Main pic: A spectacular view Lurgy Park, new home of Dunfanaghy Youths, by Patrick Devine.
Despite a high-profile objection from former Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, Dunfanaghy Youths FC finally got to try out their brand new pitch at the weekend!
As exclusively revealed by Donegal Daily three years ago, the Derry native was one of a number of individuals who objected to plans for the development at Lurgabrack.
O’Neill lives in London, but owns Horn Head House, a derelict 18th century country house, near to the sportsground.
However, on Saturday week last, players from Dunfanaghy Youths and coaches got their opportunity to check out their new full size and training pitch at Lurgy Park.
Trevor Scanlon, Chantelle Grant, John Morgan and Stefan Kacsperski, from the FAI, delivered coaching sessions for all age groups.
Supporters and players started arriving in their new club gear before 10am and it was after 3 O’clock before the last ball was put away.
“It was an amazing sight to see all the smiling faces,” a spokesperson for the club said.
“This is a result of the big community effort put in, with many individuals, local business and people further afield, have given their time, expertise, tools and machinery to get to this stage. The coaches, parents/guardians and players who, for five years, have carried on without a home pitch, now have a place they can call ‘home’.”
The club added that people who buy, or have bought a 50/50 ticket, can now see where all the money raised has gone.
“We all know that there is still a long way to go yet in the development, but when good people come together, great things can be achieved.”
There will be an official opening of the pitch on June 20th by a very special guest and everyone is invited to come along!