By Sean Creedon
Ireland has officially been confirmed as the venue for the Ryder Cup in the year 2005. Now the race is one for the venue, which will not be confirmed until next year. The favorite is the K-Club in County Kildare, while the other front runners are Mount Juliet in Kilkenny, Druids Glen in Wicklow, Ballybunion in Kerry and the famous Portmarnock links in Dublin.
Ahern opens GAA museum
The taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, last week officially opened the GAA’s new museum in Croke Park. The museum, which cost £3.5 million, is located on two floors of the new Cusack Stand.
The museum should be a huge attraction for school excursions. It was designed by Australian-born Robin Wade. It will also be open on match days at Croke Park.
Dolan new managing director
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Pat Dolan has moved from manager to managing director of St. Patrick’s Athletic. Dolan will also be director of football and he has brought informer Athlone Town manager Liam Buckley to handle the day-to-day running of the club.
Dolan hopes to move from present home at Richmond Park to a new stadium across the road to Inchicore. The site is currently occupied by a Dublin Corporation estate that is due to be demolished in the long term.
Meanwhile, the FAI will announce plans for their own stadium on the outskirts of Dublin later this month. It will be interesting to see if it’s the same site in Clondalkin where Cork builder Owen O’Callaghan said he would build a stadium for Wimbledon’s move to Dublin.
New faces for Dublin
Dublin’s manager, Tommy Carr, is expected to dispense with several of his senior players in the upcoming National Football League campaign. Tough halfback Eamonn Heery has already announced his retirement and it’s reported that Paul Bealin, Keith Barr, Paddy Moran and Dessie Farrell have all been dropped by Carr.