Bohemian

Dalymount Park

Capacity: 4,227 (All Seated)
Address: Phibsborough, Dublin 7
Telephone: 01 868 0923
Pitch Size: 120 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Bohs
Year Ground Opened: 1901
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Black and Red Stripes

Jodi Stand
Jodi Stand
Connaught Street Side
Connaught Street Side
St Peters School End
St Peters School End
Phibsborough Road Terrace
Phibsborough Road Terrace
Dalymount Park
Dalymount Park

Dalymount Park or “Dalyer” as it is affectionately known is one of the few football grounds to retain all the history and characteristics that many older fans insist is missing in modern all-seater stadiums. Situated in the north of Dublin, in the suburb of Phibsborough it is surrounded on two sides by Victorian housing, a school and a 1960's concrete shopping centre, however, its tall floodlights-erected in 1962, are visible from miles around. Up close the ground is very much hemmed in by its surroundings, and having bare concrete walls on three sides the rear of the Jodi Stand with its dark grey cladding, red and white turnstile entrances is a very welcome sight, as is the iron arch bearing the club name. As far as we are aware the iron arch originally stood above the black gate entrance to the St Peters School end but was moved to its current position after Bohemian won the League title in 2005.

Once inside it is easy to see why Dalymount Park was once capable of holding 45,000 capacity crowds in its heyday, when it regularly hosted both International fixtures and FAI Cup Finals up to 2002. Sadly, for safety reasons, the last decade has seen the stadium capacity drastically reduced to the point that now only two sides of the ground are in use. The newest part of the stadium is the Jodi Stand,  on one side which was opened in 1999 at a cost of just over £1 million. This replaced the original low wooden Main Stand. It has 2,742 dark grey seats on a single tier concrete deck, with the players dressing rooms and an executive lounge built into the concourse below. Unusually players emerge through a tunnel towards the east corner rather than on the pitch centre line. The stand offers an excellent elevated view of the pitch though it does have a couple of columns that may impede your view. Opposite the Jodi Stand is the former Connaught Street Terrace which, it will not surprise you to learn, looking at the photo of it above, that it is only half what it used to be following demolition of the western half for safety reasons. The area has been tarmaced and provides the club with revenue during non-matchdays as it is used as a commuter car park. The remaining terracing up to the corner exit has 3,720 red seats bolted to it-still with the intention of using the ground for international matches. Sadly the terrace never had a roof installed making it unpopular with fans, and unfortunately over the years the seats have faded to pale pink. Despite appearing sturdy enough the terrace was closed in 2011, so the only use it has now is to provide an elevated position for the covered camera gantry.

At one end is the Phibsborough Road Terrace (aka the 'Tramway End'), which extended around to the Connaught Terrace which must have looked awesome when packed to capacity. This area is closed as the Club sold off this part of the ground to raise funds (much like Bolton Wanderers did at Burnden Park). The fact that this end of the ground still sits empty rather than being demolished makes it something of a living museum. Following the demolition of Chesterfield's Saltergate Ground in 2012 Dalymount Park is, as far as we are aware-the only football ground in the UK & Ireland to retain Archibald Leitch designed crush barriers.

Opposite at the other end is the Des Kelly Carpets Stand, which is at the St Peters School End. The barrel roofed cover, affectionately known as “The Shed” only runs half the width of the pitch (it was originally built like that). The stand is effectively split into a front and rear section, the lower section having 11 rows of 1,485 plastic seats bolted to the former terrace. These have also turned from red to pink in recent years, whilst the upper half beneath the roof still retains its original Leitch crush barriers but is-as far as we are aware, closed for safety reasons. Eagle-eyed fans will no doubt spot an extra row of crush barriers along the open rear section, though the crumbling terrace beneath the barriers will indicate why the area has been closed off.

In 2018 Dublin City Council announced their intention to build a new municipal stadium on the Dalymount Park site. As part of this move, it has been agreed that Shelbourne FC will vacate their Tolka Park home and groundshare the new Dalymount Park Stadium with Bohemians. The new 6,000 capacity stadium is part of a wider regeneration plan for the area and follows on from the sale of Dalymount Park by Bohemians FC to Dublin City Council in 2015. Since then the scheme has trundled on with only recently the Council approving further funds for additional detailed planning. If the scheme does go ahead then it is expected that the construction will take two years to complete. Whilst construction takes place Bohemians will groundshare Tolka Park with Shelbourne for two seasons. Below is a video showing the proposed designs for the new stadium, which does look quite smart. Although it will be a shame to see the loss of two historic character grounds, which it will replace.

