Club Development

The Beginning

In 2001 land adjacent (7.61 acres) to MourneAbbey Community Centre became available for general sale.
Clyda Rovers approached MourneAbbey Community Council to buy this land in conjunction with them as they were anxious to remain in the current facilities which is a Community Based pitch. The land was purchased for a cost of £150,000-00. The money was raised for this by a door to door collection within the parish.

Planning Permission

A detailed feasibility study was then carried by MC0COS Consultants for a 10 year development plan.
The focal point of this plan was a full size sand based playing pitch.This was state of the art similar to the pitch in Newtownshandrum. To achieve this required getting the County council to close a public road
down the middle of the site. This road divided the land previously purchased. This was achieved in 2002 due the backing of the whole community. After planning was granted it was decided to approach a land owner to purchasean extra ½ acre adjacent to the site to ensure that the pitch was full size. This was concluded in summer 2004 at a cost of €60,000.


The cost of this new pitch was estimated at €250,000. A local fund raising draw began in 2004 where members travelled the county to sell tickets at €20 for a prize fund of €20,000. Over 10,000 tickets were sold which raised €180,000 profit. We also received €100,000 from the lottery and €75,000 from the council in grant aid.

PHASE ONE: Development of the new pitch
A contract was signed with Kelly's Bros. Ballydesmond to develop the new pitch. This work began in July 2004 but was suspended due to bad weather. It recommenced and was completed in the
summer of 2005. The pitch has now been fenced off and is now been played on. This pitch is a state of the art facility and is a credit to all involved. Clyda Rovers have the main call to this pitch and who can use it. It also is invovled in Maintaining this Pitch

PHASE TWO:New Dressing Rooms
The next phase of the project is four new dressing rooms to service this pitch. A bed push in co-operation with the Irish Guide Dogs for the blind was undertaken in 2006, all Clubs in the Parish provided Volunteers for this and this raised over €45,000 The New Dressing Rooms became operational in 2007.

PHASE THREE: The Reseeding of the Second Pitch

The Next Phase of the Development was the realignment and reseeding of the Second Pitch. This was Started in Late 2006 and this Pitch became operational in 2008.


Clyda Rovers GAA Continued the Investment into Both Pitches and the first part of that was to install an electronic score board which was kindly sponsored by Dan O Sullivan Construction.This was installed in 2007.

The Next Phase was the Installation of an irrigation system vital for the Long term future of the sand based pitch. At a cost of €30,000 this invovled the building of a new tank, drilling for a new pump and water supply and the purchase of the sprinkler system from Sports Irrigation Ireland. this will be operational in 2009.

The bIggest Project undertaken by the Club was the Installation of Floodlights onto the Sand Based Pitch. Planning was secured in Late 2008. The Club had 90% of the funding secured to install 400LUX floodlighting. After a tendering Process McSherry Electrical got the job of construction and installation of these light. The Lights were constructed and put into operation in the 3rd week in Jan. A fundraising drive to raise the final funds was held by the Club and €15,500 was raised. The Lights are operational from feb 2009 and have been a massive Success.

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