrant places that will help support economic recovery.  This funding announcement further strengthens this Government’s commitment to the development of rural towns, as outlined in the ‘Our Rural Future’ plan announced earlier this week.” 

Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland added:     

I want to thank Minister Martin for securing this funding and the CCMA for its support with designing and administering it.   Part One of the Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme relates to Outdoor Seating and Accessories to help tourism and hospitality businesses offset some of the costs incurred in upgrading premises for outdoor dining and seating.  Part Two of the Scheme relates to Weatherproofing and Outdoor Dining Infrastructure which focuses on the development of medium to large scale permanent public dining spaces in towns and centres in preparation for welcoming back visitors when it is safe to do so.  Each Local Authority can apply for up to €200,000 under this element of the scheme.   We have been working closely with the County and City Management Association (CCMA) on behalf of the Local Authorities to design a scheme that will be efficient and practical.  We look forward to seeing the results across the country.”

Moira Murrell, Chair of the CCMA Rural Development, Community, Tourism, Culture and Heritage (RCTCH) Committee stated: 

“Local Authorities are looking forward to administering this Scheme for individual businesses, as well as delivering year-round all-weather outdoor seating options to boost the appeal and attractiveness of our cities and towns.  Following the success of the Street Furniture Grant Scheme, implemented by some Local Authorities in 2020, we look forward to creating outdoor dining experiences around the country that not only benefit locals, but are also attractive to domestic and overseas visitors when the sector re-opens.  Developing outdoor infrastructure is a key element of answering the consumer demand for more flexible dining options.” 

Part One - Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme covers Outdoor Seating and Accessories. 

This is open to individual tourism and hospitality businesses where food is sold for consumption on the premises including hotels, attractions, pubs, restaurants and cafes.  Local Authorities will administer the Scheme through their internal business perspective and processes.  All applicants will be required to comply with planning codes, legislative and other compliance requirements.  The Scheme aims to expand on the work done in 2020 by Local Authorities in supporting businesses and will support individual independent hospitality and tourism businesses towards the cost of equipment to provide additional outdoor seating and facilitate these businesses to increase their outdoor dining capacity for the summer of 2021.  Applicants can apply for a grant of up to €4,000 (up to 75% of the ex-VAT cost of equipment purchased/installed).  Costs for outdoor tables, chairs, umbrellas, electric heaters, screens/windbreaks, plant stands and wooden platforms will be covered under the Scheme.   Expenditure must be incurred between 1st April 2020 and 30th September 2021 and the scheme will open for applications on April 12th 2021 through Local Authority websites. 

Part Two of the Scheme covers Weatherproofing & Outdoor Dining Infrastructure.   

This will support Local Authorities to upgrade and enhance streets and public spaces and implement weather-proofing solutions which will facilitate year-round outdoor dining in urban tourism centres.  This element of the Scheme will facilitate medium-large scale, weather-proofed dining areas for a collective of businesses in a single zone/street,  similar to those that exist in various European cities.  

Each Local Authority can apply for €200,000 for up to 2 locations, with additional funding being made available subject to the quality and economic value of the proposals.  Permanent robust and design appropriate weatherproofing structures,  including parasols, electric heaters, wind breakers/screens and associated enabling works to accommodate these interventions on a long-term basis will be included.   Roof structures and awnings will be considered subject to planning requirements being adhered to.  Key is that these remedial works will increase the outdoor dining capacity within our cities and towns, whilst also ensuring the safety of diner and pedestrians.

Fáilte Ireland

As the National Tourism Development Authority, Fáilte Ireland’s role is to support the long-term sustainable growth in the economic, social, cultural and environmental contribution of tourism to Ireland.  Tourism is of critical importance to the national economy and to regional development and employment.  Pre-coronavirus, the sector generated revenue of €7.5billion annually and supported 260,000 jobs nationwide while contributing €1.7billion to the Exchequer.
 
We work in partnership with Government, State agencies, Local Authorities, representative groups and industry, to develop tourism across Ireland by creating destination development plans and networks, investing in infrastructure, activities, visitor attractions and festivals.  Fáilte Ireland also provides consumer and buyer insights, mentoring, business supports and training programmes and buyer platforms to help tourism businesses innovate and grow. 
 
In addition, Fáilte Ireland supports Business Tourism, managing the bidding for and securing of larger conferences, meetings and events to be hosted in Ireland.
 
We are also responsible for domestic holiday marketing across four regional experience brands: Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and Dublin.   

Parent’s Leave and Parent’s Benefit extended from today 1st April 2021:

Thursday 1st April 2021

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D. and the Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys T.D., today commenced the family leave provisions under the Family Leave and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2021, meaning parents can now avail of three weeks additional Parent’s Leave and Parent’s Benefit.

New provisions now available under the Family Leave and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2021 include:

  • An additional three weeks of Parent’s Leave and Parent’s Benefit are available to each parent of a child born or adopted on or after November 1st 2019 (bringing the total to five weeks); 
  • the period in which the leave and benefit can be taken is being extended so that parents can now take the leave and avail of the benefit for up to two years from the birth or adoption of the child;
  • Adoptive Leave and Benefit is being extended to male same sex couples; and
  • Adoptive couples can now choose which of them will avail of Adoptive Leave, with Paternity Leave and Benefit being available for the other parent.

The Act provides working parents with an entitlement to an additional three weeks of paid Parent’s Leave for each parent – bringing the total to five weeks paid leave, per parent.  The period in which the leave can be taken is extended to the first two years after the birth or adoptive placement of a child.

The extension will allow parents to spend time with their child in the earliest years.  It is non-transferrable between parents to ensure that both parents are encouraged and supported in taking time out from work to spend time with their child.

The additional 3 weeks of Parent’s Leave and Parent’s Benefit is available to employees and the self-employed in respect of children born or adopted after 1 November 2019.  Parent’s Benefit will be paid at the same rate as Maternity, Paternity and Adoptive benefits, which is €245 per week.

Adoptive Leave and Benefit is being extended to male same sex couples, fulfilling an important commitment in the Programme for Government.

Adoptive parents are now provided with greater flexibility to decide which parent will avail of adoptive leave and benefit, with paternity leave and benefit available to the parent not availing of adoptive leave.

Commenting on the commencement of the Act, Minister O’Gorman said:

“Supporting working parents to achieve a better work-life balance is something I and my Government colleagues are committed to, so I am delighted that parents can now take up three weeks additional parent’s leave and parent’s benefit.

“The Family Leave Act modernises the law in relation to both adoptive leave and parent’s leave, reflecting the diversity of Irish families in 2021 and acknowledges that, for many Irish families, both parents are working.  Importantly, it also encourages the sharing of parental responsibilities equally between couples”.

Minister Humphreys commented:

“The first two years of life is an important time for both the new-born and their parents and I am delighted that today’s announcement will allow parents to spend more of this special time with their child so they can forge special memories together.

“I am particularly pleased today to extend Parent’s Benefit to 5 weeks for each parent and I urge everyone eligible to avail of this support. You can apply online via www.MyWelfare.ie.”

Latest News from Community Law & Mediation:

Some useful numbers for people within the community looking for free legal advice.

View this email in your browser New Centre for Environmental Justice launched
On Thursday 11th February we were joined by Mary Robinson to launch our new Centre for Environmental Justice. The Centre is the first of its kind in Ireland and its objective is to empower communities experiencing disadvantage on environmental justice issues and to advance legislative and policy change through strategic casework and law reform submissions.  The Centre has been set up within CLM and its legal advice clinics, training and policy work will operate in tandem with existing services.

Click here to view the launch to find out more about the Centre and how it can help you.  Our brochure is also attached and I would be most grateful of you would share this with your networks.

Have your say: Following publication of the revised Climate Action Bill last week, the Government is now inviting people to take part in a climate conversation on the climate action plan and how it can support you to take climate action in your own life – find out more here.

New free legal advice clinic for children and young people in care

We have partnered with EPIC to launch a new free legal advice clinic for children and young people in care.  The clinics are funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland and RTE Comic Relief and will run on a monthly basis for an initial period of 12 months.  Further information on the clinics and how to access them can be found by contacting EPIC on 01 872 7661. 

Covid-19: Free Legal Advice Clinics by phone

Our free legal advice clinics by phone will continue for the duration of the Covid-19 restrictions.  We provide advice in the areas of employment, social welfare, housing, debt, child law and environmental justice. Phone consultations can be booked by contacting 01 847 7804 or 061 536 100. 

We continue to provide legal advocacy and representation to current and new clients; we are also available to advise advocacy organisations on issues affecting their service users.

 Mediation
CLM`s mediation service is currently being provided online, with all sessions taking place via Zoom.  The feedback has been very positive and we continue to engage with our volunteers in relation to best practice in this area.  Our Reflective Practice programme and Learning and Sharing sessions continue. To access our mediation service, contact 01 847 7804. 

Community talks and training courses

Demand for our Know Your Rights talks continues to grow, and so far this spring our solicitors have given a series of talks to community and advocacy groups such as Age Action, MS Ireland, Ballyfermot Adults Learning Together (BALT) community group and others.
 
