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Great News for the RSS!

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD is pleased to announce that 250 extra places have been allocated on the Rural Social Scheme (RSS), increasing the overall number of places available from 3,100 to 3,350.

County Kildare Leader Partnership now have 27 participants. The 2 additional places are almost filled as we had a waiting list of eligible participants.




County Kildare Fáilte receive funding from LEADER!

County Kildare Fáilte, the tourism network for Kildare and the voice of tourism in the County, has been approved for LEADER grant assistance towards the delivery of a countywide digital marketing training programme for Kildare based tourism enterprises.  Speaking at the signing of their contract for LEADER funding, Kildare Failte Tourism Development Manager, Aine Mangan said:

‘Tourism plays a major part in the economy of the county, with over 5,500 people employed in over 550 enterprises.  This welcome funding will allow us to train stakeholders across the county in maximising the use of technology to build visitor numbers and deliver enhanced user experiences for visitors.  Our goal at Kildare Failte is to oversee and support the creation of an additional 1,500 direct and indirect jobs within the hospitality and tourism sectors across the county by the end of 2020.  Digital marketing is a vital component in helping us achieve that aim through driving tourism traffic to the county, as evidenced by the ongoing online success of the Into Kildare brand’


Redhills Adventure receives funding from LEADER!

Redhills Adventure is owned and operated by brothers Paul and Owen Murphy who both work fulltime in the business.  Paul and Owen developed the unique adventure/activity centre on what was once a working family farm in Redhills, just outside Kildare Town.  Redhills currently offers Splatmaster combat games, Archery Tag and Airsoft combat games.  Paul and Owen now plan to expand their business and offer new activities including; traditional archery target activity, airsoft target shooting, challenge rooms, team building and a new zipline/assault course.

Speaking at Redhills Adventure, Paul Murphy said:

“We are delighted with the funding support approved under the LEADER Programme. We had planned to seek funding since our modest inception in 2014 when we started Redhills utilising what was basically a disused family farm with very little budget and after a period of recession. Whilst we have been more than pleased with very steady growth year on year, this funding will facilitate us to complete key goals for the business such as developing marketing and promotion collateral across all our markets, improving our customer facilities and more importantly it will allow us to expand our activity offering so that we can appeal to a wider audience in a more flexible way with a range of exciting new activities, we can’t wait to get started!”



Sensational Kids bring new Hippotherapy service to Co. Kildare

Sensational Kids bring new Hippotherapy service to Co. Kildare

County Kildare LEADER Partnership are pleased to award funding of €7,863.30 to Sensational Kids for a new Hippotherapy Project.

Hippotherapy uses the movement of horses as a strategy for occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities.

Sensational Kids Occupational Therapist Laura Kelly completed specialist training in the USA and will be bringing her skills to the project which will operate from JAG Equestrian in Rathmore.

Funding under the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) will go towards special equipment to kickstart the project. A customised mounting block has been commissioned and a ceiling hoist will be installed.

Sensational Kids CEO Karen Leigh commented “We are delighted to partner with County Kildare LEADER partnership to bring this unique therapy to children with disabilities Kildare and the region.

Kildare Local Community Development Committee approved the funding. The decision makers complemented the leadership and innovation shown by Sensational Kids, now in it’s 10th year in operation.

Rural Development Officer with CKLP, Helen Mulhall said that the project is a shining example of social inclusion in rural development. A local social enterprise and rural business are coming together to provide accessible and affordable therapy service for families and children with disabilities.

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