Templeogue GAA club plans major €3 million upgrade at park

by Rachel Darcy

Templeogue Synge Street Gaelic Football Club have announced plans for a major upgrade of their facilities at Dolphin Park.

The development will include a new training all-weather pitch, a new gym, dressing rooms, new meeting rooms and modest catering facilities, in addition to new floodlights.

The upgrade is part of plans to build a sustainable and competitive Gaelic Football Club to serve the Dublin 6, 8 and 12 areas.

Almost €3 million is expected to be invested into the pitch, subject to planning permission.

Dolphin Park pitches are owned by Templeogue Synge Street GFC, but are also used by a number of local schools and Kevin’s Hurling Club.

The funding for the investment will be raised through the sale of 15% of the site to develop housing in the area, comprising 153 apartments, seven townhouses and one detached house.

Templeogue Synge Street has 46 teams between boys’, girls’, men’s and ladies’ teams, but there has been no major investment in the facilities at Dolphin Park since the formation of the club in 1999.

The dressing room facilities have not been upgraded since they were built in the 1970s. Girls and ladies’ football teams regularly change at the side of the pitch, while the generator for the training lights regularly breaks down, according to the club.

Commenting on the announcement, club chairman Alan O’Brien said: “We want 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.

“We will be raising our own finances and not relying on taxpayers to fund this facility. If granted planning permission, this would hopefully become one of the best GAA grounds in the area and secure our club’s future at Dolphin Park.

“Our plans allow for the continued use of the facilities by local schools and Kevin’s hurling club. We have factored their usage of the facilities into our future plans, so this will be a major community benefit and be a really excellent local amenity for all of the community.”

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