Fresh reports this morning indicate that Dublin City Council are set to buy Ireland’s most historic League of Ireland ground – Dalymount Park – for €3.4 million.
FAI chief executive John Delaney alluded to Dalymount becoming a ‘legacy’ of the Euro 2020 finals and he hoped that Bohemians, and possibly Shelbourne could use the ground.
It now looks as though this may come through as the Irish Independent reports that the FAI are likely to lease the Phibsborough ground to both north Dublin clubs from the council, should they acquire the stadium.
The aforementioned deal is heavily reliant on Shelbourne moving from their Tolka Park home, however. The council own the ground and would look to redevelop the land in order to repay their investment, while another leading shareholder in the stadium is said to be open to the deal.
Bohemians’ debts of over €3 million are now set to be paid for by the council and Dublin’s original home to Irish international football is likely to be renovated, should this deal go through.
The speculated decommissioning of Tolka Park may be a bitter pill to swallow for Dublin’s football-going public but in the interest of the Irish game as a whole, as well as giving both northside clubs a chance to use this iconic ground, it looks to be a positive step forward for Irish football.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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