A MUSIC concert, a door to door collection and a contest for a Mayor. These were just some of the ideas mooted for fund raising activities to get the proposed Daingean Sports Complex off the ground.
A good attendance turned up at Daingean Town Hall last Monday night to discuss ideas and show support for the venture, which received its licence from the OPW this week.
Representatives from sporting organisations throughout the locality were present as Chairperson of the Daingean Sports Complex Association Donal Milne explained plans for the former Daingean Reformatory.
“The aim of the association is to promote community spirit and get a facility we can all be proud of,” said Mr Milne.
It took him and fellow committee members three years to finally attain the licence, which will last for ten years.
He explained to the enthralled audience that the facility, which is walled although not roofed, had room for two five-a-side pitches, three tennis courts. two handball alleys which could be roofed and serve as squash and racketball courts, room for basketball and a three quarter size GAA pitch. The facility once roofed will serve as an all weather facility. It was also suggested that the facility contain a walking track and an area for bowls.
“It’s not just a facility for Daingean. It has great potential to pull people in from the surrounding areas into Daingean,” said Mr Milne adding that the facility could be used to run competitions.
At the meeting the officers were elected to the committee including Nicola Marsden as Secretary, Tom Darcy as Treasurer and Nuala Hanlon as Treasurer.
Mr Milne informed those present that a competition was being held in the surrounding national schools to find a name for the facility, which it’s thought wont contain the word Daingean.
He also encouraged the community when General Election campaigners come to their doors to ask for support for the venture.
The committee were commended by the floor for their efforts in getting the project up and running. “It was a sin to have that facility there doing noting,” said one audience member, who added that although she was “a bit miffed” at fist that the word Daingean would not feature in the name, she “wouldn’t have a big issue with it.”
“Everyone will know it’s in Daingean,” said Mr Milne.
Edenderry Cllr John Foley said, “If this community stands together you can fight anything.” He advised the committee that when it comes to fundraising, all surrounding communities should be involved, as it was very important to make “everyone feel part of it.”
Responding to criticism from the floor that politicians “would do nothing to help” referring to recent fire stations closure protests, Cllr Foley said he had stood up at public meetings and fought for their retention something for which he “is today in a bad position over.” but said he would “get up and fight another day” for.
At the meeting a copy of the constitution was read out by the chairperson and ratified.
Also grants were discussed including a €175,000 grant for a meeting room and a €60,000 grant for a playground.
It was decided that the committee will meet again in the near future and correlate the information that was put forward from the meeting and will hold another public meeting in a few weeks to keep the community informed and up to date.