We had a couple of intruders on Wednesday night and they also returned Thursday morning at our new ground in Suir Crescent and they done a great impression of a bunny rabbit by burrowing under the security fencing to gain entry. Thankfully no damage was done and nothing was taken. Our Cctv system done its job and picked up the culprits and the footage has been passed on to the powers that be. We ask all within the locality to keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour not just at our new ground in Suir Crescent but in and around all houses and premises in Mooncoin and ring the Gardai if they see anything out of the ordinary.
Week one of the return to training for our younger teams in our new ground in Suir Crescent is completed after a lovely sunny evening with 94 academy kids enjoying themselves over the 2 hourly sessions this evening . We would like to thank all that have dropped off kids or visited the ground this week for their cooperation and patience on entering and exiting and also their kind words of encouragement. A final thank you to the residents in Suir Crescent for putting up with us, this week saw a return of noise from kids playing and enjoying themselves for the first time in many many years and we hope this continues for many many more.
What started out as a pipe dream 6 years ago has now become reality as we have turned Suir Crescent into a state of the art facility that our current crop of youngsters, both male and female will enjoy for years to come and also many generations after them. It took 2 years and many calls and emails through local councillor Patrick Dunphy, John Paul Phelan TD and the then Junior Housing Minister Paudie Coffey TD to secure our 30 year lease and from there it took enormous patience from the time John Crowley generously sprayed off the old property to main contractor Declan Walsh and Sons taking on the task of stopping and starting and eventually overseeing a brilliant project that all in Mooncoin can be very proud of. We have attached some photos from before the soccer club’s time…… to John Crowley getting ready to spray……to discovering the old drainage system if you can spot it…….. to a handsome Stephen Walsh preparing drains…. to where we were this evening in glorious sunshine with our u11 squad enjoying their return to training.
Tomorrow evening will see a new exciting chapter begin for the club when the first of our underage teams will start using our new ground in Suir Crescent for training purposes. Over the next couple of weeks we will be getting used to our new surroundings around drop offs, parking and picking up in the new ground. We are asking all when entering Suir Crescent, please proceed at a reasonable speed and always respect the residence of Suir Crescent when entering and leaving the ground. It has taken many years to get to this point with the ground now ready for use. All the people of Mooncoin are welcome to come up any evening this week to take a look for themselves to see what a wonderful facility has been developed for the next generation of kids to enjoy.
We added a second sign recently to Suir Crescent acknowledging Kilkenny County Council’s contribution towards the development. In 2019, we were awarded €30000 by the Council towards security fencing and hedging. With the fencing and planting of hedging completed it has added a real structure to the boundary of the ground. That brings the contribution in grants towards the development to €105,000 to date and without these grants some of the work completed so far would not have been possible. To all that contributed towards the successful applications, a big thank you.
The first of hopefully many signs was put in place last week in our new development in Suir Crescent. Following the completion of drainage works and ball stop netting, we were only too delighted to display the sign from the National Lottery and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media outlining their funding contribution towards work. The €75000 grant we received was a huge help in getting works completed and getting us ready to move in to our new development. The application deadline for the latest round of grants closed recently and fingers crossed we will be successful again in receiving funding towards the next stage of the development.
As 2020 draws to a close with Santa on the way tomorrow, all in Mooncoin Celtic would like to wish a very Happy Christmas to everyone involved in the club from our youngest players in academy up to all the coaches involved at every level. After a strange 2020 with Covid19 disrupting every single person in some form or another, we can hopefully look forward to 2021 with real optimism with our new development in Suir Crescent being primed and ready for use come May of 2021, all going well. As a club, we were lucky to get the next phase of the works completed in the second half of the year with drainage works, security fencing, ball stop netting, hedging, parking and renovation of dressing rooms all completed. All of this would not have been possible without our 300 Club Syndicate and sellers keeping their foot on the pedal throughout a crazy year. We must say a big thank you to everyone that has invested in the development the last 2 years and without their faith and kindness none of the work would be done. A big big thank you goes to Declan Walsh and Sons for their professional work across the duration of the development to date. Our 300 Club Syndicate is run by our Finance Committee and without their support and work, we might still be at the mucky field stage. Covid19 played havoc with meetings and monthly draws the last 9 months but again the lads worked their way around things and ran things very very effectively. Our Finance Committee which was put together to oversee the running of the 300 Club and development works, is led by Denis Healy and comprises of John Ryan, Noel O’Keeffe, Michelle O’Hanlon, Tom Grant and Seamus Comerford. A special thank you has to go this group. A thank you must go to other people that were involved in the early stages of finance committee also, with Gillian Bailey carrying out excellent work on the Sports Capital Grant application which secured €75,000 and also Michael Comerford whose experience with other clubs was invaluable with grant applications again. And that is that, 2020 will go down in history for our good friend Covid19 and 2021 will hopefully see a return to normal life and all the young boys and girls of Mooncoin Celtic will enjoy the use of the new development at Suir Crescent. Happy Christmas everyone and best wishes for 2021.
With work almost complete on the latest phase at our new development in Suir Crescent, the club will be moving into a top class facility after 52 years of moving from ground to ground. Just over €300,000 has been spent to date and our 300 Club Syndicate has been responsible for the majority of this with the funds generated leveraging grants and finance to complete different phases. To those that are already in the 300 club syndicate, a massive thank you for your continued support. We are moving into the third year of the syndicate and a number of shares are available to purchase. If you are interested in joining the 300 club syndicate for €5 per week, please contact the Facebook page or contact Michelle 0863723163 or Brendan 0879828150 and a member of our Finance Committee will be in touch with further details. As can be seen in the photos, we have come a long way in 2 years and fingers crossed we will be moving in shortly, we want as many local families as possible in the 300 club so get behind this fantastic project and help start developing the next phase of the development.
John Paul Phelan TD paid a visit to Suir Crescent last week to view the progress to date and was taken aback with how much has been done to date and the high standard of workmanship.
A lot of this work would not have happened without the help of local councillors Pat Dunphy and Thomas Breathnach at local level and John Paul Phelan at national level, making representations on our behalf when it came to grant applications.