MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT OF CLONES GAA FACILITIES URGED AS ULSTER FINAL SAFEGUARD

16 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Club, county and provincial GAA interests were urged at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council to fast-track the redevelopment of St Tiernach’s Park in Clones in order to safeguard it as the venue for the Ulster football finals.

The vital economic contribution the hosting of the provincial showpiece games visits upon Clones, and the commercial spin-off enjoyed by other areas of the county as a result, were emphasised in a debate generated by an Urgent Business motion submitted by the Fianna Fáil members of the Council and moved by Seamus Coyle.

The view was expressed that the time was opportune for the enhancement of the Clones venue in light of the difficulties encountered by the plans to regenerate Belfast’s Casement Park, planning permission for which has been blockaded as the result of a High Court ruling in Northern Ireland.

The motion before Monday’s meeting read: “That Monaghan Co Council initiate a meeting with Ulster Council GAA, Monaghan Co Board GAA and Clones St Tiernach’s GAA Club, to assist the GAA and identify priorities of the Clones Town Development Plan 2013-2019, to allow for the redevelopment of St Tiernach’s Park, Clones as the venue for all Ulster GAA finals, major provincial and national fixtures in the future.”

During a preliminary discussion, to determine whether the matter should be taken as urgent business, Fine Gael councillor Ciara McPhillips on a point of information noted that at Ballybay/Clones Municipal District level progress was well underway to organise such a meeting already, and she hoped that it could take place before the end of this week.

Cathaoirleach Pádraig McNally said it was important that the county as a whole be behind this campaign and added weigh …

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