New state-of-the-art training facilities for Kilkenny Barracks
KILKENNY’S Army barracks is set to benefit from a €3.5 million cash injection.
The Government signed off on a contract for the construction of a gymnasium and multi-sports facility at James Stephens barracks in the city.
Defence Minister, Paul Kehoe TD, made the announcement while he was in Kilkenny on Friday, inspecting the troops of the 115th Infantry Battalion bound for Lebanon as part of a UN Mission.
Local Kilkenny Councillor, Patrick O’Neill said: “The construction of this gymnasium is being undertaken as part of the Defence Forces Built Infrastructure programme. The programme will modernise and enhance the training, operational and accommodation facilities available to members of the Defence Forces.
“It also continues to show the commitment of Government towards the future of James Stephens Barracks in Kilkenny.”
The new building will contain a high-ceilinged, timber-floor sports hall used for fitness training and other indoor sports. The hall will facilitate passing-out parades, inspections, addresses and similar events when adverse weather conditions require such a venue.