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  • Women in Agriculture group planning for expansion in Kerry

    November 2014 | by Lee Strand

    The very successful Women in Agriculture group based around the greater Killarney area are planning a major information meeting this Thursday night aimed at developing the organisation around the county of Kerry. The group, who have been in existence for the last 30 years, are hoping to expand membership in their own group as well as encouraging others to set up similar groups around the county. Sheila Crowley of the Women in Agriculture group pointed out that other groups did form originally in Kerry but that for the most part they are not active. We aim to encourage these and new groups to set up in Kerry and we will assist them in this. The Women in Agriculture is mainly an information and support group for all rural women aimed at providing them with the most up to date details on topics of interest from EU support programmes to farm family health issues and everything in between. Sheila Crowley commented “We meet once a month in general but in the meantime we keep in touch and help each other out if needed in the meantime. In recognition of the times in which we live, we have now set up a Facebook page Women in Agriculture Kerry to help encourage all groups and members to link up together and we hope to develop links with other similar groups in Ireland and abroad”. The initiative is being supported by South Kerry Development Partnership through its INTERREG Rural Alliances project and by Lee Strand. John O’Sullivan, General Manager, Lee Strand stated at the launch “Lee Strand is delighted to support the Women in Agriculture group. This is a great initiative that provides a valuable support network to women who are working in agriculture or women who are from a rural background in Kerry”. Rural Alliances Project Manager Seán de Buitléar said that this is an excellent initiative that not only provides rural women with crucial information and support but also helps overcome issues around rural isolation. “We hope to assist them develop links with other similar groups in our partner areas in North West Europe” Seán added. The information meeting takes place in The Malton Hotel, Killarney starting at 8pm and will be addressed by a number of speakers including Kathleen Sullivan from Teagasc who assisted the original Killarney group form 30 years ago. Light refreshments will also be served where women will have the chance to speak with members and learn more about the benefits of being involved with Women in Agriculture.
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