Louth County Council agree to sell land for proposed new GAA County Grounds in Dundalk
Louth County Councillors this morning voted to sell land off the N52 Inner Relief Road to the Louth GAA County Board to build a new state of the art stadium.
In September GAA delegates voted to build a new €8 million stadium at a site between DkIT Sport and former The Authentic Food Company/HJ Heinz plant.
A deal was secured with the chief executive of Louth County Council for the purchase of almost 10 acres of the land for a €400,000 fee but this needed to be ratified by councillors.
After several delays to this process, the matter was finally passed this morning with 22 in favour and one against.
GAA officials can now proceed with their plans to build a new county grounds in Dundalk.
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, will now be 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.
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.
It is understood that Croke Park are very positive about the proposed venue and willing to give financial backing to the Louth County Board to see it come to fruition.
Welcoming the news of the disposal of land today, Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú said: “This is a very positive development for the GAA in Louth and I am delighted that this land on the outskirts of Dundalk will be developed for the use of Louth GAA.