NEWKD is an integrated development company implementing a variety of social and economic programmes across the North East and West of Kerry. A number of local development companies were formed during the 1990s, but through various processes, NEWKD now incorporates territory previously served by 5 Development Companies and 2 Community Development Projects.

It delivers 2 Anchor programmes, i.e. Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and LEADER, with a vast array of other programmes being also delivered to complement this work

Historically NEWKD operated from 3 locations in Listowel. Community Finance (Ireland) invested €260,000 in NEWKD to match fund Group Equity and Corporate Sponsorship from the Kerry Group, toward the purchase of the Old Post Office in Listowel and the subsequent required Capital Works to establish it as a fully functioning suite of offices.

The premises will now serve as an important focal point for local services, bringing together the provision of advice and services into a single location. It offers a one stop shop to individuals and communities  who seek assistance across a vital range of areas, such as social supports, enterprise and rural development.

NEWKD currently employs over 320 people and has an annual turnover of €3m.

Photo: Frank Hayes, Kerry Group, Rural Development Officer Pat Spillane, John Stack, Chairman, NEWKD and Jimmy Deenihan pictured at the official opening of NEWKD.

Social Finance Foundation were pleased to provide the funding to Community Finance Ireland for the project.