Carlow Forum

Lights for DCP.

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Glad to see that we are finally set for lights in the county grounds. Opens up more opportunities, especially during the spring. I would like to see a few Saturday night games in the National Leagues.

St.John (Carlow) - Posts: 202 - 18/12/2013 18:41:15    1525063

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Yes the 600 supporters would well pay for them....!! Supposedly theres money there in leinster coffers for them. Given that we have 3 floodlight pitches in fenagh, tinryland, ballon, eire og, ballinabranna, the it we hardly need them for the club scene. Is it worth the additional debt? Be interesting to see the actual cost on the county..

old yellar (None) - Posts: 2581 - 18/12/2013 19:15:09    1525080

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The lights will be a great help as we play play our club games in the dark nights instead of bright summer days which are becoming almost exclusively for county games....... I have to agree with the comments on another thread about the county situation. Carlow football is even sinking further than we thought possible.
We will be leaders in the race to the bottom of an organisation now centred on big days in Croke Park for the chosen few.

Benekerry (Cavan) - Posts: 258 - 18/12/2013 19:48:35    1525087

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Fair pont benekerry but surely we are one of the most floodlight counties per club in ireland?? Dp we need more in dr cullen for club games when we have btown, clonmore etc as mentioned, up and running?

old yellar (None) - Posts: 2581 - 18/12/2013 20:06:33    1525092

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I presume the idea of the lights is to facilitate county matches. Sure, Fenagh is floodlit and is well capable of holding club games. Dr Cullen is not needed for floodlit matches for clubs games.

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1487 - 18/12/2013 20:34:08    1525106

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In my view DCP should have been the first grounds in the county to get lights not one of the last, having said that it's a necessary luxury.

supersub15 (Carlow) - Posts: 1935 - 18/12/2013 20:58:52    1525118

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I presume the money from Leinster will only be a fraction of the total cost? If so does this mean the clubs will once again have to meet the surplus? These lights will be used for other counties to play their games and will be off very little benefit to Carlow football or hurling. As Old Yellar already mentioned there are enough clubs around the county to cater for any evening game there may be - especially as there are so few supporters actually attending the games now.

dual supporter (Carlow) - Posts: 772 - 18/12/2013 21:00:23    1525120

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If they are floodlighting the pitch they should ***** the GAA leinster council for as much as thy can get out of them. Saying that I would have though the Fenagh project given it might have some longer term benefits should be prioritised.

Bainisteoir (National) - Posts: 451 - 19/12/2013 10:02:06    1525173

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These lights will be used for other counties to play their games and will be off very little benefit to Carlow football or hurling.

Are these other counties playing themselves? It will equally benefit Carlow county teams.

As Old Yellar already mentioned there are enough clubs around the county to cater for any evening game there may be - especially as there are so few supporters actually attending the games now.


As Bennekerry pointed out, senior club games are being played in fading light more and more. And that is Sunday afternoon throw-ins. When it comes to hurling, this is an even bigger problem. Only a few club grounds can host senior champo games, and even less actually do. The Fenagh pitches won't be a venue for serious club games, will it?

St.John (Carlow) - Posts: 202 - 22/12/2013 17:16:26    1526025

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Thats why I say DCP should have been the first to get lights installed

supersub15 (Carlow) - Posts: 1935 - 22/12/2013 19:38:26    1526073

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we have one of the best set ups in the country in Carlow I.T.and i have only seen 2 hurling match on it from what i can remember there has been a few more, its baffles me wy its not used more its a great surface with great lights and loads of parking, back to basics for me i would sooner see the money going into development squads.

bigballsmallbal (Carlow) - Posts: 16 - 23/12/2013 11:23:21    1526154

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A lot of the pitches just need railings etc to hold a championship match. Mcgrath pk gets games as its enclosed
Basic parking and dressingrooms but supporters can be kept off pitch. Bank is a good viewing spot. I dunno about exactly what matches we would really get extra crowds in for if dr cullen had lights.. but if theres a substantial grant going well then it would have to be looked at. It comes back generally in the clubs to pay as income from casual fans - ones that arent already connected to a club and thus generally hit for draw tickets, would be slim enough. Ps casual is not a slight on fans in this case. Ye know what i mean!

old yellar (None) - Posts: 2581 - 23/12/2013 17:51:55    1526267

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Was in fenagh last night. 3 pitches lit up and being used. Second time i saw it. Tonight there was at least 2 sessions/games there. Its being used a lot. And i have to say its impressive.

old yellar (None) - Posts: 2581 - 29/01/2014 20:58:53    1538570

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