GAA pitch

  • Enniscrone / Kilglass GAA club has called on Castlebar Councillor Al McDonnell to apologise for comments he made at a council meeting earlier this week, where he criticised the selection of Enniscrone pitch as the venue for last Sunday's Connacht Club senior football championship game between Mayo champions Ballintubber and Tourlestrane of Sligo.

    Councillor McDonnell was critical of the parking facilities, spectator facilities and the dressing rooms provided for the two teams.

    Yesterday, the Connacht Council defended its selection of Enniscrone pitch for the match, and said there was adequate parking and spectator facilities at Enniscrone, which is the secondary county grounds.

    Today, the local GAA club has issued a statement, in which it outlines the level of parking facilities and spectator accommodation that was available last Sunday.

    It also outlines that both teams were provided with two dressing rooms and access to an indoor astro turf pitch for warm up activities.

    The club requested that Councillor McDonnell apologise to "the 80-strong team of stewards who gave five hours of their Sunday to ensure a safe and enjoyable afternoon for supporters of both teams".

    In response, Councillor McDonnell told Midwest News that he was never critical of the Enniscrone / Kilglass Club, the officers of the club, the many volunteers or the local landowners that facilitated parking and access to the grounds last Sunday – but he has reiterated his criticism of the Connacht Council.

    He said it is the Connaught Council that failed to provide the Enniscrone/ Kilglass Club with the resources that are required for a game of that significance.

    Councillor McDonnell said he applauds the efforts of the club, the officers of the club, the many volunteers and the local landowners that assisted in the parking needs on Sunday last and concluded that the matter is now closed.