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Replying To reffingmad:  "Not so sure there is, plenty of people are still wondering where all the money has gone from previous memberships and big draws?"
Money on those draws will used on the two captain projects. Your guess when either of those projects starts will be a good as mine and another big draw has been earmarked.

The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3315 - 06/12/2022 18:33:40    2449686

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Replying To The_analyser:  "Money on those draws will used on the two captain projects. Your guess when either of those projects starts will be a good as mine and another big draw has been earmarked."
I'm not putting in a penny more for the reasons I gave earlier. I don't think people will have much appetite for handing over big money in the current climate.

Ros2013 (Roscommon) - Posts: 490 - 07/12/2022 19:08:40    2449796

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Replying To The_analyser:  "Money on those draws will used on the two captain projects. Your guess when either of those projects starts will be a good as mine and another big draw has been earmarked."
I presume (The_analyser) that the two capital projects are;

* Development of Hyde Park
* Centre of Excellence (I have already commented on where I think it should be and given my reasons)

With the proposed changes in the design of the senior championship, it looks like that there will be many more championship games. When there are new groups of four, each team will have one game at home, one away and one at a neutral venue. As a result many more games will be played at neutral venues. As most of the main grounds in Connacht are very near the coast line (Pearse Stadium/Galway, Markievicz Park/Sligo, MacHale Park/Castlebar I believe that there is a huge opportunity for Croke Park and Roscommon GAA to seriously consider a major re-development of Hyde Park. A whole range of potential championship fixtures could be facilitated in order to reduce travelling costs for supporters for example;

Kerry/Cork v Donegal/Tyrone
Mayo v Kildare/Meath/Monaghan/Armagh
Galway v Cavan/Monaghan/Meath
Sligo v Dublin/Offaly/Meath/Clare
Leitrim v Galway/Limerick/Offaly etc etc. (Plus many more possible match-ups which would be great for businesses in the town and for Roscommon GAA)

I know that some county boards are in serious debt but I see no reason why Croke Park, Roscommon County Board, Club Rossie, Connacht Council, Business People in Roscommon town and Local Politicians can't put their heads together and at least consider the basic idea/concept.
Obviously Roscommon county board have some essential things that must be implemented at Hyde Park as per previous reports. (Dressing rooms / Toilets / Turn styles etc)
Some additional things that I think should be considered in the medium to long term in order to make it more attractive to attend a championship match or a concert in Hyde Park are;

* Take out 50% of the terrible concreate seats under the stand and move the pitch closer to the main stand. With good project management techniques, this could be done without disturbing the existing "new" pitch and may not cost too much.

* Remove the tiny stand on the Athlone Road side and replace it with a new covered stand in order to cover 80% - 100% of people in the terrace. I personally would have no objection to leaving it as a terrace rather than the additional expense of putting in new seating.

* Put in a seated stand behind the town goals, with the seating high enough for supporters to get some perspective on the play. Maybe even consider putting the new dressing under the new stand, while also considering a room at a high level for a TV panel. Similar to the stand behind the goal posts in Tolka Park in Dublin. (I live in hope!)

I do not expect everyone to agree with me and I am only proposing that some of the above ideas get some consideration at least by those who make the decisions. Maybe I am living in cloud cuckoo land but sometimes you have to go for it if you want to achieve anything. However it critically important that whatever project is implemented that it has been fully critically evaluated from a range of short/medium/long term perspectives and that it does not put undue pressure on the Roscommon county board, as we are a very small county. Major support from Croke Park, Connacht Council and the Government would be needed for a couple of ideas that I have outlined.

Great to hear that Club Rossie might be getting going again and that another major draw might be in the pipeline. Really looking forward to the New Year and to see how the team will perform under the new management team.

letsgetgoing (Roscommon) - Posts: 98 - 07/12/2022 20:29:36    2449799

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Letsgetgoing, you can leave out the Connacht Council helping out your superHyde vision.
Their vision doesn't extend outside of Co. Mayo.

Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 514 - 08/12/2022 10:27:36    2449818

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@Letsgetgoing yes those are the capital projects.

In other news we look set to now have 16 teams in the senior championship with 4 divisional teans joining and having 4 groups of 4. Two of the divisional teams to reach the last 8 so some big teams could miss out. Pearses last year and Strokestown this year would miss out on that format.

The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3315 - 08/12/2022 11:41:45    2449835

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