For the first twenty five years
of the club’s existence, the club had no permanent
In 1978, the club leased the ground
on which we now play from the Junior League. When
the ground was taken over, it was nothing more
than a dumping ground. The committee at that time,
had to clear the area, plant the pitch and ensure
proper drainage. Practically all of this work
was completed by dedicated club members, whose
contribution at that time should never be under-estimated.
By 1980, those same members, had
constructed the original dressing-rooms.
In 1984 the grounds were named “Connors
Park” in memory of the late Eugene Connors, who
served the club as player, coach and secretary
prior to his tragic death in 1983.
In the mid-nineties, times were
changing fast, with players demanding better facilities
for training and with the original dressing rooms
starting to look their age. It was time again
In 1996, the club embarked on an
ambitious development plan, which was given the
title “VILLA 2000”. This plan aimed to fill a
large area of land around the playing pitch, lay
an all-weather training area, lay a grass training
area behind the pitch, erect security fencing
around the entire perimeter of the grounds and
finally, build a new dressing room complex. Work
commenced in the summer of 1996 with the filling
of the land around the pitch. 9,000 sq metres
of land was filled over a nine week period. This
was followed in 1997 by the laying of the all-weather
training area and the grass training area.
1999 saw the erection of the Security
fencing. In 2001, following a detailed review
of similar facilities and a successful application
for Lottery Funding, work commenced on the dressing-room
complex. The clubhouse contains four dressing-rooms,
referees room with full shower facilities and
a multi-purpose room which is available as a recreation
area for players.
The clubhouse was officially opened
by Mayor Oliver Clery on 17th May, 2003 as the
club celebrated its 50th anniversary year. The
clubhouse was named after Frank O’Byrne in honour
of his lifelong service to the club.
The project cost €435,000 to complete
but the results have transformed the club from
the starting position in 1996. We were successful
in securing grants of €213,000 through the Sports
Capital Fund (Lottery Funding) but the people
who have supported us most are our club members
who have supported the Villa 2000 fund in large
numbers from the first launch of the plan. It
is with great satisfaction that we saw the original
plan through from start to finish in just over
6 years – a tremendous achievement for the club.
The “VILLA VISION” project
was launched in late 2004 with a view to further
developing the clubs facilities. There has been
a substantial take up of this scheme amongst our
players, parents and supporters and this has facilitated
the development of our floodlit astro-turf pitch.
The second phase of this project will see the
construction of an extension to our clubhouse
that will contain a gymnasium, the development
of a further floodlit Astroturf training area
and the erection of floodlights for our main pitch.
It is hoped that these developments will take
place during 2007 & 2008.
Our vision is to provide the best facilities possible
for all our members and we thank you for your
continued support in helping us fulfill that vision.
For details on supporting this initiative please
contact any club member