Social Farming Event Borrisoleigh

Social Farming – New farming partnerships within communities

NTLP hosted an information morning in Borrisoleigh Community Centre on November 24th to create awareness of Social farming and bring together those interested in learning more about it.  Over 60 people attended the morning from various walks of life, including locals, farmers, community and voluntary representatives and social care professionals. Social Farming is the practice of offering family farms as a form of social service where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farm’s activities in a non-clinical environment.

Helen Doherty and Brian Smyth from the Social Farming Support Office (Leitrim Development Company) spoke at the event as well as two social farmers Gerry Brown and Michael Heslin from Roscommon and Leitrim respectively.  There was great interest and enthusiasm at the event and it is hoped that this concept will spread in this county and beyond.  The information event was a good first step in that process.

Large Attendance at Social Farming Event in Borrisoleigh

Large Attendance at Social Farming Event in Borrisoleigh

Guest Speakers with Board Member and Staff of NTLP

Guest Speakers with Board Member and Staff of NTLP


Pictured above left to right: Helen Doherty (Social Farming Support Office) Matt Ryan (Board Member NTLP) Michael Murray (CEO NTLP) Patrick Killeen (RDP Project Officer NTLP) Caroline Shanahan (SICAP Project Officer NTLP & Event Organizer) Michael Heslin (Social Farmer) Gerry Brown (Social Farmer) Brian Smyth (Social Farming Support Office)

Draft LEADER Action Plan

Tipperary Local Community Development Committee, in conjunction with South Tipperary Development Company and North Tipperary LEADER Partnership invite individuals, groups and communities to review and comment on the draft plan for the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. A copy of the draft action plan is available for download. Click here.

Public Meetings to outline and discuss the draft plan will take place as follows:
Nenagh Scouts Hall
Thursday 26th November @ 7.30 pm

Clonmel Park Hotel
Thursday 26th November @ 7.30 pm

Everyone from the business community, general community organisations, farming sector, environment groups, and youth groups are invited to attend and input.

You can submit your feedback on the draft plan to

This is YOUR Plan for YOUR future. Ensure your voice is heard

Draft LDS Action Plan Section 3&4

Rural Social Scheme celebrates 10th Anniversary

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership Rural Social Scheme recently celebrated our 10th Anniversary. To mark the occasion, Mairead Lavery was guest speaker at a function in Birdhill Community Centre. R.S.S. participants past and present from the North Tipperary area were joined by N.T.L.P. Board members, management and staff to celebrate the occasion.

NTLP assists 6500 people and attracts €8m to North Tipperary in 2014

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership succeeded in attracting  €8 million in funding to the county and assisted over 6,500 individuals and 210 communities and community groups in 2014.  Alongside these figures, the impacts of this strong performance are to be found in the personal stories of ordinary Tipperary people who benefit from NTLP’s programmes and services.

These include rural entrepreneurs in receipt of LEADER grants, unemployed persons supported into jobs or self-employment, women who are assisted to overcome domestic violence and local communities benefitting from the input of TÚS or Rural Social Scheme staff.

NTLP Chairperson, Jim Finn, emphasises that while the attraction of funding is vital, it is what it enables the company to do that is most important commenting that “Although the organisation has grown in size and in budget, its success is really rooted in its close connections to local communities and to those groups and individuals who find themselves vulnerable in the economic current climate”.

NTLP CEO says that “While it is important to have the capacity to attract funding, the key is to be close to where it can be spent most effectively.  A real strength of service delivery through community and voluntary organisations such as NTLP is that people readily engage with us and our services.”

Originally set up to run two core programmes in rural development and social inclusion, NTLP has used its position in the local community to attract a wide range of other funding and services into the North Tipperary area. In 2014, this resulted in €8 million leveraged funding from nine government departments and agencies which is being spent on a variety of social service, local development, transport and community infrastructure initiatives. In addition to its two original core programmes, NTLP delivers and manages 17 services and programmes which operate throughout the county.

The value added by the two core programmes within NTLP is that they fund staff and infrastructure, allowing the Company to manage and deliver a range of additional services and programmes very cost effectively. NTLP has also attracted the provision of two Youth Services, three Traveller Projects, a Community Childcare and the Domestic Violence Support Service for the Tipperary North County area.  The Company also manages and delivers Family Support Services and an Afterschools Service. Its Rural Transport Programme facilitated isolated rural dwellers to make 27,000 journeys for vital social, retail and healthcare purposes.

