MAYO’S PLANS TO build a new training centre in Castlebar have “become a reality” according to county board chairman Mike Connolly.
Mayo GAA released a statement this afternoon confirming the purchase of 27 acres of land at Lough Lannagh in collaboration with Mayo County Council which they “intend to develop for the purposes of sport, tourism and recreation.”
Mayo GAA will develop a training centre which will comprise of three pitches to facilitate senior and underage teams, the Ladies football side and for high-performance teams that visit.
They’ll be located adjacent to Lannagh Holiday Village, the new Castlebar Swimming Pool and GMIT.
“The Mayo GAA Training Centre is something that we have been working on for a long time and I am delighted to be able to announce today that this will now become a reality,” said Connolly.
“Lough Lannagh is becoming a sporting hub in the Castlebar area with the tennis club, boxing club and new swimming pool already in situ and we are now delighted to become centrally involved in the area also.
“The Mayo GAA Training Centre is vitally important for the current generation of Mayo players as well as the future players who will wear the green and red. The Mayo GAA Training Centre will be a permanent training base for our senior football and hurlers as well as all our underage teams.
“It will also give us the opportunity to support the ladies in their training and development. It will be used to train and educate our players in both on field and off field activities.”
The County Council plan to develop their section of the grounds as part of an overall Sports Tourism Development Plan “which will see the existing walkways around the lake extended, as well as other leisure and sports tourism facilities.”
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