Dublin City Council to accomadate Ballymun Kickhams in new development
Local Councillor Paul McAuliffe has today welcomed Dublin City Council’s commitment to accommodate Ballymun Kickhams and increased Gaelic playing facilities in the new Ballymun Local Area development plan.
A new revised masterplan for Ballymun was circulated to Councillors over the weekend and includes 31 site specific plans which should complete the regeneration of Ballymun. The local area plan identifies future land use for the remaining empty sites and those cleared of the flat blocks during the regeneration.
Speaking about the Ballymun club, Cllr McAuliffe said “For more than three years Ballymun Kickhams has been working to identify a site closer to the heart of Ballymun which will allow parents better access to their playing facilities. Pairc Ciceam which is located at the back of the airport. The club has developed some amazing players for club and county and that national success has been part of the process of building a more positive view of Ballymun. However the club nurseries in Trinity Comprehensive, St Kevin’s school are disconnected from the main site and so kids like my own son don’t always get the opportunity to mix with the senior teams, with their heros from the Dublin team like Philly McMahon, Dean Rock, John Small and James McCarthy.
We have an opportunity to develop something really special in Ballymun, a gaeilic sporting hub that will give a new home for Ballymun Kickhams but that other groups and schools will have access to also.
The first draft of the masterplan did not include a site, and resulted in Cllr McAuliffe, the club’s executive and others meeting with the Council’s Area management team. Site 31 which is close to the IKEA development was identified and is now formally included in the draft plan.
BACKED BY THEIR MEMBERS.
there was 236 SUBMISSION from the public during the consultation period and more than 70% of those were in support of a new home for Ballymun Kickhams.
The club’s formal submission proposes The submission from Ballymun Kickhams seeks the development of Site No. 31 of the LAP (between the Ballymun Industrial Estate and the R108) for a new GAA centre, to provide a new home for the club. This new facility would be funded and managed by DCC, with a contribution from Ballymun Kickhams through fundraising and the disposal of their own lands in Collinstown Lane. The proposed GAA centre would include the following components: Fully enclosed and secure site Hard surface car park with lighting Full size, floodlit and enclosed (with low level fencing) grass GAA pitch Full-size, floodlit and enclosed (with low level fencing) all-weather GAA pitch Full-size and enclosed (with low level fencing) grass GAA pitch Netting (for stopping balls) around the pitches and behind the goals. Clubhouse – to include minimum 6 dressing rooms, equipment room, referees’ room, meeting rooms, gym, physio room, shop, sports hall (suitable for basketball, badminton etc). The submission states that the club do not wish to operate a bar within its pavilion. It also states that they would encourage local schools to play their school matches in the facility and that the facility would be available for weekday use for the local community groups. A large number of submissions were received in support of the Ballymun Kickhams submission to the Draft Plan, as it will bring the core element of the club closer to Ballymun. The existing location causes difficulty in attracting children to the club due to its distance from Ballymun.