Tallaght Stadium (Irish: Staid Thamhlachta) is an association football stadium in the Republic of Ireland based in Tallaght, South Dublin. Shamrock Rovers F.C. originally announced details of the stadium in July 1996. The stadium is now owned and operated by South Dublin County Council with Shamrock Rovers as the anchor tenants.
Location within Dublin
|Location||Whitestown Way, Tallaght, |
South Dublin, Ireland
|Public transit||Tallaght (Luas Red Line)|
|Owner||South Dublin County Council|
|Operator||South Dublin County Council|
|Construction cost||€11.2 million (to May 2009)|
|Architect||Martin Noone Architects|
|Structural engineer||Muir Assocs.|
|Services engineer||R N Murphy & Assocs.|
|Shamrock Rovers F.C.|
Republic of Ireland women's national football team
The main stand holds home supporters, away supporters, club officials and press. A second stand on the opposite (east) side of the ground, was completed in August 2009. This stand holds the stadium's TV gantry and has brought the seating capacity to 6,000. Both stands are covered. A temporary south stand was constructed over a short period in early September 2011 for Rovers' games in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League group stage. Refreshment stalls are located at the southern end as is a stadium control room.
In June 2013 a scoreboard was added to the stadium control room.
Temporary seating has been constructed at the stadium three times—once for a club friendly against Real Madrid which gave the ground a temporary capacity of 10,900 again before the 2009 FAI Cup Final, giving the ground a temporary capacity of 8,500 and for Rovers' games in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Located behind the main stand is the Shamrock Rovers Megastore. Though previously run by kit supplier, Umbro, it is now fully operated by Rovers. The Megastore was expanded in March 2011 to include the Rovers Café. Within the Café is a large collection of memorabilia and trophies from the Club's foundation in 1901 to the present day that have been donated to the Shamrock Rovers Heritage Trust and have been placed on public display. For the 2013 League of Ireland season the cafe was replaced with a Customer service area.
The Glenmalure Suite in Tallaght Stadium is an exclusive bar area open to club members only on match days. Club members can visit the Glenmalure Suite 60 minutes before kick off, at half time, and after the game for 30 minutes. Occasional post match Q&A with the manager and players are held in the suite.
On 10 February 1997 South Dublin County Council passed a resolution to lease land comprising approximately 12.18 acres (49,300 m2) at Whitestown Way for the construction of a Stadium for Shamrock Rovers F.C. On 14 January 1998 planning permission was granted and on 24 March 2000 the lease was granted to Mulden International Limited. On 20 October 2000 Mulden International Limited transferred their lease to Slonepark Company Limited to build the stadium and work commenced in October 2000. Work ceased at the site in November 2001 with the pitch and drainage laid, the main stand almost complete and other buildings in various states of completion.
Following a prolonged period where no work was carried out at the stadium and a refusal by the Planning Authority in December 2004 to extend the lease the Council terminated the lease on 4 January 2004.
An examiner was appointed to Shamrock Rovers F.C. on 11 April 2005 and the council engaged in discussions with the examiner regarding the completion of the stadium and its use by Shamrock Rovers Football Club when completed. Following the examinership process a supporters group, the '400 Club' took control of Shamrock Rovers and run the club today as the Shamrock Rovers Members Club.
A public consultation process began on 18 July 2005 to complete the soccer stadium at Sean Walsh Memorial Park. Thomas Davis CLG participated fully in the public consultation process. A county Managers report was presented to the Council on 12 December 2005 which provided for the increase of playing area to accommodate senior Gaelic games and other uses subject to allocation of funds from the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism. The council then informed the Department of the resolution and request clarification regarding funding from the Department.
A reply was received from the Department on 24 January 2006 stating that the Minister could not agree to make funding available for the modified development.
The recent Council decision to adopt the manager's report subject to increasing the size of the playing pitch and extending the stands seriously undermines the basis of the previously agreed approach. A larger pitch cannot easily be accommodated within the present site given the buildings already in place and would mean that a future stand at the far side of the existing uncompleted stand would be about half the size as originally envisaged, thus limiting the future capacity to about 4,500. Given that the ends of the partially completed west stand are curved means that any proposal to extend along the length is likely to involve significantly increased costs. ... In response to the request from South Dublin County Council that funding be provided towards the new development as envisaged by the resolution recently passed by your Council, I wish to confirm that the Minister cannot agree to make the funding available on the basis of the new proposed development.— Letter from Dept. Arts, Sport & Tourism, 24 January 2006
Acting on the Ministers response the Council voted in favour of proceeding with the original plans on 13 February 2006.
