Full steam ahead for GAA pitch

Louth GAA County board chairman Peter Fitzpatrick has declared that it’s full steam ahead for the building of a new stadium for the county following fears that the project would be delayed due to funding issues.
There was widespread anger in local GAA circles last week when it was announced that Louth County Board were no longer in line to receive a capital grant to get the project started. Recently elected county board chairman Peter Fitzpatrick received the news by text from Minister of Sport Shane Ross last week that the expected €400,000 government grant would no longer be coming their way. On the face of it that seemed like a huge blow for Fitzpatrick who has long been an advocate for a new stadium to be built in Dundalk.
However, speaking on Monday the former Clan Na Gael player quelled any fears of a delay by confirming that GAA President John Horan would be in Dundalk next Monday (January 27) to turn the sod which will officially mark the start of the stadium build.
“I met with President John Horan last Tuesday (January 14) and I can tell you right now that he is 100% behind us in our efforts to get this new GAA stadium built. We had a great talk and he gave me plenty of assurances and he was good enough to agree to come down to Dundalk next Monday to turn the sod which will mark the official start of the build. It was a blow to us when we found out we would not be receiving the government grant last week but we didn’t let that deter us and we immediately turned to plan b. That plan involves selling off top-soil which is onsite which is going to raise enough capital to get the project off the ground. We have 5000 lorry loads of top-soil down there and we will get good money for that. Although we didn’t get the government grant this time around I know that there is another round of grants later on in the year and I’m confident we will be looked after then.
“I promised the people of Louth that I would leave no stone unturned to get this new stadium up and running and I have come through on that promise. As I said the GAA president is 100% behind us and I can say with certainty that the project will begin next week. Louth GAA supporters deserve this new stadium and we have been looking to get this done since 1959. I believe that the project will be completed in eighteen months to two years and it will be one of the finest in the country. It’s full steam ahead from this point on and after years of false starts we are getting it done this time around,” promised Peter.
The 14,000 capacity stadium will be made up of a 4,080 seated stand which contains two kiosks, four dressing rooms, and a physio room, each with toilets and showers. There will be two match officials’ rooms, each with toilet and shower facilities, a medical room with a toilet and an office, along with disabled toilets.
The standing terrace on the opposite side of the ground will hold 8,470 spectators with male and female toilets. There will be two standing areas behind the goals, each with a capacity of 725 people. GAA headquarters have committed to pay for about two thirds of the total €12m cost for the project.

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