Community Matters with Cllr Damian Boylan

There is a definite feeling of Spring in the air and with the days getting longer and the weather improving it will be back to comfortable walking weather. Hopefully with an ease of restrictions we can see some of the day-to-day work of the council resume. With the enactment of the level 5 restrictions the local area council workers were limited to emergency works. I know that some of you were in touch over issues that may not be sorted as yet but these will be dealt with as soon as restrictions are lifted.

There is a lot of good news to tell. Much needed local authority housing will become available in the coming months with the development in Woodfield on Station Road almost ready for handover and the development in Kerrypike moving along at pace. As usual if you are on the housing list and active on the Choice Based Letting system you will be made aware when these come up for bidding and I wish those eligible the best of luck. These are brand new houses, built to the latest standards and will be excellent homes for those families lucky enough to get them.

Housing adaption grants are now available for older people and those with a disability. Private homeowners. Three distinct grants are available.

  • the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability assists people with a disability to have necessary adaptations, repairs or improvement works carried out to make their accommodation more suitable for their needs.
  • the Mobility Aids Grant is available to fast-track grants to cover a basic suite of works to address the mobility problems of a member of a household. Qualifying works include the provision of stair lifts, level access showers, access ramps, grab rails and some minor adaptation works.
  • the Housing Aid for Older People Grant assists older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out. Grant eligible works include structural repairs or improvements, re-wiring, repairs to or replacement of windows and doors, provision of water supply and sanitary facilities, and provision of heating.

Forms are available from the website and a

The area has done well in the last few months from grant aids through the Town and Village renewal fund and others. Muskerry Golf Club has received € 25,000 to help maintain facilities in advance of the coming Summer and the hopeful resolution of golf. Both the Waterloo walk and the Clogheenmilcon Fen will see more work done over the coming months with grants awarded and planning agreed for the works. There is also money set aside for improvements in Tower village, Kerrypike and Blarney village. I hope to have news of the Inch Park by the time we see the next copy of the Muskerry News.

Finally, a huge thanks to the Council for the work done over the course of the heavy rains in the last few weeks. A huge effort was put in and the area was well looked after with households and businesses receiving sandbags and gel bags delivered by the local team.

As always if I can help in any way please contact me on 087 2244364 or by email on