A sod-turning ceremony took place today at Carlow Institute of Technology's new multi-million euro sports campus.

The South Sports Campus, worth €15m, will be a world class training facility built over 31 acres and is located one kilometre from the institute's main campus.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton was joined by representatives from the GAA, Leinster Rugby and the FAI for the ceremony.

Local high profile athletes including World Silver medalist Molly Scott, who is a student at the college, was also at the event.

The first phase of the project will deliver six full-size playing pitches, comprising one all-weather artificial GAA pitch, one grass GAA pitch, two grass soccer pitches and two grass rugby pitches.

Phase two, to commence next summer, will encompass a 400m athletics track and a pavilion building, to include changing rooms, meeting rooms and ancillary spaces. 

Phase One works are scheduled for completion in spring 2019 and it is anticipated phase two works will be completed by spring 2020.