Great opportunity from LEADER for the Wexford Food & Beverage Sector

Up to €200,000 in grant aid is now available from LEADER to micro and small businesses operating in the Food & Beverage sector in County Wexford. The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, launched this ‘LEADER Food Initiative’ in mid […]

Positive vibes at LEADER Tourism Forum in Wells House

In excess of one hundred people turned out at Wells House near Gorey on Wednesday 6th February for a LEADER Tourism Forum hosted by Wexford Local Development (WLD) entitled “Exploring Tourism Opportunities in Wexford”. The forum covered a range of relevant topics and heard from industry experts as well as those directly involved in tourism […]

13 Wexford Communities Share €266,000 LEADER Funding

€266,000.00 funding has been awarded to Wexford communities by the Local Community Development Committee under the LEADER Programme 2014-2020.  Approved projects support the development of local arts and culture activities and facilities for young people.     Award recipients include the Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance Festival who will use the funding to purchase a new custom […]

€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 […]

€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 […]

€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 […]

€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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Social Enterprise in Wexford

Wexford Local Development (WLD) recently hosted a forum to explore the development of social enterprise throughout the county. The forum included interactive workshops together with presentations from successful local and national social enterprises. The forum heard that social enterprises are essentially business models set up to tackle social, economic or environmental issues, driven by these […]

Local Community wins title of “Best Public Park in Ireland”

  Congratulations to Templeudigan Parish Council whose Templeudigan Park project won the title of Best Public Park in Ireland at the LAMA National Community & Council Awards 2016 which were held in Dublin last weekend.   The Council & Community Awards are a prestigious national event which are organised annually by LAMA, the Local Authority […]

Another Award for Wells House & Gardens

Shortly after being voted Ireland’s Best Family Day Out by Today FM listeners, Wells House & Gardens has received another national award. Sabine Rosler of Wells House and Gardens has won first prize in the Agri Business Innovation Award at the FBD Women and Agriculture Awards sponsored by FBD, Teagasc & the Farmers Journal. These […]

RDP/LEADER Programme 2014-2020 Public Consultation Online Survey

The LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 for Ireland has recently been approved by the EU Commission.  From an overall national budget of €250m, County Wexford has been allocated €9.84m.  In order to secure this considerable level of funding for the county, Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) with Wexford Local Development (WLD) […]

Restored Institute Building re-opens in Enniscorthy

The 150 year old large red bricked structure known as the Church Institute situated on the corner of Castle Street and Church Street in Enniscorthy has been beautifully restored and is now opened as a community facility available to the wider community including children, youth groups, adults, people with disabilities and special interest groups. In […]

School days in the village launched in The Ballagh

Sunday, 14th June 2014 was a memorable day in the life of the community of The Ballagh, a rural parish enveloped in a rich history and heritage. located in the heart of Co Wexford. This time last year, the local school Parents Association decided that it would be good for the community to record and preserve […]

WLD LEADER Grant delivers 14 new jobs in Enniscorthy Meat Company

Kavanagh Meats Ltd based on the Old Dublin Road in Enniscorthy originated in the 1970’s when James Kavanagh offered a service for local farmers to slaughter cattle and sheep for their own consumption. In the early 1990’s, James’ two sons, Garret & Bill joined the business and since then it has evolved primarily as a […]

Wild About Food @ Golden Shears Good Food Ireland village

Back in 2004, Malcolm & Fiona Falconer sat with their three small children at the kitchen table of their terraced home in South London and decided to change their lives forever.  Sticking a pin in a map of Ireland, they jumped ship and bought a small holding of four acres in Monamolin, Co Wexford.  They […]