What is the current stage of development?
Carrigtwohill GAA can confirm that Senbar Construction, managed by Sean Barrett, has been awarded the tender for the development.
It is anticipated that works will commence in late late April with an expected official opening of the new facility in March 2020.
Plans of the development are presently available to view in the club rooms.
What is the Proposed Carrigtwohill GAA Club Development Project?
This proposed development is the construction of a new clubhouse on the embankment between the ‘new field’ and the juvenile field. It will consist of a two-storey clubhouse laid out in accordance with planning permission received from Cork County Council: reference 108548 (link here). Planning was extended to 14/10/2015 and is valid until 9/5/2021. (Further ref no. 15/0592)
Who approved the development?
Throughout the club’s history, Carrigtwohill’s members have worked tirelessly and with great foresight to improve our GAA grounds by purchasing land, establishing new pitches, building a gym facility, installing lights etc. As such, a new clubhouse development had been mooted for a long period before a formal planning application was made in 2010. Due to the economic downturn it was not feasible to pursue the development then but with the upturn in fortunes and the acquisition of funding (see below), the club felt that 2018 was the appropriate time to pursue this long-standing objective.
To advance matters, and in line with 2017 AGM commitments, an information evening was held on March 21st in Glenmary Hall, where members could view layouts and plans for the proposed development , view a presentation on funding options and ask questions of the Development Committee. An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) was then held on March 28th, also in Glenmary Hall, where members could again review plans before a vote was held. All members for 2017 and 2018 were deemed eligible to vote and the overwhelming majority approved the development plan. (link)
Where will the development be located?
The specific site is laid out in the plans here:
When the prospect of a development was first raised in the mid-2000s, a development committee was set up to assess the suitability of different sites, within the club grounds, for a new facility. The sites in question were the existing dressing room, top of the ‘old field’ and between the ‘new field’ and the juvenile field. The committee assessed each site in question according to a set of criteria and their recommendation that the embankment between the juvenile field and old field was most suitable was adopted by the club committee and was the proposal put before members at the Extraordinary General Meeting of March 28th.
How will the development be funded?
The club has been preparing for a new development for many years and has carefully set aside funding over this period that is assigned solely for development purposes. Other projects such as the Gymnasium, floodlights, pitch extensions and sanding programmes have been fully paid off in recent years which has allowed the Club to build up a modest reserve. The club also receives annual rental income from the use of the grounds by Scoil Chlíodhna; an arrangement that is expected to continue for another year or two at least. A successful application was also made through the Sports Capital Grant programme that saw Carrigtwohill GAA awarded €106,500.
Our club has also made provision to secure a loan from Clann Credo to finance the remaining deficit. In order to pay this off promptly, a number of fundraising initiatives may be undertaken over the next couple of years. In addition to this, the club is making a push to increase its membership numbers in the Cork Clubs Draw in order to maximise the return for the club. This source of funds and the annual Golf Classic have been ring fenced for club infrastructural projects over the last decade – interrupted only by exceptional events – such as winning the Senior Hurling Championship in 2011.
What is the Development timeline? (Guideline only)
Open for tender bids – November/Dec 2018
Tender awarded – January 2019
Construction begins – February 2019
Construction completed – November 2019
Building Opened – March 2020
What is the tender process?
Selected Invited Main Building Contractor Tender to comply with Department of Sports Capital Grant Programme requirements.
How will this affect the juvenile pitch/’New pitch’/club grounds?
Is there some ground to be taken from the juvenile pitch?
Interference with the GAA grounds and the Juvenile field in particular will be minimised. Impacts and interference with Scoil Chlíodhna will be closely managed. A secure contractor compound area will be made available on surplus lands to the western end of the juvenile field to avoid potential conflict with general use of the grounds.
What will happen to the old club rooms/club gym?
At present there are no plans to demolish or alter the function of the existing club rooms or gym facility. Carrigtwohill GAA and all of its Adult, Juvenile, Camogie and Ladies Football teams are growing significantly and the existing facilities are necessary as our clubs continue to grow and prosper.