Ballyfree – Glenealy GAA Club’s Centre Of Excellence
Glenealy GAA Club one of County Wicklow’s proudest and most successful clubs are progressing steadily on their state of the art Ballyfree Club Complex which had the sod first turned in 2020. The club purchased 20.94 acres at Ballyfree, opposite the school in the village in a prime location for all to enjoy. Unfortunately like all projects, Covid has not helped the progress but hopefully things can get back on track for this state of the art facility.
Over a decade ago the realisation that the current Glenealy GAA pitch and facilities would not be capable of sustaining the long term needs of a flourishing club such as theirs so a club development committee was formed, tasked with identifying a suitable location to develop a facility that would meet the long term needs of the club.
The initial club development committee was formed comprising of Paddy Staunton, Joe Linnane, Nigel Manley and Noel Geraghty, they were joined by Séamus O’Neill and Paul O’Neill.
The committee looked at all options over a span of three years and being in a position to announce the purchase of the lands in 2013 was just the start of the dream. There were many hurdles on the way to getting planning permission – some which tested the patience and endurance of the community – but in true Glenealy fashion, the perseverance paid off and in June 2020, the sod was finally turned at the new development.
Glenealy GAA club have secured the grounds and will have the playing facilities for Glenealy that they will be proud to call their own. The club fundraising plans involve a mix of ‘one-off’ projects and events that can be run on an annual basis. The ethos will always strive to come up with fresh and innovative ideas that capture the imagination and the limited purse strings of the public.
Glenealy GAA club are currently looking at projects that will get the support of a wider audience and are very mindful of the fact that they cannot continually look to the same pockets for support. The clubs never say die attitude is not just prevalent on the pitch, it’s engrained in the whole club and community with every setback along the way met with positivity and optimism and the clubs site encapsulates that attitude:
Ballyfree Link To Our Past – Bridge To Our Future
We were delighted in June 2020 to finally commence work on our new grounds. It has been a long struggle – but we never gave in and we used the stumbling blocks as stepping stones. Every setback made us more determined to achieve our goal to have a state of the art facility for the whole of the community in Glenealy.
Progress in Video & Photos