Edenderry's pitch and putt course set to open in May

Justin Kelly

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Edenderry's long-awaited pitch and putt course is due to open before the end of May after more than five years of planning and hard work from a dedicated committee.

The committee was formed in 2013 to establish a pitch and putt course in Edenderry and so begun a fight for funding and the search for a site which was found in the shadow of Blundell Castle in the town.

The course has been part-funded by a Sports Capital Grant from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Also a grant was secured from Edenderry Municipal, and from LCDC Community Enhancement Programme 2018, a section of Offaly Local Community Development. 

The club also received some donations throughout this five-year period from Croi Laigheann Credit Union, Edenderry.

The plan also involved local fundraising.

"To all, we are very thankful and recognise that without all the help we wouldn't be in this fantastic position we are in now," committee secretary Sandra Enright said.

The course has been constructed by Sam Leech from Leech Sports Surface and his partners.

"We would like to acknowledge the work that has been done, which has been top grade and very professional. We would also like to thank Myles McMorrow, Ger O'Connor, Darren Bermingham and all involved in the construction, start to finish."

"Also a massive thank you to Sean Hutchinson who tirelessly cut and kept the grass maintained throughout those years.
To our councillors Noel Cribben, Noel Bourke, without these two men it wouldn't have been possible to get to where we are today so a massive thank you to both of you," Sandra added.

"Eden Pitch and Putt will be a wonderful amenity to all people, young and old, of Edenderry, and surrounding towns and villages. It's on our doorstep for all to enjoy and take part and have fun."

"Finally, a massive thank you goes to our wonderful and dedicated committee for their hard work and determination from day one to present day. Without this small bunch of people, this would not have been possible."

The course is due to open before the end of May 2019.