Mayor congratulates Nenagh Olympic Athletic Club for bringing thousands of sports tourists to the area

Nenagh Olympic Officials Paddy Morgan (chairman) Mayor Morris, Denis Finnerty, Sean Naughten and A.A.I officials at the Recent All Ireland relay championships in Nenagh

I had the pleasure of attending the All Ireland relay competitions in the Nenagh Olympic complex last Sunday week. The place was packed with athletes officials and parents. This to me is the ultimate in Sports Tourism being operated by a highly efficient local group of volunteers with Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts full to capacity all weekend. The respect earned by Nenagh Olympic from senior A.A.I officials was clear to be seen during the weekend. This respect was earned by the Club by running these major events with great professionalism. This complex facilitates All Ireland Munster Leinster and Connaught championships bringing thousands of Athletes Officials and Supporters to the town regularly and as Mayor of Nenagh I am proud of all the hard work put in by this hard working committee.

This facility has shown over the years that it is a huge asset to the town and the committees fantastic plans to add to their facilities must be supported by Nenagh Town Council. There is also the potential for Nenagh to be a national location for Tri Athletic events with the lake being so close and Nenagh being favourably located in the country and I see great potential in this fast growing sport. There is no reason why Nenagh cannot be a major centre for Athletic events in Ireland for the foreseeable future should the visionary plans of the Club be supported into the future by all the agencies of the area. I saw the potential in 2004 when I zoned the land around the complex as amenity so that this important facility could expand into the future and also increase their complex and provide much needed parking and added to my sports tourism initiative there is a small recognition for this fantastic club who regularly bring thousands of people to the town for major sporting events. The sports tourism initiative was designed on the success of Nenagh Olympic Athletic Club and their ability to bring much needed footfall to the town and they should be commended and supported with their future plans.

Yours sincerely Cllr. Séamie Morris

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