South Kerry Development Partnership CLG (SKDP) works to promote and assist the development of sustainable, vibrant communities in South Kerry, and to improve the quality of life of people living there through the provision of social and economic opportunities. SKDP does this by targeting financial resources, creating strategic alliances, facilitating networking and fostering cooperation, and will incorporate ongoing evaluation of its work to ensure focused delivery of its objectives. SKDP is a local development company which works in partnership with state agencies, the social partners, local elected members and community and voluntary representatives.
Area of Operations South Kerry Development Partnership CLG covers an extensive area of almost 2,500km2. This represents over half the surface area of County Kerry. The area, which covers 65 EDs (Electoral Divisions), has a population of just over 47,000. Its main urban centre is Killarney (pop.14,000). Other significant urban centres include Kenmare (pop. 1,950), Killorglin (pop. 1,500) and Cahersiveen (pop. 1,300). These four urban centres account for approximately 40% of the population of South Kerry, with the remainder residing in smaller towns, villages and in the rural countryside (O’Keeffe, SKDP Rural Typology Profile 2007).
It is a predominantly rural area. The main industries are agriculture and tourism. South Kerry Development Partnership CLG’S geographic area of operations covers an area of outstanding natural beauty, with a varied landscape consisting of mountains, coastline, lakes, national park, diverse flora & fauna and a world heritage site.
The geographic area of operations covered by South Kerry Development Partnership CLG is shown below