Client Stories

Kilcar Kayaking

Kilcar Kayaking

A boost to adventure tourism on the Donegal coast.

Kilkar Kayaking was set up in 2019 by a group of volunteers with an interest in developing the tourism offerings in Donegal.

With support from Donegal Education and Training Board, and working in conjunction with Irish Adventure Centre, the group’s initial offering involved a pilot training course and has since developed into kayak hire for recreational use.

We were overjoyed that our support has enabled the organisation in their early stages of development, enabling them to purchase additional kayaks and associated equipment to grow their business further.

Kilcar Kayaking

“Kilcar kayaking is a small community club set up to provide a social outlet for the community. With the aid of a flag grant we secured our kayaks but this would not have been possible without the assistance from Community Finance Ireland and their wonderful staff. Now we have in excess of 20 members and enjoy our weekly paddles.”

Noel McGinley, Kilcar Kayaking

Aghavea Parish Church

Aghavea Parish Church

Extending a hand of welcome and love to others in the community.

Aghavea Parish Church can trace its roots back to 1800 and covers a mainly rural area in County Fermanagh. The church provides regular public worship, community outreach and offers help and facilities to the local community.

We were delighted that our support has enabled the church to carry out extensive renovation programme and to repair and refurbish the main church building inside and out.

Aghavea Parish Church

“We would like to thank and commend Community Finance Ireland for their valuable support during the restoration of our Parish Church in Aghavea. They very graciously advised us of funding options for the remainder of the funds we needed for our £400,000 restoration.  Their advice and funding offer meant that we have been able to complete the work on our 200 year old building, bringing it back to its former glory, and we now have a spiritual home for our parish that is more than suitable for the next generation of worshippers. They made the whole process very straightforward, and equipped us with the funds and support we needed at the right time.  We would recommend them completely.”

Reverend Johnny McLoughlin, Rector, Aghavea Parish Church.

Forkhill Pre-School Playgroup

Forkhill Pre-School Playgroup

Empowering and improving the capacity for the local community with a modern facility in a rural area.

Forkhill Pre-School is a voluntary not for profit preschool set up in 1983 and situated in the Ring of Gullion catchment area in rural Armagh.

The childcare sector like most others has been greatly impacted by the pandemic. With support from CBILS, Forkhill Playgroup has been able to progress with the construction of a modern purpose built childcare facility. The new facility will comprise of a large playroom, a multi-purpose quiet room, kitchen, toilet facilities, cloak area and an outdoor play area.

Our support has helped the development of this new facility, better positioning the playgroup to respond to any new statutory conditions or regulations imposed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Forkhill Pre-School Playgroup

“We are grateful for the support provided by CBILS which was vital in enabling us to pay upfront costs during the construction phase and a shortfall in the funding required to complete our new childcare facility.

The new centre will leave the playgroup well placed to respond to any new statutory conditions or regulations imposed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.”

Marie Grant, Chair, Forkhill Preschool Playgroup