Strong community effort and vision have seen a one-time boggy field, that inadequately doubled as a GAA pitch, transformed into a state-of-the-art, €700,000 sports complex in Grangemockler.
The steering committee behind the development hope that the Michael Hogan Community Sports Field will be fully finished my mid 2014, when the final part of the puzzle is complete - carpetting of the all weather pitch.
The group has recently launched a ‘Buy-a-Square’ fundraising initiative to help finance the surfacing job which is expected to cost in the region of €30,000. As well as the all-weather pitch the new complex boasts a floodlit walking track, redeveloped soccer and GAA pitch, hall and dressing rooms, car parking, fencing and lighting, and extensive draining of the field will ensure that flooding, which was a common problem, will not hinder teams’ use of the pitch in future. “It was a real community effort to get everything done,” said Mick Pender, a member of the steering committee. He is asking people to go the final mile and buy a square to finish the all weather pitch. Supporters it will have their names displayed in the future. Each square costs €20 and can be given to committee members.