Thomas Davis GAA club instituted judicial review proceedings in the High Court in May 2006. Their main argument was that the decision of the council on 13 February 2006 to revert to the original plans for the stadium, which did not include a senior GAA pitch, was unlawful. Their submission on the technical point was accompanied by cultural arguments that 'the youth of Tallaght will be restricted to a diet of Association football' and that a soccer-only ground would place the 'applicant at a severe disadvantage in attracting the youth of Tallaght to the club, the sport and the GAA culture'. However the stadium, with the original design, could accommodate junior GAA games as the pitch used at this level fits within the stadium's dimensions. It was only senior GAA games that would not have been facilitated.
The disagreement had several low points that were played out in the media. Some Shamrock Rovers fans unveiled a banner at a league game showing their contempt for Thomas Davis's actions in taking the matter to court. And contrary to the GAA policy of being apolitical Thomas Davis GAA club made it known that the Minister of State Conor Lenihan TD, the local Dáil representative, was no longer welcome at the club because of his support for Minister John O'Donoghue's stance and called for the clubs members to make the stadium a General Election issue.
The judicial review began on 20 April 2007 and concluded on 14 December 2007. In the High Court decision Mr. Justice Roderick Murphy found in favour of South Dublin Co. Council and Shamrock Rovers. He found that Thomas Davis had no financial or proprietary interest in the development site having had no agreement with SDCC for its use and noted the extensive facilities they had already been given by the council. And so Thomas Davis was not prejudiced by the decision being made in February rather than late January. The resolution to change the stadium was conditional on additional funding from the Department in the absence of this funding the resolution could not stand or, more properly, could not be implemented. The court concluded that "it would be wrong of the respondent to commit itself to unbudgeted expenditure or to delay the implementation of its resolution of 13 February 2005. The court, accordingly, refuses the relief sought by Thomas Davis."
An application by Thomas Davis for leave to appeal this decision to the Supreme court was refused by Judge Murphy on 25 January 2008. Building commenced on the stadium on 6 May 2008, six and a half years after work had first stopped.
The first game in the new stadium was held on 13 March 2009. Rovers made a winning start to life in Tallaght as they saw off the challenge of Sligo Rovers 2-1 in front of a sell-out crowd of 3,000. Gary Twigg had the honour of being the first man to score at the new stadium.
The stadium was officially opened on Saturday 27 June.
On 20 July 2009, Shamrock Rovers played Real Madrid at Tallaght Stadium as part of a "festival of football" which also included games against Newcastle United F.C. and Hibernian F.C.. Temporary seating was installed taking capacity up to 10,900. Real Madrid won the game by one goal to nil with a late goal. The match was notable for the debut appearance of Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid.
The second (east) stand was opened for a game against Dundalk FC on 22 August, which attracted over 4,500 fans. The stadium was sold out the following week, albeit with capacity restrictions (meaning a crowd of about 5,400) for a derby with St Patricks Athletic. Its first full house with the new capacity came against Bohemian FC on 2 October 2009, when tickets, 6,000 of which were issued, were sold out a week in advance.
The Republic of Ireland under-21 national football team played Georgia on 9 October in Tallaght stadium, drawing 1-1. The 2009 FAI Cup Final was held at the stadium. Sporting Fingal were winners over Sligo Rovers before 8,105 people.
The biggest league attendance since Rovers moved to Tallaght was a 0-1 loss to Bohemians in front of a crowd of 6,414 on 23 April 2019.
In order to comply with UEFA criteria for participating in the group stages of the Europa League a south stand was constructed over a short period in early September 2011. Although constructed with temporary style construction techniques & materials the new stand was passed fit by UEFA inspectors as fulfilling the criteria for permanent seating. The inclusion of the new south stand brought the stadium capacity above the minimum of 8,500 seats needed to be classified as a Category 4 Stadium as laid out in the UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations.
Due to seating restrictions at Richmond Park St Patrick's Athletic played a 2011–12 UEFA Europa League home game against FC Karpaty Lviv at Tallaght Stadium, and a 2012–13 UEFA Europa League game against Hannover 96.
