New community development takes shape in Nenagh

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Photos: Odhran Ducie

An exciting new development for the community of Nenagh is making rapid progress on the outskirts of the town.

Nenagh Éire Óg is creating a new playground on a 10-acre site in Stereame, which will be surrounded by a 2.5 km walking and jogging track. These are elements of a €1.3m expansion by the local GAA club which has already seen the development of a hurling wall and artificial turf training pitch.

The Stereame site will be fully fenced and lit, and there are plans to add new changing rooms and parking space in due course. There will still be room to create an additional facility on the site; a juvenile playground is a feasible option.

For now, however, the club are focused on finishing the playing field in sand as the centerpiece of a development that will breathe new life into a hitherto neglected part of the city’s outskirts. Originally planned as a huge private housing site, which was abandoned shortly after the economic crash of 2008, the area was crisscrossed with footpaths and service infrastructure which is now being demolished and leveled to make way for new development. As much of the path material as possible is reused as “804” dry fill, while old streetlights can also be used to illuminate the walkway.

As recently highlighted in this newspaper, Nenagh-based school food providers, the Lunch Bag, have donated a large volume of topsoil to the development of Éire Og. This was due to site clearance works to make way for the Lunch Bag expansion at Lisbunny Industrial Estate.

Éire Óg President John Tooher again took the opportunity to thank the Lunch Bag for the donation, and he said the club was still looking for more topsoil to complete the development. There is still a funding gap of around €75,000 to fill, and Mr Tooher has also appealed for financial support to help get this stage of development through. He expected the land to be sown in late September; it will take another 18 months before you can play it.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Mr Tooher thanked the residents of the housing estates surrounding the new development – Coille Bheithe, Monaree, Carrig Rua and Castle Oak – as well as everyone at Wilmots Childcare for their cooperation. He assured that disruption will be kept to a minimum at all stages of development.

The new land will be positioned to limit the impact on the local residential amenity. No competitive matches will be played there, so there will be no crowd noise or traffic issues.

The club president praised the goodwill of the local community in general and the support of local businesses in particular. Éire Óg will launch a community fundraising campaign in due course and the club will seek Leader funding for the footbridge, which Mr Tooher hoped would see construction begin early next year.

This highly anticipated addition to Nenagh’s amenities offering will provide people with a new walking and jogging option on a 2.5km flat surface. It will be accessed from a gate on the Wilmots side of the site and has the potential to provide a new pedestrian link to the Stereame side of town.

This is a closed site at the moment but hopefully people will be able to come and enjoy this new convenience in the near future. Éire Óg is really “a club and a community” and wants people to share this project. With a current membership of 500-600 members, the club hopes its new facilities will further encourage the practice of the sport in Nenagh.

Mr Tooher took the opportunity to thank Tom Boland and Niall Cahill, presidents of Éire Óg’s camogie and juvenile divisions respectively, as well as professional consultants James Dwyer and Brian Grace for their help in spearheading this new development for Nenagh on a successful path.

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