Wednesday 22 November 2017

St. Joseph's GAA look to the future with clubhouse plans

By Maria Pepper

An artist's impression of the proposed new clubhouse on Whiterock Hill.
An artist's impression of the proposed new clubhouse on Whiterock Hill.

St. Joseph's GAA Club has applied to Wexford County Council to build a €700,000 new clubhouse at Whiterock Hill but the development is very much dependant on Government financial support, according to officials.

O'Driscoll Lynn Architects of Sinnottstown Lane club lodged an application with the local authority for a two-storey clubhouse comprising dressing rooms, gym, indoor playing area and playground with a walking path, floodlights and ball stop nets at Whiterock Hill.

The planned clubhouse will be built on a nine-acre site acquired by St. Joseph's from NAMA at a reduced price in 2015, paving the way for the club to provide modern facilities for a growing membership. The site is less than 1km from St. Joseph's Community Centre at the bottom of Whiterock which was developed in 1962 by Fr.Harry Sinnott.

'We have put in for planning. It's a big development but it will depend on us getting Sports Active grants from the Department of Sport. We would be hoping to get €150,000 in State support. We have also been approved for a loan', said club chairman Wayne Rogan.

St. Joseph's has been actively fundraising since purchasing the NAMA site with a Footsteps in the Sand walk in Curracloe having become an annual event.

'We are continuing to fundraise. Once we get planning, we will have five years in which to build,' said Wayne.

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