Work on the Kerry Sports Academy at the Institute of Technology in Tralee could begin in the first quarter of next year.
That’s according to a letter sent by Minister Jimmy Deenihan to Taoiseach Enda Kenny in advance of the announcement of the Government’s new capital plan which was unveiled yesterday. In the letter dated for this month Minister Deenihan writes to Enda Kenny requesting him to provide 7.5 million euro in the programme for the Kerry Sports Academy. Last year a foundation was established to fundraise for the development at IT Tralee which includes Dick Spring, Stan McCarthy of Kerry Group and Michael O Muircheartaigh. The 15 million euro academy will be home to the National Centre for Adapted Physical Activity, UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport Fitness and Recreation, the Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and health and leisure programmes at IT Tralee. Five million has been raised by the foundation so far and now 7.5 million has been approved by Government. The project has full planning permission and is ready to begin once funding is in place. Minister Deenihan says the foundation is hopeful of being on site in the first quarter of 2016 if granted Government funding.