MAYOR of Kilkenny David Fitzgerald has announced funding for a monument to Kilkenny hurlers. A site has yet to be selected for the monument but Mayor Fitzgerald said that substantial funding is available.
The funding for the new piece of public art will come from the Per Cent for Art Scheme. The scheme stipulates that a percentage of the money spent on large public infrastructure works most be set aside for a piece of art to celebrate the delivery of the new infrastructure. A percentage of the cost of building the M9 motorway was set aside for public art.
The sum of money has yet to be revealed but it is believed to be a substantial sum. After a meeting of the Per Cent for Art Scheme committee it has been agreed to build a monument to the hurlers.
“An appropriate statue to acknowledge the role of hurling in the city and the many great hurlers who have worn the black and amber jersey – this issue is long overdue,” Mayor Fitzgerald said.
Members of Kilkenny Borough Council were worried that the monument would be built on the motorway and not in the city. Cllr Joe Reidy said that several motions had been passed unanimously that there should be a monument to the hurlers in the city.
“The approach we are taking is to have some suitable monument in the city and another further down the county,” said director of services John Mulholland.
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