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New Gaelic games stadium opens in London

A newly refurbished 3,000-capacity stadium to host Gaelic football and hurling has opened in London.

McGovern Park in Ruislip, west London, cost £4.3m to build. Some £930,000 was raised by the London GAA and the rest came from grant aid and a loan from GAA headquarters in Croke Park, Ireland.

Noel Dunning, chairman of the Ruislip Development Committee, which was behind the building of the stadium, said:

It’s not just a boost for London GAA, it’s a boost for the GAA in Britain. It’s a tremendous shot in the arm, it’s something for younger players coming through the ranks in London to aspire to.

The London GAA was formed in 1896 to give the Irish community in London an opportunity to play Gaelic football and hurling.

London plays matches as part of the Connacht province and, in 2013, reached the provincial Gaelic football final.

The brand new pitch was constructed by UK contractors Prunty Pitches, the team behind the pitches at the Meath and Monaghan GAA Centres of Excellence as well as the pitches at the GAA’s National Games Development Centre at the National Sports Campus.