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Douglas delight

Thursday, 7th August, 2014 1:00am

Douglas GAA received a massive boost this week, with news that a new development - worth around €230,000 - is to go ahead at the club grounds.

At a club EGM, which was held on Tuesday night, the club committee came to an agreement with club members that the re-development would go ahead, with planned works expected to begin at the start of next week.

The GAA club have confirmed that they are now in a position to go ahead with the building works, which will include a new training pitch, a new all weather sand-based pitch and a ball-catching net which will be erected around the perimeter of the training area. As well as this, structures will be put in place so that lighting can be added in follow-on phases of the development, further down the line.

It is understood that a contractor and the Douglas GAA committee will come to an agreement by the weekend with work beginning on the club on Monday. The committee, spear-headed by Paddy Fogarty, spoke to members of the GAA club about the works on Tuesday night.

Speaking about the redevelopment, Douglas GAA club chairman Barry O'Donoghue said: "We are delighted that members gave the go-ahead for this new phase to begin. We provide a service for boys and girls from the age of five and upward and this is a big step forward in the club's development. It is one that needs to be taken to ensure proper playing facilities for all of our teams going forward."

The news will come as a welcome boost to the GAA club which has been in existence since 1887 and serves a large catchment in the city, given its location at Galway's Lane in the west of Douglas.

Both their male adult teams play in the senior county championship.  Intercounty players Stephen Moylan, David Hanrahan and the Cadogan brothers, Eoin and Alan, are all members, while intercounty footballer Mark Collins plays his club hurling there.

Cork football selector Ronan McCarthy is also a member of the club, while twins Katriona and Pamela Mackey are current members of the Cork camogie team.Fundraising will take place in the coming months to raise more capital toward the project and members of the committee are confident that phase two of the development will begin in 2015, should the necessary money be raised.

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