€120,000 grant for Kilworth Celtic
A NUMBER of community based bodies from within the Fermoy Municipal District have benefitted from funding under the Sports Capital Grants programme.
Chief among them was Kilworth Celtic FC Ltd, which was allocated €120,000, money that will be used to fund the ambitions development of a five-acre site they purchased close to the village two years ago. Club chairman Gus Shanahan said the three-stage plan would leave Kilworth with a modern facility that could be used for generations to come.
The first stage of the project will involve the development of two, full-size playing pitches, a jogging/walking track and associated drainage works.
"This funding will go a long way towards helping us complete this element of the project.
"We currently rent a pitch in the village, but since we were formed 18-years ago it has always been our ambition to have a place that we could call home," said Mr Shanahan.
"This funding will help us realise that ambition which will act as the base for further expansion over the next 5-10 years," he added.
Phase two of the project will involve the construction of four dressing rooms, a referee's room and a meeting room.
The final stage of the project will be the construction of a floodlit Astroturf playing surface.
Mr Shanahan said the entire project would cost in the region of €350,000 - €400,000 top complete, with other monies coming through local fundraising efforts.
"When we drew up the plan we realised it was ambitions for a small club like us but felt it was important that aim high and develop the best possible facilities that could be used by the whole community," he said.
"This capital funding will be instrumental in helping us lay the groundwork for the project," he added.
Other local groups in the area to receive funding under the programme include the Ballyhea GAA Club (€140,000), Bartlemy Paris Hall (€18,000), Blackwater Sub Aqua Search and Rescue Club (€25,076), Charleville AFC (€80,000), Fermoy Rowing Club (€60,000), Mitchelstown Community Centre (€75,000) and Rathcormac Scout Group (€4,000).