For over a decade, a dedicated team has been working on the Shannonside Recreational Campus (SRC) project, aimed at providing a state-of-the-art multi-sports and recreational facility for the Leitrim and Shannonside region. Addressing the severe shortage of quality sports amenities, the SRC will cater to all community members, regardless of age, gender, ability, or preferred activity. The facility will feature a 400m 8-lane tartan running track, all-weather and grass pitches, sizable indoor arena with 2 basketball courts, a hurling wall, and extensive changing rooms and parking areas. Much has been achieved and significant progress has been made, with the site purchased, planning granted and groundworks already underway.

The project has secured over €1 million for Phase 1 including a €1million Community Forum Grant, however substantial additional funding is required. To engage the local community, the SRC team has launched two fundraising initiatives: ‘Forty Founding Families’ and ‘Founding Patrons.’ For a contribution of €10,000, families can become one of the ‘40 Founding Families,’ having their names permanently featured on the campus. Businesses can participate as ‘Founding Patrons’ with a donation of €25,000, also earning recognition within the facility. These initiatives offer a unique opportunity to contribute to a legacy that will benefit future generations. For more information, interested parties can contact the SRC through their website or social media.

The SRC fundraising initiative has had a great start, with local clubs, associations, and families making generous donations. The launch of support opportunities through the ‘Forty Founding Families’ and ‘Founding Patrons’ programs has generated significant interest and contributions, helping to drive the project forward.

Local clubs or families who would like to support this much-needed community project should get in touch at info@thesrc.ie, or by direct message on any of the SRC social media channels:

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Fergal Donlon of Carrick Town F.C. (centre) presents Clement Gaffney and Brendan Lowe of The SRC with a donation of €10,000 on behalf of the soccer club's members.

Fergal Donlon of Carrick Town F.C. (centre) presents Clement Gaffney and Brendan Lowe of The SRC with a donation of €10,000 on behalf of the soccer club’s members.

Carrick-on-Shannon Chamber of Commerce President Finola Armstrong McGuire presents Aoife McCormack of the SRC with a donation of €10,000 in support of the all-inclusive community focused development.

Our thanks to The Leitrim Observer for their continued support, including this article on 5th June 2024