Around 200 children joined a demonstration outside Galway City Hall this afternoon, in a row over sports facilities at a local authority owned site.

Members of Knocknacarra FC claim they are being treated unfairly, after the club was ordered to remove temporary floodlights at a new Astroturf pitch in the west of the city.

The lights were installed by the club, to facilitate evening and night-time training sessions, at the Cappagh Park facility late last year.

But soon afterwards, club officials were told they breached a number of regulations and were instructed to remove the lights by the City Council. 

The local authority said the use of temporary lights could jeopardise plans for permanent floodlights at the pitch, as it located close to a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Knocknacarra FC disputes this and says the decision is seriously impacting on its 900 strong membership, most of them under 18.

It says that children are being deprived of the use of the community facility at Cappagh Park as a result of the row with the Council.

Ahead of this afternoon's meeting of the City Council, members presented Council officials with a petition calling on the local authority to allow the temporary lights to be re-erected.

The matter is due to be discussed at today's meeting.