Survey Data

Reg No

50080193


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Social Technical


Original Use

Handball alley


Date

1930 - 1950


Coordinates

312958, 232268


Date Recorded

28/04/2013


Date Updated

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Description

Detached rectangular-plan reinforced concrete handball alley, built c.1940, having taller wall to the east and sloped walls to the north and south. Tiered viewing platform to west end accessed by enclosed staircase to north elevation. Now disused. Rendered walls. Square-headed door openings, having steel doors. Located within Iveagh Sports Grounds, north of Crumlin Road.

Appraisal

This handball alley is an important reminder of the strong position the sport once held in Ireland, illustrating the high regard and esteem traditional sports were given in the early days of the Republic. It represents a building type of some social and vernacular importance, indigenous to Ireland. The incorporation of tiered spectator seats and use of reinforced concrete renders this structure distinct from other handball alleys.