Group successfully complete Small Engines & Abrasive Wheels Training

A course, aimed at providing participants with the skills and certification to maintain and work with small horticultural engines and abrasive wheels saw its first participants receive their certificates in Killorglin last week. The course was organised by the Local Employment Service operated through South Kerry Development Partnership CLG due to significant demand for such skills in the area. The training was funded by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, LES Co-ordinator Bridie Buckley thanked all involved in organising the course. She said that over the last number of years we have found that safety awareness has become very important in all workplaces and any job applicant who has a certificate or ticket in the various skills that is required in the workplace has the edge over a job applicant who has not. This course provides these participants with these key requirements she said.

Christina Carroll, from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection, who presented the certificates, congratulated the participants who took part. She said the Department have come a long way in terms of delivering an accessible to service to our customers and it is extremely important as a customer to avail of any funding, educational and training opportunities available to you. Christina added that the success of the delivery of these services is the reason why we are here today whereby on the completion of this course it will add to your existing set of skills and/or enhance your prospects of re-entering the workplace.

Eighteen participants received certification from this course and plans are in place to run it again subject to demand. For further information please contact your local South Kerry Local Employment Service.


Cllr. Michael Cahill elected Chair of SKDP

Long serving Councillor Michael Cahill has been elected as the new chairperson of South Kerry Development Partnership CLG. at their recent Board meeting. He has been appointed for a three year term. It is the first time a local authority representative has been elected chairperson in the history of SKDP.

Cllr. Cahill first became a member of Kerry County Council in January 1990 and has also served in the role of chairman of the Council as well as the former Southern Health Board since becoming a councillor. He was re-appointed as one of the three elected Kerry County Council representatives to the Board of SKDP following this year’s local elections. He has a long track record in local politics and in working with local communities across a broad range of issues.

SKDP CEO Noel Spillane said that on behalf of the Board, the Management and Staff of SKDP, he wished Cllr. Cahill the very best in his new role as chair and has no doubt that he will serve SKDP very well in that capacity.

Cllr Cahill said he was honoured and privileged to be elected Chairperson of South Kerry Development Partnership CLG and that he wished to make South Kerry a better place to live in for all, with new and enhanced facilities and amenities. He said he was anxious that SKDP would drive on development throughout the region during what will be a crucial time for all of us. “We await the Planning Judgement on the South Kerry Greenway, something the vast majority agree would be the making of all of Kerry and would secure the futures of many generations to come” stated Councillor Cahill. The new Chairman said he looked forward to working closely with the CEO, Board of Management and Staff and to continue the great work carried out over the years by South Kerry Development Partnership.


Kerry Way Management Plan and Interactive Walks Brochure Launched

A new plan aimed at managing, developing and promoting the Kerry Way walking trail into the future was launched by Minister Brendan Griffin in Dromid. The event also saw the launch of a new interactive trails brochure showcasing the stages of the Kerry Way as well as 20 other looped walks around the South Kerry Region – The management plan was jointly developed by South Kerry Development Partnership CLG (SKDP) and the Kerry Way Committee and was funded through the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme with support from the Tourism Department of Kerry County Council.

The large attendance in Ionad Na Dromoda were welcomed by Rural Recreation Officer Paddy Casey  who manages the Walks Scheme in the region and who was one of the key drivers behind the development of the plan and walks brochure. He also noted that some 40,000 walkers are using the Kerry Way annually at present.

Minister Brendan Griffin paid tribute to all involved and said that the addition of the interactive map feature will provide tourism promoters such as Fáilte Ireland with an excellent opportunity to showcase the region to a worldwide audience and he highlighted the economic importance of the Kerry Way, at over 220Km to the region overall. Minister Griffin also praised the clear, concise, targeted and well thought out objectives contained in the management plan and said that having the agreement and cooperation of all the parties involved will bring about better results for all. The added that the challenges for the tourism industry continue and the Government are continuing to invest in the industry with some €7m in funding in place between now and the end of the year for a marketing campaign focusing on the regional areas of Ireland. The Minister also paid tribute to the landowners involved and said that he would like to see the Walks Scheme expanded to include other walks in the region.

Speaking at the launch, SKDP CEO Noel Spillane paid tribute to all involved in the development of both the management plan and the interactive walks brochure. He noted that SKDP has a long track record and involvement in supporting the Kerry Way with the initial involvement of the Rural Social Scheme participants and in managing and implementing the Walks Scheme since 2008. He also praised the landowners for their cooperation and involvement in the project and said that he looked forward to working with all parties to develop and enhance both the Kerry Way and the other South Kerry Walks into the future.

Cathaoirleach of Kerry County County and Chair of the Local Action Group Cllr. Niall Kelleher described the Kerry Way as, the jewel in the crown of the Kingdom and the most scenic walk in Ireland. He said that the council will do all it can to support the Development Plan and said that both it and the walks brochure show beyond doubt the high potential  for the development of outdoor attractions in Kerry. Cllr. Kelleher also noted the strong cooperation between KCC and SKDP in implementing the LEADER programme in Kerry which has brought significant benefits to the region over the last 3 years.

Kerry Way Committee Chairperson Seán O’Suilleabháin gave a brief overview of the origins of the Kerry Way since it all began back in 1978 and noted that one of the key drivers in its success was the introduction of the Walks Scheme in 2008. He also praised the involvement of SKDP and the work they have done on the route down through the years as well as thanking the landowners for their efforts and vision in enabling the route to be developed.

The new interactive map and hard copy brochure features details of all of the stages of the Kerry Way as well as another 20 Loop Walks in South Kerry. It also provides detail as to the terrain and expected duration, level of difficulty . of the route for the walker and walkers can actually see through the 3D interactive feature, the route they will actually take before the walk it. It was developed by Active Me with photographs from Valerie O’Sullivan. The interactive map, which is free to access and download, can be found at

The online map of South Kerry’s way marked trails  which contains the trail head GPS location, the route map and other important information on each trail using this website page or use the Google Maps App