Friday 30 September 2016

Abbotstown will never be our home, insists Dubs boss Jim Gavin

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

Dublin manager Jim Gavin Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin Photo: Sportsfile

Jim Gavin's Dublin side won't be moving into the GAA's new multi-million euro facility at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, with the Dubs boss insisting "it wasn't built for Dublin GAA".

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Gavin revealed that he has no plans to move into the state of the art venue, despite Dublin funding the installation of equipment into the new gym, preferring instead to split the panel's time between their summer base in DCU and Innisfails, which is usually used earlier in the year.

"The current ground we use is pretty accessible as well, Innisfails," Gavin replied, when pressed on whether they'd be using the facility.

"It wasn't built for us, as in Dublin GAA, and I know already that some senior inter-county football teams have used it for challenge games and I think that's a great initiative.

"It is pretty accessible from all parts of the island. That's good to see. And clubs have used it already, so it's a great facility for them. That's where I'd see it being used."

An Irish Independent survey revealed that Dublin amassed the biggest spend on inter-county teams, coming in ahead of Cork and Galway, but Gavin points out that with no centre of excellence of their own, they are trailing behind many of their competitors.

"The officers of the Dublin GAA have quite clearly stated - and we've seen - their ambition to build their own home. They don't consider (Abbotstown) their training home for the development of players," he said.

"They're still looking for sites and hopefully that plan will come to fruition in the short term rather than the longer term.

"We're a little bit behind other counties in that regard with the challenges the minors, the U-21s, and ourselves have for getting pitches during winter season - it was quite challenging.

"So we don't actually have a home yet, and certainly that isn't our home nor won't be our home."

Irish Independent

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