Tralee Credit Union Delivers Christmas Early for Community Projects

At the presentation of the Laurie Healy Community Project Fund were, from left: Helen Geary, branch manager, Killorglin and Castleisland Credit Union offices; Sean Roche, Director Tralee Credit Union; Johnnie Roche, Chairman Michael O’Donohue Memorial Heritage Project, Castleisland; Marie Healy, Pa Laide, CEO Tralee Credit Union; Tom Lawlor, Chairman Tralee Credit Union; Colm Kirwan, Secretary, Michael O’Donohue Memorial Heritage Project and Siobhán Donnelly, Tralee Credit Union. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus LTD ©

Five community groups have just received €3,000 each towards their community project from Tralee Credit Union’s Lauri Healy Community Project Fund.

This is the second round of worthy projects within the local communities to receive funding from the Lauri Healy Community Project Fund.

Earlier this year four groups benefited to the tune of €3,000 each.

Lauri Healy Community Project Fund

Tralee Credit Union’s Lauri Healy Community Project Fund is part of a €260,000 community fund commitment announced by the Tralee Credit Union Board at the its AGM in December.

Tralee Credit Union Chairman Tom Lawlor said that the €260,000 is to be shared with the community over the next four years to a total of €65,000 per year.

The history of the school: The late Michael O'Donohoe, NT pictured with his father, Matt and sister Breda Brooks on the day of his retirement from Castleisland Boys' National School in September 1991.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 30-9-1991
The history of the school: The late Michael O’Donohoe, NT pictured with his father, Matt and sister Breda Brooks on the day of his retirement from Castleisland Boys’ National School in September 1991.
©Photograph: John Reidy 30-9-1991

“€100,000 is committed to supporting the sponsorship of local clubs, organisations and community groups. These are typically small amounts, with an average of €100 for community, sporting, educational or artistic events. These funds are vital to the well-being of local groups, clubs, schools, festivals, etc.

€120,000 Committed

“€40,000 is dedicated to our Education and Dan Kellegher Memorial Awards to third level students and €120,000 is committed over the next four years to the Lauri Healy Community Project Fund in honour of founder director and this will support community projects with long term value to the community,” said Mr. Lawlor.

At Tralee Credit Unions’ Prizegiving night five community groups each received €3,000 from the second round of the Lauri Healy Community Project Fund.

Speaking at the presentation to the various groups, CEO, Pa Laide spoke of the dedication of Lauri Healy as one of the founding directors who dedicated so much time and energy to Tralee Credit Union.

Active in Support

“Lauri was also active in his support and development of other credit unions in Kerry and further afield. He was a director with Tralee Credit Union for more than 30 years, he served with Chapter 23 for as many years.

“As a board member of the Irish League of Credit Unions he helped shape the movement in its early days.

“The Lauri Healy Community Project Fund is a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much to his local community,” said Mr. Laide.

The five community projects, which were presented with their funding by Lauri’s wife Marie, were:

The Five Community Projects

(1) KYDS Neighbourhood Youth Project in Killorglin, instillation of an energy saving heat pump.

(2)Banna Rescue, purchasing five lifeboat crew kits.

(3)Michael O’Donohoe Memorial Heritage Project, recording and collection of material of importance to Castleisland in particular and Kerry in general.

(4) Killorglin Family Resource Centre Ltd to aid in funding play therapy room.

(5) Abbeydorney Community Playgroup Development to aid in the development of a community playground.

Tralee Credit Union will accept the first round of 2018 applications from January 1st to February 28th.

Application forms are available online on the Tralee Credit Union website and from any of their offices in Tralee, Castleisland or Killorglin. For further information visit the website on

About the Michael O’Donohoe Memorial Heritage Project 

The Michael O Donohoe Memorial Heritage Project was launched in Castleisland in October 2014 by a local committee dedicated to safeguarding the collection of historical research papers of the late Michael O’Donohoe, former principal of Castleisland Boys’ National School.

The vision of the committee is to archive and digitise the collection for access on the dedicated website.  This task began in May 2015 following a successful and ongoing fundraising campaign and will take several years to complete. The collection, illustrations of which are published today, is a representation of at least 30 years of research but most notably the period which followed Michael O’Donohoe’s retirement in 1991 until his death in 2008.

Welcoming the Tralee Credit Union / Lauri Healy Community Project Funding, Chairman, Johnnie Roche thanked the board for their help and kindness during the application and interview stage of the process.

“This is a very welcome boost for the Michael O’Donohoe project and it means that we can advance our plans and make more of his incredible volume of archival material available.

“His interests were mainly on the history of Castleisland and its hinterland but it strayed well outside these borders to take in the whole county and further afield where extra research demanded,” said Mr. Roche.

See more of the Michael O’Donohoe Memorial Heritage Project.


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