Following huge efforts from members of the Killarney Community Microtrack Group the contract signing took place at St. Brendan’s college Killarney this week.
The group together with Cllr. Niall Kelliher as chairman of the (LAG) board and assisted by Mr. Sean de Buitlear of South Kerry Development Partnership officiated at the gathering.The contract signing is the culmination of many years of hard work,by the dedicated community group in Killarney.
The effect of the hard work by all initiated a congratulatory round of applause from Jean Courtney of Killarney Valley ac and committee member of the community group.
Cllr. Niall Kelliher suggested the hard work is now seeing it’s just rewards and is honoured to be a part of it,for which he acclaimed will be, a massive benefit to all within the community and especially the young.
The €110,000 of leader funding forms a major part of the project cost and endorses the mission of the community group.With great commitment to the community group he wasn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and also to compliment his colleagues,for which has generated universal goodwill.
The sod turning ceremony was a matter of great pride for the members of the group,who represent such a diverse range of groups from within Killarney life.The Mayor of the Killarney municipal area Cllr. John Sheahan highlighted to members of the group,that all parts of the jigsaw have come together,leading up towards the construction date of June 24th.Cllr John Sheahan together with minister Brendan Griffin have delivered €59,000 in sports capital funding to the project cost of €480,000.
Kerry County Council have also come behind the project granting €50,000 to date.
The group have privately raised €110,000 through events and from some donations from businesses to drive the project to date.Many fun,sporting and social events were held over the last few years to raise funds including the Killarney 10 mile road race,the run,walk and roll 5k,the AIB schools fitness challenge,the minion mania world record attempt at the INEC,and the rotary club wine and art night.The group have a balance of funds to be raised and in order for construction to proceed and be completed this summer the project will be facilitated by Clan Credo.
The group hope to reduce and indeed even eliminate the loan with help of the community as it benefits all.The group have already set up an online link to achieve donations www.gofundme.com/Killarney-micro-track and are delighted to announce that Killarney Valley vintage club,have nominated the project,to be one of the two groups,to benefit from their new fundraiser raffle for a vintage tractor.They will be selling tickets shortly with each ticket to go straight to the cause.Recently community nurse Catriona Shanahan took part in the London marathon and raised over €500 for the great cause and has urged others to do similar initiatives,to assist the group.
A major fundraising drive through the business community,is hoped will help,to support this incredible facility in a strategically positioned location.
This project would not have been able to come to being,without the generous support of Bishop Bill Murphy and now Bishop Ray Browne,together with Mr. Sean Coffey of st. Brendan’s college for the provision of the site.Proximity to the young students and to the local members of the special Olympic club the Kerry stars,is a core principle of the project’s reach for complete benefit and sustainability.
The group now look forward to the construction commencement on June 24th with an expected completion towards the end of August.The Astro turf pitch in the centre of the athletics track will be available to sports clubs and community groups.The athletics track likewise and together with the pitch will help to ensure it’s sustainability into the future.
Mr. Sean O’Sullivan (chairman) of Kerry community games had the last day and articulated to colleagues in the group committee,once the people see the facility in construction.Then to quote”Build it and they will come”.