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We had a look around the GAA's new €12 million facility in Abbotstown today

It’s an impressive set-up.

THE GAA HAS opened its new National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown with the state-of-the-art facility designed to cater for teams from all around the country.

A view of the GAA National Games Development Centre The centre is located at the National Sports Campus. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

A total of €12 million has been invested in the 25-acre site which is situated within the confines of the National Sports Campus.

The recently completed project includes a total of five floodlit pitches, a 3G playing surface, a hurling wall and a pavilion which has 10 dressing rooms, a gymnasium, physio and meeting rooms and dining facilities.

The centre’s main pitch, which is a replica of the surface at Croke Park, has a 400-seater covered stand which backs on to the main pavilion.

“It gives us great pleasure to unveil this fantastic new facility and it is right and proper that the GAA and our native games have a presence in a prime location within the National Sports Campus,” GAA President, Aogán Ó Fearghail, said.

“The facilities on offer to the wider GAA family here rank alongside the best anywhere and great credit is due to all who have been involved from the inception of the project right through to its delivery.

“The real benefits of this development will come to be seen in the months and years ahead as the Centre caters for teams of all types fostering a sharing of best practice that will enhance our games and the experience of those who play and coach them.”

Take a look around below.

We had a look around the GAA's new €12 million facility in Abbotstown today
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  • The GAA's new National Games Development Centre.

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • The state-of-the-art gymnasium.

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • And will be kitted out with the best equipment.

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • Venue manager Derry Enwright gives guests a tour.

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • There are 10 dressing rooms in total.

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • The main pitch has a 400-seater stand on one side.

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • The stands backs on to the pavilion.

    Source: The42.ie
  • There are five playing pitches - four full size - and one 3G playing surface.

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • The main pitch is a replica of the surface at Croke Park.

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

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