Anyone who’s planning to go along to McHale Park on Sunday will be able to see for themselves how the redevelopment work is progressing but, if you’re not going to be there or if you just can’t wait, the Castlebar News website have put up a few more pictures of how the new stand is currently looking. It appears to be a big mother of a thing alright and it’ll certainly make for more comfortable viewing of the action on the field. I bet the new bogs will be a tad more salubrious as well compared to the current outdoor facilities beside the entrance at the Bacon Factory End.
The one odd thing about the new stand is that it doesn’t appear to be cantilevered: by my reckoning there are at least eight poles to the front holding the thing up. I’m no engineer and maybe this is just because it’s not fully completed yet but those poles do have the look of fixtures that are going to be around for the long haul. If this is the case then it’s a shame because, having gone to the trouble of doing such a major redevelopment, you’d think they’d have had the wit to know that these kind of poles went out of fashion sometime back in the 1950s. Maybe it’s a cost issue, in which case it would be understandable why they’re doing it this way but, whatever the reason is, it does detract somewhat from what otherwise looks to be a very fine piece of work.