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Clontarf Traffic School – update… June 21, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Social History, Social Policy.
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Following on from the shameless nostalgia of this… Leveller has pointed me to the following news…

…[the] traffic school for children on Dublin’s northside is to be replaced by three new all-weather sports pitches.

The €2.7m development is expected to be completed before the end of the year and will include a full-size GAA pitch, a full-size soccer and rugby pitch, along with a pitch for seven-a-side games.

And…

In the past, the huge site also boasted an athletics track and a football pitch dating back but the new development will be the most up-to-date of its kind in the city.

The project is being funded by Dublin City Council, along with the Department of Sport.

There has been a contribution from the GAA.

While the pitches are aimed at training, each will meet the full requirements of the playing code for each of the games.

The pitches will be floodlit and surrounded by a see-through perimeter fence.

Also…

In the past, the huge site also boasted an athletics track and a football pitch dating back but the new development will be the most up-to-date of its kind in the city.

The project is being funded by Dublin City Council, along with the Department of Sport.

There has been a contribution from the GAA.

While the pitches are aimed at training, each will meet the full requirements of the playing code for each of the games.

The pitches will be floodlit and surrounded by a see-through perimeter fence.

Interesting though to note that…

Four years ago, Dublin City Council announced plans for a major revamp of the traffic school, to include lecture halls and an indoor arena for use in bad weather.

It was also planned to double the size of the road track, complete with traffic signals, road markings, pedestrian crossings, corners and road signs.

Pending the revamp, the school closed and road safety aught by a team from the Council’s Road Safety unit visiting schools with portable equipment.

A council spokeswoman said it had since been decided to replace the traffic school with the football pitches, while the road safety team would continue to visit schools.

While in no way dismissing the the sports complex I can’t help but wonder if doing away with the Traffic School is such a great idea. It certainly caught the imagination of generations of Dublin school children and school visits? Not sure that’ll work in quite the same way.

In the meantime here are some photographs of the site as it currently is.

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