The AGM of the Claregalway Leisure Centre was held on March 5th, 1997. The following officers were elected:
- Chairman Tony Clarke
- Vice-Chairperson Gerry Moran
- Secretary Mary Reidy
- Asst. Secretary Mary Forde
- Treasurer Hubert Newell
- Asst. Treasurer Tom Lennon
- P.R.O. Josette Farrell
- General Committee Mary Casserly, Mary Duggan, Tom Duggan, Mary Horgan, Tom McKenna, Kevin Duffy, Celia Lennon.
Tony Clarke thanked the outgoing Committee for their contributions over the past 5 years. With the recent grant allocation secured by the outgoing Committee towards the new floor, it is hoped to complete the project during the next few months.
The Leisure Centre is now nearly 20 years old. The facilities installed originally need upgrading and modernising. In 1997, we intend to complete the meeting rooms, install the sports floor and paint the hall internally. In the years ahead improvements to the toilets, showers and changing rooms are essential followed by the kitchen and reception area. A fundraising sub-committee has been formed and we would appeal to the public locally to support all fundraising activities over the next few months because without your support and money, we will be unable to progress any plans further.
It is also important that local people take an active interest in the running of the Centre. New ideas and new volunteers are always welcome. Finally, thanks to all the people involved in the Fás scheme. Without their assistance, it would be impossible to run the Centre on a day to day basis or carry out the renovations.
Mary Reidy, Secretary