Cricketers set for St Coman’s’ hallowed turf!

Members of Roscommon Strikers Cricket Club have welcomed a Roscommon County Council decision to provide them with the use of legendary former GAA pitch, St. Coman’s Park.

Last month’s meeting of the local authority heard that the site would be leased to the club for three years at a nominal fee of €10 per year.

The outgoing Chief Executive Eugene Cummins told the meeting that the lease would see the site used by the club and thanked Independent councillor Anthony Waldron for raising the issue.

Roscommon Strikers club member, Abin George, said the club was mostly made up of Indian staff from Roscommon University and Sacred Heart Hospitals.

“We were playing in Cuisle in Donamon for quite a while but it was closed when the Ukrainian people arrived. We have travelled to play in Dublin and other areas but we didn’t have a ground or a space of our own,” he said.

Abin paid tribute to the local County Council and in particular, Cllr. Waldron for his assistance in finding a home for the cricketers.

“We are really thankful to Roscommon County Council and to Cllr. Anthony Waldron for making our dream come true because before this we didn’t have any facilities,” he said.

“The ground is very nice and we have some work to do to get it ready for cricket but hopefully we will be playing there next season. We are hoping to promote the club and the game of cricket and our membership is increasing all the time. It’s an enjoyable game to play and it also keeps us fit and active”.

Cllr. Anthony Waldron said he was delighted to support the initiative and hoped it would lead to increased visitors to the area.

“I was delighted to be able to help the Roscommon Strikers in finding a suitable space to train and play,” he said.

“Hopefully the presence of a cricket club in Roscommon town will be a boost for tourism with teams visiting the town from all over Ireland and even the UK”.

General Manager at Roscommon University Hospital, Mary Garvey, said the provision of facilities for the cricket club was a welcome boost to current staff and would help with future recruitment.

“We are delighted that staff are involved in the cricket club. We have an international staff here at Roscommon University Hospital and this is important in terms of the future and the continuation of services at the hospital,” she said.

“We are always trying to attract international staff and so the cricket club and facilities like it would increase the attractiveness of Roscommon as a place to live and work.

“From my point of view, it’s great for diversity and anything that makes Roscommon a better place to live is welcome. I’ve spoken to staff members who told me they were travelling to other areas to play so to have this on their doorstep will be a great boost”.

St. Coman’s was Roscommon GAA’s county ground from 1936 to 1971 when Dr. Hyde Park opened on the Athlone Road. The old pitch, known locally as ‘The Lough’, hosted a series of high profile matches in its heyday in front of thousands of supporters.