Wexford Communities say it’s time for play!

13 local groups share almost €380k of LEADER funding to support the development of play facilities.   Wexford Local Development (WLD) and Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) have today announced the allocation of €379,714 towards the costs of developing ten new playgrounds, one multi user games area and two outdoor gyms in County Wexford.   Thirteen […]

New Ross & District “Best in Tourism” Award 2018

Wexford Local Development is delighted to sponsor the “Best in Tourism” award in the 2018 New Ross & District, Business & Community Awards. Now in their eleventh year, these awards provide businesses and community groups in the town and district an opportunity to share their inspiring stories and showcase achievements. Entry is free and open […]

LEADER Food Initiative’ provides up to €200,000 grant aid opportunity for Wexford artisan and small food businesses

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, recently launched the ‘LEADER Food Initiative’ – a €15 million national fund for artisan/small food and beverage businesses. The Initiative will provide financial supports to new and existing businesses for the renovation and […]

Are you trying everywhere but just can’t get any work?

Why not sign up for our CV & Interview skills workshop this July in Wexford. It’s a short, relaxed workshop….and it can help you to decide where to look for work. More importantly, it will give you tips on how to go about it. …and it’s free! Click here for more information

Deadline approaches for Social Enterprise Award entries

The Wexford Business Awards, now in their tenth year, are county wide awards recognising the entrepreneurialism, innovation, diversity and talent of businesses across all sectors. The awards honour Wexford’s industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success. Wexford Local Development is proud to sponsor the category of Wexford Social […]

WLD now inviting applications for LEADER business grants of up to €200,000

Wexford Local Development have announced that €1.5m in LEADER grant aid is available for niche start-up and expanding businesses across a range of sectors to include tourism, food, creative industries and general enterprise. Grant aid of up to 50% for capital and marketing costs is on offer to both micro and small businesses – those […]

Closing date for “Wexford Trails” Development Role: Friday 16th February 2018

Wexford Local Development is inviting applications for the following new contract role: Wexford Trails Development Officer (Part-Time) Applications from suitable individuals or organisations should include: Details of qualifications, experience and relevant track record in Tourism, Project Management and Marketing An outline of your understanding of the scope and key objectives of the project A detailed […]

€1.5m LEADER Grant Aid now available for niche Wexford Businesses

During 2017, LEADER grant aid of almost €1.6m was allocated to innovative enterprise and community projects throughout County Wexford. During 2018, a further €1.5m is available for niche start-up and expanding businesses across a range of sectors to include tourism, food, creative industries and general enterprise.  Grant aid of up to 50% of eligible costs is now […]

Vacancy for Wexford Trails Development Officer (Part-Time)

  Wexford Local Development is inviting applications for the following new contract role: Wexford Trails Development Officer (Part-Time)   Applications from suitable individuals or organisations should include: Details of qualifications, experience and relevant track record in Tourism, Project Management and Marketing An outline of your understanding of the scope and key objectives of the project […]

€1.5m LEADER Grant Aid available to Wexford Businesses in 2018

During 2017, LEADER grant aid of almost €1.6m was allocated to innovative enterprise and community projects throughout County Wexford. During 2018, a further €1.5m is available for niche start-up and expanding businesses across a range of sectors to include tourism, food, creative industries and general enterprise.  Grant aid of up to 50% of eligible costs […]

Communicating with People with Dementia Workshop

Wexford Local Development hosted this workshop in Enniscorthy on December 20th, attended by 16 individuals and facilitated by The Irish Hospice Foundation. It was the third occasion this year that WLD provided this workshop for participants on its healthcare courses.     The workshop gives individuals an opportunity to improve their confidence and competence when communicating […]

safeTALK – Suicide Alert Training

safeTALK is a half day training programme that prepares the participant to identify people with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. On December 5th in Enniscorthy, this training was held by Wexford Local Development and facilitated by the HSE Suicide Resource Office.  The course was attended by 15 individuals, made up of healthcare […]

Cardiac First Response Training

A group of WLD healthcare clients took part in this training course in Order of Malta Training HQ, Wexford,  on Tuesday, December 12th. The comprehensive and practically – based training was developed by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) as a national standard to ensure that those who suffer cardiac arrest in the community are given […]

€400k of LEADER Grants to Wexford Food Businesses

Almost €400,000 in LEADER grant aid has recently been approved for eleven niche food and beverage businesses located in County Wexford.  This is the first allocation of money from the current EU & Exchequer funded LEADER Programme in the county. According to Councillor Kathleen Codd-Nolan, chairperson of Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), the grant […]

Social Farming in Wexford – Open Day – Friday 29th September

The concept and value of Social Farming will be outlined at an open day on the farm of Shelly Berry and Denis O Connor of Ballinamona, Kilmuckridge, Gorey, Co Wexford on Friday 29th September 2017 from 10am to 1pm. Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on farms as a form of a social […]

Under 25? Living in Enniscorthy? This may be for you…..

