A TOTAL allocation of €52,585 to 12 Clare projects from the Communities Integration Fund will help local communities reconnect and celebrate the rich cultural diversity in our society.

That’s according to Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey who said that the funding is one of a number of initiatives to support the integration of migrant and host communities around the county.

“It is appropriate that the Government should acknowledge the tireless commitment and dedication that local community organisations have shown in supporting new arrivals. 

“Community-based initiatives, such as those awarded funding, can play a vital role in supporting refugees settling into a new environment, providing them with the opportunity to connect with their new community and to realise their full potential,” Deputy Carey added.

The 12 Clare projects awarded funding of between €5,000 and €1,000 are: Radió Corca Baiscinn (€4,075); Faith and Light ‘Beat of the Burren’ (€5,000); Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns ‘Blossom in the Burren’ (€5,000); Killaloe/Ballina Community and Family Resource Centre Food Share Project (€4,970); West Clare Family Resource Centre, Integration of Older Ukrainian Refugees (€5,000); Lisdoonvarna Failte International Community Cultural Festival (€5,000); LINKS Lisdoonvarna (€4,790); Russell Festival Committee ‘Community Connect’ (€1,950); Clare Youth Service, Shannon Summer Active Arts; Integration Programme (€5,000); Burren United Womens Football Club ‘Soccer Sisters’ (€5,000); Sporting Ennistymon FC (€1,800) and Lisdoonvarna Rugby Club ‘Trying Together’ (€5,000).