CASTLEBLAYNEY’S TWIN APPROACH SET TO CEMENT THEIR COUNTY STATUS

13 May 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY KEVIN CARNEY

St. Mary’s Park, Castleblayney has long been a totemic facility for local gaels and Monaghan GAA as a whole.

However, the south county landscape out the Dundalk road is fast morphing into a dreamscape as it’s shape and lustre undergoes a total make-over.

Major development work is ongoing at the Park. The work is actually semi-complete with with phase one of the development – consisting of a new running track and prunty pitch – complete.

Meanwhile, phase two of the development is also under way with the construction of a new stand which will accommodate 2,100 patrons in covered bucket seats.

The stand is expected to be finished in the autumn and will be wheelchair friendly and include additional toilet facilities, meetings rooms and has an area designated for the media.

Also pencilled in for inclusion in the construction of the stand is a further uncovered seating area which will bring the total number of seats in St Mary’s Park to approximately 6,000.

In addition, the existing floodlights will also receive a lux upgraded to bring them in line with other secondary intercounty standards.

On Saturday last, the GAA hierarchy came to review progress to date in the presence of club officials and Doohamlet Construction representatives Teddy and Greg Duffy.

Here are just some of the glowing comments made on the day:
Director General of the GAA Padraig Duffy:
“The clearance work is now complete and it’s great to see the footprint of the new stand with steel ready to be erected. Castleblayney is a great location for this development; it’s in the centre of the county and ideally located for intercounty games.”

Monaghan County Board was represented with Chairman Paul Curran:
“The new stand will give a great view of what is a first class pitch ,the construction work is really moving and hopefully we will be able to host some games in the latter part of the year”.

Ulster Council President Martin McAviney:
“Ulster GAA needs a small to medium size venue in the South of the province to hold games, Castleblayney is a great location just 1 hour form ….

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