London Irish Rugby may offer pitch facilities to London GAA

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By Sean Moriarty

The London County hurling and football teams could play their home games at London Irish Rugby club’s  Hazlewood training facility at Sunbury in West London while the development work at Ruislip takes place.

The Irish World understands that plans are at an advanced stage between the London County Board and London Irish to move all home games to the new multi-million pound facility and that senior London GAA officials are waiting for Croke Park to copper-fasten the plan.

But organisations are remaining tight-lipped on the proposals but sources close to the London County Board have admitted that a deal between the two organisations is very close.

Originally it was expected that all London inter-county home games, including the footballers division four and the hurlers division 2A national league home games would have to be played  in Ireland during the redevelopment  at Ruilsip.

Construction is due to be completed by May next year, in time for the Connacht Senior Football Championship match against Roscommon which is set for late May or early June.

The move would also benefit the recent county senior champions. Hurling club Kilburn Gaels are set  to met  the Leinster hurling champions  while football champions Tir Chonaill Gaels will face the Connacht football champions  in the All Ireland club championship in mid  December.  It was expected that both these games would have to be played in Ireland during the construction phase.

Panning permission for the new grand stand and facilities at Ruislip has not yet been granted by Hillingdon council but it is expected to be give the green-light by the end of September and construction , subject to a tendering process, is due to begin by  November once the tendering process is out of the way.

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