A Message from County Chairman Jim Murray
Dunsilly is vital to our progress as a county. We need a modern centre for all our teams. From our senior teams to our youngest development squads, Dunsilly will become a centre that will allow them to be the best that they can be. Somewhere we can train, be coached, somewhere to meet and somewhere to be proud of. It will be a centre for all Gaels of Antrim, all codes and all disciplines. It will offer us the opportunity to build capacity and also offer our development squads and juveniles the opportunity to train and be coached in modern facilities and in a safe environment.
But we have to decide how important it is to all of us? Five years ago we as a County decided and agreed to purchase the land and develop Dunsilly. It was unanimous at County Committee. Now, as a County, we have to move this forward. Together we need to look and agree ways of finance generation to complete and sustain our development.
It was commented on at previous Conventions, that we needed to generate 1 million pounds for Dunsilly and we still need to generate that sort of finance and maybe more.
This year Antrim County Executive, along with Club Aontroma and our supporters and clubs will embark on fundraising that will allow us to progress the facility, I know it's a terrible time economically, but I know the caliber of the members and supporters of Antrim and if anyone can we can.
I'm sure you will all agree that this centre will be a major contribution in bringing Antrim to the next level and provide the facilities that we need and our members deserve.
We are currently negotiating funding with Croke Park that will allow us to contract major road works at the entrance of the Centre. This work is necessary to conform to DRD road regulations. We are also required to erect security fencing prior to opening. The cost is in excess of £500k. With these requirements in place we could open Dunsilly this year.
All major challenges we can achieve together.”
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