IT Tralee Foundation Board to Hold Fundraising Gala Dinner in Honour of Mícheál Ó'Muircheartaigh.
Jan 29, 2018
Mícheál holds a Fellowship from the Institute of Technology Tralee and is a very valued member of the IT Tralee Foundation Board. All proceeds from the night will go to the Foundation to complete the Institute’s €16.5m Kerry Sports Academy.
The Kerry Sports Academy will be home to:
- Health and Leisure Programmes at the IT Tralee;
- UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport Fitness, and Recreation;
- National Centre for Adapted Physical Activity – CARA.
Partners to the project also include Kerry GAA and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in Kerry.
The €16.5m Kerry Sports Academy is currently under construction at the North Campus of the IT Tralee and once opened it will allow people from all sporting disciplines, irrespective of ability, to enjoy, prepare and compete to the highest standards. The Academy has been designed to address the needs of Paralympic & Special Olympic level athletes, as well as opening up a world of opportunities and accessibility to sports and recreation for people with disabilities in our society.
The IT Tralee has an esteemed international reputation for leadership in inclusion and adapted physical activity and is the only higher education provider globally to be awarded a UNESCO Chair. The title of the UNESCO Chair project is “Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness.”
Director of the IT Tralee Foundation Board Ogie Moran said “We are delighted to be awarded the honour of hosting this gala dinner to celebrate the life and career of Mícheál Ó'Muircheartaigh who has often been referred to as a national treasure and it promises to be a very special night for his family, Irish sport, and indeed, the larger GAA family. We plan to formally launch the event in March and given Mícheál's popularity, we anticipate a strong interest for this very special occasion.”
IT Tralee President Dr. Oliver Murphy said “The Kerry Sports Academy has been on the masterplan for the IT Tralee for many years and I would like to sincerely thank Mícheál for the time he has given to us as a board member of the IT Tralee Foundation. It is testament to his unending generosity that he has decided to donate 100% of the proceeds from this fundraising gala dinner to this very worthy cause.”
The Kerry Sports Academy, which opens in January 2019, will support participants involved in sport both regionally, nationally and internationally.
The gala dinner will take place on Saturday 22nd of September 2018 at the Clayton Burlington Hotel, Dublin. Guest of honour at the gala dinner will be President Michael D. Higgins and the event M.C. will be Des Cahill. A table of ten will cost €5000 and these are available to book by contacting the IT Tralee at 066 71 91787.
For further information contact IT Tralee Vice-President for Research, Development & External Engagement Bríd McElligott: