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Dr Crokes €500k expansion plans revealed

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FUTURE PLANNING: Padraig O'Shea, Liam Ryan, Rachel Foley, Vincent Casey, Laura O'Shea and Norma Sheehan (Killarney Lions Club) at the Dr Crokes GAA Club stand at The Killarney Lions Club Kerry Clubs Fair at Killarney Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

Dr Crokes GAA Club have announced a €500,000 investment at their Lewis Road clubhouse and grounds.

Plans for phase two and three of its development include the upgrading of the clubhouse, new media and broadcast facilities in the grandstand, and the addition of a third floodlit playing and training pitch.

Parts of phase one, which included the extension of the training pitch, new gym facilities, upgrading dressing rooms and the sanding and the re-sodding of the main pitch were completed last year.

Priority now turns to the second part; the refurbishment of the clubhouse.

Phase three includes the installation of media and broadcast facilities in the main stand.

The final and most expensive phase will be the construction of a third playing and training pitch, including floodlights in the north east corner of the grounds. This is expected to cost around €300,000.

“We are always improving,” Vince Casey, Chairman of Dr Crokes Fundraising Committee, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Our ultimate plan is the third playing pitch. We keep investing and take pride in what we do. The clubhouse is over 20-years-old and needs insulation and other upgrades. It is used by the club, not just players, for example we have card games there every Wednesday night, so it’s an important part of the social aspect of the community.”

 

 

 

 

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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