Meath GAA, Centre of Excellence

DescriptionMeath GAA, Centre of Excellence
TypeSport and Civic
LocationDunganny, Trim, Co. Meath
TeamFrank Cooney, Bryan Brady, Lara Gracia, Lucy Yang, Brian Flynn
PhotographyAisling McCoy
Coiste Na Mí GAA Centre of Excellence at Dunganny in the Boyne Valley is a community, sport, training and administration facility. Our endeavor was to “make a place and create a space for community, sport and social engagement”. Immersion, was our approach, to appreciate and reflect the heritage and history of this place and its people. This Pavilion Building, inspired by traditional forms of the region. When viewed across the pastoral landscape, a patina of rendered coloured sculptural masonry forms with punched hole apertures appear.
Article extract“The spirit of that communal patronage and ambition is evident in Cooney Architect’s approach to the design of Dunganny’s “Centre of Excellence”.
“Michael Cusack would have had more than a passing acquaintance with Cricket Pavilions.  We can but wonder how he would respond to this legacy of his vision for Gaelic sports – I suspect he would rejoice.”
Extracts from Article by: Mr. Sean Ó Laoire (Sean Ó Laoire was founding Director of Murray Ó Laoire Architects (1979 – 2010), and is a former President of the RIAI. He is currently a consultant to MOLA Architecture)
Testimonial“We owe a special debt to all the members of the Design Team for providing us with an iconic and practical multi-use building, which should meet the needs of our County teams at all levels and in all codes for many years to come”
Conor Tormey Cathaoirleach, Coiste Chontae na Mí
“Turning the Dream into Reality; Our sincere thanks to Frank Cooney, Bryan Brady and all the team at Cooney Architects for their total commitment, personally and professionally, to excellence in the project”

Meath GAA Infrastructure committee, Noel Dempsey, Former Government minister and Liam Mulvihill, former Director general of the GAA
Publication2017 – Volume 7 Irish Architecture- RIAI Annual review 2016|2017
2016 – Highly Commended in the Irish RIAI Awards
2017 – RIAI Irish architecture magazine issue 296: Materiality and Innovation
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