The sod was officially turned on the latest phase in the development of the Roscommon Community Sports Park last Friday which will see the development of new dressing rooms, meeting rooms and toilets at Lisnamult.
Lisnamult resident Tommy Parker carried out the official sod turning while Fr. John Cullen offered a blessing to the facility and all those who use it.
Chairman of the Roscommon Community Sports Park committee, Liam Stephens, thanked the “hundreds of kids and adults” who use the facility each week for their continued support.
“Since the AstroTurf opened five years ago it has been a huge success with many, many users. I want to thank Roscommon Leader Partnership and Roscommon County Council for making that happen,” he said.
Mr. Stephens also thanked former chairpersons Orla Leyden and John Horan for all their hard work as well as those who work each week to maintain the facility including caretakers and other officials.
He added that phase two construction work would be carried out by John Gaynor and overseen by PJ Moran.
Anthony Doolan, Chairperson of Lisnamult Residents’ Association, said it was a “great honour” for Lisnamult and thanked local residents for sharing the grounds with the people of Roscommon.
Mr. Doolan also thanked committee members, local councillors, Tomás Beades, Amanda Mee, Projects Officer at Roscommon Leader Partnership and James Rogers and John Hannon for their hard work on behalf of Roscommon Community Sports Park.
Former Chairperson of Roscommon Community Sports Park, Cllr. Orla Leyden, said she was delighted to play her part in the development, having secured funding for the facility through Roscommon Leader. Cllr. Leyden said she also secured funding of €62,500 under the Sports Capital Grant for phase two.
She added that “this combined with the sizeable support of LCDC funding with the great work of Amanda Mee and Tomás Beades, Roscommon Leader Partnership, will facilitate the development of these dressing rooms and multi-purpose rooms for the community”.
Cllr. Leyden concluded by wishing Chairperson Liam Stephens and his hard-working committee as well as Anthony Doolan and the Lisnamult Residents’ Association every success with the project.