Louth GAA

Deal agreed between Louth GAA and Council as new 12,000 stadium at DkIT set for County Board approval

Louth GAA

Caoimhín Reilly

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Deal agreed between Louth GAA and Council as new 12,000 stadium at DkIT set for County Board approval

A view of the site where Louth GAA's new grounds will be built. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)

Louth GAA’s new county grounds is to be built at DkIT after a deal was agreed with Louth County Council last week.

County Board treasurer Aidan Berrill and TD Peter Fitzpatrick are believed to have met with leading Council authorities in Dundalk last Thursday where the final details over the purchase of land on a plot, in the region of 12 acres, between DkIT Sport and Heinz was confirmed.

The Democrat has learned that the new stadium, the plans for which will be put to the Co. Board next Monday night, will be a 12,000 capacity build with the potential to extend to 20,000 upon development.

Neither a timeframe nor a cost has yet to be established; however, assumedly, once it’s given the go ahead at next week’s meeting, work will promptly begin.

The cost of the Centre of Excellence development at Darver was in the region €7 million - a debt which has now been cleared to under a million - and a new stadium could see a similar bill having to be footed. 

The funding breakdown is another thing expected to be on Monday night’s agenda.

Having originally been vetted as a potential site in 2011, there are crucial amenities surrounding the plot off the Inner Relief Road, while it is believed that entry routes could be via DkIT Sport and from the opposite side of the ground, adjacent to the Finnabair Industrial Estate.

A major breakthrough on a 40 year lookout for a county grounds, it could well be that Louth GAA is finally in the process of ending that wait.

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