Joint Communication - Proposed Development of the Recreational & Sporting Facilities of Martin S

St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh GAA Club (Plunketts) and Phoenix Football Club (Phoenix) are delighted to announce a collaborative approach for plans to further develop Martin Savage Park for recreational and sporting use, and to improve the accessibility and availability of the park for the benefit of the community.

We have put together an ambitious plan which aims to greatly enhance the community, recreational and sporting facilities in our local area. The proposed changes will strengthen facilities for our existing sporting clubs and community groups, help attract more participation, retain club members in an expanding population base, and provide positive and far-reaching benefits for the whole community.

Both clubs share a vision where the youth of Dublin 7 & 15 have access to year-round sporting facilities, which can also be used by all the community. Therefore, the plan seeks to maximise usage of this valuable green space for the benefit of all in the communities we serve throughout the year.

The initial development plan provides for the following:

  • Grass pitches to be upgraded to sand-based pitches to improve year-round playability

  • Floodlit All-Weather Playing Areas

  • Hurling Walls

  • Multi-Sport Playing Area

  • Children’s Playground

  • Walking trail and Running Track around the perimeter of the Park

  • Specific sprint Running Track

  • Improved pathway lighting in the park to improve safety and accessibility to public transport

  • Retention of exercise equipment


The Management and Executive Committees of both clubs endorse the initial development plan and believe that this development will provide an excellent facility for generations of children growing up in the locality.

Letters of support for the development of Martin Savage Park have been provided from all the local national and secondary schools representing over 3,600 students who would benefit greatly from access to the proposed facilities during term time.

The development plan makes optimum use of the park for sporting & recreational purposes and is aligned with the Government Transport Strategy to use the park to link with cycle ways and the rail network. With increased public awareness of the benefits of exercise and government policy promoting more active lifestyles through the National Physical Activity Plan, it is envisaged that these enhanced facilities will provide a sporting and recreational hub to proactively address this issue at a local level.


The park is maintained by Dublin City Council (DCC) and both clubs lease the five available grass pitches. Currently, the pitches are unplayable due to poor weather for many months of the year and cannot be used for evening training during the Winter months due to the absence of adequate lighting. The park can also be inaccessible for the wider community during Winter because of the lack of pedestrian lighting and occasional flooding of pathways.

During 2019 and following initial consultation with Phoenix & DCC, Plunketts commenced work to develop a development plan to re-configure and enhance facilities in Martin Savage Park. The plan takes account of similar successful sporting & recreational developments across Dublin. In November 2019 the initial development plan was shared with DCC and the following month presented to An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. Consultations have continued between both clubs to deliver an optimal plan to meet the needs of both clubs.


Detailed population analysis has been carried out and included in the plan to show that there are over 12.600[1] people living in the immediate catchment area (within 2km of Martin Savage Park) with over 2,200 children aged 14 & under. In addition, there is a significant increase in the under-6 population who will benefit greatly from access to enhanced recreational and sporting facilities for many years to come. The population is also expected to increase dramatically with the development of additional high-density housing stock in the Rathborne and Pelletstown areas.


Plunketts and Phoenix will continue to work on the details of the plan with DCC but would ask members, parents in both clubs, and the wider community to look for support for the proposal from our elected public representatives over the coming weeks. This development is badly needed in our community and requires broad political support from national and local representatives.

Prior to the commencement of any development, there will be consultation with residents and the local community on the wider implications of the plan. Ultimately a decision to proceed with any development rests with Dublin City Council to provide for the development within their capital budget. The Planning process would then commence.

Conal Clerkin Brendan O’Hanlon

Chairman Chairman

St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh GAA Club Phoenix Football Club

About St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh GAA Club

The current club is an amalgamation of St. Oliver Plunkett GAA (founded 1960) and Eoghan Ruadh GAA (formed 1917). Our clubhouse is based in Martin Savage Park, off the Navan Road in Dublin 7 with use of ancillary pitches in the Phoenix Park. Plunketts have a long tradition of providing Gaelic games to many parts of Dublin 7 from the Ashtown roundabout to Stoneybatter and more recently to the newer Rathborne & Pelletstown areas of Dublin 15. We are an officially accredited Healthy Club and field adult and juvenile teams across Hurling, Football, Camogie and Ladies Football. We have a current membership of over 1,200 members with a great opportunity to expand further as Royal Canal Park and Rathborne become more developed. The essence of our club is best captured in the following recent video which can be viewed here: click here

About Phoenix Football Club

Phoenix Football Club is a vibrant local soccer club with over 1,000 members and 25 teams ranging from 6 years old to adult and playing in the Dublin and District boys and girls’ leagues plus the A.U.L. We have been associated with Martin Savage Park since 1968 and have been privileged to have had thousands of our local children pass through the club over those years. Whilst Martin Savage Park is our traditional home, due to our expanding numbers, in recent years we have developed a second facility at the top of Scribblestown Lane where we have a floodlit astro and grass pitches. Recent local area expansion and population growth has seen a welcome but challenging increase in demand for our facilities and we look forward to the development of “MSP” in the interests of all our members and the local community.

For more information, please contact:

Ronan Doohan, Vice-Chairman, Plunketts, (087 8593540) or e-mail

Brendan O’Hanlon, Chairman, Phoenix FC, (087 3402061) or email:

[1] 2016 Census

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St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh G.A.A. Club, 

Glenarriff Road,

Navan Road, Dublin 7


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