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Snow, Rural Development & NIRSA

The weather is a constant topic of discussion in Ireland. It never seems to be a source of wonder to us when it is capricious. Of course we’re not talking hurricanes or seven-year droughts here but anything out of the ordinary – even a fairly regular phenomenon, brings consternation. Snow in particular appears to drive…
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‘Rising Tide’ lifting Kilkenny and the Dunbrody?

[caption id="attachment_75" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="The Dundrody gets her 'sick planking' replaced"][/caption] Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) had a visit last week from some of its Welsh partners in the Interreg ‘Rising Tide’ project. Rising Tide is a project led by Milford Haven Port Authority and MITEC School of Boatbuilding & Marine Engineering both in Pembrokeshire in…
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Computers & Communities

Further to the presentation made by Keith Bohanna in relation to recent developments in Information Communication Technology (I.C.T.) in particular to the various social Network sites and how they are used. This was a very interesting presentation and highlighted how fast the ICT world is moving. Much of the discussion following this presentation concentrated on…
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‘Savour’ & ‘Conker’- Festivals on the Up!

[caption id="attachment_62" align="alignleft" width="225"] Grace Kearney and Danny Webster duel at the Freshford Conker Festival[/caption] I’ve just got back from a Sunday attending two festivals supported by our company Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP). Savour Kilkenny Food Festival and Freshford’s 11th Irish Conker Festival are at either end of the size and ambition scales. Savour is…
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Development or Charity?

A couple of weeks ago on the great concept that is ‘Culture Night’, Loughboy Library in Kilkenny City was the base for a celebration of Traveller Culture. Regretfully I could not attend the event, but it was by all accounts a tremendous success. It was organised by Kilkenny Traveller Community Movement’s (KTCM) Development Worker, Mary-Helen…
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Tourism -from Smart phone apps to Augmented Reality

Trail Kilkenny© launched a new guide a couple of weeks ago. So what? You might say, haven’t they quite a few of those. Well yes- but this one is not printed on paper and is actually a smart phone ‘app’ which runs on iPhone and their equivalents. It’s the first such guide in Ireland and…
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Is a county really big enough for a Food Strategy?

In Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) we are currently in the throes of driving the preparation of a ‘food strategy’ for County Kilkenny. Involving food producers, retailers, state and local agencies, it’s both an exciting and a difficult process. The usual complicating stuff in any partnership process is, and will always be there; agreeing on goals,…
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What’s Blocking Renewable Energy Cooperation?

Kilkenny is notable for the number of large rivers that flow through or on the borders of the county. Indeed the Barrow, Nore and Suir define the geography of the county. Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) is not alone in using images of the rivers in its promotional materials. I have written before on the potential…
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What makes you worth employing?

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) has embarked on an ambitious initiative recently. We are proposing that the county develops an ‘employability strategy’. Okay, questions of’ “what’s that?” are far from unfair but it’s not just another bit of fashionable jargoneese. The basic concept is to identify what the employers of Kilkenny want from its potential workforce…
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