KILLARNEY has secured a victory over Tralee for a new Kerry GAA museum, estimated to cost more than €3 million.
A planning application has been lodged with Killarney Town Council to build a two-storey museum, with parking facilities for cars and coaches, at the town’s Fitzgerald Stadium.
The neighbouring towns had engaged in a war of words in their claims as likely locations for the county’s major new sporting and cultural museum.
But the fact that Killarney attracts a large number of visitors was a key factor in determination the location.
Fitzgerald Stadium, which opened in 1936 and which can accommodate more than 40,000 spectators, is also one of the country’s leading GAA grounds.
The planning application, in the name of Kerry Gaelic Culture Museum Ltd, is for a 1,350 sq metre building to be erected on an under-used training field on the eastern side of the main pitch.
Work will also involve the demolition of toilets, some of the boundary walls on the northern side, and all of the existing boundary walls, gates and entrances on the eastern side of the stadium.
A decision on the planning application is expected on February 11 next and the aim is to have the construction completed in 2013, depending on funding being available from tourism bodies and the GAA.
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