In 2021, Liam Mellows GAA Club built a new, full-size, state-of-the-art playing pitch at the club grounds in Ballyloughane, Galway.
The club grounds now boasts two full-size grass playing pitch, one underage grass playing pitch, two astroturf training areas, a 50-metre hurling wall and a clubhouse, making it one of the finest GAA club grounds west of the Shannon.
The new pitch was built largely on a 4.2 acres of new land, recently purchased by Liam Mellows GAA Club. The club now owns nearly 18 acres across its facility in Ballyloughane, which has been developed in various phases. More details of the club's ground development history are coming soon.
Liam Mellows GAA Club has funded the construction costs to-date through a combination of grants, a grounds sharing agreement with GMIT and our own club resourses.
But these alone aren’t enough to cover the original €172,000 cost of purchasing the 4.2 acres and no grants are available for the purchase of land.
This leaves us with a funding shortfall if we are to finish in 2022 what we have already started, and complete the installation of pitch floodlights, fencing, an irrigation system and dugouts on the new pitch.
For the purchase cost of the new land, we must turn to our club members, the wider Liam Mellows family and the local business community to help Fund The Field.
To Fund the Field we will first sell 400 squares on the new pitch for €250 each, to people and families that will be recognised forever more as the donors that helped fund the field. We will later make other sponsorship opportunities available to our friends in the business community.
The 400 squares of the new pitch available to donors to be forever associated with having helped Fund The Field
Donors purchasing a square can attach to it, their name, their family’s name, or the name of a loved one. Donors can also remain anonymous.
Every contributor will also receive a "Donor’s Certificate” recognising their contribution and identifying the square of the pitch assigned to them.
Donor will also be recognised on a donor plaque, to be erected at the entrance to the new pitch
As one of the people that will Fund The Field, you will help leave a lasting legacy for all current and future members of the Liam Mellows family, leaving the club in a stronger position for future generations, and giving club players and members every possible chance of fulfilling their full potential.
Liam Mellows GAA Club has been classified as an “Approved Sports Body” by the Revenue Commissioners and the club’s grounds development has been recognised as an “Approved Project”. This allows Liam Mellows GAA Club to claim an additional €107 from Revenue for every €250 received from a PAYE taxpayer. This additional €107 is claimed by Liam Mellows GAA Club at no cost to you.
Pay by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your preferred online banking provider. Payment should be made to the following club account:
Payee: Liam Mellows GAA Club
IBAN: IE26 BOFI 9040 4277 5714 93
BIC: BOFI IE2D
Bank: Bank of Ireland, Mervue Industrial Estate, Galway
Donors paying by EFT should ensure their name is referenced on the EFT payment to appear on the club's bank statement.
Donors paying by EFT should submit their details to select their square and the name to associate with it at this link
You can pay online via liammellows.ie. Just click this link
Full and instalment (10 x €25) payment options are provided when you are entering the payment details. The first instalment is taken immediately and then the same date every month after.
Donors choosing to pay by debit or credit card will be required to pay a 5% card processing charge (€13 for every €250 contribution), to ensure Liam Mellows GAA Club receives the full €250 to be able to claim the additonal 30% top-up from Revenue.
Cheques can be made payable to “Liam Mellows GAA Club” and posted to:
Treasurer – Liam Mellows GAA Club,
If you have any questions about Fund The Field, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask your friendly club committee member or club coach.