OLD Crescent RFC is purchasing land adjoining the club grounds at Rosbrien, which will see the club grounds double in size and help secure the club’s long-term future at the venue.
The purchase of the 11 acres of land adjoining Crescent’s grounds at Rosbrien is the most significant physical development the club has made since the opening of their clubhouse in 1983.
While Old Crescent declined to reveal the cost of the land purchase, industry sources estimate it would be close on €200,000 given the site’s location.
Old Crescent RFC purchased the Crescent College playing grounds at Rosbrien from the Jesuit Community in 1975 and moved to Rosbrien permanently in the early 1980’s. While Old Crescent operate on a 12-acre site at present, the acquisition of the new land will double the size of their club grounds.
Old Crescent’s existing club grounds are at full capacity and the new land will enable the club to develop extra playing pitches and other facilities to cater for the growing popularity of adult and youth rugby, and tag rugby as well as for the expansion of major club events such as the annual Pig n Porter Tag Rugby Festival.
The cost of the land purchase will be met through a combination of fundraising by the Old Crescent club and a loan from the IRFU.
Confirming the land purchase, Ger McNamara, President of Old Crescent RFC, said: “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure the future of Old Crescent at Rosbrien.
“We cannot accommodate the numbers we have playing on our pitches and, without this land, any expansion of the club might have to be elsewhere and not at our spiritual home in Rosbrien.
“The land purchase will safeguard our future at Rosbrien for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, and will ensure that Old Crescent RFC continues to play an active part in the sporting life of our city, and in the Irish rugby community for generations to come”.
Ulster Bank League Division 2C leaders Old Crescent has begun a major fundraising drive and has issued a worldwide appeal to Old Crescent members and supporters, past and present, to fund the land purchase. The IRFU has backed the project and has approved financial support for the land purchase through a loan.
The Club has also been approved for tax relief on donations by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport and the Revenue Commissioners. That means that an individual can make a donation and the club can apply to Revenue to receive an additional amount based on what rate of tax the individual pays.
Donations to the Old Crescent RFC Land Purchase Fund can be made by contacting the Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee at 086 1719618 and NewLand@OldCrescentRFC.com. Further details on how to donate are available at www.OldCrescentRFC.com