Kildare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and County Kildare LEADER Partnership are pleased to announce the signing of the first contracts for LEADER funding under the current programme. The projects are the result of a call for expressions of interest for Rural Tourism Projects.

Building on the success of Athy Boat Tours, Athy Enterprise Centre CLG has been approved for LEADER funding towards Canadian Canoes, bicycles and safety equipment, launching in time for the 2018 summer season.

Athy Heritage Centre Museum is to become a specialist Shackleton Museum. LEADER funding has been approved to showcase Shackleton’s “sea bedroom”.

These projects are paving the way for more LEADER applications which will be approved in January and throughout 2018.

Athy Heritage Centre

Athy Heritage Centre:  Left to Right:  Clem Roche, Frank Taaffe (Board Members of Athy Heritage Centre), Margaret Walsh (Manager of Athy Heritage Centre), Marc Guernon (Board Member of Athy Heritage Centre) and Brian Kelly (County Kildare LEADER Partnership).

Athy Enterprise Centre
Athy Enterprise Centre: Left to Right:  Brian Kelly (County Kildare LEADER Partnership), Patricia Berry, Helen Dowling (Manager of Athy Enterprise Centre) and J.P. Holligan