Sunday 16 December 2018

Maur's sets out major five-year plans

After 90 years in Rush, St Maur's GAA club are looking to the future

Cllr Brian Dennehy, Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee and St Maur’s chairperson Derek Farren.
Cllr Brian Dennehy, Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee and St Maur’s chairperson Derek Farren.
Judi O’Boyle. deputy principal St Joseph’s Secondary School and senior hurler Eoghan Conroy.

John Manning

As it celebrated 90 years in Rush, St Maur's GAA Club is only looking forward and has unveiled an ambitious new five year plan for the club called 'Creating the Future' which aims to realise modern facilities for St Maur's including a new full-size, all-weather and fully flood-lit playing pitch.

St. Maurs GAA Club recently launched its 'Creating the Future' Development Plan 2018 - 2023 to a very large and enthusiastic turn out from the membership and the wider community in the Club Pavilion.

A spokesperson for the club said: 'As we celebrate 90 years in the town, we acknowledge the great people of Rush who, over the years, had the drive and determination to build a great facility and a great club - a place where all the community can gather and enjoy our games.'

In recent years, as the town has grown and with it, St Maur's on-field successes have risen to new levels with its ladies' team crowned All-Ireland champions in 2016, its adult football 1st team at the very top of Dublin football and its adult hurlers winning both a league and championship in successive seasons.

The club's juvenile section is thriving with success in the 2017 Féile tournament among the many recent highlights and the club's representation at county level has taken a giant leap and it is very proud to have so many players -male and female across all codes, wearing the blue of Dublin.

The spokesperson for the club said: 'Off the field, we have developed the club as much more than just a GAA centre. Many local organisations and institutions regularly use our facility and the Maur's site is very much at the heart of our community.

'The biggest challenge facing our club today is how to grow our facilities to cater for both our existing membership and the growth that is happening in Rush. We are determined to provide the very best of facilities, particularly for our juvenile members, which will ensure a safe, secure and clean environment for all who use them.

'We are working with Fingal County Council on a longer-term plan to cater for the growth in Rush over the next 15-20 years. In the immediate period ahead, we need to bring new facilities into the club, particularly to cater for our under-age players.'

Detailing how that will be achieved, the club spokesperson said: 'Our Development Plan which will consist of four phases will commence with phase one which will see construction of a new full size all weather floodlit pitch situated on site of the current training ground and will Include a state of the art artificial surface, fencing and full floodlights. We have a unique opportunity to bring a fantastic facility to the club and the town and we need your support.'

Fingal Independent