The New Dalymount Park

The above video was produced by Dublin City Council and made publicly available via YouTube.

As far as we are aware away supporters are accommodated in the Jodi Stand with the exception of Dublin derby games where a larger following from clubs such as Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne & St Patricks Athletic allows visiting fans to be switched to the Des Kelly Carpets Stand at the St Peters School End. The seating deck is bolted to the former paddock area so leg room may be a little bit tight and although there is a roof over half of the stand it will provide little cover in the rain. There is a small amount of terracing at the rear of the cover however as far as we are aware this is closed off for safety reasons.

There are three bars located beneath the Jodi Stand. One of these the Members Bar (in the middle of the three) admits away fans. Otherwise there are a number of shops and pubs in Phibsborough Road, which is located behind the tramway end terrace, two minutes walk from the Jodi Stand turnstiles, with a further selection of shops and pubs to be found further towards the City Centre surrounding Drumcondra Railway Station, close to Croke Park, around 5-10 minutes walk from the Jodi Stand along the North Circular Road.

From the North
Follow the M1 Southbound past Dublin Airport, the road then becomes the N1 at Santry. Keep following the N1 towards Dublin City Centre then shortly after passing beneath the Dromcondra Railway Station Railway Bridge turn right into Whitworth Road alongside the Royal Canal, then at the junction turn left into Prospect Road. You will then see a tall office block in front of Phibsborough Shopping Centre, with  the floodlights of Dalymount Park to the right hand side. Turn right into Connaught Street, then left into St Peters Road and the ground is down on the left.

From the Mid-West
Follow the N4 from Lucan towards the West suburbs of Dublin, continue straight on at M50 Junction 7, the turn left onto Lucan Road towards Chapelizod and Pheonix Park. Once in Chapelizod turn left to go over the River Liffey then right at the Junction to follow alongside Phoenix Park. Keeping following this road to the corner of the Park then turn left into Infirmary Road at Outer Orbital Junction 65,then follow the road right into North Circular Road to head away from Phoenix 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 spire of St Peters Church on your right hand side with the floodlights of Dalymount Park on the left. Turn left into St Peters Road and the ground is down on the left.

From the South West
Follow the N7 from Naas towards the West suburbs of Dublin. Continue straight on at M50 Junction 9 where the road becomes the N110 and follows alongside the Luas Red Tram Line. Continue following the tram line as it turns right into Davitt Road. At the Outer Orbital Junction 59 turn left and continue towards Phoenix Park. At Junction 64 turn right into Conyngham Road, then you will reach Junction 65,turn left into Infirmary Road, then follow the road right into North Circular Road to head away from Phoenix 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 spire of St Peters Church on your right hand side with the floodlights of Dalymount Park on the left. Turn left into St Peters Road and the ground is down on the left.

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 spire of St Peters Church on your right hand side with the floodlights of Dalymount Park on the left. Turn left into St Peters Road and the ground is down on the left.

Car Parking
There is a car park located inside the stadium which can be accessed via Connaght Street, Additional car park spaces can be found to the rear of the nearby Phibsborough Road Shopping Centre.

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 entrance turn right and go underneath the railway bridge. Walk for around a quarter of a mile and on reaching a branch of the Ulster Bank turn right onto the North Circular Road. Keep straight on this road and you will eventually see the floodlights of the stadium, behind some houses on your right.

By Tram Or Bus

Gary Cox adds; 'The Luas (Dublin Tram system) Green Line now has a stop at Phibsborough which is just three minutes walk to the ground. The stop is below street level and after walking up the steps you immediately see the large St Peters Church just along the road. By the time you reach the church, you will have seen the floodlights just across the road'.

Alternatively from the centre of Dublin you can catch Bus Numbers 4 and 83 both pass along Phibsborough Road beside the ground. See the Dublin Bus website for timetables and maps showing pick up points. 

Adults €15
OAP's/Students 18's €10
Under 12's €5

Official Programme €4

League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the SSE Airtricity League Website).

Fellow Dublin Premier League clubs Shamrock Rovers and St Patricks Athletic, plus Shelbourne.

Record Attendance

48,000 Ireland v England, May 19th 1957

For a Bohemian FC game:
45,000 v Shamrock Rovers
FAI Cup Final 1945

Average Attendance
2019: 2,878 (Premier Division) 
2018: 2,143 (Premier Division)
2017: 1,962 (Premier Division)

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Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the information and photos of Dalymount Park.

