The Charities VAT compensation scheme

• The Charities VAT compensation scheme takes effect from 1 January 2018 but will be paid one year in arrears i.e. in 2019 charities will be able to reclaim some element of the VAT costs arising in 2018

• Charities will be entitled to a refund of a proportion of their VAT costs based on the level of non-public funding they receive. For example, where a charity’s gross income for 2018 involves 30% funding from State/EU/international organisations and 70% privately sourced income including fundraising, subscriptions and donations, they may claim 70% of their VAT input costs for the year.

• A capped fund of €5 million will be available to the scheme in 2019. The scheme, including the amount provided in the fund, will be subject to review after three years. Claims under the scheme cannot be made until 2019 as it will take some time for Revenue to establish IT and administrative systems.

• Where the total amount of claims in a given year exceeds the €5 million capped amount, charities will be paid on a pro rata basis, e.g. where the total value of claims by all charities in 2019 amounts to €10 million, each charity will receive 50% of their claim.

• Qualifying charities must be registered with the Charities Regulator, have tax clearance, and provide a set of audited accounts for the year in which the claim is being submitted. For administrative purposes, claims valued below €500 will not qualify.

Kerry Services have completed a Seasons for Growth programme with 8 participants.The course was held at the centre in Monavalley over an 8 week period.The group comprised of men and women from Killarney, Killorglin and  Castleisland as well as Tralee. All enjoyed the programme and attended on a regular basis each week.

The group enjoyed lunch at the Meadowlands Hotel followed by a Presentation of Certs,presented by Brenda McNamara, Coordinator Day services 

We will meet for a final  reconnector  session in  March.

Front: Jimmy Moor, Breda O Sullivan, Mary Nelligan, Claire Rohan, Emer O Shea   
Back: Paul O Sullivan, Vincent Lacke, Lisa Cronin (Instructor) Terence O Sullivan, Mary Leen (Instructor)
Brenda McNamara presenting Terence O Sullivan with his cert.

The walking group take on the Abbeyfeale to Newcastle West old railway line for the first walk of 2018.
Despite the rain, a group of 11 walkers took to the January fresh air.
The monthly walking group is run by a group of volunteers, to whom we are very grateful.


Saint John of God Kerry Services will be celebrating over 3 decades in Kerry with their service users, families, volunteers, staff and invited guests in the Ballyroe Hotel on the 30th of November 2017 .  This year marks the opening of our Monavalley Centre  30 years ago (opening 1987) which was the start of providing training and support to individuals in key skills which enabled individauls to secure various types of employment.  The services have evolved over the decades to now providing services right across County Kerry, bringing the supports required for each individual back to their own local community.   Presently in Kerry, 312 individuals with a disability access these services which are located in 9 regions in the county and provide 34 varying types of services ranging from day service, residential and respite to the men, women and children attending .

The Rotary Club of Killarney’s Wine and Art Night

We have kindly been accepted as one of the beneficiaries of the Rotary Club of Killarney’s ‘Wine and Art’ night. This event will be held in the Malton Hotel Killarney on Thursday the 30th of November. Fundraising provides us with the monies that allow us to enable various types of works throughout Kerry Services.


Summer kicked off with a bit of sea angling for the Dominick St crew. Not known for its abundance of easily caught fish, Fenit can sometimes surprise and provide plenty of excitement for hopeful anglers. This was certainly the case for Eugene O’Sullivan when he felt a tug on the line!!! The exciting thing about sea angling is that you never know what you’re going to catch.  To Eugene’s delight, a beautifully patterned Undulate Ray was on the end of his line.  Not to harm the fish, Eugene was using barbless hooks. This meant that the hook could be easily removed from the fish’s mouth and it could be quickly returned to the sea without putting her (it was a she…) through too much stress. Undulate Ray are considered an exotic and protected species in Tralee Bay. Tralee Bay is one of the few places in Europe where they come into to breed, so they are very special visitors and we really need to take care of them and try not to cause them any harm


Eugene O’Sullivan, Catherine Conway and Áine Murphy
Eugene’s Undulate Ray
Mark Bolger, Breda O’Sullivan, Catherine Conway,and Billy Galvin,
We didn’t catch fish every day, and some days there was only one fish caught between the whole group. Not to be put off by this, with a mixture of sheer determination and a bit of fish whispering Melissa Griffin showed that she could really do the business when the chips were down!!!! After a quick photo Melissa’s Dog Fish went safely back into Tralee Bay unharmed to continue its way.
Melissa Griffin and Eugene O’Sullivan
On days when the fish were not biting we were kept busy with the giant Spider Crabs that can sometimes be found at Fenit. Áine Murphy caught the first one……... Some were huge!!!!
Enjoying the fishing at Fenit are Catherine Conway, Mark Bolger, Billy Galvin, Breda O’Sullivan, and David Malone
(L to R)Mark Bolger, Oliver Fahey & Eugene O’Sullivan…..waiting for the big fish !!!
Nicholas O Sullivan and David Malone : Sometimes it’s a two person job keeping a fish on the line….
The fishing programme would not have been possible without the generous support of Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club. A very special thanks to Eugene Farrelly for lending us the rods and reels on behalf of the club. Eugene is an accomplished Master Angler with the club and has successfully represented Ireland at the Angling World Championships.



