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Update Club House Development

posted 1 Sept 2016, 12:24 by Achill Gaa   [ updated 1 Sept 2016, 12:24 ]

Monday August 23rd represented a major step forward in shaping the future of Achill GAA with the demolition of our existing dressing room facilities. If the walls of the dressing rooms could talk.... 

By next summer we will all be welcomed home to Achill by an iconic new club house. More than ever before your club needs you. If you played or have been associated with the Hacky Cup, Corn Acla, Scanlon Cup or wore the Achill colours through the years you know the role your club has played in your life. It is now our turn to give back so that the kids of today and tomorrow can have as a fond a memories playing for and supporting their teams as we have had. Please use the link below to log in and make a donation towards this brilliant project.

Michael Denis McNamara, club secretary outlines the development to date August 2016

 “After a lengthy tendering process Michael Lavelle of Dooega has been awarded the contract to complete phase 1 of the development. A commencement notice has been issued to Mayo County Council and the start of construction is imminent. This is the most significant community based development to happen in Achill in recent years with the benefits of the project far reaching. The facility is not solely for the GAA as many active community groups in Achill have signed agreements to give them access to the facility. These include the national and Secondary Schools, All sports clubs aligned to the Achill Sports Network, The Relay for Life as well as the school sports committee. 

This will be a facility for the Community and put in place by the community, and something we all can be proud of. In phase 2 of the development we plan to have a community gym as well as a medic’s room that will support the Air Ambulance Emergency evacuation site located on the adjoining playing field. This facility will enhance the experience our children will have in competing in their sports and it will also offer a resource centre that can become a hub of activity for the Achill area. Given the proximity of the facility to the Greenway there is also potential for New Toilet and Shower facilities for Greenway users to be put in place in the new development and we have made contact with Mayo County Council in relation to this.

We would like to thank everybody who has donated so far; in particular the significant donations received from The Cottage Dugort, John Sweeney Bunnacurry, Angies London, Tomas McNamara/ ICDS and Kildownet Construction. We have also received commitments of donations from many others towards the development and everybody that donates will be recognised on a plaque in the facility.  To date fundraising has gone really well with a generous amount raised along with €80k of Grant Funding Committed. We do however have a funding shortfall of €140k and we would urge the community to get behind and donate towards a project that young and old will benefit from".