Bohemians v Finn Harps
League of Ireland
Friday 15th February 2019, 7.45pm
Sam Hall (Bohemians)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Dalymount Park?

Having recently moved to Dublin from the UK, I was looking forward to seeing League of Ireland football. The fact that Dalymount Park was one of the only examples of stadia in the city to house lively bars within an old-school ground made it a no-brainer.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The LUAS tram stop is an extremely short walk from the ground. Turned up, got tickets, straight to the pub. All sorted.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Me and a friend went to one of the many local pubs before taking in the atmosphere in one of the bars within the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Dalymount Park?

I love old-school stadia. Coming from Middlesbrough but being too young to have ever visited Ayresome Park, I long for an old-style stadium that has seen better days, as well as having seen a lot of history and welcomed some famous faces over the years.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere within the ground is always great. The Bohs fans are vociferous as it is, but the compact nature of the ground means the sound builds and projects. While, for games against teams such as Finn Harps, Sligo Rovers and Derry City, the away end is fairly sparsely populated, the proximity of the stands makes it exciting. When the Pieman is at the ground, you really need to give it a try. Great 'restaurant'-style pies in a football ground. Not only that, but the aforementioned bars are great for music, craic and good booze. They stock Porterhouse beers for less than the city average of €5/6 (it's usually around €4/4.50 a beer). Great stuff.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The bars are great to sit in after the game is finished. Friendly fans and a great laugh - they're perfect for digesting the action. This way, you can spend 30 minutes in the ground, allowing the majority of the crowd to disperse and give yourself a less-busy LUAS, bus or drive home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was so good that I've returned since and now I'm a Bohs season ticket holder.

Bohemian v Sutton United
Scottish Challenge Cup, 3rd Round
Saturday 13th October 2018, 3pm
Steve Burke (Sutton United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Dalymount Park?

Did you hear about the English team, playing an Irish team from Dublin in a Scottish Challenge Cup competition? Bizarre...but it happened. Sutton United had been invited to enter the Scottish Challenge Cup by the SFA along with a number of other clubs from Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. After a second round victory at Airdrie, the unlikely fixture came out of the draw and so it was that Bohemian would entertain Sutton United. As away fixtures go for a non-league team, this one could not have better. Who wouldn't look forward to a trip to Dublin, without the wife, to go watch football!! As soon as the draw was made, flights were booked straightaway with the plan to see the night through and get an early flight home on Sunday. Having completed the mandatory Football Ground Guide research on the ground, it was exciting to be going to a stadium (ground) with so much history.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

After arriving in Dublin bang on time, we took a bus to the city centre which took about 40 minutes and from there, we walked the mile and a half to the ground from O'Connell Street. The walk is relatively easy, despite it chucking it down with rain all the way. The floodlights towering at the top of the hill gives you a clue that you are not far away.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Having arrived at about 12.45, we headed to a pub on the corner of the main road where the ground was. It was a proper old school boozer that we sadly lack back here in England. We had a few pints whilst watching a bit of racing on the TV before heading to the ground. Inside the ground, there were three bars to get a beer from and as we settled down and dried off, we got chatting to a few of the locals about the game. As a bit of a bizarre fixture with no history, it was interesting to see what the perceived difference in quality and standard would be. The locals were friendly enough, albeit a bit underwhelmed by the fixture itself as their season finishes in a couple of weeks.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Dalymount Park?

