Mayo County Council in a collaborative development with Mayo GAA has today announced that it has acquired land at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar and intends to develop it for the purposes of sport, tourism and recreation. The 27 acres of land is adjacent to Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, the new Castlebar Swimming Pool and GMIT.

The land will be developed into two sections, a Mayo GAA Training Centre, which will comprise of 3 pitches to facilitate the training and development of youth teams and the support of the Ladies Football team, as well as providing facilities for high performance teams visiting the Centre and staying in the Lough Lannagh Holiday Village.

Mike Connolly, Chairman of Mayo GAA welcomed today’s announcement saying the Mayo GAA Training Centre is something that the GAA has been working on for a long time and he said he is delighted to be able to announce that this will now become a reality.

The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Blackie Gavin says Lough Lannagh is becoming a sporting hub in the Castlebar area with the Tennis club, Boxing club and new Swimming Pool already in situ and the local authority is delighted to become centrally involved in the area also.  The lands acquired by Mayo County Council will be developed as part of an overall Sports Tourism Development Plan, which will see the existing walkways around the lake extended, as well as other leisure and sports tourism facilities. The acquisition will also facilitate the connection of the Greenway at Lough Lannagh to the wider Great Western Greenway which is planned to follow on from the new N5 route between Castlebar and Westport.

Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council says it’s a major step for the Castlebar region and for the county, the acquisition has significant potential in the areas of sports tourism, public amenity and sports development. The unique project which is the result of a strategic partnership between Mayo County Council and Mayo GAA addresses a longstanding objective to develop sports and recreational tourism in this county, Mr Hynes concluded.

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