Monday 22 January 2018

Lights, camera, auction - Páirc Tailteann floodlights up for sale

Gaelic Games

Clare's Conor McGrath. Photo: Sportsfile
Clare's Conor McGrath. Photo: Sportsfile

Colm Keys and Jackie Cahill

Meath GAA are putting the floodlights that once illuminated Páirc Tailteann in Navan up for sale.

Clubs in the county have been circulated with details of the proposed sale that will incorporate the lights, the poles and power box.

They were taken down two years ago because of structural safety concerns and, as a consequence, Navan was not able to host the All-Ireland U-21 football final between Tyrone and Tipperary which went to Parnell Park in Dublin instead.

They have remained out of commission since then but with Meath GAA advancing plans to extensively renovate their county ground in the coming years, a decision has been taken to move them on.

Meanwhile, Clare hurlers have been dealt with news that star forward Conor McGrath is set to miss their entire League campaign.

McGrath, a 2013 All-Ireland senior medallist, is rehabbing following surgery on a serious shoulder injury sustained playing for Cratloe against Clonlara in last year's county senior hurling semi-final. And while 25-year-old McGrath is set to return to training in the coming weeks, he'll be eased gently back into action to aid his recovery.

David McInerney is due back in Ireland at the end of the month after travelling abroad - and he may not see any league action either.

Clare have other injury problems to contend with but have been boosted by the availability of the Ballyea crew, including Tony Kelly, for tomorrow's league opener away to Cork.

Irish Independent

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