Our New Home

Our New Home

Despite this phenomenal success throughout the last one and quarter centuries, Clones has never actually owned their own property and played their games in many places such as Lisnaroe, the Border Park Clones, the former Athletics field on the Newbliss road, and more recently at Scarva, and The Commons. To this day older members of the Club regret that the club was so
successful that it was accepted into the inaugural League of Ireland B Division yet it was unable to accept the offer due to lack of facilities. Indeed it was a former Club Chairman Michael Dowds whose vote allowed the then recently formed Monaghan United to be accepted in our stead. However in 2006, thanks to monies put aside by an Executive of the club in the 1960’s, we acquired nearly five acres of land from Clones Town Council at a cost of €30,000. Immediately the Club set about clearing the site and getting it ready for a contractor to carry out the earthworks for the pitches. Day after day volunteers from the club cleared bushes, faced hedgerows, removed old cars and rubbish that had been dumped on the site over the years. Eventually they then fenced off the boundaries of the grounds and at last, the club had sight of the extent of the grounds they could call their own. To develop the site would cost a lot of money and the club was successful in 2009 with an application to the Department of Arts, Sports, and Tourism for a €100,000 grant under the Sports Capital Grant Scheme. The FAI AGM came to Monaghan in late June early July 2009 and Clones Town FC hosted the Executive and officials. Mr. John Delaney Chief Executive of the FAI also announced a grant of €20,000 from the FAI to be used towards the development. The club themselves had raised €85, 000 including the purchase price through fundraising events. Mr. Delaney turned the sod on the new development on the first of July 2009 and groundwork commenced in September that year. Local contractor Tom McManus was awarded the contract and he quickly set about his task.