Sun shines on sports complex
THE CENTRE HAS ALREADY BEEN THE LOCATION FOR PRODUCTION SHOOTS ON TWO TV PROGRAMMES
THE OFFICIAL opening of the sports complex in Craanford village took place recently in glorious sunshine which made the event all the more enjoyable for those in attendance.
While the indoor arena, catering for all kinds of sports, has been fully open for the last few years recent work has seen the addition of four new dressings rooms as well as a kitchen and meeting room being added to the building. There is also an another room which, in time, could become a gymnasium.
The centre has already provided the venue for a TV production of Operation Transformation and scenes from a new documentary on ‘The Story of Hurling’ were also shot there and are due to be aired later in the year.
The opening ceremony began with an address from the Chairperson of the Community Field Trust, Ger Doran, who welcomed everyone in attendance including Ministers Michael D’Arcy and Paul Kehoe, Fr Richard Lawless, Fr Felix Byrne, Fr Thomas Doyle and Councillors Joe O’Sullivan, Malcolm Byrne and Anthony Donoghue.
Trustees of the community field were also present including Secretary, Frank Darcy, Ger Lyons, and Lukie Finn. Another Trustee, Betty Shortle, was unable to attend due to a family commitment.
The organisers of the ceremony said they received apologies from Councillors Pip Breen, John Hegarty and Fionntan O’Suilleabhain.
It was a particularly memorable occasion for Mr Doran as he was involved in all aspects of developing the 15-acre facility which now includes two pitches, a fully lit walking track, new underpass and the new dressing rooms.
Mr Doran invited James Doyle to give a detailed overview of the financial aspects of the project and he gave an insight into the work involved in developing the centre.
Mr Doyle thanked everyone who was involved in its overall development and he paid particular tribute to the clergy of the parish who have expressed continued support for the project from the beginning.
He thanked Fr Byrne, who dropped by on a regular basis to view the progress of the building. When Fr Lawless was invited to bless the centre he commended everyone who supported the project in any way especially those who carried out voluntary work along the way. He highlighted the fact that the communities in Craanford and Monaseed were justifiably proud of the centre and what has been achieved.
Fr Byrne said his dream had become a reality and it was a great day for all concerned. The local volunteers, who gave their time free, and businesses that supported the project were also complimented for helping ensure the entire project was completed under budget.
Minister D’Arcy said the development of the centre underlined how progressive and proactive the community is within the village.
At the end of the formal ceremony Mr Doyle made a special presentation to Mr Doran and gave him a new chair suggesting that the time had come for him to sit down after the incredible work that was achieved.
Minister D’Arcy and Fr Byrne then cut the ribbon on the building and those attending were invited inside for some light refreshments and a tour of the facility.
Oliver and Maggie Doyle with Bridie and Jack Kenny.
The Craanford Sports Complex.