EVEN though there has been an eerie silence on the GAA fields of East Cork, the work behind the scenes has been going on in the further development of facilities at the various clubs, including Páirc Uí Chinnéide in Killeagh.
With brilliant facilities already in place, including a gym, indoor hurling and football facilities, state of the art dressing rooms, three excellent pitches and various meeting rooms, Killeagh has now developed a 500-metre oval walkway for the club and the local community.
Killeagh GAA Club PRO Patrick Mulcahy is thrilled with the work that has been done on the walkway.
“It has taken 18 months to build this walkway and we as a club are reaching out into the community to welcome them to avail of this new facility.
“It is part of our healthy club initiative and it will be officially opened soon. After our ‘Thursday Night Lights’ walks, which saw up to 200 people walking at the club, it is now finished and as a club, we are delighted with the final result.
“For people who live in the countryside, a facility like this gives people the opportunity to walk in complete safety.
“It is fully lit and 100% safe and that is crucial in terms of our target of being able to present this facility to everyone.
“It hasn’t been easy to raise funds with the pause in the club lotto which is a vital stream of revenue for all clubs, but together we have made it happen.”
So off the pitch, so to speak, all is well in the club, but the devastation in terms of competitive play for the many sides in the club is a familiar picture all over the county.
However, the various managers, including the Killeagh hurlers under Niall and Colm Crowley and Ray Rochford, have been implementing various plans to keep them in tune ahead of the possible return of the Cork County SHC.
“For the last two months the senior hurlers have all been put on various fitness programmes and there will be small groups training together with the July 31 target date for possible championship on everyone’s mind.
“There will be a 10-day window if all goes well from July 20 where full contact is allowed and hopefully this will work out well for the lads.
“Between hurling, football, camogie and the Inch ladies footballers, we have 35 teams and just three pitches to facilitate and everyone is raring to go and of course we can't wait to get back.”