Re: Re: An Irish National Stadium!
Thomond Park – What’s the story with your namesake in Limerick. Last I heard, they had problems securing sites which was in turn limiting their expansion plans.
Re Dalymount – I am not privy to the Bohs deal, but it sounds too good to be true. As far as I was aware, the FAI wanted Dalymount to be one of the key football gounds in the city, to be shared by Bohs and Shelbourne. Rovers new home at Tallaght being the other, to be shared by Rovers and St. Pats. Thus, Richmond Park at Inchicore and Shels Tolka Park were to be consigned to the same fate as Milltown. This move by Bohs throws a spanner in those particular plans I guess.
In relation to Bohs moving, I guess the only thing I can say is that at least they will only move when the new stadium at Castleknock is completed (unlike Rovers, who went nomadic the moment the ground shut). I personally would prefer to see Dalymount redeveloped properly…it is one of the few city center football grounds. On the flip side, it is Bohs’ ground and if they want to flog it and get a spanking new stadium with a large population base, then why not. Only thing is, I imagine that the planned 10k seat stadium will be relatively basic, have the atmosphere of a cow shed, and fail to attract a substantial following. I hate to say it, but league of Ireland clubs rarely attract attendances of over 5k.