Oriel Park Like?
External View (photo)
Main Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Oriel Active Side (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Town End (photo)
Unused End (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Oriel Park Location Map
|What's Oriel Park Like?|
For the older generation who
believe all football grounds should be close to the
town centre, with no maps required, just the sight
of four traditional floodlight pylons on full beam
appearing over rooftops to guide the visitor to the
match; then Oriel Park is for you! The ground is
located on the west side of Dundalk, and pleasingly
is fairly close to both the main line Railway
Station and the busy town centre. The ground
approach from the Railway Station bridge along
Carrickmacross Road is a typically urban scene, a
roadway darts to the left between a petrol station
and housing. The tall yet narrow rear cladding and
dark grey and white brickwork of the Main Stand is
the first thing visitors see, with a sign on the top
left of the stand proclaiming 'Oriel Park-The home
of football'. On matchdays all parts of the ground
are accessed from turnstiles to the left and right
of the Main Stand. Entering the ground through the
home turnstiles to the left of the Main Stand we see
the Town End, behind the goal immediately to the
left. This gently sloped grassed bank backs onto a
whitewashed boundary wall and has tall fencing in
its middle section to prevent stray balls being lost
in the fields behind. As far as we are aware the
grassed bank can be used by supporters wishing to
stand, with the pathway at the front used to access
the seating on the South side of the ground. Dundalk
are one of a number of clubs across Ireland who have
realised their ground location and land could be
used as an asset to help to raise finances either to
fund stadium redevelopment, new players or just to
keep the club going. There has always been a pitch
length terrace with a central covered section known
as 'The Shed' on the South side of the ground, but
behind this used to be a rectangular shaped area of
open wasteland. This was redeveloped a few years ago
and the Oriel Active Youth Development Centre was
built upon it, which backs directly onto that side
of the ground. The South side as it appears now has
far less character, with the shed demolished and
open terracing replaced by seating, only the central
television gantry appears to
have survived, with a new low cover emerging from
the grey cladding of the youth development centre.
|None planned. The
ground is of sufficient size for League fixtures and
has enough seats to meet current UEFA European tie
|Away fans enter the ground on their own
turnstiles to the right of the Main Stand and are
allocated two separate areas on this side of the
ground. The first is the side wing of the Main Stand
up against the screen end. The seating here offers an
excellent elevated view of the pitch though you may
find if you are in the rear rows the side screens
block your view of the right hand goal. The second
area is immediately below the floodlight at the
Carrickmacross end of the ground. Here you will find a
deep rectangular shaped area of open terracing which
has had a front section converted to seating. As far
as we are aware the rear section of terrace, which has
a couple of crush barriers, is still accessible on
|Where To Drink?|
there is the Lilywhites Supporters Bar inside the
Main Stand this is normally only open to home fans.
Michael Shine adds; 'The nearest pub is Kennedys
Bar, which is less than five minutes walk away from
the ground opposite the train station'. Otherwise
there are plenty of pubs to be found in the town
centre, which is only a ten minute walk.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
|From the South:
Follow the M1 North of Drogheda, exit at the N52 Roundabout turning left towards Ardee. Then take
the next right, the L3168 towards Rath. The road passes under the M1 at the village of Killaly. At the junction in Rath turn right onto the R171 and follow into the town centre of Dundalk. You will see the floodlights of Oriel Park on the left just as you cross over the railway line. At the big roundabout next to the Police Station take the first turn onto the R178 Carrickmacross Road. You will then pass back over the railway line with the entrance to the railway station on the right. The entrance to Oriel Park is past two petrol stations on the left hand side.
From the West:
Follow the N52 from Ardee. Just before you reach the M1 Roundabout turn left onto the L3168 towards Rath. The road passes under the M1 at the village of Killaly. At the junction in Rath turn right onto the R171 and follow into the town centre of Dundalk. You will see the floodlights of Oriel Park on the left
just as you cross over the railway line. Then 'As South' above.
From the North:
Follow the M1 South of Newry, exit at the N52 Roundabout turning right towards Ardee. Then take
the next right, the L3168 towards Rath. The road passes under the M1 at the village of Killaly. At the junction in Rath turn right onto the R171 and follow into the town centre of Dundalk. You will see the floodlights of Oriel Park on the left just as you cross over the railway line. Then 'As South' above.
There is a small car park under the tree opposite the Main Stand, however should this be full you should be able to park in Carrickmacross Road or the car park at Dundalk Railway Station, which costs €2.
Map showing the location of Oriel Park (at the bottom of this page).
|There is a good train
service from Dublin Connolly to Dundalk in the morning
and afternoon as
it is at the northernmost point of the Dublin commuter belt. The commuter train service runs from Bray
to the South of Dublin through to Dublin Connolly and up the east coast to Drogheda, terminating at Dundalk.Clarke Station is also served by the long distance Dublin Connolly to Belfast Central Enterprise Service. If you are travelling from Dublin you will see the floodlights on the left hand side as you approach Dundalk. Once you have arrived at Dundalk Clarke Station it will take you around 5-10 minutes to walk to Oriel Park.
At the top of the station approach road turn right, heading away from the town centre. The entrance
to Oriel Park is on the left hand side, with the ticket office, club shop and turnstiles for all parts of the ground to the rear of the Main Stand.
|Official Programme €3|
|Drogheda United are the closest league Club,
but a rivalry also exists with Shamrock Rovers.
|League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record And Average Attendance|
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Last Updated : 11 May 2014