Antrim and St John’s officials met at Corrigan Park on Monday to give the press an update on the redevelopment work at the famous old ground. Work had just got underway on the new development when the Covid 19 pandemic brought it to a halt, but the good news is the work was not delayed as much as first feared and things are getting back to normal. Work on the 500-seater stand and terracing on the Black Mountain side of the ground is starting to take shape and the steel for the new stand was starting to be put in place this week.
Former Antrim county chairman and St John’s stalwart Collie Donnelly, who is the Corrigan Park Development Group chairman, was very upbeat about the chances of the work being finished for the proposed completion date of October, despite the Covid related delay.
“Thankfully, the Corrigan Park project was already started (before the Covid 19 pandemic) and any projects that were started were able to continue. It’s a facility that is very much needed obviously for a club that has 30 teams with one pitch and a facility where we can also play county games, especially with Casement Park being out of commission.
The renovation work at Corrigan is being co-funded by Croke Park, the Ulster Council, Antrim county board and St John’s club and will prove a very useful addition to the county. When pushed by Saffron Gael if there was any chance that the project being completed in time to host any of this season’s Antrim county finals Collie Donnelly said he had high hopes that it may still be possible, especially since the county had now been given another two weeks of leeway to complete their fixtures.