Longford GAA’s plans for a Centre of Excellence have been revived after the County Board struck a deal to construct it on a section of the Carrigglas Manor estate.
The development should provide a boost for the County Board, which saw its previous plan to construct such a facility fall apart after voting club delegates deemed it was not financially viable.
However, new life has been breathed into the proposed centre after it reached an agreement with its main sponsors, Glennon Brothers. The Longford-based timber company, which recently purchased the estate, have offered Longford GAA a 99-year lease on a site within the grounds.
“The agreement is subject to planning permission being approved,” Longford GAA Secretary, Peter Reilly explained. “It will be at least the end of the year before an application is ready to be submitted. It’s too early to talk about costings yet.”
Expressing his delight at the move, County Board Chairman, Brendan Gilmore said: “It’s absolutely fabulous to get this venue. It’s good for Longford.
“There will be four pitches - including a 3G all-weather pitch - along with dressing rooms and a gym,” he continued. “Our clubs are well-equipped but this facility will allow county players to train in a facility of their own.”
Preparations are now being made to sell the land at Lyneen in Killashee, which was purchased at a cost of €400,000 as part of the original plan.
“The land at Lyneen will be offered for sale by public auction at the most opportune time,” Mr Reilly added.