Three groups in the Dunmanway area benefited from the fund. Pic: Adrian O’Herlihy

ENERGY company Airtricity, Ireland’s fastest growing and third largest energy provider, has presented €13,000 in community funding to local groups in the Dunmanway region.


The presentation of funding from the Airtricity Community Fund for Coomatallin Wind Farm took place recently at a ceremony held at the Dunmanway Family Resource Centre in Tonofora.

The presentation brings to over €90,000 the total contribution that Airtricity has made into local communities around its Coomatallin Wind Farm since the company first opened its community fund in the area in 2006.


The Coomatallin Wind Farm generates 6MW energy and is operated by SSE, Ireland’s largest renewable energy generator.


The energy generated at the Coomatallin Wind Farm is sufficient to power almost 3,000 homes.


Under Airtricity’s Community Fund Programme, the company makes a financial contribution from each of its 25 wind farms across Ireland to help local energy efficiency and sustainability projects.


Airtricity is awarding three community projects promoting energy-efficiency and sustainability, around the vicinity of Coomatallin Wind Farm, including projects in Dunmanway and Drinagh.


The projects being funded include:


  • The installation of Solar PV electricity generating system for Drinagh National School
  • The installation of double glazed windows for Ahakeera Community Centre
  • Attic and cavity wall insulation for the Dunmanway Family Resource Centre


Aileen Maguire from Dunmanway Family Resource Centre said, “Airtricity’s support towards the insulation of the Dunmanway Family Centre will make a huge difference come winter, not only by ensuring the hall is more comfortable and warm for visitors, but also in helping to reduce the hall’s overall running costs”.


Anne Reynolds, Airtricity Community Liaison Officer added, “We’re delighted at Airtricity and SSE to be presenting over €13,000 in funding from our Coomatallin Wind Farm for these forward-thinking community projects.


“We’re particularly delighted that so many groups in the vicinity of our Coomatallin Wind Farm applied for our 2012/13 funds and that three superb projects are being funded.


“Since 2006 Airtricity has invested over €90,000 into local communities around our Coomatallin Wind Farm. We look forward to continuing to work with local groups over the lifetime of the wind farm so that we can continue to support innovative projects and help build a brighter future for all our community in County Cork.”