Fianna Fáil Local Area Representative for Little Island, Glounthaune and Glanmire, Pádraig O’ Sullivan has welcomed the announcement from Cork County Council that provisional funding has been allocated for two locally based community groups; Leeside AFC and the Little Island Community Association.

The Little Island Community Association, of which O’ Sullivan acts as PRO, recently applied for funding to allow the construction of an astro-turf facility at their Community Complex grounds.

“This project will benefit many clubs and societies in the local community; namely Erin’s Own GAA Club, the local Bowls Club, the local national schools, and Leeside AFC.

“Leeside AFC also submitted a separate application to Cork County Council for the expansion of their current grounds at Leeside Park to a two pitch facility. I am delighted to confirm that the club were allocated €8,000 to build a second pitch on the island.”

Mr O’Sullivan acted as a liaison with the County Council for this application and he expressed his satisfaction with the award of funds as Leeside AFC had lost out on grant applications in recent years.

“With the club’s membership and in particular its academy expanding dramatically in recent years, this allocation of funding was necessary to allow the club to continue to grow whilst supplying quality trained coaches, and most important of all, adequate grounds and facilities.

“If both projects are pursued and delivered they would be of significant benefit to the Glounthaune parish area and would greatly enhance sporting facilities in the wider community.”