The idea to build a Sports Hall came about early in 2000, as it had become apparent that to cater for the needs of an ever increasing number of young members, facilities in Pairc Sheáin Mhic Gearailt, needed to be upgraded. Facilities at the time consisted of a playing pitch and dressing rooms.

Over the following months this project gathered momentum. Members of the Executive committee visited other sports facilities around the County, researching what might best suit the needs of Kilmurry G.A.A. club, and the Community at large.

In June 2001 the services of Tim-Joe O'Leary of D.L. Group Consulting Engineers were sought, the following August two sets of plans were presented to the Executive Committee, Quantity Surveyors were consulted on costs. The final plans were drawn up by DL Group, and full planning permission was sought and granted. While waiting for planning permission approval a lot of work was done in preparing our application for Lotto funding, this task was undertaken by the then Chairman Billy Crowley who put an excellent proposal forward, and who was one of the main driving forces of this project.

In January 2002 National lottery funding from the Dept. of Sport, Tourism and Recreation was applied for, and a grant of €125,000 was awarded. It was then decided to put a financial plan in place to fulfil this dream. An E.G.M. of the club was held on the 18 th October, 2002, at this meeting it was decided to proceed to build a complex incorporating a sports hall, meeting room, kitchen, storerooms, viewing balcony, plus additional changing showering and toilet facilities. The cost of the project was €375,000 which left a sum of €250,000 to be raised, which was the amount targeted by the draw.

A Fundraising campaign was put in place namely ‘ A Draw with a Difference' . This was a confined 300 member's draw with tickets costing €1,000 each. The prize fund was €50,000. First prize €40,000, second prize €6,000 and third prize €4,000.This draw was launched by Billy Morgan on 21 st January, 2003. This was hosted by our club sponsor Mr. Pat O'Leary, of O'Leary's Lissarda Main Audi-VW dealer.

Tenders for the work were invited and one chosen from a number submitted. Early in February saw the signing of the contract with Ring Brothers, Building Contractors. Work commenced on 19 th March 2003 and continued through the summer months, under the watchful eye of our Engineer Tim-Joe O'Leary. The fundraising was well underway by the committee with the help of other club and non-club members that was vital to the success of the ‘ Draw with a Difference'.

With the building nearing completion it was possible to hold the ‘ Draw with a Difference'. in our new Sports Complex, this took place on the 19 th December, 2003. Paudie Palmer of County Sound officiated over the draw. On the night of the draw there were 217 tickets sold, another €6,000 was raised in contributions. We received €8,000 of a grant from Munster Council and €22,800 in total from Cork County Council in grants, (€20,000 paid in two instalments over two years.) We also received two generous contributions, which left us in a healthy financial state. We were also very fortunate that our Building came in under budget, due to the generosity of our Engineer.

We in Kilmurry are very proud that within 12 months we raised the finances, and completed the project without any borrowings what so ever. With this in mind we decided to have our official opening, on Friday 30 th April, 2004. What has been achieved is a wonderful accomplishment for any Club not least Kilmurry.

Kilmurry G.A.A. would like to thank the following:

  • We are deeply indebted to Ring Bros., Carrigadrohid and the many sub-contractors for the outstanding work and quality of their workmanship.
  • To Paddy Ring who helped us in every way possible for this we are very thankful.
  • To Tim-Joe O'Leary, to who we are very thankful for the tremendous amount of time and effort he put into this project, and his financial generosity, and to all in DL Group.
  • To Sean Murphy, Solicitor whose help and legal advice was an invaluable asset to the smooth running of the Project.
  • To Kevin O'Connell, Accountant for preparing all the paper work for the above grants and also in securing loan approval, which thankfully we did not need.
  • To Mr. Gerard Kelleher, of M.J. Kelleher Oil Distributors and Mr. Pat Galvin, Hornhill, Lissarda.
  • Local representatives for their help and advice when applying for the grants from the National Lottery and Cork County Council
  • Mr. Bob Ryan and Mr. Con Murphy for their help in securing the Munster Council Grant.
  • To Máiread in Pairc Uí Chaoimh for answering our many queries when filling out the many forms.
  • We were also very fortunate to procure a substantial amount of office furniture free gratis, which we very much appreciated.
  • The club wishes to acknowledge the funding granted by Dept. of Tourism, Sports and Recreation.
  • To Munster Council for the grant we received.
  • To Cork County Council for their very generous support.
  • To all Business and Individual's who contributed to this project in any way.
  • To everyone who helped and advised us in any way in bringing this Project to its completion

The Development Committee consisted of:

Richard Hinchion, Chairman, Mary Down, Hon. Sec., Donal O'Leary, Treasurer, Richard Browne, Billy Crowley, Paddy Crowley, John Hinchion, Gerard Linehan, William Murphy, Flor McCarthy, Michael McSwiney, Edmond Neville Fr. Martin O'Driscoll , Noel O'Dowd,

The above Committee got tremendous help and support from a lot of other people; both club and non-club members who sold tickets and helped with the promotion of the "Draw with a Difference " . This support was very much appreciated by the above as it helped us greatly in making our dream become a reality.

The club is aware of the magnitude of this undertaking both in the maintaining and running of such a complex. However we are confident that with the backing and support of the general membership and community at large, this will be achieved

The message from Kilmurry G.A.A. Club to the people of Kilmurry and the area in general is "a state of art facility has being provided in the locality;

"It is up to you to maximize the benefits to be enjoyed from its existence

Picture of the completed Complex



Sean Kelly President of the GAA officially unveiling the plaque to mark the occasion 

Club Chairman Richard Hinchion presenting Sean Kelly with a token of the club appreciation for giving of his time to officially open the Sport Complex

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