The future of Louth GAA. The proposed site for a county grounds development between Heinz factory and DkIT Sport in Dundalk. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Louth councillors have this lunchtime passed the transfer of approximately nine acres of development land in Dundalk to Louth GAA.
The result: work can now begin on the building of a new county grounds off the Inner Relief Road.
After being excluded from the November agenda due to a technicality, and before that the October meeting, having been unanimously backed by Louth GAA a month earlier, representatives have passed the plans for a 12,000-capacity stadium on a 12.14 acre plot at a cost of approximately €6-to-€8 million.
Just over nine of the acres will be purchased from the County Council, with the GAA’s negotiating team, consisting of Aidan Berrill, Peter Fitzpatrick, Dermot Agnew, Danny Culligan, David Rogers and Frank Lynch, having already agreed a long-term lease on the land owned by Dundalk IT.
It is understood that Croke Park are very positive about the proposed venue and willing to give financial backing to the Louth Co. Board to see it come to fruition.
Local councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has welcomed the decision taken by councillors at this morning's meeting.
Cllr Ó Murchú said: “This is a very positive development for the GAA in Louth and I am delighted that this land on the outskirts of Dundalk will be developed for the use of Louth GAA.
“When fully developed this county ground will see an investment in the region of €8 million in Dundalk and I hope it will lead to further development in that area.
“This means that Louth county teams will no longer have to cede home advantage due to lack of grounds.
“Cumann Luthchleas Gael contributes immeasurably to our communities, indeed in many rural communities it is the sole driver of community activities.
“I am proud that Louth County Council has supported this project and in doing so has supported every GAA volunteer, player and enthusiast.”