Longford GAA County Board are staring down the barrel of a crippling multi-million euro bill after an expert report has recommended the demolition, redesign and rebuilding of the covered stand areas at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
Following the emergence of structural subsidence issues at the venue during June of last year, Collins Boyd Engineers & Architects were commissioned to investigate the situation.
They conducted a series of examinations, the findings of which are published in a comprehensive report due to be presented to delegates at last night’s County Board meeting in Áras Uí Bhriain, and it recommends that the only commercially viable solution to deal with the issues identified is to demolish, redesign and rebuild the stand.
County Board secretary Peter O’Reilly outlined, “There was also the option of underpinning the stand and trying to get it pile-driven underneath to support the structure that is there but the most cost effective option is to demolish, design and rebuild.”
Earlier this year, as a precautionary measure, a section of the stand – affecting approximately 600 seats - was initially cordoned off but as investigative work intensified, the entire stand area was sealed off and declared out of bounds.
Owing to the significantly reduced Pearse Park capacity, Longford had to forfeit home advantage for their Round 3A All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Kildare.
See this week’s Longford Leader for an in-depth report and analysis.