The sod was turned this evening on the new pitch at Hyde Park by President of the GAA Aogan Ó Fearghail.
Speaking in Hyde Park Aoghan Ó Fearghail highlighted the wonderful facilities we have in the GAA however he noted an absence of as many top class pitches north of the Galway – Dublin line on a map.
Roscommon GAA County Chairman Seamus Sweeney welcomed the representatives from Connacht Council; President Mick Rock and Secretary John Prenty. Croke Park was represented by Pat Teehan Chairman of GAA Infrastructure Committee and members of the County Executive were also in attendance. The Chairman thanked all involved in the project and wished the contractors well saying Roscommon needed and deserved a good playing pitch.
The Contract for the new Hyde Park playing pitch was awarded to Prunty Contracts Ltd, who are one of Ireland’s premier pitch developers. The project should be completed in the autumn with the first game will likely be an Allianz Football League Division One game in February 2017.
Hyde Park was originally opened in 1971 when Roscommon played Sligo in a Championship match. The last game in the Hyde was coincidentally also against Sligo in the Connacht Semi-Final this year which Roscommon also won.