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Could Fitzgerald Stadium host the Rugby World Cup in 2023?

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At the launch of the Fitzgerald Stadium Development Scheme on Thursday evening were front from left, Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Kerry football manager), Patrick O'Sullivan (Kerry Co. Board Chairman), Colm Foley (Development Committee Chairman) and Der Brosnan (Fitzgerald Stadium Chairman). Back from left are Pat O'Donoghue, Mike Moynihan, Diarmuid O'Se, Maurice O'Donoghue, John C O'Shea, Micheal O'Donoghue, Tatyana McGough, Weeshie Lynch, Stephen O'Sullivan and Andy O'Sullivan. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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PLANS are underway to ensure Fitzgerald Stadium is well placed as a possible host venue for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The stadium’s finance committee has launched a new development scheme in the lead-up to yet another Munster football final at the iconic Killarney venue.

The new scheme, the fourth of its kind, aims to further enhance facilities at the stadium on big match days, bringing it right into contention as a host venue for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The current stadium capacity is 39,000 and it is fully compliant with all health and safety regulations.

Among the proposed enhancements to the stadium are the upgrading of the terraces, especially at the scoreboard end; upgrading of the seating in the covered stand; new shops, toilet facilities and access turnstiles at the St Finan’s side of the ground; and the addition of a floodlighting system.

Kerry County Board chairman Patrick O’Sullivan, who along with Kerry senior football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Colm Foley, chairman of the Development Committee, launched the new scheme on Thursday, outlined the reasons for the launch of the latest development scheme. “We want to develop on the work ethic and commitment that has brought Fitzgerald Stadium to what it is today,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

“We want to go further and have a facility that will continue to be a symbol of Killarney’s ability as a venue that will match and compete with other centres of excellence.”

Mr O’Sullivan added: “It is the hope and determination of the stadium committee and the county committee to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.”

The cost of the development scheme subscription is €1,000 per year for five years and the benefits of subscribing include two free stand tickets for Kerry/Cork Munster Championship games at the stadium as well as two free tickets for games held under the auspices of the Kerry County Committee at the stadium and two free tickets for an All-Ireland Final involving the Kerry senior team.

The stadium committee, under the chairmanship of Colm Foley, includes county committee chairman Patrick O’Sullivan, Pat O’Donoghue, Maurice O’Donoghue, Michael O’Donoghue, Conor Hennigan, Mike Buckley, Der Brosnan and Andy O’Sullivan.

 


 
At the launch of the Fitzgerald Stadium Development Scheme on Thursday evening were front from left, Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Kerry football manager), Patrick O'Sullivan (Kerry County Board Chairman), Colm Foley (Development Committee Chairman) and Der Brosnan (Fitzgerald Stadium Chairman). Back from left are Pat O'Donoghue, Mike Moynihan, Diarmuid O'Se, Maurice O'Donoghue, John C O'Shea, Micheal O'Donoghue, Tatyana McGough, Weeshie Lynch, Stephen O'Sullivan and Andy O'Sullivan. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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