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Louth GAA will clear over €1.2m from the proceeds of a double house draw which took place on Sunday night.

The county is striving to build a new stadium on a 14-acre green field site just outside Dundalk, which has planning permission, and the success of the house draw, featuring properties in Drogheda and Blackrock, has given them a firm base to start development.

Over 24,000 tickets at €100 each were sold, 70pc of which were bought by Louth people, according to chairman Peter Fitzpatrick.

All three top prizes remained in the county and Fitzpatrick hailed the support they got from other sports in the county.

“We’ve been without a stadium since 1959 but I think this draw reflects how badly Louth people want a home for their GAA teams,” he said.

The success of the Louth draw mirrors other ventures in Roscommon, Cavan and Donegal in recent months. Roscommon put up a London apartment for their latest draw and cleared over €900,000 at the end of last year.

Fitzpatrick is adamant that stadium construction, at an estimated cost of €12m, will begin later this year, despite restrictions from the GAA’s poor financial position that sees a pause on all infrastructure projects for the time being. Earlier this year, Fitzpatrick outlined the financial plan for the stadium, which would see the county raise €4m itself with the hope for €4m each from the GAA and the State.

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