Kinlough Community Centre Chairman Noel McGowan addresses the launch. Photo by Willie Donnellan
One of the fastest growing areas in Leitrim, Kinlough is a community that has ambitious plans for its future according to Kinlough Community Development Association Chairman Noel McGowan.
Last Saturday night saw Kinlough Community Centre Development Association launch their ambitious “Make your mark on the Park” project to a packed hall at the centre, plans in which they aim to install a brand new state of the art pitch, install new dressings room and eventually a fantastic new stand.
Speaking before the launch, Noel McGowan agreed that the plans were ambitious but they need to be for a growing area - “Big occasion, we have big plans, very ambitious plans, over three phrases to develop the pitch, upgrade the dressings room and the third phase would be to build a stand.
“Kinlough has seen a huge increase in population over the last 10 to 15 years, there is over 300 children in our local primary school so we have to upgrade our facilities. What we have is good but we need much better.
“The demand is going to increase as the years go on. This community centre was built in the early 1970s and Kinlough was only a small village with a small population at that time so it has seen a huge increase down the years. The whole areas around too, Tullaghan, Rossinver, Glenade, Ballintrillick, all the surrounding areas too.”
If Saturday night’s event was anything to go by, there is great goodwill out there for the project with a packed hall listening to the plans and Noel agreed that the support of the community is vital in the years ahead.
“We’re asking the people to support us. It is €100 to purchase a square of the pitch and you get a certificate and we put up a plaque to all the people who contribute to it. We’re looking for any business sponsors that would like to contribute to you.
“Tonight is about letting everyone know what we’re doing and to get the media and to launch and hopefully go from strength to strength with it,” concluded Noel.
SEE THIS WEEK’S LEITRIM OBSERVER FOR MORE ON THE LAUNCH OF THE ‘MAKE YOUR MARK ON THE PARK’ PLANS IN KINLOUGH