Major upgrade at South Tipp GAA Centre

The South Tipperary GAA Centre in Clonmel re-opened to the public last week after a major refurbishment.

The South Tipperary GAA Centre in Clonmel re-opened to the public last week after a major refurbishment.

It is now one of the finest GAA facilities around - but is also open for use to other clubs and organisations.

The work cost €120,000 with generous support from South Tipperary Development Company.

Centre chairman and County GAA Board chairman welcomed visitors to an open evening at the Wesetern Road centre last Thursday night and expressed the wish that the centre would be widely used again.

When it first opened inthe 1970s, it was an outstanding facility run efficiently by a local committee under the chairmanship of Michael Maher.

It was widely used for decades but in recent years fell into disrepair and became unsuitable for present day needs.

The toilets needed the most work and plans were drawn up to refurbish them but then it was decided to undertake a more significant upgrade and the results are now there for all to see.

The stage has been removed which allows extra space for meeting rooms while facilities also include a new gas heating system, full multi media facilities and a fully equipped kitchen.

“I would like to pay a warm tribute to contractor Joe Mulachy for his outstanding work”, Mr Nugent told guests last week.

And he added - “The centre is now open for business but we need support from other sporting and community organisations.

“This is a great facility for meetings, concerts and conventions. I ask groups to consider this fine facility as a venue”.

It is a very pleasant and comfortable building, he said, as he asked everyone to spread the message.

Mr Nugent thanked the South Tipperary Development Board for its very generous contribution and everyone else involved who helped to make the project such a success.

“Running this centre is a big challenge and I pay tribute to the committee that has done such great work over the years”, adding that the centre is now moving on to an new era.