Páirc Uí Chaoimh’s previously uncovered stand has had a roof added as building work continues, writes Stephen Barry.
GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl was in Cork this week and commented on the “fabulous progress” being made after a visit to the site.
Here’s how the demolition and reconstruction has progressed to this point...
The roof over the ‘uncovered’ Northern Stand has been completed this month, while work begins on building up the City End terrace.
Meanwhile the chair of the Cork County Board’s stadium business committee John Mullins told the Irish Examiner that the expenditure won’t take from investment in Cork teams.
He added that the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be “as good a consumer experience as anything in the country.”
A start on the roof over the previously uncovered stand is the most eye-catching expansion this month, although the skeletal terrace structures still remain.
The multi-storey main stand, which will house dressing rooms, corporate boxes, restaurants, a new press box, gym and museum, continues to bulk up.
Building work is going full steam ahead as the Northern and Southern Stands begin to form the familiar bowl-shape of the Ballintemple stadium.
Under the shadow of the tower cranes at either side of the still-intact field, trucks carry in the ready-made frame supports for the stands.
Behind schedule but up and running, Páric Uí Chaoimh is a hive of activity as building work is underway.
The first of the tower cranes was in position by the start of the new year as the demolition work expanded to all four sides of the ground, with corrosion of steel reinforcements cited among the reasons for the extra demolition.
Here’s a close up of some demolition work, after the levelling of the uncovered Northern Stand was added to the plans.
Large sections of the covered Southern Stand were already removed within a month of demolition work commencing.
In case you’ve forgotten, here’s what the old stadium looked like in its final moments before being demolished.
There’s a pic of the stadium’s initial construction, back in 1975, in there too, but with less big cranes visible than are there today.