CONTRACTS SIGNED: Cathal O’Brien (Chairman Killarney Micro Track second from left) and Cllr Niall Kelleher (Chairman Kerry Local Action Group) signing the contracts for the Killarney Micro Track at St Brendan’s College, Killarney on Monday, with (front) Jordan Lee Athlete, Bridget Stack Tres (Killarney Micro Track), Sean de Buitlear (SKDP), Sean Coffey (Secretary Killarney Micro Track and Principal St Brendan’s College Killarney). Back from left: Jerry Griffin (Project Coordinator), John O’Shea, Sean O’Sullivan (Chairman Kerry Community Games), Michael Murphy, Eileen Switzer, Cllr John Sheahan (Mayor of Killarney Municipal Area), Jean Courtney (Killarney Micro Track), John Hickey (Hickey Design) and Tomas Griffin (Killarney Micro Track Committee).
By Sean Moriarty
The sod was finally turned for the Killarney Micro Track on Monday evening – with construction confirmed to begin on June 24.
The micro track, also known South and East Kerry Community Rural Track project, will be located at St Brendan’s College, and will benefit up to 2,000 students from nearby schools, athletic clubs, paralympic athletes, Special Olympics athletes and community groups.
The committee behind the project still face a shortfall of around €100,000 which they hope to offset with a loan.
However, at Monday’s sod-turning ceremony they received news from Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club (KVCVC) that funds from the club’s annual vintage tractor raffle will go directly towards the micro-track.
“The group hope to reduce and indeed even eliminate the loan with help of the community as it benefits all,” committee member Jerry Griffin said. “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.”
“Now that people see the facility in construction,” Sean O’Sullivan, Chairman of Kerry Community said, “build it and they will come.”