There is some really good stuff in it. Better for discussion that the headline bits that the critics light on.
This is very interesting …
Since the completion of our strategic plan - The Blue Wave Strategy 2011 - 2017 - the Dublin
County Committee has focussed on identifying and procuring additional GAA facilities in
Dublin to meet the demands of the growing numbers of participants who wish to play our
games. This work is being carried out at a time when most clubs are finding it impossible to
acquire land to develop additional pitches, due to both the shortage and the increasingly high
cost of land in Dublin.
In addition to acquiring land close to new and developing clubs the County Committee
recognises that the optimum way forward is for Dublin GAA to acquire sites around the
county to allow it provide cluster facilities with floodlights and all-weather capacity for use
on a shared basis by Dublin GAA clubs.
The concept of developing cluster facilities has the following advantages:-
They allow maximum utilisation of the pitches as they are not subject to the impact of
individual club life-cycles where pitches can often be underutilised for several years;
They assist the County Committee in putting forward a cohesive plan to Government
or to the Local Authority to obtain development funding; and
They allow the clubs to focus on other areas such as recruitment, retention and
coaching of players of all genders and age groups.
The Dublin County Committee recognised the Spawell complex, as one of the locations,
which represented a unique opportunity to house a cluster facility which would achieve all
the above objectives. The site is in a pivotal position at the south east corner of Tymon Park.
It is immediately adjacent to the M50 at the Tallaght exit (at N81), servicing the entire Dublin
Motorway network and thus provides convenient access by road from all parts of Dublin. It is
serviced by several bus routes (including QBC routes along the N81 boundary of the site) and rail (Luas to Tallaght at about 2 kilometres) and has excellent pedestrian and cycle access. It is immediately adjacent to a number of Dublin GAA clubs and is within convenient travel distance for most Dublin GAA clubs from all catchment areas.
The County Committee finalised the purchase of the complex in 2017 through a subsidy
company, Blue Clusters CLG. This company is mandated to develop, operate and manage the Spawell Complex on behalf of Dublin GAA. In the intervening period, the company’s board
of directors - under the chairmanship of Sean Benton - has continued to manage the
operations on site and work on the development of the masterplan for the entire complex.
The development of the masterplan necessitated the commissioning of several reports:
Topographical survey of the site where the pitches will be located;
Survey of existing drainage system;
Survey of the internal layout and the elevations of the buildings; and
Preparation of a feasibility study for the site.
Some of the surveys are completed and the remaining reports will be completed in early
2019. The board expect that the site will allow for one All Weather Pitch, three Prunty
Pitches, Floodlights, Training Areas, Hurling Wall and dressing rooms. It is expected that
work will commence on site in mid-2019.
I wish to thank Sean Benton and the other members of project team - Sean Shanley, Michael
Hand, Jim Brogan Brendan Waters, Gerry McGreevy - for their commitment to this
development. The support for this project from Árd Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan and the GAA
Director of Finance, Gerard Mulryan, is also appreciated.