The Chairman of Wexford FC says that he's 'not unduly concerned' for the future of the club, despite it becoming apparent that the preferred route corridor for the new N11/N25 Oylegate to Rosslare Harbour road passes straight through the club's grounds at Ferrycarrig Park.
While the club has had to endure its issues both on and off the pitch in recent years, the very pitches themselves are now at risk as the yellow line highlighting the selected 300m route corridor for the new road passes right through one of the club's training pitches and the main pitch itself.
Despite this, Club Chairman Seanie O'Shea says there's no major cause for concern just yet.
'Well look, we're right in the middle of the current 300m belt,' he said. 'I'm led to believe that as they engage with stakeholders and landowners, this will be narrowed to about 40 or 60 metres for the final route. To be honest, whatever happens at this stage happens. I'm not unduly concerned at the minute. Obviously there are a lot of neighbouring houses here in the Newcastle area that will probably be impacted by this too, so it's more difficult for them.
'We'll liaise with the council on it and if we lose our training pitch, then hopefully they will try and facilitate us with a piece of land elsewhere. For now though, we're talking about something that may or may not happen.'
Wexford FC Treasurer/Secretary Ray Noonan is hoping lady luck will be on their side when it comes to the fine print.
'The road will eventually need nowhere near 300 metres, so with a bit of luck it might still miss us,' he said.
While acutely aware that others will be more seriously affected by the new road, Noonan believes Wexford FC play a vital role in the local community and wants to see the club protected.
'The situation we're in is that we don't know for certain so what we want to do is go and talk to the planners in the County Council and see where they're at and make them understand our situation. Lots of people will have difficulty with this, and a lot more serious than us, people's homes are being impacted, but obviously we're a big club now, we've got eight League of Ireland teams and we're providing a fairly significant service for the area. We'll be pleading our case that we've built this up over a good number of years and we certainly don't want the club being impacted,' he said.
Noonan admits that the decision was expected and while everybody has become well used to playing the waiting game at this stage he would like to see a line drawn under it once and for all.
'It's not a major surprise to anybody because that was the originaal route of the road and I got a sense that it was a case of going through the motions. Everybody in that path has been in limbo for the last ten years anyway. We'd love to put an all-weather pitch on our second pitch, but things like that are on hold until this whole thing is clarified. There's a lot of stuff going on, but hopefully we'll get a decent outcome.
'We've been in limbo for so long that it would be good to see it brought to a head, for the sake of everybody in the path of this route. Hopefully we'll see some progress and we'll definitely be fighting our corner. We'll just have have to wait and see,' he said.
There's a possibility that Ferrycarrig Park could still operate as a venue without the use of their second pitch, but Noonan says it would be a massive headache for the club.
'It would be very difficult. Maybe they could acquire or provide land on the other side of it. It's more ground we need, rather than less, so it would pose problems for us if they were going to take a pitch out of the equation. Maybe we could have a training centre completely separate and have all our games at Ferrycarrig Park, but it's all up in the air at this stage,' he said.