Some of the Roses that called to Monavalley
Big thumbs up for the Perth Rose from Eugene O Sullivan

Saint John of God Kerry Services held their annual golf classic at Killarney Golf & Fishing club on Friday 11th August 2017. There were a total of 57 teams signed up for the event.

Saint John of God Kerry Services would like to thank all the teams and sponsors for their wonderful support. Everyone had a great day and enjoyed the wonderful surroundings of Killarney golf and fishing club.

We would also like to especially thank our ambassador for the golf classic Mr Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh who played on the day, his participation is greatly appreciated.

All funds raised will be used to support the men and women in our local Kerry services.

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh With his grandson Leon, Des Hayes (Volunteer) and Michael O Leary (service user)
Men's first place team Willie O Leary, Philip O Connor, Eamon Feeley and Niall Gilroy
Ladies Winning Team Mary Geaney, Vicky Coyne, Joan Fleming, & Mary Crowley
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh With Staff, Volunteers & Services Users



Social Farming Works – this is one of the key findings of an Evaluation Report on Social Farming in Kerry, launched by Minister Michael Creed last week. A huge crowd turned out for the launch of the report on what was a fantastic day at George Kelly’s ‘Hazelfort’ Farm, at Ballymalis in Beaufort, Co. Kerry, where visitors got the chance to go on a tour of the farm to meet with participants, host farmers families, and a multitude of stakeholders involved in the social farming initiative. The report, which was prepared by Dr Brendan O’Keeffe (Mary Immaculate College), Dr Caroline Crowley (Crowley Research) and Dr Shane O’Sullivan (Limerick Institute of Technology), was commissioned by the Kerry Social Farming (KSF) Working Group in 2016, under the umbrella of lead partner South Kerry Development Partnership CLG (SKDP). The commissioning of this Project Review formed part of a Social Farming Model Project developed by KSF/ SKDP and is being funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), via the Commission for Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA). The authors undertook a detailed independent review of the Social Farming initiative in Kerry to access its impact as well as to examine ways in which the project can be developed and enhanced. There are currently over 20 participants and twelve host farms engaged with the KSF Project, which is administered by SKDP. The current project has also seen the appointment of a full time co-ordinator, Irene Kavanagh, to oversee the project, and the numbers of farmers and participants are expected to increase in the coming months. Each of the participants visit their host farm at least once a week, where they undertake a variety of tasks with the host farmer around the farm, from feeding the animals to minor repairs to undertaking a variety of engaging farm activities and projects. Outlining the findings of the report, Dr Brendan O’Keeff e stated that the Social Farming initiative, which firrst began in South Kerry in 2013, has yielded multiple dividends for all involved. “The model adopted in Kerry works particularly well because it has been tailored and adapted for local conditions” Dr O’Keefe noted, adding that the openness of host families, the bottom up approach adopted by SKDP, the funding now being provided by the DAFM and the person centred approach are among the key factors leading to its success. In welcoming the report, SKDP Chairperson Gloria O’Driscoll also highlighted the input of the other agencies involved in KSF such as St. John of God Kerry Services, Kerry Parents and Friends Association, North East West Kerry Development, Enable Ireland, Down Syndrome Kerry, Cunamh Iveragh, Local Link Kerry, the HSE and Kerry County Council. MEP Seán Kelly praised the host farmers involved in the project and pointed to the element of volunteerism as being vital to the project. In his address, Minister Creed said it was a humbling experience to meet with the participants in the KSF initiative, and he was very pleased to see that it works. “Inclusion isn’t just a word, its actions” Minister Creed said and he praised the fantastic collaboration that existed between all the groups involved in social farming in Kerry. He said the report findings and recommendations will be of benefi t to all, highlighting how the initiative can be improved and developed, and to inform what broad lessons can be transferred to other areas of the country. Minister Creed said he was delighted to be in South Kerry to launch the report and the words he heard from all the participants, and those involved with the social farming initiative in the county, will echo with him. Social farming is where family farms ofer social, health or training supports to a small number of people with particular needs in a supervised programme of farming-related activities. In Kerry Social Farming, people with intellectual disabilities or acquired brain injuries attend farms of all sizes involved in market gardening, dairying, sheep and beef production.

Minister Michael Creed with Claire O' Dwyer General Manager Saint John of God Kerry Services       
A section of the huge crowd that turned out for the launch of the
Anthony O Connor & Shane Savage enjoying the day