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County Board given all clear to carry out initial works on new County Grounds site

County Board given all clear to carry out initial works on new County Grounds site

The Louth GAA County Board have been given the all clear to make their first major move in preparing the site for the proposed new County Grounds in Dundalk.

Last September GAA delegates voted to build a new €8 million stadium at a site off the N52 Inner Relief Road between DkIT Sport and former The Authentic Food Company/HJ Heinz plant.

Now the County Board, via its Treasurer Aidan Berill, has been granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to raise the existing levels of land at the site with imported engineering grade fill material in order to facilitate the future construction of the stadium.

The works will include the provision of a temporary site entrance, temporary security fencing, temporary internal haul roads, temporary wheel wash and all associated site development works.

A decision on the matter had been expected in April but significant further information was required to be submitted last month in order for the works to be given the go ahead.

The joint venture between Louth GAA, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Louth County Council and GAA HQ will see the development of a new stadium with an initial capacity of just over 12,000, which could increase to 22,000 in the long term.

Designs for the stand and terracing, which will include all modern facilities expected from a stadium including floodlighting, dressing rooms and hospitality facilities, are in the process of being drawn up ahead of an application for planning permission.

The decision to build a new County Grounds in Dundalk ends a long running saga for a new home for GAA in the county. For years it had been hoped to redevelop the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda but these plans fell apart in March last year.

Once completed the new facility will be available for the county’s football and hurling sides as well as for DkIT GAA matches.

June 2020 is the target date for the opening should the stadium gain approval.