IceDome set to re­open

The Argus - - NEWS -

THERE was good news for Dun­dalk’s ice hockey fans and ice skat­ing en­thu­si­asts this week, with plans emerg­ing for the ice dome to be re-opened in the near fu­ture.

Since the clo­sure of the Ice Dome in 2010, hopes have been high that it would be taken over by new manage­ment and re-opened.

Now, over eight years later, plans are afoot to open the venue again, af­ter the Ir­ish Ice Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion (IIHA) tweeted the news.

‘IIHA is pleased to an­nounce that DKIT has ac­cepted the ten­der of­fer of the manage­ment group work­ing with the IIHA to re­open the Dun­dalk Ice Dome. Fi­nal stages of the lease agree­ment are un­der­way. We will in­form you when they are com­plete. Open­ing date will be fur­nished upon com­ple­tion of agree­ment.’

Orig­i­nally opened in 2006, the Dun­dalk Ice Dome was the first per­ma­nent ice arena in Ire­land, and aimed to be­come the cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for ice hockey in Ire­land. It was home to the Ir­ish na­tional ice hockey squad and lo­cal team the Dun­dalk Bulls, and held in­ter­na­tional ice skat­ing events But it was then closed in early May 2010, and the site was later bought over by DkIT.

Com­ment­ing on re­ports of the re­open­ing, a DkIT spokesman said: ‘Dun­dalk In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy is in the process of ex­plor­ing op­tions around let­ting the DkIT-owned Ice Dome prop­erty in Dun­dalk Re­tail Park. The In­sti­tute will an­nounce fur­ther de­tails of this en­gage­ment once due process has been car­ried out.’

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