In spite of the economic down-turn, Carrigallen, Aughawillan and Fenagh GAA clubs are defying the odds by applying for planning permission from Leitrim County Council to extend and develop their current facilities.
With clubs throughout the county struggling with the effects of emigration, the developments come at a time when several high profile clubs throughout Leitrim are struggling wtih debts after ambitious developments in recent years.
Carrigallen have applied for construction of an astroturf training pitch and ancillary site works including floodlighting and perimeter fencing at Calloughs, Carrigallen.
Aughawillan intends to apply for planning permission for development at their grounds in Stroke, Derradda. The development will consist of the demolition of existing 2.4 metre high boundary wall adjacent to football pitch and a replacement of a five metre high single wall for handball and hurling training wall. Erection of six 15 metre high netting poles to perimeter of wall and extending four metres beyond either side and a 580 square metre tarmac playing court doubling as car parking when not in use are also planned. The club has also applied for the erection of three four metre high light poles, together with all ancillary works associated with the above.
An application has also been made to Leitrim County Council for permission for the construction of a new extension to Fenagh Handball Alley comprising of a new court, viewing area, ancillary accommodation and associated site works and services at Fenagh Beg.