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 will vote on a proposal to develop a new GAA county grounds in Dundalk at Monday’s monthly meeting.
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 now have the chance to pass the plans for a 12,000-capacity stadium on a 12.14 acre plot off the Inner Relief Road, at a cost of approximately €6-to-€8 million.
Just over nine of the acres will be purchased from the County Council for a fee of €400,000 should Monday’s vote be favourable towards the project, 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 believed that there has been some objection to the development by members of the council who are both concerned about the price the land is being sold for and the county grounds’ movement from Drogheda to Dundalk.
If the item is rejected Louth GAA would be plunged back to square one in their attempts at securing a long-term home. Plans to redevelop their current abode, Drogheda’s Gaelic Grounds, were scrapped earlier this year.
June 2020 is the target date for the opening should the stadium gain approval.
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.