‘A very positive day for Roscommon GAA’
A new state-of-the-art gym for all Roscommon GAA intercounty teams was officially opened on Friday, the 23rd of December, by one of Roscommon GAA’s major sponsors, Sean Mulryan.
The gym, which cost in the region of €250,000, is currently located on the Lanesboro Road in Roscommon town. The Chairperson of Roscommon GAA County Board, Brian Carroll, said that in the long-term, the gym would be located at the new Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence (situated on the Castlerea Road in Roscommon Town), noting however that that development was still “a bit down the road”.
“We had to get a gym up and running and that’s what you see here today”, he said. “The equipment here is state-of-the-art and the whole development cost a little over a quarter of a million euro. We received government funding of just over €140,000. We are very grateful for that but we are so thankful to our sponsors like Sean Mulryan, Tom Hunt, and others who have made up the shortfall”.
Mr. Carroll emphasised that the gym will be used by all age groups, including development squads from U-14 upwards. He described it as a “very positive development for Roscommon GAA”.
He added: “I also want to pay a special tribute to our strength and conditioning guru Gary Flannery, who played a big part in the design of what you see here today”.
Businessman and long-time backer of Roscommon GAA Mr. Sean Mulryan said that he was hugely encouraged by what he had seen on the day: “I am just one of many people who support Roscommon GAA and it’s great to see the positive changes in the county”, he said.
“We now have a young county board and have younger people driving things forward, which is great. The Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence will happen, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, and these things take time. It’s a great honour for me to open this facility and I hope to see ye all in Croke Park in 2023”, he concluded.
Those present for the opening were given a tour of the gym and its facilities by Head of Performance Gary Flannery, who explained how players of all ages will be assessed, highlighting how on the first floor, the latest electronic test equipment will be used to improve players and their performance.