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Kiltegan GAA

A GAA club that is the key social focal point for a small village and surrounding area in County Wicklow.

Kiltegan GAA club was founded in 1929 and is located in Kiltegan, a village of approximately 700 inhabitants located close to the Carlow border in South West Wicklow. Like many rural villages the Club acts as a social hub for its local inhabitants.

The club fields teams in ladies Gaelic football and camogie (Kiltegan GAA) and a junior section (Michael Dwyer’s, a combination of Kiltegan with 2 other small clubs in the area, Ballymanus & Knockananna).

They successfully applied for social finance with Community Finance Ireland, finding the missing piece they needed to complete the construction of a new astro pitch.

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“Barry made the process really simple. His communication was excellent. We knew within ten days that our application had been successful.”

Paula Boland, Secretary Kiltegan GAA

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Walkinstown Greenhills Resource Centre CLG 

An organisation that is the backbone of their community now own their own property. 

Walkinstown Greenhills Resource Centre offer a range of support services to those affected by substance misuse, gambling harm and mental health difficulties. The organisation aim to help their community in the best way they can; providing addiction counselling services, family support, complementary therapies or educational programmes. 

The sustainability of these services into the future was given a great boost when their application for social finance was given a yes and the committee purchased a residential property in Dublin that is now “home” for those in their local area who need help dealing with alcohol or substance abuse and or mental health needs.

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“We were trying for many years to secure the finance to buy our own property, we came close a few times but usually fell short as we just didn’t have enough capital to secure the property. This all changed when we connected with Community Finance Ireland. From the very start, they demonstrated great support and willingness to work with us and make it happen. They were very clear on what was required, they made the process very straight forward and helped us through every step of the process. They were great to work with and really understood the community sector and where we were coming from.”

John Davis, CEO Walkinstown Greenhill Resource Centre