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Mayor Cllr. Paul Gogarty turns the sod for the new Frame Football pitch in Hermitage Park, Lucan

Mayor Cllr. Paul Gogarty turns the sod for the new Frame Football pitch in Hermitage Park, Lucan

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Mayor Cllr. Paul Gogarty turns the sod for the new Frame Football pitch in Hermitage Park, Lucan

On Monday, 4 December 2017 Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr. Paul Gogarty officially ‘turned the sod’ for the new Frame Football pitch in Hermitage Park, Lucan. The Mayor was joined by Daniel McLoughlin, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council and John Delaney, Chief Executive Officer of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), plus guests, to celebrate this wonderful addition to the wealth of inclusive sport and leisure amenities in South Dublin County.

The FAI with its Football for ALL Programme is dedicated to providing football to players who require the use of a walker style frame and also to those who feel that they can compete more equally by using these frames. The game is played using the frame as an aid with the basic rules of Football which are the same 4v4 or 5v5 games.

Speaking at the event Mayor Cllr. Paul Gogarty said: ”I am delighted to be able to formally launch the Frame Football pitch construction project today. Since Esker Celtic launched a team in 2016 the squad has gone from strength to strength with the assistance of trainers from the FAI. This new all-weather facility will copper-fasten the Esker Celtic Frame Football team and encourage new players to get involved. Accessibility in sport is a hugely important issue and it is great to see the club, the FAI, the Sports Partnership and the Council all committed to the ethos of inclusion within the football community. I hope the construction work goes to schedule and look forward to the opening of the facility in the coming months.”

“Today’s event is a hugely significant development for Football For All and Frame Football, here at a club that is leading the way in developing the game for all players,” said FAI CEO John Delaney. “I’d like to thank Mayor Cllr Paul Gogarty, South Dublin County Council and the Sports Partnership, and of course Colm Young and everyone at Esker Celtic Football Club, for their continued support and huge inputs in this development.

“To launch this exciting project, as part of South Dublin County Council’s events to mark National Accessibility Week, is a significant sign of the great work that is being done to help those, no matter what their ability or disability, to play the game that we all love.” 

Colm Young, vice-chairman of Esker Celtic Football Club said “Esker Celtic Football Club, as the only football club in Ireland offering access to this sport, truly welcomes this exciting facility. When constructed, the new bespoke surface will allow players who require a walker style frame, to play football. The surface is also suitable for wheelchair users and opens up further possibilities in terms of amputee football, such as the desire to establish an East Coast centre for junior amputee footballers.    We must acknowledge South Dublin County Council and the Football Association of Ireland in funding this initiative. Whilst this is a niche sport the decisions made by these organisations provides a much needed facility from a disability perspective.”

This event was part of South Dublin County Council’s planned events for National Accessibility Week 2017 which ran from Monday, 27 November. The week-long campaign coincided with International Day of Disabled Persons which occurs each year on the 3rd December.

 

For further information contact Communications Unit, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24 on communications@sdublincoco.ie

Image 1 and 2 - Grace McCann Frame Football player Esker Celtic, Matthew Keenan Frame Football player Esker Celtic, Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr. Paul Gogarty, James Casserly Frame Football player, Esker Celtic, Cllr. Vicki Casserly SDCC, John Delaney Chief Executive Officer, Football Association of Ireland (FAI), Oisin Jordan Football For All Coordinator FAI, Chris McElligott Amputee Squad FAI, Stephen Rice South Dublin County Council Football in the Community Development Officer.

Image 3 - Grace McCann Frame Football player Esker Celtic, Matthew Keenan Frame Football player Esker Celtic, Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr. Paul Gogarty.

Image 4 - Cllr Vicki Casserly SDCC, James Casserly Frame Football player Esker Celtic, John Delaney Chief Executive Officer Football Asociation of Ireland. 

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South Dublin County is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.

South Dublin County Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure and financial supports. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across six electoral areas.

Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometres south west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometres. The County has nine main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire.

 

 

 

Images

  • Image 1 - Turning the Sod - Frame Football
    Image 1 - Turning the Sod - Frame Football
  • Image 2 - Turning the Sod - Frame Football
    Image 2 - Turning the Sod - Frame Football
  • Image 3 - Turning the Sod Grace McCann, Esker Celtic Frame Football player, Matthew Keenan, Esker Celtic Frame Football player, Mayor Cllr Paul Gogarty
    Image 3 - Turning the Sod Grace McCann, Esker Celtic Frame Football player, Matthew Keenan, Esker Celtic Frame Football player, Mayor Cllr Paul Gogarty
  • Image 4 - Turning the Sod - Cllr Vicki Casserly SDCC, James Casserly Esker Celtic Frame Football player, John Delaney CEO FAI
    Image 4 - Turning the Sod - Cllr Vicki Casserly SDCC, James Casserly Esker Celtic Frame Football player, John Delaney CEO FAI

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