The Archdiocese of Dublin has confirmed it has entered into exclusive discussions with the GAA to sell the former Holy Cross College Seminary building on Clonliffe Road and adjoining lands.
The diocese and the GAA are co-operating closely on plans to ensure the lands and buildings be developed into one of the most significant community projects for the North city in many years, providing housing, jobs and sports facilities.
The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has said this project represents a vital opportunity for the Church in Dublin to reimagine its place in the life of the city at a time of enormous change and challenge. The archbishop said it is a priority for the diocese to ensure the buildings and lands would be used for the benefit of the local community and a legacy for Dublin.
It is planned to relocate the diocesan support services of around 80 people to a smaller, purpose built modern pastoral centre with meeting rooms, educational facilities and office space and oratory. The former Mater Dei building, which the diocese made available to Dublin City Council to become a Family Hub for homeless families and which is run by Crosscare, will not be affected.
It is envisaged the Clonliffe property would include social, affordable and private housing, sports facilities for children and young adults as well as a hotel and commercial opportunities providing employment for people living in the area. The GAA and the diocese are committed to providing increased access for the public to landscaped greenways and park facilities.
The proposed sale of Clonliffe buildings and lands will allow the diocese to reinvest in people-led pastoral programmes as the Church in Dublin looks to different forms of ministry in the coming years.
This would include investing in vocations and the ongoing formation of lay people and priests.
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