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September 2015 the target for first game at GAA's new €9m facility in Blanchardstown

The sod was turned this morning at the new facility at the National Sports Campus.

A projected image of the new facility.
A projected image of the new facility.

SEPTEMBER 2015 IS the target date for the first game to be played at the GAA’s new €9m facility at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown.

The sod was turned for the first time this morning at the new site with Minister Leo Varadkar on hand along with GAA President Liam O’Neill and GAA Director-General Paraic Duffy.

The project will see five pitches developed at the site, including four full size floodlit and a smaller training pitch. One of the full size pitches will be synthetic.

A new pavilion building will also be constructed that accommodate ten changing rooms with physio, referees, meeting rooms, dining facility and reception area. A covered seated stand for 400 supporters will be constructed in the main pitch.

Work on the site will commence in the next fortnight and it is hoped that the first game will then be played by September 2015.

The facility will be available for Gaelic football, hurling, ladies football and camogie games. It will cater for schools and college games as well as club in the Dublin and Leinster areas.

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