Plans to restore Tinahely Handball Alley to former glory
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.