It hasn’t been the best of seasons on the field of play for Louth GAA but there is some good news on the horizon with the prospect of a new and fit-for-purpose County Ground moving a step closer.
The ongoing debacle concerning the current County Ground in Drogheda is at an end after Croke Park told Louth County Board that they will not be funding the redevelopment of the venue.
This is the result of issues over ownership and lease of the ground which have not been resolved despite years of talks and investigations, involving Louth County Board, Louth County Council and the O Raghallaighs club.
Successive County Board regimes have been unable to find a resolution to the impasse but the decision has now been made by Croke Park Croke Park and as a result Louth fans can now look forward to getting a new home.
While the County Board will not be in a position to comment on the matter until it has been discussed at a meeting tonight (Wednesday), a source confirmed that the Gaelic Grounds will not be developed and that a new option is being sought.
The Drogheda venue has come in for some severe criticism in recent times with the facilities not considered up to the standard of modern inter-county games. However, while other counties have moved ahead in terms of upgrade, Louth have been restricted due to the issues over ownership.
The poor facilities have meant that Louth have been unable to stage any high-profile Championship games at home and in recent years have been forced to travel in Navan and Parnell Park on occasions.
It appeared that the issue had been resolved when a deal was agreed with DkIT to establish the County Grounds in a modern facility at the local college but that fell through.
Some supporters have already expressed the hope that the line with DkIT can be resurrected and while there is land at the facility it is unclear if the college would now be in a position to consider such a project.
Another option on the table in the past was to develop the County Ground at the Centre of Excellence in Darver but issues over infrastructure made DkIT are more viable option at the time.