Six GAA clubs in Kilkenny are seeking planning permission to extend and develop their present facilities.
Within the last week, Dicksboro, Young Irelands (Gowran), Erin’s Own (Castlecomer), St Martin’s, Bennettsbridge and Graignamanagh GAA clubs have all applied for permission to build.
Clubs and sports centres around Ireland are getting their applications in now to boost their chances of securing a fraction of the new €30 million fund for sports capital projects, which was announced last month. It is the first such funding to be announced in four years.
Clubs seeking to avail of grants must have their online applications in by this Friday, while the deadline for paper applications is 5pm on June 11.
Dicksboro GAA Club have applied for an extension to the front and rear of existing clubhouse building. The club also wants a new gymnasium, as well as a new signature entrance to clubhouse.
Young Irelands is seeking permission for development of new playing pitches, and a jogging track on the perimeter of the pitches. The Gowran club is also hoping to construct a new clubhouse and changing rooms, a new multi-purpose sports/community hall, a practice ball wall, and flood lighting to pitch areas. It is also hoping to build a new entrance from Chapel Road, as well as additional car and bike parking areas.
Erin’s Own GAA Club have sought permission to construct two ancillary buildings to the existing complex. The first is to feature additional dressing rooms, a gym, a meeting room, a store and a machinery shed. The second building is to have an indoor hurling arena. The submission also includes plans for additional car parking.
St Martin’s is seeking to construct a 570-square-metre indoor training facility at its Coon base, as well as a hard-core surface training area, and a new entrance from the public road.
Graignamanagh GAA Club is requesting permission for new astroturf around the perimeter of the existing playing pitch and a new training area, and to erect a new electronic scoreboard, as well as floodlights around the pitch and a rainwater harvesting tank. The club also wants to put in new piers and walls at the existing entrance, a retaining wall and security fence to eastern boundary with car parking area, as well as new walls and piers on northern side for ambulance access.
The club also wishes to put in a new pole and extended netting to the rear of northern goal end, and to extend the existing wall to the north west corner to use as a hurling wall.
Bennettsbridge is seeking a two-storey extension to its existing clubhouse and dressing room, including a balcony to the first floor. The existing single storey clubhouse/dressing room would also become two-storey, while a hurling wall would be constructed to the side of the existing clubhouse.