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Killarney Athletic officially launched its Annual 7 a side tournament in Killarney Credit Union last Friday 10th May. The event will take place on Monday 24th June at the Killarney Athletic Grounds,Woodlawn, Killarney and its main sponsor is Killarney Credit Union.

Speaking about the event,

Colette Casey of Killarney Athletic stated “That we are delighted to be celebrating our 43th year of this event and this year we are introducing some changes to the event.

The competition will now take place over 2 weeks with games taking place Monday to Friday and underage games being played on our new astro turf pitch.

The finals are scheduled to take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July.

The tournament is open to all ages. Senior Men, Over 35s and underage boys from 10-16 years.

Application forms are available from the Beech Road and Park Road branches of Killarney Credit Union and at www.killarneyathletic.com.

The entry fee for Senior Men: €200; Over 35s: €150; Ladies: €150

U10/12: €75 U 14/16: €100.

“Killarney Credit Union is proud to be the main sponsor of this event, especially in light of its 43th year anniversary, we would like to wish the organisers and all participants the best of luck in this year’s soccer tournament”

There will be a range of accolades as part of the event, the Premier and Reserve Cups, the Kieran Cahillane Senior Player of the Tournament Award will be on offer for the outstanding player on view, while The Johnny Heffernan Underage Player of the Tournament Award will also be up for grabs. Also, there will be free entry to the 2020 tournament for the Premier Cup winners.

The closing date for all ages (to be returned to the credit union) is Friday 7th June before 5.30pm.

The draw will take place on Monday 10th June in the Shire Cafe, Killarney at 9.00pm.

Further information is available from www.killarneyathletic.com.

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GR8 Savers Week 2019

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KILLARNEY CREDIT UNION LAUNCHES ROCKIN’ YOUTH FINANCIAL EDUCATION INITIATIVE
GR8 SAVERS WEEK RUNS FROM 6th – 12th MAY 2019

Killarney Credit Union is encouraging children in the South Kerry  to get rocking with their savings this May! The credit union launches its ‘GR8 Savers’ financial education initiative this week (May 6th to 12th). The financial awareness week aims to get parents and teachers talking to children about the importance of saving for the future.

Experts believe that the age you learn about responsible money management and how to save has a huge impact on how you will handle finances as an adult. The wide-scale study by behaviour experts at Cambridge University also revealed that financial habits in adults are typically set by age seven. So it is never too early for children to start learning prudent financial behaviour!

Speaking about the Gr8 Savers initiative, Helen Courtney Power, Killarney Credit Union said: “A huge part of our ethos at XX Credit Union is financial education for the community. As part of our commitment to the local area, we want to ensure that our future generations are financially educated and empowered. Sound financial planning and prudent money management are skills that can be nurtured from a young age. Encouraging children and young people to develop a regular savings habit during GR8 Savers Week can assist them greatly in the future, especially when they need to manage budgets while at college or in their first job. So we’re encouraging all children to rock on down to us here at the credit union and open their very first savings account!”

During GR8 Savers Week, Killarney Credit Union will have give-aways, competitions and activity sheets for younger savers, while staff will be on-hand with helpful tips and guidance for parents on financial education. The awareness week is designed to be fun and enjoyable for young people, while also highlighting the value of money and the benefits of prudent spending. Insert some examples of events planned for the week here.

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The Borrowers TV is going live on Tuesday 16th April on RTE 1 @ 8.30 pm. A new RTÉ One series beginning this Tuesday steps inside what could be considered the most secretive room in Ireland – the Credit Union loan office.

Local Kerry credit union Cara Credit Union will be highlighted in the series who captures some of the heart warming and interesting stories that happen in the credit union. 

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Credit Card Debt getting you down

Struggling with credit card interest? Talk to Killarney Credit Union.

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 More than half of adults in Ireland own a credit card. A substantial six in ten however don’t know what interest rate they pay. This is despite the fact that most credit card owners use their plastic extremely frequently. The majority of adults tend to use their cards every month for ad hoc spending, rather than for one-off purchases throughout the year. The findings were revealed in a new, national survey commissioned by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU).

