Annual Report

Clashmore and Kinsalebeg Community Council 

Annual Report 2017

Registered Charity No 20162498


The role of the Community Council?
Who is the Community Council?
Committee Members:
2017 Goals

  • Good Neighbours
  • Beautiful Countryside
  • History and Heritage
  • Local Facilities and a Healthy Community
  • Sustainable Environment

Income and Expenditure Account 2017
What’s Happening next?
Would you like to get involved?

The role of the Community Council?

The main object of the Community Council is to encourage members of the community of Clashmore and Kinsalebeg to work together to generate solutions to common problems in order to promote their economic and cultural welfare, and in particular to safeguard the local heritage and environment for future generations.
Working together we will have a stronger voice in dealing with outside bodies like Leader and Waterford City and County Council.

Who is on the Community Council?

Committee Members:

Chairperson:                                 Richard Torney           Contact Number: 087 624 3406
Vice Chairperson:                        Jazz Fitzgerald          Contact Number 086 190 4593
Treasurer:                                 Jacinta Kiely
Secretary:                                Esther Quinn

JJ Fitzgerald                                Colette Beresford                 Helen Collins
Joan Curtin                                Ger Byrne                        Suzanne Allen
Matt Nolan                                Jackie Fox                        Ita Keevers
Tom Llewellyn                        Pat Dillane.

2017 Goals

The activities we have engaged in to date have been based on a needs analysis conducted by the Committee along with continuing consultation with local groups and individuals.

We have identified 5 key areas in our community and have set up sub-groups to work on plans in these areas.

Good Neighbours

Building and maintaining a sense of community is the prime objective of the Community Council. During 2017, computer courses and first aid courses have been organised with the support of Wexford and Waterford Education Training Board. Community events like coffee mornings, tea dances and talks have been arranged. The Community Council Facebook page ended the year with over 1,000 followers and is used as a message board for the community.
There is in place a plan to explore the possibility of building more suitable housing for our older residents and a survey has been commissioned.

Sub group members:
Richard Torney; Jazz Fitzgerald; Francis O Halloran

Beautiful Countryside

Working closely with the Tidy Towns Committee and other community groups in the area, the Community Council organised a clean-up of the roads. A survey of the coastline was carried out in conjunction with Coastwatch Ireland and a close relationship has been established with the local Environmental Officer.
The Community Council has been represented on a working group looking at the possibility of obtaining Blue Way status for the River Blackwater as a way of improving local recreational and tourist facilities; and has been talking to Waterford Leader Partnership, the County Council, Fisheries Local Area Group, and the Water and Communities Office about the potential of our area.

Sub group members:
Richard Torney; JJ Fitzgerald; Colette Beresford; Jacinta Kiely; Jazz Fitzgerald.

History and Heritage

The Community Council has worked with Clashmore/Kinsalebeg Heritage Group to ensure that the history of our community is recorded and celebrated; surveys of local graveyards have been carried out and a grant has been obtained to carry out a structural survey of our unique Distillery Chimney.

Sub Group Members:
Jacinta Kiely; Liam Dunne; Richard Torney; Colette Beresford


Local Facilities and a Healthy Community

During 2017, the Community Council received a grant to buy gym equipment for the Clashmore/Kinsalebeg Community Gym. Operation Transformation was supported with over 60 people taking part. Working with Youghal Community First Responders, over 40 people were trained in defibrillator training and funds were raised for a new defibrillator in Piltown Hall. A grant was obtained to fund community gardens for the 3 National Schools.
Sub Group Members:
Richard Torney; Colette Beresford; Sheila Deasy; Maria Anthony; Ita Keevers; Jane Llewellyn; Jean Johnson; Jazz Fitzgerald.

Sustainable Environment

The Community Council applied to the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland to be a Sustainable Energy Community. This will involve producing a master plan about how we currently use energy and how we can reduce use. Energy surveys were carried out on the community buildings in Clashmore and Piltown. The sub-group is managing a wildlife area next to the N25.
Sub Group Members:
Robert Anthony; Maria Anthony; Frankie Byrne; David Hemming; Brendan Griffin; David Orr; Tom Llewellyn.


What’s Happening next?

So far in 2018, your Community Council has;

• Run Operation Transformation again,
• Set up training classes in the new Gym,
• Run a Healthy Day with the Irish Heart Foundation,
• Run another Defibrillator course with Youghal First Responders
• Set up a Camera Club,
• Organised a photo exhibition,
• Applied for a grant to build a pavement in Piltown to the school,
• Set up a new website,
• Used Facebook to help keep people informed during the snow,
• With Kinsalebeg Community Group and Youghal First Responders installed the defibrillator at Piltown Hall
• Co-ordinated the clean-up of the local roads,
• Carried out a clean-up of the shores at Ferrypoint, and at Whiting Bay with Ardmore Tidy Towns,
• Applied for a grant to improve the facilities in Clashmore Heritage Centre,
• Applied for a grant to restore the Distillery Chimney,
• Obtained a grant to carry out a Living History Project,
• Represented the Area on the Waterford Age Friendly Alliance,
• Represented the Area on Blackwater Development Group,
• Consulted with Waterford City and County Council, Waterford PPN, Water and Communities Office, Fisheries Local Area Group, Waterford Leader Partnership, Waterford Area Partnership about the future of our area.
• Become a Registered Charity

Would you like to get involved?
We can always use extra volunteers and ideas, please feel free to contact any of our members if you have an idea that could improve our community. Text your details to 087 6243406 or email

To keep up to date

Read West Waterford Notes in the Dungarvan Observer, Dungarvan Leader or Youghal News.

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Special thanks to The Community Foundation of Ireland for their support for this annual report and production of our website.