First sod turned on new Meakstown Community Centre

Gary Ibbotson 13 Mar 2023

The first sod has been turned on the new Meakstown Community Centre in Dublin 11.

Mayor of Fingal, councillor Howard Mahony, accompanied by the Chair of Meakstown Community Council, Robbie Loughlin, and the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, performed the ceremony at the site of the new centre in Lanesborough Park.

“The spectacular new circular building, which has been designed by an Integrated Design Team led by Henchion Reuter Architects, will be energy efficient and will include: a three-court sports hall, four large multipurpose rooms for activities such as dance classes, yoga sessions, pilates, training workshops and community meetings, an inclusive Changing Places facility, and parking provision for 40 bicycles, including electric bikes, cargo bikes and scooters,” a spokesperson said.

The new centre will cost €7.5million and is being completely funded by Fingal County Council. The contractors will be on site from Monday, March 20.

The Mayor of Fingal, councillor Howard Mahony, said: “I’m delighted we are beginning the construction phase of what will be a truly wonderful facility that will cater for a wide range of community, recreational, education and sporting activities in the area.

“Ever since the first housing developments were built, which is over 20 years now, there has rightly been a desire to get something like this new community facility in Meakstown.”

The chairman of Meakestown Community Centre, Robbie Loughlin, said that “we, as a community in Meakstown, welcome this massive project to our area.

“It will change the lives of our residents and we thank Fingal County Council for this.

“It is a massive investment in a young, diverse area that will bring people even more together in a time when we need it more than ever.”

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