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Newcastle West Tennis Club

Newcastle West Tennis Club Ready to Serve New Members

Newcastle West Tennis Club, which was founded in 1927, had been closed for seven years when a group of volunteers were inspired to reopen the club during the first 2020 lockdown. The club has grown its membership base to 370 members, with a diverse age range from six to 70.

In 2022 with Community Finance Ireland’s help, the club installed new resurfaced courts to ensure all-weather access and state of the art facilities for players of all ages and experiences.

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“It was a no brainer. What struck me most was the level of trust and personal care from Nora and the Community Finance Ireland team. I’ve been involved in local clubs my whole life and I’d definitely be recommending Community Finance Ireland to other clubs and community groups in Limerick.”

Cllr Tom Ruddle, Chairman Newcastle West Tennis Club

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Boher Community Development Group

Community Changemakers Creating Space for Everyone in Boher

Boher Community Development Group in county Tipperary have a strong history of serving the needs of the local people and is a shining example of what a community can achieve when they come together.

In 2022 Community Finance Ireland helped the Group with the creation of a sensory garden and recreational amenity at the heart of the small townland of Boher.

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“As a small group, everything we achieve is done through the commitment of our volunteers and the support of our local community – so many people played a part in fundraising and in donating their time to create this. To have the social finance support from Community Finance Ireland to get us over the line was fantastic – Nora and the team understand the challenges which community organisations face and their services are tailored to support volunteer-led groups like ours. We couldn’t have made this a reality without them.”

Nichola Welford, Chairperson Boher Community Development Group