A new dimension has been added to the facilities of Charleville G.A.A. Club with the opening of the new sports hall at their Baker's Road Centre in Charleville on Tuesday of this week.
The club committee led by Chairman Mike Walsh held an open house on last Friday evening to show the latest amenity for the club to their members, local people and potential users of the hall in the future.
The 40m x 23.5m space has an Astroturf surface for playing indoor hurling and football games, which will be a major asset to the local club especially in the winter months for indoor training. "This will be of immense value to club teams to use for training purposes when they will be able to train out of the elements during the long winter months. It will also be open to other G.A.A Clubs in the area to reserve time for the use of the hall as well," said the club chairman, Mike Walsh.
Mr. Walsh paid tribute to the work which the club's development officer, Mike Keane had put into the project. "Mike has allocated an immense amount of time into seeing the sports hall project through to the finish. He has been instrumental in progressing the scheme from the conception to planning to the finished product," he said.
The sports hall for Charleville was first mooted in 2008 by Mr. Mike Keane of Charleville G.A.A. Club as a joint project with Charleville C.B.S., who's Principal at the time; Mr. Tom Clarke was fully in favour of the venture. The project was launched in 2009 by Mr. Sean Kelly, MEP, and since then the club has been fund raising to collect the necessary finance to match the grant aid the club has been receiving to complete the hall.
Charleville C.B.S. Secondary School will have access to the new hall for its students during weekdays and the present Principal, Mr. Maurice Keohane was delighted to see the project brought to fruition and fully operational this week. The hall will be of huge benefit to the students, in which to train to take part in schools competitions, which are generally held over the winter months.
The Charleville club has two playing surfaces in the Dr. Mannix Gaelic Sportsfield and the field attached to the G.A.A. Centre at Baker's Road and tennis courts, as well as indoor badminton courts. They field an Intermediate Hurling team, Junior Hurling and Football teams and under 21 Hurling and Football teams, as well as a host of Juvenile Hurling and Football teams. The local Camogie Club, with its many teams of girls, also use the club facilities.
The club is now open to take bookings from other G.A.A. Club to use the hall and those interested in doing so should contact Charleville G.A.A. Club at Baker's Road, Charleville.