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Saturday 18 November 2017

GAA club delighted as council agrees to build new sports pitch

Dublin hurler Chris Crummey (centre) joins children and staff from south inner city schools
and sports clubs as they campaign for proper pitch facilities
Dublin hurler Chris Crummey (centre) joins children and staff from south inner city schools and sports clubs as they campaign for proper pitch facilities

A Dublin GAA club is celebrating after the city council committed to building a pitch in an area where 10 schools have no sports field.

Kevin's Hurling and Camogie Club mounted a campaign before Dublin City Council's development plan was drawn up, seeking an agreement to build the pitch.

The south inner city club was backed by the GAA county board and a number of business people and politicians in the area.

Land has been designated under the development plan to build a multi-purpose sports pitch as part of the St Teresa's Gardens regeneration.

"Kevin's are delighted that after many years of campaigning, a multi-purpose sports field has been approved by the council," the club said in a statement.

"We see this as a great opportunity where GAA, soccer and other sports can come together in an inclusive manner to meet the sporting needs of the children, the schools and the people of the area.

"We are just hoping that the council will move swiftly to provide such facilities, as every day that goes by without the facility is a day when the local children are being deprived of something that is so urgently needed."

Pressure

Labour councillor Rebecca Moynihan, who supported the club in its efforts, said she is determined to keep the pressure on to ensure the delivery of the new pitch.

A report is due at the next local area meeting of the council to determine if the former Boys Brigade pitches can be temporarily re-opened for sporting use while the regeneration of St Teresa's continues.

"While they're empty, I think we can be using them, and all of the sports clubs in the area can share them," said Ms Moynihan.

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