Complex History

In November 1990 the Athletic Union League embarked on what was to be the fulfilment of a dream, a dream that was hatched some ten years previously by Micheal Hyland , John McDermott ,Jim Byrne, Tommy Clements ,Bernard O Byrne ,Oliver Darcy and the officers of the league when they opened the A U L complex on Clonshaugh Road after converting what was a 48 acre cabbage field in 1980 they transformed it into 13 playing fields and built 26 dressing rooms plus a bar and function room to cater for the teams within the league.

The project cost over 1.5 million punts and a generous grant of £50,000 from the F A I who planed to use the complex as their coaching centre, along with a development fund raised by the A U L clubs themselves the dream became a reality.

At the time Michael Hyland was both president of the F A I and A U L and he was immensely proud of what was his dream that first came to light some ten years previously

This was added to later on by a floodlit all weather pitch and a special pitch for the Irish International teams to train at the complex. It has grown from strength to strength and for the Special Olympics they resurfaced the all weather pitch and the car parks

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