Sunday 4 December 2016

Shels to join Bohs in new Dalymount

Published 02/09/2016 | 02:30

Since '67 there have been 13 Munster final wins by nine points or more that have not yielded subsequent All-Ireland champions in September (Stock picture)
Since '67 there have been 13 Munster final wins by nine points or more that have not yielded subsequent All-Ireland champions in September (Stock picture)

Shelbourne will be joining Bohemians in the renovated Dalymount Park after agreeing a deal with the Dublin City Council (DCC) for the lease on their current Tolka Park home.

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The terms are due to be finalised in the coming weeks which will lead to a plan that will culminate with the north Dublin clubs sharing a redeveloped stadium from 2020 onwards.

Dalymount is set to be knocked down at the end of next season with work then beginning on the construction of an all-seater stadium with a capacity of around 10,000 seats.

It is likely that Shels and Bohs will groundshare at Tolka for at least the 2018 and 2019 seasons depending on the speed of movement at Phibsborough.

The DCC are driving the project having secured the Dalymount site last year after striking a deal with Bohemians.

With the council funding the majority of the new ground, a partnership with the FAI on the lease will see Bohs and Shels becoming tenants.

A section of Shelbourne supporters opposed a move to Dalymount while long-standing complications with a hold over the lease at Tolka were another obstacle that needed to be crossed.

The First Division club released a statement to Dublin radio station 98FM outlining their current position.

They said: "We hope to be in a position to announce our part in the project in the coming weeks.

"We expect to be relinquishing our interests in Tolka Park and moving to a revamped Dalymount as Co-Anchor Tenants with Bohemians, but as the plans for the new stadium have neither been drawn up, or discussed in detail, yet we will not be commenting further at this stage."

Meanwhile, UCD midfielder Dylan Watts has finally agreed his switch to Premier League champions Leicester City.

The 19-year-old has impressed with the students and featured in last year's European run.

Irish Independent

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