Saturday April 12th will be long remembered by the people of Castleblayney as the day the new 2,000 seater stand opened its doors to the people of the local area. The Faughs kick off their Senior league campaign with a tough opener against County Champions and old rivals Scotstown on Saturday evening at 7pm, a fixture that both Clubs always look forward to. The development of St Marys Park has been on-going for the last couple of years. The original Senior pitch was replaced with a superb new intercounty standard prunty pitch which is surrounded by an all-weather running track, this being the first part of the Club Redevelopment was completed April 2013. Phase two of the development has seen the clubs long term ambition of developing a covered seated stand come to fruition in the last twelve months, with a very modern stand built by Doohamlet Construction just completed in the last few weeks.
The Stand which accommodates over 2,000 covered seats as well as a substantial Media Room, event control room, large male and female toilets along with a number of store rooms.
Stephen Dignam, Senior Club Chairperson, is extremely happy with the results so far “We are absolutely delighted with our progress on the field development, the new pitch has turned out brilliantly but the new stand is something else. There have been many long days in getting us to this point but when the public sit in the new stand to watch our games they will be very impressed with both the stand itself and the views from the seats in the stand. We intend to continue our development of St. Marys Park with new playing pitches to facilitate the large number of Juveniles we have within the club, while we also intend to replace the flood lights to bring them up to intercounty standard over the next couple of years. We are lucky we have a very vibrant club with lots of great people involved. Projects like this wouldn’t materialise without the support of the Club members, local community and in particular the GAA at County, Provincial and National levels, we thank them all for their support.”
Chairperson of the Field Development Committee, Pete McMahon, who has overseen the project is also delighted with the progress to date “The Club have invested close to €1 million so far on the redevelopments and we hope that the up grading of St. Marys Park will make it a venue which will attract the big intercounty and club games again. This inturn will have direct spin off for the business in the area. The development of such a facility takes considerable work; just to give you an idea of the size of the project we have used over 16,000 concrete blocks, 83 tons of steel and 1,650 ton hard core stone in the building of the stand as well as miles of electrical cabling.” Pete added “We hope that everyone enjoys the new facilities. It’s great to see our old friends from Scotstown as the first team to play in the new stadium, however once the ball in thrown in at 7pm it will be all about trying to get two league points”.
Club members will have the opportunity to get a sneak preview of the new stand at the Clubs registration day on Saturday which starts at 3pm and runs right up to the Senior Match at 7pm.