From the outset a lot of us argued the 38,000 seater they proposed was far too big but the arrogance of those in Stormont -many claiming to be Gaels - and those charged with the work meant they listened to nobody. Of course millions of pounds has been 'spent' since it went out to tender and the whole lot smells of corruption. If we lived in a democratic country I know what I would do with those people.
Despite this, there are many clubs in the county doing the right thing by upgrading their grounds and making them as fitting as possible for the players, managers and supporters. Of course this takes money but if spent wisely it can have a long term affect which keeps games of hurling, football, camogie and handball very much alive.
On a sunny day like today it's a joy to stand in places like Ballycastle, Cushendall, Loughgiel, Dunloy and other grounds in the Glens. Of course there are many other grounds in and around Béal Feirste which are just as good. We've seen Davitts get their own ground and although the seating may be small it's a great spot. Naomh Eoin CLG is in the process of building stands in their Whiterock Road ground and hopefully it won't be too long before we see inter-county matches there.
A number of weeks ago work began on a stand in Pairc Rossa with a concrete base being built. Then within ten days the steel structure and seating for 150 was put up. Yes, there's still a bit snagging to be done but I'm sure when we can all get to matches it will make a pleasant change from standing and getting a soaking as the rain lashes down from Sliabh Dubh.