Our clubhouse is a measure of the development of the club over the recent past. It’s not too long ago that we had the use of three old, cold, leaking, semi-dilapidated Portakabin-type structures that huddled in a muddy patch under the trees at the corner of the car-park. Many of us will remember those (and that mud) fondly!
We have better memories though of the day that we dismantled the three structures and had them carted off on the back of a truck as they made way for our current clubhouse.
This was built in co-operation with the County Council, on the back of a lot of work and fundraising undertaken by previous committees and untold numbers of members who contributed hugely to our then development fund.
We first had use of the building during the 2000/2001 season and it certainly has paid us back in spades since that time. Indeed, the club has grown so rapidly since then that the clubhouse is now barely adequate for our numbers, in that there is often contention for changing rooms and it is often full to bursting with members, their families and friends and visiting teams on Saturday mornings and during major community events such as our Mini World Cup and Seapoint RFC’s annual blitz.
Apart from its primary use for teams playing matches, in it we have our main office, equipment and kit shop, coffee shop, HACCP-standard kitchen, referee room, toilets and vending machine. The clubhouse is fully wheelchair accessible. See outline plan of the building on the right.
It is currently managed by Eion Dowling, who looks after it in conjunction with various groups, including volunteer club parents, our Glennoggin Fás scheme staff and the County Council. See the Admin page for details of attendance hours and contact details.
Among many uses, it has also served as a meeting venue for many local and community organisations, venue for members’ parties, club and sponsor receptions and team presentations, dining room and storage room in support of our neighbours Seapoint RFC and indoor training area for ourselves and the local St. John Ambulance group. The ‘Old Boot’ coffee shop set up for the Mini World Cup is always a winner!
The clubhouse is supplemented by two containers that serve as equipment stores - one for pitch maintenance and the Saturday School of Excellence equipment and the other for all main pitch portable goals and other equipment.