The stadium hosted Dundalk F.C.'s home match against BATE Borisov in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, and later their home Europa League group stage matches in 2016–17, after their home ground, Oriel Park, did not meet UEFA standards for hosting matches at either stage.
The main stand runs the length of the west side of the pitch and was the first stand to open in the stadium. One corner of the main stand is used to house away supporters. The main stand also houses the dressing rooms. The club's superstore is situated behind the stand.
The east stand runs the length of the east side of the pitch and is the most recent stand to open in the stadium. The ultras within the club's support base currently congregate in the east stand. In July 2010 a control room was constructed at the car park end of the east stand.
Ireland played their last match in the 2010 European Cup against Scotland losing 42-22. http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_cup/report?RLE00000026
The 2010 Shamrock Bowl, the final of the Irish American Football League was held on 7 August 2010. Dublin Rebels defeated the University of Limerick Vikings 15-0. The final was expected to be played in Tallaght again in 2011, should a Dublin-based team reach the final however Morton Stadium was selected over Tallaght Stadium to host the 2011 Final. The 2012 Shamrock Bowl was played in Tallaght on 14 July 2012 with Belfast Trojans triumphant.
In June 2013 the EFAF Atlantic Cup was held at Tallaght Stadium.
| Host of the Shamrock Bowl
| Host of the Setanta Sports Cup Final
The FAI Cup 2009 was the 89th season of the national football competition of the Republic of Ireland. It began on the weekend ending 26 April 2009 and ended on 22 November 2009 with the final taking place for the first time at Tallaght Stadium. The winner - Sporting Fingal - earned spots in both the second qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League and the 2010 Setanta Sports Cup.2009 FAI Cup Final
The 2009 FAI Cup Final was the final match of the 2009 FAI Cup and was contested by Sligo Rovers and Sporting Fingal. Fingal were 2–1 winners in only their second year in the League of Ireland.
The game took place at the Tallaght Stadium on 22 November 2009. Alan Kelly refereed the game in front of 8,105 people.2010 Shamrock Rovers F.C. season
The 2010 Shamrock Rovers F.C. season was the club's 89th season competing in the League of Ireland and the team's second season under the stewardship of Michael O'Neill. The team finished the season as Premier Division
champions, narrowly beating rivals Bohemians to the title by virtue of a better goal difference.Gary Twigg concluded the season as the league's top goalscorer for the second season in succession. The Hoops reached the 2010 FAI Cup Final, the semifinals of the 2010 League of Ireland Cup, the quarterfinals of the 2010 Leinster Senior Cup and defeated Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C. in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League before losing to Juventus in the next round.
The team played a direct style of football throughout the season, with Michael O'Neill generally employing the 4–5–1 formation.2011 Shamrock Rovers F.C. season
The 2011 Shamrock Rovers F.C. season was the club's 90th season competing in the League of Ireland and their 5th consecutive season in the top-flight of Irish football. It was also their most successful season in their history. Rovers played a record number of 56 games in the whole 2011 season.
Shamrock Rovers began the season with a 2-0 win over Dundalk in the Leinster Senior Cup at Oriel Park on 22 February. Their first league game, at home, also against Dundalk, ended in a 3-1 win. Rovers were defending League of Ireland champions and in 2011 won the club's 17th league title, becoming champions after a 2-1 win away at UCD. Rovers finished four points ahead of nearest rivals Sligo Rovers.
Furthermore, Shamrock Rovers competed in the Champions League for the first time in the club's history. After beating Flora Tallinn Rovers were knocked out by FC Copenhagen, and entered the Europa League qualifiers. They defeated Partizan Belgrade to qualify for the group stages, the first Irish club to do so. They played in a group with Rubin Kazan, PAOK and Tottenham Hotspur.
Shamrock Rovers also won the All-Ireland tournament, the Setanta Sports Cup, beating Dundalk in the final at Tallaght. But they went out of the FAI Cup to Sligo Rovers in the quarter final and the League of Ireland Cup to St Patrick's Athletic. Rovers entered the domestic tournaments in the Third and Second Round as a result of being a League of Ireland club.2012 League of Ireland Cup
The 2012 League of Ireland Cup, also known as the 2012 EA Sports Cup, is the 39th season of the Irish football knockout competition.
