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Sean Dolan’s Sports Arena

P&K McKaigue delivers a new indoor 3g sports arena for Derry Club.

Fire gutted the club in December 2011, sending what most assumed was the hard work of members over the years to keep the club going up in smoke. The arson attack seemed to have managed in minutes what years of the Troubles, under investment and economic hardship in Creggan had failed to. The future appeared bleak for the proud city club.

“After the fire I didn’t think we would be here at all and I wasn’t alone,” admits the Dolan’s Games Promotion Officer, “For a while I didn’t think we would still be here. When that fire happened we thought it was all done, everything finished, but it has been some journey since. Eleven years isn’t a long time to deliver the scale of what we have managed to.”

It’s phase two of the club’s state of the art rebuild that’s seen an extension of the clubhouse pavilion, a multi-purpose room for the club and community, a training space, gym room and meeting rooms, as well as space for dance classes and social events. More importantly, it’s brought a fairy-tale end to ‘Dolan’s Fire’ chapter in the club’s history books.