COMMUNITY SUPPORT

 

The Involvement Centre, Kilkenny

(June 2018)

The Involvement Centre is based on Colliers Lane in Kilkenny City and is a peer-led support service for adults with Mental Health difficulties, their families and friends.  It was established as part of ARI (Advancing Recovery Ireland) and is run by volunteers.

Users of the service, along with volunteers are currently busy rehearsing a new radio play called A RIVER WALK which was written by Kilkenny based author, Frank Marshall and is being produced by the newly set up theatre group, “Lake Productions”.

St. Canice’s Credit Union is delighted to be the sole sponsor of the production of a A RIVER WALK.

Sponsorship of Kilkenny Ladies Gaelic Football

June 2018

 

We’re proud to support Kilkenny Ladies Gaelic Football.  Our sponsorship was announced at their blitz on the Kells Road on 17th June.

 

Eastern Environs Defibrillator

In early 2018 a group of concerned citizens with links to Newpark Resource Centre decided to raise funds to install a defibrillator with 24 hour access in the area.  Led by Frank Cody and Margaret Lanigan the group reached out to local businesses for support as well as hosting fundraisers including a launch and coffee morning in Newpark Resource Centre. St. Canice’s Credit Union were delighted to be able to support the appeal and are thrilled that only a couple of months since the plans were formed one defibrillator has already been installed at Eurospar in the Newpark Shopping Centre. There are also plans to install a number of other units in the area. It’s a huge achievement for the group and a  great benefit to the local community.

The picture below shows the official presentation of the Billy Leahy Memorial Defibrillator which was held at the O Loughlin Gaels clubhouse in April

 

Ossory Youth – Youth Bank Kilkenny

March 2018

We’re delighted to support the youth of Kilkenny and it’s surrounding areas through the Youth Bank initiative run by Ossory Youth.  The committee members picked up their €500 sponsorship cheque from Teasie Brennan in our main branch on High Street in Kilkenny.

 

Callan

After our merger with Callan Credit Union in 2017 we began to work with a number of local groups in the area to support them in any way we could. One of the first groups we met were L’Arche who invited us in for a tour and explained all the wonderful services they provide.

We also built up a relationship with a number of sports clubs in the Callan area, one of which was the boxing club which has had huge success over the years. We were thrilled to be able to provide some small support to them. One of our Credit Union volunteers Jim went out to present the cheque to Jimmy

 

SCHOOLS

We have an array of talented young people in our common bond taking part in all manner of events – sporting, academic, and artistic. St. Canice’s does its best to support as many local schools as possible. As well as our student scholarship draw, tech assist loan schemes and special low rate student loans, we also contribute sponsorship and financial support to many local schools.

Our support goes towards kits, supplies, facilities and transport, among other things. We also engage with schools by visiting Transition year and Leaving Cert students to promote the benefits of credit union membership and explain the benefits of saving and being careful with money.

Some of the schools to have benefitted in 2016 included:

  • St. Kieran’s College who had all Ireland wins in both soccer and hurling
  • Loreto College who had an array of sporting victories in camogie, cross country and hockey
  • Clara National School who went all the way to the Schools Quiz Final in Dublin
  • Scoil Naomh Bríd Ballyragget to support their annual fundraising event
Clara-National-School School’s Quiz Final
Clara National School Quiz Team that progressed to the National Finals in the RDS in Dublin.

 

GAA

The GAA is an integral part of the fabric of society across Ireland and in this part of the world it’s especially strong. St. Canice’s Credit Union is proud to sponsor the Senior Hurling League and Championship in Kilkenny.  The GAA is the biggest sporting organisation in the country with a huge number of our members taking part at all levels. Speaking with members in our Kilkenny offices, the main topic of conversation over the summer months is always hurling. On the Laois side of the border, the interest is spread across both codes and we’re delighted to support many clubs right across our common bond area.

      

 

Mountrath presentation

Members of the Castletown Slieve Bloom Juvenile GAA club with Claire from our Mountrath Branch

 

KILKENNY & DISTRICT SOCCER LEAGUE

St. Canice’s is the main sponsor of the Premier Division of the league which has 9 senior teams competing. We also sponsor the U15 league with 18 teams competing across 3 divisions. The League celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2016 and we were there to support the celebrations. Despite the fondness for the small ball in Kilkenny, it is also a very strong soccer area and the size and popularity of the league reflects that.

KILKENNY CITY HARRIERS

With 469 members and several high profile athletes competing at the highest level, the Harriers are one of Kilkenny’s most vibrant sports clubs. Founded in 1953, it operates from the running track in Scanlon Park next to the Watershed in Kilkenny. The club has a very high profile nationally and is always in with a chance of medals in both the senior men’s and women’s national competitions. The Harriers have had a representative at the last five Olympics and the club continues to go from strength to strength.

Kilkenny City Harriers
Eoin Everard, European qualifier, representing Kilkenny City Harriers Athletics club, receiving sponsorship from Tom McWey from St. Canice’s Credit Union (2016)

KILKENNY CHAMBER

Kilkenny Chamber Shopping Vouchers are available to buy from our main office on High Street in Kilkenny. They are sold in denominations of €10, €20 and €50 and can be redeemed at participating outlets in the city. With over 150 participating outlets in Kilkenny, they are an ideal gift for friends and family alike.

KEEP KILKENNY BEAUTIFUL

St. Canice’s Credit Union is delighted to be a longtime supporter of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
Founded in 1980, the committee is part of our vibrant city community. It works throughout the year with the city authorities, residents associations, voluntary groups, business and tourism organisations to enhance our city and create a wonderful place to live.

Kilkenny City has received many awards at national level over the years, including overall National Tidy Towns Winner in 1985 and again in 2014. It was also overall National Winner in the 2013 Best Tourism Town competition and the Irish Business against Litter competition.

DURROW

Irish Country Roads and Trails - Community Cycle
Irish Country Roads and Trails – Community Cycle Event in Durrow – the club has an active account with the credit union and we were delighted to support their recent High Nelly cycle event (2016)

 

MABS

MABS is the only free, confidential, independent and non-judgemental service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt in Ireland. It is a national service with over 60 offices nationwide with the Kilkenny office founded in 1994.

Kilkenny MABS assists people:

  • Who have debt problems
  • Who need ongoing support with budgeting and negotiation with their creditors
  • Who need advice on money management
  • Who need to use MABS budget accounts to pay their creditors
  • Who are in difficulties with completion of Standard Financial Statements for their Mortgage Providers, The Courts Service and The Insolvency Service

While MABS is not part of St. Canice’s Credit Union, it is a very worthwhile community service that members may find of benefit.

You can contact a money adviser at the Kilkenny office, as follows:

Address: 8 William St, Kilkenny
Telephone: 076 107 2610
Email: kilkenny@mabs.ie

Opening hours: 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday)

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