Busy year ahead for KMEG

A very happy, healthy & prosperous New Year and thank you to everyone who is a member of KMEG for your continued support.
A special thank you to all the volunteers who give their time and expertise for festivals and events held in Kenmare time and again. Without KMEG members and the tireless efforts of the volunteers the events and festivals would not be a success so once again a REALLY BIG THANK YOU.
2017 is going to be another busy year in Kenmare with new and established events and festivals to look forward to.
KMEG continues to work closely with Kerry County Council and Failte Ireland and we are grateful to both for their support , help and advice. We have recently met with Failte Ireland Food Tourism and look forward to developing our relationship with the Food team so that we can raise the profile of Kenmare as a Foodie destination. In next month’s edition of Kenmare News we will publishing the dates and details of the main forthcoming events and festivals.

Nollaig Neidin.
We hope you enjoyed the festivities. Many thanks to Inter Kenmare FC for organising Santa’s Grotto once again all the hard work and dedication of the committee produced a magical experience for the children. Father Crean blessed the Crib and spoke movingly of our dear friend Bill Topham, thank you to Geraldine and her daughters for being with us. Santa and Mrs Claus arrived in style thanks to the great Dromquinna Stables Team. Big thanks to Christine Bras from Vanilla Grape for initiating and organising the Christmas Market in town; the shopkeepers participated,the choirs and activities added to the warm and welcoming Christmas atmosphere that put everyone in the Christmas Spirit. The proceeds raised from the raffle went to St Vincent de Paul. KMEG will be working with Christine to make the Christmas Market bigger in 2017. If you have any ideas for participating in this event please contact us at KMEG.

Exciting plans for Kenmare
Kenmare Tidy Town Committee and KMEG have been Working closely with South Kerry Development Partnership CLG (SKDP) and Kerry County Council who are jointly submitting an application to the LEADER fund through The Kerry Local Action Group (LAG) for funding to develop a Socio Economic Plan for the town.
We are grateful to SKDP and Kerry County Council for driving this application on our behalf. This application is subject to funding being approved in a competitive process.
If approved, the project will take place in two stages.
Initially – Stage 1 Consultation & Planning – A process where a consultant will work to identify and assess what needs should be included in the plan. This will take the form of area based analysis and will include sectoral consultations with, statutory and non-statutory agencies, local businesses and community, sporting and special interest groups, and will include public consultation meetings. It is anticipated that this process will take up to 12 months.
Stage 2 will be the implementation of the plan which will consist of short, medium and long term objectives and actions as set out within the Socio Economic Plan. The implementation process will be spread over a 5 year period, and will involve those who have contributed to the plan, and others becoming directly involved in the implementation of the actions.
The benefit to everyone of a Socio Economic Plan will be an inclusive approach to identifying needs and available resources, and the realisation of completed projects for the benefit of the entire community.
We will keep you informed of our progress.

Great news for the beginning of 2017!
Exercise equipment for Reenagros.
We are delighted to announce that four pieces of outdoor exercise equipment will be sited in Reenagros. As the result of a joint venture between the Tidy Towns Committee and KMEG we have secured funding for this project from Kerry County Council. Many thanks to KCC for awarding Kenmare the grant – this facility will be great for everyone and will make exercising outdoors in Reenagros even more fun.
It is hoped that the exercise equipment will be installed and ready to use by Spring. We will keep you updated on the progress.

KMEG Membership.
If you are not yet a member of KMEG please call or email us at KMEG we will be pleased to talk to you about the benefits of being a member of this dynamic group.
Please call 064 6642615 or E-mail: marketing@kenmare.ie