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FAI complete deal to buy League of Ireland ground owned and developed by Mick Wallace

The purchase ensures the future of the sports complex.

Ferrcarrig Park in Wexford.
Ferrcarrig Park in Wexford.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION of Ireland (FAI) have this afternoon announced an agreement to purchase Ferrycarrig Park stadium in Wexford.

The sports complex, which is home to SSE Airtricity League side Wexford Youths, was built by Independent TD Mick Wallace but the FAI have been forced to intervene.

A receiver was appointed to the Crossabeg facility in late 2013 because of a mortgage debt on the property but the future of the ground has now been secured.

“This transaction was very important to ensure Wexford football continues to have a home and a focal point for the game in the South East,” FAI chief executive John Delaney said of the deal.

“It was a matter of priority for the FAI to ensure that the facility was not lost to football and I am very pleased that the steps we have taken will ensure that our game can continue to flourish in Wexford.”

Under the new structure, the facility will be jointly owned by the FAI and the Wexford Football League with Wexford Youths continuing to use the facility for SSE Airtricity League fixtures, underage league games and Women’s National League matches.

Ferrycarraig Park The main stand. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

“It’s certainly a good day for football in Ireland, now that the Wexford Youths Football Complex is assured of staying in football,” Wallace, who is the club’s chairman, said.

“On behalf of the Wexford Youths club, I would like to thank the Football Association of Ireland, and the Wexford Football League, for helping to make this happen.

“The Wexford Youths are now a well-established integral part of community life in Wexford and the South East region and today’s announcement has to be good news for all concerned.”

The ground was built by Wallace’s construction company, M&J Wallace, in 2003 and hosted its first match two years later.

Wexford are currently preparing for their debut season in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

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