Mayor of South Dublin County Council (SDCC) Cllr. Mark Ward officially opens the recently completed sand based pitches and performs the sod turning for the imminent upgrade of the adjacent pitch at Firhouse. The sand based sports pitches are the first of their kind to be built by South Dublin in the county. They were designed by Sports Labs Ltd. and constructed by CRL. Sand based pitches are specifically designed to cater for maximum use, to provide for active recreation and encourage active lifestyles. The imminent upgrade of the adjacent pitch was designed by STRI Ltd. and will be constructed over the coming months by Haffey Sports Grounds Ltd.

Speaking at the event Mayor of SDCC Cllr. Mark Ward said: “The sand based pitches represent a considerable investment by South Dublin County Council in active recreation in the county, underlining the Council’s commitment to the provision of sports facilities and underpinning our support for the health and welling being of the citizens of the county.”

Mr Peter Lougheed Co-Chairman of Firhouse Carmel Football Club, who are the current users of the pitches under license from SDCC said “Firhouse Carmel FC has been one of the cornerstones of the community in Firhouse since 1974 offering soccer to children from the ages of 5 to 18 and we are delighted with the continued investment from the Council in the area. These pitches will be used for our Academy and small-sided games teams up to the age of 12 and we have over 180 children of our 300 members facilitated in these teams. The development of the Academy has been one of the success stories of our club over the past six years and the superb quality of the playing surface will afford the players the best opportunity to showcase their skills and enjoy the games.”