€10,000 available for community weekend – ‘The big Hello’ – across Carlow – DEERING

6th March, 2019


COMMUNITY groups across Carlow can use a €10,000 pot to host the country’s first National Community Weekend in their area.


The Big Hello, a Government initiative, takes place over the May bank holiday weekend and Fine Gael Deputy Pat Deering  has encouraged all community and residents groups across Carlow to apply for funding to host an event.


Deputy Deering said, “The National Community Weekend aims to strengthen community ties and tackle social isolation and is being funded through the Department of Rural and Community Development.


“This new initiative, ‘The Big Hello’ will support Communities to host events in their local area in order to strengthen community ties and help tackle the problem of social isolation. Our community spirit is immense and Fine Gael will ensure every support is made available to foster and develop this unique Irish attribute.


“I want to thank Minister Michael Ring for making this funding available. The National Community Weekend is being organised by the Minister’s Department in partnership with representatives of Public Participation Networks, Local Community Development Companies, Volunteer Ireland, Young Social Innovators, Macra na Feirme, Street Feast, An tOireachtas and Change X.


“Carlow County Council is being allocated €10,000 as part of ‘The Big Hello’ and I strongly encourage local groups to apply.


Deering added “Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups, organisations and residents’ committees within Carlow County Council area”.


Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development said: “In a world where people are spending less time in their communities and more time at work, it is important to find new ways to connect people and focus on the importance of neighbours. 


“In our busy lives we rarely make time for each other outside of our network of family, friends and social media contacts.


“I’m delighted to have the active support of a working group from across the community and voluntary sector whose input has been crucial to the design of the event. Their support and extensive community networks will be extremely valuable in promoting The Big Hello throughout Ireland.”



Note for Editors:

National Community Day is an initiative of the Department of Rural and Community Development in conjunction with stakeholders.

€10,000 has been allocated by Minister Ring to each Local Community Develop Committee (LCDC)/Local Authority area to support local events.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups, organisations and residents’ committees within each local authority area.

Who can’t apply?

Applications from individuals, commercial organisations and for-profit organisations, national organisations or applications from community organisations based outside the relevant county.