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The Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence
In December 2012 Connacht GAA officially opened a GAA Centre of Excellence in the heartlands of Connacht. The creation of the complex in Bekan, Co Mayo was a huge undertaking that resulted in facilities that are unparalleled in the region, including:
A main building with:
Games Based Facilities:
Administrative and Community-Orientated Amenities:
The Air Dome
After careful consideration Connacht GAA determined that the second phase of work at the Centre should focus on the creation of an indoor facility sufficiently large to accommodate a full-size GAA pitch and to transform into a venue for exhibitions, concerts and conferences.
Our extensive research led us to conclude that the optimal choice for our site and needs was an inflatable air dome.
In late 2018, Connacht GAA was among the first round of successful applicants for the Dept. of Rural and Community Development ‘Rural Regeneration and Development Fund’ – Minister Michael Ring announced an award of €2.1 million towards the construction of an air dome.
Construction of our 150 m (L) by 100 m (W) by 26m (H) Air Dome began in October 2019. Nine months later, despite the lockdown, the largest sports air dome in the world was inflated. We are grateful for the hugely professional team – Prunty Pitches, Slovenian-based DBS Engineering, SIS Pitches and Tobin Engineering – who delivered the Connacht GAA Air Dome. Incredibly, we are now in the final stages of fit out.
Housing a full-size indoor GAA playing field, a running track and gym to accommodate 30 people at one time, the Dome enables Connacht GAA to become an all-weather, fully adaptable facility suitable for year-round club, school, county and community sports and events.
In addition, the completed Dome, within 72 hours, can be transformed into fully functional, adaptable conference arena unique on the island of Ireland.
We can’t overstate the transformative impact the Dome will have.
Investing in Our Vision
Connacht GAA is now seeking partners to help future proof the Dome and promote the Centre’s associated programmes and offerings far and wide.
We have developed attractive sponsorship opportunities (link to Sponsorship tab – see below) with benefits including naming rights, promotional opportunities, discrete employee health and wellbeing programmes, and access to events and tickets.
Our reach regionally and nationally, and the Dome’s scale and potential, provides business leaders with an opportunity to play a role in this project’s success while advancing their own human resource, social responsibility, and marketing aims.