Established in 1884, Blarney GAA Club has a long history of serving the local community. The club has developed and changed many times over its long history, but the one thing that remains a constant is the community…the heart of the club! Recently appointed Chairman, Kevin Kelleher is quick to highlight, “We reach out to and include all members of our community. Our volunteers and players come from all walks of life and I think that is what makes our club so special. There is a real sense of togetherness.” Kevin outlines the club’s latest venture, which is currently in motion – a gym. “Our Club are always looking to improve both on and off the pitch. Over the past few months the club have embarked on another project of a gym to add to our existing facilities.” The gym will be open to all members and teams within the club and it is intended to make the facility available to wider local community groups when operational. It is hoped to have the gym operational by 1st February 2015, where all teams can benefit and get the most out of each training session. The project is broken into three phases 1. Acquire a new building (achieved) 2. Upgrade the building to accommodate new gym (achieved) 3. Furnishing of gym equipment (January 2015) The overall project will cost up to €20,000 to complete and so far 66% of this cost has been raised by the club. The gym is well on its way, with the club erecting a building behind the existing clubhouse. Over the last number of weeks, the upgrade of the building has been carried out once again by club members on a voluntary basis. The existence of a gym will assist in the promotion of a healthy living environment within the Blarney area. Blarney GAA is delighted to be able to provide a facility that can in time improve the health and well-being of the whole community. Please visit www.blarneygaa.ie for further information.