Thursday 12 December 2019

Leinster spend €250,000 on O'Moore study

Despite spending almost €250,000 on a feasibility study into modernising O'Moore Park in Portlaoise, Leinster GAA secretary Michael Delaney says the Council has no intention of developing the ground in the foreseeable future.

Delaney says that the cost of the study, which was displayed over two years in the annual accounts, is "the normal consultancy price for a a project like this".

"Plans were presented to the Leinster delegates and to Laois," said Delaney, "but, in the current climate, it was decided that it didn't make sense to proceed. At the moment there isn't a demand for it, but the groundwork is done and if things pick up in a few years' time, we may consider developing it then."

Dublin-based architects Gilroy McMahon (whose portfolio includes Croke Park) were commissioned by the Council to examine the possibility of developing a second stand and extending one of the terraces behind the goals. If it had received the go-ahead, it would have cost in the region of €15m and doubled the seating capacity. However, the capacity of the stadium would have remained at about 27,000.

A figure of €94,700 showed up in the Council's 2009 accounts for 'Feasibility Study -- O'Moore Park' and this followed on from the €145,137 that was spent in 2008. Laois GAA chairman Brian Allen confirmed that the bill was footed entirely by the Leinster Council.

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