The Canon Hayes Recreation Centre is committed to providing leisure facilities in a safe and professional environment to the people of Tipperary Town and surrounding areas. The Centre is also committed to the principle that all persons shall have equal access to our facilities regardless of age, gender, disability, race or membership of disadvantaged or minority sectors.
The Early Years
The Canon Hayes Recreation Centre developed through the Tipperary Athletics Club after they were looking for land in the early 1980’s for a running track and other facilities for their members. The athletics club then approached Tipperary Town Council and the idea to have a fully functioning sports and leisure centre came to fruition.
The centre was officially opened in 1987 by former minister of education Mary O’Rourke, the centre is dedicated to the memory of local priest Canon John Hayes. Hayes was the founder of Muintir na Tire a community development organization, he also set aside land in Tipperary for recreational purposes which is the same land the recreation centre stands on today.