McManus gives €1m boost to sports academy
BILLIONAIRE JP McManus has handed over €1m to help pay for a new sports project in Kerry.
The award from the JP McManus Benevolent Fund will go towards the proposed €15m Kerry Sports Academy, a joint project between the GAA and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT).
It will be a centre of excellence in sport built on the grounds of ITT's north campus and provide a facility which will be used by students and the Kerry county football and hurling teams.
It will also cater for rugby and other sports.
The centre will be a home for ITT's health and leisure programmes and act as a headquarters for the college's UNESCO Chair of Inclusive Physical Education and the Kerry branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann.
Former Kerry great Ogie Moran, director of the ITT's Found-ation, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of ITT with the college chair-man and former Tanaiste Dick Spring.
Mr Spring said: "The Foundation is extremely grateful to the JP McManus Benevolent Fund for their support, which is a tremendous boost for the project."
He said the foundation's priority project was the development of the Kerry Sports Academy.
Mr McManus was represented by Sue Ann Foley, chairperson of the benevolent fund.
She said: "While this is a leading edge initiative, it also fulfils some of the key funding criteria set out by the Benevolent Fund, namely healthcare and education advancement."