News Flash!!!!! New Clubhouse build to commence in Feb 2014

posted 28 Jan 2014, 06:41 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 29 Jan 2014, 00:28 ]

As Chairman of Skerries Harps GAA and Camogie Club I am delighted to announce that last Friday I received the great news that our application for a sports grant towards our new clubhouse has been approved.   

It’s been a long road with a lot of work put in by a lot of people in the club and I’m proud to let you know that the builders will be on site from the 17th Feb 2014

This whole project would not have got off the ground without the foresight of Hugh McCrory Club Chairman in 2001 who along with Bobby Walsh, Joe Coleman, Joe McGuinness, Charlie Fanning and Paul Horan. Paul himself was responsible for the original grant applications submissions which we successfully transferred to the clubhouse project with the support of the Department of Tourism and Sport in December 2012.

Special thanks has to go to John Kelly who over the years kept the Milverton dream alive even though we were turned down by An Bord Planala for the development of pitches and dressing rooms it is John's perseverance that kept the grants alive which enabled us reallocate in 2012...Well done and thanks John.

The club owes a huge thank you to Peter Smyth who led the clubhouse development committee and liaised with Architect Mark Kelly on all issues regarding the building. His knowledge of the building game was invaluable to the project. Dave Kelly was instrumental in switching the €550,000 grant to the clubhouse development. He was constantly on to the Department of Sport and Tourism and as we know his efforts were successful. Well done and thanks to both Peter and Dave.

On behalf of the club I wish to thank Mark Kelly, Architect, for his cooperation and attendance at meetings and to congratulate him on the excellent design of the new clubhouse which I'm sure you all agree looks fantastic. Shane Dowling of Direct Law Solrs. had a lot of legal issues to deal with to get us over the line. Thanks Shane for the professional way you dealt with all legal matters.

I wish to congratulate Ganson & Co who we’re the successful bidders after a tender process took place. I look forward to working closely with them over the next few months.

From a club point of view I am delighted for everybody. The club has grown from strength to strength over the years and proper facilities are essential for all our members and indeed guests.

Building the clubhouse is only phase 1 of a 3 phase development which will include an all-weather pitch and hurling/ball wall.

Tony O'Brien is leading our new finance committee and I hope everybody will give his team their full support so that all phases can be completed as soon as possible.

Finally my thanks to all who have supported me since I became chairman in 2008.Today is a proud day to be Chairman of such a great club

Is feidir linn.

Niall Murphy

Club Chairman