Fingal County Council and O’Dwyers GAA Club have signed contracts allowing for a planned move to a new facility at Bremore Regional Park in Balbriggan.
O’Dwyers have sold their base at Hamlet Lane to the council and taken a long-term lease for a 10-acre site on the northern boundary of Bremore.
Council chief executive Ann Marie Farrelly put pen to paper during a virtual meeting involving club officials, council staff and local councillors.
Mayor Cllr David Healy said: “The move to Bremore Regional Park will allow O’Dwyers to put in place the foundations for the next 100 years of its history and will also assist the club with the work it is doing for the youngest population in Ireland.”
In 2018, members of O’Dwyers agreed to move to a new facility and to sell their current ground at Hamlet Lane to the council to facilitate road improvements and new housing in the area.
The club is planning to develop a new clubhouse, sports hall, sports pitches, parking and training areas at Bremore which will be in alignment with the council’s overall vision for the park.
Liam Howley, chairman of O’Dwyers GAA Club, said: “It has taken a long time and a lot of hard work to get to this point and we are delighted that we can now plan to deliver this fantastic project.
The new facilities will allow us to better cater for our growing membership and increased number of teams. We are all very excited about delivering this project for the whole of the Balbriggan area.”
Ms Farrelly said the rejuvenation of the town was a key priority for the local authority and sport had an integral role to play.
The 100-acre Bremore Regional Park is being developed by the council to support and service the outdoor recreational needs of the town’s young and rapidly growing population.
It will feature a major community and tourism hub focused around the restored medieval Bremore Castle and associated visitor services.
A range of sporting facilities will be provided including the already completed 3G All-weather sports pitch as well as at least six additional public grass pitches.