Opening of Dunmore not too far off

The new Kilkenny GAA training facility at Dunmore, on the main Kilkenny/Castlecomer road about three miles from the City, should be ready for use during the Summer of next year.

The new Kilkenny GAA training facility at Dunmore, on the main Kilkenny/Castlecomer road about three miles from the City, should be ready for use during the Summer of next year.

That was the good news from chairman, Ned Quinn, at annual County Board Convention on Monday night.

“The development of our two training pitches in Dunmore is progressing well,” Mr Quinn said during his annual address.

Ball stop nets are now in place for both pitches while the construction of dressing-rooms has commenced.

“The time frame for the completion of these and the remaining work which includes the provision of entrance gates, car park, the erection of goalposts and pitch side railings, dug-outs, installation of floodlights and so on is such that it should facilitate the commencement of activites there during the Summer of next year,” Mr Quinn told delegates.

No parking

He emphasised that when the facility opens that no parking will be allowed on the main road.

Mr Quinn warned that while Kilkenny were in a good financial position at the moment, and there was natural general satisfaction, things could change easily.

He drew attention to exceptional items of revenue that may or may not be achieved in future years, particularly the healthy income from the National Hurling League, which was nearly €130,000 this year and almost €127,000 last year. Other big earners were the hosting of the League final and the Qualifier championship tie, both against huge crowd pullers Tipperary.

“It is important we remain firmly focussed on ensuring that items of income directly under our control continue to be fully supported by all clubs,” he said. “We must also be cognisant of the fact that further significant capital investment will be required in Nowlan Park to reconstruct portion of the city end terrace, to replace the roof on Ardan Breathnach and to demolish and rebuild the former wheelchair area.

“The cooperative approach to the financing of such projects has served us well. Let us commit tonight to continuing in this manner in the years ahead. We cannot afford to do otherwise.”