LAST Sunday saw a momentous day in the history of St Colmcille’s GAA Club Swords as Taoiseach Bertie Ahern officially opened the new clubhouse facilities.

Built at a cost of ?1.8m – ?300,000 of which came from National Lottery funding – the facility contains state of the art dressing rooms, offices and a luxurious bar and lounge

Colmcille’s have been in existence for 69 years and past and present members packed the clubhouse located opposite the old Motorola site for the historic day. Dignitaries from local politics and political parties were in attendance awaiting the arrival of the premier.

Club chairman PJ Thomas opened the ceremony and began by expressing his thanks to those that had helped the project during its various stages for the last seven years.

He paid tribute to the likes of GV Wright, Eamon Weir of Motorola and those that had initially come together with the proposal, including those who never got to see the completed project.
Mr Thomas was ‘eternally grateful’ for the hard work, perseverance and dedication shown by those involved in the project.

He thanked the Sports Council of Ireland, FIngal County Council and the GAA for their assistance before welcoming the Taoiseach to formally open the clubhouse.
Mr Ahern was in jovial form and congratulated each of the club members directly involved with the project before remarking that the club now boasted ‘one of the best clubhouses in the county’.

He went on to say that it was a distinguished day for the club and for the next generation, highlighting the need for a proper infrastructure in each club.

The Taoiseach gave a brief history of the club and then remarked on the recent successes enjoyed by Colmcilles particularly the younger sides.

He paid particular praise to former Fingal County Council Manager Willie Soffe and to his Fianna Fail colleague GV Wright for their input.

Mr Ahern concluded by stating that the government had invested E110m into GAA clubs recently and wished the club continued success in the years ahead.