A football club at the heart of a Tipperary town, which has benefitted from National Lottery Good Causes funding, has featured in an emotional video online which tells the story of how a local young girl’s illness and subsequent passing brought a Tipperary community together and led to the club’s home ground being named after her.
The video has been released to coincide with the latest round of Sports Capital Grants which are part-funded by the National Lottery Good Causes Fund.
Cullen Lattin AFC, based in Tipperary, named their home ground Aisling Park after a local young girl, Aisling Reardon, tragically passed away after a battle with a brain tumour.
Cullen Lattin AFC put a lot of efforts into fundraising to help send Aisling to the United States for a vital operation in 2003. Even though the surgery was successful, the tumour returned a year later and Aisling passed away in 2004 at the age of 13.
The Riordan family are a key part of the community and Aisling’s father, Gerard Riordan is Child Welfare Officer and Treasurer of Cullen Lattin AFC. The video, which can be viewed here, features Gerard as well as the club captains of both Cullen Lattin’s ladies and men’s senior teams.
The club has built two full-size floodlit soccer pitches which are fitted out with state-of-the-art drainage and has an impressive 90 seater covered stand for supporters. This was enabled by €95,000 in funding through the Sports Capital Programme over the past five years.
The club field a total of 19 men’s, ladies and underage sides but their facilities are not just for footballers but for the whole community. The club hall is used by a variety of local groups including the local Neighbourhood Watch organisation and the local youth club as well as many more initiatives.
As the town has no community centre, this club is a valuable meeting space for the community. The club is also in the process of creating an outdoor gym that elderly people in Cullen and Lattin can use free of charge.