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New era for Cuala in ground share with Blackrock RFC

CUALA and Blackrock Rugby Football Club have joined hands. They have reached an historic ground sharing agreement for Stradbrook.

The clubs have already signed the deal, and it is now just a matter of getting the green light from their members.

Cuala will purchase land at the lower end of the ground. The development will include a fenced all-weather playing area, general pitch upgrades, floodlights and a new gym.

Cuala chairman, Peadar McAdam, is delighted: "This agreement has the potential to develop a world-class sports centre," he said. "It will ensure both codes can continue to grow and perform at the highest levels. It will open up the Stradbrook facility to a larger community of members, and it will further serve to promote sport among our youth."

Blackrock College RFC chairman, John Smyth, is also chuffed.


"This is in keeping with our vision to develop Stradbrook as a multi-sport facility," he said. "It is the beginning of a new era for Blackrock College RFC.

"The rugby-only business model is not sustainable in the new world of the professional game in Ireland.

"We firmly believe that this initiative will support the future development of both clubs."

Blackrock College RFC, formed in 1882, is one of Ireland's oldest rugby clubs. They have a membership of 1,200, while Cuala, with 2,000 members, is one of the biggest GAA clubs in the country.