Na Piarsaigh's joy at €120k windfall
WITH ladies' football being the fastest growing sector in the GAA in recent years, local club Na Piarsaigh hope to be able to cater for more girls and women who want to play thanks to funding to improve their facilities.
The Dundalk-based club received €120,000 from this year's Sports Capital Programme which chairman Gerard O'Hare says will be used to refurbish and extend their existing dressing rooms.
'The club was founded in 1982 and takes in the whole area of the Holy Family Parish, stretching from the Blackrock Road to Bay Estate, the Lower Avenue Road and Muirhevnamor,' he explains. 'It's a large area with a lot of young people. There are three primary schools in the parish and upgrading our facilities will help us to cater for them.'
The club has two adult men's teams, seven underage boys teams from under 7s to under 18s, as well as two girls teams ages 12 to 18.
'Ladies football is the fastest growing element of the GAA and we haven't been able to cater for it as much as we'd like,' says Gerard. 'With the new facilities we will be able to develop this more.'
The club has already received planning permission to refurbish and extend their existing dressing rooms with showers, separate changing areas, kitchen, storage and a meeting room.'
'The club has grown a lot since 1982 and while we've done a lot of work there's still more to do,' says Gerard.
'We have carried out improvements to the pitch with an all weather training pitch, floodlights and fencing and this will be a major boost for us.'