28 October 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Fresh plans have been unveiled by Ulster GAA for the proposed development of Casement Park in Belfast. The new designs are for a provincial stadium that would accommodate up to 34,500 spectators. This is a reduction of 3,500 on original plans that ran into difficulty when they were challenged in court by a group of local residents. The venue has not been used for the past three years and is in poor condition while its future is discussed.

  The proposals will be closely watched in Monaghan to see what the implications are for Clones. There are already plans for improving St Tiernach’s Park, which has a capacity of around 36,000 and is the traditional venue for the Ulster football final in July each year.

  President of the GAA Aogán Ó Fearghail told the Northern Standard last year St Tiernach’s Park will not be forgotten about and there was a need for a major sporting facility in Belfast.

  Tyrone manager Mickey Harte during a recent visit to Clones told the Northern Standard he hoped the Casement plan came to fruition, and that there was a substantial stadium built in Belfast that everyone could be very proud of. “It might move an odd Ulster Final away from Clones but such is life,” he said. He believed that if Belfast got a new stadium then Ulster finals and big games would …

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