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No Training Centre for Lough Lannagh


SECONDEDLahardane delegate Enda Coyne.

Edwin McGreal

MAYO GAA clubs have decided that plans for a Mayo GAA Training Centre at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar will not proceed.
A proposal not to proceed with the venture at the proposed site was tabled by Mayo GAA chairperson Liam Moffatt at last Thursday’s County Board meeting in MacHale Park and passed by club delegates without any objections.
The project, announced to much fanfare in August 2018, had been on the ropes in the last two years due to a range of issues, including the pandemic, financial constraints and feasibility.
“The Lough Lannagh feedback from clubs at the last County Board meeting outlined that the view received from clubs is to not proceed with the Lough Lannagh project,” said Moffatt.
“However, it should be noted the original concept and vision of a Mayo Training Centre is supported by our clubs. But in light of the feedback from clubs, the proposal tonight is not to proceed with the Lough Lannagh project and to review Mayo GAA infrastructurally with consideration given to the ‘one club model’ that we spoke about at the last County Board meeting.”
His proposal was seconded by Lahardane delegate Enda Coyne with no objections.
Mayo Gaels delegate Dermot Flaherty did propose a discussion around the various infrastructural needs for Mayo GAA at the next county board meeting, which was approved.
“We need to bring forward solutions,” said Moffatt. “The vision in that project was a strong one, just there are certain challenges with that project. I think at the next County Board meeting we can have a serious chat,” he said.
Plans for a €5 million training centre in conjunction with Mayo County Council were announced in August 2018.
Mayo GAA and Mayo County Council were in discussions about the future of the project in recent months, but there were no details of these discussions mentioned last Thursday.
In a feature in this paper last August on the long-running saga at Lough Lannagh, Connacht Council Secretary John Prenty highlighted the halting of GAA grant funding due to Covid as being a big barrier for projects such as this.
It was first announced as a ‘collaborative partnership’ between Mayo GAA and Mayo County Council for 27 acres of land, adjacent to Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, the new Castlebar leisure centre and the GMIT campus.
The plans included three pitches, one of which would also be accessible to high-performance teams staying in the area.

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