Sunday next, June 3, is a big day for Rosenallis GAA Club when Liam O’Neill, President of the GAA will officially open the new pitch and club facilities at Meelick, Rosenallis. This is a very exciting day for the green and white Slieve Bloom club, one of the oldest in the county having been founded in 1904. It is also the last club in Laois to own its own field.
“Up to now,” explains PRO James Dooley, “Rosenallis has depended on local landowners and the renting of parish land, but since 2006 we have been involved in rolling out our development plan which included buying the field, developing the playing facilities and developing club facilities. We now have the playing pitch fully ready and equipped for games to the highest level, we also have Phase 1 of our other club facilities completed.”
To date e520,000 has been spent on the development which was gathered through fundraising, lotto funds and GAA development monies. “By far the biggest contributors have been the people of Rosenallis,” according to club chairman, Tom Redmond, “the local community is tremendously supportive and the facilities we are opening on Sunday are a credit to their generosity and the hard work of the committee.’
The opening day is planned as a family fun day and will include something for all the family, from bouncy castles to skill challenges such as the long puck, as well as hot and cold food and of course Gaelic games. Juveniles, underage, minors, juniors and intermediates will all get an opportunity to play both codes starting with the underage teams at 12.00 midday.
Liam O’Neill will perform the official opening at 7pm, and for a full list of activities see the Rosenallis notes on page 81 of this week’s GAA Digest