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Gaelic Park makeover

By Irish Echo Staff

Dinner for two at Gaelic Park? It could well be date in the near future for many in New York's Irish/Irish American and Gaelic Games community.

The iconic stadium in the Bronx has been cleared for a $3.2 million makeover, the Riverdale Press was reporting Thursday.

The MTA, which leases the field to Manhattan College, which in turn provides use of the field for Gaelic Games, has approved the Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York's plan to knock down the existing building and construct a banquet hall and bar. It has also approved a new ten-year lease.

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Gaelic Park Restaurant and Catering LLC, a new group formed by the athletic association and restaurateurs Paul and Gieto Nicaj, plans to demolish the dilapidated building at the southern end of Gaelic Park to build a new facility that will finally make a permanent home for the New York GAA, the Riverdale Press report stated.

The MTA approved the 10-year lease at its board meeting on March 13.

Gaelic Park dates to 1928, the same year that the Irish Echo was first published.