Friday 21 July 2017

GAA's €30m bonanza from rugby cup bid

Jackie Cahill
Jackie Cahill
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

The GAA is in line for a €30 million bonanza if the bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup is successful.

Eight of the 12 stadia in line for use in the tournament are GAA grounds: Croke Park in Dublin, Páirc Uí Chaoimh (Cork), Casement Park (Belfast), Pearse Stadium (Galway), Elverys MacHale Park (Castlebar), Fitzgerald Stadium (Killarney), Nowlan Park (Kilkenny) and Celtic Park (Derry).

Redevelopment work at the grounds would cost over €20m with a further €10m to accrue from rent for use of the grounds.

But there was anger at the snub to the birthplace of the GAA, when Semple Stadium in Thurles was omitted from the list. Tipperary TDs Jackie Cahill and Alan Kelly are demanding answers, saying the decision was "beyond comprehension".

Irish Independent

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