Our next training course, Employment law in the time of Covid-19, takes place on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 April from 10 to 1pm on both days by Zoom – click here for further details and to book a place.

Our Know Your Rights podcasts and details of our other education services are available online. Click here to listen to our latest podcasts.

Advocating for Change
It has been a busy start to the year in terms of policy work. We were invited by the Department of Justice to make a submission to the Family Justice Oversight Group and by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice to make a submission on the Family Courts Bill. We are monitoring the progress of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill and, as part of our environmental justice work, we will shortly make submissions on the Climate Action Plan, the development of new Solid Fuel Regulations for Ireland and on the Review of the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations.

Click here to read our latest submissions and here for details of recent media coverage of our work in the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner and Sunday Times.

Casebase
Our `new look`, more accessible and user-friendly version of Casebase can be accessed here.

Casebase is the only publicly available database of information on appeals made to the Social Welfare Appeals Office.  It is a useful resource for people who are considering appealing a decision in relation to their entitlement to a social welfare payment; or for advocacy organisations who might be assisting a person with an appeal.

We are keen that as many organisations as possible make use of Casebase where relevant.  We will be holding a workshop on Casebase in May and will send out further details on this closer to the date.

Upcoming events
On Wednesday 5th May, we will be joined by Roderic O`Gorman TD, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and a panel of speakers to launch our new guides on taking equal status and employment equality cases to the Workplace Relations Commission.  We would be delighted if you were free to attend, and an invitation will issue shortly.

Become a member of CLM
If you share our passion for human rights, social justice and access to justice and would like to play a part in achieving this, then why not become a member of CLM?Upon becoming a full member (€300), your organisation will receive the following benefits: Access to our Legal Advice Line – up to three hours of legal advice from a solicitor on issues affecting your service users in the areas of housing, social welfare, employment, equality, debt, child law and environmental justice.Reduced rates for courses and seminars (10%)Invitations to all CLM eventsThe right to elect Directors to the Board of Community Law & MediationAnnual Report and website listing option. Individual membership (€50) is also available to local representatives and members of the community, and benefits include reduced rates for courses and seminars (10%) and invitations to all CLM events.ITo find out more about our membership scheme, please contact Denise Leavy at dleavy@communitylawandmediation.ie or click here to sign up. 

Through your membership, you will help us to deliver much needed services in communities experiencing disadvantage. 

Thank you
A final note to thank you for your ongoing support and to our volunteers for their ongoing work in our legal advice clinics, mediation services and their contribution to research and policy work. It is very much appreciated!    
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Minister O’Gorman invites applications to Youth Climate Justice Fund 2021:

Friday 2nd March 2021

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D., has invited applications from eligible youth organisations for funding under the Youth Climate Justice Fund 2021.

The Youth Climate Justice Fund was established in 2020 following on from the United Nations’ focus on youth engagement as part of the global response to climate change.  The purpose of this Fund is to support youth-led action on climate justice at community, regional and national level.

Minister O’Gorman commented:

“Ireland is a recognised world leader in supporting children and young people to have a voice on matters that affect their lives. 

“In line with this, the Government is keen to enable and empower young voices in the ongoing conversation on climate justice.  This also aligns with the ambition of our national Climate Action Plan to enhance citizen and community engagement to support climate action activities across the country.”

Since the launch of the Youth Climate Justice Fund in March 2020, young people, youth workers and volunteers have innovated and collaborated to advance a range of initiatives within the areas of network-building and communications, research, awareness-raising, engagement with policy-makers and the introduction of practical climate justice changes within their communities.

This year’s funding, which totals almost €500,000, is intended to support the further development of initiatives in the area of youth engagement in climate justice. 

Minister O’Gorman continued:

“Throughout the world, young people and the youth sector have been at the vanguard of efforts to tackle climate change.  They are acutely aware of the threat that climate change poses as well as its uneven and unequal impacts.   I am delighted to be able to provide this funding to support and leverage these important youth perspectives and actions.”

The Youth Climate Justice Fund 2021 is open to applications from all National Youth Organisations as well as Gaisce –The President’s Award.

  • Funding provided under the Youth Climate Justice Fund 2021 will support youth-led actions that advance one or more of the following goals:

1.            Raise climate justice awareness amongst young people.

2.            Educate youth groups and clubs on climate justice, including supporting development education organisations to work with young people.

3.            Empower young people to influence,  effect and sustain local, regional or national climate justice change, creating dialogue with people outside of the youth sector.

4.            Deliver practical climate justice initiatives by young people in their communities, including supports to facilitate the participation of young people with fewer opportunities.

5.            Develop youth related activities to embed climate justice communications, network building and deliberative capacity that connects with, and leverages, local youth and community activities.

6.            Strengthen youth practitioner capacity to integrate climate justice education into their youth work practice.

7.            Participate in and influence local public and private policy formation aimed at environmentally sustainable development and management of climate action.

  • Applications are open to all national youth organisations in receipt of Youth Services Grant Scheme funding as well as to Gaisce – The President’s Award.
  • The deadline for completed applications is Tuesday 04 May 2021.

Ballylanders GAA Club Fortnightly Lotto Results – Saturday 3rd April:

Numbers:              3, 4, 5, 24.

Winner:                 No Match 4 winner.  5 Lucky Dip winners of €20 each,

                              1. Eileen Meade, 2. Tom Burke, 

                              3. Pat Gooley, 4. Kay Hennessy, 

                              5. Elizabeth Sheehan.

Next Draw:           Saturday 17th April 2021.

Next Jackpot:        €7,000

Thanks you for your continued support.

Ballylanders Ladies Football ‘Split the Pot’ Draw Result – Saturday 27th March:


Winner:                  Congratulations to Roísín and Andrew O’Brien.

Jackpot:                 €182.

Next Draw:            Saturday 10th April 2021.

Draw takes place every Fortnight on Saturdays at 10pm.  Thank you for your continued support. 

Parish Newsletter:


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BALLYLANDERS NEWSLETTER

Week Ending 4th April

Sunday 4th April 2021 – Easter Sunday

Anniversary:

Michael Fitzgerald – Cullane North.

Recently Deceased:

Liam Hanley R.I.P
Cullane, Ballylanders, Limerick.

On Thursday 18th March 2021, Liam passed away, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in the care of the staff of C.U.H.  Beloved husband of Amelia (Millie), loving father of William, Olive, Marie (Lane), Eileen (Kennedy), Áine (O’Brien) and Séan.  Loving brother of Peggy (Scanlon, Chicago), father-in-law of Claire, Donal, Stephen, Jimmy, James and Isobel.  Cherished grandfather of Liam, Jack, Ruth, Killian, Clodagh, Amelia, James, Sarah, Roisin, Andrew, Lucy, Ellen and Tommy.  Predeceased by his brothers Tom and Mike and Sister Eileen.  Sadly missed by his loving family, brothers-in-law Tom-Joe (Scanlon) and Jim (Kennealy) sister-in-law Margaret (Hanley), nephews, niece’s extended family, neighbours, community and many friends.  Liam was a well respected member of the farming community.  One could describe Liam as a quiet and a gentle man.  A guard of honour was formed by Ballylanders GAA.  At his funeral Mass in the Church of the Assumption Ballylanders which was streamed live on Facebook due to Covid-19 Level 5 Lockdown restrictions, Fr. Tom Breen paid tribute to Liam and the Hanley Family.  The Parish would like to offer their sincere sympathies to the family.  On Sunday 21st of March after his requiem Mass at 1.00pm Liam was taken to Ballylanders Cemetery where he was laid to rest.  He will be sadly missed by his wife Amelia (Millie) and loving family, neighbours and friends.  May He Rest In Peace.

Jim O’Donoghue R.I.P.

Old Road, Ballylanders and Kilfinnane.

Predeceased by his loving wife Patricia sincere sympathy is extended to his daughter Joanne and granddaughter Charolet, family relatives and friends of Jimmy O’Donoghue (late of Bosnetstown) who died on Wednesday March 17th at Amberly Nursing Home Fermoy.  May He Rest In Peace 

Mary Connolly (née Maguire) R.I.P.
Bulgaden, Kilmallock, Limerick / Ballylanders, Limerick.

The recent death occurred of Mary Connolly (nee Maguire), Bulgaden, Kilmallock and formerly of Glenahoglisha, Ballylanders, Co. Limerick, on February 28th 2021.  Very peacefully at her home.  Beloved wife of the late John, sister of the late Brian and Willie, very deeply regretted by her daughter Mary, sons Thomas and Pat, daughters-in-law Noreen and Mary, sisters-in-law, grandchildren Sarah, Jack, Michelle and James, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends.  In accordance with the current government guidelines on public gatherings Mary’s cortege arrived from her residence to Our Lady of The Assumption Church, Bulgaden with the burial afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.  Sincere sympathies to the Connolly and Maguire families.  May her gentle soul Rest in Peace.

Hannah Donovan (née O’Connor) R.I.P.
Fartha, Riverstick, Cork / Ballylanders, Limerick.

