McGovern Park, a redeveloped 3,000-capacity stadium in Ruislip, west London that will host Gaelic football and hurling events, opened on Sunday.
The new ground cost £4.3m (€4.9m/$5.5m) to build with £930,000 raised by the London GAA, the two sports’ governing body in the English capital. The remainder came from grant aid and a loan from GAA headquarters in Croke Park, according to the BBC.
London and New York are considered Irish counties by the GAA and compete in the country’s annual competitions. London made it through to the Connacht provincial Gaelic football final in 2013.
According to the BBC, Noel Dunning, chairman of the Ruislip Development Committee, which was behind the building of the stadium, said: “It’s not just a boost for London GAA, it’s a boost for the GAA in Britain.
“It’s a tremendous shot in the arm, it’s something for younger players coming through the ranks in London to aspire to.”
Sunday saw the first game played at McGovern Park between London and Leitrim in the quarter-final of the Connacht Gaelic Football Championship.