BY Amy Rohu
Local residents who are concerned about Dartry Park in Ranelagh after it has become a training ground for Ranelagh Gaels, have been assured by the club that disruption to them will be minimal.
Ranelagh Gaels, whose numbers now total more than 900 juvenile players and an overall membership of 1,350, were recently allocated the pitch by Dublin City Council due to the vast number of local children who need to be catered for. The allocation period for the pitch will be reviewed after a year’s usage.
Despite the recent division amongst the community over this agreement, Ranelagh Gaels insist they have used the pitch for a number of years and the most recent allocation by the council has come as a result of them having no other options.
Tanya Ferri, a member of the local community who uses the park on a regular basis said she acknowledges the chronic shortage of green spaces in Dublin, however, one of the main issues arising from the situation, is that no public consultation was sought.
When asked about this Joe Davitt, Chairperson of Ranelagh Gaels said: “The lack of public consultation is a matter for Dublin City Council and the Parks Department who are in charge of it. We apply through them to use it.”
Some locals are also concerned at the amount of time being spent in the small park by the players, who can train several nights a week and on most Saturdays and the fact that three trees were removed last week specially to make way for the more permanent training to be facilitated.
Joe Davitt told The Dublin Gazette that while three trees had been removed, a further six would be replanted in a different location in the park. The reason for the removal was to facilitate a better shape for the pitch and allow for more space for the players.