Mayor of South Dublin Cllr Mark Ward with Ian Farrell and Thos McDermott from SDCSP along with representatives from Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education & Training Board and Collinstown FC at the newly reopened astro pitches in Neilstown, Clindalkin

COLLINSTOWN Park Community School’s all-weather pitches reopened this week following a prolonged closure due to safety issues with the fencing.

South Dublin Co. Sports Partnership and the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education & Training Board (DDLETB), who are the owners of the site, have been able to fund the €34,000 to replace the fencing and once again be able to offer this facility to the public.

Speaking at the reopening Cllr Mark Ward, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, expressed his delight that the pitches are now available for public use again.

“This is a great facility to have in North Clondalkin.

“The pitches got great use in the past and now that they have reopened, I’m sure they will once again prove to be just as popular.

“In fact, I think they will attract an even broader section of the population since with the increased funding support from the Sports Partnership.

“There is an increased emphasis on less active members of the local population like girls/adult women, older aged and people with a disability.

“Already there are new events being offered in Collinstown like cricket, tag rugby, dance, yoga and more. On behalf of South Dublin Co Co, I would like to thank the ETB and South Dublin Co Sports Partnership for their funding support for the restoration and look forward to it being a hub of healthy activity in North Clondalkin.”

Trevor Clarke of Shamrock Rovers also spoke at the reopening: “It’s great to see the pitches reopened as this is where I grew up playing football, I have some great memories of playing summer football tournaments and would love to see more kids having the same opportunity to take part in these tournaments”.

In attendance at the reopening were Mark Ward (Mayor of South Dublin Co Co), Thos McDermott and Ian Farrell (SDCSP), Martin McEntee and Lorcan Shelley (DDLETB), Collinstown FC’s Dean Carpenter and Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers) .

Collinstown Sports Centre, Neilstown Road, Clondalkin are now taking bookings for the use of the Astro Pitches. Contact Lorcan Shelley on: (01) 467 5755.