Sorry about the late write up!. We finally got word yesterday that the Galway and Mayo game due to be played underlights in Febuary 6th is now off, only to be replaced with a less appetizing Sunday afternoon throw in. I for one was looking forward to the event, the real start of Joe Kernan’s tenure as Galway boss being tested under the lights of the re-developed Mc Hale Park, but it wasnt to be. We are, at the moment having a similar crisis in Galway, we also are looking for lights in Pearse Stadium but as of yet, it is going to be delayed once again..
Word came through yesterday on the Irish Indo that a Garda signature on one part of the application was forged. This is a strong accusation here and If it is true it could land our county board in very serious trouble. The Pearse Stadium committee have worked hard over these past couple of years to get a floodlight system in place but obstacle after obstacle has hit their way and it has hit another bump now. The signature is meant to be related to the traffic getting to and from the ground on the day of a big match (not that it happens often). Frank Burke of the Pearse Stadium committee stated he was ”extremly shocked” by the allegation and of course he denied it. If this was to be true about a forged signature then it will certainly leave them (and us) red faced and facing some severe punishment, lets put it this way.. what ever chance the stadium had of getting lights before the accusation, it has zero to none chance now if this is found true.
But we must understand why this floodlight business is such a big deal in the footballing world. We see Castlebar for example, locals are objecting due to them feel the lights have been put in place for other uses such as concerts. In Galway its the same thing really, but we see that their is lights in other grounds around the country in other sports and their is no real problem. The residents of the Croke Park area are very tolerant for these type of things when at any one event you could have 82,000 coming out of the ground at night. But why is it a bigger deal for the residents of the area’s in Connacht? Ill leave that up to you to answer.
I know its easy for me to say this as I am not a resident in the area (of Castlebar & Salthill) but I feel it should be given a chance to get most use out of our GAA grounds.