Sean Fallon Centre opened
The official opening of the Sean Fallon Centre took place today with speeches from Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, Minister for Sport Micheal Ring TD, Celtic director Brian Wilson and chairman Dermot Kelly.
The new all-weather facility is the latest development in Sligo Rovers’ ongoing ambition to make the Showgrounds the finest League of Ireland venue in the country.
The new suite of developments includes a FIFA 2 star all-weather pitch, a full-size grass pitch and two five a side grass training pitches.
Martin O'Neill said: "The facilities here are fantastic. I never had these facilities when I was younger so I feel envious.
"I'm delighted to be here. Sean Fallon is considered an iconic figure at Celtic."
Michael Ring said: "This is a tremendous facility. It's not every corner in the country you see a facility of this standard.
"Sean Fallon was a tremendous sportsman. I have to say his first love was Sligo and Sligo Rovers.
"I'm proud to be here today, and I'm very proud of Sligo Rovers. I love to see them successful, and I love the community aspect."
Brian Wilson said: "The connection between Sligo and Celtic is personified not just by Brother Walfrid, but also by Sean Fallon.
"It's great to see such a facility here. Congratulations to everyone who has played a part in it."
Dermot Kelly said: "This is a monumental day for Sligo Rovers.The centre completes almost €1 million in developments at the Showgrounds.
"I've no doubt that Sean is up there trying to write the European draw so that Rovers and Celtic will meet some day.
"This facility won't be judged by the money it makes, but by the young talent it shapes."
The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of a plaque at the centre.