Chairman of Tipperary County Council Michael Smith secures funding for project at club.

Club Secretary James Marks, Cllr Michael Smith, Club President Terry Farrelly, Groundsman Aidan Kenneally, Midlands Girls Rugby Coordinator Ciara Maher, Club Treasurer Keith Wallace.

The Roscrea RFC management committee this week invited Tipperary Co Co Chairman Michael Smith to the club to thank him for securing funding for ongoing upgrades to the club grounds. The project is part of a facility for the Cathaoirleach of the council to assist capital projects which contribute to the municipal district from an economic, social, educational, sporting, cultural or environmental prospective.

Thanks to a Council grant, a perimeter fence has been installed to cordon off a drain that runs adjacent to the clubs training pitches. Previously the wide ditch which helps drain the playing surfaces had been open and was a health and safety concern. The works completed will allow the Roscrea RFC minis rugby training group to use the area without the fear of any unexpected potential accidents.

Cllr Michael Smith has dedicated a lot of time and energy into helping Roscrea RFC make the necessary improvements to maintain its commitments to the local community. He recognises the importance of sporting recreational opportunities for the Roscrea area and its hinterland. Indeed, he commented that the immeasurable benefits of positive and healthy activities such as rugby are now more important than ever. This latest round of investment comes at a time when the club itself embarks on journey of reimagining itself through a recently announced development strategy. The principal objective of the new initiative is to build a club to the highest standards to offer a positive sporting environment to current and future generations.

Roscrea RFC Girls rugby Coordinator Ciara Maher also thanked Cllr Michael Smith for providing the funding for a set of Jerseys for the Girls section of the club. It is an area that has seen huge growth in recent seasons and the provision of funding was very helpful and hugely appreciated.