€2m Pearse Park upgrade to start in December

Longford County Board hopes to start the extensive refurbishment of Pearse Park in December after the plans were given the go-ahead today.

It targets for construction to be completed by next May, in a project estimated to cost up to €2.5 million.

Longford County Board secretary Peter O’Reilly welcomes the news that the major upgrade of the county ground was given planning permission by Longford County Council today.

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A number of conditions were attached to the grant of planning and there is a possibility the decision could be appealed against to An Bord Pleanála.

Provided all goes to plan, though, Mr O’Reilly says construction will begin in the coming months.

Serious structural issues were identified in the ground some time ago, which reduced its capacity to 4,500, but this will be restored to 9,000 when the overhaul is complete.

As part of the refurbishment, parts of the terraces and stand will be demolished and rebuilt, while other works include new turnstiles, safety barriers and new stand-alone building.

Mr O’Reilly has revealed the cost of the project.

The project will be financed through funding from Croke Park and the county board, along with grants, while a fundraising campaign is about to be launched to make up the shortfall.