Facilities

Facilities past and present can be separated between playing fields and clubrooms:

Evolving Playing Fields

For many years the club played at Connolly’s field at Moygannon and then at a variety of venues before settling in its current habitat at Moygannon which was purchased in 1972 for £10,000. Dressing rooms and showers were added in the 1980’s at a cost of £45,000.

The first phase of a major redevelopment of Moygannon Park was completed in the late / Mid 1990’s incorporating the construction of a new playing pitch surface under the guidance of Club Trustee Gerry Gray. The cost of this development was £130,000.

Moygannon Park was revamped and renamed Páirc Liam Uí Ír (Liam O’Hare Park) on Sunday 13 September 2009, in glorious weather as part of the club’s 125 GAA Celebrations.

Former and current club members and supporters travelled from near and far to honour the naming of the field Páirc Liam Uí Ír, after the great and very popular Liam (Toots) O’Hare, who gave a lifetime of leadership and voluntary endeavour to promote the GAA in Warrenpoint. Before his death in 2008, Liam had played for his club and County with distinction and was a very able administrator, being a club trustee and chairman for 21 consecutive years. To honour the opening of Páirc Liam Uí Ír by Ulster GAA Secretary Danny Murphy, there was a celebrity gaelic football match between a celebrity Down team, comprising of current and former Warrenpoint players who had played for Down and a celebrity Ulster team. Páirc Liam Uí Ír was Blessed by Canon John Kearney, Fr. Brendan Carr and Fr. Brendan Kearns. Cultural entertainment was provided by Warrenpoint GAA band and dancers, along with singers Patricia McCaughey and Anna Gonzalez. An underage gaelic football, hurling and camogie skills exhibition was provided at half time of the celebrity game. A souvenir programme edited by Ronan McMahon was also produced for the opening of Páirc Liam Uí Ír. The pitch and dressing rooms etc. were all upgraded for the opening and looked magnificent.

On 20 December 2018, the club made a very significant purchase of the Pony Field adjacent to Pairc Liam Uí Ír for £300,000.

Current Playing Facilities

All Club games are presently catered for across a number of sites within a one mile radius of the town.

Main Pitch – Pairc Liam Uí Ír

The main pitch Parc Liam Ui Ir is situated at Moygannon, approximately one mile from the town centre. Pairc Liam Ui Ir is a sand carpet pitch reconstructed in 1996. In recent years a new upgraded drainage system was installed. The pitch is not adequate to service all the club needs.
In addition to dressing rooms, a new 125 covered enclosed pavillion, incorporating Ladies Toilets and light weight training facilities was provided at Pairc Liam Uí Ír in 2011. New floodlights were installed at Pairc Liam Ui Ir in February 2015.

St. Mark’s High School

The club entered onto a new Facilties Strategic Alliance with St. Mark’s High School in October 2011, which offers the club access to 2 outdoor playing pitches, a gym, large hall and stage, ladies and gents changing rooms and car park outside of school hours. This Strategic Alliance was extended to November 2017.

Milltown Playing Fields

The club has full access to Newry & Mourne District Council Gaelic Football pitch at Milltown Playing Fields. GAA dressing rooms were also refurbished at this facility in 2011.

Clubrooms

In the 1960’s some derelict houses at Mary Street, Warrenpoint were purchased for £50. These were converted into small clubrooms using the voluntary labour of members and friends. The clubrooms were used for meetings, functions and fundraising. There were two rooms (upstairs and downstairs) each approximately 18ft x 25ft. The cost of rebuilding was £2,000 approximately.

An extension was added to the clubrooms in the 1970’s giving a ground floor hall of 54ft x 26ft with a balcony 18ft x 25ft. Later a small kitchen was added. The total cost of this contract was £5,000.

Two dwellings were purchased either side of the clubrooms in Mary Street in the 1980’s to facilitate future development of the clubrooms including an upstairs social club and bar. The total cost of this development was £46,000. The second house is still occupied by a tenant and rent is paid to St. Peter’s GAA Club.

In the 1970’s an activity room 40ft x 20ft was also purchased for £10,000 and located at the back of the Clubrooms. This room provided for supervised youth activity seven nights a week for 15 years. This property is no longer utilised. The clubrooms were refurbished in 2008 and in 2009 as part of the GAA 125 Celebrations, a new 125 Bar was opened to facilitate functions and events in the clubrooms. Further renovations to the clubrooms were carried out in 2012 and a new weights room was added at a cost of £35k.