The all weather multifunctional recreation facility in Drumshanbo was put to the test last Thursday, November 22 when it was officially opened during a downpour of rain.
The brand new facility located behind the Mayflower Centre and adjacent to Drumshanbo Vocational School showed it’s worth during the opening as it shone through the undesirable weather.
The astro turf which can be used for a variety of sports and in any weather, all year round is a very impressive and functional facility. The grounds also have impressive flood lights which means that games can be played at night. Drumshanbo Vocational school will use the facility each day during school term and afterwards the pitch is available to the whole community through appointment.
After testing out the grounds with a playful kick about, Cathoirleach Enda Stenson officially opened the facility, he said during a recession, recreation is vital and he was delighted to see this facility here.
He acknowledged the “hard work” that went into securing funding and said he hopes “young and old” will enjoy the result. Acting Principal of Drumshanbo Vocational School Sean Wynne was also praised for his involvement in the project.
Padraig McLoughlin Chairperson of Drumshanbo Community Council said they are “eternally grateful” for the funding for this much needed facility. He thanked everyone involved in bringing the project to fruition. Leitrim County Manager Jackie Maguire said it was great to see the facility in the surrounds of Lough Allen. She said the Drumshanbo astro turf was the first of a number of projects being funded from the Harnessing Natural Resources budget of €3m.
The facility was funded through the European Harnessing Natural Resources (HNR) project, which comprises 26 rural tourism and enterprise initiatives across the three counties of Cavan, Fermanagh and Leitrim including three flagship projects, Dowra Courthouse, the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre and the Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre.
Delivery of the project will be managed by a consortium led by Cavan County Enterprise Board and comprising Cavan County Council, Fermanagh District Council, Leitrim County Council, Swanlinbar Development Association, Coillte and Inland Fisheries Ireland. HNR aims to build on cross-border opportunities by promoting a shared approach to rural regeneration through tourism, enterprise and social development.
It is hoped that this project will act as a catalyst for private sector investment in new businesses and create an opportunity for entrepreneurial activity in the area. Community groups and organisations in the area have played a central role in the development of the project and will be key to its successful implementation. Enhancement of the environment and infrastructure, combined with economic and enterprise support initiatives, will be of long term benefit to the local economy.