Thursday 14 December 2017

Could this be the cheapest football pitch in Ireland? Dublin club toasting land deal

Anthony O’Brien in the field near the Red Cow Roundabout, which is worth hundreds of thousands of euro and which Bluebell United has bought for €10. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
Anthony O’Brien in the field near the Red Cow Roundabout, which is worth hundreds of thousands of euro and which Bluebell United has bought for €10. Photo: Douglas O’Connor

Ryan Nugent

A Dublin football club is toasting a valuable plot of land secured for only €10 in an incredible coup. Bluebell United FC secured a deal for land opposite the Red Cow Roundabout worth hundreds of thousands of euro.

The grounds were formerly owned by Capel Developments, which went into receivership in 2012.

The company had agreed a deal with South Dublin County Council five years previously - with the council still owing €450,000 on the land following the receivership.

A receiver was appointed by Nama on the plot.

However, when club public relations officer Anthony O'Brien was made aware of the availability of the land he pursued all avenues, including councillors, South Dublin County Council officials and Nama officials.

Following years of meetings, a Nama official gave instructions to pass the land to the club, with the council voting in favour of the land transfer in June 2016.

The council will pay a balance of €250,000 with the remaining €200,000 to the receiver in lieu of its obligation to remove spoil heap and remediate the land.

The only clause within the deal is that the football club is not allowed to sell the grounds on.

Mr O'Brien said he never believed it would happen, but four years of hard work paid off and the club was looking to build an all-weather pitch, with floodlights.

"I attended meetings, I tormented them, I emailed them. You name it, I did it to get the property," he said.

Irish Independent

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