Dubs move to 25,000 seater Spawell stadium will give massive boost to local GAA community

The Dublin County Board are reportedly closing in on a deal to buy the 35 acre Spawell Complex in Templeogue which they plan to develop into a 25,000 capacity stadium.

A previous attempt to buy the NAMA owned site failed in 2015 with the County Board apparently coming up €500,000 short of the asking price.

Refusing to accept defeat they went back to Davy Investments, who manage the complex, in the latter end of 2016 and reopened negotiations.

The deal, believed to be around €9m, is now due to be completed by the end of this month.

As well as the stadium, the plans for the complex also include a number of pitches and facilities which will give the GAA a base in the southside of the city.

It will also provide Dublin with a larger alternative to Parnell Park, which only has a capacity of 13,000, for league and club games as the County Board are not in a position to develop the Donneycarney venue due to its location close to a large residential area.

It is hoped the new Spawell complex could also be used to host championship games that may be too small to play in Croke Park.

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The Spawell’s proximity to the M50, and local clubs like St. Jude’s, Ballyboden St. Endas, Thomas Davis and Faughs make it the ideal location to further develop GAA locally.

A spokesperson from St Judes has welcomed the news this morning saying:

“Obviously nothing is confirmed yet but if this goes ahead it will be great for all the clubs of the southside to have such an excellent facility on our doorstep and will also help promote Gaelic games in the area.

“Going on the original plans, which look very impressive, it will function as an Abbotstown of the southside which will be very beneficial for local clubs who may be struggling with facilities.

“It will also be a great boost for the entire GAA community as due to its closeness to the M50 it will be very accessible to supporters from other parts of the province.

“Aside from just hosting Dublin league games you may see Leinster quarters or semis involving other counties being played there as well.”