A boost for Phibsborough as new look Dalymount stadium agreed

by Rachel Darcy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Plans to redevelop Dalymount Park in Phibsborough have been welcomed by local residents, the FAI and Bohemians fans like.

There are plans for a renovation of the Bohs’ home ground by Dublin City Council, which purchased the grounds from the football club in 2015.

The new-look stadium is set to hold 6,000 punters at matches and aims to be up to a UEFA Category 3 standard when works are completed.

In a statement, Bohemian Football Club said that they are supportive of the decision to redevelop the grounds and have consistently been part of the discussion process with Dublin City Council since 2015.

Shelbourne Football Club will also be a tenant at the new-look stadium.

The club have said that there have been consultations with local residents’ groups, major stakeholders in the club and consultations with Wrenbridge Sport, which conducted a feasibility report on the grounds.

The report, which was commissioned by Dublin City Council, identifies redevelopment as the progressive way forward for the Dublin 7 club.

Bohs said: “The report identifies the preferred redevelopment option, which the Bohemian Football club is in agreement with and welcomes as it meets all of our key requirements in terms of capacity, facilities, architectural design and also the need to provide community gain to Dublin 7 and beyond. It will receive the full support and backing of our club.

Dalymount is a special place, with a unique and unrivalled history – it will now be transformed into a football facility and social hub, which will bring enormous social, sporting and economic gain to the north inner city.”

The Football Association of Ireland are also backing the major redesign of the stadium, saying they welcome the plans.

FAI chief executive John Delaney hopes the news will come as a boost to the area.
He said: “This project has been in the pipeline for a long time, and we are delighted to be working with DCC to give north Dublin a stadium worthy of the area.

“The fact the Bohemians and Shelbourne will be the anchor tenants of the stadium will add to the storied history of Dalymount Park.

“Phibsborough has hosted some historic matches through the decades, and I’m delighted we will see plenty more matches there for decades to come.”

There are also plans for community facilities at the stadium, including a ‘flexible’ community space, meeting rooms, a library and a concourse space that can be used for community events and activities.

Plans are also under way to create an interactive museum at the stadium as part of the redevelopment.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring is positive about the future of Dalymount Park.

Cllr Ring said: “I have great confidence in Dublin City Council to deliver a municipal stadium that will be a cornerstone to the community of Phibsborough for many years to come.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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