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Community in Action Updated:2014-02-19
You may be surprised to find out how many community-based events happen within our community.
Read on to find out more.
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Where possible we will try to use this list also for community updates, such as upcoming electricity or water outages, road disruptions etc.
A few times every year, the community gets together to clean up any litter than has accumulated along the roadsides in and around the villages of Clogheen and Kerry Pike. This activity is spear-headed by Eamon Twohig, and usually takes place on a Saturday morning for about 2-3 hours.
The more volunteers we have, the more of the area we can cover. If you would like to be informed of upcoming dates of road-sides clean-ups, please subscribe to our community information distribution list.
After 3 consecutive years, the Summer BBQ has gone from strength to strength, and is now firmly established as one of the highlights of the Clogheen Kerry Pike social calendar. The first such BBQ in 2010 included bouncy castles, BBQ food, ice-cream, a bonfire and music. In 2011, new features included a solid dance-floor, ceile and disco, and the now-famous clay pizza oven built with clay from our own community park!!
Christmas Tree Lighting and Carols
In December 2011, the community got together for the official lighting of the Christmas Tree in front of the Community Centre. Paul O’Donovan, with the enlisted help of several neighbours, had built a life-size crib, the local Clogheen church choir kicked off the evening with a selection of Christmas Carols, and every household in the community was encouraged to add their own decoration tot he tree. This was a huge social success, ending up in the Community Centre with refreshments and seasonal Mince Pies. This was a great opportunity for people from all over the area, and of various ages to meet and get to know ?one another. This is certainly an event that seems destined to become a regular in the CKP calendar.
Treating Icy Roads
The Community Association (with some funding from the County Council) has provided a salt bunker in front of the Community Centre. In icy conditions, this will enable us to help ourselves by treating the roads based on voluntary support.
Community Centre maintenance / upgrade
Community Centre maintenance is coordinated by the Community Association. This is done on an ongoing basis, quite often using voluntary labour by a few of our civic-minded people (of whom we are lucky to have so many). Work done in recent years includes improvements to the heating, painting, and general tidying and repair work. However, it is an old building, and it does require improvement. If you have free time, and would like to help, please let us know using any of the ways described on the Contact Us page.
Tree Planting and Amenity Project
This project was the single largest undertaking by the community as a whole. The number of volunteers who helped was truly impressive. Hundreds of trees and shrubs, multiple wild flowers, several benches, a new gate and walls at the entrance to the Community field, and an improved walkway around the GAA field were all added. Click here for more details.
In addition to all of the above, the community association has been very active in influencing public activities such as the route of the North Ring Road (which was potentially going to split Kerry Pike village and result in the demolition of several houses in the village), and the provision of local services. This can be an uphill struggle at times. However, as can be seen by the successful sourcing of $55,000 of public funding for the Tree Planting and Amenity Project, results can be achieved if you keep on trying.