The recent death occurred of Hannah (née O’Connor), Fartha, Riverstick, Co. Cork and formerly of U.S.A. and Ballybrien, Ballylanders, Co. Limerick.  In the loving care of the staff of Marymount Hospice, on the 1st Feburary 2021.  Hannah. Predeceased by her sister Hanora (Doran, Anglelborough).  Loving mother to Colleen (Walsh), and Sean (USA), sister to John (Ballybrien),Tom (Ballylanders), Patsy (Kildorrery), Liam (Ballybrien), Mary (O’Gorman, Skeheenarinky, Kilbehenny), Ellen (USA), and Bridget (Whelan, Ardfinnan), mother- in- law to Lindsey, Nana to Marie, John, William, Adam, Aidan and Lilly.  Sister- in-law to John, Margaret, Nora, and Judy and best friend to Sherrill (USA).  Sadly missed by her daughter, son, brothers and sisters, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, brother-in-law, and sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Her requiem Mass took place in the Church of the Assumption Ballylanders, Thursday morning at 11.30am. Mass was live streamed on Facebook, Cremation in The Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy.  Due to government advice regarding public gatherings a private funeral and Cremation took take place for the family.  Sadly her son Sean lost his wife Lyndesy two days later in Texas.  May there gentle souls Rest in Peace.

Easter Blessings:

Fr Breen wishes all Ballylanders people at home and abroad a very joyful Easter

Easter Ceremonies:

  • Mass Spy Wednesday at 10am
  • Holy Thursday at 8pm
  • Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 3pm.
  • Holy Saturday Ceremonies at 8pm.
  • Easter Sunday Mass at 10am.
  • Blessed Palms will be available in Church.
  • Holy Easter Water will be available in Church.
  • Please prepare a Candle in your home for lighting on Holy Saturday 8pm Mass.
  • All Easter Ceremonies will be live streamed on Ballylanders Facebook Page.

Stations Of The Cross Wednesday 10am Facebook Mass:

Station 11 and Station 12.  Each Wednesday at 10am, before each Mass we will reflect on two Stations of the Cross. 

A Prayer to Saint Joseph:

God, our heavenly Father, grant us the

fortitude of Christ your Son to face the

Covid 19 Crisis with trust patience, and

compassion.

Give us the grace of the Holy Spirit to free

us from fear and look forward together to

the future with healing and hope.

Through the intercession of Saint Joseph,

the guardian of Jesus, and Mary His mother

and Mother of the Church, may we be

guided through this time of peril.

Preserve us in peace; protect the

vulnerable; keep safe our health care

workers and all who serve society,

at home and abroad.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(Composed by Father Kevin O’Gorman SMA)

An Update from Fr. James

 An update from Fr James

This week I wanted to share with you, if I may, an update from Father James, whose crucial work your parishes’ Lenten donations will help.
“Coronavirus is spreading around the world, but in South Sudan it joins three other pandemics already ravaging my country – constant conflict, hunger and sexual violence.  And Covid-19 is making them worse.
In my country more than seven million people face the prospect of extreme hunger, that’s nearly half the population.
Statistics never tell the whole story, you have to put your feet in the other’s shoes and imagine that it is your daughter, sister, auntie, grandmother dying in front of you because of hunger or a preventable disease.
Things were not normal in South Sudan even before the arrival of this virus, with social structures destroyed by years of conflict.  In this situation the role of the churches – to which two-thirds of the population belong, with the Catholic Church the largest – is paramount.  No other institution has the same trust, or ability to reach the grassroots.  If this pandemic is to be overcome, it will be in large part through the efforts of the churches.”
Please, keep South Sudan in your hearts this Lent.
With every blessing this Lent,
Colm
P.S Fr James Oyet Latansio is the General Secretary of the South Sudan Council of Churches and his message features on the Trócaire box this year, “Here are my hands, hold them, Please don’t leave South Sudan alone.  We need your prayers. We need your support.  We need your love.”
Trócaire, St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, Co. Kildare, W23 NX63 – IRELAND

Trocaire Boxes:

Trocaire Boxes are available in Church Porch.  Please be generous as you can.

Penances For Lent:

The first thing to do is to take a close look how you are coping with the day to day difficulties due to Virus.  The first penance is to meet the challenge everyday life presents to us.  Offer that to the Lord as your first sacrifice, we all have lots to deal with in that area and only then add other penances. 

Poor Of The World:

Covid-19 is hitting poor countries very hard we must not forget them.  This year Trocaire focuses on Sudan. 

10am Sunday Mass On Facebook:

10am Mass on Sunday will be available on Facebook.

Church Post Box:

There is a Post Box in the Church Porch.  It is checked every day please feel welcome to use it.

Catholic Grandparents Association:

You are invited to join us for Mass (via the webcam) on churchcamlive.ie/cashel on the second Tuesday of each month at 10.30am.  After Mass we pray the Rosary and include the Prayers of the Catholic Grandparents Association.   If you would like to include an intention in this Mass, please send it to cashelparish@gmail.com  The theme of each Mass is to keep prayer at the heart of family life and to pass on the faith to the next generations.  Fr. Enda Brady, Munster Province Chaplain.

Easter Ceremonies on Television Radio and Online:

Spy Wednesday     – 10.30am Mass RTE News TV Channel

Holy Thursday         – 4.40pm RTE1 Mass of The Lords Supper shown again at 5.40pm on           

                                                  RTE1+1 and broadcast again on RTE Radio One Extra at 7pm. 

                                   – 8.30am EWTN (SKY Television) Chrism Mass live from The Vatican

                                                 With Pope Francis includes the Rite of Reception of Oils.

                                    – 5.00pm EWTN (SKY Television) Solemn Mass of The Lords Supper

                                                 from The Vatican with Pope Francis.

Good Friday              – 3.00pm RTE 1 Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday from Knock also on

                                                 RTE Radio 1 Extra and shown again at 4pm on RTE1+1). 

                                     – 5.00pm EWTN (SKYTelevision) Celebration of the Lords Passion from

                                                  The Vatican with Pope Francis.

                                  – 8.00pm EWTN (SKY Television) Way of the Cross with Pope Francis. 

                                     – 3.00pm RnaG (Radio) Searmanas Na Paise. (Ceremonies in Irish)

Easter Saturday      – 12noon   RTE 1 Countdown to Calvary (Documentary) shown again at

                                                    1pm on RTE1+1. 

                         – 10.40pm RTE1 Easter Vigil Mass from Knock shown again at 11.40pm

                                        on RTE1+1 and also on RTE Radio 1 Extra at 11pm. 

                                   – 8.00pm  EWTN (SKY Television) Easter Vigil Mass from the Vatican

                                                   with Pope Francis.

Easter Sunday        – 10.00am  RTE1  Easter Sunday Mass from Switzerland shown again at

                                                    11am on RTE1+1 and on RTE Radio 1 Extra at 11am.

                                   – 12.25pm RTE1 Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi Message and Blessing

                                                    shown again at 1.25pm on RTE1+1. 

                                    – 10.00am  EWTN (SKY Television) Solemn Mass for Easter Sunday

                                                    From The Vatican with Pope Francis.

                                    – 11.00am   RnaG (Radio) Mass in Irish. Aifreann an Domhnaigh

                                                   OShéipéal Ghobnatan I gCúil Adoha, Co. Chorcaigh

Masses On Television Radio and Online:

Daily and Weekly Masses are available on RTE One (Sundays at 11am) and RTE News TV Channel (Daily Monday to Friday at 10.30am and Sundays (If there is no Mass on RTE 1 Sunday Mornings at 11am then it is on at 2pm or 2.15pm on RTE News TV Channel), RTE Radio 1 Extra (Sundays at 11am) , Radio Maria Ireland (Daily Monday to Sunday check times in notice below) and EWTN Television and Radio (Daily Monday to Sunday check times) and Online at www.churchservices.tv  You can access Masses and religious services from County Limerick and all over Ireland by using www.churchservices.tv

RADIO MARIA IRELAND:

RADIO MARIA IRELAND is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station.  Daily 10am Holy Mass, Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – all commercial free – Listen via TV on Saorview – Channel 210; Download our FREE APP – “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on www.radiomaria.ie  Please join our growing faith family!

Totus Tuus Magazine:

Due to the Covid 19 Outbreak Totus Tuus magazine is now being delivered straight to your door.  If you would like to start receiving Totus Tuus to your home then please phone Fiona at 086 – 876 0058.

Parish Notice / SeniorLine:

If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine.  We are Ireland’s national confidential service for older people.  We are open every day of the year from 10am-10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen and support.  We would love to hear from you.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People:

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19.  Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.  The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Ballylanders Newsletter:

Update the http://ballylanders.com Website is back again.   The update work has been completed on it.

Please note that the Ballylanders Newsletter is available every Thursday afternoon online at www.ballylanders.com   A new Newsletter will be added there every Thursday.  It is also available on the Ballylanders Community Facebook.  A special thank you to Ballylanders Community Facebook, for providing us the opportunity to show our Ballylanders Newsletter, on their Facebook Page every week.  With the Level 5 Coronavirus Covid 19 Lockdown we will be doing the Newsletter on Tuesdays until the Lockdown is over.  So if you could have everything in by Tuesday mornings please.  Thank you.

