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Piltown GAA Complex

   

Piltown GAA Complex

 
Piltown GAA Complex and grounds has developed incredibly over the years starting with five acres of land that originally were purchased from the Land Commission in 1945 and additional adjacent Lands were purchased in 1972.  These lands had been the property of Issac and Lilly Tector.
 
First there was one pitch, the main pitch which was opened in 1965.  Then there was a juvenile pitch.  This was followed by a Clubhouse (1985) with bar facilities, function room, gym, handball court, two squash courts and sauna.  There had been plans for a swimming pool but these were later shelved with the advent of the Sean Kelly Centre in Carrick-On-Suir. The official opening of the Clubhouse took place on 15 August 1986 and was performed by the then President of the GAA, Paddy Buggy of Slieverue. Then came another full size pitch and for a while a Pitch and Putt course.  The third pitch soon became an All Weather pitch of the highest quality before having match standard floodlights added. The floodlighting on the all weather pitch was switched on for the first time on Friday 18 November 2005.  Piltown GAA Club were the first in County Kilkenny to have such lighting in operation.  All who witnessed the quality of lighting provided were highly impressed, with no shadows evident and the ball clearly visible from the opposite end of the pitch. The first championship game played under lights in Piltown or Kilkenny for that matter was a Senior Football championship clash between Piltown and Railyard in February 2006 with the visitors taking the spoils.  A warm up area was then created at the lower end of the all weather pitch.
 
There are four dressing rooms available all fitted with showers and toilets. Two are part of the main complex building and the other two are available for the back all weather pitch. There is a shed for the storage of the tractor and mower, a room for equipment storage and canteen facilities for groundsmen.
 
The complex building itself hosts a variety of functions including dances, discos, progressive cards, table quizzes, Irish dancing classes, courses and parties.  There are dart boards and a pool table (on request) in the lounge. The gym has been converted into a meeting room.  There is also an active Squash club during the winter months running several tournaments.  There are indoor dressing rooms available for squash players.  Over the years, the gym was changed into a meeting room and the sauna into a dressing room.  The handball court has been partitioned for squash,
 
The Club received National Lottery funding in April 2007 to the tune of €35,000 to defray some of the costs associated with the Clubs ongoing developments. A ready made covered area for spectator comfort was erected at the Floodlit pitch during the Summer of 2008.  The club changed over the lighting system to a oil powered generator in 2009 in order to reduce costs.  In 2010, the two main pitches were provided with ball nets to the rear of the goals.

In 2012, work started on a precast Hurling Wall and the redevelopment of the pitch and putt course into a fourth playing field.  The Hurling Wall precast structure was erected on the 30th March and it was opened on 18th April 2012, by former Club Chairman, Ned Walsh.
 
The All weather floodlit pitch is available for hire by other GAA clubs and organisations. 
(Contact the Club Secretary). 
 
The Function Room is also available for hire.  Kitchen facilities are availble 
(Contact - 051-643467) 
 
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Original Lounge Layout back in 1986