Thumbs down for Kilmallock GAA's new pitch plans - By JEROME O'CONNELL

FITZGERALD Park is to remain the home of Kilmallock GAA club. This Monday night a special general meeting of the South Limerick GAA club, voted by 2-1 not to relocate.

Almost 160 club members were in attendance in the GAA complex and 108 voted down the proposals of the club executive after a sometimes heated meeting.

The proposal, which was put to a vote, was to swap Fitzgerald Park for an 18 acre site, that is about a three minute walk out the Charleville Road.

The proposed deal worth over €3.2million, could have seen Kilmallock playing in a new state of the art facility within two to three years.

The new 18-acre site would have been developed to include three sand based playing pitches.

The facility would have included a new clubhouse, complete with gymnasium, meeting rooms and dressing rooms.

One of the playing pitches would have been flood-lit, while one would conform to county ground standard.

Last week, an open information night was held in the GAA Complex, where close to 200 people heard the club's proposals.

This Monday night, club members travelled from across Ireland to vote.

"We only had one concrete proposal and it was a straight vote for relocation," said club chairman, Michael Fitzgerald.

"The club executive felt it was a very strong package," he added.

"It was the most open and passionate meeting I have seen. The one thing that was achieved is that there is now a great awareness of our need for extra facilities."

He outlined: "We are working off the one field and we have hurling and football teams from U6 to senior. On certain nights our club teams had to play away from home and concede home advantage".

While the club are not to move from Fitzgerald Park, new facilities are still needed.

The club must now set about securing and developing additional lands, while Fitzgerald Park is also in need of modernisation.


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