Kilkenny’s proposed GAA facility at Dunmore has taken another step forward following a unanimous show of support from members at this week’s meeting of Kilkenny County Council.
Representatives from Kilkenny County Board gave a presentation to the council on Monday, outlining the details and projections for the area.
It is hoped that the ten-acre site will facilitate the development of two full-size GAA pitches, one of which is to have full floodlight facilities. The plans also include a carpark and dressing room facilities.
Kilkenny County Board have now confirmed an amendment to the waste licence as per EPA stipulations, and have developed a formal lease agreement satisfying both the county board and the county council.
In addition, discussion with local residents and landowners regarding the development has now taken place.
The terms of the proposed lease extend for a 30-year period, with an initial nominal rent of €1 per year.
“Hurling plays an important part in the life of everyone in Kilkenny,” Paul Kinsella, chairman of the county board, told the council.
“What we are doing here is extremely important. This will benefit the whole county, and it is in the perfect location. Hopefully, we will see it through to fruition in the next ten months.”
County board secretary Ned Quinn said that with the level of GAA activity in Kilkenny, on any given day, 12 different teams can be training at any one time. He said the GAA in Kilkenny had a history of successful development.
“While success on the field of play is obvious, success due to the hard work behind the scenes can be unseen,” said Mr Quinn.
“It is our hope that when we are all gone, and when this great generation of hurlers is gone, the next generation will hone their skills out in Dunmore and bring many more successes to Kilkenny.”
Representatives from each of the political parties gave their reaction to the presentation.
“More than anything, it is our GAA teams that define where we come from - especially in rural Ireland,” said Cllr Mary-Hilda Kavanagh (FG).
“Anywhere, whether you meet acquaintances or strangers, if you mention you are from Kilkenny, all they want to talk about is hurling. And like any happy cats, we purr with a sense of the modesty that is a characteristic of the GAA and its members in Kilkenny.”
CllR John Coonan welcomed the presentation on behalf of Fianna Fail members.
“This is a huge plus for the village of Dunmore, and for Kilkenny,” he said.
“It is typical of the GAA and their approach. It is an excellent example of what we can do working together positively.”