Defibrillator Upgrade:

Work is underway towards replacing the Defibrillator and the storage box in the village.  The new Defibrillator will be charged off the mains electricity.   The storage box will have a keypad locking mechanism and the Eircode will be inscribed on the front.  When a caller rings 999 they will be asked for the Eircode, given the combination to open the box and they will receive assistance over the phone as to what to do until the ambulance arrives.  The cost is €2,650.00 approximately including vat.  Defibrillator Pads for the machine cost €94.00 to replace after every use or every 2 years.  If you have any fundraising ideas or would like to help with this initiative please do not hesitate to contact the committee on 087 – 6647670.  Thank you.

A Go Fund Me Page Has Been Set Up For The Defibrillator Replacement:

A Go Fund me page had been set up for the Defibrillator replacement.  Hello I thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe, https://gf.me/u/yvxpjs.   Even a small donation it could help Juliette McSweeney reach their fundraising goal.  And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.  Thanks for having a look! 

Counselling Service:

Ciarán Carey – Professional General and Addiction Counsellor – Limerick City.  Working with Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups for Addictions, Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Bereavement and Personal Issues to achieve positive growth and development, self-discovery and change.  Phone 085 – 7721279 Email:info@culracounselling.ie

Do You Care About Your Local River?:

Do you care about your local river?

Donna Weiner is a PhD researcher at Mary Immaculate College seeking to understand your views about your local river.

Please help by clicking here and completing this small online survey called Connections, concerns and caring for your local river.

Alternatively, use this address: https://bit.ly/3nT6uQF

The survey takes about 10-12 minutes to complete, and is part of a larger study called CSI-Rivers which aims to empower individuals and communities to improve the health of their local rivers and streams by engaging in water and nature-focused citizen science initiatives that can benefit the natural landscapes as well as the individuals who participate and their communities.  Participation is voluntary, and all data is entirely confidential and anonymous.

We Reflect Campaign | Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line:

Many people have experienced the death of someone they love during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It may have been a COVID-related death or a death from other causes.  In the face of such loss, our Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line, in partnership with the HSE, is there to provide connection, comfort and support for anyone grieving in these exceptional times.

A national Freephone service 1800 80 70 77, available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Update on Covid-19 Vaccination Programme:

Press Release: Thursday 25th March 2021 Update on COVID-19 vaccine deliveries

Information Received on Thurdsday, March 25th at 11:27 AM

Press Release: Thursday 25th March 2021

Update on COVID-19 vaccine deliveries

Ireland’s COVID-19 vaccination programme strategy is to distribute all available vaccine as quickly as is operationally possible, prioritising those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

The programme is based on the principles of safety, effectiveness and fairness, with the objective of reducing severe illness, hospitalisations and deaths from COVID-19 infection.

The following is an update on the total number of vaccines delivered to Ireland, up to and including Friday 19March 2021.

PeriodPfizerModernaAstraZenecaTotal
    To End February393,12040,80086,400520,320
    Mar-21
Week 09 202157,33036,00093,330
Week 10 202160,84084,000144,840
Week 11 202159,67027,6009,60096,870
Total570,96068,400216,000855,360

As of Sunday 21 March, 680,015 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ireland. 

Vaccination with AstraZeneca was deferred throughout most of Week 11.

Moderna Inc has requested that 50% of its vaccine is held back for second doses.  Similarly, an appropriate buffer amount is built up and held back for all vaccines to ensure availability of second doses for the following week.  Currently, about 95% of available vaccines are administered within seven days of arrival in Ireland.

Children’s Grief Centre:

The Children’s Grief Centre (CGC) was launched in 2009 by Sr Helen Culhane, backed by a multi-disciplinary support group, and funded by the Sisters of Mercy. 

From the beginning, it aimed to respond to the needs of children and young people, age 4 to 18, who were grieving the loss of a parent, through death, separation, or divorce.  It is the only service of its kind in Ireland, specifically focused on providing one-to-one support to such children.  Crucially, it does so free of charge, catering for children from every socio-economic background, and from all over the Mid-West of Ireland.

The Centre supports children through the grieving process, helps them to develop coping skills, and assists them in learning to live with grief and loss.  Referrals can be made directly to the Centre by parents.  To date, the Centre has provided one-to-one support to over 1,500 children, with each child receiving, on average, five sessions.  

Independent Reviews of the Centre’s work by Dr Trish Walsh (2013) and Dr Elizabeth Nixon (2016), both of Trinity College, demonstrated the need for the CGC and the relevance of the services it provides.

In September 2013 the Centre moved to its present location in the grounds of Westbourne Convent.   In the same year it was formally registered as a Charity, and a Board of Management was appointed.   The Centre was registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee in January 2020.

Meanwhile, as referrals to the Centre continue to grow, space at Westbourne is at a premium. 

Recognising the need for more spacious accommodation, the Sisters of Mercy, in January 2020, gifted the former Ladies Residence at Mount St Vincent’s to the Centre.   This listed 19th century building now stands on the boundary of the John Henry Newman campus of Mary Immaculate College, with potential for mutually beneficial synergies.  The building dates from the 1860s, and is a protected structure, in need of significant restoration and refurbishment.   When upgraded, it will enable us to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of children who are being referred to our services.

We now face the challenge of the refurbishment and renovation of this building, to make it a safe place to meet the needs of the children, young people and families that we serve.  It needs a new roof, new windows, new stairs, a lift, new electricals and heating system, and much more.   When completed, the Centre will include: one room for 4-9 year olds; two rooms for 6-12 year olds; two rooms for 13-18 year olds; a sensory garden; parent support room; library; and lecture room. These facilities will greatly enhance our work with bereaved and grieving children, parents, and the wider community.

This refurbishment project will cost approximately €3.5 million and we have just commenced an ambitious fundraising effort to help to meet this cost.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.


Heritage Council Summary of Funding Opportunities and Grants:

Please see attached information from the Heritage Council  in relation to our Funding Opportunities and Grants.

See compiled the following useful resource outlining the grant aid programmes available from SEAI to help with heating and insulating your home in 2021 and beyond.  I hope you find it useful.

Grants of up to €6000 towards heat pumps and insulation are available to homeowners.

These grants are not income-related – anyone can apply regardless of income.

The grants are available from The Better Energy Homes Scheme, which was revised in 2018.  Unfortunately, the grant that was previously given for a replacement oil or gas boiler is no longer offered, but may be available (eligibility dependent) from the Council.

Up until 2018, some homeowners who upgraded their old central heating boiler could claim a grant towards the cost of a new boiler – but now the grants are aimed at solar heating and heat pumps instead of boilers.

The Grant-aid available includes:

  • up to €3500 for heat pump systems.
  • up to €1200 for solar thermal systems and
  • €700 towards upgrading central heating controls.
  • There are no grants towards the cost of new gas or oil boilers.

Upgrade Heating Controls Grant

Under the Better Energy grant scheme, householders who own a house that was built before 2006 can get a grant of €700 towards the cost of upgrading central heating controls.  (Regardless of the type of boiler).

The heating controls upgrade must include –

  • Two zones (space and water) with 7-day programmer (time/temperature)
  • Time/temperature control of electric immersion (where applicable).
  • 1 additional heating zone – OR installation of sufficient Thermostatic radiator valves.

Heat Pumps Grants

The government is moving in the direction of disallowing – all new homes to be allowed to have gas or oil boilers.  I feel this is very unfair.  Instead, each individual homebuilder should have the right to choose rather than the government dictating such rights.

However, in terms of grant availability at present, I thought it helpful to share this information on Heat Pump funding.

Heat pumps are essentially electrical devices which convert energy from the ground or the air into useful heat.  In well-insulated houses, they are very economical to run.  They represent an efficient alternative to oil, gas, solid fuel and electric home heating systems.

Different types of heat pump systems draw heat from different sources: air, water or the ground. The heat generated is released via radiators, underfloor heating or warm air.

All heat pump systems, excluding those that just provide warm air to the home, can supply all of the hot water needed for baths, showers and sinks.


A typical price to install a new heat pump system is between €10,000 – €12,000.  This figure doesn’t include additional costs such as fitting new internal pipework if your existing pipework needs to be replaced.

Grant Amounts for Heat Pumps

Air to Water Heat Pump               €3,500€3,500
Ground Source to Water              €3,500€3,500
Exhaust Air to Water                    €3,500€3,500
Water to Water                             €3,500€3,500
Air to Air Heat Pump                       €600   €600

A technical assessment of your home needs to be carried out to see if it is suitable for a Heat Pump.  There is a grant of €200 grant towards the technical assessment.  Further information is available from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Uninsulated or poorly insulated homes built more than 30 years ago may require substantial and costly upgrades to qualify for a heat pump system grant.

Hot water requires a higher temperature than space heating, so most heat pump systems require some backup heating to reach adequate temperatures.  Air to air HP systems do not provide hot water.

Insulation Grants

Bigger grants are also available to help Keep Your House Warm.  For example, Insulation grant-aid for as much as €6000 towards external insulation on a detached house.


Grants towards these eco-friendly features are available from The Better Energy schemeRun by the (SEAI).

Time Limits on Grants

The insulation and heating control grants are only available on homes built and occupied before 2006.


