LAOIS GAA - No go for O'Moore Park

The Leinster Council have confirmed O'Moore Park is not currently under consideration for development as a central provincial stadium.

The Leinster Council have confirmed O'Moore Park is not currently under consideration for development as a central provincial stadium.

The Council launched their Strategic Vision and Action Plan last Wednesday night, as they set out what they hope to achieve between now and the end of 2015. Part of that Plan had mentioned that they consider the development of a central stadium in the province.

It was believed O'Moore Park would be a front runner in any future plans for such a project, after the Leinster Express revealed last year that E239, 837 had been spent on a Feasability Study on Laois' county grounds over the course of 2008 and 2009.

It has since been confirmed, however, that the Council will investigate the feasability of developing a county ground in North Leinster, where recent population booms have not seen GAA infrastructures keep pace.

John Cotter, Chairman of the Leinster Steering Group which was behind the production of the Strategic Vision and Action Plan, confirmed that they will be looking into the possibility of improving stadium facilities in the north of the province. "We were looking at the playing facilities, and the possibility of putting something in place in North Leinster. It's purely an investigation at this stage."

The fate of O'Moore Park remains to be seen, but the money spent on the previous feasability study will not reap any rewards for the time being. With Nowland Park also adding another stand in the last year, as well as the facilities on offer in Tullamore, Carlow and Wexford, the Leinster Council appears satisfied with the options it has available in southern half of the province.

County grounds in Meath, Louth, Longford, Westmeath, Kildare and Wicklow are likely to come under the microscope as the next phases of the Strategic Plan are implemented.

There has been no target date set in the Plan to achieve the proposed development of a North Leinster venue, with the plans for 2012 onwards instructing that there be an 'Ongoing investigation' into the 'feasability, viability and acceptability' of such a move.