Green light for St Pat's all-weather pitch plans
THE many supporters of St Pat's GAA club in Blennerville are celebrating this week after the club was granted permission to build a new 60m by 30m all-weather playing pitch, with full flood lighting, at their grounds in the heart of the village.
The club has also received permission to retain and complete the existing carpark, front boundary walls and existing entrance. The planning permission, granted by Kerry Council, is based on a number of conditions.
Much of the cost of the project will be covered by a sports capital grant of €62,000, recently announced by the Government, coupled with money raised from the club's recent Strictly Come Dancing and Dingle Way Challenge fundraising events.
"Once completed, this facility will be made available free of charge to the local national schools in the parish and used to promote Gaelic Games and healthy living in our community.
"It will also provide an all-year-round, state-of-the-art training facility for all our teams to develop their skills," said PRO Joe Costello.
"The club will still require a fundraising drive to complete the facility but we are a long way to getting there thanks to our dancers, walkers and lotto ticket buyers.
"Every cent collected from our Strictly Come Dancing and Dingle Way Challenge will be used for this project. We would also like to thank Jimmy Deenihan and Arthur Spring for their support," he said.
"Arthur Spring took a huge personal interest in our project, meeting our team on several occasions to offer advice and lobbying hard on our behalf. We are very grateful for his support," said Mr Costello.