Ballintleva County Roscommon
The handball alley at Ballintleva County Roscommon is undoubtedly the most modern monument selected to be part of this scheme. Though it was constructed relatively recently in the 1930s, the structure is of great social and community significance. The handball alley at Ballintleva, was a focal point for the community for generations until it was recently deemed unsafe. The community group at Ballintleva want to revive the long standing tradition of handball in the area as handball was once a very popular sport across Ireland and in particular in this area. Handball is similar to squash, where players would use their bare hand or fist to strike a ball against a wall in such a way that the opponent could not return the shot.
The handball alley at Ballintleva County Roscommon is situated beside the local national school, and its restoration will help to reintroduce handball to the school and to encourage children to engage in this healthy outdoor activity. In 2016, the Adopt a Monument Scheme helped the community to engage a conservation architect who completed a report about works required to make the structure safe. The group plan to source funding in 2017 to carry out the necessary conservation works to ensure that handball can once again be enjoyed in the area.