Upgrade works continue at the Hyde

It was confirmed at this month’s County Board meeting that the upgrade of Dr Hyde Park continues apace with works on the county ground expected to be completed by the end of February 2024.

Those in attendance were told that the seating in the main stand has now been completed while the roof and perimeter wall have also been repaired.

With a new electronic scoreboard now in place, work has commenced on the concrete seating area at the front of the stand. The seating had previously been condemned. At the meeting, officials agreed to replace all concrete seats with flip-up seats. This will take seated capacity at Dr Hyde Park to 9,000.

New dressing rooms for both male and female players and toilet blocks are also set to be completed.

The ongoing works are estimated to cost €1.5 million and will not infringe on this year’s county finals or National League games next year. Roscommon GAA received €225,000 from Capital grants last year and hope to receive €300,000 in 2024. The County Board has also borrowed €500,000 to complete the work.

Officials told the August meeting that finances were in ‘good shape’ due to successful fundraising in recent years.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that plans for the proposed new Centre of Excellence on the Racecourse Road were still with the Planning Authority. There have been no complaints or objections to the plans but more information has been sought by the authority.

It was also confirmed at the meeting that the Roscommon Hurling Board is in the process of searching for a new manager.