Sluagh Hall, located beside Fingallians GAA Club in Swords, has been re-opened by County Mayor Cllr. Darragh Butler at a ceremony last week. The Hall will become the new home for Swords Boxing Club and will also be used by Fingallians GAA Club.
Sluagh Hall, which was opened for the first time in 1938 by Eamon de Valera, was one of a number of purpose built military facilities opened in the 1930s. The Hall served a military use as the home of the Local Defence Force and FCA for 75 years until its closure in 2013 due to the re-organisation of the Reserve Defence Forces nationally.
At that time, the County Council identified the opportunity to redevelop the Hall for use by the people of Swords and acquired Sluagh Hall from the Department of Defence in January 2014. The Council engaged with Fingallians GAA Club and Swords Boxing Club and came up with a plan to convert the facility into a home for two of Swords’ prominent sports, namely gaelic games and boxing. It was decided to divide the Hall into two separate parts to maximise the potential of the Hall as a facility that could be used by both clubs to develop their respective sports.
Speaking at the Hall’s opening, Council Chief Executive, Paul Reid, in thanking both clubs said, “Your efforts in encouraging participation in sport, particularly among our younger citizens are very much to your credit and are something the Council supports fully.” Mayor Darragh Butler said, “There has long been a strong tradition of voluntary military service in the North County. I wish Fingallians and the Swords Boxing Club many happy years in their new homes here in Sluagh Hall and thank you for bringing life back to this old building,” he said.