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Green Light For New Sports Development In Carrigaline

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

Cork County Council has granted planning permission to Carrigaline Rugby Football Club (RFC) and Carrigaline Athletics Club (AC) for a new multipurpose sports facility at Kilnagleary, Carrigaline.

The impressive project will be developed within a 6.3-hectare green field site. Upon completion, this sporting facility will consist of a 400 m synthetic surface oval-shaped athletic running track, three standard size grass playing pitches with floodlighting, a two-level clubhouse (706 m3 floor area), substantial vehicle parking, soft landscaping and an access road.

The proposed sports amenity at Kilnagleary has passed the planning stage following the hard work put in by committee members and other volunteers from both clubs and with great support from our local public representatives.

The Carrigaline RFC Chairperson, Jerome O’Sullivan, says:

All at our Club are so delighted with this news. Carrigaline RFC is approaching it’s 30th year and for the first time in our history, we will now have a home ground in Carrigaline. For so long our players, their parents and our coaches have had to drive from post to pillar to attend training and play matches. Carrigaline, the largest town in County Cork, so badly needs more sporting facilities for both children and adults. We know that this new multi-sports development will become a fantastic sporting amenity for all the community to use and enjoy. The facility will be made available to all the local schools and community groups that wish to use it.”

The Carrigaline AC Chairperson, Richard O’Brien, says:

“This is great news for our Club which will finally us a presence in our community where we can develop and build the club. There’s a lot of work ahead but securing planning permission is a major milestone for us.”

The news has been welcomed by Cllr Seamus McGrath, Cllr Jack White, Minister Michael McGrath TD & Minister Simon Coveney TD.

Cllr Seamus McGrath said, "The decision of Cork County Council to grant planning permission is a significant milestone for Carrigaline Rugby Club. The plans for both the Rugby and Athletics Club are very ambitious and many challenges lie ahead, however securing planning permission from the Local Authority is a vital step forward with the development plan. I have no doubt the dedicated Club members will make every possible effort to progress plans. Minister Michael McGrath and I will continue to work closely with the Clubs and also to ensure that the necessary infrastructural improvements in the area are progressed ".

Cllr Jack White said, I am delighted for the members of both Carrigaline RFC & Carrigaline Athletics Club that planning permission has been granted for their new development.

Minister Simon Coveney, former Cllr Liam O'Connor & I have worked hard with volunteers from both clubs to get the project over this vital stage. I will continue to work with both clubs and Minister Coveney to progress the plans through the funding, construction and opening phases.

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