Portlaoise AFC land deal rubberstamped by new Irish U-21 boss Stephen Kenny and John Delaney

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Saturday afternoon saw FAI CEO John Delaney and current Irish U-21 manager Stephen Kenny were in Rossleighan Park for the official unveiling of the club's purchase of land.

The land, situated on the town side of Rossleighan grounds, had been in use by the club for a number of years as they rented the field, but they have now moved to purchase the land, after securing the relevant funds.

To mark the occasion, Delaney and Kenny were both on hand in Portlaoise on Saturday to officially rubber- stamp the deal and meet club offials and juvenile players.

Portlaoise have been making huge strides both on and off the field in recent years, as they continue to impress in the LSL, while their juvenile teams are among the strongest in the Midlands Schoolboys and Girls Leagues.

They also have an astroturf training area, a thriving underage scene and participate in the Football For All initiative, so to secure the long-term future of the land is a big boost to all involved with the club.