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Ring plans to bring Usain Bolt to new Claremorris running track

Sod turning in Claremorris
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, turns the sod for a new running track in Claremorris for Claremorris Athletic Club and Sports Club Ltd.  Included in photo are Jimmy Flynn, President Claremorris Chamber of Commerce; Jim Ryan, secretary, Claremorris Sport and Leisure; Cllr Cyril Bourke, Cathaoirleach Mayo County Council; Robert Duffy, Chairman, Claremorris Sport and Leisure; Deputy John O’Mahony, Cllrs Tom Connolly and Patsy O’Brien and members of Claremorris AC.?Pic: Michael Donnelly

Usain Bolt will be Claremorris bound if Ring gets his way

Michael Commins

IF Mayo TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, has his way, Olympic Champion and record sprint breaker Usain Bolt from Jamaica might even be around to join him for the official opening of the new running track in Claremorris in a few months time. After cutting the first sod to mark the launch of the major new development work at the old Racecourse, Mr Ring quipped … “if we have to find €30,000 or €40,000 to charter a plane and bring him here, we’ll do it!”
Minister Ring said he was thrilled to be able to provide funding of €400,000 for the new running track which will replace the old cinder track put in place in the late 1960s. “This will be a wonderful facility for Claremorris and the province. So many people have worked hard to see this reach fruition. Jim Ryan and his team have been on to me so many times. I know this is a dream come through for Jim and all the dedicated members of this focused club.
“I want to also thank Deputy John O’Mahony and all the other public representatives for their promotion of this project.  We expect work on it to be completed before the end of the year. If that’s not delivering in style, then what is?!” Deputy John O’Mahony joined in the words of congratulations to Claremorris Athletic Club. He said he had fond memories of bringing his own family to numerous training sessions at the race track in former times. His daughters were prominent members of the Claremorris Club back then. “People like Jim Ryan and Pat Connaughton and so many others have put so much work into this club over the years. This is great news for the club and will put Claremorris firmly at the centre of athletics in the province” he said.
Robert Duffy, on behalf of the club, presided at the address of welcome. He told the gathering it was a huge occasion for Claremorris AC and he extended thanks on behalf of all associated with the club to Minister Ring for the provision of funding and to all who worked hard on securing the funding for the club. “The new 400m eight lane tartan track will be of international standard. We know that it will bring many people to Claremorris in the years ahead. This is a very special day for all of us at Claremorris AC,” said Robert.
Jimmy Flynn, President of Claremorris Chamber, and other community activists were also delighted to lend their support to the special occasion at the old Racecourse which has hosted many great events over the decades.
For people like Jim Ryan, Robert Duffy, Michael Moran, Peter Sarsfield, Geraldine Joyce, Tom Burke, Noel Morley, Pat Connaughton, Bina Jennings and so many others whose lives revolve to such a degree around the Athletic Club, this was a day to cherish. The project is already ‘up and running’ and, when completed before the end of the December, will be a massive addition to the Claremorris region.