“We need a village” – The community of Bweeng invited to support ambitious sports development
The opening of the Eamonn Walters Memorial Park in Bweeng in 1955 marked the start of a new era for the village of North Cork, becoming a welcome focal point for a wide range of local sporting activities.
In the early years Kilshannig GAA was reportedly one of the major users of the facility and in recent years they have been joined by sports clubs Bweeng Celtic FC and Bweeng Trailblazers, the local national school and gaming schools in also taking advantage. .
Over the past two decades in particular, the village has grown and with this growth has come an increased demand for sports and recreational facilities, presenting a challenge for the local community to meet this demand.
While additions to the park over the years, including a community center, locker rooms, basketball / tennis court, playground, walkway, and most recently a new street at the community center, have made it possible to meet demand to some extent, it became evident that there was a need for additional facilities.
With this in mind, a number of local clubs have come together to look ahead and see how they best meet the needs of young and old of all abilities and for their physical and mental well-being.
The result is an ambitious project to build a 200-meter all-weather running track with a playing field in the center.
Brian Ahern, a member of the project committee formed late last year to study the project, said they believed the planned new facility would be of huge benefit to the community and surrounding areas.
“Currently, the grounds in the community of Bweeng do not have an all-season surface, which creates a huge challenge when trying to maintain fitness during the winter months,” said Brian.
He said committee members have visited community sports and recreation projects around Cork to see their facilities and get a better idea of the possibilities for Bweeng.
“We have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from the people involved in all the projects. But it was the 200 meter track in the village of Clondrohid that appealed to us the most, because it suited Bweeng the best, ”said Brain.
“Our planned facility, when completed, will incorporate a range of sporting activities such as athletics, long jump, high jump, throwing area, with a center-level playing field for all sports, which will be converted into an astro-turf surface. in phase two. All of this will be enlightened, ”he added.
In February, the committee contacted IRD Duhallow, who helped them find seed funding to start the project and hired Horgan / Lynch engineers to oversee the initial feasibility study and planning phases of the project.
Although the project is partially funded by grants from different government and local agencies, funding will also need to be raised from the community to cover the full cost, which will be done through various fundraising events.
The first of these, a ‘Ball Run’ was held in May with a recently launched raffle, the next element of the fundraising campaign – with € 30,000 in cash prizes up for grabs, including a first one. price of € 21,000 for Christmas week.
“They say ‘you need a village’ and that has never been truer than in Bweeng. We certainly need the support of more than that to make our dreams come true and convert them into a state-of-the-art facility for young and old, for all abilities and all walks of life, ”said Brian.
“Whether it’s to support the dream or possibly give a Christmas present to a friend or family member, you can find all the details as well as the purchase of tickets at www.bweengsportsfacility.com. Tickets are also available at local outlets as well as members of local clubs, ”he added.