FAI purchase Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford from receiver
The Football Association of Ireland have announced the purchase of Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford.
An agreement was made to purchase the grounds from the Receiver, with the aim of keeping the facility within the football community.
Ferrycarrig Park has been the home of Wexford Youths FC since they entered the SSE Airtricity League in 2007, and was owned and developed by club chairman Mick Wallace.
Under the new structure, the facility will be jointly owned by the FAI and the Wexford Football League with Wexford Youths continuing to use the facility for SSE Airtricity League, SSE Airtricity underage league games and FAI Continental Tyres Women's National League fixtures.
FAI CEO John Delaney said: "This transaction was very important to ensure Wexford football continues to have a home and a focal point for the game in the South East.
"It was a matter of priority for the FAI to ensure that the facility was not lost to football and I am very pleased that the steps we have taken will ensure that our game can continue to flourish in Wexford.
"The popularity of football in Wexford is unquestioned and many years of hard work, from many people in the football community in the region, has led to the emergence of Wexford Youths as an SSE Airtricity League club who of course are looking forward to their first season as a Premier Division side this year."
Wexford Youths FC chairman Mick Wallace added: "It's certainly a good day for football in Ireland, now that the Wexford Youths Football Complex is assured of staying in football.
"On behalf of the Wexford Youths club, I would like to thank the Football Association of Ireland, and the Wexford Football League, for helping to make this happen.
"The Wexford Youths are now a well-established integral part of community life in Wexford and the South East region and today's announcement has to be good news for all concerned."
Denis Hennessy, chairman Wexford Football League, said: "We're delighted to have the purchase of the land secured and look forward to working with Wexford Youths and the FAI going forward.
"We'd like to thank John Delaney and the FAI for all their help in getting this over the line.
"When people think about this it would have been a disaster for the ground to slip away from football. We've had lots of finals there in recent years.
"On behalf of the league I'd like to thank all of the clubs for their support and patience during this process. We wish Wexford Youths all the best for their forthcoming debut season in the Premier Division.”