French sports retailer Decathlon will stock Gaelic sports gear in its flagship store in Dublin when it opens next year.

Decathlon has designed and developed its first Gaelic football at its research and development centre in Lille.

Construction will begin at the site in Ballymum next week, according to a report in the Irish Times, which represents a €13 million investment in Ireland.

If the superstore in Ballymun is successful, Decathlon plans to open other outlets in the capital and in Galway, Waterford and Cork.

Construction firm, Mannings, will build the store which will be located near Ikea.

It will have 4,000 sq m of retail space, as well as 700 sq m for its corporate headquarters, and 1,500 sq m of outdoor playground and an indoor practice area for people to test the products.