Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes has welcomed the breaking news today that Dublin City Council has entered talks to buy Dalymount Park from Bohemians Football Club. A €3.4m deal could see the local authority take control of the ground from Bohemians. It is expected that the FAI would lease the stadium from the council allowing both Bohemians and Shelbourne to use the ground.
“It is very apt that in the year when John Giles was granted the freedom of Dublin City, Dublin City Council would come to the rescue of Dalymount Park – a ground synonymous with Giles and Irish Soccer.”
“The dilapidated state of Dalymount Park in recent years has been in sharp contrast to the development of other Dublin stadia such as Croke Park, Lansdowne Road and the RDS in recent years. It’s time for Dalymount to take its place amongst the great stadia of Dublin and Ireland again.”
“Anyone who remembers Giles and Brady playing for Ireland to crowds of 40,000 knows that the stadium has the potential to host major sporting events. With Dublin and the Aviva Stadium hosting 3 group games and a last-16 fixture at Euro 2020, now is the perfect time for City authorities to develop and support the domestic game in our capital.”
“Securing the future of the ground built in 1901, recognising its place in Irish Soccer history and the potential for a world class sporting facility make a deal between Dublin City Council and Bohs so significant.”