Erin’s Own plans get the go-ahead

Erin’s Own GAA Club in Castlecomer has been granted provisional planning permission to build a new playing field, dressing room and club-room, septic tank, new entrance and car-parking area at its facility in Ballycomey.

Erin’s Own GAA Club in Castlecomer has been granted provisional planning permission to build a new playing field, dressing room and club-room, septic tank, new entrance and car-parking area at its facility in Ballycomey.

The club currently has two pitches and a clubhouse. The proposed new structure is to be over 426 square metres in size, and will contain the changing rooms, gym, meeting room, store and a machinery shed.

The two-storey structure is to house the dressing rooms, store and machinery storage area at ground floor level, and the meeting room and gym at first floor level. It will be located between the pitch and the existing carpark.

A new hurling arena, of approximately 1140 square metres, will be located to the west of the existing club house. The arena will contain a viewing area and balcony at first floor level.

The Castlecomer club was one of a number to apply for permission to build this summer. Dicksboro, Young Irelands, St Martin’s, Bennettsbridge and Graignamanagh GAA clubs applied for permission to build – all within ten days of each other.

Clubs and sports centres around Ireland sought planning permission to boost their chances of securing some of the new €30 million fund for sports capital projects – the first to be announced in four years.