In what will surely be seen as one of the major coups of the current recession, locals in Moycarkey-Borris and Littleton this week received confirmation that they are to get a new community Sports centre which will be located right in the heart of the parish, at a greenfield site at Ballybeg, Littleton.
The one million Euro facility will be built to address a major structural deficit in the parish, which currently has no community space for the vast array of organisations requiring such facilities. It will incorporate a sport’s hall, meeting rooms, a catering area, dressing rooms and ancilliary facilities and will be designed to cater for the needs of all the people from the parish, from the very young, to older residents.
Speaking this week to The Tipperary Star, Moycarkey Community/Sports centre Secretary Sean Ryan, was thrilled with the news and said that the community centre had received “tremendous support” from funding bodies such as North Tipperary County Council and North Tipperary Leader Partnership. “It is hoped that funding from these organisations will help minimise the amount of local fundraising that needs to be done,” said Sean Ryan who pointed out that a local concert has already been held to help with fundraising. A Fashion Show will also take place in September and it is hoped that a Sale of Work will take place in October.
Committee Chairman JJ O’Sullivan pointed out that the project is currently at e-tender stage and it is hoped that a contractor will be appointed in the coming weeks. He also added that the committee has recently developed their own website at www.moycarkeycsc.ie and will also shortly be on Facebook and Twitter. Updates of the project will be placed on the websites news section.
“The new community/sports centre will cater for all age groups in the parish from the very young to older people. It will also cater for all the needs of community and sporting organisations in the parish,” he said. He added that the huge support the project has received from the parish’s sporting bodies, community and statutory agencies has been “very heartening” and he urged everybody to get behind the project which he described as “a watershed for the parish”.
The matter was discussed at the Thurles Area meeting of North Tipperary County Council on Monday when sanctioning was approved for the allocation of 134,590.11 under the Community, Sport and Cultural Grants Scheme. This is a project that council members have been pursuing for some time and there is a commitment of 200,000 Euro on their part, with the balance to come a later stage. There is also a 250,000 Euro grant in place from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government’s Social and Community Facilities Scheme for the resource centre on the 3.4 hectare site, owned by North Tipp County Council. This land will be leased to Littleton Development Association without any charge, Administrative Officer at the Community and Enterprise department, Attracta Lyons told members.
Councillor Seamus Hanafin, who has been singled out by the Development Association as one of the public representatives who drove the project forward, welcomed the move and said that at last the people of the parish can begin to look forward to something very real. “People have been very active in this whole process and while it has taken a long time, I feel that we are in a position to provide an extremely attractive, and badly needed facility in the locality,” said Cllr Hanafin who formally proposed the sanctioning of the funding.
Cllr John Kennedy seconded the proposal while Cllrs Micheal Lowry, Mayor of North Tipperary, Cllr Billy Clancy and Cllr Jim Ryan also welcomed the positive step forward.
The committee behind the project is Chairman JJ O’Sullivan; Vice Chairman Martin O’Dwyer; Secretary Sean Ryan; Treasurers Anne Strapp, Kay Cantwell and Gerard O’Hara; Pro Matt Purcell, Tommy Moore , Brendan Dwyer and Richard O’Keeffe. Committee members: Cllr Seamus Hanafin, Fr Joe Tynan, Joe O’Sullivan, John Hackett, Elaine Moore, Mary McCarthy, Liam Clohessey, Sean E Ryan and Mary O’Gorman.