On the 21st of November 2023, the Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr. Yvonne Collins officially opened the new Artificial Grass Pitch at Sean Walsh Park. The Mayor was joined by local Councillors, South Dublin County Council’s Chief Executive Mr. Colm Ward, Ms. Teresa Walsh, Director of Services, staff of South Dublin County Council, Students from Old Bawn Community College, Transition Students from Shamrock Rovers Academy, the contractor JNC Premier Pitches, and guests to celebrate this event.
Speaking at the event Deputy Mayor Cllr Yvonne Collins said“This project is in line with South Dublin County Councils aim to support and promote the health and wellbeing of the people of South Dublin County. Provision of artificial grass pitches allows for intensive sports use, to help accommodate some of the active recreational needs of our growing county and I acknowledge the support of the Government of Ireland via Project 2040, and the National Planning Framework.”
The Deputy Mayor went on to say “It is lovely to see the Pitch so well used and I wish the clubs, community groups and individuals using the pitch, many years of enjoyment into the future.”
This project was match funded by SDCC’s Astro Pitch programme, which was initiated following the identification of the need for Artificial Grass Pitches across the county to support our sports clubs and communities and augment SDCC’s provision of grass pitches in the county in SDCC’s Sports Pitch Strategy. It has been a welcome addition to the park and have added to the activity and amenity in this beautiful bustling park.