Today Offaly GAA are hosting an open day for their brand new centre of excellence, ‘Faithful Fields.’
It has been long argued that the Faithful County need a top-class training centre to help bridge the gap between themselves and the rest of the country, in both hurling and football.
Since the turn of the millennium, Offaly have failed to secure a provincial or All-Ireland title in both codes at senior level. Their last hurling title came in 1998 when the won the All-Ireland. In football, it was in 1997 when the won the Leinster Senior Football Championship.
In recent years, the senior inter-county sides have failed to impress but today marks what will hopefully be a landmark moment for the county.
The development is centrally located within the county, on the N52 just outside Kilcormac. Faithful Fields has four full-size training pitches with floodlights and are of the standard which they will be able to host games.
— Offaly Express (@Offaly_Express) August 30, 2017
In addition to this, there is a top of the range gym, a meeting/dining area and six modern changing rooms.
— Official Offaly GAA (@Offaly_GAA) September 8, 2017
The centre also consists of an all-weather ball wall which should prove ideal to the develop the skills of players both young and old.
— Official Offaly GAA (@Offaly_GAA) September 22, 2017
The project has been built debt free thanks to fundraising, as well as help from Croke Park, Leinster GAA, Sports Capital Funding and Offaly West Enterprise funding.
The public is invited to attend today’s open day which begins at 3 pm, so if you are in the area then it is definitely worth checking out.