The solar panel and heat pump grants are only available on homes built and occupied before 2011.  (The occupation date is defined as the date your electricity meter was installed.)

Personal Tip:  If you are looking for other ways to cut your energy bills – one quick and easy way is to just switch your supplier.

Annual savings in the region of €400 can easily be made by the average household.  You can obtain more information by checking out the www.bonkers.ie or www.onebigswitch.ie websites.

The Full details below of the maximum amounts of grants available under the Better Energy Homes Scheme.

Internal and external wall insulation grants shown are for detached homes. The figures are lower for semi-detached or terraced homes.  (Figures checked  2020)

Insulation
Attic Insulation                             €400
Cavity Wall Insulation                  €400
Wall Insulation – External         €6000
Wall Insulation – Internal          €2400
  Heating
Heat Pump Systems                  €3500
Heating Controls Upgrade           €700
Solar Water Heating                   €1200
Building Energy Rating (BER)       €50

Additionally, if you complete three upgrades your grant value will be increased by €300.  If you complete four upgrades your grant value will be increased by €400.

All grants are paid after the work has been done.

Get Free Insulation: If you are getting the fuel allowance, One Parent Benefit, FIS or Jobseekers – you may qualify for free insulation from another scheme.  More details available from the contact details below.


The work must be carried out by a contractor from the SEAI’s registered list.

Online application for the grants can be found from:  https://www.seai.ie/grants/home-energy-grants/

Contact Better Energy on  1850 927000


Email 
info@betterenergyhomes.ie

Community Heritage Grant Scheme Now OPEN For Applications:

GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme 2021 The GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is an annual grants scheme for the conservation and repair of traditional farm buildings and related structures for farmers in the Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS). 

The Scheme is managed by The Heritage Council in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.     Closing date Monday 5th April 2021 at 5pm.     Historic Towns Initiative 2021- Grant Awards Funding of €1.5m has been awarded to projects in 10 Historic Irish Towns.  The Historic Towns Initiative is a joint undertaking by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and The Heritage Council which aims to promote the heritage-led regeneration of Ireland’s historic towns.  
      Heritage Sector Support Fund 2021- Grant Awards €662,000 has been awarded to 24 heritage organisations under the Heritage Council’s Heritage Sector Support Fund.  The Scheme aims to strengthen/stabilise the heritage sector in Ireland by providing support towards the core costs for heritage organisations.    
The Heritage Council, Aras na hOidhreachta,
Church Lane, Kilkenny  
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Local Groups Can Apply For Climate Action Grants:

Groups in your local area can now apply for climate action grants which are being made available by The Community Foundation for Ireland in a match funding partnership with The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Grants are focussed on the local promotion of the Circular Economy, this can include up-cycling of goods, awareness of single use plastic and fair and equal use of drinking water.  Last year we provided over €100,000 in funding through 29-grants now we want to repeat that success.

There are two strands of grants:

Strand 1: Building Awareness

Grants of up to €3,000 to support organisations to design and implement innovative online campaigns which aim to increase awareness of the concept of ‘circular economy’ and its impact on everyday life.

Strand 2: Sustaining Sustainability

Grants of up to €10,000 to support organisations working within the ‘circular economy/sustainability’ space to continue/adapt existing work, or develop new initiatives, ensuring that Ireland’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals continues despite challenges posed by Covid-19.

Full details including application process are at www.communityfoundation.ie. Any assistance you can provide in getting the word out through your local networks, constituency office or social media would be greatly appreciated.

Match funding is a powerful way for philanthropy and public agencies and bodies to come together to deliver a better result for communities and Ireland.  I would welcome the opportunity to discuss its future development at a time of your choosing.

Thank You,

Denise Charlton,

Chief Executive,

The Community Foundation for Ireland.

Denise Charlton

CEO

The Community Foundation for Ireland

3rd Floor Phibsborough TowerPhibsborough Road, Dublin 7, D07 XH2D.     

Tel: + 353 1 874 7354 Mob: 087 221 5470

Visit our new website: www.communityfoundation.ie

CHY: 13967 |Charity Reg No: 20044886 |Company Reg No: 338427

www.communityfoundation.ie/ https://www.communityfoundation.ie/contact-us

Tourism Recovery Plan & Great Visitor Experiences:

We wanted to reach out to you to introduce you to Great Visitor Experiences which is an Irish software company based in Bunratty, Co. Clare that provides technology to Visitor Attractions, Museums, Activity Providers & Destination Managers.  We are a multi-award-winning company supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office.

https://greatvisitorexperiences.com/

As we all know Covid-19 has dramatically impacted the tourism sector and although it is resilient and has overcome many crises, it is an industry that needs support given its massive contribution to the economy and the number of people employed in the sector.

The Tourism Recovery Plan 2020 – 2023 prepared by the Tourism Recovery Taskforce under the direction of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has outlined key areas for Visitor Attractions, Museums, Activity Providers & Destination Managers to help them best position themselves for recovery in the months and years ahead.

The Recovery Plan outlines that digitalisation ‘Presents opportunities for businesses to expand their market reach, increase growth and improve operational efficiencies as well as enhancing the visitor experience and improving destination management’.  At Great Visitor Experiences we are well placed to help businesses in your area to introduce digitalisation which will help them to expand, maintain current employment levels & be Covid-19 compliant.

Government approves landmark Climate Bill putting Ireland on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050

Government approves landmark Climate Bill putting Ireland on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050

Interim Target to reach 51% reduction by end of the decade will be enshrined in law

Public urged to join the Climate Conversation and help create a new Climate Action Plan to begin the journey to Net Zero

The Government has today approved the final text of legislation to set Ireland on the path to net- Zero emissions no later than 2050, and to a 51% reduction in emissions by the end of this decade. The Bill will also provide the framework for Ireland to meet its international and EU climate commitments and to become a leader rather than a laggard in addressing climate change.

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill, which is a key commitment in the Programme for Government, will now progress through the Houses of the Oireachtas as priority legislation.

Key Highlights of the Bill

  • The final version of the Climate Bill embeds the process of setting binding and ambitious emissions-reductions targets in law.
  • The Bill provides for a national climate objective, which commits to pursue and achieve no later than 2050, the transition to a climate resilient, biodiversity-rich, environmentally-sustainable and climate-neutral economy.
  • The Bill provides that the first two five-year carbon budgets proposed by the Climate Change Advisory Council should equate to a total reduction of 51% over the period to 2030, relative to a baseline of 2018
  • The role of the Climate Change Advisory Council has been strengthened, enabling it to propose carbon budgets to the Minister which match our ambition and international obligations.
  • The government must adopt carbon budgets that are consistent with the Paris agreement and other international obligations. All forms of greenhouse gas emissions including biogenic methane will be included in the carbon budgets.  However it is up to government to decide on the trajectories for different sectors..
  • The Government will determine, following consultation, how to apply the carbon budget across the relevant sectors, and what each sector will contribute in a given five-year period.
  • Actions for each sector will be detailed in the Climate Action Plan which must be updated annually.
  • Government Ministers will be responsible for achieving the legally-binding targets for their own sectoral area with each Minister accounting for their performance towards sectoral targets and actions before an Oireachtas Committee each year.
  • Local Authorities must prepare individual Climate Action Plans which will include both mitigation and adaptation measures and will be updated every five years.  Local Authority Development Plans must be aligned with their Climate Action Plan.
  • Public Bodies will be obliged to take account of Climate Action Plans in the performance of their functions.

Speaking today, the Taoiseach said:

“This is a landmark day for Ireland.  We all know that Climate Change is already happening, and the time to act is now.  The bill we are publishing today affirms our ambition to be a global leader in this field.  As we begin our journey towards net zero emissions, the government is committed to tackling the challenges, and embracing the opportunities, this transition can bring our economy, our society and our country.  We must continue to act, across Government, as there is no time to waste when it comes to securing our future.”

The Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar TD said:

“As we emerge from the pandemic, we must ensure that the road to recovery is a sustainable one.  I am confident that the decarbonisation of the economy will present significant opportunities for Irish business, for trade and for new employment.  Whether that be in the huge expansion of entire industries, such as retrofitting or offshore wind, by becoming an electricity exporter, or new jobs in cleantech, the early movers with the most ambition will see the greatest opportunities.”

Minister for the Environment, Climate, and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD said:

“We finally have urgent ambition set in legislation that puts Ireland on the road to net-zero emissions by 2050.  We also have a legally-binding framework in place which includes accountability to deliver our target of a 51% reduction over the next decade.  It’s time to set out a new Climate Action Plan, to begin the journey to Net Zero, by halving our emissions over the next ten years.  In doing so, we can build a cleaner, more sustainable and secure future for us all.”

The preparation of the 2021 Climate Action Plan will involve a major public consultation being launched today.  The government is inviting everyone to join the Climate Conversation and help chart Ireland’s journey to Net Zero, because net zero equals a better future for us all.

We are asking Climate scientists, experts and industry to share their data-based technical proposals to support development of the Plan.  We also want to hear from households and communities about what Government can do to further support them as part of Ireland’s journey to net zero.

