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Pearse Park (Longford)

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Pearse Park
Páirc an Phiarsaigh
LocationLisbrack, Longford, County Longford, N39 VY28, Ireland
Coordinates53°44′21.29″N 7°48′7.46″W / 53.7392472°N 7.8020722°W / 53.7392472; -7.8020722
Public transitLongford railway station (incl. Bus Éireann route 23)[1]
Longford Courthouse bus stop (Bus Éireann route 22)[2]
OwnerLongford GAA
Field size138 x 88 m

Pearse Park is a GAA stadium in Longford, County Longford, Republic of Ireland. It is the main grounds of Longford's Gaelic football and hurling teams. In 2012, the stadium was renamed Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, due to sponsorship with Glennon Brothers, a local timber firm.[3] The ground originally had a capacity of 18,000, however in November 2011, this was cut to 8,000 for health and safety reasons.[4]

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The grounds were formerly named Longford Park. Longford first started playing at Longford Park in 1937.[5][6] The ground was later renamed Pearse Park after Patrick Pearse who had been executed during the Easter Rising.[7]

On 4 June 2006, Dublin defeated Longford by two points at Pearse Park, the last time Dublin have played a Championship match away from Croke Park until they played Laois in Nowlan Park in 2016.[4] Also in 2006, a new West Stand was built. However ten years later, it was discovered to be suffering from subsidence and would have to be demolished and rebuilt.[8] The West Stand was closed from 2015 to 2018.[9] The East Stand also suffered subsidence with a €2 million cost to fix it.[10] As a result, Longford considered plans to leave Pearse Park after GAA officials removed their home advantage for the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on health and safety grounds.[5]

In 2017, Longford made plans to redevelop Pearse Park. However there was a planning objection by local resident and former Longford GAA goalkeeper Liam Madden. Madden stated he would drop his opposition if Longford met his demands. He requested that he be made county captain of Longford and be able to lead the team out to the theme of the television series Bonanza. He also requested that Longford change their county colours to red and black to match Longford Town F.C.'s and that the Gaelic Athletic Association give him an Irish language apology for banning him from GAA as a result of him watching an association football match in 1969 under Rule 27 (which was abolished in 1971).[11] Longford County Council approved the €2.5 million redevelopment, with Madden originally planning to appeal to An Bord Pleanála but dropped his appeal after receiving a hand written apology in Irish from the GAA and €100 in compensation.[12] The development was completed in 2018 and the first match held was a Leinster Senior Football Championship game against Meath.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Bus Éireann" (PDF). 10 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Bus Éireann" (PDF). 10 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  3. ^ "O'Byrne Cup: Longford hand Farrell defeat in first game". RTE. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Longford chief wants Dubs forced to leave capital". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Longford are considering the prospect of leaving Fortress Pearse Park". Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  6. ^ "#ThrowbackThursday: Remembering the Longford All-Ireland Junior Championship winning heroes of 1937". Longford Leader. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  7. ^ "In the name of the forefathers". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  8. ^ "The Pearse Park Stand in Longford will require complete demolition and re-building". Off The Ball. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Pearse Park expected to be ready for Meath game". Meath Chronicle. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Longford facing €2m cost to fix Pearse Park subsidence". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Longford Man Will Remove Planning Objection On Pearse Park Redevelopment If Made County Captain". Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Nightmare over for Longford architect Liam Madden as GAA apologises for suspending him in 1969". Longford Leader. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
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