Wednesday 25 April 2018

Louth shelve Drogheda redevelopment plan

Louth GAA Chairman Des Halpenny
Louth GAA Chairman Des Halpenny
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The preferred option for a home for Louth GAA is a green field site after attempts to redevelop the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda were brought to a close this week.

The Drogheda venue, which is home to the Ó Raghallaighs GAA club, has been the primary venue for Louth football teams for many years but efforts to develop it, which have been ongoing for more than a decade, have ended, Louth County Board has heard.

Chairman Des Halpenny addressed a meeting on Wednesday night, stating that the county had to "move forward without the constant question marks over the Gaelic Grounds.

"This chapter has finally closed so we now have to move forward with a blank canvas," he said.

Negotiations had continued right up to last week and had involved outgoing director-general Páraic Duffy. But agreement the between the club, county and Croke Park could not be found. The Gaelic Grounds had a capacity of just over 3,500, making it one of the smallest in the country.

At Wednesday night's meeting, St Mary's Ardee offered their venue as an alternative, while another Drogheda club, St Oliver Plunkett's, also put forward their grounds. But long-term Louth County Board feels a green-field site, possibly in the middle of the county, remains their best option and talks are already under way.

Louth had been looking at a partnership with Dundalk IT some years ago but that is no longer viable while Dowdallshill, outside Dundalk, has hosted inter-county games in the past.

Irish Independent

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