In the past two years emissions have fallen by 4 and 6 per cent, but we need to go further. We need to reduce emissions by at least 7% per year to ensure a 51% reduction by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050.

There is no doubt that during the pandemic our capacity to deliver on a range of activities was challenged.  We continued to implement the 2019 Climate Action Plan across Government Departments and over the lifetime of the Plan, succeeded in delivering on 78% of the actions.

But now we need to double our efforts and there is no time to waste.  That is why, while the Climate Action Plan 2021 is being developed, we are today recommitting to a set of Interim Climate Actions.  The Interim Climate Actions 2021 will ensure continued delivery of climate action across Departments and their Agencies. The Interim Climate Actions 2021 can also be used as a basis for review – People can contribute to the consultation by highlighting where greater commitment is required and increased action necessary for the 2021 Climate Action Plan.

Together we can turn ideas into action for a cleaner, brighter, healthier future for all. Join the conversation at gov.ie/climateconversation and help shape our 2021 Climate Action Plan.

The consultation will remain open until 5pm, 18 May 2021.

Ballylanders Ladies Football ‘Split the Pot’ Draw Result – Saturday 27th March:


Winner:                  Congratulations to Roísín and Andrew O’Brien.

Jackpot:                 €182.

Next Draw:            Saturday 10th April 2021.

Draw takes place every Fortnight on Saturdays at 10pm.  Thank you for your continued support. 

Ballylanders GAA Club Fortnightly Lotto Results – Saturday  20th March:

Numbers:              9, 18, 25, 28.

Winner:                 No Match 4 winner.  5 Lucky Dip winners of €20 each,  

                              1. Sean Walsh (Online),  2. Pat Gooley, 

                              3. Tommy and Sarah Kiely, 4. Edel Morrissey (Online), 

                              5. Harry and Rhys O’Brien.

Next Draw:            Saturday 3rd April 2021.

Next Jackpot:        €6,800

Thanks you for your continued support.

Parish Newsletter:


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BALLYLANDERS NEWSLETTER

Week Ending 28th March                                            

Sunday 28th March 2021 – Palm Sunday Of The Lord Solemnity Passion

Months Mind:

Kitty Sheedy – Main Street.

Easter Ceremonies:

  1. Mass Spy Wednesday at 10am
  • Holy Thursday at 8pm
  • Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 3pm.
  • Holy Saturday Ceremonies at 8pm
  • Blessed Palms will be available in Church.
  • Holy Easter Water will be available in Church.
  • Please prepare a Candle in your home for lighting on Holy Saturday 8pm Mass.

Stations Of The Cross Wednesday 10am Facebook Mass:

Station 9 and Station 10.  Each Wednesday at 10am, before each Mass we will reflect on two Stations of the Cross. 

A Prayer to Saint Joseph:

God, our heavenly Father, grant us the

fortitude of Christ your Son to face the

Covid 19 Crisis with trust patience, and

compassion.

Give us the grace of the Holy Spirit to free

us from fear and look forward together to

the future with healing and hope.

Through the intercession of Saint Joseph,

the guardian of Jesus, and Mary His mother

and Mother of the Church, may we be

guided through this time of peril.

Preserve us in peace; protect the

vulnerable; keep safe our health care

workers and all who serve society,

at home and abroad.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(Composed by Father Kevin O’Gorman SMA)

Trocaire Boxes:

Trocaire Boxes are available in Church Porch.  Please be generous as you can.

Penances For Lent:

The first thing to do is to take a close look how you are coping with the day to day difficulties due to Virus.  The first penance is to meet the challenge everyday life presents to us.  Offer that to the Lord as your first sacrifice, we all have lots to deal with in that area and only then add other penances. 

Poor Of The World:

Covid-19 is hitting poor countries very hard we must not forget them.  This year Trocaire focuses on Sudan. 

10am Sunday Mass On Facebook:

10am Mass on Sunday will be available on Facebook.

Church Post Box:

There is a Post Box in the Church Porch.  It is checked every day please feel welcome to use it.

Catholic Grandparents Association:

You are invited to join us for Mass (via the webcam) on churchcamlive.ie/cashel on the second Tuesday of each month at 10.30am.  After Mass we pray the Rosary and include the Prayers of the Catholic Grandparents Association.   If you would like to include an intention in this Mass, please send it to cashelparish@gmail.com  The theme of each Mass is to keep prayer at the heart of family life and to pass on the faith to the next generations.  Fr. Enda Brady, Munster Province Chaplain.

Glenstal Lenten Series – Final Talk Saturday 27th March:

Glenstal Abbey is once again offering a series of talks for Lent.  The talks are scheduled for the Saturdays of Lent.  All talks will be live-streamed at 2pm at www.glenstal.com/abbey/webcam click ‘Talks’.  The first talk was on 20 February, and the recording can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy6EgXUq6Go   All talks will be available as recordings so they can be viewed at a time that suits.  With blessings for Lent, Luke OSB and Jessie, on behalf of the Biblical Apostolate Resource Group.

Knock Shrine To Host Special Online Faith Discussions During Lent – Final This Week:

Ash Wednesday fell on 17 February and heralds the beginning of Lent 2021.  This year Knock Shrine will host a new series of online discussions to help engage Christians during Lent, under the title ‘Living Christian Faith – Lenten Conversations’.

What nurtures our faith and what challenges it today?

Where do we find hope and joy in our lives?

How can our faith build mental strength, wellbeing and resilience?

How has the Covid pandemic impacted upon our faith? 

These are just some of the questions that will be explored over the 6 weeks of Lent during a new series of online discussions on the topic of ‘Living Christian Faith’.  Faith Renewal at Knock Shrine is all about reaching out to people.  This will open a conversation on contemporary issues of faith and church life.

Chaired by Father Eamonn Conway DD, Priest in Tuam diocese and Professor of Theology at Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week and guest speakers will discuss some of the important questions we all face in living out our faith.

The discussions will be streamed online via the Knock Shrine website offering people from all over the world the opportunity to engage in relevant topics and to hear from a range of people, from those in public life such as Baroness Nuala O’Loan and Senator Ronan Mullen to groups of young teachers and members of the clergy.

Thursday 25 March ‘Studying Christian Faith’

Máire McDonald is Vice Principal of a busy secondary school in Dublin. Judith King is an internationally recognised psychotherapist and Margaret Naughton is a busy hospital chaplain.  Yet they have all found time to fulfil their passion of doing a PhD in theological studies.  They share with us how their theological studies enriches their faith and their work. 

The talks will be streamed at 8.30pm every Thursday during Lent.

Join us at www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live

or on Facebook @knockshrine

·         The story of Knock began on the 21 August 1879 when Our Lady, Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church.  This miraculous silent apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old.  Knock is an internationally recognised Marian Shrine and was visited by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1979 as part of his apostolic pilgrimage, and in 2018 by Pope Francis as part of the celebrations in Ireland for the IX World Meeting of Families.  Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, is the custodian of the Marian Shrine and Father Richard Gibbons is parish priest of Knock and rector of the shrine.  Please see www.knockshrine.ie for more information.

Masses On Television Radio and Online:

Daily and Weekly Masses are available on RTE One (Sundays at 11am) and RTE News TV Channel (Daily Monday to Friday at 10.30am and Sundays (If there is no Mass on RTE 1 Sunday Mornings at 11am then it is on at 2pm or 2.15pm on RTE News TV Channel), RTE Radio 1 Extra (Sundays at 11am) , Radio Maria Ireland (Daily Monday to Sunday check times in notice below) and EWTN Television and Radio (Daily Monday to Sunday check times) and Online at www.churchservices.tv  You can access Masses and religious services from County Limerick and all over Ireland by using www.churchservices.tv

RADIO MARIA IRELAND:

RADIO MARIA IRELAND is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station.  Daily 10am Holy Mass, Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – all commercial free – Listen via TV on Saorview – Channel 210; Download our FREE APP – “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on www.radiomaria.ie  Please join our growing faith family!

Totus Tuus Magazine:

Due to the Covid 19 Outbreak Totus Tuus magazine is now being delivered straight to your door.  If you would like to start receiving Totus Tuus to your home then please phone Fiona at 086 – 876 0058.

Parish Notice / SeniorLine:

If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine.  We are Ireland’s national confidential service for older people.  We are open every day of the year from 10am-10pm.  We are older people too, trained to listen and support.  We would love to hear from you.  Freefone 1800 80 45 91.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People:

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19.  Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.  The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Ballylanders Newsletter:

Update the www.ballylanders.com Website is temporarily not accessible due to an update on the system which should be completed shortly.  The Ballylanders Newsletter is currently available on The Ballylanders Community Facebook Page.  Please note that the Ballylanders Newsletter is available every Thursday afternoon online at www.ballylanders.com   A new Newsletter will be added there every Thursday.  It is also available on the Ballylanders Community Facebook.  A special thank you to Ballylanders Community Facebook, for providing us the opportunity to show our Ballylanders Newsletter, on their Facebook Page every week.  With the Level 5 Coronavirus Covid 19 Lockdown we will be doing the Newsletter on Tuesdays until the Lockdown is over.  So if you could have everything in by Tuesday mornings please.  Thank you.

