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Sunday 16 June 2019

St Abbans launch Monster GAA draw

At the Horse and Hound at the launch of St Abban's GAA Club monster draw. John Boland of Bolands car sales, St Abban's GAA Club chairman Dessie Doyle, club secretary Ann O'Gorman, Coiste na nÓg chairman TJ McDonald and treasurer Agnes Whelan
At the Horse and Hound at the launch of St Abban's GAA Club monster draw. John Boland of Bolands car sales, St Abban's GAA Club chairman Dessie Doyle, club secretary Ann O'Gorman, Coiste na nÓg chairman TJ McDonald and treasurer Agnes Whelan

David Looby

St Abban's GAA Club officially unveiled their pitch purchase and development plans in front of a huge crowd at The Horse & Hound in Ballinaboola recently.

There was also a detailed presentation on the financing of this development which culminated in the launch of their upcoming monster draw with an extensive prize list including a magnificent Ford Fiesta, and €1,500 holiday voucher.

Tickets will be on sale throughout the county within the coming weeks and the club would appreciate the support of all GAA members in their efforts. There are various other schemes available for any willing donors to buy a block in the new hurling wall, purchase life time membership, sponsor a floodlight or provide the club with an interest free debenture for a 10-year period - details are available from all committee members for anyone willing to offer support.

The club was established in 1887 and despite much famed success on the field of play they are currently one of the only clubs in Co. Wexford who do not own their own facilities and currently play from the community centre facility located in the village.

They are now purchasing adjoining land to the community centre and aim to develop a state-of-the-art complex including full size playing pitch, hurling wall, astro turf, all weather training surface and new club house with dressing rooms. A large crowd attended the launch on Friday night which was also supported by many businesses including Bolands New Ross, the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Tullamore Court Hotel, Wallaces Wellingtonbridge, Cooney Furlong, Sam McCauley's, Whitford House Hotel and The Talbot Hotel Group and the club would like to thank everyone sincerely for their support.

A club spokesperson said: 'Adamstown now embarks on this historic development and urgently needs the support of the local communities of Raheen, Newbawn and Adamstown - both in financial terms, but also in the form of willing workers, ticket sellers or construction expertise and equipment.

'There is a burgeoning underage section to the Adamstown club with rising numbers in addition to a strong and expanding ladies' football setup. The intermediate hurlers from Adamstown also subsequently emerged victorious in their county hurling semi-final on Saturday afternoon now pitting them against old rivals Oylegate-Glenbrien in the county final in a few weeks' time which should be a huge boost for the GAA in the Adamstown area as excitement builds.

'These new proposed facilities will offer the club another outlet for the youth, boys and girls, from all three parishes and a safe modern environment for all teams from under-six to adult to train and compete from. With 129 years of history behind it St Abban's GAA Club now need the support of the GAA and general communities of Co. Wexford to open the door to an ultra-modern future in 2016.'

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