DRUMRAGH Sarsfields GAA club has secured a major coup as the president of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, will officially open their facilities at Clanabogan Park today.
It will the president’s first official visit to Tyrone and the event will also be attended by local dignitaries.
President Higgins will also visit the American Folk Park in Omagh and the Tyrone GAA headquarters in Garvaghey where Fintona Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann group will perform.
Chairman of Drumragh GFC, Adrian O’Kane, said it was a “wonderful privilege to mark the official opening of facilities by welcoming the president of Ireland.”
The club’s state-of-the-art facilities include a training pitch, sports hall and an indoor/outdoor gym.
Work on the new clubrooms began in 2008 and the building has become a centre for the community as well as providing top class facilities for the club’s teams.
“Today will prove to be a historic day in the annals of Drumragh Sarsfields GAC” said Mr O’Kane.
“The clubrooms and pitches that some may take for granted have been the product of hard work so the club are happy to open them to the local community.”
Over the last number of years, the club have been filling in the remaining pieces of the jigsaw. This has seen the completion of external lighting, car parking, fencing, floodlighting, turnstiles and other smaller development works.
“For members, the occasion shall mark the official opening of the 16.1 acre community facility which was acquired as a green field by the forward-thinking Drumragh committee in September 2001.
“Several phases of development later, club members stand proud of their vast complex.”
Such a special occasion requires a special guest and the Drumragh club have gone to the very top.
Mr O’Kane added, “The president is ideally placed to perform this role representing the multi-cultural aspect on a GAA club within the community. An invitation is extended to each and every member of Drumragh, past and present, their friends and relations.
“This special day is one to be shared and treasured throughout the wider community who have contributed to our very existence. It is a community occasion which will give the club the opportunity to recognise the hardwork and dedication of all the volunteers involved in making the move to Clanabogan the success that it has been.
There will be youth football throughout along with other sporting activities. The event will commence at Clanabogan Park on Saturday at 12.45pm.