Snowy Reeks

Innovation in the MacGillycuddy Reeks

SKDP is the lead partner in the MacGillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Project which is running until April 2022 and is worth almost €1 million to local communities.
This project is one of 23 EIP-Agri-Environmental projects in Ireland and the Project Team has summarised their innovative work here, so you can find out about changes happening in this special area.
Map of MacGillycuddy Reeks EIP Project area
Snowy Reeks
Photo credit: Brian O’Callaghan

Waterville Community Survey for Catchment Area Plan

Members of the communities in the Waterville, Ballinskelligs and Dromid areas, as well as those who visit the area regularly are invited to complete the survey via the link below which is aimed at seeking their views on the points that need to be addressed as part of the development of the sustainability plan for the Waterville Catchment Area.

“Everyone interacts with the catchment in some way though they might not even realise it, be it through simply walking on the beaches/river banks to engaging in water sports” according to IRD Waterville’s Pat Everett. “We are really hoping that local people, as well as those who visit the area and enjoy the assets of the catchment give us their views to ensure we can incorporate them into the final plan” he added. We would also like all the individual farmers, business owners, anglers, environmentalists and anyone else with an interest in the area to fill in the survey Pat said. He encouraged local people to forward the survey link to any visitors they know who come to the area so as to get as broad an input as possible.

It is planned to follow up on the online survey with a programme of public meetings to give both feedback on the survey responses as well as to seek to identify the key elements for the future. Paul O’Raw said they would like to hold public events later in the year but if not then they have plans to engage in online meetings with members of the public.

To complete the survey please click here


“… being our best selves”

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in

moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands in

times of challenge and controversy –



This iconic quote resonates perfectly at this moment in time,

when we are all challenged to be our best selves


SKDP recently collaborated with Killorglin Family Resource Centre (FRC) in bringing donations of food, books and toys to households in Mid Kerry.  It’s just one strand of our wide brief on social inclusion.  We also work with Residents Associations, Men’s Sheds, Disability Support Groups, Lone Parents and New Communities groups!

The SICAP team has summarised how we are operating the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme at the moment and include directions to resources that can be used to protect mental health.  We also shine a light on Project Manager at Killorglin FRC, Margaret Wrenn, who has the above wise words and more to say.

Click through to this page to read a bit more!  (Or read the document directly here, above picture of Martin).

SICAP activities during Covid-19

SICAP Covid Newsletter May 2020


Breadth of TK Maxx Foods

Working together

SKDP continues operations within Kerry’s Covid-19 Coordinated Community Support Service (Tel. 1800807009) and assists people across South Kerry by delivering food, fuel and medicines (as well as providing support and advice) to those cocooning or restricted during the ongoing public health emergency.

Additionally, SKDP were recently involved in a nice project after TK Maxx Killarney made contact, wanting to donate food items to those in need of a boost.  Staff working as part of the TÚS scheme in the Killarney SKDP office sorted through thousands of goods and made up hampers containing foodstuffs and treats.

SKDP vehicles were then driven across the region to distribute to over a hundred deserving families, indicated through the insights of Officers working in our Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme, who know and work with groups in our South Kerry communities.

Another batch were distributed to our partners in KDYS’ Euróg Youth Centre, who passed along parcels to deserving clients of theirs.  A great example of ‘we are all in this together’!  Well done all and thanks TK Maxx Killarney!Breadth of TK Maxx Foods

SKDP Van delivering hampers to Eurog Killarney