Athletics facilities need to be improved in Manorhamilton

Felim Gurn Official Photograph Local Elections 2014
Independent Councillor, Felim Gurn has asked the Council to support a call for improvements to be made to existing County athletics facilities in Manorhamilton.

Independent Councillor, Felim Gurn has asked the Council to support a call for improvements to be made to existing County athletics facilities in Manorhamilton.

Speaking at the recent Council meeting, Cllr Gurn noted the facilities in Manorhamilton “are very badly in need of improvement and enhancement to meet the needs of existing athletics clubs, community, county and regional users.

“These facilities were put in place in 1972 and investment is badly needed to ensure that these facilities are safe and are enhanced in line with modern standards and those in other counties.”

Cllr Gurn noted that the community group and interests managing the facilities “have made a number of applications for sports capital funding, but to date have not been successful.”

“I am calling on Leitrim County Council and Leitrim Sports Partnership to ensure that all efforts are made to secure the necessary funds to do the badly needed improvement works on this well used facility,” he said.

“Leitrim in recent years, has two Olympic athletes who would have used these facilities and these improvements are very badly needed for future generations.

His motion received unanimous backing, particularly from other north Leitrim Councillors and Cllr Gurn reiterated his hope that funding would be sourced in the near future for this work.

“There are probably 100 kids there on a Friday night using the facilities. It is an enclosed area, it is safe, hopefully the next application for funding will be successful,” he said.

“There is an outdoor track at this facility but there has been no appropriate funding for over 40 years and this needs an investment in the region of between €200,000 or €300,000.”