A big crowd attended the official opening of a brand new 700 metre, LED floodlit walking and running track in grounds of Rosbercon Parish Centre by former Kilkenny hurling manager, Brian Cody.
Mr Cody cut the ribbon and then, as a part of the opening ceremony, a lap was walked under the glow of the newly erected lights by both the hurling wizard and the large crowd that had gathered to witness the opening of this great facility for the local area.
Proceedings then moved inside the shelter of the community hall, where speeches were made by chairperson of St. Joseph’s Athletic Club Susan Lanigan, Deputy John Paul Phelan, Fr Dan Cavanagh, and of course, Brian Cody.
All of the speakers expressed a similar sentiment about how valuable this new development is to the community, providing a safe, well lit space for exercising in the coming winter months. The track is open to the public and the lighting can be turned on pressing the timer switches installed.
St. Joseph’s Athletic Club got the wheels turning on the development two years ago by applying for planning permission, and subsequently a sports capital grant, both of which came through early in 2022.
The grant received did not cover the total cost of the development, so St. Joseph’s AC also launched its fundraiser on the night in the hope of raising €14,000 to cover the shortfall in funding. Donations to this GoFundMe fundraiser can be made through the club’s
website at stjosephsac.ie/donate. Images of the development work can also be viewed on the website.
St Joseph’s Athletic Club hopes that everyone in the community uses this superb facility.