Pictured at the beginning of the actual building work are President Mick O’Toole and Tom O‘Connor from Seapoint Rugby Club, Architects Andrew Lohan and Radwan Bazama from Andrew Lohan Architecture, and not forgetting Graham Connolly and David Sheridan of JCS who will be doing the actual work!
Work began on May 4th and Club President, Mick O’Toole has proclaimed it “A great day for the Club. This is an ambitious, once in a generations project to upgrade our facilities.”
The project is due for completion in September 2021 and will see a huge upgrade to the rugby playing facilities for the club.
A new gym will be added to a second floor which will look out over the pitches.
We are also providing a second showering facility as Seapoint now has over 80 female players and we will field at all levels of the women’s game soon.
The work being done now is the result of a number of years planning by our building committee, led by previous Club President Stephen McDonough, it is truly a team effort.
The estimated cost of the project is 400,000 Euro and has been funded, almost in equal thirds by a Sports Capital Grant, a new Term Loan and fund raising among club members and friends.
The Make Your Point initiative was kicked off by Brian Lyons (Club Captain) and has been hugely successful for the club. Members were asked to contribute to the building fund by buying a tile which would be placed on the wall with their name / family name on it.
The initiative was launched in January and despite lockdown had a amazing response from the club with 336 tiles (way exceeding the target) bought by May 14th. There is still a small amount of space available so anyone who wants to be remembered in the new clubhouse and has not already bought a tile should come forward soon.
Seapoint Mini & Youths (boys and girls) and dragons (special ability) teams have been growing at a phenomenal rate over the last number of years. Now with the clubhouse expanding as well there is a palpable feeling of excitement as the Junior and Senior teams return to play.