The stand in Sean MacCumhaill Park, the county’s premier ground, could be out of use for a number of months to carry out necessary repair work, according to a County Convention report.
In his final report to Convention, the outgoing Development Officer, Michael McMenamin, warns “rust/corrosion is prevalent throughout the stand structure with some areas worse than others”.
He added that the “problem needs to be addressed in the very near future otherwise it could affect the safety of the stand in future years.
“Laurence McMullin was instructed to research and bring forward possible treatments.
‘This is likely to be a costly project and is likely to put the stand out of use for a number of months”.
McMenamin also points out that toilet facilities at the Ballybofey ground badly need an upgrade.
“Up to 50% of patrons attending GAA matches are now female and MacCumhaill Park, like many others, lacks basic facilities.
‘The toilet block at the top of the Stranorlar terrace is particularly bad with steps leading down to the area.,
“Gents/Ladies/Disabled are all close together.
‘The disabled unit does not meet present regulations, shop close by and contra flow issues.
“Earlier this year our architect was engaged to assess the problem and a recent meeting has been held with the Ulster Council.
“And the area behind the Town goals was also identified as a possible site for a toilet block and a shop unit”.
The Development Officer adds “once the architect has come up with solutions to both issues a site meeting will be held to include members of the National Safety Committee.
‘The strategy would be then to submit an application for funding to Croke Park and possibly Sports Capital Grant application, if possible”.
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
Elsewhere on the Convoy Centre of Excellence, Michael McMenamin says that it is with “regret that I have to report that progress on clubhouse has been very slow.
“In April we received planning permission for the new building and sought to progress the project to tender stage.
“In September our architects went into voluntary liquidation and this aspect is being dealt with by our solicitors at the time of writing.
“The proposed building will consist of a ground floor containing foyer/entrance, four dressing rooms, public toilets, referees room and equipment room.
“The first floor will consist of a function room that can be used for meetings and dining area for players, meeting room, kitchen area.
“The rest of the top floor will be shelled and cored for future use and will give the option of gym area, offices, records rooms, archive area, shop etc”.
Meanwhile, all levels of teams involved in football, hurling, ladies football and camogie have used the existing Pitches 1 and 2 throughout the year.
“The condition of the pitches has remained good but they do need constant care and attention”.
“Pitches 3 and 4 are well advanced”.
Michael McMenamin congratulates Dungloe and Urris on the opening of their new clubhouses earlier this year.