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.”