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Blanchardstown National Sports Campus to be developed

Updated: Friday, 07 Jun 2013 12:08 | Comments

Seán Benton, Páraic Duffy and Barry O'Brien at the recent signing of the lease documents in Blanchardstown
Seán Benton, Páraic Duffy and Barry O'Brien at the recent signing of the lease documents in Blanchardstown

The GAA has confirmed plans to develop high performance purpose-built facilities at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown.

Amongst the plans are four full size pitches including one to the scale of Croke Park, in an investment by the association of €9million.

The facility will serve as a national training centre for all strands of the wider Association including Camogie and Ladies Football and will assist in catering for the needs of counties, clubs, schools and colleges in Dublin and the greater Leinster area.

It is expected that development work will commence in the coming weeks and will be ready for use by September 2014.

The Association has worked in partnership with the National Sports Campus Development Authority to develop these facilities, and the GAA will be one of 20 national sporting bodies operating from the Campus.

Other plans include; a full size 3G training facility, a hurling wall, a state-of-the-art pavilion to include 10 changing rooms, a viewing gallery for 350 people and ancillary space to cater for offices, meeting rooms, physiotherapy, a gym and canteen. Parking spaces for 256 cars and eight coaches have also been included.

President of the GAA, Liam Ó Néill said: “It is fitting that the GAA should take its place alongside the other 19 national sporting bodies who will have a presence at the impressive new campus and I am pleased that teams from across Ireland – and indeed those visiting from overseas – will have access to these excellent facilities to further enhance their preparation for competing in our games at every level.”

GAA Director General Páraic Ó Dufaigh added: “This is a milestone project, not just for the GAA, but for sport in Ireland and we are delighted to be involved.

“The role of sport in society is difficult to overestimate and this ambitious project is an acknowledgement of the importance Irish people place on sporting activity and the pursuit of excellence.”

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