Tolka Park Like?
External View (photo)
Main Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Riverside Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
West Stand (photo)
By Train Or Bus
Scoreboard End (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Tolka Park Location Map
|What's Tolka Park Like?|
Without wishing to sound too
cliché a visit to Tolka Park is a unique experience
but the ground itself faces an uncertain future.
Located in the Drumcondra District in the North
suburbs of Dublin, not far from Croke Park GAA
Stadium the ground finds itself hemmed in by the
River Tolka and the residential streets of Richmond
Road and Grace Park Road. Approaching the ground
from the bustling shopping street of Drumcondra Road
Lower the stadium emerges from behind a row of
Victorian terrace houses and low level flats
to the right side of Richmond Road. Here, opposite
the playing field and Drumcondra FC changing room
hut we find the Main Stand, with its whitewashed
stone walls and red barrel roof boldly displaying
Shelbourne's club colours.
|Tolka Park is
unlikely to see any changes in the future. As with
Bohemian's Dalymount Park the continued existence of
the stadium is partly due to the worldwide recession
making building new houses or retail parks on the
stadium site financially unviable at the
moment.Re-locating to a new stadium in either Swords
(a town to the North of Dublin Airport) or Finglas
(north of Tolka Valley Park) has been discussed since
2006 as has ground-sharing at Dalymount Park.
|As far as we are aware for local derbies with
Shamrock Rovers, Bohemian and St Patricks Athletic
away fans are allocated the Riverside Stand which is
accessed from the Richmond Road turnstiles to the
right of the Main Stand. Most fans congregate under
the covered central section of the stand,and though
there are a couple of columns and the pitch side
floodlight pylons which may impede the view of the
pitch the stand roof is low enough to keep you dry on
a rainy day as well as allowing fans to get a good
atmosphere going. For all other league fixtures there
is no segregation so away fans can mix in with home
fans for a bit of light hearted banter.
|Where To Drink?|
|As Tolka Park
sits between the River Tolka and Residential Housing
there is nothing in the immediate surroundings,
however walk 5 minutes to the West along Richmond
Road and you will find a good selection of pubs,
eating places and convenience stores around
Drumcondra Railway Station.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
Follow the M1 Southbound past Dublin Airport,the road then becomes the N1at Santry.Keep following the N1 towards Dublin City Centre. You will see the entrance gates to Home Farm fc on the right hand side. Shelbourne fc advise that there are free car parks in operation on matchdays but to get to them you need to turn left at the next crossroads into Griffith Avenue, then right into Grace Park Road. This will lead you into the Ballybough End of Tolka Park,with turnstiles for all parts of the ground at the rear of the barrel roofed old Main Stand.
From the West:
Follow the N4 from Lucan towards the West suburbs of Dublin. At the M50 Junction 7 join the motorway and head north, exiting at Junction 6.Turn right and head towards Dublin on the N3 Navan Road. You will see Phoenix Park on the right hand side then as the road kinks round to the left you will then see the spire of St Peters Church on the right hand side with the floodlights of Bohemian's Dalymount Park
on the left. Continue over the next crossroads then at the following crossroads turn left onto the N1 Drumcondra Road Lower, passing beneath the railway bridge of Drumcondra Station. Turn right into Richmond Road.Tolka Park is on the right hand side with turnstiles for all parts of the ground at the rear of the barrel roofed old Main Stand.
From the South:
Follow the N11 from Bray into the South suburbs of Dublin. Once past Donnybrook Rugby Ground you may find it quickest to use Dublin's Outer Orbital Route rather than continue towards the busy Saint Stephens Green,Dublin Castle,River Liffey and City Centre Shopping area route. To do this turn left at Junction 54 onto Grand Parade which runs alongside the canal. Continue on the road to Junction 64 at Phoenix Park then turn left at Junction 65 into Infirmary Road. Follow the North Circular Road to the right and head away from Pheonix Park. Once you have reached Junction 67 turn left into Old Cabra Road, then at the crossroads turn right into the N3 Cabra Road. You will then see the floodlights of Bohemian's Dalymount Park on the left. Continue over the next crossroads then at the following crossroads turn left onto the N1 Drumcondra Road Lower, passing beneath the railway bridge of Drumcondra Station.Turn right into Richmond Road. Tolka Park is on the right hand side with turnstiles for all parts of the ground at the rear of the barrel roofed old Main Stand.
Shelbourne FC advise there is a free car park in Leydens Cash & Carry on Richmond Road but have also advised against fans parking in the nearby cul-de-sac residential roads of Grace Park Gardens or Grace Park Avenue.
Map showing the location of the Tolka Park Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
|By Train Or Bus|
|The nearest station is Drumcondra which is
situated just under a mile from the ground. It is
served by trains from Dublin Connolly which a three
minute train ride away. Dublin Connolly can be
reached by tram via the red line.
As you come out of Drumcondra station turn left and walk along this road for around half a mile. Cross over to the other side of the road. After crossing the Tolka River turn right into Richmond Road and the ground is down on the right.
To be advised.
|Official Programme €3|
|Although Dublin and Tallaght are 6 miles
apart Shelbourne's historical rivalry is with Shamrock
Rovers, since both clubs were originally formed in the
neighbouring IrishTown and Ringend area's close to
Dublin Harbour. Bohemian and St Patrick's Athletic are
also seen as rivals as they are established Premier
Division Clubs. University College Dublin are not seen
as rivals as they are yet to really established
themselves as a Premier Division outfit.Geographically
speaking Drumcondra and Home Farm are the nearest
football clubs but as they are lower down the league
structure they have more of a friendly rivalry with
|League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record And Average Attendance|
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