7 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A decision described as having the potential to deliver a major boost to the recreation provision available to the youth of Carrickmacross was made at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council.

Members formally approved a Section 183 Notice disposing of 1.944 hectares of land at Tullynaskeagh East to Carrick Rovers AFC for the development of playing, training and associated soccer facilities.

Documentation before the members stated that the land had been acquired by the local authority from Peadar and Eileen Duffy, and Clare Marron, and was being disposed of for a consideration of €63,366.

Director of Services Paul Clifford told the meeting that the Section 183 Notice concerned the sale to Carrick Rovers of almost two acres of land which the Co Council had acquired from the Duffy family.

Replying to Fianna Fáil representative Pádraig McNally, the Director of Services said the land to the west and north of that being disposed of to the soccer club was Co Council property and would form part of a larger recreational park. There would be a path from the Ardee Road that would link into the athletics track and onto the Convent Lands.

Mr Clifford replied in the affirmative when Colr McNally asked if Carrick Rovers were fully happy that the land was sufficient for their future development.

Formally proposing the approval of the Section 183 Notice, P J O’Hanlon (FF) noted that Carrick Rovers had an involvement with the town for a long number of years, and provided playing facilities that gave a service to the local community by accommodating young people who wished to play soccer.

Colr O’Hanlon said the club proposed to develop an all-weather and a standard pitch, which would form an invaluable facility in the middle of the town. He thought the overall recreation plan for this area would be a welcome addition for Carrickmacross. “I am delighted it is going ahead and it will be fantastic for the town,” he added.

Replying to Sinn Féin councillor Brian McKenna, Mr Clifford said the consideration represented the price per acre that the Co Council paid for the land. He pointed out that this was something which was …

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