Defibrillator Upgrade:

Work is underway towards replacing the Defibrillator and the storage box in the village.  The new Defibrillator will be charged off the mains electricity.   The storage box will have a keypad locking mechanism and the Eircode will be inscribed on the front.  When a caller rings 999 they will be asked for the Eircode, given the combination to open the box and they will receive assistance over the phone as to what to do until the ambulance arrives.  The cost is €2,650.00 approximately including vat.  Defibrillator Pads for the machine cost €94.00 to replace after every use or every 2 years.  If you have any fundraising ideas or would like to help with this initiative please do not hesitate to contact the committee on 087 – 6647670.  Thank you.

A Go Fund Me Page Has Been Set Up For The Defibrillator Replacement:

A Go Fund me page had been set up for the Defibrillator replacement.  Hello I thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe, https://gf.me/u/yvxpjs.   Even a small donation it could help Juliette McSweeney reach their fundraising goal.  And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.  Thanks for having a look! 

Ballylanders Parent & Toddler Group Closed / Cancelled:

Due to Covid19 Level 5 Restrictions the Parent & Toddler Group will be closed until further notice.  For further information please contact Parent Support Worker Michelle Stack on (086) 8888105

Counselling Service:

Ciarán Carey – Professional General and Addiction Counsellor – Limerick City.  Working with Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups for Addictions, Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Bereavement and Personal Issues to achieve positive growth and development, self-discovery and change.  Phone 085 – 7721279 Email:info@culracounselling.ie

Do You Care About Your Local River?:

Do you care about your local river?

Donna Weiner is a PhD researcher at Mary Immaculate College seeking to understand your views about your local river.

Please help by clicking here and completing this small online survey called Connections, concerns and caring for your local river.

Alternatively, use this address: https://bit.ly/3nT6uQF

The survey takes about 10-12 minutes to complete, and is part of a larger study called CSI-Rivers which aims to empower individuals and communities to improve the health of their local rivers and streams by engaging in water and nature-focused citizen science initiatives that can benefit the natural landscapes as well as the individuals who participate and their communities.  Participation is voluntary, and all data is entirely confidential and anonymous.

We Reflect Campaign | Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line:

Update on Covid-19 Vaccination Programme:

Information received on March 19th, 2021.

A short update on our Vaccination Programme following a busy weekend.

You can find the latest vaccination data on your Covid Tracker App and the COVID-19 Data Hub.  The latest figures, up to Friday March 12th are 606,904:

                Total First Doses Administered:                 443,092 (8.9% of the population)

                Total Second Doses Administered:            163,812 (3.3% of the population)

INFORMATION ON GRANT AID FOR YOUR HOME:

See compiled the following useful resource outlining the grant aid programmes available from SEAI to help with heating and insulating your home in 2021 and beyond.  I hope you find it useful.

Grants of up to €6000 towards heat pumps and insulation are available to homeowners.

These grants are not income-related – anyone can apply regardless of income.

The grants are available from The Better Energy Homes Scheme, which was revised in 2018.  Unfortunately, the grant that was previously given for a replacement oil or gas boiler is no longer offered, but may be available (eligibility dependent) from the Council.

Up until 2018, some homeowners who upgraded their old central heating boiler could claim a grant towards the cost of a new boiler – but now the grants are aimed at solar heating and heat pumps instead of boilers.

The Grant-aid available includes:

  • up to €3500 for heat pump systems.
  • up to €1200 for solar thermal systems and
  • €700 towards upgrading central heating controls.
  • There are no grants towards the cost of new gas or oil boilers.

Upgrade Heating Controls Grant

Under the Better Energy grant scheme, householders who own a house that was built before 2006 can get a grant of €700 towards the cost of upgrading central heating controls.  (Regardless of the type of boiler).

The heating controls upgrade must include –

  • Two zones (space and water) with 7-day programmer (time/temperature)
  • Time/temperature control of electric immersion (where applicable).
  • 1 additional heating zone – OR installation of sufficient Thermostatic radiator valves.

Heat Pumps Grants

The government is moving in the direction of disallowing – all new homes to be allowed to have gas or oil boilers.  I feel this is very unfair.  Instead, each individual homebuilder should have the right to choose rather than the government dictating such rights.

However, in terms of grant availability at present, I thought it helpful to share this information on Heat Pump funding.

Heat pumps are essentially electrical devices which convert energy from the ground or the air into useful heat.  In well-insulated houses, they are very economical to run.  They represent an efficient alternative to oil, gas, solid fuel and electric home heating systems.

Different types of heat pump systems draw heat from different sources: air, water or the ground. The heat generated is released via radiators, underfloor heating or warm air.

All heat pump systems, excluding those that just provide warm air to the home, can supply all of the hot water needed for baths, showers and sinks.


A typical price to install a new heat pump system is between €10,000 – €12,000.  This figure doesn’t include additional costs such as fitting new internal pipework if your existing pipework needs to be replaced.

Grant Amounts for Heat Pumps

Air to Water Heat Pump              €3,500
Ground Source to Water             €3,500
Exhaust Air to Water                   €3,500
Water to Water                            €3,500
Air to Air Heat Pump                        €600

A technical assessment of your home needs to be carried out to see if it is suitable for a Heat Pump.  There is a grant of €200 grant towards the technical assessment.  Further information is available from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Uninsulated or poorly insulated homes built more than 30 years ago may require substantial and costly upgrades to qualify for a heat pump system grant.

Hot water requires a higher temperature than space heating, so most heat pump systems require some backup heating to reach adequate temperatures.  Air to air HP systems do not provide hot water.

Insulation Grants

Bigger grants are also available to help Keep Your House Warm.  For example, Insulation grant-aid for as much as €6000 towards external insulation on a detached house.


Grants towards these eco-friendly features are available from The Better Energy schemeRun by the (SEAI).

Time Limits on Grants

The insulation and heating control grants are only available on homes built and occupied before 2006.


The solar panel and heat pump grants are only available on homes built and occupied before 2011.  (The occupation date is defined as the date your electricity meter was installed.)

Personal Tip:  If you are looking for other ways to cut your energy bills – one quick and easy way is to just switch your supplier.

Annual savings in the region of €400 can easily be made by the average household.  You can obtain more information by checking out the www.bonkers.ie or www.onebigswitch.ie websites.

The Full details below of the maximum amounts of grants available under the Better Energy Homes Scheme.

Internal and external wall insulation grants shown are for detached homes. The figures are lower for semi-detached or terraced homes.  (Figures checked  2020)

Insulation
Attic Insulation                              €400
Cavity Wall Insulation                   €400
Wall Insulation – External          €6000
Wall Insulation – Internal           2,400€2400
  Heating
Heat Pump Systems                   €3500
Heating Controls Upgrade           €700
Solar Water Heating                    €1200
Building Energy Rating (BER)       €50

Additionally, if you complete three upgrades your grant value will be increased by €300.  If you complete four upgrades your grant value will be increased by €400.

All grants are paid after the work has been done.

Get Free Insulation: If you are getting the fuel allowance, One Parent Benefit, FIS or Jobseekers – you may qualify for free insulation from another scheme.  More details available from the contact details below.


The work must be carried out by a contractor from the SEAI’s registered list.

Online application for the grants can be found from:  https://www.seai.ie/grants/home-energy-grants/

Contact Better Energy on  1850 927000


Email 
info@betterenergyhomes.ie

Community Heritage Grant Scheme Now OPEN For Applications:

Ezine of The Heritage Council- Grants Edition We are delighted to announce that our Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021 and the GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme 2021 are now OPEN for Applications. Closing date Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm.
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme 2021 The GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is an annual grants scheme for the conservation and repair of traditional farm buildings and related structures for farmers in the Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS). 

The Scheme is managed by The Heritage Council in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.    Closing date Monday 5th April 2021 at 5pm.    

Historic Towns Initiative 2021- Grant Awards Funding of €1.5m has been awarded to projects in 10 Historic Irish Towns.  The Historic Towns Initiative is a joint undertaking by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and The Heritage Council which aims to promote the heritage-led regeneration of Ireland’s historic towns.  
Heritage Sector Support Fund 2021- Grant Awards €662,000 has been awarded to 24 heritage organisations under the Heritage Council’s Heritage Sector Support Fund.  The Scheme aims to strengthen/stabilise the heritage sector in Ireland by providing support towards the core costs for heritage organisations.    
The Heritage Council, Aras na hOidhreachta,
Church Lane, Kilkenny  
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Local Groups Can Apply For Climate Action Grants:

Groups in your local area can now apply for climate action grants which are being made available by The Community Foundation for Ireland in a match funding partnership with The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Grants are focussed on the local promotion of the Circular Economy, this can include up-cycling of goods, awareness of single use plastic and fair and equal use of drinking water.  Last year we provided over €100,000 in funding through 29-grants now we want to repeat that success.

There are two strands of grants:

Strand 1: Building Awareness

Grants of up to €3,000 to support organisations to design and implement innovative online campaigns which aim to increase awareness of the concept of ‘circular economy’ and its impact on everyday life.

