14th March 2013
Contract placed for installation of Multi-Sport Pitches and Floodlighting. For completion by September 2013.

10th March 2013
10th Anniversary of the offical opening of the National Aquatic Centre. Over 7 million users in 10 years. Pre Olympic training venue for 16 International Squads (including the USA & UK). HP Training centre for Swim Ireland.

1st March 2013
"Archaeological Dig” is completed. There were no significant finds. Site is now clear for developement.

13th February 2013
Irish Sports HQ - 18 National Governing Bodies (NGBs). Undergoing refurbishment. For completion by March 2013.

5th February 2013
Construction of Internal Access Roadway and Common Infrastructure gets underway – expected to be completed within 12 weeks.

30th January 2013
Archaeological “Dig” commences. Expected to be completed within 3 weeks.

18th January 2013
Demolitions and Site Clearance works are nearing completion.


24th October 2012
Work progressing well at the National Sports Campus. New Agreement with Horse Sport Ireland/Pentathlon Ireland to develop equestrian and other training facilities for High Performance athletes on Campus.

August 2012
Vesting Order signed which effectively transferred the ownership of State lands (c. 520 acres) at Abbotstown to the National Sports Campus.

May 2012
Refurbishment work commences for new Irish Sports HQ.

April 2012
US Synchronised Swim Team pre-Olympic training camp takes place on the National Sports Campus.

March 2012
Development at the National Sports Campus gathers momentum. Details announced at Ministerial Press Conference.

February 2012
Mr. Sean Benton appointed by the Government as Chairman of the NSCDA.


June 2011
Government sanctions the continuing development of Campus on an incremental and partnership basis.

Olympic Champions give Water-Polo master class at the National Aquatic Centre.

April 2011
Minister requests the National Sports Campus Development Authority to continue developing the Campus.

March 2011
All Ireland Schools and Universities Cross Country Championships take place for the first time ever at National Sports Campus.


November 2010
Planning permission granted for new Irish Sport HQ which will house up to 20 National Governing Bodies (NGB's). Enabling works get underway immediately.

July 2010
NSCDA (Operations) Ltd hosts the National Senior Athletics Championships at the Morton Stadium in Santry and hosts the National Junior Swimming Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Abbotstown over the same weekend.

May 2010
Morton Stadium, Santry comes under the remit of NSCDA.

Minister visits National Aquatic Centre and views the Campus.

April 2010
USA Junior All-Star Team participates in National Long Course Swimming Championships.

Swim Ireland High Performance Unit is formally launched at the National Aquatic Centre.

March 2010
Lodged Planning Application for refurbishment of ex Marine Institute Building as a new HQ for Irish Sport.


November 2009
NSCDA and Irish Institute of Sport (IIS) move into refurbished offices on Campus. The Authority and Institute are now fully based on site on Campus.

The Irish Sports Council holds its Council meeting in Abbotstown for the first time ever.

October 2009
National Aquatic Centre wins 4 major Leisure Industry Awards.

August 2009
Grant of Planning Permission for development of National Sports Campus confirmed.

May 2009
Planning Application for Campus Development Plan lodged with Fingal County Council.


December 2008
Completion of Design following consultation with the National Governing Bodies of the main end-user Sports.

July 2008
Mr Barry O'Brien appointed Chief Executive of the National Sports Campus Development Authority.

April 2008
Government announces the appointment of Davis Langdon PKS as Project Managers and FaulknerBrown Architects as Design Team leaders respectively, and the commencement of Phase 1 of the National Sports Campus project.


December 2007
New Headquarters for Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is officially opened at the Campus

May 2007
National Sports Campus Development Authority advertises a competition in the European Journal for the appointment of Design and Project Management teams.

January 2007
National Sports Campus Development Authority is formally established. Mr Dan Flinter appointed as Chairman.


December 2006
National Aquatic Centre reverts into State ownership and is now operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Sports Campus Development Authority.

June 2006
National Sports Campus Development Authority Act 2006 is passed by the Oireachtas.





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I.I.S. Building, National Sports Campus,
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
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