O'Connor Park

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O'Connor Park
Páirc Uí Conaire
Location Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Coordinates 53°16′50″N 7°29′22″W / 53.28056°N 7.48944°W / 53.28056; -7.48944Coordinates: 53°16′50″N 7°29′22″W / 53.28056°N 7.48944°W / 53.28056; -7.48944
Opened 1934
Renovated 2004-2006
Owner Offaly GAA
Surface Grass
Architect Kiernan Structural Steel LTD[1]
Capacity 20,000
Field size 145 x 90 m
Public transit access Tullamore railway station

O'Connor Park is a GAA stadium in Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. It is one of the principal grounds of the Offaly GAA Gaelic football and hurling teams. The ground was opened in 1934,[2] and currently has a capacity of 20,000.

The ground currently consists of a covered stand on one side of the pitch, with terracing on the other three. A stand was built in 1991, but replaced by the current structure in 2006. The stand (currently known as the 'New Stand' pending decision on a new name) was completed in 2006. It seats 7,000 people and also includes a press box and a special section for wheelchair users. Its 10 sections are each split horizontally with green, white and gold colour seats (the colours of Offaly GAA), with the words 'Uíbh Fhailí' (the Irish for Offaly) spelt out across the stand's white section. At the same time as the stand was being constructed, improvements were also made in the terracing on the opposite side of the pitch, allowing it to comfortably hold 8,000 people. Plans are ongoing to further develop the ground and provide floodlights, improved dressing rooms, toilet facilities and a TV camera room on the terrace side of the ground.[2][3]

The ground is owned by Tullamore GAA club, but was leased out by the Offaly County Board for 35 years in 2002 for use in inter-county matches.

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  1. ^ Kiernan Structural Steel LTD - Clients - O'Connor Park Tullamore
  2. ^ a b "O'Connor Park Development". Offaly GAA. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  3. ^ phase 3 was completed in may 2010 which includes new tv studio, commentary boxes, toilet facilities and extra terracing behind the goals. 4 state of the art dressing rooms were also provided. "'Within budget' tenders submitted for O'Connor Park work". Offaly Express. 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2009-09-17.