MetroLink / Na Fianna

Important communication for all CLG Na Fianna members regarding today’s Metrolink announcement #NAFABÚ
A Chairde,

To follow on from yesterday’s communication, you may have seen that the new Metro Link’s Emerging Preferred Route (EPR) was made public at today’s media launch.

At a meeting in Mobhi Road on Tuesday night 20th March, members of the Na Fianna Club Executive were advised by representatives from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) that the construction programme for the proposed Metro Link (formerly known as Metro North and due to commence in 2020), would involve the requisition of the front pitch and both all-weather pitches on Mobhi Road as well as Home Farm soccer pitch. The front pitch and both all-weather pitches as we currently now know them would become a Tunnel Boring Depot for the duration of the Metro Link construction project, with a permanent underground station being situated under Mobhi Road upon completion.

The first contact that the Club had with TII was through a phone call received at approximately 4.30pm on Friday 16th March, bank holiday weekend. This was the first time the Club was alerted that the new Metro Project would have any implication for the Club. TII requested the meeting, mentioned above, where we were informed of the severe impact the proposed project would have on Na Fianna’s home.

The Club is naturally very concerned and alarmed with this news. We are also deeply disappointed by the lack of respect afforded that a decision of this magnitude was advised to CLG Na Fianna, less than 48 hours prior to the formal Government announcement.

The physical impact of this proposal on Na Fianna as we currently understand it will be;

Loss of main Mobhi road pitch for a minimum of 3 years, potentially 6 or more years
Loss of both All-Weather pitches for a minimum of 3 years, potentially 6 or more years.
Significant loss of revenue from clubhouse activities

Though significant, this pales in comparison to the potential irreparable damage to a generation of young Na Fianna members through having the heart and soul of our Club ripped out. Not to mention the inevitable fall-off in playing numbers among all age groups, through being deprived of suitable training and playing facilities.

The Executive Committee are fully aware that this development has huge implications for CLG Na Fianna and its members. CLG Na Fianna is currently examining the plans in detail, engaging with important stakeholders and exploring a range of possible actions. We would encourage all members to access the website (, view the documents and to inform themselves as much as possible. A Members’ Information evening will be arranged in the coming weeks subject to the full facts of the proposal being examined and a suitable venue sourced, and out of this a strong unified approach will be adopted. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

The GAA family, including Croke Park and Dublin GAA have committed to full support for Na Fianna and its members.

We have been through tough times together before. From our founding members’ first struggles to establish the Club in the face of overwhelming adversity, from the rebuilding of our clubhouse after its destruction, and the struggles we have overcome to build a state of the art facility, and not only sustain it, but have it as the beating heart of the community. We have been through tough times before, we will rise to this challenge and come through this together.

Please be assured that members will be kept up to date on progress and further communications will be issued as appropriate.

In the meantime normal service continues on Mobhi Road.

Glaine ár gcroí, neart ár ngéag, beart de réir ár mbriathar.

Purity of our hearts, strength of our limbs, action according to our words.

le mór meas,

Cormac Ó Donnchú

Cathaoirleach, CLG Na Fianna



Although clearly not at the heart of the issue (impact on the community etc way way outweighs), what compensation is being offered for this inconvenience?

What is the tenancy arrangement the NaF have on MR?

This could also be the answer to Na Fianna’s pitch problem long term. They will no doubt be given temporary pitches and possibly land to develop more pitches from this. Then getting their existing pitches back when work is complete would mean plenty of pitches for their huge numbers. Short term pain for long term gain.

If there is any club in the country who will come out the other side of this stronger it’s Na Fianna.

I presume there is no legal fight that can be put up to this so I’d be onto Noel Rock and Co and get new pitches asap starting with an all weather where the school pitch is.

Edit: Is Mobhi road North West or Central constituency?

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Jaysus that’s bad form. Only in Ireland indeed

Appalling stuff.

Where are they going to get the replacement pitches?

Taking players away from their club house and pitches for years can only have a detrimental effect on a club.

Shocking stuff the way this has been handled.


Why didn’t they do it when they were doing the Dublin Port Tunnel? Why don’t they use Albert College Park? Why … why … why …

If Mobhi Road is private property then NaF should seek a judicial review of this. Johnstown Park would be another place they could have gone.

Crazy stuff.

On the border I think. But Central afaik

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They are putting a station on Mobhi so no point in going near Johnstown park

Arthur Griffith park could have been chosen?

We’ll have to take this up with the President of the GAA …


4.30pm on the Friday of a bank holiday. I’m sure they will say it was mere coincidence but there is a reason it’s called ‘take out the trash day’. Sneaky bastards.


Jaysus that’s very harsh scenario.
You’d imagine that especially st Clare’s and DCU would be close by pitch alternatives.

I’d imagine as it’s 3 billion project, there will be healthy rent and proper long term restoration of pitches but up to 6 years is long stretch.

You’d also assume the other on site activities - bar, crèche, gaa experience etc would not be feasible either.
Knowing the usual capital projects scenario 2021 will probably be 2030.

Is the clubhouse effected? I.E does it have to close or will there be access to there?

Clubhouse not affected

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Can’t see that working in all honesty.

Not directly but if there’s no games there it will have a knock on effect.

I presume Collinstown Lane will be used more at adult level.

Ultiimately Collinstown was to be lost to Metro North too …

There is a huge site on Botanic Road which could have been bought for this … if anyone had any vision … ever.

That’s bleedin scandalous.

The old Smutfits?Smurfits