Roscommon Community Sports Park launched its fun Cannon Ball Run fundraiser this week on Main Street, Roscommon Town. This novel fundraiser will see tennis balls being released down Main Street at the start of the Easter Parade on Easter Sunday 20th April in Roscommon Town. The first tennis ball to finish will win €300 for the lucky person. To join in the fun buy a line for €2 or three for €5. Each line has a different number and will equate to the number of a tennis ball. Cllr. Orla Leyden Chairperson of the Roscommon Community Sports Park committee said that she is aware of one other similar fundraiser which saw tennis balls roll down Patrick Street, Cork some years back. She said that George Bannon (Sports Shop) suggested this novel idea and that he was really helpful sourcing the tennis balls and promotional oversized tennis balls. She added it was sure to attract lots of interest in the coming weeks and on the day of the parade when one lucky person will walk away with €300. She said that the committee is grateful to the Easter Parade Committee for allowing the tennis balls to be released at the beginning of the Easter Parade and that it shows the great support locally for the new Community Sports Park.
To join in the fun and support the Roscommon Community Sports Park“Cannon ball run”, pop into George Bannon’s Sports Shop, Klassic Cleaners, Horan’s Restaurant, Magnums, Down the Hatch, Greenfields Childcare, Lisnamult, Comfy Café, JJ Harlows, Regans, M.J. Farrells, Classic Cutz (and others still to be confirmed) or contact any committee member. The committee are grateful to the Hynes family for the use of their premises beside Magnums, Main Street where the model of the community sports park is on display at present. The model which was designed by Una Stevens is joined now by an interesting Cannon replica created by Liam Stevens to highlight the Cannon Ball run fundraiser.
Cllr. Orla Leyden, Chairperson Roscommon Community Sports park said that great progress is being made as the Astro Turf nears completion with lots of activity on site in the last two weeks with the good weather conditions. She said that this important new all weather facility for the town is on schedule to open officially to the public on Monday 12th May 2014. This full size flood lit Astro Turf pitch (70 m x 40 m) is the first phase of an ambitious Community Sports Park for the town that includes additional changing room facilities, realignment and drainage of the existing pitch and an Athletics track in the next phases. She thanked the hard working Roscommon Community Sports Park committee made up of representatives from Roscommon Town Youth Soccer, Lisnamult Residents Association, Athletics, Special Olympics, Community Games, Chamber of Commerce and Roscommon Lions Club for their dedication and thanked Anthony Doolin, Chairman, Lisnamult Residents Association and the local community for supporting this project and PJ Moran for overseeing the works. She concluded that the new Astro Turf Pitch is being made possible thanks to the support of Roscommon Leader Partnership and local community fundraising.