In the Republic of Ireland, Cork GAA have been granted planning permission for the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and the development of a centre of excellence by An Bórd Pleanála, it has been confirmed by the county board.
Cork GAA Chairman Bob Ryan released the following statement on Monday:
Cork County Board is delighted with An Bórd Pleanála’s decision and the completion of the appeals process. This is a really welcome decision for all those with an interest in Gaelic Games and sport. The redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh will provide top class facilities and meet present day expectations of players and spectators. It will ensure that Cork has a proper home to showcase Gaelic games and an infrastructure to develop young players into the future.
Today’s decision is also a very important moment for Cork as it allows us to progress a project that holds out so many economic, recreational and community positives for the city and county. This is a €70 million project that will create some 400 direct and indirect construction jobs. The new development will also address a deficit in Cork’s business and tourism infrastructure and create an ongoing economic dividend for Cork.
It should be remembered that a major fixture or public event at at Páirc Uí Chaoimh converts into tangible benefits for businesses in Cork, particularly for those in the hospitality sector.
Our aim is to commence the construction phase from February next, in consultation with our neighbours with whom we want to work closely in the years ahead. We look forward to working with them to ensure the stadium’s operations work smoothly and can be a resource for the local community.
For further information go to: www.gaa.ie
Image caption & credit: 6 July 2014; A general view of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork. Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Cork v Kerry, Páirc Ui Chaoimh, Cork. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE