Funnily enough I asked at the end of September if it was ever thought that a hard runway might be put down and the reply I got was 'some rich benefactor would have to step in' as it wouldn't be easy to fund it through the club.
I wonder if the moniker of 'Kilkenny Airport' might yet gain some credence? I presume the runway could be made to the same length as the current grass runway and if maintenance, fuel and new hangarage were put in could the airport actually support business jets as foreseen through improvements to Weston? In fact it would be a tad longer than Weston? After all Kilkenny already has a number of hotels that hold conferences as well as a good name for tourism, events and the airport is very close to the city although the road to the field would want upgrading not to mention the airport would need many improvements before reaching the level Weston is at. I would see the planned 2 million bringing the airport up to a similar level of development as say Abbeyshrule.
Keep an eye on planning is all I can say!!!