Strand 2: Sustaining Sustainability

Grants of up to €10,000 to support organisations working within the ‘circular economy/sustainability’ space to continue/adapt existing work, or develop new initiatives, ensuring that Ireland’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals continues despite challenges posed by Covid-19.

Full details including application process are at www.communityfoundation.ie. Any assistance you can provide in getting the word out through your local networks, constituency office or social media would be greatly appreciated.

Match funding is a powerful way for philanthropy and public agencies and bodies to come together to deliver a better result for communities and Ireland.  I would welcome the opportunity to discuss its future development at a time of your choosing.

Thank You,

Denise Charlton,

Chief Executive,

The Community Foundation for Ireland.

Denise Charlton

CEO

The Community Foundation for Ireland

3rd Floor Phibsborough TowerPhibsborough Road, Dublin 7, D07 XH2D.     

Tel: + 353 1 874 7354 Mob: 087 221 5470

Visit our new website: www.communityfoundation.ie

CHY: 13967 |Charity Reg No: 20044886 |Company Reg No: 338427

www.communityfoundation.ie/ https://www.communityfoundation.ie/contact-us

Tourism Recovery Plan & Great Visitor Experiences:

We wanted to reach out to you to introduce you to Great Visitor Experiences which is an Irish software company based in Bunratty, Co. Clare that provides technology to Visitor Attractions, Museums, Activity Providers & Destination Managers.  We are a multi-award-winning company supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office.

https://greatvisitorexperiences.com/

As we all know Covid-19 has dramatically impacted the tourism sector and although it is resilient and has overcome many crises, it is an industry that needs support given its massive contribution to the economy and the number of people employed in the sector.

The Tourism Recovery Plan 2020 – 2023 prepared by the Tourism Recovery Taskforce under the direction of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has outlined key areas for Visitor Attractions, Museums, Activity Providers & Destination Managers to help them best position themselves for recovery in the months and years ahead.

The Recovery Plan outlines that digitalisation ‘Presents opportunities for businesses to expand their market reach, increase growth and improve operational efficiencies as well as enhancing the visitor experience and improving destination management’.  At Great Visitor Experiences we are well placed to help businesses in your area to introduce digitalisation which will help them to expand, maintain current employment levels & be Covid-19 compliant.

Funding for Limerick Charities:

Funding opportunity for charities NFPS and social enterprises in the Mid West Region.

A new €650,000 social innovation fund has been launched by Rethink Ireland for innovative projects that empower communities, tackle poverty, and promote social inclusion in counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.

Ignite Midwest Fund 2021 

WHAT IS THE IGNITE MIDWEST FUND? 

‘Ignite’ means to ‘spark’ or ‘set in motion’.  The Ignite Midwest Fund aims to spark meaningful social impact in the midwest of Ireland by providing support to some of the most innovative not-for-profit organisations including charities, community groups, and social enterprises working in the area. 

We created the €650,000 Ignite Midwest Fund in partnership with several private philanthropists from the region and the Department of Rural and Community Development (via the Dormant Accounts Fund). 

WHO CAN APPLY?

We invite applications from organisations that are working with communities and groups experiencing socio-economic disadvantage or geographic isolation in the counties of Clare, Limerick, or Tipperary.

Projects must either be based in Co. Clare, Co. Limerick or Co. Tipperary, or operate within a national organisation that has a midwest branch or focus, and aims to have an impact in this region.

Projects must focus on tackling inequality, poverty, or social exclusion; and/or on promoting recovery or empowering their communities.  There will be between five and seven awards made, two of which will be available specifically for innovative projects that are using music as a means of enhancing wellbeing and promoting social inclusion.

What Does the Fund Offer?

  • A cash grant and non – financial supports package to the value of between €55,000 and €75,000
  • A place on Rethink Ireland’s Accelerator Programme.
  • Project performance and impact management.
  • Access to Rethink Ireland’s networks.

APPLICATION DEADLINE 

The deadline for applying to the Ignite Midwest Fund is 5:00pm on Monday, 29th March 2021. 

For more information on the Fund and its criteria, please visit our website. 

The Community Foundation Or Ireland:

  Thank you Your support makes a difference in the lives of young children, elderly people, families fleeing domestic violence and so many more people around Ireland.

Keep reading to see how these communities are thriving.  
 
 Vital Talks – All Ireland Fund Launch
  You are invited to attend a special VitalTalks on our new All Island Community Fund at 1 pm on Thursday 1st April 2021. Full details are available here or register below.      
 
 First SafeHouse Opens In West Cork The generosity of one Community Foundation for Ireland donor meant the West Cork Women Against Violence Project could purchase a house that will be used to give families fleeing domestic violence a place of safety, shelter and support. Only the second of it’s kind in County Cork.       
 Supporting Young People

The Community Foundation for Ireland is also supporting the after-school programme for young people at Exchange House Ireland National Travellers Service.       
 
 Helping Families in Limerick & Dublin Family Resource organisations rooted in their communities in Limerick and Dublin are receiving grants, with a total of €75,000, for their work.       
 Grant Application News We release information about newly available grants weekly on social media and our website. To be the first to hear about open grant applications follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook. Thank you.       
  P.S. For information about how you can support community programmes like these and other causes close to your heart see communityfoundation.ie Kind regards,   Denise Charlton, CEO
The Commuity Foundation For Ireland
3rd Floor Phibsborough Tower,
Phibsborough Road,
Dublin 7,
D07 XH2D


Tel: (0)1 8747354
Email: info@foundation.ie
Charity No: CHY 13967
Charities Regulator Number: 20044886
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PRESS RELEASE: Minister O’Gorman announces The 2021 LGBTI+ Capacity Building Initiative Funding Scheme for service providers to families and young people:

Minister O’Gorman announces THE 2021 LGBTI+ Capacity Building Initiative Funding Scheme for service providers to families and young people

Thursday 18th March 2021

Minister Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has today announced a joint initiative from the Department of Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth and Tusla – Child and Family Agency, which aims to build capacity among services for young people and their families.

This grant scheme will build capacity among providers of family support services to work with LGBTI+ young people and their families, and, where relevant, in collaboration with youth services at the local level.  The initiative aims to provide funding to implement evidence-based LGBTI+ training and guidelines for professional service providers of family support along with youth services, with a focus on Trans and gender-related issues.

Speaking today Minister O’Gorman said:

LGBTI+ young people have told us that support from their families is the most important factor in ensuring their well-being.  For this reason, I am delighted to announce this collaboration between my Department and Tusla to build integrated community approaches that support families of LGBTI+ youth.

Tusla CEO, Bernard Gloster said:

Tusla is very happy to collaborate with The Department of Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth in this way.  It is another measure of support that is necessary for young people.  The recent narrative of their lives has been dominated by Covid-19 but the reality is that all of their other needs for support remain with them.  This is a very positive intervention.  Our Tusla family support services are being delivered across the country every day with many organisations partnering in the effort. The new funding grants will complement this work benefiting young people, and their families.

HOW TO APPLY:

Deadline: 12 noon on 16th April 2021

Contact: lgbtiyouthstrategy@equality.gov.ie

  • The LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy, launched in June 2018, is a cross Government strategy driven and coordinated by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.
  • Capacity building for professional service providers working with young people is a key action within the Strategy, under Objective 7 to provide capacity building measures among service providers to improve their understanding of and ability to engage with LGBTI+ young people, which is an objective of Goal 1 to create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI+ young people.
  • Action 7(a) is the responsibility of this Department and requires the implementation of evidence-based LGBTI+ training, CPD initiatives and guidelines targeted at professional service providers, youth services and family support services.  Training and guidance should include a particular focus on trans- and gender-related issues.

Previous LGBTI+ Capacity Building Grant Schemes

  • The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has provided funding through its LGBTI+ Capacity Building Grant Scheme to support capacity building in organisations that work with young people, over the duration of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy.
  • In September 2018 the Department announced a €100,000 grant scheme to make services across the country more accessible to LGBTI+ young people.  Small grants were awarded to a number of youth services throughout the country.
  • In 2019 a two phased LGBTI+ Capacity Building Grant Scheme, totalling €400,000 over 2019 and 2020, was launched which awarded funding to organisations with LGBTI+ specific expertise and specialist knowledge to develop initiatives that disseminate LGBTI+ specialist information, skills and knowledge to service providers that work with young people.  Phase one of this scheme was awarded in 2019 and a second phase was awarded in 2020.

2021 LGBTI+ Capacity Building Grant Scheme

  • In 2021 the Department will provide funding of €150,000 to Capacity Building.  The 2021 LGBTI+ Capacity Building Grant Scheme aims to provide further capacity building support for organisations working with young people and their families, to ensure that professionals working with families of LGBTI+ young people have the capacity to provide support in dealing with LGBTI+ issues.
  • This grant scheme will be open to professional service providers who provide family support services that have an identified need for capacity building in the area of assisting parents and carers in their role supporting a young person who has come out as LGBTI+.  Professional service providers who deal with young people and youth services in collaboration with family support services.

Issued by the Press and Communications Office at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.
Tel: 01 647 – 3153/3032
Email: media@equality.gov.ie

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Winner:                 Congratulations to Orla Moriarty.

Jackpot:                €157.

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