Kilkenny Pigeon Racing Club has finally been given the go-ahead for a new headquarters, with the local authorities granting planning permission for a clubhouse last week.
The base will be built on a small site in Leggettsrath West in the Hebron Industrial Estate, adjacent to the gated underpass at the ring road. It will consist of a single-storey structure of almost 130sqm – one large room and bathroom facilties. The building will be used for storage of equipment and as a meeting place for members. There is no pigeon house, and the birds will not housed on the site. For the past 25 years, the club has had no official home. The 40 or so members have used the community hall at the Butts green for their social activities, and for pre-race tagging of birds.
But now, with permission for the new site, architect Ivor O’ Brien will put the next stage of plans in motion.
“It’s great that they have found a home,” said local Cllr Joe Malone, when the site was first put forward.
“I’d have to compliment the council in this, in particular [director of services] John Mulholland.”