Westport GAA is set to receive €1 million euro from a local family who have a long association with the club.

Club Chairman Charlie Lambert has confirmed to Midwest Sport that the local GAA club has received a €500,000 donation for their new pitch development on the Golf Course Road, with a promise of a further €500,000 in the future, from the Kenny family of Westport.

Their father Jack Kenny played an integral part in the development of the club, as a player and club chairman, from the 1920's through to the late 1950's. His three brothers - Charlie, Joe and Frank - were also respected Westport GAA Club Officers.

Jack Kenny was also a talented footballer, playing with the Mayo Junior and Senior teams.

He was the first Westport man to play senior football for Mayo, and achieved provincial success in both the League and Championships campaigns from 1927 until 1931.

After injury forced him to end his inter-county career in 1932, he continued to play with Westport for another 5 years before retiring from football.

In 1958, Jack Kenny was one of the negotiators that secured land on the Newport Road to develop St Patrick's Park - the current home of Westport GAA.

The Kenny family's generous donation has been warmly welcomed by the club, and will play a significant part in the construction of the new pitch development.

Westport GAA have applied for planning permission for the construction of a Croke Park-size football pitch and 4 sets of changing rooms, a 250-seater stand, floodlights and a club house on Golf Course Road in the town.

It's expected the project will cost about €3 million.

 

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