“Today is a very significant milestone in the history of the club and our plans to build a new Home4Cuala and improve our facilities overall.”
Cuala gets green light for new home at Hyde Park
Project for new sports facilities secures planning permission
6 July 2021 – Cuala GAA Club is delighted to announce that approval for a flagship redevelopment of facilities at Hyde Park in Dalkey has been received today, following a vote by county councillors of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) to grant full planning permission for the project.
The redevelopment of the facilities is a collaboration between Cuala GAA, Dalkey United AFC and DLRCC to provide modern, state of the art sports facilities for the use of thousands of children and adults that play team sports with both clubs and within the wider community.
The project arises from a strategic review completed by Cuala in 2018. The review identified the need to provide improved facilities – both playing pitches and a clubhouse – to ever increasing numbers of girls, boys and adults in the area wanting to play Gaelic games. As the club’s work in the community broadens, a new modern facility to better accommodate these activities is required. The current building is in extremely poor condition and unfit for purpose.
Commenting, Damian McKeown, Cathaoirleach of Cuala, said: “Today is a very significant milestone in the history of the club and our plans to build a new Home4Cuala and improve our facilities overall. We are delighted to work in close partnership with Dalkey United and DLRCC to make this happen. In particular, we are very grateful to our neighbours for their constructive input and engagement with the project throughout.”
Today’s vote by DLRCC followed an application for planning under the Part 8 process and the conclusion of a detailed public consultation process.
The project aims to deliver Ireland’s first LEED Gold Accredited sports facility, which will be built to a BER A2 standard as part of its wider green and sustainable footprint.
Commenting, Dara Marnell, Dalkey United FC, said: “We are seeing a huge increase in children wanting to be active in team sports and play with Dalkey United. These new facilities will help them develop their soccer skills, and their social skills. It will advance our plans for the future of the club. The news today is very welcome indeed. We now have planning permission to build an outstanding facility for current and future generations of Dalkey Utd and Cuala players. We look forward to engaging with DLRCC, the local community, businesses and our members as we take the project forward”
Commenting, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Lettie McCarthy said: “We are keenly aware of the increased demands at all ages for sporting facilities across the county, and this was very evident from the public consultation carried out as part of this project. DLRCC is committed to continue liaising with neighbours and to working in close collaboration with Cuala and Dalkey United to progress this very important development. We would like to thank all who made submissions to the public consultation process.”
A fund-raising programme will commence in the autumn. In addition to government-sourced funding, the clubs will seek financial support from members, the local community and businesses in order to successfully deliver the project.
For further information, to get involved, or to donate to the project, please see: www.Home4Cuala.ie