Tallaght Stadium named 2019 FAI Pitch of the Year
It has been a busy year for the Dublin venue, hosting various Republic of Ireland WNT and Under-21 matches, the finals of the 2019 UEFA Under-17 European Championships and Shamrock Rovers matches at senior and underage levels.
Tallaght Stadium beat Drogheda United's United Park and Waterford's RSC to win the prestigious title.
Following onsite testing by FAI Pitch Consultant Richard Hayden to all shortlisted venues – Tallaght Stadium showed its level of professionalism with very high standards.
Richard Hayden, Hayden Turfcare said: “The standards continue to rise and with continued investment by clubs and stakeholders we are seeing year-on-year improvements. Well done to the winners Tallaght Stadium, it’s a testament to the continuous investment in machinery and staff.”
Walter Holleran, FAI Head of Facility Development, said: “The FAI Pitch of the Year award recognises the contribution of the unsung heroes, who work all year round with passion and desire to have their pitch in the best possible condition.
"I would like to congratulate all the staff in Tallaght Stadium led by Stadium Manager Nicola Coffey, Billy Mullen as Head Groundsman assisted by Denis O’Hanlon and overseen by Neil Stynes and District Supervisor Eamon Harnett from SDCC. Tallaght Stadium continue to improve their playing surface year on year and this work goes without saying is down to these people.
"Further congratulations to shortlisted venues - United Park, Drogheda and the RSC, Waterford on their respective pitches who both continue to develop their level of quality."
The FAI Natural Turf Pitch Maintenance Course will take place in FAI HQ in early 2020. This course is specifically designed for ground staff who maintain their respective pitches within the SSE Airtricity Leagues.