Episode 71: Faces & Places – Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence
This week for Faces and Places, Breifne went to visit the official opening of the McGovern Aughavas Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence in Annaduff. Built at a cost of €2.8 million it has been completed without incurring a massive debt due to the fantastic efforts of a number of people.
Supported by: Gurns Milestone Bar, Manorhamilton
We hear from a number of those individuals on the show today. GAA President John Horan tells us about the assistance provided by Croke Park to the project while Terence Boyle and Gerry McGovern share with us the blood sweat and tears which went into the project locally over the last 15 years.
John O’Mahony shares a little bit with us about the various inputs to the 1994 Connacht Championship success and how this centre of excellence will allow Leitrim to bridge the gap to our competitors at all levels in the province and further afield.
Eamon Duignan shares a few of the stories behind the success of the Leitrim Wall which helped to raise €300,000 to complete the project and ensure that the finances of the centre wouldn’t cripple the association into the future.
We hear from current Leitrim Manager Terry Hyland about Leitrim’s plans for an assault on Division 3 as they get on a level playing field with the facilities available as good as any other county.
Ronan Haslette of Glencar/Manor who wore the county colours in the past talks about the difference these facilities will make to the preparation of Leitrim teams into the future.