Sunday 18 February 2018

Sod turned for Rock sports facility

Fintan Lambe

By next summer, the community in The Rock, Gorey, will have a sports facility that they can call their own, as work has just begun on the new community field there.

Senator Michael D'Arcy was invited along to turn the sod on site with the help of locals, in advance of the machinery moving on to the recently acquired site.

The Tara Rocks Community Field Trust was recently awarded a €50,000 Sports Capital Grant to help develop the full-size pitch, a training pitch, and a walking track.

Locals also raised tens of thousands for the purchase and development of the community facility. The work will initially involve removing the sod and topsoil, and levelling the site, and then the creation of the surrounding track. The pitches are expected to be playable by next summer.

Sen. D'Arcy was invited to officiate at the ceremony in recognition of his work in helping get the project over the line. Tara Rocks GAA Club which will be one of the main groups to use the pitch, are currently training in Gorey Community School and at the pitch in Kilanerin, while the work is ongoing.

'This project has been on the cards for quite some time,' said Catherine Breen, Tara Rocks PRO.

'We're delighted to be getting facilities that we can finally call our own. Until now, we were relying on local farmers who gave the use of their land.'

She said that this work will be the first step in their plans to develop the community facility. 'This is a proud day for us all, and everybody in the community is looking forward it.'

Tara Rocks GAA Club is the smallest GAA Club in the county, and they are the reigning Junior A hurling county champions.

The field is being developed as a public amenity and will include a running and walking track in the current phase, with future phases hopefully adding a permanent structure to replace the current prefabs. Fundraising efforts for these projects will begin shortly, with a Strictly Club Dancing fundraiser already being planned.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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