Football club has 'no home' from next month
A Dublin football club has lodged an objection with An Bord Pleanála to a housing development in a park, saying it has been "ejected" from the grounds and will have no home pitch from next month.
Clontarf FC, which has 30 teams, made the submission surrounding the development of more than 500 residential units at St Paul's College, Raheny, at the end of last week.
The club said that while it was aware of the plans for around two years, it had expected replacement facilities to be made available to it.
Club chairman John O'Neill said only one all-weather pitch would replace three soccer pitches, two rugby and one GAA - as part of the Z15 land-use zoning objective.
Within the submission made to An Bord Pleanála, the club say the pitch caters only for rugby and GAA.
Mr O'Neill explained that with more than 400 children playing for the club between the ages of 8-17, it would be impossible to cater for so many matches with the use of just one pitch. The club said that, as the situation currently stood, it had no pitches for its teams from February. It is understood to be applying to use the nearby St Anne's Park.
"Clontarf FC has been ejected from the grounds by the developer and has no home for the forthcoming season commencing in February 2018," it said in its submission.
"While the club has actively engaged with Dublin City Council to secure alternative pitch facilities in the area, the club was advised that it should not engage with the council until its use of the pitches at St Paul's College was definitively terminated," it added.
The proposed development consists of 104 houses and 432 apartments along with a creche, private open space and access to lands to the east of St Paul's College. The developer could not be contacted yesterday.