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DSD secure Government funding for St. Thomas campus

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,649 ✭✭✭rovers_runner


    Bit unfair that DSD would get such a huge grant given they are bankrolled by the womens mini marathon revenue?
    They can already afford to employ a number of people along with having a large turnover and still get a large grant..........


  • Registered Users Posts: 946 ✭✭✭KSU


    Bit unfair that DSD would get such a huge grant given they are bankrolled by the womens mini marathon revenue?
    They can already afford to employ a number of people along with having a large turnover and still get a large grant..........

    - Grant is awarded between Rathdown CC and DSD given it's a multi sport campus
    - DSD bought and paid for the land separately
    - DSD is one of the largest athletics clubs in the country
    - They are one of the few clubs which can support track and repairs as there books are pretty healthy (As you pointed out WMM is a big source of income for the club

    Not to sure why anyone would begrudge this it's a positive step and long term investment as opposed to other venues which have fallen into disrepair (ala the state of Irishtown track in recent years)


  • Registered Users Posts: 946 ✭✭✭KSU


    Seems to be raining cats and dogs

    https://www.cit.ie/currentnews?id=1457

    Amazing how much money can go around when it's not paying for Delaney's lifestyle


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,851 ✭✭✭✭average_runner


    KSU wrote: »
    - Grant is awarded between Rathdown CC and DSD given it's a multi sport campus
    - DSD bought and paid for the land separately
    - DSD is one of the largest athletics clubs in the country
    - They are one of the few clubs which can support track and repairs as there books are pretty healthy (As you pointed out WMM is a big source of income for the club

    Not to sure why anyone would begrudge this it's a positive step and long term investment as opposed to other venues which have fallen into disrepair (ala the state of Irishtown track in recent years)

    Is there a link to what exactly is going into the campus.

    This means there will be 8 tracks in Dublin, Ringsend, Santry, Donore, Lucan, Tallaght, new UCD track and St Thomas. Not counting the indoor one.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,851 ✭✭✭✭average_runner


    KSU wrote: »
    Seems to be raining cats and dogs

    https://www.cit.ie/currentnews?id=1457

    Amazing how much money can go around when it's not paying for Delaney's lifestyle

    Or its an election year!!
    Shane Ross is splashing the money around South Dublin since Xmas and Martin getting in on the act in Cork!!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 946 ✭✭✭KSU


    Is there a link to what exactly is going into the campus.

    This means there will be 8 tracks in Dublin, Ringsend, Santry, Donore, Lucan, Tallaght, new UCD track and St Thomas. Not counting the indoor one.

    Think these were the plans approved(there might be an update since then but I haven't seen any)

    https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/parks/pc-pks-01-19-proposed-development-of-a-running-tra/


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,178 ✭✭✭MY BAD


    Great to see this although I think for the development of kids the focus should be building indoor facilities.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,454 ✭✭✭Glencarraig


    I just hope this facility will be open for all athletes to use at a reasonable fee and not for the sole use of DSD


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,446 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D


    I just hope this facility will be open for all athletes to use at a reasonable fee and not for the sole use of DSD

    Depends on what a reasonable fee is, I suppose? The other Dublin publicly owned tracks (e.g Santry, Irishtown, Abbotstown) are available for €5-8 per visit. ALSAA is €10 (officially - I’ll admit I sneaked a few unchallenged free laps on a recent run). Good luck to DSD. Hopefully we’ll have a track in Raheny too at some stage in the future.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,454 ✭✭✭Glencarraig


    Murph_D wrote: »
    Depends on what a reasonable fee is, I suppose? The other Dublin publicly owned tracks (e.g Santry, Irishtown, Abbotstown) are available for €5-8 per visit. ALSAA is €10 (officially - I’ll admit I sneaked a few unchallenged free laps on a recent run). Good luck to DSD. Hopefully we’ll have a track in Raheny too at some stage in the future.

    Greystones is €3


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,446 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D




    Greystones is €3

    Ballina is free. Ballybofey €2 I think, and you can have a swim too!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,454 ✭✭✭Glencarraig


    Murph_D wrote: »
    Ballina is free. Ballybofey €2 I think, and you can have a swim too!

    I think I would prefer to drive to Greystones from Stillorgan for a track workout than Ballina :D


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