Dicksboro planning for future and upgrade of facilities

LINKING the twin parishes of St Canice’s and St Mary’s in the city with their home GAA club, Dicksboro is one of the key parts of a new strategy outlined on Friday night at the club rooms in Palmerstown.

LINKING the twin parishes of St Canice’s and St Mary’s in the city with their home GAA club, Dicksboro is one of the key parts of a new strategy outlined on Friday night at the club rooms in Palmerstown.

The main function room was full for the outline of the final design for the club house and grounds upgrade, refurbishment and extension.

The chairman of the club’s development committee, Simon Walton gave a comprehensive overview of the plan and there was a lively and productive debate from the floor on the proposal to build a new gym, new viewing area for parents with other modifications to the existing layout. The need for ongoing pitch drainage is also part of the blueprint.

Because of the Boro’s location, it will benefit from increased grant aid in the latest round of funding available to clubs around the country. The closing date for electronic applications is Friday, June 1

This exciting development promises to bring the clubhouse in Palmerstown to 21st century standard for the benefit of club members, present and past and the wider St. Canice`s and St. Mary`s parish communities.

It was unanimously decided to seek planning permission for the changes in advance of any application for grant or decision to go ahead with the planned improvements and refurbishment of the existing facilities. It is envisaged that members of the public from the twin parishes as well as club members and members of the public will be able to avail of the new gym.

After that part of the meeting was over, GAA county board personnel; Johnny Comerford, John Buggy and Conor Denieffe facilitated a workshop on formulating a five year plan for the club which is a necessary to draw any funds from Croke Park. The members were broken up into four groups: Communications and Public Relations with club PRO, Edmund Nolan as chairman; Pat Moylan, club secretary headed the Club Structures and Administration committee; Seamus Rochford, club treasurer, chaired the Finance and Fundraising table and club development chairman, Simon Walton chaired the Facilities and Development committee.