A 10,000-seater, fully enclosed GAA stadium, equipped with cutting-edge technology, is just part of a bold new €15m development DCU authorities are looking to construct in St Clare's on Dublin's northside.
It is envisaged the centre -- which is subject to planning approval --will include a running track, transparent roof and technology that would place the centre as a world leader in the area of sports performance analysis.
"There is nothing else like what we are proposing in the world," said Prof Niall Moyna, who hopes to see the centre in operation in three years. "We'll be hoping to have multiple angle cameras and sensors in the floor to help measure performance."
Elsewhere, Laois County Board has secured a 25-acre site for development as a centre of excellence for just €10. Galmoy Mines will hand over the site -- which is near the hurling heartland of Rathdowney -- when the mine closes in 2010.