Permission granted to develop Dolphin Park grounds

by Rachel Darcy

Approval has been given for over 160 housing units at Dolphin Park, in addition to upgrades of the existing sporting facilities for the clubs that use the pitch.

The pitches are owned by GAA club Templeogue Synge Street, but is also used by a number of local schools and other clubs in the locale.

The €3 million development is expected to include new floodlights, an all-weather pitch, a gym, dressing rooms, new meeting rooms and modest catering facilities.

The funding for upgrades will be raised through the sale of 15% of the existing site to develop housing. This consists of 153 apartments, seven townhouses and one detached house.

It is understood that once completed, the new pitches will increase the capacity of the club, in addition to providing the ability to extend both training and playing hours, with Templeogue Synge Street estimating the level of training time will increase by over 400 hours across the year.

Club Chairman Alan O’Brien said; “We are delighted to have finally received approval from An Bord Pleanála for this ambitious redevelopment of our club. We are going to create a modern GAA facility that will service the needs of the GAA community in this part of Dublin for generations to come.

“The growth in our playing numbers is down to the dedication and passion of our volunteers and the pride we have instilled in this club. However, we need to take our club to the next level in order to achieve our real potential and that means having modern facilities.

However, Kevins Hurling and Camogie Club, who have been sharing the facilities with Synge Street, said that their club will lose out as a result of the new plans, and that players may be forced to train further away from where they live, according to RTÉ.

The club have previously held ‘flash mob’ protests against the plans. Many residents in the local south city area have also complained that the area has a chronic lack of green areas.

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