AN EGM of Redmonds GAA club will be arranged in the coming weeks with a view to getting permission from the club members to sell its premises on Tower Street.
The iconic club, winner of five senior hurling titles in its early days, has fallen on tough times and struggled to field teams in recent years. However they are still hopeful of avoiding extinction after a positive meeting last night.
Chairman Mick O’Shea said if their members and the Cork County Board approved the sale of their premises they would be in a position to continue as a viable unit of the association.
O’Shea was encouraged by the presence of up to 20 players at the meeting who gave a commitment that they would play with the club at junior level in 2019.
“Nobody wants to sell their base but, unfortunately, the reality of our situation is that it will be necessary if we are to be able to continue to sort out our debts and provide funding for the participation of teams in the city,” said Mr O’Shea.
“It’s a waiting game at the moment but we do need fresh blood to come into the club and provide us with the help we need to keep our club going.”
At the meeting last night, treasurer Edwin Callanan revealed up to €70,000 would be required.
“It is clear that we cannot rent out the place so we will have to sell it off to pay our debts,” said Mick O’Shea today.
“That is something we’ll have to look at and discuss with the county board. I have already requested a meeting with them.”
He revealed that there was a queue of parties already forming who were interested in the purchase.
“We need youth, we need young people to get involved. Until such time as that happens Redmonds will continue to keep going down no matter what kind of house they have.”
The Cork County Board was represented by Pat Horgan and Ronan Dwane with Horgan declaring that the board did not want to see any club go under, considering Redmonds with its rich history.
“We are here to help but the club must first get its own house in order.”
Meanwhile, it was reported today that former Kildare and Wexford manager, Jason Ryan could become part of the Cork senior football management set-up next season.
It is believed that Ryan has been approached by Ronan McCarthy with a view to coming on board.