Start date is im­mi­nent for Pairc Tail­teann de­vel­op­ment

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

PLANS for the pro­posed re-de­vel­op­ment of Pairc Tail­teann were for­warded to clubs re­cently and a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is ex­pected to be lodged with Meath County Coun­cil next month.

How­ever, just when work com­mences on the project will only be de­cided fol­low­ing a spe­cial meet­ing of the County Board which will take place on Mon­day Novem­ber 27th.

At an ear­lier meet­ing with the 59 clubs of the county, some ex­pressed con­cerns re­gard­ing fund-rais­ing for the de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially the size of con­tri­bu­tion ex­pected from the clubs.

Since then man­age­ment have ad­dressed those con­cerns and has re­vised the pro­pos­als for con­sid­er­a­tion by clubs.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment will con­sist of a 20,000-seated ca­pac­ity or a mix of seated and stand­ing at the Na­van venue. The de­vel­op­ment is de­signed so it can be built in phases as fi­nance be­comes avail­able and the phas­ing will be done so that fu­ture de­vel­op­ment will not be com­pro­mised.

Phase one of the project is a 4,000-seat stand and an­cil­lary work which will cost in the re­gion of €10 mil­lion.

A num­ber of fund-rais­ing op­tions will be put to clubs to help raise their part of the cost when del­e­gates re­con­vene at the end of the month.

Pat Kelly, rep­re­sent­ing St Colm­cille’s, is pre­sented with the Of­fi­cial Healthy Club Award by Seán Ca­vanagh, Healthy Clubs Am­bas­sador and for­mer Ty­rone foot­baller. The spe­cial cer­e­mony held in Croke Park saw 58 GAA clubs recog­nised as the first of­fi­cial ‘Healthy Clubs’ on the is­land of Ire­land. The GAA’s Healthy Clubs Project hopes to trans­form GAA clubs na­tion­ally into hubs for com­mu­nity health and well­be­ing. As part of the pro­gramme, each club is trained to de­liver ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion pro­grammes on a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent topics in­clud­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, emo­tional well­be­ing, healthy eat­ing and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

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