A total of 22 teams entered the 2012 competition. The 12 League of Ireland Premier Division and 8 League of Ireland First Division clubs were joined by Ulster Senior League champions Fanad United and the Mayo League representative side. For the First and Second Rounds of the competition, all participating clubs were split into 4 regional pools with the further rounds of the competition having an open draw. The 2012 competition commenced with the First Round on 26 March 2012.2012 League of Ireland Cup Final
The 2012 League of Ireland Cup Final also known as the 2012 EA Sports Cup Final was the final match of the 2012 League of Ireland Cup, the 39th season of the League of Ireland Cup, a football competition for the 27 teams from the Premier Division, First Division, A Championship and the Ulster Senior League.
The final was played on Saturday, 22 September 2012 in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin.
The match was televised live by Setanta Sports.
If the scores were level after 90 minutes of play, then extra-time of 30 minutes duration would have been played, followed by a penalty shoot-out, if required to determine the winners of the cup.
The match was won 3-1 by Drogheda.2012 Shamrock Rovers F.C. season
The 2012 Shamrock Rovers F.C. season is the club's 91st season competing in the League of Ireland and their 6th consecutive season in the top-flight of Irish football.
Shamrock Rovers began with a 2-1 win over Drogheda United in the Premier Division at Hunky Dorys Park on 2 March 2012.2013 League of Ireland Cup
The 2013 League of Ireland Cup, also known as the 2013 EA Sports Cup, is the 40th season of the Irish football knockout competition.
A total of 22 teams have entered the 2013 competition. The 12 League of Ireland Premier Division and 8 League of Ireland First Division clubs were joined by Ulster Senior League runners up Cockhill Celtic and the Mayo League representative side. For the First and Second rounds of the competition, all participating clubs will be split into 4 regional pools while the further rounds of the competitions will have an open draw. The 2013 competition will commence with the First round on 2 March 2013.2013 Setanta Sports Cup
The 2013 Setanta Sports Cup was the eighth staging of the annual all-Ireland football competition. It commenced on 11 February 2013 and ended on 11 May 2013 with the final played at the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin.
Crusaders were the defending champions, after they defeated Derry City 5–4 on penalties in the 2012 final, when the match ended 2–2 after extra time. However, this season they went out 4–1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals to Cork City. Shamrock Rovers were the eventual winners for the second time overall, following a comfortable 7–1 win over Drogheda United in the final. This season's competition was notable for the fact that all four semi-finalists represented the Republic of Ireland. It was also the sixth time in the eight competitions played thus far that the winner had been a League of Ireland club.2013 Setanta Sports Cup Final
The 2013 Setanta Sports Cup Final was the final match of the 2013 Setanta Sports Cup, an all-Ireland association football competition. The match took place on 11 May 2013 in Tallaght Stadium, home of one of the participating teams, Shamrock Rovers. Drogheda United were the other side to contest the final. Shamrock Rovers won the match 7-1 to win their first trophy under manager Trevor Croly.2014 Setanta Sports Cup Final
The 2014 Setanta Sports Cup Final was the final match of the 2014 Setanta Sports Cup, an all-Ireland association football competition. The match took place on 10 May 2014 in Tallaght Stadium. Sligo Rovers secured their first ever Setanta Sports Cup title with a 1-0.
The only goal came when John Russell slipped in Greene whose low cross was finished by Paul O'Conor at the near post.
The match was played in near monsoon conditions.2017 League of Ireland Cup
The 2017 League of Ireland Cup, known for sponsorship reasons as the 2017 EA Sports Cup, was the 44th season of the League of Ireland's secondary knockout competition. The EA Sports Cup features teams from the SSE Airtricity League Premier and First Divisions, as well as some intermediate level teams.2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championship
The 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championship (also known as UEFA Under-17 Euro 2019) was the 18th edition of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship (37th edition if the Under-16 era is also included), the annual international youth football championship organised by UEFA for the men's under-17 national teams of Europe. The Republic of Ireland, which was selected by UEFA on 9 December 2016, is hosting the tournament.A total of 16 teams played in the tournament, with players born on or after 1 January 2002 eligible to participate. Starting from this season, up to five substitutions are permitted per team in each match. Moreover, each match has a regular duration of 90 minutes, instead of 80 minutes in previous seasons.
Same as previous editions held in odd-numbered years, the tournament acted as the UEFA qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The top five teams of the tournament qualified for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil as the UEFA representatives.
