Friday 9 December 2016

'It's a travesty ... it's so disappointing, a disaster'

Clarissa Waldron

Published 19/06/2015 | 10:40

The Byrnes from Old Bawn, Tallaght, and members of Thomas Davis GAA. Mick and Aideen with children Danny, 4, and Jenna 18 months, and their dog Woody. Tymon Park, Templeogue, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
The Byrnes from Old Bawn, Tallaght, and members of Thomas Davis GAA. Mick and Aideen with children Danny, 4, and Jenna 18 months, and their dog Woody. Tymon Park, Templeogue, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Pascal O'Brien, from Templeogue, with grandson Samuel Fusco, 13. Tymon Park, Templeogue, Dublin

SOUTH Dublin residents have expressed their disappointment that the Spawell development land where GAA authorities had hoped to build a stadium has been sold to a rival bidder.

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"It's a travesty. It's so disappointing, it's a disaster," said Pascal O'Brien (59).

"When you think of the location, it would have been a great stadium. Dublin really needed it. The potential was there. It's such a loss," he added.

The Dublin County Board had wanted to build a 25,000-seat stadium on the site in Templeogue, but a rival bidder bought the land after making a higher offer.

Tallaght resident Mick Byrne (42) said it would have been "huge for the area" if the stadium plan had been successful.

"Everyone has to go to Parnell Park when there's a county final on. It would have been great if it was here... There's great access here for everyone coming to matches from all over the country. It would have been unbelievable."

Another local speaking to the Herald, Terry Delaney (62) from Tallaght, also said he was disappointed that the land wasn't sold to the Dublin county board.

"It should have been sold to the GAA. Who knows what's going to happen now," he said.

Meanwhile, Kevin O'Reilly (65) from Balroddery said he was happy as long as the sale brings employment to the area.

"If it creates jobs, of course it's good. If progress is about to happen then I'm in favour of it."

A spokesman for the nearby Naomh Jude's GAA club in Templeogue said he couldn't comment on the sale of the land.

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