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A Club For All Seasons - Club Development Plan - Ongoing

St. Sylvester's has a vision to build the best GAA Sports Campus in Dublin at its training and playing facilites in Michael Gaffney Park (Broomfield). 

The proposed development entails the following:

  • Transformation of three new grass playing pitches (one adult and two juvenile)
  • New walkways, cycling paths and planted tree areas
  • Extended car parking facilities
  • Enhanced changing rooms & toilets - COMPLETED
  • New gym and pavilion development
  • Extension of ball wall to provide more winter training facilities - COMPLETED

In the Castle Demesne, our overall footprint will remain the same as present, with movement of the smaller pitch in Bridgefield to the Front of Castle (leaving one full-sized pitch at Bridgefield).

As a Club Executive, we are now formally reaching out to our membership base, asking you to endorse these exciting proposals. We believe they will radically improve the playing experience for many of our members and ensure that we have adequate pitches and facilities to cater for our growing numbers coming through juvenile sections well into the future.

The endorsement will take the form of a vote which will decide if the membership supports these proposals or if the membership does not wish to proceed with these developments. If you have any questions or queries regarding these proposals, please email Electronic voting slips will be provided in the next few days. Note that only full club members on the date of this communication are entitled to engage in this process.


Q. What is happening with the area in Bridgefield that we will no longer use – are Fingal CC planning to put a car park in this area?

A. Any decision regarding the use of this area will be determined by Fingal CC, who will undertake their own processes if and when they propose to change the use of this area. Fingal CC have not indicated to us any imminent change of use for this area.

Q. When will this all start and how will we manage the transition period?

A. We hope to start the overall process in 2021, and it will take several years to conclude. Once we are all aligned with the overall vision, we can start to plan how we would manage through all the required changes.

Q. Will the land change ownership from Fingal CC to St Sylvesters GAA Club?

A. No – all the land is in Public Ownership and will remain so.

Q. Who will pay for all the developments?

A. It will be a combination of support from Fingal CC and funds raised by St Sylvester's GAA Club.

Q. What happens if the membership does not endorse this plan?

A. We will not plan to undertake this development programme and will attempt to manage with the facilities we currently have (subject to the continued successful granting of annual leases on the playing areas that are owned by Fingal CC). Note: This will not preclude Fingal CC from, at any time, changing the playing assets they make available for our use in the future. As a club, we are experiencing substantial growth in our juvenile sections. If this proposal is rejected, we forecast that we will not have the appropriate playing resources to cater for our growth.