Saturday 24 March 2018

Louth scrap plans for €6m county ground at Dundalk IT

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

LOUTH GAA's search for a new county ground has taken another twist after officials decided to scrap their proposed €6m development at Dundalk IT.

The Wee County were set to make their permanent home in Dundalk, but after three years of planning, the decision was made to explore other options at Monday's county board meeting.

Louth officials indicated cost overruns were the main factor in their decision. Initial plans saw the 12,000-capacity stadium project come in at around €6m, with Croke Park and Louth to inject €1.5m each.

Dundalk IT were set to provide the remaining €3m but further research revealed costs would exceed that figure and Louth, who recently invested heavily in their centre of excellence in Darver, are now set to redevelop their existing county grounds at Drogheda.

Louth's situation is complicated as the O'Raghallaighs club use the Gaelic Grounds as their base. A meeting has been scheduled for a fortnight's time, when a decision on the next step is expected to be taken.

Elsewhere, Cork football has lost another of its stalwarts with the retirement of All-Ireland winner Pearse O'Neill, while the final link to the Leinster-winning Laois football side of 2003 has been broken after Padraig Clancy also announced that his inter-county days are behind him.

Irish Independent

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