Metrolink: Relief for many as Glasnevin GAA pitches ‘safe’

by Rachel Darcy

The pitches of Na Fianna GAA were officially declared safe from construction at Tuesday’s announcement of the preferred Metrolink route.

Initial proposals suggested that the popular club would potentially lose their pitches for up to seven years for the development of the project.

However, Home Farm football club on Griffith Avenue are instead expected to have their pitches impacted under the new preferred route.

The Public Consultation document said: “[The NTA] consulted with the various stakeholders here and discussed options around the construction of the Griffith Park station itself.

“These included not building a station here at all or locating it under either the Na Fianna or Home Farm FC pitches. With three schools and the sports facilities nearby, it’s a great location for a metro station.

“Therefore, in consultation with Home Farm and in line with a more compact station design, we propose to construct it under the Home Farm FC soccer pitch. This means the pitch will be unavailable during construction, but will be fully restored afterwards.”

It is now believed that because of the more compact station, teamed with the decision to use single-bore tunnels instead of double, that construction will only take three years rather than seven.

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