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Volunteer of the Year 2016
Call for Nominations
The 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award is now open for nominations. The award is your chance to highlight the remarkable achievements of volunteers across the length and breadth of the county who truly make Monaghan a better place.
Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes and ages. They give their time and talent freely in all sorts of ways to make life better for their neighbours and their community. If you know someone who you feel has made a special contribution to your community or to a local charity or non-profit group, why not nominate them today?
Click here for Nomination forms and guidelines or contact Sinead or Francis at Monaghan Volunteer Centre 047-72191. Closing date is Friday 9th September at 5.00pm.
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Monaghan LEADER RDP 2014 - 2020 Funding Contract Signed
Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) with LEADER implementing partner Monaghan Integrated Development Limited (MID) and financial partner Monaghan County Council attended the national launch of the LEADER programme in Virginia, Cavan on Friday last (08/07/2016).
The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and the Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, signed the first Funding Contracts for the delivery of the LEADER RDP 2014-2020 programme at the launch event.
All three operational partners signed the LEADER contract on behalf of their respective bodies for the delivery of €7,592,719.51 LEADER funding programme over the next four to five years in county Monaghan. The partners are all looking forward to seeing LEADER continue to play an important part in stimulating the rural economy of county Monaghan.
Monaghan Local Community Development Committee in association with Monaghan Integrated Development and Monaghan County Council are preparing for the local county Monaghan launch of LEADER in early September. MID are planning a number of information events to publicise the LEADER funding opportunities for local enterprises, tourism, community based social inclusion approaches and environmental best practice in venues throughout Co Monaghan following the local launch in September.
Minister Humphreys said; “One of the real strengths of LEADER is that it can be tailored to meet the specific needs of local communities. Local action groups can fund projects across a range of diverse themes such as enterprise development, rural tourism, enhancement of rural towns and the provision of basic services for hard to reach communities”. Highlighting the importance of LEADER to rural Ireland, the Minister went on to say “We know that last year, LEADER funding supported 800 enterprises and helped to create in the region of 500 jobs. LEADER is an incredibly important source of funding for rural towns and villages, and I am confident that the €250 million fund will support significant job creation in the coming years".
LEADER Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 is supported by the “The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas” and by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and the Gaeltacht Affairs. LEADER 2020 is a key component of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It will provide funding of €250 million to enterprises and community groups throughout rural Ireland for projects that are selected by local action groups consisting of local representatives from both the public and private sector.
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The Monaghan Local Action Group for LEADER is an initiative of Monaghan Local and Community Development Committee (LCDC) in partnership with Monaghan Integrated Development Ltd (MID) and Monaghan County Council.
Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
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Monaghan Business success at ILDN Border Region Enterprise Awards
Innovation and job creation were to the fore as the achievements of 14 start-up businesses were recognised at the second ILDN Border Region Enterprise Awards. This initiative pays tribute to and acknowledges the remarkable achievements of those individuals, previously unemployed who set up new businesses, creating employment for themselves and others using the DSP Enterprise Allowance schemes. All the businesses were started with the support of their local development company and used the DSPs Enterprise Allowance Schemes to help them get established.
Three of the fourteen businesses were selected to progress to the first ever ILDN National Enterprise Awards in Dublin this September. These were online marketing business ‘Pro SEO Ltd’ from Monaghan, ‘Tastys’ Fast Food outlets from Inishowen and ‘Simply Natural Health’, a Letterkenny based company that sells frozen wheatgrass shots and operates a local Artisan Food & Craft Market.
The presentation of the awards took place in the Cavan Crystal Hotel on Friday night 27th May. The awards were presented by Sean Quinn & Jim Slevin Chairman of the ILDN Border Region Network. A short biography of each business was read and Sean Quinn presented an award to the business owners present. The Monaghan nominees were:
Gráinne O’Hagan – Sound Haven Music Therapy.
Gráinne holds a BA in Music & Philosophy from NUIM and a Masters in Music Therapy from UL and has become a pioneer for the use of music therapy in the Northeast.
Gráinne’s company, Sound Haven Music Therapy works with various groups/individuals, including those with Autism, physical disability, mental health needs, learning disabilities, Downs Syndrome and Dementia or related Alzheimers. Gráinne includes the client in their own therapeutic process and no prior musical experience is needed to avail of the service.
Derek Dolan – Pro SEO Ltd
Derek Dolan has established a highly successful search engine optimization and online marketing business. This includes SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), Google Adwords, Web Design, Social Media, Selling B2B (Business to business), Increasing Customer Traffic and Sales. He has grown this business from his bedroom to occupy offices in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan and Dublin City Centre. Pro SEO currently employs 6 full-time staff, 2 Salesmen operating on commission and has 2 part-time positions, one an Intern and the other a trainee developer. Derek intends to expand the business into the UK and European markets and will recruit 3 new staff in the year ahead to help him do so.
All the nominees had high praise for the DSPs Enterprise Allowance schemes and the support received from their local development company. Derek Dolan stated “Without the BTWEA scheme and the support of the team in the local development company, it would not have been possible to start the business”.
Jim Slevin Chairman of the ILDN Border Region Network said, “The awards have brought fourteen businesses into the limelight but there are many more that could also have been on the shortlist. All the businesses were started by people who found themselves unemployed. These awards are about recognising their achievements in overcoming adverse circumstances to establish a successful business. It is also about giving hope to people who are unemployed and saying there’s something out there for them.”
Sean Quinn joked that he had started his business in 1973 with £600 and said “I probably have less now!” He expressed his admiration for those receiving awards on the night. He said he knew personally how tough business can be and stated that the border region needed people like those being recognised to ensure it had a vibrant economic future.