ST TIERNACH’S PARK “HAS A FUTURE”

20 February 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Question marks over the long term future of St Tiernach’s Park in Clones abound. However, the goodwill towards the iconic GAA ground is obvious among all parties responsible for managing it. KEVIN CARNEY reports

As disquiet and concern grows over the future of St. Tiarnach’s Park, representatives of the bodies who make up the ground’s management committee have united in declaring that the famed Clones GAA ground can have a future to mirror its past.

The members of Clones GAA, Ulster Council and Monaghan County Board who spoke to the Northern Standard this week have admitted however that St. Tiarnach’s Park is in need of substantial funding to carry out necessary refurbishment work to enable it to remain one of the marquee GAA grounds in Ulster.

Except for a three-year spell in the mid-nineties, St. Tiarnach’s Park’s stock-in-trade has been the hosting of every Ulster SFC decider since 1970.

Now, however, GAA insiders believe that after the blue riband decider is held in 2016, the days of Clones hosting the provincial championship final will be numbered.

However with the redevelopment of Casement Park in Belfast in the pipeline, the pre-eminent status of the mid-Monaghan ….

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