Templeogue Synge Street GFC welcomes approval for €3 million upgrade of facilities at Dolphin Park
Dublin, November 28th:
Templeogue Synge Street Gaelic Football Club has today welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to approve the major upgrade of its facilities at Dolphin Park.
The €3 million development includes floodlights, a new training all-weather pitch, a new gym, dressing rooms, new meeting rooms and modest catering facilities and is part of plans to build a sustainable and competitive Gaelic Football Club to serve the Dublin 6, 8 and 12 areas for years to come.
Dolphin Park pitches are owned by Templeogue Synge Street GFC but are also used by a number of local schools and the local community.
The development, once completed, will mean far more capacity in terms of pitches, training hours and playing hours than currently is the case for all teams who use it. The club estimates it will increase the training time available to teams by over 400 hours per year.
The funding for the investment is being raised through the sale of 15% of the site for the purposes of developing housing in the area. This consists of 153 apartments, seven townhouses and one detached house.
The club was founded when Templeogue and Synge Street merged in 1999 and at that time had just two men’s teams playing. It has gone on to produce All-Ireland winners with Dublin including Denis Bastick, Eoghan O’Gara and Niall Scully.
Today, Templeogue Synge Street has 46 teams between boy’s, girl’s, men’s and ladies’ teams, however there has been no major investment in the facilities at Dolphin Park since the formation of the club.
The dressing room facilities have not been upgraded since they were built in the 1970s. Girl’s and ladies’ football teams regularly change at the side of the pitch, while the generator for the training lights regularly breaks down.
Commenting on An Bord Pleanála’s approval for the development 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.
“We plan to enhance the pitches we do have and have juvenile pitches running cross-field. We will be investing in new floodlights and an all-weather training pitch, which will significantly increase the training time available for all the teams that currently use the facility. Importantly we will be retaining two full sized adult pitches as part of this redevelopment, so it will greatly enhance the playing time available for all pitch users,”
He went on to say;
“We are going to build a modern clubhouse with six dressing rooms and shower facilities for ladies’ and men’s teams, as well as a gym and catering facilities. We are raising our own finances and not relying on taxpayers to fund this facility. Once the development is completed, Templeogue Synge Street will be among the best GAA grounds in the area and will secure our club’s future at Dolphin Park.
“This redevelopment allows for the continued use of the facilities by local schools and the local community. 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.”