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Tulla Utd singled out as example for all Clare clubs to follow

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Tulla United AFC has been described as an exemplary club by councillors seeking safety improvement works on the club grounds.

An extension of the footpath on Doonane Rd, Tulla to the entrance of the East Clare soccer club “in the interest of safety” was sought by Cllr Joe Cooney at the March meeting of the Killaloe Municipal District.

Although senior executive engineer, Tom Mellett confirmed a survey and design for the proposal could be carried out, he cautioned, “there is currently no funding available to advance works on the ground”.

Cllr Joe Cooney who is also the Chairperson of Clare GAA praised “the excellent facilities” at Tulla Utd and revealed the club is keen to add a loop walk around its pitches. “The footpath can be achieved and I call on Clare County Council to try get funding for this. The footpath is essential for the people of Tulla and for young people using the facility”.

“Any club should go and see Tulla Utd if they want to see top facilities and how a club is managed,” Cllr Pat Hayes stated as he seconded Cooney’s request.

Founded in 1970, Tulla Utd spent 38 years as a ‘nomadic’ club before the opening of its facilities at The Cragg in May 2008 which comprised of a a main floodlit pitch, a second pitch, a club house and 4 dressing rooms, this development cost more than €1m a third of which came from club members. In July 2011, an astro all weather pitch was unveiled, the January of that year saw them become the first Clare soccer club to receive an AVIVA FAI Club of the Month award. At present, the club has over 250 members.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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