Whispers of a Limerick horse project get louder

first_imgLimerick Jockey Cathal Landers rides home to victory RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Advertisement TAGSCian PrendivilleDepartment of AgricultureHELPSHorseLimerick horse project Call for rent controls and a ban on economic evictions Boycott of Israeli goods rejected by Council Facebook Previous articleComplaints against Rubberbandits’ ‘haunted bread’ comment rejected by BAINext articleWin cinema tickets Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Printcenter_img Twitter Limerick farmers still trying to catch-up after extreme weather NewsCommunityLocal NewsWhispers of a Limerick horse project get louderBy Bernie English – August 4, 2017 2002 Members of the HELPS horse group got to visit the community stables in Clondalkin.Whispers of a Limerick horse project get louder. Members of the HELPS horse group got to visit the community stables in Clondalkin. Pic: Cian PrendivilleLimerick horse-lovers are hoping that the success of a Dublin-based community stables project can be replicated in the Treaty City.City North councillor Cian Prendiville (Solidarity) and Anna Gallagher, chairperson of the Horse Education Limerick Project Southside (HELPS) were joined on a visit to Clondalkin in Dublin by young members of the project to see how the community stables there is run.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We spoke with Brid Farrell, a senior official in the Department of Agriculture who worked with the Clondalkin committee to get the funding for their project and she was very enthusiastic about the prospect of a similar initiative in Limerick,” Cllr Prendiville told the Limerick Post. Anna Gallagher said that the Clondalkin facility was absolutely amazing.“It is a place where young people interested in horses can come together, care for their horses, learn more about animal welfare, horse riding, making horse shoes – literally everything about horses.“It’s fantastic for the young people, but also for the horses who are now safe and secure inside, rather than left wandering the streets. This is precisely what we need in Limerick,” she said.Cllr Prendiville said that a similar project in Limerick would first require land and then set-up funding from the Department of Agriculture.Whispers of a Limerick horse project get louder. Members of the HELPS horse group got to visit the community stables in Clondalkin, members pictured Brid Farrell, a senior official in the Department of Agriculture (Centre). Pic: Cian Prendiville“Once a project is up and running, it can become a special enterprise, not a charity. For instance, the Clondalkin group works with organisations such as Jigsaw, the youth mental health organisation. That produces revenue to help keep the project going,” he explained. “It was excellent to get to talk with officials from the Department of Agriculture about the funding that is available for a project similar to this in Limerick. They were very supportive and enthusiastic. “What we need now is similar support from Limerick City and County Council. The other councillors are due to visit the Clondalkin project to see it for themselves. Hopefully it can happen soon, so we can get a move on and include this in the council plans for next year.“If the council is on board and we can find a site, there is funding available from the Department to build the actual facilities and to put a club in place to manage it,” Cllr Prendiville explained.Read similar stories in the Limerick Post Community section. Linkedin Limerick councillor calls for special meeting on Opera Centre site Housing units were proposed for Limerick Opera Centre site WhatsApplast_img