Frances Fitzgerald T.D, has welcomed plans for the development of a new public park in Adamstown. A planning application has been lodged with South Dublin County Council by Adamstown Infrastructure DAC. Airlie Park, comprising of just under 11 hectares, will include a full-sized flood-lit all-weather pitch; a full-sized cricket pitch; two cricket practice areas; two basketball courts; two tennis courts; a one-storey changing facility and a number of local and neighbourhood social areas.

Speaking on the submission, Deputy Fitzgerald said: “I have been a loyal supporter of our sports clubs in Dublin Mid-West and have worked closely with many club members and committees in their fundraising efforts. I welcome the proposal for Airlie Park – and in particular, the initial indication that a number of sports will be catered for. “I am particularly delighted to see plans for a full sized cricket pitch and training facility. I have long-argued that there is a growing demand for cricket infrastructure in the Adamstown area – and have made a number of representations to South Dublin County Council on behalf of the Adamstown Cricket Club (ACC). Sanjeeb, Olag and the rest of the ACC members have already been recognised with the “Emerging Club of the Year” award at last year’s Leinster Cricket Awards. I am pleased to see that there is a clear effort to recognise their success in this latest development proposal. I have worked closely with the ACC for a number of years will continue to work closely with the club and local councillors to ensure that the proposal is followed through until the first bowl!”