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Annaghdown is a parish situated on the Eastern shores of Lough Corrib in County Galway, approximately 8 miles from Galway City, and 5 miles from the town of Headford. It is a very rural community with approx 750 members and like most rural areas there is a strong community spirit which culminates in the GAA club. The club itself is the major outlet for most social activities in the locality and hence plays a pivitol role in the Annaghdown community. Due to this pivitol role, it has grown to be a club of great tradition within County Galway. Many of our members have represented the county at all levels, in a playing, management and admistrative capacity.

Location

Directions on how to get to Annaghdown

Pitch & Premises

Annaghdown GAA Grounds, the home ground of Naomh Brendan CLG Anach Cuain is simply named Annaghdown GAA Grounds but it is locally more commonly known as 'CREGG' after the townland it is situated in.

Our current grounds in Cregg have been the home of the club since 1970 and every decade since then have seen major improvements occur there in terms of building and development work into the facilities that exist there today. Before the pitch was acquired, Annaghdown like most clubs trained and played games in various fields around the parish. To mention a few: Furey's in Corrandulla, Newells in Toneguarane, Millers in Glenrevagh and Fahys in Cregg. Gortscully was the venue for games in competition. With the division of the Cregg estate Annaghdown GAA Club were granted a plot in Cregg. (Need more details here).

A View of Old Changing Rooms - June 2002

In the late 70's the club acquired a disused 'Train Carriage', which served as a changing room and for committee meetings. The 'Carriage', which still stands today in the field next door and until recently it, was very much in use by local farmer John King. This 'state of the art' facility, which stood where the current center is built, was brought in from Galway by lorry. Patrick Meehen and Rickie Burke are names that are much talked about relating to this project. The 'Train Carriage' was to serve the local community for over a decade before plans were put in place to build new changing rooms and a meeting room for the use of our members.

Our original 'PA Burke' club house and changing rooms, although primitive by today's standards, were a very welcome addition when many grounds belonging to GAA clubs had none at all, changing in cars or behind trees and bushes the norm then. Two changing rooms, a referee's room, a kitchen, ladies and gents toilets and a meeting room along with an external storage room made up this new building.

In 1983 the club launched its first grand draw to raise funds for upgrading facilities at Cregg. With the first draw having taken place, work on redeveloping the pitch commenced.
A Picture from the 1980's showing the Club House being block layed
Gerry Scully, Seamus Finnerty, Michael Melia & Willie Kavanagh work on Origional Clubhouse (from 1980's)
A View from the Balcony of Crowd attending Galway Ladies Football Homecoming - Sept 2004
A View from the Balcony of Crowd attending Galway Ladies Football Homecoming - Sept 2004

In 1982, work began on the development of the current playing field. The main contractor was xxxx who carried out the excavation work. Voluntary Labor along with our local FAS scheme completed the drainage work. Much voluntary work was carried out during this time, with Gerry Scully, xxxx, Club Chairman Willie Kavanagh and Club Secretary Seamus Finnerty being the main drivers. This was completed in the summer of 1984.

With the pitch laid out attention was turned to building a new roofed stand to cover 500 people, along with a small pathway around the outside of the pitch. New dugouts were constructed on the opposite side of the pitch to the stand so that the views of the spectators in the stand would be uninterrupted. Installation of the outside perimeter fence was completed by voluntary work.
A View of our Covered Stand - August 2004
A View of our Covered Stand - August 2004

Stage one of our development was completed in time for Peter Quinn, President of the GAA to officially open our pitch in Cregg on xxx June 1992 and were blessed by local priest Fr. Newell. Two games were played to commemorate the opening the first was a Galway senior hurling championship game between Turloughmore and Abbeyknockmoy, which was followed by a challenge match between the footballers of Galway and Limerick.

In June 1996 pressure on our main pitch triggered the club to look at purchasing an additional playing area and local farmer John King was approached about the field, which lay behind the clubhouse. With Finian Duggan and Tommy Hession being the main negotiators the club obtained the land for £24,000. Stage two of our development began. (More details here).Today that land is now the training pitch, and is also used for some underage games.
A View of New Center Construction - October 2002
A View of New Center Construction - October 2002

Stage three commenced in 2002 when the decision was taken to build new centre which were to include a new kitchen and meeting room, GYM Area, Office, etc. The old meeting room was to make room for the development of two new changing rooms. To help aid the cost of this new development the club undertook a major fundraising drive and raised over £50,000. We also obtained a grant from the National Lottery of £100,000.

Opening of New Center - June 2004

The new Centre were officially blessed by Father Newell and opened by Councillor Mary Hoade on 6th June 2004. To Make the opening the club organised a very successful OPEN DAY. In the year 2003, the club agreed to purchased almost 6 acres to the north of the grounds for development of a third pitch. However work on this will not begin until we have raised the necessary funds. To make up the shortfall for the cost of the project, the club is in the process of raising the monies by a Direct Debit/Pre Payment Yearly Lotto Scheme where members pay a small amount monthly into the club account. This venture is vital to our plans to develop this into an all weather flood light facility.

Annaghdown GAA Grounds now contains the following facilities;

* 4 Changing Rooms (including showers and toilets)

* Referees Rooms

* Flags and Bollards Store

* Toilets and Disabled Toilet Facilities in New Centre

* Office

* GYM Area with provision of an area for Changing Rooms and Showers

* Meeting Room (with Sports Floor)

* Function Room (with Sports Floor)

* Kitchen

* Store Room

* Main Pitch (with Catch Nets, Perimeter Fencing and Team Dug-outs)

* Cover Stand

* Press Box

* Wind Break

* Floodlight Training Pitch (120m * 65m)

* 5 Acres of Land for development of a third pitch

* Extensive Car Parking

A View Annaghdown GAA Centre - August 2004
A View from Front of Annaghdown GAA Centre - August 2004


A View Annaghdown GAA Centre - August 2004





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