Dublin City Council have today confirmed that a deal has been agreed to buy Dalymount Park from Bohemians. The €3.8 million deal will see the club remain in the historic ground which will be redeveloped as a 'municipal sports centre' with the possibility of future private development.
The deal will allow Bohemians to pay off debts owed to Zurich Bank. However, in a key development, it will not involve Shelbourne or Tolka Park. The struggling Dublin club were expected to share Dalymount with Bohemians but it seems that will not happen.
It had been thought that any deal for Dalymount was contingent on a similar deal being struck with Shelbourne yet, in a report to councillors, Dubin City Council Deputy Chief Executive Brendan Kenny explained that such a deal could not be made.
Dublin City Council already own Tolka Park, however, it has been leased to developer Jerry O'Reilly and it is thought that a failure to alter that agreement, along with opposition from some fans, scuppered the proposed ground share.