By Noel Dundon
The parish of Holycross Ballycahill is going all country on Sunday July 22nd when an ambitious county music festival will be staged at St Michael’s GAA Grounds featuring many of the top acts in the business.
The GAA club made famous by legendary Tipperary hurler John Doyle embarked upon a major development programme over the course of the last five years or so which included the provision of a state-of-the-art pavillion with dressingrooms, indoor handball alley, gymnasium, meeting rooms, kitchen, all-weather ball wall, walking track and a second pitch. The facilities were opened last year by GAA President Christy Cooney with John Doyle’s family in attendance, including his wife Anne.
The club received tremendous financial support from Munster Council, the National Lottery and North Tipperary County Council, not to mention huge local support from parishioners who have been so generous.
But, now that the facilities are available and being used by the general public at large, there is a real challenge for the club officers and committee to maintain them, while at the saying time, paying back the borrowings availed of to put them in place.
Day after day, St Michael’s is a hive of activity with juvenile and adult hurlers, footballers, camogie players availing of the facilities. The schools of the parish too use the pitches while the community at large avails of the gym, walking track, ball wall and picthes for recreation. It really has become a focal point for community recreation with the vision of the club becoming a reality.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.