Friday 30 September 2016

€1m Centre of Excellence for Offaly GAA

Cóilín Duffy

Published 20/04/2015 | 19:48

GAA 8/10/2008
General view of the GAA crest
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie *** Local Caption ***
GAA 8/10/2008 General view of the GAA crest Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie *** Local Caption ***

Offaly GAA are set to develop a €1million Centre of Excellence for teams in the county near Kilcormac close to the N52 in Mid Offaly.

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Officials signed a 999-year lease this afternoon for a 21-acre site at Ballybracken near Kilcormac, which will see the county follow the likes of Louth, Kildare, Meath, Carlow and Dublin in developing a Centre of Excellence for use for both games and training.

Plans for the proposed facility contain four sand-based playing pitches, dressing rooms, meeting rooms, a 1km walking track, along with parking.

No 3G or 4G Playing surface pitches have been included in the initial development plans.

Offaly GAA paid a symbolic amount of €1 for the 999-year lease, which was approved by Offaly County Council, with the lands acquired from Kilcormac Development Association and Offaly County Council.

Up to 80 percent of the costs will be funded by Croke Park.

The lands will be used by up to 16 inter-county teams, including development squads, while local fixtures and other fixtures such as Schools Games are also set to be played at the venue.

Pending planning permission, construction on the facility is set to begin later this year.

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