Hyde Park to close in June for €300,000 overhaul

Board addresses concerns over venue

The long-awaited redevelopment of Hyde Park looks set to finally proceed this summer, with the installation of a new pitch – at a possible cost of €300,000.

  At a meeting of Roscommon GAA’s county management on Tuesday night, it was agreed to recommend to clubs that the ground be closed for six months  from June 2016 to address the sub-standard pitch.

  The news comes against a background of disappointment and concern about the reliability of the pitch for Roscommon’s high profile home games in Division One of the National Football League this season. Roscommon are due to play Monaghan there on Sunday, January 31st next. Last Sunday’s FBD League game against Mayo had to be switched from Hyde Park to Castlebar, a setback which cost local businesses dearly. 

            Seamus Sweeney, the chairperson of the County Board, said: “We will recommend closing Hyde Park in June and reopening the Hyde for the first round of the National League in 2017.”

  Clubs are expected to back the proposal.