Plans for a sports centre in Ballaghaderreen have been dealt a blow following the news this week that a site proposed for the facility is unavailable.
Three sites had been identified for the proposed €1 million sports complex and while the organising committee is yet to receive a definitive response about two of the three sites, it has been confirmed that land adjacent to St. Nathy’s College, run by the Fairs and Markets committee, would be unavailable.
The community of Ballaghaderreen had previously raised €433,000 over a 30-year period in order to fund a swimming pool in the town, but the initial project was scrapped as it was felt it was no longer viable. The committee decided to develop a sports complex instead and an additional €500,000 in funding was pledged by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
The committee is yet to receive a response on two sites after it wrote to three organisations, which it claims have lands in trust for the Ballaghaderreen community. The remaining two sites are at the old Midnight Club in the town centre and an old sports field near the Convent Road.
Speaking to Shannonside FM earlier this week, committee chairman, John Kelly, said he was hopeful of lodging a planning application for the facility this year.