Fingal County Council has welcomed the decision by the members of O’Dwyers GAA Club in Balbriggan to accept a proposal that will see the club move to a new facility at Bremore Regional Park. Under the agreement Fingal County Council will enter into a long-term lease with O’Dwyers for a 10 acre site on the northern boundary of the park where the club will develop a new clubhouse, sports pitch, parking and training areas which will be in alignment with and complementary to the Council’s overall vision for the park.

The Council has also agreed to purchase O’Dwyers’ current facility at Hamlet Lane which it will be used for road improvements in the area as well as providing new housing.

Fingal County Council’s Director of Planning and Strategic Infrastructure, AnnMarie Farrelly, said: “We are delighted that the members of O’Dwyers GAA Club have agreed to the proposal and we look forward to signing contracts and proceeding with the project in the coming months. This agreement gives O’Dwyers the opportunity to develop a state of the art sports facility that will cater for their growing membership and will be another excellent facility attached to Bremore Regional Park.”

Bremore Regional Park is a 100 acre facility in north Balbriggan along the R132 which is being developed by Fingal County Council to support and service the outdoor recreational needs of Balbriggan’s young and rapidly growing population.

It will feature a major community and tourism hub focused around the restored medieval Bremore Castle and associated visitor services.  A range of sporting facilities will be provided including the already completed 3G All-weather sports pitch as well as at least six additional public grass pitches, three which will be designed for GAA purposes.  A major public playground and outdoor events area will also feature in the project.

A master plan for the park is currently being designed by the Council and is scheduled to progress through the necessary public consultation and planning process during 2018. It is hoped that the Regional Park will be completed in 2021.

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, said: “Bremore will be a welcome addition to the growing number of regional parks within Fingal and will provide the people of Balbriggan, which is Ireland’s youngest town, with a dedicated recreation area while the redevelopment of Bremore Castle has the potential to create another major tourist attraction in the North County.”