Kerry Group to provide €1million for GAA Centre of Excellence

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Updated: October 8, 2013

Kerry Group announced that the Group will contribute €1million towards the establishment of a new Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence and associated facilities.

In line with the ‘Kerry GAA 2020 Vision Programme’, the planned new development comprises two distinct but complementary centres, ‘The Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence, IT Tralee’ and associated Kerry GAA training facilities in Currans, Co. Kerry. The new state-of-the-art facilities will be established on a phased basis to provide essential training and development programmes for all Kerry Inter-County GAA teams and Development Squads.

Kerry Group will contribute €1million to the Centre of Excellence Project which is budgeted to cost €5.8million in total over Phase 1 & 2 of the development programme.

At the specially convened  meeting, Frank Hayes, Kerry Group’s Director of Corporate Affairs said: “The Group’s financial contribution to this worthwhile community project is additional to our annual corporate sponsorship of all Kerry Inter-County GAA teams. Our commitment to this Programme recognises the centrality and enormous contribution of the GAA to its communities right across the country and abroad, and in particular to the Group’s home County of Kerry.”

He added: “The GAA is part of the life-blood of communities in County Kerry and Kerry Group has a long record of partnership with Kerry County Board in the development of Gaelic games in the County. It is important to all our stakeholders that Kerry’s success in Gaelic Games continues to flourish into the future. The new Centre of Excellence will ensure that Kerry GAA will continue to develop and nurture future generations of talented players who will maintain the proud sporting tradition at club, County and national level.”

Patrick O’ Sullivan, Kerry County Committee Chairman speaking about the relationship commented:

“From 1987 to 1991, the emphasis was on coaching and on juvenile and minor teams. Kerry Group also got involved in the production of “Kerry’s Golden Years” video.
In June 1991 Kerry Group became exclusive sponsors of Kerry Inter County Teams at all levels. Through their continued sponsorship they are confident that the skill, commitment, sportsmanship and vision, which have been the hallmarks of Kerry teams, will continue to be demonstrated on the fields of play. I want to especially thank them tonight for the very generous contribution they are giving us towards the development of our Centre Of Excellence.

I want to sincerely thank Kerry Group and especially Chief Executive, Stan McCarthy, Chairman, Denis Buckley and Director of Corporate Affairs, Frank Hayes for their continued interest and support. Frank Hayes liaises between Kerry Group and Kerry GAA and it is always a pleasure to be in his company. After the Kerry V Dublin All-Ireland Senior Football semi-final on September 1st this year Frank Hayes commented to me that even though Kerry had lost the game he was proud to have been present to witness a game of such outstanding quality. This quality and high standard could not have been achieved without the continuous support of Kerry Group.

Down through the years the commitment they have shown to Kerry GAA is greatly appreciated by my predecessors, Sean Kelly, Sean Walsh and Jerome Conway and by the past and present players on our inter county teams. It is also very important to acknowledge the support and interest of founding CEO, Denis Brosnan and later Hugh Friel who succeeded him. Having the support of Kerry Group, a company of huge international stature gives Kerry GAA a tremendous boost and gives us the confidence necessary to maintain the high standards we have achieved and will continue to achieve through our inter county teams.

To date, Kerry Group have been involved in the All-Ireland Senior Football successes as well as U21, Minor and Junior Football successes along with the successes of the senior hurlers in the Christy Ring Cup, National League and the Munster Championship and also with our U21 and Minor Hurling teams. This high standard of achievement would not be possible without the support of Kerry Group.

Thanks once again to Kerry Group for their continued support of our teams and especially tonight their support of our proposed Centre Of Excellence”.

“The purchase of the lands at Currans (48 Acres) for the development of a centre of excellence has been concluded and the Trustees of Kerry County Committee CLG are now the official owners. 

The Chairman, in welcoming the purchase, said that the Centre of Excellence was an investment in the future of Kerry GAA providing modern facilities for the training of Kerry Football and hurling Teams of all grades; “This facility is overdue” he continued, “It will provide us with a much needed training base especially during the winter months”.

The Chairman also confirmed that the recent Fundraising trip to New York raised 220K Dollars funding that will be ring-fenced for the Development of the Centre of Excellence.

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