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Walsh Park re-development to commence in late October

The re-development of Walsh Park is set to begin in the last few weeks of October 2022.

The news has been confirmed to WLR, by Waterford County Board Chairman, Sean Michael O'Regan.

Phase 1 of the project involves the construction of a new uncovered Northern Stand with 3,404 seats and the refurbishment of the existing Southern Stand.

This renovation work includes re-roofing this section, providing new seating, the construction of a new press area and improving the existing toilet facilities.

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The playing pitch at Walsh Park is also set to be widened.

The project went to tender two weeks ago, and the County Board chairman says a huge amount of work has gone in to bring works to this juncture.

"There's a lot of people working on Walsh Park, myself included and we've put an awful lot of hours in to try and get Walsh Park started. We went to tender two weeks ago, so that process is ongoing and things will start soon. The hope would be at this moment in time - things can change as we all know - but at the moment, taking everything into consideration - we'd be hoping to start the redevelopment in late October of this year."

The full redevelopment is due to be finished by 2025. The county board aims to provide a high quality family-friendly stadium, of reasonable capacity, to serve the GAA community and provide a positive user experience for 30 years.

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In January 2020, the Government allocated €3.75 million to the Walsh Park project through the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund. Work was put on hold however due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It's estimated that the overall cost of redeveloping Walsh Park will be somewhere in the region of €10m to €12m.

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