These are the first images and video (see below) of the new multi-million pound Armagh GAA training development to be based in Portadown.
The state-of-the-art venue, based at St Malachy’s Hurling Club on the Moy Road, will provide facilities to cater for all our county teams and academy squads.
It will have several full-size pitches, as well as one full size 3G pitch with catch nets and floodlighting.
There will be a strength and conditioning centre with meeting facilities and associated car parking.
Architects McCreanor and Co, said: “We are thrilled to be working on such an important local project, something that the community can really get behind.
“The new facility will provide a critical boost to the County club at such a key time. We are really looking forward to getting this one on site as soon as possible.”
Some of the comments during a consultation event included: “This project looks unreal and just what this town needs. Can’t wait until it’s finished. A real lift for the community of Portadown.
Another said: “Absolutely stunning facilities, long over due in Armagh. It will be the envy of every county in Ireland. Blown away by the plans and great for the youth of the area and whole county.”
Speaking at the launch of Armagh GAA’s three year ‘vision’ in 2017, Chairman (at the time) Paul McArdle, said: “The stated outcomes in our Strategic Plan are ambitious, but achievable and are underpinned by our focused vision for Armagh.
“I am confident that together we can deliver for Armagh GAA as a whole.
“We have a vision of where we need to be and this is strengthened by the great family of clubs, members and officers who continually support our County and will assist in the implementation of this plan over the next three years.
“We have identified a number of key themes, one of which is improving our infrastructure and facilities, and this is reinforced by plans to develop a new County Training Facility strategically located in Portadown.
“The proposed development will enhance the existing facilities at St. Malachy’s Hurling Club on the Moy Road.”
Armagh GAA Development Officer, Padraig Haughey, added: “This investment will provide facilities which will cater for all our County teams and academy squads, and provide a further option for competitive club games across all codes.
“The new 20-acre facility will include full-size floodlit grass pitches, spectator stand, ball wall and gym with adjoining changing facilities.
“I am delighted that our Clubs endorsed the plans for the new facility at the County Committee Meeting on Tuesday night.”
Clubs across the county will be updated on the plans this Monday (September 2).