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“Heart And Soul Of Our Club Ripped Out.” – GAA Club Shocked At Devastating Metro Impact

Today, the emerging preferred route corridor and associated stations for Dublin’s new public transport project, Metrolink, was published.

The new public transport system will link Swords and Dublin Airport with the city centre and will travel onto the existing Luas Green Line to the south of the city.

However, although the project is well overdue and welcomed, it has come as pretty devastating news to one popular Dublin GAA club, Na Fianna.

One of the proposed underground stops in Glasnevin will be located directly below the grounds of Na Fianna. Not only will this be the location of an underground stop, but it will also be one of the points where tunnel boring will begin and as a result, the club’s pitches will be unavailable for a number of years during the construction phase.

The club released a statement today outlining their shock to the news:

At a meeting in Mobhi Road on Tuesday night 20th March, members of the Na Fianna Club Executive were advised by representatives from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) that the construction programme for the proposed Metro Link (formerly known as Metro North and due to commence in 2020), would involve the requisition of the front pitch and both all-weather pitches on Mobhi Road as well as Home Farm soccer pitch. The front pitch and both all-weather pitches as we currently now know them would become a Tunnel Boring Depot for the duration of the Metro Link construction project, with a permanent underground station being situated under Mobhi Road upon completion.

The first contact that the Club had with TII was through a phone call received at approximately 4.30pm on Friday 16th March, bank holiday weekend. This was the first time the Club was alerted that the new Metro Project would have any implication for the Club. TII requested the meeting, mentioned above, where we were informed of the severe impact the proposed project would have on Na Fianna’s home.

The Club is naturally very concerned and alarmed with this news. We are also deeply disappointed by the lack of respect afforded that a decision of this magnitude was advised to CLG Na Fianna, less than 48 hours prior to the formal Government announcement.

The physical impact of this proposal on Na Fianna as we currently understand it will be;

  • Loss of main Mobhi road pitch for a minimum of 3 years, potentially 6 or more years

  • Loss of both All-Weather pitches for a minimum of 3 years, potentially 6 or more years.

  • Significant loss of revenue from clubhouse activities

Though significant, this pales in comparison to the potential irreparable damage to a generation of young Na Fianna members through having the heart and soul of our Club ripped out. Not to mention the inevitable fall-off in playing numbers among all age groups, through being deprived of suitable training and playing facilities.

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