Bohemians’ membership approve €3.8m sale of Dalymount Park

Dublin City Council deal a good one ‘for Bohemians and for the city of Dublin’

Bohemians’ members have approved the €3.8 million sale of Dalymount Park to Dublin City Council. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Members of Bohemians last night approved the €3.8 million sale of Dalymount Park to Dublin City Council. The club is now in a position to complete the deal, which effectively involves the council paying off the Bohemians’ debt to Zurich and a large portion of the money owed to its members and agreement on the change of ownership is set to be formally announced next week.

"This is a good deal for Bohemians and for the city of Dublin," said Bohemians president Matt Devaney after last night's meeting of members.

“We can clear all our major debts and can commit fully to realising our ambitions in football and in the community. The city now owns a major and historic sporting facility close to the centre and can provide public amenities, as well as a long-term home for Bohemian FC, Dublin’s oldest football club.”

The fate of the proposed ground share with Shelbourne, which the council still hopes to facilitate so that it can recover control of Tolka Park, continues to hang in the balance, but DCC officials have said they remain hopeful that both clubs may yet end up being based at a publicly-owned, redeveloped Dalymount.

Emmet Malone

Emmet Malone

Emmet Malone is Work Correspondent at The Irish Times