Councillors Welcome CLÁR Fundaing of Over €14,000 for Knocknagoshel Meals on Wheels

Caring and coping through Covid-19: Members of the Knocknagoshel Women’s Group Meals on Wheels pictured in October after the announcement that the group received €37,286 from the the Covid-19 Stability Fund. Now their CLÁR funding announcement of €14,800 has been broadly welcomed. Included from left are: Catherine Brosnan, treasurer; Breda Walsh-Mangan, carer / outreach; Catherine Lenihan, chairperson; Betty Shanahan, activities / outreach and Eileen Lenihan, committee member. ©Photograph: John Reidy 6-10-2020
Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald welcoming the grant announcements for Knocknagoshel and Castleisland.

Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald and Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae both welcomed the announcement that a sum of €14,800 has been allocated to the Knocknagoshel Over 55’s Group for their Meals on Wheels programme. 

The funding, announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, is being provided under the CLÁR programme and it will enable community-based organisations to continue delivering Meals on Wheels and associated services.

Cllr. Jackie Healy Rae has expressed his delight at the recognition of the great work being done by the Knocknagoshel Women’s Group in their Meals-on-Wheels and associated services.

Help With Equipment Purchase

It also helps groups to purchase equipment and make adaptations to existing vehicles to support the provision of their services.

This is a new initiative under CLÁR for 2020 in recognition of the critical role played by community groups in responding to COVID-19, with a particular focus on those groups providing Meals on Wheels services.

In Regular Contact

Having been in regular contact with the group and helping in any way that I can, it is great to see  them having gone from strength to strength in supporting some of our most elderly and vulnerable people

throughout the areas around Knocknagoshel, Brosna, Lyrecrompane and beyond,” said Cllr. Healy Rae.

Right Up to Christmas

Even talking to members of the group today, they were making plans for Christmas, working right up to Christmas Eve and back on duty on St. Stephen’s Day, you cannot beat that sense of community that groups like the Knocknagoshel Meals on Wheels have.

It really is fantastic and any funding they receive is richly deserved,” he said.

St. Vincent de Paul Society in Castleisland

Cllr. Fitzgerald also welcomed the allocation to the Knocknagoshel group and that of €4,860.00 for equipment to the St Vincent de Paul Society in Castleisland.

These groups provide great service and care for the community in their areas and this is a very welcome support for all involved,” said Cllr. Fitzgerald.

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