We’re not there yet but . . .

WORK IN PROGRESS: McHale Park work is well underway but not coming on as quickly as was hoped as you can see from this vantage point from the Bacon Factory area. Nonetheless floodlights have been installed this week but don't worry, one set hasn't been built on top of the statue of Our Lady, that is merely an optical illusion!

WORK IN PROGRESS: McHale Park work is well underway but not coming on as quickly as was hoped as you can see from this vantage point from the Bacon Factory area. Nonetheless floodlights have been installed this week but don't worry, one set hasn't been built on top of the statue of Our Lady, that is merely an optical illusion!

SEEING as we’ll be welcoming no less a team as All-Ireland Champions Tyrone to Mayo on Sunday, TIALTNGO took advantage of a trip to Castlebar today to see just how the redevelopment of McHale Park is progressing and I brought my camera to show those of you that are curious what awaits on Sunday.

SHELTER FROM THE STORM: But just not yet! This closer view of the stand shows how advanced it is while those nice people at Mountain View Securities have been kind enough to put a large impression of what the finished product will look like, just at the front of the ground.

SHELTER FROM THE STORM: But just not yet! This closer view of the stand shows how advanced it is while those nice people at Mountain View Securities have been kind enough to put a large impression of what the finished product will look like, just at the front of the ground.

A lot done, more to do to borrow an infamous political slogan of this decade. Put it this way, if rain is forecast on Sunday then come prepared because you ain’t gonna be getting no shelter unless you can worm your way into one of the dug-outs.

So there’s a lot of work to be done before Leitrim or Roscommon arrive to play us in Castlebar in June (victory over New York notwithstanding) but a lot of the hard work on the stand is complete with the cranes having done their deed with the framework and, while it might not matter with regard to the Connacht semi-final, the floodlights have been installed this week and while I’m no expert on the matter, they do look very impressive.

Also, while I wasn’t in the stand, it does look very steep from a distance, meaning a very good vantage point for those situated in it. And speaking of views, this angle from the Davitt House end of McHale Park is quite a picturesque one with the dominant image of Nephin in the background.

A VIEW FROM AFAR: With Nephin dominating the background, the under construction stand can be seen on the right with the outline of what will be the new press box can be seen on the left, replacing the badly delapidated old building.

A VIEW FROM AFAR: With Nephin dominating the background, the under construction stand can be seen on the right with the outline of what will be the new press box can be seen on the left, replacing the badly delapidated old building.

And while we’re on the subject of mountains I took this picture from behind the new stand and realised afterwards that I had managed to get another famous Mayo landmark into the picture, as you can see on the left of the picture.

A PLACE OF PILGRAMAGE FOR MAYO PEOPLE: (and Croagh Patrick as well).

A PLACE OF PILGRAMAGE FOR MAYO PEOPLE: (and Croagh Patrick as well).

 

Time will tell how good an investment the redevelopment will be but it certainly does look like it will be an impressive structure when its finished.

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