Boxer to fight for Ballyhale with possibility for design of new channel around GAA pitch

Ballyhale Shamrocks at risk of being destroyed by flood relief measures proposed by the OPW

Darren Hassett

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Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran with Sean Reid, Pat Bookle, Patrick Holden, Cllr Michael Doyle, Mayor Peter Cleere, Junior Minister John Paul Phelan, Bobby Aylward TD, Michael Fennelly and John Kennedy

A junior minister has visited Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA club after the Office of Public Works published controversial flood relief works for the village.

It was previously revealed that Ballyhale Shamrocks – one of Ireland’s most successful hurling clubs – is at risk of being destroyed by flood relief measures proposed by the OPW.

At a cost of €430,000 the works will see the Little Arrigle River in the village being diverted right through the club’s grounds.

Minister for State at the OPW, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, visited the village and GAA club yesterday (Tuesday) and pledged to save the hurling pitch.

The Kilkenny People understands the OPW are “looking at designing a new channel around the pitch”. The Minister also visited Freshford, Thomastown, Graig’ and Inistioge.