Louth GAA

Chairman Des Halpenny outlines why all Louth's home National League matches were played in Drogheda

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Chairman Des Halpenny outlines why all Louth's home National League matches were played in Drogheda

Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)

Chairman Des Halpenny has said the County Board explored the idea of moving Louth’s National League matches around the county.

Drogheda’s Gaelic Grounds was used for all three of the Reds’ programme, but it had been the county management’s intention to play a match in the north, middle and south of Louth, but that it’s “not just as simple as that”.

He revealed that Croke Park and Leinster GAA’s “stringent” health and safety regulations would have meant that a full audit would have been required on any potential ground - which would have placed an attendance capacity on various venues which would also have to be adhered to domestically.

However, Halpenny stressed that there were no health and safety issues with any ground, just that many of them weren’t in a position to through the audit at the time.

Bringing Leinster delegate Declan Byrne into the conversation, the O’Connell’s clubman said: “no other ground in the county comes within 1,000 to 1,200 of Drogheda (in capacity terms).”

READ MORE FROM LAST NIGHT'S COUNTY BOARD MEETING HERE.