A proposal to erect a telecommunications mast in the grounds of Breaffy GAA Club will not go ahead, after the club issued a statement last night assuring neighbours, friends and club members that the plan will not proceed.

A campaign group was set up in the village of Breaffy, outside Castlebar, to oppose plans for the 24-metre high telecommunications mast.

A company called Shared Access Ltd has applied to Mayo County Council for planning permission for a 24-metre high mast at Breaffy GAA Club, which would provide for wireless data and broadband services in the area.

However, some local residents were concerned at the proposed location of the mast in the village, and believe there are more suitable sites in the area.

The Concerned Breaffy Residents Against the Mast group was formed following a public meeting last week.


In the statement issued last night, Breaffy GAA Club said the proposed erection of the mast on club grounds will not proceed.

The club says there are already three active masts in the village, but they are no longer sufficient for the needs of the community, and their decision was driven by a funding opportunity for the club, combined with the benefits it would bring to the area.

But community is at the heart of the GAA, and Breaffy GAA Club says it will not be sanctioning any development at the club that is not welcomed by the local community.

The statement concludes that it's likely there will be a mast going up in Breaffy in the near future, and while the club is missing out on the significant financial benefits, they will do so at this time to avoid any conflict with neighbours or members of the local community.


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