The fate of the project to redevelop Austin Stack Park and Ballybeggan Park in Tralee, and move the GAA from its current headquarters will be known early in 2009. The plans involve building a major shopping and residential complex on the Austin Stack site on John Joe Sheehy Road, Tralee; the development of a GAA stadium, houses, apartments, and shops at Ballybeggan Park; and the creation of a GAA academy in Currans, Farranfore.
The developers behind the project, Seamus O’Halloran and John Casey, say the redevelopment of Austin Stack Park into a major shopping and residential complex will create over 1,700 jobs long term. An oral hearing was held into it in September; and a decision was due in November, but it was deferred until January 30th. The plans for Ballybeggan Park have also been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.
Part of them was given the go ahead in August by Kerry County Council; including the new 15,000 capacity GAA stadium for the relocation of Austin Stack Park. However permission was refused for the business park, retail warehousing, and houses. A decision on it is due on January 22nd. Meanwhile plans to develop a GAA Academy at Crag, Currans, Farranfore, as part of the project, are also to be decided on by the appeals board on February 2nd.
via RADIO KERRY – NEWS.