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Celtic Park to light up for NFL

January 14th, 2008

celticpark.jpgDerry chiefs are hoping to unveil new floodlights in Celtic Park before the start of the county’s NFL campaign begins against Mayo on February 2.

The floodlights were supposed to be in place before Christmas but a series of unanticipated delays hampered work on the project.

Celtic Park will become the sixth Ulster County ground to unveil their floodlights, preceeded by Casement Park, Healy Park, MacCumhaill Park, Kingspan Breffni Park and Pairc Esler.

Celtic Park was the venue for the Derry county final as well as Glenullin’s clash with Newtownbutler in the Ulster Club Championship.

Further delays were caused by adverse weather conditions over the festive period, but Derry chairman Seamus McCloy insists that Celtic Park will be lit up for the National league opener against Mayo.

“The floodlights will be ready for the first national league match,” McCloy said.

“The pitch is not ready yet. They want to tidy things up. I’m happy enough to accept that we’ll be ready for the National League,” he added.