The Netherlands were the defending champions and successfully defended their title after beating Italy in the final 4–2.Bohemians–Shamrock Rovers rivalry
Bohemians–Shamrock Rovers is an Irish football rivalry involving two of the most successful clubs in the League of Ireland. It is also a local derby, one of many involving Dublin clubs. The fixture is over a century in existence and has developed into an intense one, traditionally attracting large attendances.
The tie has been played out at numerous venues across the city, with Dalymount Park being the stadium most synonymous with the fixture, having hosted more games than any other.Republic of Ireland women's national football team
The Republic of Ireland women's national football team represents the Republic of Ireland in competitions such as the FIFA Women's World Cup and the UEFA Women's Championship. The Republic of Ireland has yet to qualify for a major tournament. It has, however, taken part in invitational tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, the Istria Cup and the Cyprus Cup. It is organised by the Women's Football Association of Ireland.Republic of Ireland women's national football team 2010s results
This article contains the results of the Republic of Ireland women's national football team between 2010 and 2019.Shamrock Bowl
The Shamrock Bowl is the championship game of the Irish American Football League (IAFL), the highest level of American football on the island of Ireland, culminating a season that begins in March of the current calendar season. The Shamrock Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year in which it was held. For example, Shamrock Bowl XIII was played on 30 August 1998, following the regular season played in 1998, while Shamrock Bowl XXV was played on 31 July 2011, to determine the champion of the 2011 regular season.
Shamrock Bowl XXXI was a close affair with the Rebels scores coming from a touchdown pass from Quarterback Andy Dennehy to Wide Receiver Cathal Keane and the game winning Touchdown across the ground from game MVP Wellington Omorodion, who had 145 yards rushing on the day, and a pass completion for 25 yards as well.
Most recently, the Cork Admirals beat Dublin Rebels 18–16 at Tallaght Stadium, in Dublin to win Shamrock Bowl XXXII.
The highlights of the Shamrock Bowl are sometimes broadcast on NFL Sunday. Shamrock Bowl XXIV was the first Shamrock Bowl to be shown in its entirety on Setanta Sports.Shamrock Rovers F.C.
Shamrock Rovers Football Club (Irish: Cumann Peile Ruagairí na Seamróige) is an Irish association football club based in Tallaght, South Dublin. The club's senior team competes in the League of Ireland Premier Division and it is the most successful club in the Republic of Ireland. The club has won the League of Ireland title a record 17 times and the FAI Cup a record 24 times. Shamrock Rovers have supplied more players to the Republic of Ireland national football team (62) than any other club. In All-Ireland competitions, such as the Intercity Cup, they hold the record for winning the most titles, having won seven cups overall.Shamrock Rovers were founded in Ringsend, Dublin. The official date of the club's foundation is 1899. They won the League title at the first attempt in the 1922–23 season and established themselves as Republic of Ireland most successful club by 1949, winning 44 major trophies. During the 1950s, the club won three League titles and two FAI Cups and became the first Irish team to compete in European competition, playing in the European Cup in 1957.They followed this by winning a record six FAI Cups in succession in the 1960s, when they were also one of the European club teams that spent the summer of 1967 in the United States, founding the United Soccer Association. They won the first of four League titles in a row in 1983–84, after a long decline.
The club played at Glenmalure Park from 1926 to 1987, when the owners controversially sold the stadium to property developers. Shamrock Rovers spent the next 22 years playing home games at various venues around Dublin and on occasions, Ireland. They moved into Tallaght Stadium prior to the start of the 2009 season after years of delays and legal disputes, during which time the club's supporters saved them from extinction.
Shamrock Rovers wore green and white striped jerseys until 1926, when they adopted the green and white hooped strip that they have worn ever since. Their club badge has featured a football and a shamrock throughout their history. The club has a relatively large support base and shares an intense rivalry with Bohemian Football Club. On 26 August 2011 Rovers became the first Irish side to reach the group stages of either of the top two European competitions by beating Partizan Belgrade in the play-off round of the Europa League.Thomas Davis GAA
Thomas Davis (Irish: CLG Tomás Dáibhís) is a Gaelic Athletic Association club with extensive grounds and a clubhouse located on the Kiltipper Road in Tallaght, County Dublin, Ireland. Founded in 1888, Thomas Davis has a long association with Tallaght from the time when it was a small rural village in the countryside. The club motto is Nascann Dúshlán Daoine (A Challenge Unites People).
FAI Cup Final venues