Galway backers Comers commit to developing €20m academy
Galway United have taken a meteoric step by obtaining a cash injection from the Comer Brothers to start planning for a €20m football academy near Athenry.
The 40-acre site at Mountain South, till last year owned by the GAA with a view to development, will instead by earmarked for one of the biggest football projects in the state. The Comer brothers from Glenamaddy, Brian and Luke, purchased the site for less than €1m from the GAA last year with the intention of building a state-of-the-art complex, including six pitches and 30 apartments for staff and players.
It is understood the Government and UEFA are looking favourably on financially assisting the venture. The media-shy billionaires are renowned for the zeal with which they execute construction and property deals.
"We have a reputation of never messing about if we make a commitment," said Luke last year.
They have been the main sponsors of Galway since 2013, pumping around €2m since into the running of the club. Both brothers were at Eamonn Deacy Park yesterday to confirm the latest extension of their partnership.
"The plan is to put some of our best underage talent on a proper footing and this is the only way to do it," Luke Comer told the 'Connacht Tribune' last October. "It requires proper investment but I believe that we will see the rewards in five or six years and definitely before 10 years."
Noel Mooney, the FAI's interim general manager, lauded the Comers' continued backing.
He said: "The benefits of a footballing Centre of Excellence in Co Galway will provide a massive boost to the club and wider community and we look forward to it developing."