What It Is?
Garvaghey is something special, a £6.7m facility and a resource that will both live up to what Tyrone GAA is about and help it further flourish and prosper. It will be part of our Tyrone GAA legacy to those who come after us.
Garvaghey is a Tyrone gaelic resource, facilitating all the gaelic codes and cultural/heritage activities; for men and women, boys and girls; for Clubs and schools; and for the ordinary, the less ordinary and the extra- ordinary. If you’re interested in gaelic Tyrone, then Garvaghey is interested in you.
Garvaghey brings together on a 43-acre site five fully-floodlit grass pitches; a floodlit ‘3G’ pitch; a floodlit ‘3G’ drills area; a perimeter walkway; an environmental area; 8,000 newly- planted native Irish trees; and a building that will “be the part and look the part.” The building will contain:
• Ten fully-equipped changing rooms, four designed for women
• Team support facilities such as plunge pool; physio/medical space; referees’ changing;and cardio-vascular and injury recovery equipment
• Meeting, seminar and breakout rooms
• A 200-seat auditorium
• A reception area plus exhibition, display and interaction space
• A “Coirneal Gaelige” where only Irish will be spoken
• Kitchen and canteen facilities
• Tyrone GAA offices and storage
• An external performance area modelled on the historic O’Neills’ crowning place at Tullyhogue Fort
Click Here to take a look at the Garvaghey complex layout
Click Here to see a plan of the Garvaghey building
Oidreacht … Legacy
“Something that’s cherished which is passed on to someone who’s cherished”
Click Here to take a look at the original Garvaghey Project brochure.
How We’re Making It Happen
At a cost of £6.7m Garvaghey is the biggest sports/culture/heritage project underway anywhere in Ireland. We’ve phased its development over four years and the gaels of Tyrone; the GAA; and others have risen brilliantly to the funding challenge.
Our Tyrone Councils are also on board; we have a promise of funding from the Rural Development Programme; and a contribution from the Tourist Board is being developed. The NI Government’s lack of support for Garvaghey however remains bitterly disappointing.
Central to making Garvaghey happen are our ‘Garvaghey Patrons’. A Garvaghey Patron gives £5,000 to Garvaghey, a major commitment to Tyrone GAA. We mark that commitment in modest but meaningful ways, primarily through naming the Patron on a glass wall that will form a central part of the fabric of the Garvaghey building.
There are now well over 200 Garvaghey Patrons in place, including almost all the GAA Clubs of Tyrone. These really are ‘Laochra Gael Thir Eoghain’
Click Here to become a Garvaghey Patron or alternatively talk to any of our Committee (link to Contact Us section).