Facility Developments In Dublin And Cork

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12 July 2017

News of playing and training facility development in Ireland with the IRFU and government combining on a national training centre at Abbottstown and Munster applying for a grant to install a 4G articficial pitch at Musgrave Park in Cork.

The IRFU welcomed confirmation this week by minister for transport, tourism and sport, Shane Ross TD, of the commencement of the development of phase two of the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena on the National Sports Campus in Abbottstown, on the outskirts of Dublin.

Phase two will see the development of a rugby specific high performance facility with a high performance gym and training centre, a covered half-pitch for training and the construction of three full sized outdoor rugby pitches. These will be used by all of the Ireland international men's and women's teams. The project is due to be completed by 2019.

The project will be supported by the IRFU, who will invest over €2m (£1.76m) in the development of three full size outdoor pitches and the fit-out of the high performance facilities.

Munster has lodged a sports’ capital grant application with the government department to fund the new surface, which would see the playing surface at the Cork venue altered in phase one of the latest stadium upgrade.

Phase two of the proposed ground regeneration will include the construction of a new gym to cater for the needs of Munster’s underage teams in the area, and Philip Quinn, head of finance and operations at

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