For many rugby fans it will be a day tinged with sadness as the old lady of Lansdowne Road makes her final bow, but also a day long hoped for everyone looks forward to seeing the new stadium rise from the rubble.
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne, Minister For Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O'Donoghue, T.D., and FAI Chief Executive John Delaney were present at Lansdowne Road today to witness the start of the demolition process.
It began with the South Terrace, following weeks of internal works to remove fixtures and fittings. The diggers moved in and the terraces crumbled.
Philip Browne commented: "This is another milestone in the long history of Lansdowne Road. After the various delays, we are delighted to see this project get underway in earnest and I know that Irish rugby supporters will be proud of their new stadium when it is complete."
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