€70m Pairc Ui Chaoimh redevelopment to go proceed

Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Under the plans, the existing stadium will be completely revamped to accommodate 45,000 spectators, incorporating new dressing rooms, a pre-match warm up area and medical facilities.

A Centre of Excellence, which will include an all-weather pitch, gymnasium and rehab facilities are also planned as part of the €67million project.

Cork City Council granted planning permission last April, but a number of local residents appealed the decision.

While An Bord Pleanala have attached some conditions, the body found the proposals  was in accordance with the “proper planning and sustainable development of the area”.

Reacting to the news, Cork County Board chairman Bob Ryan said: “Cork County Board is delighted with An Bord Pleanala’s decision and the completion of the appeals process. This is a really welcome decision for all those with an interest in Gaelic Games and sport.

“The redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh will provide top class facilities and meet present day expectations of players and spectators. It will ensure that Cork has a proper home to showcase Gaelic games and an infrastructure to develop young players into the future.

“Today’s decision is also a very important moment for Cork as it allows us to progress a project that holds out so many economic, recreational and community positives for the city and county. This is a €70 million project that will create some 400 direct and indirect construction jobs The new development will  also address a deficit in Cork’s business and tourism infrastructure and create an ongoing economic dividend for Cork.

“It should be remembered that a major fixture or public event at at Pairc Ui Chaoimh converts into tangible benefits for businesses in Cork, particularly for those in the hospitality sector.

“Our aim is to  commence the construction phase from February next, in  consultation with our neighbours with whom we want to work closely in the years ahead. We look forward to working with them to ensure the stadium’s operations work smoothly and can be a resource for the local community.”