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Go-Ahead For Dundalk All-Weather
Meanwhile Ireland's 1st all-weather racing facility "is expected to open for business in the spring of 2007 after Horse Racing Ireland announced it had approved maximum grant aid of €10.276m (A$16.4m) towards the cost of a new development at the site of Dundalk racecourse," reported racingpost.co.uk. The total cost of the project (on the site where Dundalk greyhound racing stadium has been in operation since November 2003) will amount to €19.6m (A$31.4m). In addition to being Ireland's 1st all-weather track (sanctioned 16 years after the launch of all-weather racing in Britain) the Dundalk venture "will be the 1st floodlit track in Ireland & the 1st facility combining horseracing & greyhound racing". HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh confirmed "it is envisaged 25 meetings will be staged at Dundalk (a 10-furlong oval with a 5-furlong sprint track) in its 1st year of operation" & noted: "We are looking at a minimum 175 extra races being added to the year's programme of Flat races when Dundalk is up & running."