Close to three quarters of adults in the survey felt that credit card companies don’t do enough to explain how interest rates work. More than two thirds agreed that the general public lacks understanding of how credit card interest works. It’s understandable then that many don’t know where to turn when they can’t figure out why the interest continues to mount on each credit card bill.

Helen Courtney Power says that Killarney Credit Union can help: “Our friendly staff are always available to talk about complex financial terms and ensure that our members fully understand any financial product they avail of. In fact, we would encourage anyone struggling with their credit card bills in the South Kerry area to come in to us for a chat and see how we can help. We know there is a worrying lack of knowledge amongst credit card users about both the rate of interest being charged, and how the interest actually works. Part of our ethos at the credit union is financial education – so anyone struggling to come to grips with credit card interest, or other financial issues, is welcome to approach us for guidance.”

Helen continued “For those who feel they might rely on their credit card too much, or think they have no other option but to use the card, we would encourage them to speak to us about a credit union loan. Interest rates on our loans are far better value than even the lowest interest rate on a credit card in Ireland. Our loans are approved quickly and terms and conditions are straightforward and transparent, with no hidden fees. Our friendly loan officers are always more than happy to take the time to go through all the finer details with the borrower and ensure they full understand monthly repayments and the total cost of credit.”


In addition, Killarney Credit Union also offers a debt consolidation loan. The product aims to help members refinance high interest debts – and combine all of their debt into a single, straightforward payment at a fair and reasonable rate. A restructured payment like this can ease the pressure and make it easier for people to get on top of their debt and manage it in a way that suits their everyday lives.

Helen continued “As we make decisions locally, we are happy to take the time to get to know the individual circumstances of all of our members, and so we can work with each individual borrower to structure loan repayments in a way that works best for them. I would strongly encourage anyone in need of financial education or assistance to speak with us here at Killarney Credit Union.”

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Cultivate has arrived

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Local credit unions launch new Agri loan product

Six Credit Unions in the Kerry/Cork region have come together and launched a new Agri Loan product called Cultivate.
The Credit Unions involved are Listowel Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, and Cara Credit Union in Kerry and Ballincollig Credit Union, Bantry Credit Union and Kanturk Credit Union in Cork.
The new Credit Union farm lending offering is branded under the name “Cultivate” and was officially launched on the 20th March 2019 by IFA National Chairman - Farm Business, Martin Stapleton.
The Credit Union farm lending project is modelled on a pilot initiative by four Credit Unions in County Galway who launched the Cultivate brand in 2017. Since then 20 credit unions throughout Ireland have introduced the Agri loan product to members.
Since its introduction, Cultivate has proved very popular with farmers with nearly €20m in loans issues to farmers. The Cultivate farm loans are for a wide variety of purposes, everything from working capital, cash flow, farm development, livestock purchase, farm machinery purchase, rural enterprise funding, and start up farm finance.
Brendan Heneghan, former Regional Manager with Teagasc, is the project manager of the Cultivate brand stated “We are delighted to officially launch the Cultivate Agri loan products to credit union members in Cork and Kerry area. We have been working hard on this project for the past number of months. Credit Union Agri loan staff have completed a bespoke 5-day course on Farm and Finance organised by Teagasc in association with Pallaskenry Agricultural college. Credit Unions are now open and ready for business” he concluded.
The Cultivate farm loan package will offer loans up to €50,000 for a variety of purposes. The loan rate is a competitive loan rate. The term of the loan can be up to 7 years. Loan protection insurance is also provided on the loan at no additional charge.
Mark Murphy, CEO, Killarney Credit Union stated “We hope that farmers will look to their local credit unions as an alternative for farm finance. After all, credit unions are embedded in their local communities and are in a position to lend to those living or working locally. Our loans are unsecured and we can offer a variety of repayment schedules to suit farmers needs”.

Appointments can be made to meet a Cultivate Farm advisor on 064-6631344 ext 2 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information on Cultivate farm loans can be got from any of the Killarney Credit Union branches or on www.cultivate-cu.ie.

