'By God, do we need this development here'
TWO-Mile Borris is back on the map for the first time since the inaugural All-Ireland hurling final of 1887.
Tom Healy scored the only goal of the final for the successful Tipperary side in 1888.
More than a century later, his farmer grandson Martin Healy has facilitated the proposed multi-million euro casino complex outside the village after agreeing to sell a large portion of his family farmland to developer Richard Quirke.
Mr Healy (48) runs the farm adjacent to land that Richard Quirke has bought in the area and also manages that holding for the developer.
"Before, I suppose Two-Mile Borris would just be known for hurling, but that is about to change and it is badly needed here," Mr Healy said.
It is understood that Mr Quirke, originally from nearby Thurles, already bought some of the land that he needs for the complex. He also has secured options to buy a total of 850 acres of farmland and five homes on either side of the N8 Cork-Dublin road in recent years.
Mr Healy completed his deal with the former garda officer in 2005 and his home borders the holding.
Standing in the centre of the site, Mr Healy pointed out where the racetrack, heliport, equestrian centre and White House would be located.
"It goes as far as the eye can see on either side, but by God, do we need this here. I have a close working relationship with Richard and everyone in the community is behind him here with this. There was only three local objections," Mr Healy said.
"This will be on of the largest developments in the world. It will be a boost for the whole region.
"Richard told me that he wants to give back to the community here also and that will mean jobs," he said.
Two pubs and two shops were the focal points in the village yesterday.
Publican and shop keeper, Vincent Corcoran and his wife, Elaine were enthusiastic about the announcement.
"Everyone here is 100pc in favour of this. There would be up to 800 people living around here," Vincent explained.
"In recent times, a lot of young lads from here have gone to England to look for work. Perhaps, this will provide them with new opportunities to stay and work at home," Vincent said.
Relaxing in Corcoran's yesterday was former jockey, Sean Hayde (79) who rode for well known horse owner, Willie O'Grady.
"I've been living here for the last 20 years and this is a great boost for the place. I can't wait to see the racetrack -- perhaps I'll get a day out on a horse," Mr O'Grady said.