Thursday 22 August 2019

St Joseph's ground finally over the line

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: The St. Joseph's Club ground on Whiterock Hill has now been secured from NAMA.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: The St. Joseph's Club ground on Whiterock Hill has now been secured from NAMA.

By David Tucker

After a wait of more than a decade, St. Joseph's GAA Club has at last got its own ground in Wexford town.

The club has secured a nine-acre site from NAMA at Whiterock where it has been playing matches for the past two years.

While no-one is talking about how much the site cost, it is believed to have been at a fraction of its value at the peak of the market at which time it was zoned for development.

Congratulating everyone at the club 'on a very historic day,' former mayor Cllr George Lawlor says on Facebook, 'owning your own ground is a hugely important component of any successful organisation and opens doors to other avenues.

'As the sign says "The future starts here". I was delighted to hear that it was finally over the line. Well done to all.'

St Joseph's acquired its current site for the community centre at the bottom of Whiterock Hill in 1959, with the clubhouse opening in 1962. The former club field on Whiterock Hill, where the Gaelscoil is now located, was sold by the club to fund the major project to improve and enhance the clubhouse.

'It's a great acquisition for us,' said club PRO Brian Rohan of the purchase of the new site.

'We were always hoping to get back into the town and now we're able to build for the future,' he said, adding that the club hoped to develop another pitch at the site with dressing room facilities over the next couple of years.

'We're happy with the price we paid for it. Now we're starting the fundraising to pay back the loans and have a charity walk at Ballineskar in two weeks time,' said Mr Rogan. Anyone interested is asked to call Brendan Corish 087 7439669.

St Joseph's has around 90 adult members and 120 younger members up to 16 years of age.

After steady and consistent progress over the years, the club, which is concentrating on its development work, is starting to make a real impact in the Bishopswater area with the acquisition of the new site viewed as a major asset in enabling it to further expand its reach, facilities and membership.

Wexford People

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