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Dundalk IT – 5 February 2014



Dundalk IT article 5 February 2014



Dundalk to host Ireland’s first International Standard Velodrome & BMX Track





Plans to build Ireland’s first international standard cycling velodrome took another massive step forward this week when Dundalk-based Cuchulainn Cycling Club announced plans to construct an indoor Velodrome in conjunction with Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) in their newly acquired JJB Building. The plans have also been presented to Cycling Ireland whom have already stated their intent to construct an indoor velodrome and are very welcoming of the project and are exploring how this can be advanced.


The building was originally constructed to house 12 indoor soccer pitches a swimming pool, gym, ice-rink and bar/restaurant complete with 500 car parking spaces. DKIT started negotiations to purchase the building in 2013 and finally signed off on the contract last month.


Cuchulainn CC announced  their plans to build a velodrome and cycling park in Dundalk as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations in 2010. A velodrome is an arena for cycling, similar in shape to an athletics track, except with steeply banked corners that allow cyclists to reach speeds in excess of 80kph. This style of cycling is very popular around the world with 10 of the 18 cycling events held in London 2012 being held on the track. To date a lot of hard work has gone into the project to make Dundalk the cycling capital of Ireland.


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Sticky Bottle – 5th February 2014



Sticky Bottle article 5 February 2014



By Gerard Cromwell


With Cycling Ireland’s ongoing attempt to build the country’s first ever velodrome kicked down the road for another couple of years by the government at a meeting last week, Dundalk based Cuchulainn Cycling Club have taken matters into their own hands.


They have announced plans to construct their own international standard velodrome in conjunction with Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) and Cycling Ireland.


The three bodies plan to apply together for a sports capital grant from the Government by the end of this month, which could raise between €300,000 and €500,000 if successful.


Cycling Ireland appears to welcome the plan, though it has pushed the idea of a bigger velodrome in Dublin for some time. While the federation is continuing to study the Dundalk plan for a 250 metre track, it is expected to join Cuchulainn CC and DKIT in their efforts to seek as much funding as possible from the Government.


 Video of new facility in Dundalk for proposed 250 metre velodrome in old JJB Sports building now in control of NAMA



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Fingal Independant – 23 January 2014



Fingal Independant article 23 January 2013



Council to meet BMX and roller blade group to try identify site for permanent Balbriggan facility



FINGAL County Council has agreed to meet with a local BMX group and a roller blade skating group in Balbriggan with a view to identifying a permanent facility in the town to suit both sports.


Cllr. Peadar O’Kelly (Lab) raised the issue at the most recent meeting of Balbriggan Town Council where he asked the county council to ‘explore the possibility of providing both a BMX facility and a roller blade skating facility in Balbriggan.


The council responded with a report on the issue, which stated: ‘The Parks and Heritage Properties Division will engage with the Balbriggan BMX Bike Group and Roller Blade Skating Group with a view to identifying a suitable permanent site/s for both sports in the Balbriggan area.


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Dublin Gazette Newspapers – 19 December 2013



Dublin Gazette Newspapers article 19 December 2013



AN ALLOCATION of more than €58,000 is being made to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to build a BMX course in Marlay Park, it was announced by the Department of Sport last week.


The new Marlay Park track will be of modest size and will fill the needs of local youngsters until a larger, state-of-the-art course will be built in Jamestown Park in the future.


A leading advocate for the BMX track in Marlay Park has been Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab), who submitted the original motion to create it.
Of the announcement, she said: “This is a very nice Christmas present. I began working on this idea at the beginning of the summer following representation from a Ballinteer mother asking if a BMX track could be reinstated in Marlay [Park].


“Now that €58k funding has been allocated, we have moved a step closer to making this a reality. Not every teenager or young person engages in formal play [ in areas such as] football, rugby or soccer, and it is imperative that we cater for the needs of all our young people.
“[Public] parks should be as diverse as possible, and this BMX track can teach children skills so they can cycle into the mountains to use those tracks when they are older.”


Ballinteer resident Karen Saunders, who petitioned Cllr McCarthy and others for the BMX track at Marlay Park, said: “I have a son who will soon be 16 and throughout the last few years, he and his friends go to Bushy Park Bowl to BMX or skateboard there.
“But, it is too far for them to travel there each day, and it is totally out of their district.
“I feel that our area and community are big enough to support our own BMX track, and Marlay Park once used to house a very popular track until they made a kids’ playground out of it.



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Dundalk Democrat – 17 December 2013



Dundalk Democrat article 17 December 2013



Dundalk Town Council last week approved a 150-year lease of lands at Murihevnamor for Cuchulainn Cycling Club’s plan to build Ireland’s first international standard velodrome and BMX track.


The cycling park will consist of a 250m banked cycling track and a separate BMX track and will be located off Hoey’s Lane adjacent to the Muirhevnamor Community and Sports Centre.


The initial project is for both the cycling and BMX tracks to be outdoors, however ultimately it is envisaged that the cycling track will be roofed.



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Stickybottle – 27 July 2013



Stickybottle article- 27 July 2013



More than two decades in the making, Ireland’s Kelvin Batey takes BMX World Champs gold




Having been denied a place at the London Olympics by a crash in the final qualifying race, Ireland’s Kelvin Batey has raced to a BMX world title after more than two decades in the sport.
Racing in the powerful and technical cycling discipline, Batey qualified for the final by winning three qualifying rounds and came through the quarter and semi-finals to win the final from Dutchman Dorus Brink and Australian Luke Pretlove.


Batey missed qualifying for the Olympic Games last year by one point, and moved into the master’s category this year.


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