Dorothy Smith and Bohemian Football Club have released a map and publication recording and celebrating the unique Dalymount Stadium in Phibsborough, Dublin 7.
This project hopes to contribute to current discourse on the importance of social and cultural infrastructure in the construction of our urban communities. It is unique in bringing together a rare crossover of areas of interest; maps/cartography, art/drawing, local interest/history, architecture/planning, sport/football.
This map and publication come at a time when, after 120 years of stewardship, ownership of Dalymount has transferred from Bohemian FC to Dublin City Council who will develop the site as a municipal sports amenity. It will remain the home ground of Bohs maintaining their relationship with place and the local community. This map records the much loved stadium poised in this moment before huge change.
The hand drawn map is produced in an edition of 200; printed on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper with archival quality inks, signed numbered by the artist it went on sale for on 2 July 2021 through the Bohemian FC website.
The book is available from public and specialist libraries and also is available for sale on the Bohs website. It contains all 29 drawings from the map along with three commissioned essays: Dr Margarita Cappock, Mapping Dalymount; Prof Gerry Kearns, At Home with the Bohemians; Stephen Burke, From Dancing Policemen to Dancing in the Floodlights: Building Dalymount 1901 – 2021 as well as an introduction by the artist. The book has an ISBN, 48 pages with a spine and measures 21 x 21cm.
The map has been compiled from many sources; sketches made on site, conversations with people associated with the club, from time spent walking and exploring, from OSI maps, google maps and photography. Care was taken to record place names and the functions of often run down and anonymous structures. The knowledge in this map did not have a prior existence in one place. It is timely that this has been achieved before demolition.
All sales are going through the Bohemian website. If you are interested in purchasing a map and book please see https://www.shop-bohemianfc.com.
Map €150 per copy. Book €16 per copy