Killarney sports facilities show they’re a class act

Ministers Jack Chambers and Norma Foley with Killarney Athletic AFC officials, from left, Diarmuid O’Carroll, Lara O’Brien, Louise O’Carroll, Geraldine Nagle, chairperson, Shelley Browne, JP Mullins and, back from left, Martin Crowley, Adrian Jasinski, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Michael O’Shea and Martin Muldoon.
Picture: Michelle Cooper Galvin

Two Killarney football clubs got to show off their impressive facilities to the minister with responsibility for sport when he made a whistle-stop visit to Kerry.

Killarney Athletic AFC hosted Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Sport, Jack Chambers, and he was very impressed with the set-up at Woodlawn.

Chaiperson Geraldine Nagle and club officials briefed him on their exciting plans to enhance facilities for hundreds of players in all age groups.

Ministers Jack Chambers and Norma Foley and Cllr Niall Kelleher meet with Killarney Celtic FC chairman Tim Jones and club members including Mikey Lyne, Davide Mosca, John O’Donoghue, Helen Clancy, Jane, Sara and Keelin O’Donoghue, Paul Sherry and Mary Lyne

Minister Chambers then made his way to Celtic Park to meet with chairman Tim Jones and officials of Killarney Celtic FC and, again, he remarked on the wonderful progress being made, at all levels, by the reigning Kerry league and cup champions.

The minister also paid a visit to the hugely impressive Killarney Valley AC track in the grounds of St Brendan’s College and he was able to see, first hand, why it is considered one of the best facilities of its kind in the entire country.

Minister Chambers was accompanied on the visit by Education Minister and Kerry TD, Norma Foley, and Killarney Municipal District Fianna Fail councillor, Niall Kelleher.

In the sports capital grants allocated by Minister Chambers’ department just last month, Killarney Athletic AFC received €45,172 to develop a new training pitch for girls while Killarney Celtic FC secured €28,566 for a sports equipment and lighting upgrade.

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