Crumlin’s Willie Pearse Park ‘Sports’ New State of the Art Facilities
An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh will open the newly refurbished state of the art sports pavilion and playground at Willie Pearse Park, Windmill Road, Crumlin, on Thursday, 11th February, 2016 at 11am with the help of 4th class students from St. Agnes National School, Crumlin, Dublin 12.
Dublin City Council’s Willie Pearse Park first opened in 1949 and is a popular neighbourhood park widely used by the local community. The Park was named after Willie Pearse, younger brother of Padraig Pearse, a leader of the 1916 Easter Rising.
"Tá an-áthas orm a bheith anseo i gCromghlinn inniu chun áiseanna iontacha a oscailt i bPáirc Chuimhneacháin Liam Mhic Phiarais. Dublin City Council has done a fantastic job in delivering these much needed sports facilities and playground for the people of Crumlin and together with the recently upgraded Crumlin Swimming Pool, the park is now a centre for sport and recreation for all ages and levels of ability” said an tArdmhéara.
A variety of sports clubs including Crumlin United Football Club, Crumlin GAA and Crumlin Boxing Club can now avail of the new changing pavilion at the Park. The pavilion comprises of five soccer changing rooms and four GAA changing rooms. The existing Boxing Hall was completely upgraded and now provides additional space for a boxing ring, a meeting room and changing rooms. Willie Pearse Park has three GAA pitches which can accommodate two temporary soccer pitches. The Park also boasts an all-weather soccer pitch adjacent to the pavilion and is also home to Crumlin Bowling Club founded in 1947.
The new playground was designed by Creative Play Solutions. The playgrounds centrepiece is a tower slide set on top of a grassy hill and is surrounded by traditional favourites such as swings, rockers and a see-saw. The playground also has its own sand play area and a balancing trail.
The total construction cost of the pavilion project was €1.5 million. It was part funded by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport under the Sports Capital Programme to the tune of €1.1 million. Dublin City Council’s Parks and Landscape Services funded the playground at a cost of €120,000.
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Crumlin Swimming Pool
Crumlin Swimming Pool was opened in 1970 and completely refurbished in 2014. The works included a new roof, changing rooms, common areas and general upgrade of the facility and its envrions. The works cost approximately €900,000 and were funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Dublin City Council. The pool is very well used by local schools, clubs and members of the public.
CRUMLIN BOXING CLUB
Crumlin has one of Ireland's oldest boxing clubs. Crumlin Boxing Club’s origins dates back as far as the 1930’s. Crumlin Boxing club has a strong tradition of boxing and producing many champions including current club administrator and head coach Philip Sutcliffe who himself represented Ireland in Moscow Olympics in 1980. As club administrator and supported by a strong committee, Crumlin Boxing Club is deep routed within its working class community that surrounds it and this tradition is very much kept alive by the people that run it today. Another coach based in Crumlin Boxing Club is Paul Hayden who’s son has won 3 national titles and represented Ireland in Russia. Crumlin Boxing Club also recently picked up two awards for Best Club 2015 and Best Coaching 2015 at the Irish Amateur Boxing Association awards. It wouldn’t have come about without the dedicated team of coaches who spend so much time day in day out in the club and support from the parents as well. Crumlin Boxing Club had the highest amount of national titles last year and the coaches out it down to the hardworking and dedicated kids.
Founded in 1948 based in Pearse Park since then, St. Columbus Hurling club joined with St. Agnes Football club to form Crumlin GAA Club. The club caters for adult male and female players for hurling, football and camogie. The club has strong ties in the community and caters for boys and girls from all age groups.
CRUMLIN UNITED FC
Founded in 1967 and based in Pearse Park. The club caters from ages 4+ both boys and girls. There are 26 teams training and playing in the club. There are matches most weekends taking place on the all weather pitch. Robbie Keane played for Crumlin United for the school boy age group and Brian Kerr has his 1st managerial job at the age of 15 when he managed the under 13’s team. The club has won 200+ awards and most recently in 2015 the FAI intermediate Cup for the senior team.