Blackrock fans ready to watch a junior cup game in 2008. ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Cuala agree ground share deal with Blackrock College RFC

The south Dublin GAA club will make a new home in Stradbrook before improvements are made to the ground.

DUBLIN GAA CLUB and Blackrock College Rugby Football Club have today confirmed that they have entered into a ground sharing agreement at Blackrock’s Stradbrook venue.

The agreement will pave the way for the ground’s redevelopment including the addition of an all-weather surface, upgrading of current pitches, floodlights and a new gym

Cuala have been making their home at a number of locations in the south east area of Dublin including  Dalkey’s Hyde Park, but the purchase of a share in Stradbrook venue will help them consolidate the club as well as help Blackrock ease the level of debt burden.

“This agreement is in keeping with our vision to develop Stradbrook as a multi-sport facility and marks the beginning of a new era for Blackrock College R.F.C,” club president John Smyth said in a statement.

“The rugby only business model is not sustainable in the new world of the professional game in Ireland. We firmly believe that this innovative initiative will support the future development of both clubs.”

Cuala chairman Peader McAdam added:

“This agreement has the potential to develop a world class sports centre, and with inter club sharing agreements, will deliver the facilities including a support network that is required to ensure both codes can continue to grow and perform at the highest levels. It opens up the facility to a much larger community of members and will only serve to promote sport amongst our youth”.

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