Funding for Connemara Therapeutic Riding (CTR), which was announced last month, will create four new jobs locally, as well as supporting the organisation’s services for people with disabilities. Together with other tourism businesses in north-west Connemara, the charity will also promote the area as an accessible destination.

Rural and Community Development minister Michael Ring announced the funding on October 25 on a visit to Forum Connemara in Letterfrack. 

More than 70 people with sensory, physical, and intellectual disabilities have used CTR’s services at Errislannan Manor, Clifden, over the past four years. 

Beginning as a voluntary community group in 2015, CTR has been run as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) since 2017. The Community Services Programme funding will now enable CTR to employ a full-time manager and three full-time equivalents. 

Clients and volunteers from CTR, along with a Therapeutic Riding Connemara pony, welcomed
Minister Ring on his visit to Letterfrack. 

The minister said he was ‘delighted to be able to support the wonderful work being carried out by Connemara Therapeutic Riding,’ while also speaking of the importance of having services and a
community to support people, especially those in
a rural area.