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Schools Quiz Winners 2019

Congratulations to all our competitors who attending the 2019 Schools Quiz in the INEC on Sunday 3rd February. The winners in each category were:

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1st – Gaelscoil Faithleann – Liadh Ní Ghiollarnáth, Dara nic Chárthaigh, Clodagh Ní Fhlannchaidh & Liam MacUileagóid
2nd – Lissivigeen NS – Lola Belle O Mahoney, Darragh Moynihan, Sally Cudden & Lily May Kelly O’Shea
3rd – Scoil Bhríde Loreto – Miren O’Connor, Paddy Moore, David Courtney, & Rian McCarthy
4th – St Olivers NS – Gráinne Swords, Conor Regan, Cathal Regan & Benedict Stuikys

 

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1st – Lissivigeen NS – Aoibhín Kelly, Harry Bolger, Shane O’Sullivan & Donnchadh Daly.
2nd – Firies NS – Méabh Dineen, Orlaith Allen, Jack O’Keeffe & Padraig O Shea
3rd – Scoil Bhríde Loreto – Elizabeth Fleming, Luke Courtney, Craig Leggate, Keela O’Connor
4th - Anabla NS – Oisín Fitzgerald, Dylan Cronin, Anna-Lee Crowley & Cormac Purcell

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The INEC was filled to capacity on Sunday 3rd February where 79 primary school teams from all over South Kerry were invited to compete in the annual Killarney Credit Union School Quiz.

Gaelscoil Faithleann emerged victorious in the Under 11 category and Lissivigeen National School came first in the 11-13 age category, their second year in a row to win the coveted title.

This year, 29 primary schools were represented in the quiz from schools all over South Kerry. Killarney Credit Union has been hosting the school quiz for over 20 years.

In the U13 section first place went to Gaelscoil Faithleann represented by Liadh Ní Ghiollarnáth, Dara nic Chárthaigh, Clodagh Ní Fhlannchaidh & Liam MacUileagóid. Second place went to Lissivigeen National School represented by Lola Belle O Mahoney, Darragh Moynihan, Sally Cudden & Lily May Kelly O’Shea. The third place position went to Scoil Bhríde Loreto with team members Miren O’Connor, Paddy Moore, David Courtney, & Rian McCarthy. A fourth place position went to St Olivers National School with Gráinne Swords, Conor Regan, Cathal Regan & Benedict Stuikys.

In the Under 11 category, first place went to Lissivigeen National School represented Aoibhín Kelly, Harry Bolger, Shane O’Sullivan & Donnchadh Daly. Second place went to Firies National School with team members of Méabh Dineen, Orlaith Allen, Jack O’Keeffe & Padraig O Shea. Third place was awarded to Scoil Bhríde Loreto with team members were Elizabeth Fleming, Luke Courtney, Craig Leggate, Keela O’Connor. A fourth place went to Anabla National School represented by Oisín Fitzgerald, Dylan Cronin, Anna-Lee Crowley & Cormac Purcell.

Each participating schools received a gift from Killarney Credit Union and Karena McCarthy, Marketing Officer, Killarney Credit Union stated “We would like thank all those that participated in the quiz this year, for parents, pupils and teachers who attended on the day. Due to the extended number of teams competing this year, we gave a 4th place position to schools. We would also like to acknowledge the staff, management and volunteers who helped out on the day also in correcting, stewarding and adjudication. I would also like to acknowledge the long distances that many schools had to travel on the day and thank them for participating in the quiz she concluded.

Each of the winners received trophies and a perpetual cup will be given to the first placed winning national schools.

The first and second placed winning teams will go on to represent their school in their age category at Chapter 23 Regional Quiz on Sunday 3rd March 2019.

 

Kerry Clubs Fair

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Killarney Credit Union is delighted to be the main sponsor of the Killarney Lions Club - Kerry Clubs Fair. Are you interested in joining a new club or society, why now come along on the day and sign up. Here are some of the clubs who are signed up for the day. 

