O’Loughlin Gaels, a prominent sports club with 1,000 members, in St John’s Park, has undertaken a transformative energy transition project in collaboration with the South East Energy Agency. This encompassed a €230,000 investment in floodlighting, insulation, and heating control, benefiting the environment, and also enhancing the club’s year-round usability for its 35 teams participating in various sports, raning from hurling, camogie, handball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and Irish dancing.
“It has been a game changer for the club’s 1,000 members, 600 of whom are juvenile (…)”Johnny Holohan, Chairman of O’Loughlin Gaels.
O’Loughlin Gaels approached South East Energy Agency aiming to reduce both their carbon footprint and energy costs. The agency facilitated the entire Community Energy Grant application process, from the initial energy audit and procurement to warranty checks and paperwork. The project, supported by local funds, a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) grant, and the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland, upgraded facilities for year-round use, including a class 1 GAA pitch with LED lighting.
South East Energy Agency have previously worked with O’Loughlin’s on two previous energy upgrade projects in which the club house was insulated, a boiler was upgraded, PV solar panels were installed and pumped wall insulation.
Michael Kinchella, Project Delivery Engineer at the South East Energy Agency, highlighted the substantial grants available to clubs, with up to 50% of some costs covered. The agency offers a comprehensive package to GAA clubs looking to make an energy transition, including procuring works, project management, and maximizing grant application success.
“We were delighted to work again with O’Loughlin Gaels. They are making fantastic progress on their energy transition journey and provide a model for other clubs and community organisations to follow.”Michael Kinchella, Project Delivery Engineer with the South East Energy Agency
As a vital aspect of the initiative, the South East Energy team conducted a thorough energy audit, managed the entire application process, and coordinated the installation of state-of-the-art pitch-side lighting. Eddie Buckley, Chairman of Adult Hurling, has been cooperating with the South East Energy Agency since 2013.
He further noted the positive outcomes of the collaboration, the transformation of the club’s pitch into a class 1 GAA pitch suitable for senior hurling and football matches year-round. The successful installation of highly efficient LED pitchside lighting, additional attic insulation, and improved heating controls have not only enhanced the club’s facilities in confort, but also reduced energy consumption and costs.
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This initiative not only aligns with environmental goals but also reduces energy costs and consumption, showcasing a successful model for other clubs.