Proud day for St Vincent's
Last Sunday saw St Vincents GFC members in Ardcath fulfil a dream when Meath and Roscommon played on their newly redeveloped pitch for a challenge game in preparation for their respective championship campaigns.
Masterson Park has been transformed into a State of the Art facility, not alone for the footballers, but the entire community in the village of Ardcath. The St Vincents GAA club is the focal point of the community and the Clubs Officers took this into consideration when they set about their ambitious plans to redevelop their grounds by installing a floodlit walking/jogging track which will be complemented by additional outdoor exercise equipment.
The younger playing generation are also catered for with a juvenile sand based pitch which is also illuminated. They have not forgotten the "toddlers" who will have a kiddies corner with all sorts of games and amusements whilst their parents are watching a game or walking/jogging on the adjacent track.
The comfort of those playing in, or attending games, at Masterson Park is further enhanced with the installation of a large car park which will facilitate parking for nearly two hundred cars.
The environment was not forgotten in their plans either, with the inclusion of a leisure garden surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers with benches for visitors to relax and enjoy the climate.
Whilst the players of St Vincents GFC and visiting teams will benefit greatly from their new pitch, it is also specifically designed to benefit the entire community of the village of Ardcath.
The redevelopment programme was spearheaded by John Sheridan, a native of the neighbouring village of Garristown and an ardent "Dub", who married Ann Andrews and settled in the village over 40 years ago. As John says; "We have a marvellous community here in Ardcath. Their support was phenomenal right from the start and every family, business and our friends were magnificent in taking part and supporting all of our fundraising ventures. It was, at times, tough going but the fun and pleasure we derived from the hard work we put in generated the funds necessary to bring us to what we have achieved in raising almost €400,000 to fund our Field of Dreams".