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Racing: DUNDALK GETS GO-AHEAD FOR ALL-WEATHER.

Byline: By PETER O'HEHIR

IRELAND'S first all-weather racetrack was given the final approval by Horse Racing Ireland yesterday.

The all-weather will be on the site of the original Dundalk track, where racing ceased in 2001 and where the successful Dundalk Greyhound Stadium began its successful operation in November 2003.

The project, more than half-funded by HRI, will cost a total of EUR19.6million, of which EUR9.3million will be generated by Dundalk and third party investment.

And Bord na gCon, which runs Ireland's greyhound industry, will contribute EUR2million to help fund the extension of the exisitng grandstand.

The new track will be a floodlit, 10-furlong oval circuit with a five-furlong sprint track.

Other facilities included in the plans are new ambulance and access roads, a weighroom, a stable yard for 130 horses, a new parade ring and bookmakers ring.

And it is envisaged that the new facility will stage 25 meetings each year, with two blocks of 10 evening meetings planned, one in the spring, the other in the autumn. And five other meetings will also be staged at the new Dundalk track.

The new facilities will comprise a new Stewards room, weigh-room, Racegoers Club Bar and a corporate dining area with a viewing balcony.

The new bar and dining area will be used as the clubhouse and function rooms.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2005
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