Dublin City Council has announced that the Department of Sport has allocated €918,750 from the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund to the redevelopment of the new Dalymount Park.
The grant will part fund the design and planning elements of the project.
The local authority will now appoint an “architect led integrated design team that will begin work shortly on the preliminary design.”
A consultation process will take place with all relevant stakeholders, says the council.
These include Bohemian FC, Shelbourne FC and the wider north Dublin community,
“Dalymount Park is one of the city council’s major capital infrastructure projects which will not only improve the sporting infrastructure of the city but play a major in role in the regeneration and enhancement of the Public Domain in Phibsborough,” says Dublin City Council.
The new stadium will have a capacity to host 6000 people on matchdays with four stands, one on each side.
A library, flexible community space, meeting rooms and club offices are also included in the plans.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu said “the redevelopment of this iconic stadium will provide a modern facility that will not just be of benefit to Bohemian FC and Shelbourne FC but the wider Dublin Community through the provision of a state of the art multi-functional facility.”
Minister for Sport Catherine Martin TD said she is “delighted that work is progressing” and that “while it is particularly significant for the soccer community, the project will benefit the entire community and play a significant part in the regeneration of the Phibsborough area.”
Joe Casey, director of Shelbourne FC, who will co-inhabitants of the stadium with Bohemians, said that the club “would like to put on record our gratitude to the team at Dublin City Council who are working tirelessly to put this project in motion and who are ready and willing to help at a moment’s notice and to the public representatives on all sides who continue to offer their support throughout the process.”
Daniel Lambert, chief operating officer of Bohemian FC said the news is welcome.
“Bohemian FC welcomes today’s announcement which now brings us to the penultimate, and one of the most exciting stages of this process, the full redevelopment of Dalymount Park which began with the members of Bohemians voting to transfer ownership to DCC in 2015.
“We look forward to engaging, alongside Shelbourne FC and the wider community, with the design team, to realise and deliver a world class stadium in the heart of Dublin City.
“A stadium that allows our respective clubs, and the local community to grow and prosper, and that reflects and enhances the huge tradition of the ‘Home of Irish Football.
“We would now call upon the full support of Government, through the LSSIF, over the coming year to see this project to completion.
“Ultimately delivering a key piece of publicly owned infrastructure for the people of Dublin.”