Posted by Margaret Kearney, Claregalway GAA Club in Sport.

Please note registration is on this Sunday at Cairde Mór, Knockdoemore Park, from 10am ’til 12 noon.

We will also be having a competition on the Valerie Hughes, Galway Bay FM Saturday Show next Saturday 18th of April, in advance of the Twice as Nice fundraiser on Sunday. There will be a phone-in competition and the winner will receive the big prize of a dress, hair voucher, make-up voucher, shoes, handbag and a headpiece designed by the Fashion Award Millinery Designer of the Year 2015 winner Caithriona King.


The winner be guided by one of own committee ladies Ailish Griffin on Sunday morning at 10.30am at the Salthill Hotel, to choose her winnings before the doors open to the public at 11am.

What is the fundraiser for?

The Knockdomore Park development is a joint initiative between Claregalway GAA and Cairde Mór Community Group and includes the installation of a lit walkway amenity and cycle path in the 20 acre park. It also involves the construction of a fully equipped community centre and an all-weather surface pitch for training and games.

“This month sees the opening of the new Community, Sports & Social Centre at Knockdoemore. The centre comprises of four changing rooms, an assembly room, exercise rooms, kitchen and meeting rooms, and will be able to cater for the hundreds of adults and children in the community wishing to avail of the facility.

The site for the Centre was provided by Claregalway GAA Club while the local Community Development company, Cairde Mór, came on board to help fundraise and plan the facilities. After close to two years of planning and grant applications, Grant-aid was finally approved in August 2014 and the work to publish tenders and secure the contractors began in earnest. Local company, Kesel Construction Ltd were awarded the tender and the building activity took off with a flurry through the Autumn. The result was a very quick and efficient build-out. As always, the finances were the biggest challenge but thanks to the loan capital received from Claregalway GAA and members of the community, the project stayed on schedule and the centre is now a reality. The Centre has wonderful scope for future further development and will cater well for the ever-increasing young population.

Further developments in Knockdoemore Park over the coming years will include the construction of a walkway and cycle path and the extension of pitches and all weather playing facilities. “The whole Knockdoemore Centre and future Park developments are a shining example to all of what can be achieved when like-minded people, Sports and Community organisations get together and work towards a common goal—in this case, better facilities for our young people and a common desire to plan positively for future generations” said Cairde Mór Chairman John Morrin this week.