Exciting plans for a major multi-million euro handball centre of excellence for Cashel, were unveiled at this month’s meeting of the Town Council.
The plans involve the construction of state-of-the-art handball, basketball and playground facilities off Friar Street, near the site of the playground. The plans are on public display in the Council Offices. Chairman of the Cashel Handball Club Noel Murphy, and club member Robert Cummins said they hoped the new facilities would make Cashel the foremost handball club in Munster. “The Club has been established since 1975,” said Mr Murphy. “And has been accredited as the most successful club in the country, winning World and numerous All-Ireland titles. The current facility has become outdated for future development of the sport, and particularly difficult to develop in relation to juveniles, and girls and women. The Club sees it as a long term future to provide a facility that can be utilised by all the community in development of the whole site.” Mr Cummins said the vision was to develop the site off Friar Street in various stages. “The Club has a great tradition and we want to continue in that vein.” If built, the facilities would be the best in Munster, putting Cashel on the map. “The ideal would be to have a centre of excellence in Munster, for the Olympics,” said Mr Cummins. The centre would bring additional business to the town. It’s expected the centre will cost “several million” euro, the costs being broken into four stages for each section. Mayor Joe Moloney said the whole Council was fully behind it.