The GAA has revealed its plans for a new ‘world-class’ Irish handball centre, following an end of a ‘long-running dispute’ between Croke Park and the Irish Handball Council Sports Centre.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern chaired the mediation process and today Croke Park said that they have agreed to work with Dublin City Council onthe reconstruction of Sackville Avenue located at the south-east of the stadium.
It will see a brand new handball centre, new housing, the demolition of the existing Croke Villas a new entrance to Croke Park to take the pressure off of other local roads.
This year’s All-Ireland 60×30 finals and semi-finals for 2016 will take place in the existing facility this September and October until the new centre is ready.
“Until the new Centre replaces the existing facility beside Hill 16, arrangements have been agreed for the GAA to participate in the management of the existing premises,” the joint statement read.
The project will require planning permission and ‘other approvals’, which will be sought in the ‘near future’, while sketches, by SSA Architechts, of proposed design have been released.
Fintan Farrelly, Chairman of the Irish Handball Council Sports Centre, said: “The local handball and community centre members welcome the spirit of partnership and co-operation that forms the basis of the agreement reached with the GAA.
“We are happy that the long running court case has been resolved. We now look forward to a harmonious relationship with the GAA that will be an enormous benefit to the local community and the handball community alike.”