Citing a lack of funds, Dublin City Council has tried for some 15 years to get a pitch built through a public-private partnership, so far without success.
While one residents’ group pushes to have the park restored to its Georgian-era state, others like it better the way it is today, football pitch and all.
“It’s there and it’s tormenting us,” says club mentor Sue Keogh. “The parents are asking, the kids are asking.”
At the weekend, kids and parents and coaches crammed into a small playground in the neighbourhood to highlight the need for sports facilities in the area.