Tuesday 17 October 2017

New handball centre plans get the green light

An artist’s impression of the new Irish Handball Centre planned for Sackville Avenue in Dublin
An artist’s impression of the new Irish Handball Centre planned for Sackville Avenue in Dublin
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The GAA have revealed plans to build a new Irish handball centre at Dublin's Sackville Avenue.

The construction will include the deconstruction and replacement of flat complex Croke Villas.

An artist’s impression of the new Irish Handball Centre planned for Sackville Avenue in Dublin
An artist’s impression of the new Irish Handball Centre planned for Sackville Avenue in Dublin

The land where Croke Villas stand will be developed by Croke Park, with current residents moved to redeveloped duplexes on Ballybough Road at the top of Sackville Avenue. The move is expected to take place in the next few weeks.

The GAA said in a statement that it will work with Dublin City Council on the reconstruction of Sackville Avenue. A spokesman said they hope the renovations will "take pressure off other local streets" around the stadium.

A National Handball and Community Centre is also planned for the area.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern chaired the mediation process between the GAA and the Irish Handball Council Sports Centre.

Residents have expressed relief and believe it will regenerate the area.

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