Opening of Club Grounds

Memorable Night for Lisgoold as club grounds blessed and officially opened. Report by Ger Lawton

Jack Boothman, National President of the G.A.A., officially opened Lisgoold's Gaelic Grounds on Saturday night, in front of a large attendance which included dignitaries such as Jerry O'Sullivan, chairman, East Cork Junior Board, Christy Cooney, chairman of the County GAA Board, Jim Geary, chairman, Lisgoold GAA Club and also Ger Lane, chairman, East Cork Bord na nÓg.

Jim Geary spoke of how this was a great night for the people of Lisgoold and for all the people who worked throughout the years to provide the people of Lisgoold with the present pitch and facilities. He spoke of their delight that they were able to have the president of the GAA to open the grounds at their second or third time of trying. Jack Boothman, who was the honorary guest, spoke of the fabulous grounds and of the tremendous work and commitment shown by the club's officials and the local people to create such a fabulous amenity for the local people. Referring to the number of attempts Lisgoold had made to bring him here, he said, 'It 1 knew that Lisgoold was such a beautiful place 1 would have been here years ago'. He also spoke of the importance of promoting the game for the youth and for the need for the youth of the parish to make full use of these facilities to keep the great tradition of the G.A.A alive and well in the parish.

Jerry O'Sullivan congratulated Lisgoold on the tremendous condition of the grounds as well as their achievement as a club as well as wishing them well with their pitch and more success like last year throughout the years to come. He commented: 'Lisgoold is a club small in number but huge in spirit and commitment and the results of their dedication are very evident this evening'.

All of the speakers saluted Christy Cooney and the County Board for their decision to play the Midleton versus Bishopstown match to mark the opening. Speaking himself, Christy Cooney also commended the Lisgoold Club on the tremendous facilities which they had developed. He also saluted the club on their tremendous achievement of winning the County 'B' title last year. He also said: 'I have every confidence in the future of the Lisgoold Club and 1 am sure it will go from strength to strength'.