Introduction to Community Plan

When ACM Ltd accepted the offer to develop a plan for our community, we were motivated by the need to encourage and unite the numerous groups, businesses and individuals in the parish. The aim was to give shape and direction to our community, provide a shared vision for its future and create opportunities for agencies and public sector bodies to work together with us to impact the quality of life of those living and working in the area.

We asked that any plan focus on employment, infrastructure, heritage and tourism, social activities, environmental awareness and the needs of both younger and older members of the community.

Community groups, businesses and residents, young and old, have participated in the development of this plan both in completing the on-line survey and attending the three community workshops. This level of participation has made this exercise worthwhile and we are grateful to all those that took the time to join in. We must now ensure that this outcome can be realised and in the coming months, we will be highlighting those areas that need input from as many members of the community as possible.

Thanks and appreciation must also go to Ballyhoura Development CLG who funded this Community Development Plan and to Paul O’Raw (O’Raw Consultancy) & Associates, Niall Heenan and Dr Shane O’Sullivan for their professional commitment, guidance and support in facilitating this project.

Nicky McNamara, Love Castleconnell

Eamonn McQuade, Love Castleconnell and ACM

Breda Casey, Chairperson, ACM Ltd