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‘Hugely significant day’ as Bohemian FC’s Dalymount Park redevelopment given green light after 9 years

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Bohemians have engaged extensively with DCC since their acquisition of the stadium in 2015.

DCC announced the approval of the Part 8 Planning Application for the Dalymount Park Redevelopment Project at last night’s council meeting.

“The redevelopment of this iconic stadium will provide a modern municipal facility that will not just be of benefit to Bohemian FC but also the wider Dublin Community. Today is a major milestone in the project,” Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste said.

Jonathan Hill, FAI Chief Executive added: “This is great news, and we thank and congratulate both Dublin City Council and Bohemian FC for all they have done to get us to this point.

“This is an exciting step forward in our wider Facility Vision where we are looking to replicate what the club has achieved to date here across other LOI clubs where a similar transformation of facilities, for players, fans and our media partners will help us to change the face of Irish club football moving forward.”

Dalymount Park is one of the city council’s major capital infrastructure projects that they hope will play a major role in the regeneration and enhancement of Phibsborough.

The current timeline for completion of the redeveloped stadium is the commencement of the 2027 season.

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The architect-led integrated design team will continue with detailed design over the coming months while continuing to consult with all the relevant stakeholders including the FAI, Bohemian FC, and the wider North Dublin Community.

The current plan is to develop a new four-sided municipal stadium with capacity for 8,034, featuring reorientation of the pitch to a North/South Axis and installation of a new sand-based grass pitch.

New stands to the east and west side with provision for c. 6,240 seats and two new terraces to the north and south with provision for c. 1,794 standing are also included in the plans, as well as a public thoroughfare connecting North Circular Road and Connaught Street to include various eateries and a new public plaza.

There will also be a new community facility with an area of 585sq.m over two floors to include a multi-functional community room and a community gym.

The provision of modern match-day facilities for teams and officials will also be included.

Dalymount Park is one of the city council’s major capital infrastructure projects that they hope will play a major role in the regeneration and enhancement of Phibsborough.

The first phase of enabling works, including the demolition of the Connaught Street Stand, have now been completed.

“Bohemian FC is delighted to mark this hugely significant day,” Bohemians COO Daniel Lambert said.

“We have engaged extensively with DCC since their acquisition of the stadium in 2015 and thank them for their considerable efforts to get us to this point.

“With the penultimate step now complete, we call on the government to ensure that the appropriate funding mechanism is in place to enable progression to construction phase without any delay.

“As we have seen across capital projects, with levels of inflation, any delays to the process can cause significant added costs to the exchequer.

“We now have full planning permission to deliver the right stadium for Bohs, Dublin 7 and the city as a whole that has unanimous public and political support.

“What we need now is the government to ensure funding is forthcoming so that we can have a community stadium to be proud of at the Home of Irish Football.”

The design and planning elements of the project are being funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media.

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