Increased Prize Money for 2013 Rural Biz Competition

The prize fund available for this year’s Kerry Rural Biz competition has increased to €17,500 in total. The increase was announced by the sponsors at the launch the competition in Killarney this week. The competition aims to encourage and support people in Rural Areas to come forward with new business ideas and develop them into viable businesses where possible. The competition was founded by South Kerry Development Partnership in 2008 and has since expanded county wide with North & East Kerry Development joining in with the project.

The prize money for the competition comes from private and public sponsors through the Local Community Development Programme, The Rural Development Programme and Kerry County Enterprise Board. Private sponsors include Radio Kerry, Dan Tim O’Sullivan, McCarthy Insurance Group and Lee Strand

The overall first prize of €5,000 is for entries from any part of the county sponsored by the County Enterprise Board. There is then a first prize for entrants from the South Kerry area of €2,000 as well as an equipment grant prize up to €1,500. A second prize of an equipment grant of €1,000 is also available in South Kerry.

In the North Kerry area the first prize is €1,500 and an additional equipment grant prize of up to €2,000 is also included. The second prize for North Kerry is €1,000.

Both South Kerry Development Partnership and North & East Kerry Development also have a specific prize available for projects entering from their respective Gaeltacht areas.

Speaking at the launch SKDP’s Rural Development Manager Joseph McCrohan thanked all of the sponsors for their continued support, particularly in these difficult economic times. “Many of the entrants in this competition down the years have gone on to develop very successful businesses bringing sustainable employment opportunities to the county and we would encourage anyone out there who has a business idea to come forward and enter,” Joseph said.

Seamus O’Hara of NEKD said they are delighted with the response they have had since getting involved in the competition and echoed Joseph’s call for people with ideas to come forward and enter. “The great thing about this competition is that many of those who have succeeded in developing a business as a result have not actually won the main prizes but have availed of the supports of the organisations involved to establish themselves in business” Seamus added.

Entry forms are available from any of the South Kerry Development Partnership Offices in Cahersiveen, Killorglin, Killarney or Kenmare or on the SKDP website In the North Kerry area the entry forms are available through the NEKD offices in Tralee, Listowel and Castleisland or the website

The closing date for applications is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th and details of where to send applications is on the form.

To download an Application Form please click on the following link  Kerry Rural Biz Competition 2013


South Kerry’s Rural Men to visit North Kerry region

The very successful initiative that is South Kerry’s Rural Men’s Group is planning its next outing to coincide with this year’s Listowel Racing Festival for those in the group who would like to attend the internationally renowned event.

The trip, on Thursday September 19th will also visit Ardfert, Ballyheighue and Ballybunnion before heading into Listowel where a trip to the races is optional.

Tour organiser Paddy Casey of SKDP said that he expects a strong response from the men of South Kerry for this latest trip and encouraged those who might not have gone with them before to get involved this time around. “It is a great opportunity for people to get out and see things that they might not get the chance to visit normally and it is great value at just €35 per person that includes lunch and the transport cost” Paddy added.

“The visit to the races is optional and a special price of €15 per person entry fee has been agreed with the race committee for this it they want to avail of it” Paddy added.

The usual buses will run for this event with the collection points in all of the main areas and as spaces are limited, people are asked to ensure they have booked and paid for their place by Friday next, September 13th. Places can be reserved through contacting any of the South Kerry Development Partnership’s offices in Cahersiveen, Killorglin, Killarney or Kenmare or by contacting any of the committee members as follows:

Bart Moriarty 087 2827984; John Kelly 086 3941769; Andy Murphy 087 2281907; Joseph McCrohan 087 2849165; Batt O’Connor 087 3155233; Paddy Casey 087 1360238; Tony Horgan 085 7563599 or Kevin Griffin 087 2346091


Featured BTWEA Business – Dana Winder Fine Art Painter

Dana Winder Fine Art Painter by Joanne Griffin


Dana Winder is among the most exciting fine art painters in Ireland, Dublin born but now South Kerry based. It is Dana’s creative ambition to capture nature’s dramatic forms, quixotic light and gentle reflections that are quickly rewarding her recognition throughout Ireland.


Dana embraces her painting with the use of palette knives as a technique and has been painting full time for the last 15 years. Her work is inspired by the beautiful South Kerry Region where the mountains, flora and fauna, serene watersides and ever changing skies provide endless subject matter for this skilled and talented artist.


Ms Winder exhibits her work in various galleries in Kerry, Cork and Dublin, public exhibitions such those held in St Stephens Green but is also available for private commissions and direct sales in varying sizes.


Further information can be found on her website by email on [email protected] or on facebook @ Dana Winder Painter.


This exciting new enterprise has emerged in 2012 with the help of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) facilitated by South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd (SKDP). This scheme encourages people getting certain social welfare payments to take up self employment opportunities by allowing them to retain a proportion of their social welfare payment, plus secondary benefits.


For further information on the BTWEA, please contact an Enterprise Officer from SKDP in your area. Joanne Griffin (Killorglin and Kenmare) on 087 615 2660 or Anne O Riordan (Cahersiveen and Killarney) on 066 947 2724.






Closing Date for Tom McBride Bursary Applications Fast Approaching

The closing date for those wishing to apply for funding under the Tom McBride Bursary fund, operated by South Kerry Development Partnership is Friday September 13th next. The bursary provides funding for those taking up 2nd chance education opportunities in the further education or training sectors and covers costs in areas such course fees as well as indirect costs such as childcare and transport costs.

Education & Training coordinator with SKDP Deirdre Fleming said that they have received a large number of applications to date and it is vital that those intending to apply get their forms in on time.

The bursary is open to those living in the South Kerry area only and applications will be considered from those proposing to take up either full time or part time accredited courses or training. “The bursary gives people the chance to help themselves improve their employment prospects through gaining additional accredited education or training” Deirdre said and added that this greatly improves their potential employment opportunities.

The application form is available by download through the link Application Form 2013 Tom McBride or you can contact James McDermott on 066 9761615 or by e-mail [email protected]. Again, the closing date is 5pm on Friday next, September 13th.



Strong Response from Farmers to Social Farming Initiative

There has been a strong response to date from farmers in Kerry to get involved in the Kerry Social Farming Project. The project aims to build closer links between the farming community and people with additional needs.

South Kerry Development Partnerships Rural Development Officer Joseph McCrohan said that they are delighted to date with the numbers of farmers interested in being involved with this innovative project. “Farmers from many areas of the county have expressed an interest in taking part in the scheme but we would still be delighted to hear from others, particularly in the area stretching from Kenmare to Waterville in South Kerry” Joseph said.

Joseph added that the farmers involved will open their farm gate to people with additional needs to come and spend time on their farm and enjoy the experience of being with animals and plants in a safe and friendly environment. While on the farms people will be encouraged to participate in the farming activities of the day and build relationships with the wider community. In Social Farming, the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the activities of the farm.

The Kerry Social Farming project is being promoted through a working group which consist of members from South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd, Kerry Parents and Friends, St John of God Kerry Services, North & East Kerry Development, Cunamh Iveragh and Kerry Down Syndrome.

The working group have an open mind on the type of farm required and training will be provided to assist farmers that want to develop a Social Farm.

Other farmers who are interested in getting more information on the scheme, or who wish to sign up are asked to contact Joseph McCrohan by e-mail on [email protected] or by phone on 066 9472724 // 087 2849165. In the North Kerry area farmers can contact Seamus O’Hara by e-mail on [email protected] or by phone on 066 9180190 // 087 1231429.

“This project is likely to be an incredibly worthwhile experience for all involved” Joseph concluded.