By John Foley
SPORT is a metaphor for life. Any sports fan will tell you as much. But there was a very obvious representation of that at Killeshin FC on Friday, where government minister and local TD Charlie Flanagan was joined by his Dáil colleague Seán Fleming to turn the sod on the club’s new development.
Indeed, when Fine Gael’s Charlie passed the ball to Fianna Fáil’s Seán on a patch of the new all-weather pitch it could hardly have mirrored any better recent events in Leinster House, where the new programme for government was being negotiated.
It was something minister Flanagan referred to in his speech.
“You can see here in a corner of Co Laois the excellent relations between the old rivals of soccer and GAA, how Killeshin Gaelic football club and Killeshin FC can work hand in hand together. It’s no surprise therefore that Seán Fleming and myself can similarly work together and will do so for the foreseeable future!” he laughed.
Work has been ongoing on the latest phases of the club’s development, which will see a clubhouse built and a new Fifa 3G all-weather pitch installed over the coming months.
Supported by grants from sports capital funding and Laois Leader as well as huge fundraising efforts carried out in the local community over the past couple of years, the project will be hugely beneficial to the club and to Killeshin as a whole.
“I’m very pleased that such a level of progress has been made here over the past number of years and it’s done because of the great community spirit here and the high degree of community activity,” said minister Flanagan.