St. Eunan's GAA Club confirmed at a press launch on Tuesday night that they have completed the purchase of 14.5 acres of land adjoining the existing O'Donnell Park, which they intend to develop over the coming years into additional pitches for the club.
Speaking at the launch, club chairman Cathal Greene stated: "The founding members of our club purchased the land for the original O'Donnell Park for around 500 back in the 1930s and I'm sure they would be both proud and amazed at the changes that have taken place to the club's ground since then.
We have invested almost €3million in the complex over the last 15 years, with almost €2million of this being raised locally and we are very grateful to everyone who has helped with this development."
He added: "We are now building for the future and investing in the young people of our club area. It's your kids and their future. Our club is going strong and we hope to get stronger and we have therefore purchased this land to allow us to develop two more underage pitches, a full-size floodlit pitch, a hurling wall and additional dressing room facilities. Land purchase and development costs will see us invest a further €1.25 million over the next few years and to help fund this we are launching our 'Friends of St. Eunan's' initiative."
The chairman continued: "Our project has been approved under Section 847A of the Taxes Constitution Act which means that the project will receive Tax benefits for every donation above €250 received. This means that if an individual who pays tax at the 41% rate donates €250 to the club, the revenue commissioners will give an additional €174 to the club. The club currently has 400 adult and 500 juvenile members, has 30 teams at all levels in both hurling and football and provides coaching for all children from the area aged 6 and up."
"Friends of St. Eunan's brochures are available from any club officer and we respectfully ask you to support our efforts to expand and enhance our facilities for the use of the young people of our area in the years to come. Your contribution is an investment in our children's and our club's future," he concluded.