Shannonside Recreational Campus (“SRC”) Public Presentation

22nd June 2023, Carrick Business Campus

Over 150 people representing sporting and community organisations turned out in Carrick on Shannon on Thursday to promote the commencement of work on the Shannonside Recreational Campus (SRC). The SRC was recently granted €1.0M in funding from the €50M Community Recognition Fund which the Taoiseach announced on May 18th.  The SRC was one of two projects nationally granted this level of funding.

Speaking at the event, Brendan Lowe, Chairperson of the SRC Board, said: “The number of people attending tonight is testament to both the need for this regional facility and the strong support it has across the region.  The aim of the SRC is simple: to provide an all-inclusive, state of the art recreational and multi-sport campus for the entire community – regardless of ability, age, or gender”.

In recent weeks, the SRC appointed an engineering firm to survey the site with the aim of starting groundworks in September.  Phase I of the works will see the construction of an all weather Gaelic, Soccer, & Rugby pitch with Phase II to follow which will be the 8 lane running track with infield grass pitch and field sports area.

Speaking to the attendees, Lowe said: “Pitches and training grounds are often unplayable in bad weather and over-used when the weather improves; athletes are training on roads and in parks without proper facilities; and community groups lack the indoor and outdoor space to participate in their chosen activities”.

The launch of the SRC heard that it has been strongly supported by Leitrim County Council and by sports and community groups across the region.  Lowe continued: “The vision of the SRC team is to build a regional sports and recreational campus to serve the needs of the entire community in the upper Shannon region, and will ensure that everyone – regardless of ability, age, or gender – can play, perform, and participate in their chosen sporting and recreational activity to the best of their ability.  To achieve this we will need strong financial support from sponsors, patrons and the community, in addition to capital funding from regional and national organisations”.

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