Mayor and Minister Ring commend new project
Sligo Rovers officials and Minister of State for the Department of Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring were welcomed to City Hall by Mayor Councillor Marcella McGarry following the signing of the contract for the club’s new development project last week.
The Mayor thanked Minister Ring for allocating €295,000 toward the project from the Sports Capital Grants Programme and commended the club for an ambition to make The Showgrounds the best soccer venue in the Airtricity League.
The Mayor Councillor said: "Sligo Rovers is an ambitious club, it is a successful club, and the Management Committee and their team of dedicated volunteers work so hard to develop the Club on and off the field. The last few years have been hugely successful, and I know you are committed to building on this foundation in the years ahead to maintain Sligo Rovers’ status as one of the league’s premier clubs."
"This development is being delivered with the generous support of the project sponsors the Irish League of Credit Unions and Stiefel, and I would like to thank them for their commitment to this project."
Minister Ring also praised the Bit o' Red for the planned project which will begin on 17 February. A state of the art all-weather pitch, a new full-size grass pitch and two 5-a-side grass pitches/training area are part of the development.
Two sponsors, the Irish League of Credit Unions and Stiefel, a GSK company, are generous backers of the all-weather pitch development.
Representatives of both group were present for the launch event and spoke of their delight to back the venture.
The new all-weather facility will be known as The Sligo Rovers Sean Fallon Centre in honour of the renowned former Sligo Rovers, Celtic and Irish international player who passed away last year.