28 Jan 2022

Nolan leads calls for Longford athletics track

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Cllr Peggy Nolan wants Longford County Council to press ahead with plans to secure funding for the development of an athletics facility in Longford town

The growing clamour for a purpose built athletics facility to be established in Longford appears to be rising.

In response to calls made in this newspaper last week by Leinster Community Games Chairman Joe Fox for such an amenity, Fine Gael Cllr Peggy Nolan has, not for the first time thrown her passion behind the project.

“The need for a purpose built athletics faculty in Longford has been to the centre of my concerns for the past number of years,” she said.

“The success of the members of Longford A.C. Club is proof that we in Longford must support the club in the provision of those facilities to enhance the talents of its members.”

Cllr Nolan, who is standing for re-election on her party's Longford Municipal District ticket, says she has been locked in talks with senior local authority officials for a number of months to try and broker a deal over the project.

The acquisition of a suitable site together with a council led application for funding under the large scale e sports infrastructure fund in accordance with a broader rejuvenation programme remain top priorities, she added.

“Longford must recognise the success of our elite athletes,” she said, citing the likes of Cian McPhillips, Nelvin Appiah and Yemi Talabi at the Irish Life National Indoor Championships in Athlone as prime examples.

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