Sporting legends back new sports grounds in Paulstown

Willie Mullins, Brian Cody, Colette Dormer and Darren O'Neill to feature at launch this Saturday in Goresbridge

Brian Keyes

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Brian Keyes

Sporting legends back  new sports grounds in Paulstown

Darren O'Neill, MC for the evening Siobhain Donohue, Brian Cody, Colette Dormer and Willie Mullins

Sporting legends from the parish and beyond are gathering to lend their support to the future development of gaelic games in Paulstown and Goresbridge.
Goresbridge man and champion trainer Willie Mullins, Paulstown’s Olympic boxer Darren O’Neill and  camogie star Colette Dormer  are backing a new development  - along with hurling supremo and county manager Brian Cody.
The new sports ground, called the Paulstown /Goresbridge Community Sports Park, will be officially launched this Saturday night, October 20 at 8.15pm at the Ionad Dara Community Centre in Goresbridge.
The open event will see the aforementioned sports legends lend their support and reflect on their own experiences of what it takes to reach the top.
They will be interviewed by  TV presenter Siobhain Donohue. Also on the evening, light refreshments will be served, with maps and models of the new development on display plus a promotional video of the development.
The new sports park will be developed beside the existing GAA pitch in Paulstown, home of the Barrow Rangers club. The club came in to existence shortly after the introduction of Parish Rule for the playing of gaelic games in Kilkenny, and has been promoting hurling and football in the parish for  over six decades.
The launch event will showcase the new facilities which include a full size hurling/camogie pitch, adding to the existing one, a ball wall, training pitch, dressing rooms and gym.
The development also includes a 2km walking/running track for everyone of all ages and abilities, and further recreational facilities attached to the new dressing rooms.
Presently the sports grounds in Paulstown cater for both the GAA club, camogie club, the local soccer team and the boxing club. A growth in the local population and general increase in the level of interest in all the clubs had strained existing facilities so the gaelic games clubs need to expand to cater for growing numbers. 
Hundreds of juveniles attend training in the parish every week over the spring, summer and autumn months. Also on the night next Saturday, the Liam MacCarthy Cup returns to the county and Goresbridge so there will  be plenty of selfies!