St. Mary’s GAA Club benefit from LEADER Funding

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins officially opened the St. Mary’s GAA
Club new walkway over the weekend.

The project was a collaborative approach by both St. Mary’s GAA Club and Ballineen
Enniskeane Development Association in the true spirit of community engagement in line with
the motto Ní neart go cur le Chéile – There is no strength without Unity.

The Club received LEADER funding of €26,000 towards the overall project cost of just over
€34,500 and benefited from the 2014-2020 LEADER Programme which is co-financed by the
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Cllr Paul Hayes, Christopher O’Sullivan T.D., Aoife Power, Kieran O’Driscoll, Mayor Cllr Danny Collins, Margaret O’Donovan, Brian Hurley, Cllr Declan Hurley Chairman West Cork LEADER LAG, Patricia McCarthy, Aindrias Moynihan T.D., Valerie Murphy, CEO Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, Jason Collins, David Whyte, Cllr Deirdre Kelly, Holly Cairns T.D.

Avondhu/Blackwater Partnership CLG worked with St. Mary’s and delivered the project in
partnership with Cork County Council’s West Cork LCDC committee.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins, commented ‘The LEADER Programme
supports rural development projects such as these at local level to revitalise rural areas while
this project will also have a health benefit to the community at large”.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, noted, “This project is another great
example of the role of LEADER improving the daily lives of everyone in rural areas. Cork
County Council recognises that funding community amenities such as this plays a very
important role in community development”.

This is the second LEADER project in recent weeks that has benefitted the Ballineen &
Enniskeane area with the local Tidy Towns recently launching their bespoke fuschia
sculpture &; seating area in Enniskeane Village which received LEADER funding of

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