Upperchurch-Drombane GAA Club is currently embarking on a new dressing room complex development programme, work on which will begin towards the end of this year. Our existing pavilion was constructed almost 35 years ago and whilst huge credit is due to all those who worked hard back then, to put these facilities in place, it is currently in a poor state of repair, and not large enough to adequately cater for the ever increasing number of teams and games that the club supports.
This new two-storey building incorporates , at ground floor level, three dressing rooms, a gym that can be used as a fourth dressing if necessary, referees changing room a kitchen/ meeting room, store, and spectator toilet facilities. The upper level is all given over to a 10.5m x 26.5m indoor hurling/football arena. Prior to finalising these plans we visited facilities of numerous other sporting organisations including those of soccer, rugby and GAA clubs to ensure that our new building best suits our needs and reflects the good work taking place throughout the club at all levels. The indoor playing area with a multitude of uses, whilst being of great value to all club members, will be of particular benefit to juvenile players, providing a safe, enclosed and sheltered sporting facility, of special value during winter months.
Of course all development comes at a cost and in this instance we estimate this to be in the region of €200,000 to €250,000, but the final figure will depend obviously on estimates received at tender stage. We have already received government grant approval for an amount of €38,000 and would hope to benefit from funding from the Munster GAA council to an amount of €15,000 which is currently available for clubs to improve changing room facilities.
To finance the significant balance we intend taking out a 10 year bank loan, but would hope to pay off the majority, if not all of this amount within the first 5/6 years. All monies from our existing annual fundraising activities are needed to defray the significant yearly costs of running the club, so in order to embark on this development we need an additional source of income.
To that end, we are now launching our ‘Pavilion Patron’ initiative where we are asking individuals or families to become patrons of this new building, by making a five year funding commitment, at the end of which their names will be acknowledged on a plaque in a prominent position within the building. This plan is designed to avail of the ‘Approved Sports Bodies Tax Relief Scheme’, allowing donations of €250 or above in calendar as a deduction for tax purposes. This favourable ‘tax treatment, is the critically important element of the scheme allowing either the club to benefit from a ‘top up’ from the state or depending on your tax status, an opportunity to reduce the net cost of your donation. See the tables below for details.
If you feel you are in a position to make this five year commitment and wish to become a patron, or if you need additional information, please contact any member of our committee or project finance committee, whose names are listed below, before the end of May to signify your interest.
We are acutely conscious that the current economic climate, and recent harsh winter makes this a difficult time for some. We also acknowledge that a lot of people in the parish and beyond already contribute generously to the costs associated with the day to day running of the club. Having said that, we strongly believe, that this project is too important to defer, and if our club is to progress and provide the facilities that the people of the parish deserve we have no option but to proceed. Our hope is that the tremendous support this club has received down through the years, will be replicated at this important stage of our development.
Upperchurch Drombane GAA Club
Committee & Finance Committee members: Conor O’Dwyer, Donal Hayes, Kaye Ryan (P), Pat Phelan, Seamus Barry, Paddy Bourke, Padraig Hayes, James Greene, Padraig Greene, Phil Lowry, Rody Lowry, Jerry O’Dwyer, Michael O’Dwyer, Leonard Purcell, Colm Ryan, Neil Ryan, John Ryan(L), L.J. Ryan, Mary Ryan (P), Mary Sweeney, Sean Slattery, Fr. Joe Walsh,Maria Whelan, Andy Kinane, Willie Shanahan, Ann-Ita Treacy.