New Tipperary sports facility opened by Munster and Ireland rugby legend Alan Quinlan

New Tipperary sports facility opened by Munster and Ireland rugby legend Alan Quinlan

Alan Quinlan cuts the tape to officially open the new facility at the Canon Hayes Centre.

A new strength and conditioning facility has been officially opened in the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre in Tipperary Town.

Former Munster and Ireland rugby international, Alan Quinlan, performed the official opening of the new facility which was funded through the centre's Members Club Draw Promotion.

The new Strength and Conditioning facility is a fantastic addition to the already hugely impressive Sports Centre.

It is equipped with a 3 bay rig including 18 monkey bars, battle rope, plyometric jump box heights of 20 inches, 24 and 30 inches, over 400kg of bumper plates and a 5 foot punch bag.

The facility is now open to the general public and is ideal for anyone who has a passion for strength training and in particular deadlifting bench press or Olympic lifts like cleans, snatches and clean and jerk, as half the flooring is platformed to cater for these particular lifts. It can also be booked exclusively for teams to train in and would be ideal for pre-season strength training which can help to build team spirit and camaraderie.

Speaking at the opening Alan Quinlan said that as a former recipient of the Sports Scholarship initiative he was delighted to be asked to perform the opening of the facility.

"It is a huge addition to the Centre and to the wider sporting community and I would encourage individuals and teams in particular to avail of this facility.

“There is now huge emphasis on strength and conditioning for teams and the facility that I am opening today is state of the art and should be availed of for all who want to improve their strength training. Whether you are a beginner in strength and conditioning or an elite athlete the Strength and Conditioning room is a facility that you must avail of", said the rugby hero.

Chairman of the Canon Hayes Centre, Martin Quinn said that they were delighted to have Alan Quinlan return to Tipperary to open this facility.

"Alan Quinlan was a recipient of our first scholarship initiative 21 years ago and it is very appropriate that he is here to open this facility. Alan has always been a great supporter of the Centre and I know that he will be a great ambassador for this new development and for the Centre in general.

“It is hugely important that people are made aware of this new development and it's importance in strength training and I would encourage everyone to come and view the facility and to meet with the staff who are giving free introductory offers to teams and groups".