Templeogue Synger's €3m plan
TEMPLEOGUE Synge Street, the GAA of current Dublin star Niall Scully, yesterday announced plans for a major upgrade of their facilities at Dolphin Park.
The development will include 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 GAA club to serve the Dublin 6, 8 and 12 areas for years to come.
Subject to planning permission being granted, the investment level in improving the facilities available is expected to be almost €3 million.
Dolphin Park pitches are owned by Templeogue Synge Street GFC but are also used by a number of local schools and Kevin's Hurling Club.
The development, should it be completed as planned, 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 will be raised through the sale of 15 per cent of the site for the purposes of developing housing in the area. This consists of 153 apartments, seven townhouses and one detached house.
Club Chairman Alan O'Brien said:"We want to create a modern GAA facility that will service the needs of the GAA community 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 use the facility currently. Importantly we will be retaining two full sized adult pitches as part of this proposal, so it will greatly enhance the playing time available for all pitch users,"
"We plan 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."