By John Foley
KILLESHIN FC has been a hive of activity over the past couple of weeks with work beginning on the latest phases of their development which will see a clubhouse built and a new Fifa 3G all-weather pitch installed over the summer months.
Supported by grants from sports capital funding and Laois Leader as well as huge fundraising efforts carried out in the local community over the past couple of years, the project will be hugely beneficial to the club and to Killeshin as a whole.
“The two development projects are going ahead side by side at the moment,” said club chairman Liam Dempsey. “Both the all-weather pitch and the clubhouse are scheduled to be ready for the start of the new season.”
The club has grown hugely over the course of the last decade and currently has over 300 members, fielding 16 teams at adult and juvenile level. Recent years had seen a financial drain caused by having to rent astroturf facilities during the winter months. However thanks to this new project which has a total cost of €350,000, that will be a thing of the past.
Beyond the club, the pitch will also be made available to Killeshin National School, the local Saplings School for children with autism and The Den Community Childcare facility.
“We were lucky to have great fundraisers in recent years in which people from the community helped us massively,” said Liam. “At the moment we have a Euromillions syndicate with about 200 members which is also a good fundraiser. We have a great community here who I want to thank for everything they have done. For a small rural club, the amount of work we have undertaken this year is colossal. In the context of what we’re all going through at the moment, that’s very positive.”
The main contractor for the pitch is Tipperary company Premier Pitches, however most of the other businesses involved in the project are local, including JC Brenco who is building the clubhouse, utilising local tradesmen, Seamus Byrne is installing the floodlights while Giles Lloyd of design consultants PDS and quantity surveyor Aidan Nolan are among the other local businesses who are working on the project.
Killeshin FC building for the future
By John Foley