26 May 2022

Laois GAA champs agree in principle to share land for playground - county council told

Hurling club is expanding

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The reigning Laois GAA hurling champs have agreed in principle to share part of their land for use as a playground, county councillors have proposed.

So claimed Cllr James Kelly, Independent, and Cllr John King, Fine Gael, who made the case for Clough to get a playground at a recent meeting with Laois County Council officials.

Cllr Kelly said a playground in Clough should be at the heart of the village close to the road and sufficient car parking, according to the a public representative.

He said that while discussions have taken place about a particular site, another option could involve collaboration with Clough Ballacolla GAA which is expanding.

He also remarked that the club has recently purchased land for new facilities. He added that it had made a successful application for a sports capital grant which will saw the club getting €142,000 in public funding.

“If the other site is not available, this (GAA) site would be available for a playground,” he said.

Cllr Kelly said the community is looking forward to having a playground wherever it ends up being located.

Cllr King backed the motion. He said he has been liaising with Clough Tidy Towns on the proposal. 

“The GAA is willing to give a site in principle to Clough Tidy Towns are going ahead with their own site first,” he said.

He added that parking would not be an issue at the new GAA development. He praised the club for the purchase of the field and obtaining the capital funding. 

Cllr Conor Bergin, Fine Gael, supported his colleagues adding that every town and village in Laois should have a playground. He said progress was being made in developing new facilities in Ballinakill and Borris-in-Ossory.

Cllr Ollie Clooney, Independent, also welcomed plans for Clough and congratulated its GAA club for its work on and off the playing field in particular reaching the Leinster Club Hurling Final in Croke Park.

Ms. Anne Marie Maher, Sport & Leisure Officer, replied to the motion in writing at the Borris-in-Ossory Mountmellick Municipal District meeting.

“That Laois County Council give an up to date report on the provision of a public playground and its location at Clough village, bearing in mind the need for its close proximity to the road and the provision of ample safe off-street parking”

“The Sport & Leisure Section assists local community groups to identify appropriate sites and funding to develop community play facilities.  The key requirements to getting a community playground project started are   1. Community Group to drive the project and 2. Availability of a Suitable Site. 3. Sourcing external funding (e.g. LEADER) to assist with the costs of the project.

“Community representatives should contact the Sport & Leisure Officer to arrange a meeting to explore available options to deliver a play facility,” she explained.

Cllr Kelly welcomed her reply and praised the work being done by her team.

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