OPENING OF NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART PITCHES AT CLARISFORD: On Saturday, September 27th Clarisford Park committee announced the opening of a new 28,000 square foot 3G Synthetic Playing Fields facility to complement its existing Clarisford Park playing fields and Park in Killaloe. The €350,000 investment was funded by CLDC LEADER, the JP McManus Foundation, the Keith Wood (W2) Foundation, Clarisford Park Ltd and St Anne’s local community fundraising of 8.5%. This involved cooperation on a large and unique scale and is the penultimate phase of the greater Clarisford Park Project.
The Clarisford Park Project is the culmination of eight years planning and work based in the former demesne of Clarisford Palace. Initially the project was set up to find a home for the ‘homeless’ clubs in Killaloe- Ballina but with the emergence of CLDC LEADER support, a Park for the community became a reality. Technopath, the JP McManus Fund, Clare County Council and The Keith Wood (W2) Foundation all came on board to bring the plans to fruition. The total investment in the project so far is €1.5 million with a local community fundraising of 12.5%. For their fundraising Ballina Killaloe RFC and Lough Derg FC have one match pitch and one training field each and 5th/22nd Killaloe Scout Group have a camping area in a woodland setting.
The last phase of the Clarisford Park Project, the building of the community pavilion will commence construction in January at a budgeted cost of €500,000. The expectation is that the community will not have to fundraise for the capital of this final phase. This brings the total cost to €2 million with a local community fundraising of 9.5%.
Clarisford Park will now be home to Ballina Killaloe RFC, Lough Derg FC and the 5th/22nd Killaloe Scout Group. It has a 1000m running/walking trail, playing and training fields. It is open to pedestrians with ample parking for casual users. Dog walkers are welcome provided all dogs are on a leash and that their owners clean up any canine excrement. Dogs are not allowed on the playing surfaces. Club members can use the internal parking subject to individual club arrangements. There are three all weather surfaces available to rent on an hourly basis, prices range from €35 to €55 per hour. The 3G is the latest model available, constructed by FieldTurf, the world’s leading all weather manufacturer, and is the same high standard as the University of Limerick North Pavilion Pitches and Cardiff Arms Park, home to the Cardiff Blues Rugby Team. Cardiff will be playing their Heineken Cup games on the same surface as Clarisford. It is independently tested and suitable for GAA, Rugby and Soccer.
Initially it is ‘Club’s only’ in our pilot scheme on the All Weather Pitches but from the 1st of November casual slots can be booked and paid for in advance. Details on the booking system will be announced at the end of October.
TRAD FOR TRÓCAIRE: A Trad for Trócaire Table Quiz will take place on this Thursday, October 3rd at 8.30pm in The Anchor Inn. Entry fee is €20 for a table of four. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
SCOUTING ACTIVITIES: The Scout Section held the traditional Night Hike on Friday last for the first meeting of the new Scout year. This involved leaving the Scout Hall and walking up the Hill Road in Killaloe to the top of Ballycuggeran, over the mountain and back down the other side, finishing up at midnight at the Two mile Gate in Killaloe. It was a beautiful night for the hike and spirits were high!
Both Cub Scout Sections met up for a joint hike in Raheen Woods, Tuamgraney last Sunday. There were a lot of tired bodies after the excitement of the Clare All Ireland win the day before, but they all managed to finish the hike on a glorious autumn day.
ALL IRELAND SUCCESS: Ballina juvenile handball player, James Prentice added a fifth All Ireland title to his growing list of accolades on Sunday last, when he partnered Colin Ryan of Cashel to win the Boys U14 doubles 60x30 All Ireland title, defeating a very strong Galway pair on a scoreline of 15-10, 15-3. This means James has won both 40x20 and 60x30 titles this year despite suffering a serious broken hip early in the summer.
Alma Conroy & Aisling Horan also competed in the Ladies Junior B doubles All Ireland final against a very strong Dublin pair, and the girls were unlucky to lose but will no doubt bounce back again next year.
Our third All Ireland final featured John McQuaid with Pat O Flaherty of Youghalarra who were up against a Meath pair including Tom Sheridan, who won the Senior doubles title last weekend. On this occasion, Meath emerged as winners but we know John will be back again next year. Well done to all!
The Michael Monaghan Memorial tournament has started in the club this week and will run for the next few weeks.