Killarney urged to court basketball plan

Cllr Niall O’Callaghan: Former basketballer

THERE has been a call on Killarney Municipal District Council to provide a new outdoor basketball court where young people in the town can hone their skills and enjoy the game which has a strong tradition in the town.

Cllr Niall O’Callaghan, a former national league basketballer and a stalwart with the local St Paul’s club, has asked council officials to examine the local authority landbank to determine if there is any suitable site for such a development.

Niall O’Callaghan (back, third from left) in his basketball playing days with the Kerry Spring/St Paul’s basketball team in 1995- 96 squad.
Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Alternatively, he proposed, they could engage in talks with the National Parks and Wildlife Service with a view to obtaining a small parcel of land required for a court, possibly in Knockreer where there is already a municipal playground.

Cllr O’Callaghan believes there is a real need for an outdoor court in the area.

“Other than in housing estates, where they have gone to rack and ruin, there is no place provided by the council,” he said.

There has been a great tradition of basketball being played in Killarney since the 1950’s and the former St Vincent’s club was once the most successful in the county.

Former town council chairman, the late Paudie O’Connor, was an international basketballer who was deemed to be one of the best players in Europe.

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