Dublin City Council gets €900k for Dalymount Park redevelopment

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Dublin City Council Gets €900K For Dalymount Park Redevelopment
Dublin City Council has announced an agreement for over €900,000 in additional funding for the redevelopment of Dalymount Park.
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James Cox

Dublin City Council has announced that a grant agreement has now been signed for funding of over €900,000 for the redevelopment of Dalymount Park.

The agreement was signed with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in relation to the Dalymount Park Redevelopment Project.

The allocation of €918,750 from the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) will part fund the design and planning elements of the project.

Dublin City Council will now appoint an architect led integrated design team that will begin work shortly on the preliminary design.

During this process there will be consultation with all the relevant stakeholders including both Bohemian FC and Shelbourne FC and the wider North Dublin Community.

Dalymount Park is one of the city council’s major capital infrastructure projects which will not only improve the sporting infrastructure of the city but play a major in role in the regeneration and enhancement of the public domain in Phibsborough.

Grand plan

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The current plan is to develop:

  • A four sided enclosed (bowl) municipal stadium 6,000 capacity UEFA category 3 stadium.
  • New north, south, east and west stands.
  • New community stand (east) — 1,000m² at first floor level including library, flexible community space, meeting rooms etc. plus c.1,000m² of concourse space at ground level which could potentially be utilised for community activities and events on non-match days.
  • New football stand (west) – UEFA Category 3 facilities plus club offices and meeting rooms incl. c250m² of hospitality/community space.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu said “the redevelopment of this iconic stadium will provide a modern facility that will not just be of benefit to Bohemian FC and Shelbourne FC but the wider Dublin Community through the provision of a state of the art multi-functional facility”.

Minister for Sport Catherine Martin said: “I am delighted that work is progressing on the Dalymount Park project. The funding being provided by my Department will allow the detailed design work to be completed and I look forward to further engagement with Dublin City Council when the project is ready to move to the construction stage. While it is particularly significant for the soccer community, the project will benefit the entire community and play a significant part in the regeneration of the Phibsborough area.”

Co-anchor tenants

Shelbourne FC welcomed today’s announcement and, as co-anchor tenants in this project with Bohemian FC, “look forward to working closely with them and Dublin City Council to achieving the common shared vision of providing both team’s supporters with the most modern facilities available and a Stadium that will enable them to grow further as Clubs”.

Daniel Lambert, chief operating officer of Bohemian FC said: “Bohemian FC welcomes today’s announcement which now brings us to the penultimate, and one of the most exciting stages of this process, the full redevelopment of Dalymount Park which began with the members of Bohemians voting to transfer ownership to DCC in 2015. We look forward to engaging, alongside Shelbourne FC and the wider community, with the design team, to realise and deliver a world-class stadium in the heart of Dublin City.

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