Good to see Dun­dalk are mov­ing ahead with work

The Argus - - OPINION -

THERE was good news on the sport­ing front in the last week.

Fi­nally there was white smoke from Oriel Park in terms of new ad­di­tions to the play­ing squad for the new sea­son, but more im­por­tantly there was the an­nounce­ment that work would start on in­stalling a new pitch ahead of the new sea­son.

Purists and crit­ics such as for­mer Ir­ish man­ager, Brian Kerr won’t like the fact that a grass sur­face is not be­ing sown, but Dun­dalk have to man­age their own af­fairs as they see fit and have in­di­cated a de­sire to re­turn to a grass play­ing sur­face in due course in tan­dem with sta­dium devel­op­ments.

At least the new sur­face should en­sure that Dun­dalk will be able to host their first qual­i­fy­ing round of the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League in the sum­mer.

While Tal­laght were wel­com­ing hosts for Dun­dalk’s Euro­pean ac­tion last sea­son, it stuck in the craw to see bus and car loads of Dun­dalk sup­port­ers leave town on big match days and lo­cal traders lost out the boost such big match days bring to lo­cal shops, bars and restau­rants.

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