Dolans apply for refurbishment funding

Sean Dolan's under 14 players helping clean up the club house after it was vandelised recently. (0707JB44)
Sean Dolan's under 14 players helping clean up the club house after it was vandelised recently. (0707JB44)

Plans to refurbish a pitch at the Sean Dolan’s GAA club in Creggan will be discussed at a meeting of Derry City Council’s development committee this afternoon.

Councillors will discuss whether to approve an application to the Department of Social Development for £20,000 to repair the pitch.

The playing surface was damaged in an arson attack which also destroyed the Sean Dolan’s clubhouse at the end of December.

A council report states that representatives of the GAA club and community representatives recently met with Council officers to discuss how Council could assist the club in refurbishing the pitch.

The club representatives said they are keen to have the pitch repaired to make it available for use during the Feile Peil na n-Og competition which will be held in Derry next year as part of the City of Culture celebrations.

The report also states that the club and community representatives were told that Derry City Council does not have funding programmes in place to meet such a request but that help could be provided to assist the club in identifying other funding sources.

After discussions with the Department of Social Development and the Triax Neighbourhood partnership team, it emerged that there may be some funding available during this financial year within the Department of Social Development.

Council officers will ask councillors for approval to submit an application to the Department, supported by Triax, for approximately £20,000 to carry out the refurbishment work on the playing surface.

Meanwhile, local politicians visited the Sean Dolan’s club last week to see how the plans for the redevelopment of the damaged clubhouse are coming along.

Sinn Féin councillor Colly Kelly met with club officials at the Piggery Ridge site on Tuesday while an SDLP delegation, which included Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey and local councillors Ann Donnelly, Jim Clifford, and Sean Carr, visited the club on Thursday afternoon and met with club representatives.