Sun shines on sports com­plex

THE CEN­TRE HAS AL­READY BEEN THE LO­CA­TION FOR PRO­DUC­TION SHOOTS ON TWO TV PRO­GRAMMES

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

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