Confusion reigns over plans for velodrome in Dundalk

Confusion reigns after conflicting reports emerged at the weekend that Ireland’s first velodrome could be located in Dublin, while An Taoiseach Enda Kenny claimed the cycling facility was being built in Dundalk.

A report in the national media over the weekend suggested that the Dundalk plans are squashed after plans progressed to build a velodrome on the National Sports Campus (NSCDA) in Abbotstown.

Minister for Sport, Leo Varadkar, has given the NSCDA the go ahead to draw up plans for a velodrome.

A source told The Democrat that €120,000 has been given for the design and planning stage of the Abbotstown site.

Meanwhile, in a Q&A session last week, Irish cycling champion Martyn Irvine asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny what are the chances of the Government approving funding this year for our first indoor velodrome.

The Taoiseach replied by stating: “There’s one being built in Dundalk, as I understand it, which is the first in the country of international specifications.

“We’re going to have a velodrome: we have a capital sports programme which I’m sure will be able to contribute to this and other facilities.”

Last month, plans were unveiled by Dundalk IT and Cuchulainn Cycling Club to transform a section of the JJB facility into a state-of-the-art velodrome.

However, DkIT Students Union rejected these proposals.

Commenting on the conflicting reports, Brian Fitzpatrick, DkIT SU President, told The Democrat: “I’m hoping to have an update on DkIT Sport early next week.

“I’m aware that Enda Kenny made a comment on the potential velodrome in Dundalk but I could imagine he is not fully informed on the proposal.

“As far as we are concerned, there is definitely not going to be a velodrome put on campus.”

Despite the latest developments in Abbotstown, there was always a provision for a velodrome facility on the National Sports Campus.