Under 25 Work Placement Programme Are You……15 to 24 years old? Interested in working? Lacking some key skills? No work experience? Then this is the course for you!   Click here for further details or see our Calendar of Events To Register, contact Noreen Dake, Youth Employment Officer, on 053-9155885 or 085-7517600 email: ndake@wld.ie or call into our office […]

Social Farming proves its worth

Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on farms as a form of a social support service, providing social, educational, therapeutic and rehabilitative opportunities for a wide range of people  who  need  support  to  contribute  to  the  positive  social  fabric  required  for  society  to  be  truly  inclusive.  Participants include people with intellectual, physical, mental […]

Making A Difference Together

  Wexford Local Development was delighted to be joined by community representatives from throughout Co. Wexford for their annual Community Conference in the Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford on Saturday last, April 8th.   The theme of the event, “Who’s Listening?”, focused on how to increase participation at all levels in communities around the county and workshops […]

Social Farming South East – Regional Seminar – 5th April 2017

Social Farming is the practice of offering family farms as a form of social service. The farm is not a specialised treatment farm; rather the farm remains a typical working farm where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farm’s activities in a nonclinical environment. It also creates the opportunity to […]

LEADER Expressions of Interest Sought for Community Activities

Wexford Local Development (WLD) has announced that €300,000 of LEADER Programme grant aid is to be made available for community activities throughout the county during the coming months. This funding will be targeted at three separate categories – the development of walking trails, community arts and culture projects and youth facilities; each of which will […]

€500,000 LEADER grant aid for Wexford Tourism in 2017

Wexford Local Development (WLD) has announced that €500,000 of LEADER Programme grant aid is to be made available to niche tourism projects throughout the county during the coming months. This funding will be targeted at existing businesses as well as new business start-ups and offers a great opportunity for projects that display innovation, job creation […]

Networking Women’s Groups

Building on the solidarity demonstrated at the first Women’s Groups Networking event in March 2016, 57 representatives from 14 Women’s groups across Co. Wexford came together in Templeshannon Community Centre on November 9th to discuss women’s leadership in their communities, hosted by Wexford Local Development.The networking event consisted of workshops where participants reflected on the […]

Raising Awareness of Traveller Suicide

Suicide is a huge issue in the Travelling Community in Co. Wexford. The All Ireland Traveller Health Study co-ordinated by UCD in 2010 reported that a Traveller man is six times more likely than his settled counterpart to die by suicide. As a result of large family networks, for each Traveller who dies by suicide, […]

Social Farming Development Role for the South East

Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on farms as a form of a social support service. It provides  a  pathway  for  people  who  need  support  to  contribute  to  the  positive  social  fabric  required  for  society  to  be  truly  inclusive.  Social (or care farming) is widely practiced by farmers in other parts of Europe […]

LEADER Expression of Interest request for Artisan Food & Community Centre Developments/Upgrades

Wexford Local Development (WLD) is now seeking applications for LEADER grant supports from community groups and private enterprises in the following categories: Artisan Food & Drinks Total Budget: €500,000 (Max.€200k/project) Community Centre Development / Upgrades Total Budget: €500,000 (Max.€200k/project) Applicants must complete a two stage application process: Stage1: Complete an “expression of interest” form to […]

Professional Services Provider Panel – Register of Interest

Prior to the commencement of the LEADER Programme 2014-2020, Wexford Local Development is seeking to develop a panel of Professional Service Providers. These providers will provide supports to applicants seeking grant aid, including research and development/feasibility supports, in the following sectors: Community Development Enterprise Development Social Enterprise Urban & Village Renewal Artisan Food Tourism Built […]

“A Better Life in Rural Areas” – The Cork 2.0 EU Declaration on Rural Development

