Three of the members on the Louth GAA grounds selection committee: Peter Fitzpatrick TD, Aidan Berrill and David Rogers at the Council Chamber on Monday afternoon .(Picture: Arthur Kinahan)
David Rogers feels the development of a new county grounds will leave a legacy that future generations of Louth Gaels will be proud of.
The St. Kevin’s clubman was an integral member of the committee assigned to negotiate with County Council chiefs over the land purchase in Dundalk, having pinpointed the site off the Inner Relief Road as the ideal plot for the development.
“I would be a firm believer that each generation must leave something behind for the next one so that they know that they have to do the same to keep everything moving,” he told The Democrat on Monday.
“Our county, we’d love to be a lot higher up than we are and I think this is going to really give our Gaels something to be proud of and look forward to, and hopefully our young children will want to play there and that’ll give everything a lift.
“We have got what we wanted; we have achieved a portion of ground for our new grounds which is most important for Louth GAA moving forward. We just now have to take it forward and make it happen.”
Rogers, CEO of contracting firm Ganson, also moved to quell any worries parties may have over the suitability of the land in question.
“When we sat down as a committee in July, we didn’t have any preconditions, we just decided that we were going to look for the best possible site for our county grounds.
“We looked at different places across the county and this was the best location. It ticked most of the boxes that had to be ticked.
“It’s low-lying, but that’s not a shotstopper in any respect. The site needs to be filled to a certain level to take it out of the floodplain zone so that’s the next step.
“Dermot Agnew is very heavily involved in our committee and he has done a lot of work on the Drogheda grounds and here. We’re all quite happy that there is enough room to put the facility on.”