MITCHELSTOWN TEAMS TO MOVE TO TOWN PARK?
Mitchelstown teams of various codes will be in a position to relocate to the redeveloped O’Connell Park, those overseeing the project revealed this week. Tony Lewis, one of the trustees of O’Connell Park said that the group, hope to hear from sporting organisations within the parish interested in using the facilities.
He told The Avondhu, “When the pitches are playable there is no point in leaving them go idle,” Mr Lewis said this week, “We want to get the facility up and running, it is as simple as that.”
Mr Lewis revealed that O’Connell Park will be open to all sporting organisations within the parish.
“It will be used by the GAA obviously but it is up to other clubs to approach us should they want to play there. The local rugby club, for example could use it. While the soccer team here have their own facilities, it is for all the teams based in the parish. This park belongs to the town.”
The update comes following an application by the trustees of O’Connell Park to Cork County Council last July for planning permission allowing the construction of new dressing rooms, floodlighting, car parking areas, entrance and associated works at the Mitchelstown site.
“There will be 4 dressing rooms and 2 pitches,” Mr Lewis explained, “We are hoping to develop a walking and cycling path around the grounds and a 3 lane 100 yard stretch for the local athletics clubs. All this will depend on the funding we receive from various programs, be it government or LEADER based, but the work can’t be done without it.”
However the trustees will offer the use of the park to Mitchelstown based groups only.
“Unfortunately we will not be in a position to offer the use of the park to organisations outside the parish. The terms of the trust require the park to be used by the people of the town. We are willing to extend that catchment area to the parish but it would be limited to that area,” Mr Lewis concluded.
Thursday 9th October 7:16pm