The walk to the ground, the pubs on route, the alleyway that you walk down to get to the turnstiles, the stickers of random Scandinavian football teams that adorn the lampposts and doors at the entrance makes you feel like you are going to a real football ground, just like in the old days. The man in the turnstile hut taking cash on the gate is a lovely change from the faceless barcode readers that are the norm at every stadium we now visit. The bars were dark and dim but had a great atmosphere and a little pre-match look at the ground without any fans seated made me realise what an amazing ground it must have been like in the days of huge attendances and international football. Looking up at the dilapidated and condemned stands no longer in use, you can almost see the ghosts and smell the tobacco of spectators in bygone years. I loved the place.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was relatively bland for the first 45 minutes, the only point of interest was Paul Doswell the Sutton manager being sent to the stands for something he must have said to one of the officials. The second half was not much better with chances few and far between but as the game pushed on Sutton started to exert their pressure. A few half chances went begging before the referee blew up for Full Time with the game goalless, As the competition went straight to penalties, a shootout beckoned. With Sutton 3-2 up after 4 Boh penalties, Sutton only needed to put one of their remaining two away to win the tie. As it was, they missed both and the game went into sudden death. Another Sutton miss handed the tie to Bohs for an unlikely win. The food at the ground was very good with an Irish steak cheeseburger costing about £4.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We stayed behind after the game for a few beers and when our spirits were raised, we nipped back out into the ground where we were a bit cheeky and went on the pitch for a few snaps in the dugout and the centre circle. The Sutton players came in for a beer afterwards and they were good for a chat with the fans. Getting away from the ground was easy and we took the same walk back into the city centre where a few more pints of Guinness were had.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An absolutely brilliant day out for Sutton United. It was always going to be a bit of a novelty game but at least it was competitive and the atmosphere was really good. We stayed out all night and made it back to the airport for our 6.30 am flight home. A cracking away trip that is unlikely to happen ever again.

Bohemian v Galway United
League of Ireland Premier League
Friday 1st September 2017, 7.45pm
Carl Murray (Bohemian fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Dalymount Park?
 
Everything in general - nothing in particular. A chance for a few after-work pints while watching football, you can't knock it can you? We were all hoping that after a few bad results that we would get back to winning ways against a team that look certs for regulation which would also, effectively, keep us safe from going down - probably!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I work in Dublin City Centre so Dalymount Park is only a thirty minute walk from my job. The 38 bus, among others, stops right outside the ground, or you could also use the Dublin Bike scheme as there is a station/terminal just down the road at the hospital.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I am a home fan! However, unless we are playing one of the Dublin clubs, there isn't really any segregation. Galway United brought a large enough support, probably because their hurling team were playing in the All Ireland final that weekend and they mingled in with the home fans with no issues.
 
Bohemian Club Sign Dalymount Park
 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Dalymount Park?
 
I was sitting in the Jodi (Main) Stand which is probably the only decent part of the ground. The Tramway and Connaught terraces have long closed off (I last sat on the Connaught Street side back in 2007). The Des Kelly End used to be for the home support however now it's only used when we are playing one of the Dublin clubs and more recently Dundalk. The best thing about Dalymount Park these days are the bars, three in total, the Members bar - for members & VIPs, the Phoenix Bar and the Jackie Jameson bar which is full of old Bohs memorabilia & souvenirs. Most grounds in the League of Ireland don't have a bar at all so to have the choice of three....although it's just as well after some of our "performances" this season.
 
A match day programme will cost you €4 and is arguably the best read in the League, although I am biased! The general feeling this year is that this will be Bohs last season in Dalymount Park for a while as it is due to be redeveloped. The Local Council, who own the ground, have even announced designs which include two new stands and the pitch to be rotated ninety degrees, however at the time of writing they have yet to secure funding so no one is sure what will happen & we are all in a bit of limbo about whether we'll still be here next year or sharing Tolka Park with Shelbourne FC (uuurrrgghh). Certainly, the girls in the club shop were convinced we were going nowhere - although that could be based on bitter experience (a story for another day).
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Bah!!! Typical Bohs, we beat teams you wouldn't expect us to beat and then lose or drop points against teams in the lower half of the table. We took the lead after about 15 minutes through Patrick Kavanagh when their defender failed to clear however after that Bohs sat back and allowed Galway to slowly play their way into the game and with about 20 minutes to go Padraic Cunningham gave them a deserved equalizer and in fact Galway could have won it in the end. Bohs were a few peoples tip to go down this season however a bit of decent form in the middle of the season put us safely mid table. Just when everyone was perhaps thinking of maybe sneaking into a European spot Bohs decided to make us sweat it out again and drop points against teams we should be putting away, especially on the back of beating our big rivals the Hula-Hoops (Shamrock Rovers) and the Champions elect (Cork City). We should be safe enough but we need to get a bit of form back.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Never really a problem at Dalymount, although a slight delay as Uachtaráin na hÉireann (the President of Ireland) and Galway United fan Michael D Higgins was in attendance whom I had the honour of shaking hands with. After that it was straight to the Hut Bar (which is popular with away fans) in Phibsboro for a bit of post match analysis.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Poor result, poor performance but as always I'm glad I went. Although was better than the rubbish the International team served up the following night.

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Updated 19th June 2020

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