400 jobs in plan for Páirc Uí Chaoimh
The redevelopment of Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh will create more than 400 jobs, the Cork County Board of the GAA said yesterday as it announced the project.
The €67 million project will include the redevelopment of the stadium as well as the establishment of a centre of excellence.
Chairman Bob Ryan said it was not an option for the stadium to remain as is: “If we are serious about showcasing our games, attracting spectators, encouraging players and sustaining and enhancing the contribution of the GAA to the sporting community life of Cork, then this project needs to proceed,” he said.
A planning application for the project is to be made in October. If successful, construction will begin in the autumn of next year and be completed in 2015.
The project will be financed from a number of sources including the GAA, commercial revenue, ticket sales and other funding. The centre of excellence will include an all-weather pitch, new gymnasium, dressing rooms, video and performance assessment facilities.