Plans to re­store Ti­na­hely Hand­ball Al­ley to for­mer glory

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

TI­NA­HELY HAND­BALL Al­ley has been ne­glected over the past num­ber of years and is in a very poor state and in need of much work and re­pair.

It is seen as a vi­tal part of the com­mu­nity for young and older play­ers and it would be a shame not to see such a fa­cil­ity in use.

Vol­un­teers are will­ing to coach and give both boys and girls the op­por­tu­nity to play hand­ball and the aim for 2009 is to have a fully es­tab­lished Se­nior and Ju­ve­nile Hand­ball Club.

A very strong com­mit­tee has been set up with the aim of restor­ing and re­fur­bish­ing the al­ley to its for­mer glory. It is es­ti­mated that the costs of re­fur­bish­ment will be in the re­gion of €5,500.

On Novem­ber 14, a ta­ble quiz was held in Black Toms, which was ex­tremely well sup­ported with 23 ta­bles in to­tal (The largest ta­ble quiz ever held in Ti­na­hely!). With sup­port from the lo­cal busi­nesses do­nat­ing raf­fle prizes, €1,200 was raised. Fur­ther­more, a fur­ther €1,400 made up of do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als un­able to sup­port the event on the night was re­ceived.

The club are cur­rently of­fer­ing life­time mem­ber­ship for over-25s for €100 and al­ready peo­ple have shown an in­ter­est in this mem­ber­ship. This proves that the lo­cal com­mu­nity are ex­cited about hav­ing the hand­ball al­ley re­stored and hav­ing an­other sport­ing fa­cil­ity in Ti­na­hely for them­selves and their chil­dren.

The money raised is go­ing to be spent on ma­te­ri­als, sup­plies and re­pairs to the hand­ball al­ley. This in­cludes, new toi­lets, new dress­ing rooms, elec­tri­cal, plumb­ing, paint­ing, new glass, new doors and frames, etc.

All labour car­ried out will be on a vol­un­tary ba­sis from lo­cal peo­ple. Many thanks to all those who are pre­pared to vol­un­teer their time and labour.

Each of the na­tional schools will be in­vited to an open day at the hand­ball al­ley and will be shown around the club and given a brief in­tro­duc­tion on the rules and how to play hand­ball.

Pho­to­graphs of the hand­ball al­ley can be viewed on the GAA web­site www.tina­he­ly­gaa.ie. Th­ese pho­tos were taken no less than eight weeks ago and show the cur­rent con­di­tion of the al­ley. You will be kept you up to date with the progress of the re­fur­bish­ment on the web­site and also the lat­est fundrais­ing ideas.

If any­one is in­ter­ested in tak­ing up mem­ber­ship for the club, vol­un­teer­ing to help with the work and sim­ply want to do­nate money, please do not hes­i­tate in con­tact­ing Robert Cleary (087-6132687) or An­thony Mur­phy.

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