Finn valley AC Open New Facility

A crowd of some 500 turned out for the occasion and heard how the club had devloped from humble beginnings in 1971 operating out of Mac Cumhaill Pk to buying a derelict factory to what it is today with further plans to add a swim pool on site .The track opening  named in honour of local man Patsy Mc Gonagle was performed by long time club stalwards Patsy Mc Ginley and Peader Mc Granaghan. 

It was a night of nostalgia with junior Minister Dinny Mc Ginley, Pat the Cope Gallagher , Brian O Domhnaill ,Liam Hennessy ,AAi :Neil Martin and Patsy mc Gonagle leading the speech making . Also in attendance in adition to the local community,  representatives of local organisations, athletic clubs from the North west etc .

It is a unique development and there was reference to the solid people past and present that have delivered it to where its at . THe emphasis that its not just an athletic vclub was clearly outlined as was instanced by the numerous groups taking advantage of the centre which is in effect a Regional Sports Centre . 

Messages were received from former members abroad and those that had passed away were remembered with an emotional minutes silence 

A disco was held immediately afterwards for the younger members and a poem was read by Mark Connolly written by John Gallagher husband of club coach Ann Marie which outlined the history of the club from those humble beginnings . 

Adults enjoyed a hearty meal upstairs and club employees past and present were acknowledged. All in all a great night.

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