€358k sport facilities are opened in Shankill

by Gazette Reporter

TWO brand-new sporting facilities costing a total of €385,000 were opened in the Shankill area last week.
First to be opened by An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth (Lab), was the all-weather pitch in Shanganagh Park, which was designed and constructed in line with the Football Association of Ireland’s guidelines.
It will be used for development training by Shankill FC, and will also be open to the public and park users.
The council said the floodlighting provided will ensure the football club can use the facility through the winter months.
It is also hoped that the low fencing around the perimeter of the pitch will increase the social aspect of the facility by drawing passersby in to have a look.
The football club provides facilities for children in Shankill and the surrounding areas, and players range from five- and six-year-olds (Shankill Panthers) to the under-15s and -16s, who are in the Dublin and District Schoolboys League.
The club has its origins in the Shankill Youth Club, formed in 1966 by Bertie Messitt, an Olympian sports athlete who held 16 Irish national records.
Cllr Smyth then moved on to her next task, and played a few rounds of bowls during the official opening of Shankill Bowling Pavilion.
The new pavilion comprises an indoor bowling hall, changing rooms, toilets, a lobby area, and a kitchen-cum-committee room.
The indoor bowling hall is suitable to hold three indoor bowling games and is equipped with a special beech sports floor to ensure a smooth and consistent roll of the bowls ball.
With a combined cost of €385,000, the two projects represent a significant investment in the area by the council.
At the launches, Cllr Smyth said: “It gives me great pleasure to open the Shanganagh all-weather pitch and Shankill Bowling Pavilion.
“These are facilities that the local community will greatly benefit from, and I hope they will provide opportunities for people of all ages to become involved in clubs and programmes.”

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