Derry has maintained its status as one of the GAA’s most progressive counties with the news that their second county ground, located at the fifty acre Owenbeg centre, has been given the green light to host competitive fixtures.
With progress being made by an exciting new-look young senior football team preparing for the Allianz Division Two football league final on Sunday, the county is making strides both on and off the field of play.
The honour of the first team to take to the new field has fallen to the senior hurlers of the Oak Leaf County in their Christy Ring meeting with Wicklow on Saturday May 4. The new facility and pitch has been open for training purposes for the county’s teams since January, but the granting of a licence
by Limavady Borough Council enables the county to host competitive fixtures at the 6,800 capacity stadium for the first time. This places Derry in the enviable position of wholly owning their two principal county grounds.
Whilst the county’s footballers are this week preparing for their final league encounter with Westmeath at Croke Park, the senior hurlers of the Oakleaf County have their sights set on a Christy Ring meeting with Wicklow on Saturday 4th May.
Derry GAA County Chairperson John Keenan commented:
“I can confirm that Derry’s Christy Ring round one game will now go ahead at Owenbeg, and that this is the first competitive game to take place on the new secondary county ground.
A selection of the county’s Féile finals in hurling will also take place on the new pitch following Derry’s game with Wicklow. The Féile football finals then take place on Monday May 6, marking an exciting weekend of club and county action.”
An official opening of the new complex and ground is planned for later in the summer, details of which Keenan reveals saying:
“We intend to have an official opening with the date provisionally set for the 28 th July when Owenbeg Derry GAA Centre will host club football championship action for the first time. Those games will close a day-long series of events which will include Go-Games, involving hundreds of children, as well as a range of family entertainment.
“This new facility is part of an excellent resource for the entire Derry GAA community.”