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Clann Credo Success Stories

Organisations benefiting include; Community & Voluntary, Charities, Sports Clubs, Social Enterprises and organisations tackling community, social and environmental issues.

Clann Credo is a charity and recycles capital repayments into new loans to continuously increase the Community Loan Finance available so more community organisations can benefit in the future.

As Ireland’s largest social finance provider, we have re-imagined lending and believe that finance can be a catalyst for good in communities.



An Gairdín Beo is an entirely urban variant of the allotment idea and was established in 2014 at the heart of Carlow Town on what was formerly a disused, overgrown site close to St Leo’s Convent.

Over the years there was hardly a family in the wider Crossmolina area that did not have some form of contact with Oweninny and Bellacorick, often through successive generations.

There was clear demand for a dedicated community space that could meet existing need while also affording room for development of new services and community initiatives.

In November 2012, Templederry Windfarm formally connected to the national grid and began selling its green energy output into the national power supply system.

Ballyhooly is a vibrant village in North Cork and since 2009 the community has gone through a number of improvements.

Their 180 members have the use of a full sized pitch, floodlights, dressing rooms and meeting rooms. Due to local demand the Club have provided the use of a track around the existing football field.

The IKC provides useful guides to living with a dog, the cost of dog ownership, buying an dog, choosing the right dog as well as information on the legal requirements of dog ownership.

The old historic town of Clarecastle underwent rapid expansion over the last decade. But in common with many similar size towns, it was another case of ‘build now, plan later.’

Their core philosophy is simple: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The enterprise is embedded in the local community, creating up to 15 jobs and producing quality, affordable furniture for the local market.

The Waterford and Suir Valley Railway Company is a community heritage project that began operating in 2003 and has continued to improve and extend the experience for tourists since then.

In 2014, Camp Community Council developed an AstroTurf pitch available to all the community and the surrounding areas. Clann Credo provided finance to cash flow the work.

The small coastal Wexford town of some 2000 people lacked the physical amenities, and as such, community activity lacked a focal point and a space in which to locate.

In 2011, the building from which the group had operated for 17 years became available for purchase. An application for loan finance was submitted to Clann Credo to help finance the purchase.

Creating a Music Bank, with members borrowing and using the instruments as required, it would house the necessary staging and amplifications equipment, but at quite a price.

But in 2008 when the Thomastown Weir stopped functioning virtually all this activity ground to a halt or was forced to move elsewhere. In response the Thomastown Community River Trust was born.

While acutely conscious of this rich heritage, the Keash Village Enhancement group is keenly focused on the area’s development and on the delivery of improved amenities for locals and visitors alike.

Located in the town of Ballycroy, on the Mayo coastline, Bellacragher Boat Club delivers high-calibre training in all aspects of boat handling, maintenance and navigation.

Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, located in Donegal’s well-known Gweedore Gaeltacht, has played a key role in cultivating local musical talent, playing host to Enya, Clannad and Altan over the years.

Comharchumann Forbartha & Fostaiochta Árainn Mhór sits at the social and cultural heart of this island community.

The group was established in 1996 with the central aim of fostering Irish language usage in this Gaeltacht area and beyond.Thus, they recently took on the refurbishment and expansion of facilities.

In order to secure the Heritage Park into the future and build on that initial success – it is highly rated as an attraction on tourism sites such as Tripadvisor –Clann Credo provided support to help.

Clann Credo provided two types of loans for this unique and exciting project because of the clear social, economic and educational benefits delivered to a wind range and diversity of people.

Clann Credo assisted the Copper Coast Geopark in Waterford with the development of a new centre, which now acts as a hub for the entire park.

Multyfarnham was hard hit by the closure of its Agricultural College, so with Clann Credo's help, a coalition of local groups constructed an entirely new Community Centre and Sports Hall

Despite our often rugged landscape, it wasn’t until 1965 that organised mountain rescue came to this island.

History is all around you on the Hook Head peninsula. Every visitor, guest and unwelcome invader left traces of their passage through this gateway to southeast Ireland, over the years.

Clare Accessible Transport aims to do more than simply move people from place to place.

Bawnboy sits close to Cavan’s border with Fermanagh. In the 1850s - as Ireland struggled with hunger and acute poverty - the town was chosen as the location for a workhouse, a place where the poorest

Clann Credo supports the Avondhu Blackwater Partnership because we believe in the importance of their work in assisting communities in the Fermoy/ Mallow area to battle the impact of the downturn.

When local concern arose for the poor state of repair of an old mine building in Allihies, Clann Credo provided the financial support needed to transform the old Methodist church into a mining museum.

Clann Credo's support for work undertaken by the Abbeytown/ Abbeyview Residents Association encapsulates the role of social finance in the community.