Donegal need €1 million for Centre of Excellence

Donegal need €1 million for Centre of Excellence

Donegal GAA are going to have to come-up with €1m to complete the county’s Centre of Excellence at Convoy, county chairman Sean Dunnion told the Democrat.

The chairman was speaking to the Democrat following his presentation on new plans being proposed for clubroom and dressing rooms facilities at the Convoy development to the county committee on Monday night.

The board has already planning permission for a clubrooms with four dressing rooms. But following a review of the plans, the Donegal management committee have come up with revised plans that contain extra dressing rooms.

“We have revised that number upwards and feel that we need at least eight dressing rooms and we have also added on an additional referees’ room. There was one in the old plan; we now hope to have two.”

The new revised plan was presented to the Donegal County committee for consideration and it is hoped that the committee will now back the plan and give them the thumbs up at the March committee meeting.

“We are looking for the committee approval now to go to design so we can go for planning permission and nothing more than that at the minute,” explained the chairman.

“The decision to go ahead with the development will come at another stage. But the bottom line is we have to move the project on.

“We currently have two pitches in use and by the end of the year we will have two more and we simply need to get moving on the new clubrooms and dressing rooms and to complete the whole development.”

The completion of the project with the additional dressing rooms and the two pitches currently being developed plus the tarmacing of the car park are estimated to cost in the region of €1.6 million.

“We have €600,000 in grants for the project so we are going to have to raise €1 million and we have plans in place to do that over the next five years.

“The bottom line is we have to face up to the fact that we are going to have to come up with the million to complete the development and make it fully functional for all county teams.”

The county treasurer Cieran Kelly outlined a number of fundraising initiatives at Monday night’s meeting including a Race Day in Leopardstown, and a number of golf classics.