Racecourse gallops ahead with €19m plan
Leopdardstown Racecourse in Dublin is ploughing ahead with a €19m development plan, with the firm behind the venue having made a planning application for one of the major parts of the scheme.
Horse Racing Ireland recently approved a €2m grant to the course for the latest element of the plan at Leopardstown, which is expected to cost about €5m.
Last October, Leopardstown Racecourse chief executive Pat Keogh revealed the blueprints, which will include a redevelopment of its grandstand, which was erected over 40 years ago.
The entire renovation is due to be completed in 2017.
Some of the redevelopment elements didn't require planning permission, but the latest phase does.
It calls for the development of a new two-storey racing facilities building, new saddling stalls, a new prize-winners' podium, and a permanent entertainment marquee. In trying to improve the attractiveness of racing as a family day out, it's also developing an indoor children's play area as well as an external playground.
The plans also include a racing museum, a new cage, and an "external street area". It's also carrying out work on corporate suites as well as bars and restaurants.
Leopardstown wants its facilities to be able to cater for 20,000 people.