Kehoe cuts ribbon on new multi-use ground
€80,000 FACILITY FOR GIMONT/CLUAIN DARA ESTATES
'I CAN'T wait to play soccer on it!' declared one young lad last week as the MUGA was officially opened on the green in the Gimont Avenue/Cluain Dara.
The MUGA - the initials stand for Multi Use Games Area - has been installed next to the children's playground in the town's biggest council estate. And Minister of State Paul Kehoe was on hand last Friday afternoon to cut the ribbon, with the assistance of children from the locality.
'I wish you many hours of enjoyment,' said the Chief Whip to the youngsters as they itched to get started on kicking a ball around the tarmac surface. 'I am sure that there will be no vandalism. This facility is for you and for the future generations.'
The visiting politician complimented the Town Council and the local RAPID committee for their initiative in spending €80,000 on the MUGA, which has been fitted out with basketball hoops as well as soccer goals.
'It is well built,' observed Town Council cathaoirleach Keith Doyle as he examined the fenced off games area. 'It is designed to be difficult to tamper with.' The ceremony was held last week before the final non-slip surface is laid on the MUGA, a job which will have to wait for warmer, dryer weather in the new year.
Among the attendance were Garda Superintendent Liam Carolan and Drumgoold/Templeshannon RAPID committee chairman Seamus Whitney, who is a keen basketball enthusiast.
However, he left the business of testing out the new hoops to the younger generation on this occasion.
Veteran councillor Seán Óg Doyle recalled that the tennis court fitted in Gimont Avenue during the eighties were vandalised out of existence. However, there was optimism at Friday's launch that the area has matured since then and that the residents will ensure the new addition to the neighbourhood is well looked after.