Holy Cross College, beside Croke Park, is being sold to the GAA
We're curious to see what will be developed.
The Archdiocese of Dublin has confirmed that they've entered into discussions with the GAA to sell the former Holy Cross College Seminary building on Clonliffe Road and the adjoining lands.
It's stated that the upkeep of the historic building has been a significant burden on the Diocesan resources and it is no longer financially sustainable or prudent for the Diocese to retain a property of this size and scale, which is no longer fit for its purposes.
Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, has not functioned as a seminary since the year 2000.
The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has said that this proposed sale 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.
They've planned to relocate the Diocesan support services of around 80 people to a smaller, more modern pastoral centre with meeting rooms, educational facilities and office space and an oratory.
In terms of what will be developed, the lands and buildings will be developed into one of the most significant community projects for the city centre in Dublin's northside in many years, providing housing, jobs and sports facilities.
Subject to planning permissions, it is envisaged the Clonliffe Road 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. Increased access for the public to greenways and park facilities will also be provided.
The former Mater Dei building, which the Diocese made available to Dublin City Council to become a family hub for homeless families that's administered by Crosscare, will not be affected.
The proposed sale will generate funds that the Diocese will use to help the training of priests and allow them to reinvest in people-led pastoral programmes.
The use of any funds raised will also comply with the regulations of the Charities Act 2009.
Further details relating to the sale and future development of the Clonliffe campus will not be available until the sale process is complete and this could take months. The proposed sale is subject to approval by the Holy See.