€3.75 million in Government funding announced for Walsh Park redevelopment
Plans to redevelop Waterford GAA’s county grounds received a massive boost today after €3.75 million in funding was earmarked for the project.
It is hoped to begin construction of the 16,500 capacity Walsh Park directly after the end of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin series after Waterford host Cork on May 31.
A spokesperson for the Waterford County Board told WaterfordNow.ie: “We welcome the announcement of the €3.75 million funding for Walsh Park.
“We expect work to start on the project after the conclusion of the Munster Hurling Championships this summer. There will be no work done on the grounds until after the games with Tipperary and with Cork.”
Waterford TD and Minister John Halligan made the announcement this morning, which sees the Government commit to providing more than half the expected €7 million cost of the redevelopment under the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s ‘Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund.’
“This is fantastic news for Waterford and marks a significant investment into gaelic games in the city and county.
“The funding will cover the demolition of the existing dressing rooms, the construction of the brand new covered western stand terrace, the construction of the new uncovered, seated northern stand, new dressing rooms and toilet blocks as well as improvements to drainage, pitch irrigation and fencing.
“Today’s announcement will go a long way towards ensuring a top-quality venue and fitting home for Gaelic Games in Waterford.”