Sinn Féin TD Thomas Gould.

Pitch needed for Glanmire football club

Glanmre Ladies Football Club will continue to grow long into the future and a pitch, with changing facilities, to call their own is needed to match that growth.

That was the sentiment of Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central, Thomas Gould, who together with local area rep Mandy O’Leary Hegarty called on Cork City Council, the GAA and the Minister for Sport to engage with Glanmire Ladies Football Club (GLFA) in assisting them in finding a home for the club.

Deputy Gould said: “This is one of the fastest growing clubs in Cork, if not the state. They have 500 members with almost 400 of these underage players.

“I’ve been down to chat with some of the members of the board and the progress they’ve made is phenomenal.

“They’ve worked tirelessly for the benefit of their players of all ages. We’ve a real chance here to support a club that are only starting out and to help them grow into the ambitious plans of their board.”

He continued: “I’d like to see a concerted effort across the Government, Cork City Council and the oversight bodies to ensure that GLFA aren’t left for any longer with no training facilities of their own.

“I’ve written to Cork City Council asking them to support the club. I’ve also contacted the Minister to ask if she will make contact with them,” he concluded.

Mandy O’Leary-Hegarty said: “GLFA need to be given the chance to unlock their full potential. It’s so wonderful to see the interest and desire from young women to play sports and we should be encouraging that in any way we can.”