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Wednesday, 7th November 2018

Sports Minister visits two Drogheda clubs, opens new gym

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Fergus O'Dowd TD., Dessie McDonald Chairperson St Nicholas GFC. Brendan Griffin Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport turning the sod on the new club house building with St Nicholas GFC Treasurer Pat Clarke.  Picture Fran Caffrey /

Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Sport and Tourism, Brendan Griffin TD, was in Drogheda today to visit two local clubs who are benefiting from the Sports Capital Grants which is delivered through his department.

Griffin's’s first stop was at the St. Nicholas GFC on the Rathmullen Road where he turned the sod on the club’s new club house and also launched their ‘Building for the Future’ Campaign.

St. Nicholas GFC was formed in December 1977 and has stood its ground and lived through many successes and challenges throughout its 40 year history.

This year, the Chairperson of St. Nicholas, Dessie McDonald, took the initiative of inviting children from Mosney to take part in the club’s weekly Gaelic Football training sessions. The club grounds at Pentony Park are neighbouring the main primary and secondary schools attended by many of the children from Mosney which are St. John’s National School, St. Paul’s National School and St Oliver’s Community College.

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On any one training evening, the group of up to 50 children from Mosney represented up to 10 different nationalities, playing together with children from the local community for the one common love of Gaelic Football. 

St. Nicholas are now ‘Building for the Future’ with the construction of a brand new club house with state of the art facilities at Pentony Park commencing shortly. The large scale plan includes a new club house with dressing rooms, meeting rooms, community hall, bar and catering facilities together with a viewing balcony overlooking the grounds.

Next on the agenda for the Minster was a visit to the new grounds of the Drogheda and District Athletic Club at Newtown Cross which has recently installed state of the art floodlighting sponsored by Flogas. And has great plans for the future also.

Accompanying Minster Griffin on his visit to Drogheda was local FG Deputy Fergus O’Dowd who said he was delighted to show the Minister some of the exceptional work being carried out at the two local sports clubs

“Both clubs are benefitting from successful Sports Capital applications, this is only possible when you have such dedicated and hardworking committees, members and volunteers” he said. 

“The Minister is extremely committed to expanding the sports capital programme and was delighted to see first-hand the improvements the grants can deliver on the ground.” 

“The Minister completed his visit by performing the official opening of the new Energie Fitness Club in the Drogheda Town Centre. I would like to wish the club management and staff the very best of luck in the future and I hope that they create a long lasting enterprise in the town.”

At the official opening of the new Energie Fitness Gym in the Drogheda Town Centre were (from left) co-owners Rob Treacy and Alex O’Brien. Minster Brendan Griffin, Co-owner Marta Jedlinska, Councillor Sharon Tolan and Jim Durie, Chief Executive of the Energie Fitness Club Franchising Group. Photo: Andy Spearman.

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