Dublin West TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has attended the official opening of the new Hartstown park all-weather pitch, which was co-funded by his Department.
Minister Varadkar joined the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Gerry Maguire and the Fingal County Manager, David O’Connor to perform the opening of the new pitch. Because the facility is floodlit and weather-proof, it can be used extensively by local clubs and schools throughout the year.
Last year the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport allocated €276,000 to Fingal County Council to provide a full-sized all-weather pitch at the site. The total cost was €507,000, excluding VAT. This was one of a large number of projects right across Ireland which were part-funded by the Department.
“Hartstown and Huntstown have lagged behind both new and more established parts of Dublin 15 when it comes to the provision of sporting facilities. Hartstown Park is more than 20 years old but has no changing rooms, pavilion or playground. The provision of this all-weather pitch will help to redress that imbalance.
“I’m very happy to be here today at the opening of this great facility. It’s always great to see funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport benefiting the community. I expect this new pitch to make a real difference to local clubs, schools and sports people.
“It’s been clear for some time that there is a huge demand for this pitch, and there was a great response after the funding was first announced. It will be ideal for all kinds of sports including GAA, soccer, rugby, seven-a-side games and fitness.”
Clubs which use Hartstown Park include:
• Hartstown/Huntstown FC
• St Peregrines GAA Club
• FC Lokomotiv
• Mountview United FC
• Pinebrook Celtic FC
• Whitestown United FC