St. Mary’s plan all weather training pitch in the Rocks

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

PLAN­NING HAS been sub­mit­ted to Wex­ford County Coun­cil for the con­struc­tion of a gen­eral sport and re­cre­ation ground at St Mary’s of Maudlin­town GAA Club in The Rocks.

The club hopes to se­cure per­mis­sion for an all weather training ground that will ben­e­fit both their mem­bers and stu­dents from lo­cal schools who use the ground reg­u­larly.

The ap­pli­ca­tion also makes pro­vi­sion for the in­stal­la­tion of fenc­ing, light­ing, power, drainage and a small cof­fee kiosk with as­so­ci­ated changes to the paths and trails, in­clud­ing widen­ing ac­cess along the ex­ist­ing path for emer­gency ve­hi­cles.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is part of a wider plan to fur­ther de­velop the area in the fu­ture.

Club Chair­man Barry Kin­sella ex­plained that the area in ques­tion is about 60m by 50m and their aim is to in­stall a training pitch that will be used by the club and also by pupils from the CBS and Faythe schools.

The club, he said, had been vic­tims of their own suc­cess in that there was con­sid­er­able de- mand for the pitch and they hoped that a training ground would al­le­vi­ate some of the pres­sure on their sole pitch.

‘This is part of the over­all Rocks plan and we’re aim­ing to de­velop the trails around the area, in­stall pic­nic ar­eas and, gen­er­ally speak­ing, turn it into more of a park, and that will com­bat other is­sues such as anti-so­cial be­hav­iour as well. The more peo­ple that are us­ing the area, the bet­ter it is. This isn’t just a de­vel­op­ment for the GAA but the whole area and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.’

He said they were hope­ful of se­cur­ing plan­ning and, if and when that hap­pened, they planned to ap­ply for Sports Capital Grant fund­ing for the de­vel­op­ment.

They had, he added, al­ready ap­plied for recre­ational grant fund­ing in the hope that they could make the trails around the rocks wheel­chair and buggy friendly.

‘We’re hop­ing to hear back on that very soon. There is a lot of waste area in The Rocks that could be de­vel­oped but it’s one step at a time. We’ll do our bit and the coun­cil and the lo­cals have given us great back­ing.’

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