Official turning of the sod for Louth GAA Stadium

GAA President John Horan was in Dundalk on Monday afternoon to officially turn the sod at the site for the new Louth GAA Stadium which is being built on the Inner Relief Road. President Horan made it clear that Croke Park was 100% behind this project and vowed to make the project ‘one of his priorities going forward’.
A large crowd turned up at the official sod-turning ceremony at the site across from the old Ice Rink at the Inner Relief Road and those in attendance heard recently elected County chairman Peter Fitzpatrick make a pledge to have the stadium up and running within two years.
“Today is an historic day for Louth GAA and it has been a long time coming. We have been looking for a stadium to call our own ever since we lost the Athletic Grounds in 1959. It’s going to take a lot of hard work from not just the board but Louth supporters and all 41 clubs around the county as well. I truly believe if we all put our shoulder to the wheel we can have this stadium built within two years. We were very disappointed not to get government funding last week but thankfully President John Horan who is here today gave me a commitment that Croke Park are 100% behind us and we are very grateful for all his help to date,” added Peter.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Horan confirmed that the building of a new stadium in Louth is one of Croke Park’s priorities going forward.
“I am heartened to see so many people here today and it gives me belief that if the people of Louth support this project then there is no reason why we can’t get this stadium built. I know the committee have stated that they plan to have the ground built within two years which is a challenging ambition to have but at the same time it’s good to be ambitious and I feel the right people are pushing this project. I am here today to say that as long as the people of Louth give their support for this project we will do all we can to help make this happen.
The President of the GAA also expressed his disappointment with the lack of funding from government and stated that they need to look at how much good work the GAA are doing in local communities.
“I think the government need to step up as well to support this project. I’m hugely disappointed that no funding was issued last week to Louth GAA. When you look at all the work all 41 clubs in Louth do in their communities the government we it to Louth to help them build a home to call their own. And I think Louth is a special case as they don’t currently have a proper county ground.
“I think it’s a very obvious need in this county to have a proper facility for the county and we will be doing all we can to help. I’m not standing here with a cheque or an amount, but by God we’ll give it every bit of support we can,” promised President Horan.
It is estimated that the GAA will foot the bill for two thirds of the projected €12m cost of the stadium project with the rest coming from grants and fundraisers within the county including the Wee County Double House Draw which was launched in November. Details of which can be found at www.pickahouse.ie

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