Friday 15 December 2017

Galway plea for help dismissed

GALWAY'S hopes of the GAA taking ownership of over 100 acres of land which had been bought to build an €8m training centre -- a project that has since been abandoned -- look certain to be dashed.

Galway officials contacted GAA headquarters asking them to take possession of the land near Athenry to help offset a debt of €2.7m.

However, GAA director-general Paraic Duffy knocked that idea on the head in a letter he sent to the Galway County Board following their application for help.

"We are not in a position as of yet to give a detailed response to your request for financial assistance. However, I do not envisage that the option of Croke Park taking possession of Mountain South will be any part of the assistance that might be given," said Duffy, who has proposed a meeting with county board officials early next month.

The Galway Hurling Board paid €2.8m for 102 acres at the height of the Celtic Tiger and the doomed project has since cost them €535,000 -- most of it on interest.

Planning permission was granted in 2008 for the development close to the new M6 motorway near Athenry for the training centre, which was to include six pitches, one of them an all-weather floodlit facility.

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