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To: Dublin City councillors, Catherine Martin TD (Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media), Jack Chambers TD (Minister of State - Sports and the Gaeltacht)

Save Tolka Park

Save Tolka Park

Oppose the sale of Tolka Park to private developers and support the alternative proposal developed by the Save Tolka Park Campaign, launching June 10th.

We believe, that with the right investment and planning, Tolka Park can be rejuvenated as an asset to the community – hosting football at every level, while also acting as a community hub with additional amenities for local people.

Why is this important?

Tolka Park is one of Ireland’s most significant sites of sporting culture and history. Since 1924, the stadium has been enmeshed in the cultural life and sporting traditions of Dublin City. As a stadium, Tolka has a proud legacy; hosting the first floodlit football match in the Republic of Ireland in 1953, being the venue for the first televised League of Ireland game in 1996/7, and becoming the first all-seater stadium in domestic football in 1999.

Tolka Park is, and always has been an asset to Irish football and to the local community – acting as a home for Drumcondra FC, Home Farm FC and since 1989, Shelbourne. It has hosted games at every level, from local and junior football, right up to the top European competitions.

The Save Tolka Park Campaign is a coalition of local residents, football fans and activists united in opposition to the sale of the stadium to private developers. We believe, that with the right investment and planning, Tolka Park can be rejuvenated as an asset to the community – hosting football at every level, while also acting as a community hub with additional amenities for local people.

We have a proposal, launching on June 10th, that sets out how this can be achieved and we are appealing to you to help us make these plans a reality. As City councillors and the Minister responsible, we are asking you to act to protect an irreplaceable part of our sporting history, and to ensure that Tolka Park continues as a backdrop for dreams and memories for years to come.


Reasons for signing

  • Tolka Park is a critical and historical green space in Dublin City, holding valued stories and presence. It must be kept alive in the present and future in the vision which created it, that people of the city have a place for gathering and celebration of our lives through sport. Building replacement stadia in the suburbs does not “replace” Tolka Park.
  • If it goes, lost football history, lost green space and lost sporting facilities for the Drumcondra area.
  • One of my favourite grounds to play on and spectate in. Too much history there for this ground to be lost to Irish football.

Updates

2021-06-01 18:44:50 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2021-06-01 14:43:32 +0100

500 signatures reached

2021-06-01 11:31:33 +0100

100 signatures reached

2021-06-01 11:00:15 +0100

50 signatures reached

2021-06-01 10:41:43 +0100

25 signatures reached

2021-06-01 10:34:32 +0100

10 signatures reached