Mens shed
First Responders
Toastmasters
Lions Club
Rotary
Tralee Art Club
Laune Mountaineering Club
Kerry Archeological & Historical Society
Killarney Tennis Club
Killarney Camogie Club
Workmans Rowing Club
Macra Na Feirma
Irish Countrywomen Association (ICA)
Killarney Valley Classics and Vintage
Killarney Musical Society
Killarney Badminton Club
Killarney Golf and Fishing Club
Ross Golf Club
Arthritis Ireland Nordic Walking Group Killarney
Comhaltas
Team Hope
Kerry Canoe Club (Killorglin)
Killarney Silverbacks (walking)
South Kerry Community Games
Girl Guides
Tidy Towns
Southwest Counselling
Grace Fellowship
Ring of Kerry Cycle
Kerry Volunteer Centre
KDYS
Scouts
Kerry Stars
Order of Malta
Killarney Mountain meitheal
4th of July Killarney
St Patricks Day
No Name Club
Rugby Club
Sean Chairde
Muckross ICA
Killarney Cycling Club
Killarney Active Retirement Group

Cultivate - Agri Loan

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Credit Union Cultivate loans coming soon

Six Credit Unions in the Kerry/Cork region have come together to develop a new Farm Lending product called Cultivate.
The Credit Unions who are collaborating on this new offering are;
Killarney Credit Union
Listowel Credit Union
Cara Credit Union
Ballincollig Credit Union
Bantry Credit Union
Kanturk Credit Union,
Their new Credit Union farm lending offering will be branded under the name “Cultivate” and the plan is to have it launched in early Spring 2019.
The Credit Union farm lending project is modelled on a pilot initiative by four Credit Unions in County Galway who launched the Cultivate brand. This was followed by a group of five Credit Unions in Clare / West Limerick, a group of four north Cork Credit Unions – Synergy Fermoy, Mallow, Mitchelstown and Youghal and most recently a group of seven Credit Unions in the Midlands. This brings the number of Credit Unions offering Cultivate Farm Loans to 20 in Ireland.
Since its introduction, Cultivate has proved very popular with farmers with over €10m in loans issues to farmers. The Cultivate farm loans are for a wide variety of purposes, everything from working capital, cash flow, farm development, livestock purchase, farm machinery purchase, rural enterprise funding, and start up farm finance.
Credit Unions are a not for profit movement and are all about serving their loyal membership. Credit Unions have been embedded in local communities for over 50 years where all profits go back to support the community and its members, this is one of the key reasons Credit Unions have been consistently rated the number one organisation in customer satisfaction surveys.
The Kerry/Cork group of Credit Unions have identified farming as a sector they wish to serve and offer a definitive package of loans to farmers. Farming is seen as very important sector in the region. In addition to generating income inside the farm gate, farming also is very much the lifeblood of the rural community where every euro earned by farmers has a multiplier effect in the rural economy.
Brendan Heneghan, former Regional Manager with Teagasc, is the project manager of the Cultivate brand. Over the coming weeks, each Credit Union will host a meeting of stakeholders to get the views of farmers and the farming sector on what is important in relation to farm credit.
Brendan said “Going out and consulting with the stakeholders is the first and most important step in the project. The stakeholder group is made up of the farming organisations, Teagasc, Agri business’s, IFAC and other farm accountancy groups, Livestock Marts and the Farm Relief Services” he concluded.
The feedback from the consultation combined with detailed market research will be invaluable in identifying the needs of farmers. Farmers value the face to face relationship and the “personal touch” a credit union has to offer where a farmer can come in and discuss his or her proposal.
The Cultivate farm loan package will offer up to €50,000 loans for a variety of purposes in line with the stakeholder/market research feedback. The term of the loan can be up to 7 years.
Farmers want to deal with people who have a knowledge of agriculture and understand farming. Credit Union farm loan officers will participate in a bespoke 5-day course on Farm and Finance organised by Teagasc in association with Pallaskenry Agricultural college.
Information on Cultivate farm loans can be got from any of the participating Credit Unions.
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For further information, please contact:
Pa Laide, CEO, Cara Credit Union
066-7122373
086-2327283

Mark Murphy
CEO, Killarney Credit Union
064-6631344
087-7382992

Denis Dillane
Manager, Listowel Credit Union
087 2464563

 

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