McGuinness calls for funding for local clubs
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Jack Chambers, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, visited Kilkenny on Monday for a whirlwind tour of the constituency lead by Deputy John McGuinness.
Joined by Mayor Andrew McGuinness and Councillors Joe Malone, Deirdre Cullen and John Coonan, Minister Chambers and Deputy McGuinness visited a number of city sports clubs and later held meetings with county sports organisations who wanted to make their case to the Minister for various projects that required funding.
The group visited Loughlin’s GAA Club, St Johns Primary School, James Stephens GAA Club, Danesfort GAA Club and Kilkenny Tennis Club, where plans for various projects were presented to the Minister.
Minister Chambers then based himself in Deputy McGuinness’s O’Loughlin Road Constituency Office where they met with groups from around the county including GAA Clubs from The Rower Inistioge, Mullinavat, Thomastown and Bennettsbridge, Clogh Racquetball, and East End and Stoneyford soccer clubs.
Speaking to The Observer, Deputy John McGuinness said, “it was a very positive visit from Minister Chambers who listened to all of the cases we put before him. I took the opportunity to allow local sports clubs to meet with the Minister face to face and to show him the fantastic proposals they have.
“These are groups and clubs that make a massive difference in their communities through sport. I have seen all of their plans to develop and expand and support them fully. This was a great way for them to make their case for funding directly to the Minister who listened attentively and seemed highly impressed. I will now continue to work with those clubs and liaise with the Minister in a bid to secure as much funding as possible for their proposals,” concluded Deputy John McGuinness.