Festival for launch of stadium

THE OFFICIAL launch of Pairc Grattan will take place this weekend and feature some of the countries top performer.

THE OFFICIAL launch of Pairc Grattan will take place this weekend and feature some of the countries top performer.

The four day festival includes marquee bands such as Crystal Swing, with support band Paddy King. The ever popular Mick Flavin will also feature with support band Mickey The Butcher.

Over The Edge and Setanta will also feature on the jam packed roster.

“It’s going to be a great weekend out for all the famil, with a fun fair here for all four days,” says Grattan’s club secretary, Peter Dooley. “There will be something for everyone.”

The high point of the festival is the match between Monaghan and Meath which takes place on Monday 2 May at 4pm.

“The pitches as you see them today are the culmination of years of work by the club, and we’re proud of what we have achieved,”says Peter of the immaculatly kept stadium. “It’s really a landmark occasion for the club.”

The events kickoff on Friday night with Crystal Swing, followed on the Saturday by Camogie Juvenile Blitz, Juvenile Disco and then Over the Edge and then Setanta are 9pm.

On Sunday 1 May proceeding get underway with Bingo at 2.30, the Ladies Football Challenge at 5pm and Inniskeen versus Maghera Mac Finns at 7. The night is rounded off with Mick Flavin at 9.

Thing and then rounded off on Monday with the feature match between Meath and Monaghan. The final night will be brought to a close Ceoltas session in the marquee from 5.30pm.

Besides being a wonderful festival for all the family to enjoy, the event will act as fundraiser for the new stadium. The 3750 seater stadium, which is already one of the best regarded stadium in the county, was part funded by the sale of the old pitch, national lottery funds, funds from the GAA and an epic amount of fundraising on the part of the club itself.

“Down through the years there were many memorable occasions, some of which are recorded in this programme, like winning senior championships, the opening of old Grattan Park, and the 1964 Minor Championship win.

“Since 2005, when the now developed Pairc Grattan commenced we have all witnessed the

dedication and professionalism of the Development Committee who gave of their best to achieve the wonderful facilities that all of us can today experience. Cumann Inis Caoin will forever be indebted to the members of this committee,” concluded Peter.

Anyone interested in advertising their business in the programme please contact the club secretary on secretary.inniskeen.monaghan@gaa.ie.