Connacht GAA gets grant of €2.1m
Connacht GAA announced on Friday that they are among the first round of successful applicants for Department of Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring's €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.
They have been awarded €2.1 million which will all go towards the development of the a new 150x100m Air Dome with a height of 26 metres at the Connacht GAA Centre in Bekan.
The new facility will contain a full size GAA field, a gym with testing area and office space.
The dome will provide year-round indoor facilities to ensure the continued focus on sports as a cornerstone of rural communities.
The facility, once complete, will be fully available for community use and open to other sports.
Secretary of the Connacht Council John Prenty welcomed the announcement and said: "I would like to thank Minister Ring for the major boost he has today provided to the Connacht Council, which will be a massive addition to the already state-of-the-art facility at the Connacht GAA Centre.
"The new development will be a huge benefit to everyone involved with Connacht GAA and also to the wider community in general. We look forward to our partnership with Sligo Leader Partnership CLG and aim to have our new facility open when we host Féile Peil na nÓg here in June 2019," he added.