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LEADER Support for Food Projects in Jeopardy

Irish rural development stakeholders are shocked to learn that the LEADER programme is not eleigible to fund the crucial sctor of small-food businesses. LEADER compnaies and government officials seek a quick solution to the EU ruling that prevents food projects been funded from axis 3 of the Rural Development Programme,

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It’s time we talked about broadband

[caption id="attachment_139" align="alignleft" width="230" caption="NBS map of Kilkenny"][/caption] National broadband coverage!  What does that mean?  KLP doesn’t know, but it doubts that we are anywhere near that Shangri-La yet.  It’s always been likely that urban areas would be the first to benefit from improved broadband capacity.  They offer a critical mass of users in a…
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A Day of Votes and Boats

Voting day in the general election – or ‘GE-11’ as Newstalk FM has incessantly dubbed it! Two duties for me on what is otherwise a day’s leave– cast that ballot and visit Graiguenamanagh to witness the launch of the boats created by the Rising Tide project trainees. The ballot station duty done I journeyed to…
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How We Learned to Love Numbers (Almost)

[caption id="attachment_103" align="alignleft" width="274"] A GIS map of Kilkenny based on "larger area" statistics[/caption]   Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) is currently in a planning phase. Not that that is all we are doing, of course! But the company is hard at work in the preparation of a strategic plan for the Local Community Development Programme…
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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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