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GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« on: June 12, 2019, 06:28:03 PM »
What's all the hullabaloo about the ABC council not providing municipal pitches for Gaelic games? According to the shinners the SDLP are being west Brits by going along with the decision to provide facilities for Rugby and Soccer but no GAA, and claiming that the GAA was not consulted.

According to the SDLP this has been a 3-year process in which all councilors, including SF, were involved. The GAA was consulted, the Armagh county board is fine with the plan, the GAA Ulster council is fine with the plan, the North Armagh clubs are fine with the plan, St Ronan's College is fine with the plan, and SF was fine with the plan all along. Only now are SF raising objections.

Is this a bit of a cheap shot by SF or what?

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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 06:42:30 PM »
Hmmm who to believe 🤔

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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 06:53:24 PM »
Are there many public/council owned GAA pitches anywhere in the North (or South)?

I remember Jennings Park in Newry having a GAA pitch with 2 soccer pitches running across it seemed like it was only or mostly soccer that got played there. I don't think they even have GAA posts there now.

Almost all GAA pitches are either club or school owned.

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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2019, 06:54:48 PM »
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Sinn Fein playing ‘silly beggars’ with Council’s play pitch strategy complaints

Sinn Fein are playing “silly beggars” with Council’s play pitch strategy, according to the SDLP.

Craigavon councillor Declan McAlinden has hit out at Sinn Fein comments questioning the Council’s strategy, which they say “fails to reflect the needs of the entire Craigavon community”.

Councillor McAlinden explained his party’s position on the matter.

“At a recent meeting Sinn Fein put forward a proposal to have an EQ IA (Equality Impact Assessment) on the council’s play pitch strategy after having sat for three years developing the proposal without once questioning the process,” said the SDLP councillor.

“Their motive is unknown but their proposal doesn’t have the support of the Ulster GAA council, local clubs or schools.”

He added: “In fact, their proposal would only have delayed the implementation of the plans, and potentially put at risk, the existing developments.

“Sinn Fein need to quickly explain their solo run to the GAA community within the Borough and to the Ulster Council of the GAA.”

Sinn Fein councillor Catherine Nelson had stated that our public spaces “must be reflective of our entire population”.

Adding: ““The GAA is the largest sporting organisation in our Borough yet in the Craigavon area ABC council provides 25 pitches for soccer and zero for GAA.

“The failure to equality proof this policy is also of major concern.”

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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2019, 07:24:31 PM »
Are there many public/council owned GAA pitches anywhere in the North (or South)?

I remember Jennings Park in Newry having a GAA pitch with 2 soccer pitches running across it seemed like it was only or mostly soccer that got played there. I don't think they even have GAA posts there now.

Almost all GAA pitches are either club or school owned.
MUSA, in Cookstown, has GAA pitches.
Not sure how much action it sees though.

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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2019, 07:43:53 PM »
Are there many public/council owned GAA pitches anywhere in the North (or South)?

I remember Jennings Park in Newry having a GAA pitch with 2 soccer pitches running across it seemed like it was only or mostly soccer that got played there. I don't think they even have GAA posts there now.

Almost all GAA pitches are either club or school owned.
MUSA, in Cookstown, has GAA pitches.
Not sure how much action it sees though.
Do Bredagh not play at  Cherryvale Park ?

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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2019, 07:47:19 PM »
Are there many public/council owned GAA pitches anywhere in the North (or South)?

I remember Jennings Park in Newry having a GAA pitch with 2 soccer pitches running across it seemed like it was only or mostly soccer that got played there. I don't think they even have GAA posts there now.

Almost all GAA pitches are either club or school owned.
MUSA, in Cookstown, has GAA pitches.
Not sure how much action it sees though.
Do Bredagh not play at  Cherryvale Park ?
They do. It sees a lot of GAA activity. I think they pay through the nose for it too.
Falls park and Boucher playing fields would have games also.


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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2019, 09:52:54 PM »
In fairness Lurgan could do with a council GAA pitch if even to help Sean Treacys hurling club out a bit. They currently have to use a patch of grass at tannaghmore gardens to train on. They've to beg other clubs to use there pitch or go over to Portadown people's park for matches.

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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2019, 09:58:10 PM »
Are there many public/council owned GAA pitches anywhere in the North (or South)?

I remember Jennings Park in Newry having a GAA pitch with 2 soccer pitches running across it seemed like it was only or mostly soccer that got played there. I don't think they even have GAA posts there now.

Almost all GAA pitches are either club or school owned.
MUSA, in Cookstown, has GAA pitches.
Not sure how much action it sees though.
Do Bredagh not play at  Cherryvale Park ?
They do. It sees a lot of GAA activity. I think they pay through the nose for it too.
Falls park and Boucher playing fields would have games also.

Woodlands also, new GAA pitch in the Brook Activity Centre in Twinbrook.

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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2019, 10:22:06 PM »
St Malachys also at cherryvale.

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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2019, 10:45:33 PM »
Yip, both Bredagh and St Mals play out of Cherryvale, three pitches, small grass, floodlight 3g, main grass and a new floodlight grass pitch to open next season, big outlay, but no other overheads bar the hired
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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2019, 10:57:28 PM »
Are there many public/council owned GAA pitches anywhere in the North (or South)?

I remember Jennings Park in Newry having a GAA pitch with 2 soccer pitches running across it seemed like it was only or mostly soccer that got played there. I don't think they even have GAA posts there now.

Almost all GAA pitches are either club or school owned.

Doire Trasna play on a council owned pitch in the City

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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2019, 10:58:28 PM »
In fairness Lurgan could do with a council GAA pitch if even to help Sean Treacys hurling club out a bit. They currently have to use a patch of grass at tannaghmore gardens to train on. They've to beg other clubs to use there pitch or go over to Portadown people's park for matches.

What about that pitch out the North Circular Rd. out the back of Tannaghmore School? Was that not theirs? Or is it another Clann Eireann pitch?

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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2019, 11:04:26 PM »
St Malachys also at cherryvale.

The school? Is that not Antrim Road?

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Re: GAA pitches in Craigavon - a gale in a pale?
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2019, 11:06:21 PM »
In fairness Lurgan could do with a council GAA pitch if even to help Sean Treacys hurling club out a bit. They currently have to use a patch of grass at tannaghmore gardens to train on. They've to beg other clubs to use there pitch or go over to Portadown people's park for matches.

What about that pitch out the North Circular Rd. out the back of Tannaghmore School? Was that not theirs? Or is it another Clann Eireann pitch?
yeah that's clann eireann's pitch too. My understanding is that they used to have access to it but that is now very limited if at all.