Knocklong Development Association strives to make Knocklong a better place for people to live.

Our aims are;
  • To maintain KDA services in Knocklong.
  • To eliminate rural exclusion.
  • To plan for our future.
  • To work with all organisations together for the good of Knocklong.

“When the world seems large and complex, we need to remember  that great world ideas all begin in some home neighbourhood” Konard Adenauer.

Who we are:

Chairperson: Mary Harty, Ass. Chairperson: Joe Moloney, Treasurer: Kathryn Fitzpatrick : Ass Treasurer: Frances Heavey ; Secretary: Margaret Creed Reale Ass. Secretary: Patsy Walsh PRO: Pauline Walsh.  Committee Members; Dave Kelly, Deirdre Browne, Trudy Reardon,  Pauline Ryan, Joe Keogh, Ned Moloney, Tadgh Keogh, Jim Dooley,Pat Doyle.

Contact us:

Chairperson: Mary Harty -

Secretary: Margaret Creed Reale -

Services the KDA offer:

  • The Community Centre
  • Knocklong Community Sportsfield
  • Socio Economic Planning

For further details please check the relevant pages. 

History of KDA

A New Dawning

In 1973 Knocklong Development Association was formed with a purpose to create jobs and getting real life back to the village. The association had considerable success during the following 15 years. Tom Fitzpatrick was the chairman of the Association for most of that period.

Their first venture was “Rent an Irish Cottage”. Rent cottages were built in the village and were very successful for the following ten years and were sold mostly to local families. Their next venture was an IDA factory creating 15 jobs. In 1977, the KDA purchased and developed the community sports field. In 1980, Knocklong Community Centre opened its doors.The hall was built members of the Aneco group, with help from all members of the community..

1970 Committees Members included:

J.J. O’ Reilly, Dan Ryan, Bridie Moore, Tom Fitzpatrick, Pauline Ryan, Martin Moore, Stephanie Hennessy, Tom Gainey, John Ryan, Tadgh Keogh, Eily Carroll, Eileen Fitzpatrick, Eily Ryan, John Carroll, Peggy O’ Connor, J.P. Ryan, Tom Keeffe, Ned Sampson, Jim Carroll, Pat Raleigh, Mike Treacy, Maurice Hennessy.

Over the years the KDA has completed many successful projects;

Knocklong SportsField

On May 13, 1979, Knocklong Development Association opened Knocklong Sportsfield. The sportsfield was blessed by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Morris, Arch Bishop of Cashel and Emly and opened by Mr. Paul Robinson on behalf of the county Manager. The senior hurlers of Limerick and Galway played a riveting match in front of a 2000 strong crowd.

Commemorating Sean Hogan
On May 13th, 1974, on the 55th anniversary of the Rescue of Sean Hogan,
the unveiling attracted over a 1000 people from the length and breadth of Ireland. the KDA unveiled a plaque to commemorate this historical event.

Knocklong/Glenbrohane - London Reunions
Throughout the 70s, 80s and early 90s the "Spotted Dog" in Willesden, London was one of many venues that was filled with  emigrants and visitors from the parish. The London Reunions provided a great opportunity for people to reunite.

Gala Weekends
On Second weekend of August, the KDA held the Gala Weekend. These weekends were packed with events such as the King and Queen of the Castle, GAA and Soccer tournaments, fancy dress parades, tug-of-wars and many fun events.

Knocklong Credit Union
Spearheaded by the KDA, a credit union was open in Knocklong on Friday, 11th May, 1984.  The appointed trustees were Denis Richardson, Bill Power, Margaret Harty, Ther
esa Houlihan, Jim Mullians, Joseph Keogh and Ger Power.

In November 2010 the community centre in Knocklong was forced to close its doors as asbestos was found in the ceiling of the centre. In Spring 2011 over 20 people joined the KDA and created a Community Centre restoration project. With the help of Ballyhoura Development the KDA received some funding to remove the asbestos and reopen the doors of OUR Community Centre. Along the way the great community of Knocklong has helped raise funds for the project, we have had a loan scheme, two Harvest Fairs, rode Donkeys, jumped from cranes, stood in a giant hand, pulled ropes, we have walked & ran, released balloons, dressed up for Halloween, played Deal or No Deal and lots more!!


KDA 2010-2013