Ballyhoura Festivals & Events and Community Planning Initiatives

Festivals & Events and Community Planning Initiatives

Ballyhoura Development CLG, through support from the LEADER programme, launched two important and exciting initiatives available to local communities and groups within the Ballyhoura area at Deebert Hotel, Kilmallock on May 23rd.

The Community Socio-Economic Planning and Festivals & Events initiatives will provide an opportunity for successful communities to plan for future development, guided by professional supports, through proven processes.

See the presentation slides from the event HERE

A number of communities can now benefit from taking part in these initiatives and are invited to complete the Notice of Interest Form

The deadline for returning completed Notice of Interest Forms is close of business on Wednesday, 6th June, and the email address to submit them to is Please complete two separate forms if you are interested in both initiatives.


Further information is available from you local development officers:

North East District: Cappamore

John Hassett, T: 061 381174, e:

Clare Jordan T: 061 381174, e:


Don Colbert, T: 063 91300 or 086 9736941, e:

Galtee District: Mitchelstown

Sadie Allen: T: 025 85213, e:

Golden Vale District Kilmallock

Donna Cleary, T: 063 20511, e:

David O Grady, T: 063 20511, e:



Background to the Initiatives

Community Socio Economic Planning Initiative

Building a sense of community and the process of working together, even if it is difficult at times, helps create a greater sense of community and ownership of local issues. This has been the experience of Ballyhoura Development who have used a participatory community socio-economic planning process model with communities for many years. The model has supported communities to bring about actions that are developed and designed with community involvement, relevant to social, enterprise, environment and sporting sectors, better reflecting what is needed and wanted in an area.

To provide further support to communities with community planning, through the LEADER programme, Ballyhoura Development has engaged the services of contractors Paul O’Raw, Niall Henan, and Dr Shane O’Sullivan. A number of communities can be supported through this programme, and a notice of interest is required for participation.

National and local governments may not have sufficient resources or local knowledge to solve problems in all local areas. Having a community plan available to Local Authorities and other agencies makes them aware of the issues affecting your local community. A community plan helps to ensure strategic planning of resource allocation and grant aid can target challenges and projects of real relevance in rural areas. Grant-giving or philanthropic bodies also welcome projects seeking funding that have completed community consultation, have consensus and committed involvement. A community plan can act as blueprint from which communities can legitimately apply and be viewed favourably for funding assistance for their projects to be realised.


Festivals & Events initiative

Ballyhoura Development, supported by the LEADER programme, have developed an exciting initiative to support the Festivals & Events groups within the Ballyhoura Area. Tadhg and Brid from Approved productions have worked with some of the most successful and prestigious festivals and events in the country, and are now in a position to provide their knowledge and expertise to successful groups in the Ballyhoura area.

Community & voluntary, and private operators in the festivals & events sector contribute hugely to both the vibrancy, social connectedness, and also to the economies of many rural areas. Developing festival or event ideas, planning and running them can be a time consuming and sometimes lonely process but it can also be, exciting and rewarding to see people from your community and from further afield, take part in events and activities, while enjoying and appreciating local culture, custom, food and facilities.

Ballyhoura Development, recognising that a healthy and vibrant festivals and events sector is a vital element of any rural community, have procured highly experienced professionals in the sector to deliver a suite of supports which are designed to help revitalise and possibly re-imagine your festival or event.

Supports relate to Festival Planning, training & marketing supports. A number of events can be supported through this programme and a notice of interest is required for participation.