Proud day for St Mary's of Maudlinstown
Eight years after the idea was first mooted St Mary's of Maudlintown officially opened the doors of its state of the art GAA complex on Saturday.
Club secretary Jimmy Stafford said it had been a fantastic day. 'It went really well for us. There was a massive turnout. It's been a long time coming and now we finally have a great club grounds.'
The facility which cost in the region of €750,000 was partly funded by a Sports Capital Grant of €200,000 and a lot of fundraising events but the club also had to raise finance to pay for the project which is still be repaid. The monthly club draw will continue to help pay for this and there is also more fundraisers in the pipeline.
With a membership of over 500 people St Mary's is at the heart of the community and Jimmy said you could see the delight on people's faces on Saturday. The club was officially opened by Minister Brendan Howlin while John Horan, chairman of the Leinster Council also attended.