Kilmeedy Community Development Group Ltd and UCC’s Community Academic Research Links (Carl) have come together to develop a socio-economic plan for Kilmeedy and its hinterland.

UCC’s CARL initiative Is a community linking service through which students undertake work as part of their course in collaboration with community groups and charities in the region.

As part of their final semester research project, two students from the Planning and Sustainable Development Masters course (Sinead Kelly and Sinead Kearney) will undertake the required research to form the basis of a 5 year socio-economic plan. Their research will be concerned with the effects of rural depopulation in the Kilmeedy area and the lack of current services. From their research with residents, the two students will produce a community-based, local socio-economic plan.

With the participation of Kilmeedy residents, this plan will guide the work of Kilmeedy Community Development over the next five years, ensuring the future sustainability of our village.

To develop this plan we need you, the residents, to take part in this process. We will be holding public consultations within the community on issues such as development, community engagement and the possible future of the village.

This is your chance to take part in the future development of Kilmeedy. Have your say.

Consultations will take place at the end of March and the middle of April. Dates will be announced shortly.