There was a good turnout at St. John’s Community Centre in Lecarrow for the recent official opening of St. Dominic’s GAA Club’s new gym. The facility has been set up in an upstairs space in the community centre.
Speaking at the launch, St. Dominic’s Chairperson, Thomas Murray, welcomed guests and paid tribute to local representatives for the part they’ve played in the development of the facility.
“We launched the development plan back in 2014. It was a five-year plan. Part of that plan was to build a gym in our facility in St. Dominic’s, however, like many other projects, funds didn’t allow at the time. But we were very fortunate to get a Sports Capital Grant of €12,000 to put towards gym equipment. It’s very important to acknowledge the people behind that and they were Anne Gillespie, Frank Golden and Padraig Mullally, who did huge work together to get that grant in place,” he said.
Mr. Murray said the organising committee then had to locate a suitable premises within the parish.
“One of the ideas we looked at was having a joint venture with the community centre because all of us involved with St. Dominic’s and all those involved with the centre are community people”.
While excessive insurance costs scuppered the plan to provide a service for the entire community, St. Dominic’s were unperturbed, and with the help of the St. John’s Community Centre committee, proceeded with the development of a club members’ gym at the site.
The St. Dominic’s sub-committee of Declan Doran, Padraig Mullally and Helen Dowling were charged with sourcing gym equipment and bringing the project to fruition.
Mr. Murray praised the three, whom he described as “exceptionally hard-working people”. The St. Dominic’s Chairperson added that while it was a club members’ gym, the facility would be open to the entire community. Those wishing to become members of the gym would automatically become members of St. Dominic’s due to insurance factors, he said.
Mr. Murray concluded by thanking Cllr. Laurence Fallon for his assistance in obtaining a Community Enhancement Programme grant for CCTV equipment through Roscommon County Council.
Helen Dowling, who was part of the St. Dominic’s gym sub-committee, said she was “extremely proud of the state-of-the-art equipment”. She added that the gym would strike a balance for the needs of users and that an induction evening would take place this evening (Thursday 30th) for those interested in joining.
St. Dominic’s Minor board treasurer, Declan Doran, thanked the St. John’s Community Centre committee as well as Kilduff Construction. He also praised his fellow sub-committee members and the St. Dominic’s executive committee.