GAA in u-turn on Runnabracken





Now seeking land in Roscommon town for Centre of Excellence



Roscommon GAA County Board is ready to abandon plans to develop the Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence at Runnabracken (Oran) and is instead urgently seeking an alternative site in the Roscommon town area.

  It is understood that the County Board and other prospective stakeholders are now actively looking for suitable land in the Roscommon town area with a view to developing the Centre of Excellence there.

  Roscommon GAA owns the 54-acre site at Runnabracken, Oran. Planning permission which is in place for the project at Runnabracken is due to expire at the end of 2020.

  At Tuesday night’s County Board meeting delegates discussed two major projects – the development of Dr. Hyde Park and the long-mooted Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence.

  It is understood that it is now the ‘preferred position’ of the County Board, Roscommon County Council, sponsors, the Connacht Council and all such stakeholders that the project should proceed in the Roscommon town area. It is considered to be a much more suitable location due to proximity to schools, etc.

  A Roscommon GAA source said: “All parties are anxious to move forward with a sense of urgency. All efforts will be made now to secure suitable land in the Roscommon area. The GAA owns the Runnabracken land. Runnabracken is no longer the preferred choice but it will be revisited if suitable lands are not sourced. That will be the default position”.

  When the Centre of Excellence opens, it will be the new HQ of Roscommon GAA. All preparation work for all Roscommon teams will happen there and all development squads will receive their coaching at that location.