O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny has been ‘highly commended’ at the National Pitch Awards for 2019.
Nowlan Park retained its crown as the best GAA inter-county pitch in the country following the announcement of the National Pitch Awards for 2019.
Páirc Tailteann in Meath was the runner up venue with Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon, McGovern Park in Ruislip, O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny and Pearse Stadium in Galway also receiving a highly commended status.
The adjudication was carried out by Dr Stephen Barker of the Sports Research Institute and Stuart Wilson, Pitch Manager at Croke Park and the NGDC in Abbotstown.
The home of Kilkenny GAA received top marks in the National Pitch Awards, having also scooped the top award 12 months ago, with Semple Stadium in Thurles being awarded the inaugural prize in 2017.
St Eunan’s were notified in April that O’Donnell Park had been selected in the top six pitches.
Two years ago, the first year of this award, St Eunan’s was also pipped to the prize by Semple Stadium.
O’Donnell Park was inspected by Stuart Wilson, Croke Park’s Pitch Manager, and by Dr Stephen Baker of the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) in May.