Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Gaelic: Grounds for optimism on Armagh venue

The refurbishment work on the Athletic Grounds, Armagh has been stepped up considerably of late.

New terracing has already been installed and work is gathering pace to ensure that the venue will accomodate 20,000 fans in comfort when completed.

Joe Jordan, the immediate past chairman of the Armagh county board, was among those who pressed strongly for the resumption of work at the venue after a delay occasioned by the reluctance on the part of the Department of Arts and Leisure to release grant money - something that impacted on other sports as well.

Now Jordan is keen to see major matches being hosted at the Athletic Grounds again.

"I think that by the autumn of next year we may be in the position to stage games there. That would certainly be a big boost for football within the county," he maintains.

"Armagh have been hosting their National League and Dr McKenna Cup matches in Crossmaglen of late and while Oliver Plunkett Park is ideal in many respects, there is a desire to see the Athletic Grounds up and running once again."

Meanwhile, the new Pearse Og Park in Armagh is now one of the best club venues in the county.

The club's headquarters are located at Ballycrummy on the outskirts of Armagh and represent a huge show of faith in the GAA in the primatial city.