The Company piloted a Community Energy Initiative in the Drombane/Upperchurch area which begun with a social inclusion grant and staff assistance and leveraged over €250,000 in funding into the local community in its first year.  This initiative expanded to include 4 communities in 2014 leveraging in excess of €1 million in funding back into North Tipperary.

According to Jim Finn “We originally started this project on a pilot basis and its success has now been recognised and rewarded by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland who are providing funding to include new areas such as Lorrha, Rathcabbin, Rearcross and Kilcommon.”  As well as improving the lives of local homeowners, the Community Energy project is generating local employment in rural areas where there has been little employment particularly for trades-people and construction workers.

This twin boost for communities and  the local economy is also a feature of the three labour market programmes operated by NTLP. Through the Community Employment Programme, Rural Social Scheme and TÚS, the company is employing 276 local people and making their skills and services available to over 200 communities and groups right throughout the county. The company also operates a range of other employment supports through its Jobs Club and Local Community Development Programme and over 1,500 persons benefitted from these programmes last year.

LEADER funding is usually the most high profile aspect of the company’s funding around the county. An often overlooked feature of these projects is that, in addition to the €3.8 million that NTLP invested in 2014, an additional €900,000 was provided in matching funding from project promoters. This may be sourced directly from the entrepreneur but is most cases, it is loaned by financial institutions who would not have provided it were it not for the initial investment by NTLP.

Whilst reflecting on the company’s performance in bringing these additional investments worth €8 million to the county last year, Michael Murray is keen to focus on how this has allowed the company to work with those on the margins of  modern society.

“While the larger budget programmes gain the most profile, it is by leveraging these additional monies that we can work with disadvantaged youth, those experiencing domestic violence and those with low job prospects. It is a great strength of the company and its staff that it can include the whole range of local development and social inclusion within its remit.”

In reflecting on the achievements of 2015, Jim Finn is also concerned with the future, commenting that “Whatever the outcome of proposals to restructure local development funding,  it is essential that the key players and processes that delivered an additional €8m to the North Tipperary area in 2014 be kept intact.”


Minister Burton courtesy visit to Nenagh Jobs Club

Joan Burton

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, TD, accompanied by Minister Alan Kelly TD; on a recent courtesy visit to Nenagh Job Club.  Nenagh Job Club is managed by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership (NTLP), funded by the Department of Social Protection. Nenagh Job Club is part of North Tipperary Job Clubs, operating in Nenagh, Roscrea and Thurles.  The Job Club service is free to all Job Seekers and is open Monday to Friday. Follow the Jobs Clubs on facebook and on

Pictured (L-R), Michael Murray, NTLP, Joan Burton TD, Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Helen England, Nenagh Jobs Club, Amanda White, Nenagh Jobs Club (both NTLP), Alan Kelly TD, Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government, Sean Crowley, NTLP.


Call to community groups for staffing under Rural Social Scheme

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership invites applications from Community Groups for staffing under the Rural Social Scheme for year commencing April 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016. Application forms are available by clicking on the following link,

Rural Social Scheme Community Group App. & Letter 2015

or by contacting the scheme supervisors Mary O Dwyer Phone 087 9109261, email or David Kyne Phone 087 1229438, email

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Please note the closing date for entries in all categories is now extended to  THURSDAY 5TH MARCH 2015     Please address your entry to Breada Ryan, NTLP, Kickham Street, Thurles. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

Customer Service Level 5 “through English as a Second Language”

NTLP are pleased to announce details of their training course for delivery in March 2015. Customer Service Level 5 “through English as a Second Language” This course is custom designed to enhance the employment prospects in customer service foreign citizens or those from ethnic minorities. Participants will gain skills and understanding to provide a high level of customer service in the workplace. The course is designed to engage participants in good practice in customer service appropriate to the individual customer, group or organisation.   As participants they require a unique blend of experience as well to achieve success in their role within this service sector.   As a Customer Service Representative Participants will understand their role by reacting positively to customer needs and to handling customer complaints successfully.   For further details and application form please login to Skills Based Training on this site.



AThe 2014 CAVA Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday 21st March 2015 at 7.30p.m. in Moyne Community Centre.

Closing date for entries has been extended from February 27th 2015 to March 5th 2015.

Award Categories are as follows;-

1.  Community Person of the Year 2014

2. Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

3. Community Person of  the Year 2014

Community Awards  in the following categories:-

  • Environment and Heritage
  • Arts, Culture and Tourism
  • Social Inclusion (Community Activism)
  • Youth
  • Sport
  • Community (Enterprise Innovation)



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