"We just need a field to play football on"- Donal Skelly

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"We just need a field to play football on"- Donal Skelly


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“We just need a field to play football on.”

Those are the words of Knocklyon FC chairman Donal Skelly, following the current crises between the club and South Dublin County Council.

This comes from South Dublin County Council's decision to build forty two new homes over the club's facilities which would affect the club massively.

Skelly joined Jamie Moore on Now That’s What I Call Sport on Sunday morning. You can listen to the interview full below:

Skelly made his feelings about the whole situation clear, stating “ If we lose the pitches, it's absolutely devastating for the club. We need to maintain this.”

“As a club, we’ve nothing against social housing, we do see the need for it but this is not the location, this is a vibrant club, we need this and without it we’re going to struggle and we’re going to fight this”

If the plans go through, Skelly believes that it could kill the football club.

“The alternative pitches available for the club are eight kilometres away and it’s no longer part of the football club so I do believe it could mark the end of this club”

“Leave our pitches alone,” Skelly added.

“Let us get on with building the future for this club, We are volunteers here at this club, 112 of us - and it's vital in this day and age because kids are in front of their telly playing their Xbox and Playstation, you need them out here at this club and we just want to maintain it and grow it”

Also on today’s show, we heard from Dublin GAA players John Small, along with Dublin ladies teammates Lyndsey Davey and Doireann Mullaney. We also had our League of Ireland roundup with Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny and midfielder Chris Shields, While Knocklyon FC Chairman Donal Skelly joined us to discuss South Dublin County Council's decision to build forty two new homes over the clubs facilities.

Listen to the full show below:


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