The need to update the European Union’s vision for rural areas was to the fore at the recent European Conference on Rural Development hosted in Cork by EU Agriculture & Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan. Tom Bermingham from Wexford Local Development’s LEADER programme was among three hundred rural development stakeholders from throughout Europe who participated […]

€8M LEADER PROGRAMME TO BENEFIT CO WEXFORD

Joint Press Release on behalf of Wexford Local Development and Wexford Local Community Development Committee – 23 September 2016. At a series of meetings throughout the county during the past two weeks attended by in excess of 400 people, Brian Kehoe, CEO of Wexford Local Development outlined that LEADER grant aid of almost €8million would […]

LEADER 2014-2020 Information Meetings Announced

LEADER grant aid of almost €8million will be invested in innovative community and enterprise projects throughout the county between now and 2020. The LEADER Programme is 63% funded by the EU & 37% by the Irish Exchequer and focuses on “promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas”. Wexford Local Community Development […]

Wexford Walking Trails Festival details announced

Details have just been announced for the 3rd annual Wexford Walking Trails Festival to be held on the weekend of Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September 2016.   The details are as follows: Friday 23rd September 5.30pm ‘1916 Songs and Stories Ramble in Enniscorthy’ Led by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune, the ramble will be […]

Funding Agreements issue for €250m LEADER 2020 programme – Minister Humphreys

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is today (Tuesday 21st June 2016) issuing the first Funding Agreements for the delivery of the LEADER 2020 programme in 18 counties, including Wexford. LEADER 2020 is a key component of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It will provide funding of €250 million to […]

Rebuilding the Helen Blake

On Friday, February 20th 1914, a Norwegian boat called the Mexico was shipwrecked in a storm on the Keeragh Islands, close to Bannow. Despite the gale force storms, a lifeboat called the Helen Blake from the Fethard on Sea RNLI Lifeboat station set out with 14 crew members to rescue the crew of the Mexico. As […]

Wexford Town Tourism Ambassadors Required

Would you like to be a Wexford Ambassador during the Summer season in Wexford Town? Do you want to be a part of this exciting tourism initiative in Wexford Town? Wexford will be alive with festive atmosphere during the Summer weekends and we want you to help us give visitors a warm welcome. Welcome Ambassadors […]

Hub for Artistic Activities opens in Gorey

The official opening of the WLD funded new Gorey School of Art (GSA) building took place on Friday June 3rd. The cutting of the ribbon performed by local Artist Conor McDonald coincided with the highly impressive End of Year Exhibition by present students. The new centre of creative excellence developed by Gorey Educational Trust Ltd […]

Morriscastle Strand Ltd & Kia Ora Mini Farm Micro-Enterprise Award Winners 2016

Wexford Local Development (WLD) is proud to have played a part in the business development of each of the nominees in the WLD sponsored Micro-Enterprise Category of the Wexford Business Awards 2016. Those shortlisted in recognition of their achievements in the Micro Enterprise Sector in County Wexford included Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants, Shane Tubrid Furniture by […]

“Wexford well positioned to build sustainable jobs” – Duncan Stewart

Architect, environmentalist and TV presenter, Duncan Stewart, visited Wexford recently to speak on ‘Creating New Local Sustainable Enterprises’. The talk at Wexford Library, presented in association with Future-Proof Wexford, attracted a large and, as Duncan himself acknowledged, very savy audience. In the course of a wide-ranging talk, he said that Wexford is well placed to […]

A Review of LEADER in Wexford 2009-2015

  Wexford Local Development is very proud of the significant achievements of the 2009-2015 LEADER Programme in Co. Wexford. We supported 396 individual projects and paid out over €9.2 million in grant aid over a 5 year period. This grant aid was distributed to community groups and small businesses in all parts of Co. Wexford […]

Successful Seminar on Community Financing

  Over 100 representatives of community, voluntary, non profit and sporting organisations attended a seminar held by Wexford Local Development (WLD) last night (Thursday 28th April) in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. The large attendance included community representatives from all parts of Co. Wexford, ranging from recently established groups to those who have been successfully […]

Financing Your Community

  Wexford Local Development is hosting a seminar on Thursday 28th April on the topic of Financing Your Community Organisation. The seminar will be held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy.   This seminar will be of interest to all community organisations including local development groups, sports clubs and social enterprises. The seminar will examine […]