Belfast Telegraph

GAA plans for 'world-class' Croke Park development

By Will Slattery

The GAA has revealed plans for a 'world-class' Irish handball centre, new housing, a new entrance to Croke Park and the reconstruction of Sackville Avenue.

In a statement, the GAA said that they will work alongside Dublin City Council for the reconstruction of Sackville Avenue, which is located to the south-east of the stadium.

They said they hope the renovations will 'take pressure off other local streets' around Croke Park.

A National Handball and Community Centre is also planned for the area, with the centre to be managed by a 'partnership arrangement between the GAA and the local community and handball centre members'.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern chaired the mediation process between the GAA and the Irish Handball Council Sports Centre that saw a deal struck.

He said: "I am very pleased to have played a role in clearing the way for the renewal of a part of Ballybough that desperately needs it and in adding an important new mechanism for the GAA and the local community to work together."

The joint statement issued today added that the long-running dispute between Croke Park and the Irish Handball Council Sports Centre has been brought to an end "as a result of the arrangements".

It noted that the All-Ireland 60x30 finals and semi-finals for 2016 will take place in the existing facility this September and October until the new centre is built.

The project will require planning permission and 'other approvals', which will be sought in the 'near future', before it is given the green light.


From Belfast Telegraph