Tuesday 20 February 2018

Kerry receive green light for centre of excellence

THE Kerry County Board is to press ahead with an ambitious development for a centre of excellence at the grounds of the old Tralee racecourse.

The board's executive have been given the green light to press ahead with the purchase of 48 acres at Currans, which has full planning permission. Now approval is required from Croke Park.

Originally, the property was part of a proposed land-swap involving Austin Stack Park, but that has changed because of the current economic climate and Kerry are now pressing ahead with the purchase of the 48 acres.

That's 17 acres more than they had originally intended to buy, but they will be getting it at almost half the original asking price.

Chairman Jerome Conway said: "It's been obvious for a number of years that we need a centre of excellence so that the county teams can train, particularly in the winter months, when it's difficult to get pitches.

"The first phase will see two all- weather, floodlit pitches being developed with dressing-rooms and car parking to follow. There will be grants available to us from Croke Park and the Munster Council."

Meanwhile, AIB have called time on their 22-year sponsorship of the Kerry county championships. The arrangement was estimated to have been worth up to €30,000 annually to the board.

Irish Independent

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